If you’ve been in the office over the last four to six weeks, you’ve probably noticed I (Dr. Alex) haven’t been around as much as usual. While there was a week where I was out of town in early May—and there is now the issue of my wrist being injured and in a cast—there is another reason I’ve been out of the office recently. I want to take a few minutes to share what God has been teaching me, as I find that sharing my personal experiences helps me process them and often benefits those around me.
Without divulging too many details, some huge changes have occurred in my life over the last two months. The kind of changes that can rip your heart open, leave you raw and force you to deal with and confront yourself in ways you’ve been avoiding for a long time. I’ve always been able to put on a strong front, push my feelings aside, put my head down and push through doing what I need to. While effective and sometimes necessary for survival, I’m learning that this is an ineffective coping mechanism in the grand scheme of having a healthy emotional approach to life. The ups and downs I’ve been through over the last few months have made it hard to be at the office on some days. I’m committed to providing a healing environment for all of you, and there have been days where I did not feel I had the emotional strength or capacity to do that well.
I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to take a day off when I need, have a good cry, and allow myself to heal emotionally and physically. God has made it very clear to me that I need to slow down a little to heal and grow. So I am taking the next six to eight weeks to do so. I would like you to know how much I appreciate and care for each one of you. It has become clear that I need to heed my own advice and take some “me” time so that I can be an even healthier and stronger version of the Dr. Alex you have all come to know. I’m not going anywhere, and will be back in the office at full capacity as soon as my wrist has healed. In the meantime, Dr. Aimee and the rest of the Life Sprout team are fully equipped to handle your family’s health needs. Regardless of my absence, we have a lot of exciting things happening at Life Sprout this summer, and my goal is that you will receive an even higher level of care than you’ve come to expect from us as I take time off to heal.
Thank you all for your support and out pouring of love during these rather rough last two months. It has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated!
Always here for you,