It's humiliating to think that I am studying health and I am in the worst health I have ever been, but I know I am not alone, the constant demands and struggles really aren't beneficial. We all make sacrifices for our hoped outcome. I am still 100% committed to my studies and even more excited to complete my degree and begin helping my community out. I thought I was doing great, balancing uni, work and home-life.
But, sometimes when we think we aren't stressed we actually are and we are unknowingly internalising it. I had a pretty hectic end to 2019 and semester 2, as I had to withdraw from few of my subject and pick up extra hours at work. This setback didn't last long though, I was able to pick up the subjects I was behind in, in summer school.
Fast forward to January and Summer school had started. My first week was pretty traumatic. I had driven to the Train Station early one morning to get the train into the city, only to discover the train was replaced by coaches (typical regional Victoria issue), knowing that the coaches would make me late I decided to drive into the city (no biggie, I'd done it multiple times). As, I was getting closer into the city I noticed that my steering had gone weird. By the time I got into the City I had no power steering and my air conditioner had stopped working. I was freaking out, especially knowing that my summer school subject was 100% attendance, meaning I couldn't be late! I made my way to a car park near my uni driving a car without power steering (thankgod, my car is small) and got to uni just in time... to realise I had my times confused and I was actually an hour late! Thankfully the lecturer took pity on me and wavered the attendance issue. Throughout my uni day I was trying to pay attention and sort out my car. Which was all very stressful. Thank god my dad was helping me out and trying to work out the issue with my car whilst being over 160kms away from it!. Long story short my car got repaired and I managed to get home that same night. Whilst going through the struggle of the day I was left constantly thinking, is this the universes way to tell me I'm on the wrong path? but, that's ridiculous my study is my passion.
Luckily after the car incident everything settled down, I was really enjoying my summer school subject and had made some great new friends (nothing better than finding friends that share your passion). Fast forward to February Summer school is almost complete and I've been balancing work and home life pretty well, if I don't say so myself! I suddenly notice that during and after my showers I am losing a substantial amount of hair, I put this down to my menstrual cycle, but the hair continues to thin and I begin to get bald spots! I have a few medical appointments and discover not only am I deficient in Vitamin D and zinc but I also have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. How embarrassing that an aspiring health practitioner is so unhealthy. Typically, non-alcoholic fatty liver is a predisposition to people who are overweight or obese, eat a lot of fatty foods, drink frequent alcohol and have a history of type 2 diabetes. So, strictly speaking I meet none of these typical presentations, not to the degree that I would feel it would impact on my health, but who am I to argue with medical results.
My theory was that my mineral and vitamin deficiency was leading to my hair loss. So theoretically speaking, I thought that if I tried to clean up my diet, supplement and reduce stress that maybe my hair would grow back.
It has now been over 3 months and I am still losing my hair, I now have numerous bald patches. I have a phone call scheduled with a skin naturopath this week, so hopefully she can help me connect some of the dots.
Basically I am my own health experiment and I hope I can solve this issue naturally and get some hair growth, because going bald is traumatising and devastating. Anyway, that's my recap on 2020 so far!. All this before COVID-19 caused the havoc it has on the world and I lost my job. To be truthful isolation will be a blessing in disguise and the supplements provided by the government will allow me to be financially stress free for a short time, which is actually fantastic.