Our Birth Realized – Merik Boone

I’ve always been a tub-soaker; I love the how relaxed your mind feels, how warm water makes every pore supple, and the flicker of candlelight creates an ambiance that can’t be compared.  It also amazes me how the fluidity of water can dance with your movements – effortlessly, romantically…in a flattering glisten.

Back story, I was in one of Jeanne Ohm’s classes and she described how her bedroom was her family’s “safe” place.  She told a few stories of how their bed was a place her children revered as a sanctuary where the biggest storm could be calmed, even as adults.  I remember this magical vision I had (pre-parenthood).  I moved a bajillion times from the time I was 5 years old, so the idea seemed even more as-seen-on-tv.  My grandma, Elizabeth or “Liz,” was my “safe” place.  She only moved as life and age demanded change.  I can still see the map of her home and all the memories we made there.  Even though she wasn’t a place, I thought of how cool it would be to have a tangible piece of safety for our children, hopefully life-long.  The concept of the nest began 🙂

Merik was our second pregnancy, second child, first son, and since this story, has become our youngest/last child.  He was conceived after my husband’s intentional cup of coffee (he read that the pH change makes the boy swimmers more successful – insert his smirk).  I was hoping for a surprise gender, but baby-daddy had to know!!  When we found out it was a boy, we were so thrilled!  Obviously, we would have been thrilled no matter the gender, but somehow our feeling of ~complete was already developing.

We knew that this birth would be something special!  Not only did we project being in our new home in time to have a home birth, but we had wanted to have Mattie at home and the mechanics didn’t allow it.  So, Merik’s birth would be different.  The romantic, intimate, relaxed experience that he deserved, and we desired.

We moved into our forever home on April 11th 2015.  I was 39 weeks and 1 day.  Let’s just say the builder felt daily pressure from us – LOL!!  We had so much support and love….along with an abundance of excitement!  We easily moved everything in one day!  After the big move, I quickly went into full nesting mode, on my NEST!!

So, 6 days after we moved in, Merik was due to arrive!  I, of course, wanted him to be welcomed in comfort and ease.  The nest came together quickly with the help of some loved ones.  The emotion of the space began to take shape.  There was an unspoken joy that was maturing.  The one thing that seemed to take center stage in my vision for his birth was our bathtub.  I began to get excited about meeting our little monkey in the warm, relaxing water.  I felt insatiable; I wanted to give LIFE to this space that would welcome our baby!

At 1:30am on Monday, April 27th 2015, I woke from sleep to go to the bathroom.  It was not common to go #2 at night, but if I’m perfectly honest, this #2 was uncommon.  I took notice and then felt a small contraction.  I went to get some water and within 7 minutes felt another.  I was beginning to think I might be in labor.  I had some doubt because it was unfamiliar.  In Mattie’s labor, the contractions were intense from the onset, but only 15-20 minutes apart.  These were consistent and frequent, but just not intense.  I decided to text our midwife, Terry.

I picked up my phone to find a text message from midnight that announced she was in Whitney, TX.  I decided if she had only been asleep for an hour or two, she might not wake for a text, so I decided to call her.  Thankfully she answered!!  She inquired of my symptoms, and said she would get up, dress, and check the weather (WHAT!?!!).  She said she would let me know when she began to travel north.

I had a small panic set in.  I had mentally planned and prepared for a quick birth.  I had told Terry during prenatal care that my intuition said 17 minutes.  She didn’t like that idea because it didn’t give her time to travel from Cleburne (where she was expected to travel from) to our home.  We jokingly agreed on 1 hour 17 minutes 😉  Knowing Whitney is 90 minutes away, I knew I had to have a talk with Merik!

I had always thought if I delivered unassisted, I would be fine.  I even gave Terry a hard time as I approached 42 weeks that I wouldn’t be showing up for an induction, and that I would send her a picture of Merik when he arrived at home.  She didn’t like that humor neither!

Unexpectedly, I was NOT ok laboring, and especially not delivering unassisted.  I prayed about surrender, God’s divinity, and asked Merik to work together to allow Terry to get to our home before he did ♥

I began calling family and telling those planning to attend, that it was time.  Apparently I was very calm and confused everyone – nobody came!

