About a year and a half ago, I started feeling tired. Started, nuthin'. I've been tired for decades! But I started getting more tired. And irritable. And just... off. I got my thyroid levels checked and they were fine. I made a concerted effort to get more sleep, and that helped some. I swore off sugar and that helped more. But my body wasn't working right, and I knew it.
I had a hard time falling asleep, and I would wake up several times every night,. My vision was blurry. I had mild stomachaches most of the time, unless I actually ate something, and then it would hurt more. The food would stay in my stomach for four hours or longer without progressing through the system, and then it would hurry on out. My feet hurt and I couldn't raise up on tippytoes. I had headaches. I had bad mood swings connected to my monthly cycle. My skin hurt in patches. I got terribly sensitive to chemicals of all kinds. If any neighbors sprayed their lawns, I felt sick. I couldn't use deodorant, shampoo, perfume, or any sort of cleaning supplies without feeling sick. I could taste the chemicals! My face broke out like a teenager. My hair got thinner. And I was so tired. Me and the couch were best buddies. By last summer, I'd had enough. I had felt miserable for long enough that I was willing to do anything to feel better. I was desperate enough to (gasp!) go to the doctor.
With the help of a friend, I found a medical doctor who works with a homeopath, and I scheduled an appointment. When I got there, I felt more validated than I have for a long time. You mean I am not making this up? There is actually something wrong with me? I'm don't have crazy in my coconut? Well, I probably do have a lot of crazy, but this wasn't one of them.
With their help, I changed my thyroid medication, revamped my already-getting-more-healthy diet, and started taking a handful of supplements. I've seen quite a change in the past 6 months. I can eat without stomachaches. I lost most of my baby belly and twin skin. My digestion is nearly normal. My energy is going back up. My brain isn't quite so foggy. My skin is clear and rosy, and my hair is growing like crazy. I love my family instead of being perpetually annoyed by everyone!
I'm not all the way out of the woods. I'm off most of the supplements, but I still have a restrictive diet. If I cheat, the gut pain lets me know about it... for days. But I'm growing accustomed to feeling healthy and eating healthy. If this is what it takes to be healthy and feel good, I think I'll take it.
It feels good to be back. Here's to a happy, healthy year!