It’s been about a week with the aforementioned changes in place and there is a definite improvement. I’ve been taking St. John’s Wort and Skullcap tinctures every 4-5 hours and it’s been sufficient to keep the pain in check for the past four days.
Friday was a pretty painful day and I wound up taking a dose of Vicodin in the morning while I had the kids at the park, which sucked. I also had an 8oz decaf Americano on the way. All in all not the best morning. I over did it on account of the Vicodin, so that when it wore off a few hours later I felt positively wrecked. Miserable. I drank about a quart of water while we were out, but this was definitely not enough to counter the desert sun and wind, the dried fruits and nuts we were snacking on, or the diuretic effect of the coffee. I had another pint of water in the car on the way home, but this was too little too late and I could feel the burning feeling that I get in my bones, eyes, mouth, nose and ears that comes of not enough water.
Yesterday was similar in the hydration department. I tend to forget to drink enough early in the day, not noticing until I start to feel those icky signs of dehydration. Then I have to drink a lot all at once to try to catch up and douse the rising pain. This kept me up for an extra hour last night so that I could get in that last quart of water. Which of course led to three trips to the bathroom in the first 90 minutes of sleep. Again, not the best I could have done, but it was a productive day with very little pain.
Today I woke up completely free of pain after a fairly heavy night of sleep (after the initial interuptions) and feeling well enough to get ready for a trip to town straight out of bed. I had the energy to oil my skin, braid my hair and dig through the summer clothes for a new T-shirt to wear.
I had dried fruit, nuts and tea for breakfast and followed it up with a quart of water dosed with a chlorophyll supplement called Chloroxygen, 25 drops of St. John’s Wort, and 60 drops of Echinacea. I also took two capsules of probiotics, and a teaspoon of fermented cod liver oil.
I had a couple of slips with food this week that resulted in feeling icky. Even though the package says “no ADDED MSG”, the organic Beef broth available here definitely has MSG derivatives in it. I rarely have access to organic beef stew bones, so when I need beef broth we wind up buying it. I always regret it though. It’s not worth it and I will begin substituting veggie broth or chicken broth instead. I always keep my vegetable scraps in a a bag in the freezer for making a no cost veggie broth and we have a beautifully rich chicken stock everytime we cook with chicken since we always buy it either whole or as bone-in pieces.
For more info on how I keep us (a family of 5) in a totally organic, whole food diet for $400-$700 per month (depending on what I have to work with) you can check out this post. Or this one. I’m planning to write a lot more about eating healthy on a serious budget, menu planning, dealing with food limitations, and the like. Whenever I do, I’ll copy a link to the posts here.
Another slip I had this week was Alden’s Organic Ice Cream. It has soy lecithin in it, which bothers me at this lowered level of health. At healthier times when I’ve been living within the rules for months Alden’s Organic Ice Cream is an acceptable treat, but I have to limit to once or twice in a week and not repeat the treat too often in a month.
It seems complicated, but it’s rather like learning the same rules you learned as a child: We don’t run into the road without looking, we don’t eat too much Halloween candy, ice cream for breakfast is not okay, onions and peanut butter don’t go together, etc. Once you get it, you get it and it’s a choice whether you adhere or not.
To our health!