I got a call from Terry at 3:00am.  She said she was on her way & GPS said it was a 1 1/2 hour trip.  I was interrupted a time or two by a contraction on the call.  I decided to wake Joey up and have him take over organizing and attending calls.

He got up and started the coffee.  I asked him to call my dad and stepmom, and ensure they were on their way in case Mattie woke up they could care for her.  I turned on some relaxation music, and got on the body ball for the upcoming contractions.

An hour passed of quiet.  Mattie was sleeping, Joey was prepping for the midwives, and I was breathing and surging.

Dad and Pam arrived.  Dad checked in on how everything was going, and then sat near me in the living room quietly.  Pam was busy getting the bed prepared with plastic.

At 4:30am Terry and her assistant arrived.  Only moments later the supporting midwife, Judith, joined us.  After a review of symptoms was done, I asked for a position recommendation because I felt like I was crawling up, away from the pressure.  She suggested kneeling in front of the couch.  Joey put some pillows down.  I had one miserable contraction there.

I thought it might be a good time to sit on the potty to make sure I didn’t need to pee.  I thought I might be able to let the tightness go without fear of making a mess.  I had an intense contraction on the potty, and my water exploded.  I felt a huge release and instantly wanted to push!

Terry took one look and suggested we get in the tub.  I had another contraction standing at the side of the tub….wondering if Merik would shoot out on the floor behind me if I bent over at the wrong time!!  I told Joey later, if he could have read my mind, it would have clearly said pick me up and put me in the tub!!!

15095468_10208247933978824_5959590906725606446_nI finally made it into the tub!  With the next contraction we had my son’s head out 🙂  Terry asked me to “just breathe, don’t push.”  I was able to do exactly what she asked.  She freed the cord from around his neck, and then invited me to push at the next contraction.  I again, was able to do as she asked. At 5:08am Joey caught our son as he transitioned into the bath’s water.  Joey savored his touch, and then passed him onto my chest.

He was crying so loudly I could feel my thoughts toggle from, “oh my goodness; here is my son” to “why is he in pain; what do I need to do?”  As my eyes focused on his face, I had an interruption of thought.  “Why does it seem like I’m looking at Mattie?”  They were so identical in appearance to me.  I was in a weird state of confusion….Deja vu!!!  I had invested so much in giving him his own identity and space, I felt like I was robbing him of his moment with mom, because all I could see was Mattie.

I was feeling the concern the midwifery team had for the type of cry he had.  It was distinctly a pain cry in my ears.  I couldn’t help but get swept away from his needs by my own enamor with his being.  I began to feel a love, even newer and more unfamiliar than before.  I knew something was different!  I knew this love had its own frequency.  I expected it to feel like my love for Mattie, but it was new.  Not unequal, just new.

As we moved Merik and I to the bed to deliver the placenta, the crying continued.  I began to hear the crying more in focus.  About that time, Terry said, “why don’t you adjust him?”  I heard her words like a drum – so distinct and familiar.  My chiropractor brain flipped on, and my hands went to work.

I had a moment, one of those times as a professional where it is personal.  It is a moment in time that is surrounded by emotion vs fact.  Perception vs reality – are they the same?  What I perceived was a sudden silence.  I was surprised by the amount of restriction in his atlas.  I had visions in my head that I didn’t have visual reference for.  I saw the cord around Merik’s neck from his vantage point.  I felt the intensity of it tightening with the force of the contraction from mommy.  I felt the fear he must have felt.  I heard the silence again, and realized he was finally calm, latched, nursing, and happy.  I have the pleasure of that moment living in my memories forever.  The impact that moment had undoubtedly changed my life.  I hope it will serve to change others as well.

18486137_10209766244815646_1194172616470812323_nWhile enjoying our sweet baby, we excitedly shared our joy with our oldest sweet baby, Mattie!  She had just woken up.  She came and joined us in bed.  She was so happy to meet her brother, “her baby,” WOW!!!  The amount of love you can feel on one Monday morning is way more than I’ve ever known before!

