The Alexandria Papers

By Dr. Alexandria Szeman

Alexandria shares articles on Mindfulness, Migraine, Trauma & Childhood Sexual Abuse, Mental Health, Books, and Cooking & Baking.

Alexandria shares articles on Mindfulness, Migraine, Trauma & Childhood Sexual Abuse, Mental Health, Books, and Cooking & Baking.

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We lost one of our babies this week. 4 years ago, Mr. Eli was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney failure after routine bloodwork before a dental cleaning. With subcutaneous fluids and medications, he continued to have a happy life. Last year, his failing kidneys b…

 
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I learned to do something that I’ve been avoiding for several years because I thought it would be too hard: how to make sourdough discard biscuits. It was my first time making biscuits because I thought they’d be more difficult than baking bread. (They weren’…

 
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Today’s Halloween, and it used to be I could watch plenty of old-fashioned horror movies in October. There are some old films on Turner Classic Movies, but the other premium movie channels have the slash-and-gore types, which aren’t my taste at all. I prefer …

 
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I have no energy to write today. It’s been a long week with so many things to do, and I’m going through some very stressful life changes, including a great loss. I’ll tell you about it one day. Today I’m just happy to share a few of the articles I’ve been rea…

 
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I've been doing something that's really scary for me: learning more technology. I've been attending Twitter Spaces audio-chats, and I've been at four so far! It's really interesting to listen to people you've only met online before. I'll be attending more aud…

 
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I’ve been taking anti-seizure medication for my hemiplegic migraine for the last few years, and it’s helped reduce the migraine-related seizures and the migraine attacks themselves. Unless I forget to take one of the pills. Or if I’m even a few hours late tak…

 
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When I was young, my mother and her boyfriend (later, my stepfather) used to pack me and all my younger siblings off to the theatre for the entire day on weekends. There, we watched films, sometimes the same film multiple times, sometimes several films before…

 
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I forgot to send out my newsletter last week. I was so busy un-cluttering and packing up my bathroom that I ended up in bed two days with an unbelievably sore back. I really shouldn't have done all that work while sitting on a hard stool only 10" off the grou…

 
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They told me in mid-June that I would have a long wait. Like a years-long wait. Then I got a text on Friday saying “we’re almost ready for you,” and I panicked. That’s not a metaphor: I actually had a panic attack. Now I have an unbelievably excruciating hemi…

 
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It's been very tough staying "present" this week, if only because of chronic pain. I think I mentioned previously how I've tried to be mindful during pain, and it's very challenging because, for me, the pain increases. I guess that's how this entire week was:…

 
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I've had a very hard time "staying present" this week, if only because I'm grieving a major life change -- and loss. I keep reading that one should "stay" with grief, so that's what I'm trying to do. But it's so painful and so hard. Mindfulness helps me be mo…

 
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I practiced mindfulness and being present a lot on Thursday as I waited through all the vehicle inspections (the final one on Jeep and the trade-in-value estimate on Caddie) and for the completion of all the paperwork for the car loan. I was already severely …

 
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Three years ago, I began reading articles about mindfulness -- being "present" -- during cooking, baking, and eating. I long ago realized that crocheting and knitting are mindfulness activities for me, but I hadn't thought of cooking and baking in that light,…

 
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The Alexandria Papers Newsletter, from Dr Alexandria Szeman - #1 (Sunday 8 August 2021)

Mindfulness, Cooking & Baking, Migraine, & more