It was the day of my cousin’s wedding. I was so sick I couldn’t even get myself out of bed. I had severe indigestion, was sick to my stomach, and was even running a fever. I may never forgive myself for missing the event that evening.
As I go back and think about the events of this day, I realize there was a lot that happened leading up to it. My week looked as follows:
- Sunday: Rehearsal for the show I was involved in
- Monday: Louisiana State Music Festival Competition
- Tuesday: Orchestra Concert & General Music Program
- Thursday: Sang at my Aunt and Uncles wedding vow renewal
- Friday: Spring Choir Concert
Not to mention, I was teaching both General Music AND Choir by day, serving on the Leadership Team at school, was Chair of the Music Department, and coming home to teach 14 private voice lessons by night.
The following week, after missing the wedding, I decided to visit a GI Doctor. After describing to her the way I was feeling: HORRIBLE, she checked a few things and determined most of what was causing the pain was stress. Her solution: giving me a prescription med to settle my stomach, a peppermint supplement to alleviate pain, and her parting words: “When are you going to quit your job?”
Wait. What?!?!?!!? Quit my job?!?!?! Was she really serious?!?!?! The job that supports me and allows to me even afford to visit a GI Doctor and she wants to me to quit my job?!?!?!!?
Well, guess what? It turns out, the doctor was right. I eventually quit my day job (stressed-out Music Teacher), and pursued my night job (fun-loving Singing Teacher) full-time. More on that in a later post, promise.
My point (sorry this post was not as short as I would have liked): STRESS is one of the main causes of leaky gut. If you are having stomach trouble, perhaps to need to relook at your schedule and your daily routine and change it around a bit. I know for me it made a world of difference.