Disclaimer – The following post is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease or sickness. Please use caution if any parts apply to your specific situation and contact a health care professional for further advice.
Hello friends! Thanks for reading the blog. Excited to write this one as I have some big news!
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I recently was watching the medical series “Diagnosis”, and I heard POTS come up a couple of times as a possible diagnosis. One of the ladies did have POTS, but it was determined probably as a result of something else going on in her body. I think that is an important fact to remember. Syndromes, such Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, are “a group of symptoms which consistently occur together, or a condition characterized by a set of associated symptoms”. We can control the symptoms sometimes (as in my case), but there is something else that is the CAUSE. If you want to be cured, you have to treat the cause.
Another take away I got from this episode was that this lady’s condition was probably brought on by a traumatic event in her life. That can be either physical OR psychological. We need to realize psychosomatic illnesses cause ACTUAL physical pain and ACTUAL physical symptoms. We believe I probably have or had some auto immune response trigger my POTS symptoms, but stress and anxiety make it all worse. I think the medical world is actually getting much better at helping patients walk this path towards relief both physically and psychological, thanks to public awareness efforts and blogs like mine 😉
Ok time for the big news, as you can probably guess from the blog title. I am officially a dad! My son August was born and he is a healthy little nugget. Someday he will probably stumble upon this blog site and tell me to take it down haha. Think again son! Dad is spreading facts and entertainment to his readers!
I want to take this time to share some things that I have learned already from birth and parenting a newborn, from a dude’s perspective.
1 – Moms are superheroes. I can’t believe Rachel was able to get a baby out of her body like that. It honestly all seemed like a magic trick to me.
2 – Bring a pair of sandals to the hospital. You won’t want to wear shoes, socks are too slippery, and going bare foot just isn’t smart on a hospital floor.
3 – If your baby momma breastfeeds (which you should support 100%), you will start to think that Dad is not very useful to baby at the start of life. YOU ARE THOUGH! I am working on helping out around the house and taking care of momma as much as I can, as well as bonding with baby (the 2% of his life that he isn’t eating, pooping, or sleeping haha).
4 – Babies have imperfections. A natural birth, although beneficial for baby, is also super hard on its body. Baby could have baby acne, caput (a non-harmful fluid pocket on the head from getting squeezed out), broken blood vessels in the eyes, jaundice, broken bones, blisters, molding (a cony head), bruises, etc. Very hard for new father to hear, but apparently this is all normal and heals quickly.
5 – You instantly have a different view on life and the world. I find myself constantly relating every little thing I hear or see to how it will affect my little man. I saw a homeless man on the road on the way home from the hospital and I thought wow there was a day that that man was born just like my son.
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Jarod Gunning – Dude with POTS.