This First Friday in Adrian I will be at my practice and shop to raise a glass to my new endeavor. Come celebrate wih me in person or in spirit at 122 East Maumee from 5 until 8 and use the front door!
The law in Michigan has changed in 2017! Nurse Practitioners now have autonomy in practice and no longer need a collaborative agreement or a supervising physician listed on their prescriptions. So on April 9th the law was enacted and I started my journey to having my own practice. I see my first patient this week.
I am checking and updating my entire site for tonight's A Woman's Perspective. I have the honor of participating with 11 other women artist as part of the Tecumseh Art Walk. We are located at Evan Street Station (a lovely restaurant that has great food and spirits) in Tecumseh. Stop by between 6 and 9 pm.
I will be at Booth #18 in front of SASS in downtown Adrian peddling my BEAUTIFUL handcrafted jewelry.
Metalsmith in copper, brass and silver is my art form. Use of traditional metalsmithing: cutting, hammering, soldering makes beautiful pieces of very tiny artwork worn as adornment. Exquisite bead weaving produces intricate design in colored glass, stone and metal. Casted metal jewelry is an adaption of sculpture on a tiny scale. Metal forming uses the inherent properties of the metal to make unique design and form.
My metal art mentors are the late Professors John Wittensheim and my current professor: Jamie Goode. Branching out from my left brain medical practice and having the wonderful opportunity as a faculty wife has opportuned me to take numerous studio courses in metalsmith at Siena Heights University.
So your hair is falling out, your skin is dry,your memory is shot and the Hallmark commercials open the tide of tears: Menopause, yes. But Stress yes too. So what's a woman to do. Yoga and mediation as a start to every day.
You should also know all the treatment options during menopause. Do you?
'Aging of the skin is associated with skin thinning, atrophy, dryness, wrinkling, and delayed wound healing. These undesirable aging effects are exacerbated by declining estrogen levels in postmenopausal women. With the rise in interest in long-term postmenopausal skin management, studies on the restorative benefits that estrogen may have on aged skin have expanded.' (Shu YY, Maibach HI. 2011 Am J Clin Dermatol. Estrogen and skin: therapeutic options. Oct 1;12(5):297-311.)
Discuss being your best self with your health care provider (including us: nurse practitioners).
Menopause hot flashes don't feel like a glow! So today with the snow storm you still have to layer with cotton, keep hydrated, decide if the wine and hot baths are worth it. Definitely discuss all the great new choices for hormone replacement therapy with your health care provider. If you need more info browse around my website.
Instead of looking at the negative, spend time being happy for your good health. Then take that happiness and energy and establish a new routine that incorporates something you like that makes you a little more active. Some examples would be Mall walk with your best buddy, take up dancing, grow a garden in summer, cross country ski in winter. If you feel good walking a treadmill or lifting weights, good for you. For many of the rest of us: routine + fun + buddy will yield the best results. And .... don't forget the M&Ms.