In the comfort of our home, the midwives made an herbal bath while Grammy prepared breakfast and Joey held Merik.  I was able to soak for a while….in that romantic, serene ambiance!!  My little 8lb 8oz, 21 inch package from heaven joined me, and then our precious Mattie.  The 4 of us sharing our nest!  Mattie was weirded out that the water was brown, so she would only stand in the tub.  Joey beamed proudly!  It was so great to share part of Merik’s arrival with the 2 other people that mean the most.

Mattie in tub

After Merik’s exam of all his perfection, we spent some time finalizing paperwork.  I then find out why Terry had to check the weather – there was a huge tornado, and softball size hail!!!  They drove through the storm damage in the dark to get to us!!  So grateful for God’s grace and provision!!

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Once everyone was fed, cleaned, packed – the birth team gathered with the family around Merik and prayed blessings over him!  I felt God’s presence – so warm, so gentle 🙂

To say the least, our birth was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!  I recognize that we were blessed in so many ways!  Our birth was REALIZED!!  Everything fell into place, and the bliss was abound!!!  I am grateful for those blessings, and pray God continues to grace us with His glory and abundance!

18555975_10209766247615716_7111152102356743251_nIn closing, I would like to be sure to express our gratitude for our birth team, the support of our family and friends, Grammy’s cooking & willingness to help, Papaw’s loving care for Mattie during the recovery, and the welcoming arms of all that visited, prepared meals, and prayed!!!

Merik Boone is about to turn 3!!!!  He is a huge gift to each of us!  I expect his life will exceed our expectations and fulfill God’s plan!  I pray abundance, connection, joy, patience, safety, God’s love & portion over him!

 

To my favorite little Ee-Ee – Mommy LOVES you!  You are a smile on my face, a light in my heart, and my reason for staying on my toes!  I will always be a piece of you, and you of me! 

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Meet Dr. Taryn Lowery

Excited to share my interview with Voyage Dallas Magazine 🙂  It is a philosophically driven team of writers and editors that seek out “The Most Inspiring Stories in Dallas.”

You can check out the full article, but here are a couple of excerpts:

Taryn, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started my journey in chiropractic as a patient in 2004. I was inspired by the God-given potential for my body to heal, and how different optimal was from normal. In 2007, I started chiropractic college at Parker in Dallas. In the three most intense years of my life I found my purpose in life. I also found my partner in life 🙂

…..So, August 6th 2012, we opened Peace of Life Chiropractic in Midlothian, TX!! We have grown so much in the last five years!! We have gone from one employee to seven. We have gone from 0 patients to over 800. We recently opened an additional 650 sq. ft., adding massage therapy, cold laser, and the coolest part…. Joey and I are working together again!!!

…..Our current vision, and probably our ultimate destination is to relocate in three years to our uniquely designed WHOLISTIC HEALTH CENTER. We aspire to offer a wide variety of professional services such as chiropractic, massage, hydrocolonics, color therapy, infrared light, cold laser, ionic foot baths, counseling, life coaching, nutritional coaching, fertility support, pregnancy care, postpartum services, etc. We will also have accommodations for overnight needs, and hopefully birthing! Our grounds will include a community garden, prayer and meditation center, walking trails, and more. We plan to incorporate holistic care for the whole body and the whole family.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Not ever! Lol!! Not in a bad way. Just like Henry Kissinger said, “A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure.” I wouldn’t expect there to never be an obstacle or challenge. They always have a lesson to learn, and make us better at the next challenge. I think the rough road has helped me professionally understand the effects of stress on the body, and made me even more passionate about helping our patients be aware, and then guiding them to resilience!

Peace of Life Chiropractic – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We are set apart from others by our how and why.

Our how is probably our most unique quality. We are the most un-officey office. We have a serene peaceful space that makes our patients feel at home, especially the kids!

We also have an approach to patient care unlike any other chiropractic practice. We offer attentive, focused care for most all health needs – from ADD to hair loss to headaches, we use adjustments and complimentary tools to help patients unleash their inner healer!!

