At my last checkup my physician asked if my
diet contained enough calcium and fiber. We agreed that my headaches
could relate to getting up during the night to breast-feed a hungry
But what if he'd asked how I'd been coping with new motherhood, increased responsibility and the emotional ups and downs of a loved one? Asked about the thoughts and emotions that traverse the secret, inward world behind my eyes — a world never fully seen by anyone but God? Surely a general lack of sleep and, every month or so, a pounding heart, knotted stomach and shaking hands affect the vessels, valves and cells so necessary for physical life.
What if he'd written me a prescription for generous amounts of social support? Asked me to eat more fruits of the spirit? Recommended that I meditate on what is true, pure and holy? Suggested that I be more forgiving of others and myself?
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