My Secret Obsession
Thank-you Very Kerry Berry, I’m about to become “that” nutbar in the mind of the internet.
You know, when someone you’ve gotten to know and maybe actually get along with suddenly reveals something completely unexpected about themselves which sends your brain to a screeching halt and suddenly your friendship seems tainted with their weirdness? And maybe it only stuns you for a second and you get over it, but other times it becomes the only thing you see when you’re hanging out with them, and dude it’s so over?
Yeah. tell me again why I decided to join in this fun little internet meme?
So please forgive me my weirdness dear readers, as I know my obsession can be the ultimate can o’ worms opener. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…it’s not too late to click outta here… Why can’t I just have a simple clothes peg and flip flop obsession like regular women?
I actually asked the hubby “If you can’t count sewing and fabric related items and activities, would you say I’m obsessed over anything?” His response, complete with nonplussed blank stare, was “Have you seen the vitamin cupboard lately?”
Ooooh that’s right. I grabbed my camera and snagged this shot on my way downstairs..
Complete with the pair of hacky coughersons in the background playing Wii from the couch in the ugly, albeit aptly colored hospital- green room we still need to paint.
I decided I needed to use the piano bench to really see the full extent of this so-called “vitamin and natural health” obsession my hubby seems to think I have..
Ok, no we don’t take all of it all the time. But you could say I’m ready for just about any health condition someone in the house may develop.
I dunno, are we supposed to explain our obsessions? Or are we supposed to just put them out there then run in the opposite direction with our hands over our ears yelling “lalalalala I can’t hear you!” ?
I guess if you’re still reading you want to experience the full extent of this train wreck – good grief that really is a lot of supplements isn’t it?
I found some more healthy things lurking in my fridge..
When I was in high school, I somehow decided that I wanted to become a Naturopathic Doctor, and my amazing great Aunt bought me all the required reading textbooks for entry into some of the nearest colleges. I read them all. The humongous Vitamin and Supplement Excyclopedia, one on Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, Herbology, Ayurvedic medicine, Energy and Vibrational Healing, Michael Reed Gagh’s complete guide to Acupressure… oh the list goes on.
Fast forward to my mid twenties. I didn’t go to Bastyr University, but spent several semesters at SFU working on my BSc. and … well partying and drinking my health away. *eye roll*
One morning I woke up and couldn’t look down at my feet. Heck I couldn’t do anything without this awful searing pain through my entire body. The doctor said Fibromyalgia.
I said “I was healthy once, I will be healthy again” There was no way I was going to live my whole life like that! I knew the conventional route wasn’t going to help me – I was/am allergic to virtually every man-made medicine I’d ever tried. I even showed signs of the anaphalactic penicillin allergy which runs in the family. I couldn’t even tolerate the pain killers the he prescribed.
Nope. I put all that reading to practical use and changed . every . thing . I figured it was the combined way I was living my life which gave me this condition, so I should tackle it from all avenues. No more smoky bars, alcohol, needy “friends”, sleep deprivation, fast food, and prepackaged anything. I went all organic, cooked from scratch, put filters on everything, did every cleanse known to man, replaced all household and personal care products with natural alternatives, took up yoga twice a day, and I swear I was taking something like 50 vitamin / supplement pills a day.
It took me about a year. But I did it. No more pain, no more fibromyalgia.
Falling in love with Vince helped tremendously – I won’t lie *grin* And I’ve since had 2 healthy pregnancies and only one relapse which lasted 3 days. I went for a FAR Infrared sauna session and that was the end of it.
So yeah. You could say I have a natural health obsession. Vince calls me “healthier than thou” and has ensured the children are raised properly on MacDonalds, antibiotics, and children’s advil when the fever gets bad enough. At least it’s the non-dye stuff and usually 1/2 the listed dose does the trick.
And yes, it drives me nuts when my kids bring home the latest disease from that breeding cesspool of ick they like to call school. Don’t even get me started when they brought home the notice informing parents that hoof and mouth disease was making the rounds. Hoof and mouth? Oh sweetbabyjesus it took everything I had to send them back every morning.
Ok. I’ll stop now, even though this really is only the tip of the iceberg…. I wonder if anyone is even still reading?