Our why is what we are most proud of. Why we care for patients 6 days a week, come in early and stay late = we love helping people!! Dr. Parker said “Loving service is my first technique.” We practice this daily. This mindful intention is evident in evert treatment, and can almost be palpated!

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success to me has two parts. One is internal harmony. The other is the effect my harmony has on others – I strive to always make my heart shine – helping them let theirs shine.

I will treasure this opportunity to share our story!  I hope  it inspires another entrepreneur, healer, dreamer, goal-setter!  I will keep telling our story 🙂  May God continue to be our portion, and provide the grace and provision that allow us to keep serving with love and compassion!

Thank you for being a part of our journey!!!  Your love and support is an asset that we treasure!!

In Love and Service,

Taryn Lowery, DC

hOw We MeT HaLcYoN vIlLaGe <3

So today marked the beginning of the next season for Peace of Life Chiropractic!  Looking back at the journey – we have had so much fun, served many lives, inspired change in our community, created a culture of love & connection.  Looking ahead……WOW!!  The vision we have for our patients and our community is coming ALIVE!

Part of me is exhausted….physically and mentally.  Our village has worked 12+ hour days over the last five.  We started early and stayed late.  We faced opposition while we crawled through the trenches.  We fussed at each other.  I had a melt down….LOL….one single, but very large, melt down.  Plenty of moments where bystanders made the statement of, “when are you opening…oh, wow, good luck with that.”  They weren’t trying to be mean or pessimistic, there was just literally an unimaginable amount of work to be done!

The other part of me feels exhilarated!!!!  I really feel like God has given each of us tools, and then combined us for this amazing mission –

Connection – Help our community feel like they are supported and loved.  Give them a place to come together in heart, philosophy, parenting, healing, grieving, thriving!

Movement – Facilitate a well-skilled, passionate, and compassionate group of professionals to help our community move!  Keep them moving 🙂

Healing – Give our community access to professionals and tools to help them restore harmony in their body.  Relieve the effects of stress and trauma.  Invite the mindset of endless possibilities!

Balance – Bring awareness to the need for emotional balance.  Encourage our community to seek care for the needs of their mind, as it relates to stress response and the body.

As we find our hearts filling with purpose, fulfillment, and joy, we continue to refine how we combine what we do with how we do it.  That sounds so simple, maybe cliche, but the how is really what has set us apart.  I think the how is what will propel our community into well-being and vitality!

Drum Roll……Here’s How We Met HALCYON VILLAGE

About 3 summers ago I went on a girl’s get-away with some friends from high school in Hideaway, TX.  After a fun night of wine, dinner, and games, I woke up the next day feeling rested, relaxed and nostalgic.  I sat out on a quiet porch and watched the morning roll by.  I began to jot down some thoughts.  One thing led to the next, I had the vision for a community of people with hope and love, working together to create a place where healing and joy could be cultivated.  I journaled, googled, and brainstormed until the vision had a name.  Halcyon Village was born.

halcyonHalcyon is a type of bird.  It is referenced in Greek mythology.  They represent love, commitment, peace, and calm.

Village to us means the people, not necessarily the places.  “It takes a village” is a proverb of unknown origin.  It’s truth transcends all cultures.
We have incorporated an olive branch in the logo as well.  The branch is classically known to represent peace.  The tree has even more significance.  The tree is hollow – ministers teach that, like an olive tree, you must fill yourself with the Holy Spirit.  It is resilient – if the trunk is cut, its roots will continue to grow.  Its heartiness and strength are qualities that justify its symbolism for righteousness.
As you can tell, these are not just words to put on a sign or business card.  These are words that represent who we are.
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WHAT ABOUT TODAY
So today….it was a really good day!  For somewhere around 1,095 days, we have been planning some ingredient of today.  Today, our insides were seen on the outside!!
1) Dr. Joey Lowery (my Shoog) came to serve with us
2) Expansion is complete (we have an additional 650sqft)
3) Jayme Fletcher, LMT joined our village
4) Reception got a face lift
5) New equipment – cold laser, percussion, and arthrostim
6) Countless memories with our current village so we could grow our vision
I hope this tells you a little about this evolution of change in our service, culture, and staff.  I hope you come by soon to check out the feeling of our space and the amazing people that are there to serve you!
We will be publishing an updated “Body of Services” soon!!
In Love and Service,
Taryn Lowery, DC
AKA “Dr. T”

