6 years. Does that mean I’m not a newlywed anymore? Guys, I’ve been to hell and back, which is unfortunate for me because heat is just as inflammatory, if not more, than ever.
It’s been eons since I wrote on here or had the willpower and/or desire to. I lived in other homes for some time, and during part of that stint, I took care of even sicker people for a while. Adrenaline kept me going until it didn’t, and then I ended up in a great job in natural health care, and then I quit that job cause it was killing me.
I’ve learned a lot since then, older and wiser, and crows feet and grey henna’d hair to prove it. Gluten free, paleo, and all those progressive diets I was always getting a step ahead of before the crowd have all become POP culture. I’ve had horrible cases of fatigue and depression and some really exuberant highs from treatments that work for 2-4 weeks and then turn on me. Adding to my roster of mysterious autoimmune symptoms (which blood work confirms is still active, alive and well), but the medical world still finds too vague to diagnosed properly), is now two bulging cervical discs and probably some low blood sugar issues. I don’t even like the word bulge. Ew. Or Lupus. So gross.
Since I last wrote, Obamacare happened. Big ha. The push to kill off the middle class genetic slop that has survived in America. So, no health care coverage here.
However, I am the happiest I have ever been. My 3 cats keep my immune system active and fighting for something. Husband is supporting my homemaking for the time being, supporting the end of full time work, so that I can have a healthier life. Happy wife, happy life. I no longer stick to any form of eating system because frankly they all drive me crazy. The zealots that emerged after me are fun to make fun of too. I do the best that I can to eat anti-inflammatory and brace myself when I don’t. I do not blatantly cheat or get lazy, I just don’t get all psycho if I had no gluten free starch available and bit on a GMO bagel. Screw the acidity factor, I’m addicted to coffee. I needed the vice. I balance it with nopal which I still drink. With the support of so many loved ones, we managed to cram us into a humble little home, I hope to find a modest and stress free part time job, and I try to nurture relationships which is the essence of life.
In the chiropractor’s office where I worked, I saw too many women my age diagnosed with some form of autoimmune. Unfortunate as it was, I realized I am not alone and that everyone is trying the best that they can. One lady with lupus and sjogren’s syndrome (which I found myself wishing I had it so I can have the damn diagnosis and be done with it), she willingly gave up coffee for 6 months, to get blood work done, to prove it didn’t impact her health one way or another, so she can keep her precious vice. I cannot tell you how much validation this gave me. Not only in that it’s hard to give up some parts of you, but in that the fight is not just in our heads. It’s for real, meng.
Now when we go out in crowd’s and friends ask where we want to eat, I don’t feel the heat of the spotlight. Before I have to raise my mousy voice about gluten and nightshades…someone else is proudly defending their right to also pick a restaurant cause they want to know the farm where their cow came from and how grain free their sauce really is. All us cripples are slowly being empowered. What a sad thing, no? That everyone has to be careful about what they eat now. But what a wonderful thing, that people finally care!
I still must take many supplements. Some are religious, and some are until I grow intolerant and find the next panacea.
I continue to recommend Vitacost products. Working at the health center I worked for, I found other products that save my life on the daily, and I will recommend those too. Some found online, some only available at the doctor’s office.
To whoever has bought supplements with the Vitacost link I provide. Bless you a million times with 1,000 kittens. Because I still blow all my money on the highest quality possible of food I can afford. (Even though sometimes it’s still Goya products..shudder). You have allowed me for one more day to fight pain!
Omega EFA – For what I can afford, this is the best deal. And I wait for the Buy 1 get 50%. I share the other with Husband or I’d just be selfish now wouldn’t I? We don’t need any more Omega 6 than Merica provides, so this one focuses on what we lack. It’s sourced from small fish so I like this one. The bigger fish can tend to be more cancer causing, as well as Omegas should be taken with vitamins called co-factors such as Vitamin E and other antioxidants to absorb the product properly and prevent that cancer causing step. I take my co-factors in other supplements or foods. Where this fish comes from, I don’t know. You can probably ask Vitacost if you must know (and some must). It’s pricey to buy fish from which you know where it was born. Each must chose what they can do. It does contain soy, but I avoid soy in all my other foods as much as possible and this is a product that fights inflammation, so I’d rather take this than not at all. Everyone in the world needs to take this, especially if you have chronic pains. I hate spending money on it, but it must be done. And yes, it does help. I always forget it does, until I stop taking it.
Vitamin D3 – I honestly couldn’t begin to tell you why this is essential without pulling out my notes and binder. At some point the knowledge I haveby way of osmosis. Because my joints will only last about 45 minutes in front of this screen, I would rather look into it again on a different occasion. But all I know is women need this, women of a certain age need it more, and it is essential for the chronics. I have been advised my a nutrition doctor to take up to 10,000 a day during my worst spells. This is an inexpensive form of it. A higher quality, but hard to find is Apex Liqua D K-87. I have never seen it online. It’s a good price for the quantity, but all I know is that you need to find a doctor that provides it. My chiropractor has it in stock.
Cornsilk – For the water retention. It helps keep the swelling down. It helps my remove toxins since my body loves them so much it just wants to hold on to them and never let go. The tea form is better way to take it in and also a great deal on vitacost, but I have so many little details to my regimens that popping the herb is much easier.
So there you have it. I’m alive. I’m happy. The struggle is real. The determination to stay strong and at peace is also real and currently being achieved (if I avoid that 3rd cup of joe). If I think of any more products I can suggest for the hurting, I certainly will. And hopefully I will have time to write again before I get another job or get stuck on Hulu. And even more hopefully, it will be about healthy, but really delicious, foods! Oh yea.