Daily Reflections From My Window

May 8, 2021 Saturday and I’ve Had a Revelation! Stop here if you don’t want too much information.

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“It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.”Fyodor Dostoyevsky

One thing my parents taught us, was to read and to think. So what do the above quotes have to do with anything? Well, a lot.

The quote from Dostoyevsky is for Jay! He’s reading The Brother’s Karamazov, an oldie but goodie, so when I came across this quote, knew I had to use it. Great book, if you haven’t read it. It’s a psychological twister about the conscience. But I digress.Here’s a look at the supplements I take. 2x per day in addition to my Armour Thyroid. There’s vitamin B-5, D3, picolated zinc, probiotics, something for my eyes, heart and hair. All natural-no gmo’s, you know how I roll at this point if you read what I’m up to daily. We try so hard to eat right, exercise, get a balance of the world and living our faith. How could I be so deficient in so many things that last summer I ended up in the ICU with hyponatremia-AKA low blood sodium. We’ve been working on just the right balance since then.

So imagine my surprise when a clue came from an unlikely source. Yesterday, Jay and I both worked at home all day: me with fiber and he with our tax prep. He’s so good at that kind of thing but turned it over to a local tax preparer after so many years this year. They had a few bugs to work out and by the end of the day, we were both ready to get out of the house. He suggested our favorite Jim & Jimmies and I agreed. Let’s go! On the way, I texted a friend who loves it too, and guess what? They were already there. We joined up after they finished and we waited for our food to come. To make a long story short, I learned that I am not ready to be out in public. Poor Jay just hangs on for the ride. He doesn’t know when my crazy will emerge and it did and our poor friends. Thank you for being a friend. . Can you hear the song? When we got home, I texted to apologize for my behavior and we texted back and forth and she said something profound that stuck-she knows me and so it really means something.

“You’ve been searching for human for almost a year now. I expect this doctor to have you feeling better by now. I know you did too. Maybe ask some of Your friends how long you haven’t had your taste and smell. I’m pretty sure it was going on since fall.”

Hmm. She even alluded to my putting it in a post when it started. So I did some digging and though the loss of taste and smell didn’t start until December, the memory loss and confusion started a bit before that. That was one of the reasons I went to this new practice. Sure enough on June 19th, I did a recap of my visit. If you want to read about it, you can. Here’s what he said: my limbic system is out of whack and we need to treat that. I should be gluten and dairy free. (That was confirmed by a blood test.) I followed that pretty strictly in reading the following posts. I made lots of good changes. And then I didn’t. Around the time I started to feel not so great again. I stopped doing what he recommended because I thought it was overkill-the acupuncture and weekly IV vitamin therapy. Can’t I just eliminate some of this stuff? It was getting really expensive. And here’s where that got me. And then something else dawned on me. I started drinking Body Armour Lyte almost every day. I have a friend (not my dinner friend) who drinks them instead of water. They’re filled with vitamins, electrolytes and more. She’s the picture of health. Works for her, why not try it? So…coincidentally about the time I started drinking one per day, I started to feel like crap again. More tests revealed chronic Lyme disease on top of my deficiencies. After the 21 day doxycycline, I felt better but not great.

Here’s a short break from my health report! Cleaned this up yesterday.

Back to the story.

I started thinking about the Body Armour Lyte last night and did a little research. Developed in part with Kobe Bryant (who knew? Not me.) as the perfect sports drink. A little deeper digging revealed that it uses erythritol as the sweetener and many people are sensitive to it. I’m usually so good at reading labels and this time I just went by my friend’s praises. HERE’S a link to the article. I think I have every symptom. I must be sensitive to it. Never even thought about it. I would never have used it when we had inside animals because I think it is toxic for them.

Now to get back to basics and get myself in order. As my wise friend texted last night: “I don’t do any of that stuff. Glad you’re going back to water. I’ve never felt the need to do any supplements or cleanse stuff. I don’t even take vitamins. I take a blood pressure pill.”

She’s as healthy as they come and she and her husband had Covid this winter and got the shot. She said that she lost her taste a smell but that it’s coming back, but is different.

I used to only drink water but thought maybe I was flushing all of the sodium out with too much. Jay always encourages me to drink a glass of V8 each day. I’m learning to appreciate it. I researched that too. HERE’S that link if you are interested in V8. So I have lots of questions for my doc next appointment. I’ve already forwarded these articles to him. I drink this occasionally and it’s very crisp and refreshing. Sometimes I think I can almost taste something. Maybe the extra zinc is working. Yes, for now, I’m maintaining my supplement regimen, but it does seem like I’ve added more from the start and it’s way too many. After looking back at pictures of meals I’ve made in the past using a cheese alternative I realized I’d gone back to small amounts of real cheese. I need to revisit those recipes. They were good!

Today, it’s too rainy to do fiber outside, so I’ll continue to wash and dye what I have blown out. I’m going to send some dyed fibers to have spun this time for sock yarn. We’ll see how that goes!

I’m focusing on spotted solids. These two are from Flo and Dovis and will be wonderful socks! I’ll be drying them today on racks.

Not to forget the producers! Here’s a good picture. Someone has to be on watch.

Last night Jay looked out to see the “dog who doesn’t wander” in our field. We may have to put wire fencing inside our perimeter wood fencing because the alpacas won’t go out anymore because of her.

One more peek at our amazing view!

If you made it this far, God Bless You! Thank you for reading and maybe, just maybe, something I’ve written here will help someone else.

Who is my wise dinner friend and her husband? Here she is-hooper extraordinaire, Dawn. I love her because you know right where you stand and she’s not afraid to tell you even if sometimes I don’t hear it. Thank you! Picture”borrowed” from her FB page.

In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay home but if you MUST go out, wear a mask and keep the length of an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.

Have a blessed day!