TMA vs. TBCE and TBCE Rule 78.13

The TEXAS chiropractic profession needs your help!!!  The TMA (Texas Medical Association) has filed a lawsuit against TBCE (Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners).  TMA wants chiropractors to lose their ability to diagnose patients.  This translates –> you will have to have a referral from a medical doctor to see a chiropractor IF you want to file your insurance benefits.  From what we can tell, this will NOT affect patients that choose to pay out of pocket.

We don’t want to create undo alarm, but this is serious for a few reasons:

  1. Principle – there is no justification.  Chiropractors are thoroughly trained to diagnose and treat the neuromusculoskeletal  system.  If you are a patient of chiropractic care, you have experienced just that.  We have to be able to diagnose in order to know where to adjust, when to adjust, and of course when not to adjust.
  2. Some chiropractors are employed by practices that are 80-100% paid by third party payers.  This would dramatically affect the amount of paperwork that would be required.  This could potentially decrease the volume of patients that have access to treatment.  This would undoubtedly increase the amount of time a patient would have to wait for treatment.
  3. Currently, medical doctors often don’t refer to chiropractors simply out of ignorance of what chiropractors do.  It would be a disservice to the patient as well as healthcare if the majority of patient are filtered through the medical wheel before they even have a chance of seeking chiropractic care.
  4. For the LOVE!!!!  Chiropractors are awesome!!  They should be able to do what they love to do EVERYDAY without the intervention of a medical professional that may or may not know what the benefits of chiropractic care are.  Maybe they had a bad experience with a chiropractOR and they don’t support the profession.  Maybe they don’t “believe” in chiropractic.  BELIEVE it or not, I’ve heard so many times that patients either don’t tell their MD that they see a chiropractor because they assume their disapproval, or tell them they do, only to be reprimanded for their choice 😦

Unfortunately, this is really happening. The Texas Chiropractic Association (http://www.chirotexas.org/) is fighting for us, & has appealed the initial ruling. Here is the latest update: http://www.chirotexas.org/index.php…

If you want to help keep chiropractic a direct entry service, and not be required to get a referral to receive care by a chiropractor, you can donate to TCA’s CDI (http://www.chirotexas.org/cdi) & send correspondence to our STATE senators and representatives. If you live in Ellis County, here is the contact information:
http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/County.aspx

To make life simple, I’ve created the documents for our District.  If you want the word document so you can edit the legislator’s address, just email us at peaceoflifechiropractic@live.com.To send a letter to Texas State Senator Brian Birdwell click hereTo send a letter to Texas State Representative John Wray click here.

Thank you so much for getting involved!!  No matter the outcome, chiropractic care will remain awesome.  The power that made the body will continue to heal the body.   Nevertheless, we appreciate you helping us be heard & hopefully protect the scope of practice for chiropractors!!!!

In Loving Service – NO MATTER WHAT,

Dr. Taryn

Creating Happy 2015

April 1st marks the beginning of the Creating Happy movement at Peace of Life Chiropractic!! The full outline is available on our website @ wwww.peaceoflifechiropractic.com. JOIN US!!!

21 DAYS IN APRIL
THREE GRATITUDES

Each day you will write 3 new things that you are grateful for. Writing them down is important. Writing them allows them to become a conviction or confession, whichever applies. Over the course of 21 days, you will have 63 things you are grateful for!!!

Here is a little helper you can print or share to Create Happy in your life and in the lives of others 😉
3 Gratitudes

Inclement Weather

Hello to our patients scheduled tomorrow wink emoticon Weather consistently shows 90% chance of precipitation and temperatures below freezing. In the event forecast proves true, we will follow the advisory of MISD. We will also be sending out a text in the morning if indeed we need to confirm changes to your scheduled appointment.