Almost two years ago my right eye lid started randomly swelling. This was not just your simple ordinary puffy eye issue. People I love started calling me "Hitch". I felt fine, I just couldn't keep my right eye open. Then the swelling started to become quite painful. My eyelid felt like it was on fire and continuously watered. Eventually it started to feel like I had tiny paper cuts in the corner of my eye. This resulted in several days off from work because let's be honest, "sibling- love" can be quite brutal and my discomfort made me a tad bit irritable. After about 8 months I finally gave in and went to my allergist. That adventure was a complete nightmare unworthy of documentation. I then decided I needed to see my Primary Physician, who I discovered had dropped me. I spent two months "applying" to be someone's patient and became completely disgusted with doctors in general...No one wanted me. One doctor actually told me she couldn't take on someone with my "issues" and referred me to a Urgent Care. Seriously!! Ironically, six weeks later that's exactly where I was sitting, begging for relief. The kind PA there wrote me a 'script for Predisone. I had never been on Predisone for a lengthy period of time and found it to be quite delightful. No swelling, tons of energy, zero appetite...absolutely Amazing! But....the day after I took my last pill, the swelling returned. I was back to square one.
Over the next few months I started to feel exhausted. I wasn't sure if my body had finally caught up with my schedule or if something else was wrong. I was cold all the time- in July- and my hands and feet started to go numb. My legs would swell up off and on and I gained and lost 10 pounds over night. I also started waking up in the middle of the night in a pool of sweat coughing profusely.
Thankfully a good friend of mine referred to me to her hubby's office. He had just graduated PA school and loved his new practice and the doctors he worked with daily. She had told him what was going on with me and he insisted I come in the following morning. After some testing I was diagnosed with a Vitamin B12 deficiency. I was thankful to finally have an answer to why I always felt so exhausted. I asked him to refer me to a D.O. who specialized in nutrition, and had recently crossed my yoga path. This doctor's wife affectionately refers to him as the "witch doctor"...so I was intrigued.
More testing. An extremely low Vitamin D level as well as a "Candida/yeast" diagnosis sent me on another journey. No sugar is tough. I didn't realize how much sugar was in everything, even the healthy foods I was consuming. Couldn't have coffee, couldn't have fruit, couldn't....oh, the list was ridiculous. I can tell you that I got to the point where I couldn't eat one more piece of chicken or cut up another green leafy vegetable. The first few weeks on this 42 day adventure wasn't easy, but I was committed to keeping a positive attitude. I assured myself this didn't mean I had to pretend or hide how I was feeling. Hives covered my arms and torso for days, I cried daily and felt frustrated, but my eye didn't swell once. I felt like I was living in a fog and was more forgetful than I had ever been before. Trust me, that's saying a lot when you are an individual living with ADD. However, after about a week I was sleeping through the night. About two weeks in I noticed I had energy. Three weeks in and the bloat/swelling I always felt was gone and my mood eventually caught up with my attitude. Four weeks in and I actually started to think I could follow the strict food restrictions forever....THAT'S HOW GOOD I FELT!
After the six weeks it was time to re-introduce different foods. I had missed blackberries the most and was grateful adding them to my diet didn't trigger any unwanted reactions. Strawberries and cashews not so much. Once again my eye was swollen, but this time, it was both the left and the right. I felt terrible and decided I couldn't go back to square one. After some discussion with the 'Witch doctor" I have decided to try the MRT/LEAP food intolerance testing protocol. I am eager to learn my results...although secretly terrified I won't be able to enjoy eating almonds anymore. He has diagnosed me with Autoimmune Thyroid- which means- I have much to learn.
So, the point of this long post. I'm getting ready to learn again. This will require me to pick up the book in the photo and commit. I struggle terribly when asked to commit to a book. Magazine article...Sure. Internet resource...Absolutely. Cookbook....HELL YEAH! Good old fashioned book....YUCK! I gave it my first attempt last night. Five minutes in and I was already skipping pages and looking for the "relevant" material. Five minutes after that I'm assuming I was sound asleep. Tonight I will try again....if nothing else, I will again accomplish #1 from yesterday's post!
A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP!!!
-busy taking care of me,
Make sure you take care of you!