Thursday, May 2, 2013

Are you Tired, Or Something More?

I haven't posted anything since March. I have however tried to keep up with my Facebook page as best that could. Did you wonder where I was? No? I'll fill you in anyway because it's my blog and I can write whatever I want. ;)

About seven months ago I started feeling really fatigued, run down and (more) stressed than normal. My sleep quality and quantity was suffering, my mind was foggy and I was constantly getting sick. This is a problem I've had in the past and my doctor would say, "Nothing is wrong with you, I'll give you a sleeping pill and you'll be fine." I never filled the script because I was a "crazy person" who wanted to do everything "naturally." None of this made any sense to me because I was already eating strict Paleo! I shouldn't be having these problems! I just thought I needed to train more, but that only made it worse. Nothing was working and I had no good reason to feel the way I did.  After all, I was "the healthiest person I know" to everyone-- and I am dammit! But this is the way I felt before going Paleo and I was slipping back, but why?

During that seven months, I was doing the same things I have always done... I put blinders on by telling myself to "snap out of it and quit being so lazy" and thus concealing the fact I was in trouble because I was too proud to admit it.  I also kept piling things on my plate-- who am I kidding I don't have a plate I have a trough, a deep one. I have always had a lot of responsibilities; as a child, my sister an I had to be adults in every sense of the word (that's a whole other post) so it's something that I'm pretty comfortable with.  I prefer to be busy, and I always say "better busy then bored." This time I had really over-done it, I was taking on everything I could in every area in my life.  On top of that I was trying to fight off a Candida (yeast) overgrowth in my gut (still to be 100% confirmed by some medical tests) that I haven't been able to get rid of and have probably been dealing with for several years. I just couldn't win.

One day in mid-March as I was driving to work and was approaching a red light, the same red light I see every morning on my way to work, except I looked up at the red light and simply KEPT GOING. I stopped just short of t-boning another car.

Blinders off.  What the hell? Something's wrong with me.

Over the next few days, I started thinking about all the things I'd been forgetting about and it scared me: I was forgetting simple words (aphasia), I was trying to take out my contacts after they were already out, I would go in the bathroom and have no idea how or why I was there, while at work I would forget what client I was working with (all these lapses in short-term memory). Recently, I needed eleven stitches after nearly filet-ing my left index finger while cutting a butternut squash. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks...

ADRENAL FATIGUE.

I called Casey and told him, and we wondered why we hadn't thought of it earlier. Maybe because I wouldn't admit to myself that anything was wrong? We decided that we needed to get back to basics. He canceled cable the same day. Let's get real, TV overstimulates our brains, it's a FACT, and I certainly didn't need that. Besides, we could use the extra money for other things, like grass-fed meat. Next, we went to PaleoFX in Austin. It was like in church when you feel the Preacher speaking to/about you in the sermon and I couldn't ignore it. Adrenal Fatigue came up in every lecture that we attended. So did the link between candida and the adrenals... To say it was eye-opening would be the understatement over the century.  We sat in on the lectures of  Dr. Amy Myers, a functional medicine doctor who presented at PaleoFX. What do you know she has a practice in Austin, just a short 4 hour drive for me! When we got home, Casey insisted that I make an appointment with her, so I did. I mean, isn't it my duty as a wife to do as my husband says *eyeroll*?

Well, I'm happy to announce that I am on the road to recovery and this week I have felt better than I have in months. I've only been to one appointment so far but it was a great experience. Not only did I consult with her dietitian, Brianna, and talk about a food prescription, but it was so nice to not be looked at like I was crazy or be told that I was "just tired." I also LOVE that Dr. Myers brings her dog Bella to work, I always trust "animal people."  I get my lab results back in a few weeks and I've got a lot more work to put in but I will keep everyone up-to-date on my exciting journey to Ultrahealth.

Now you know what I've been up to. Bet you wished you hadn't asked, huh? Anyway, I hope to have a special recipe for Cinco De Mayo in the next day or two, so be on the look out. I'm so happy to be cooking again!!! 

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