When the Going Gets Tough, What Do Wimps Like Me Do?

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Alas, 9.5 months in, and things have gotten a little bonkers. In my last post, I filled you in on how I thought one of the supplements — the one Doc had doubled — wasn’t doing so well in this body o’mine. Among the many weird things that happened, the skin on my scalp got (or felt) ridiculously tight all the time, like the way my thighs feel when they’re in jeans that are beyond any hope of mercy. I’d noticed that the hair in my wonky right eyebrow was thinning — not as quickly as usual, but definitely ditching this lovely face. The tiny bit of hair on my head seemed to be holding on, but new growth seemed to have slowed and the fuzz on the back wasn’t as noticeable, possibly falling out, too. Same with the hair on my arms. My nails started to peel and split every which way possible, like nothing I’ve ever seen. My feet got insanely dry and cracked and, something I noticed last of all just before going off the supplement, the skin on the back of my ankles (achilles area) became incredibly thick and dry, too.

So, when things get tough, what do wimps like me do? Usually, I back down. Typically, that looks like quitting (sometimes, it looks more like napping). This time, though, I’m going to hang in there. Not throwing in the towel yet, not when so many other things feel so much better. (No joint pain? Yea! No rashes or boils? Yahoo!)

Now, two weeks after I’ve dropped that supplement and another that Doc told me to go off, here’s the update: The right eyebrow is essentially all gone and this is the worst it’s been in many years. My left eyebrow is starting to go in the middle (and this is the good one, the one that’s mostly stuck by me for all these years, sigh…). Those are the bad things. The somewhat, slightly better news is that my nails are still a mess, but they seem to be calming down a bit. I’ve had to cut them off, entirely, down to as short as they can go without drawing blood, but what’s left of them looks a little less haggard and ridgey and peely, so that’s encouraging. My scalp feels much, much better now, too. There’s not any new growth and I’m still losing at the usual rate (which means I’m on a deficit, after a couple of months of things looking up this past summer), but the skin on my scalp feels better, back to normal, which is encouraging. The skin over my achilles tendons is just about 100% normal again, too, and my feet are at about 90%.

When I cut out the supplement that I believe is at the root of this, I also cut down on another that I’ve been on a while (since March, I think) and cut out the trace minerals that I’d been on a long time, too. That was two weeks ago and today, with some things still dicey, I decided to simplify things even more: I’m only taking the digestive enzymes (one a day, three times a day, per Doc), another supplement (one, two times a day) and vitamin D. That’s it for a while. While this is far less than Doc would have me on, here’s my thinking: If my gut really is healing (and I think it is), then it should also be absorbing nutrients better. And if that’s the case, then the amounts of things that worked when my gut was a mess may be too much for my system now, throwing things off. It’s three weeks until my next appointment with Doc, so we’ll see how it goes. (As I write this, an article on mindbodygreen.com states that it can take as long as 18-24 months for the gut to heal, so I’m only about halfway through, at best, if that’s true…)

Along those lines, I’m really going to focus on getting essentially all of my vitamins and minerals through what I eat, and in that realm, I can do better than I have been lately. Not that I’ve been bad, but there are things I can tighten up. For example, I’ve slacked on a couple of things that I’d been good about last spring and summer, so I’m going to get those back on track because I do think they help. Primarily, eating more greens — lots of greens, every day! — and getting some coconut oil in daily (ingested, not topically, although I love it for that, too), and making and eating my gelatin snacks again. I’ve probably also slipped a bit with the sugar (damn those delectable, dark-chocolate and sea salt-covered almonds!) I’ve also let myself have a few cups of decaf coffee a week, and I’ll cut that down to one or less, just in case it’s still impacting my gut health (even decaf has acids in it that can throw the balance of a gut in healing mode).

I’m continuing with Barre3 (love it!), so that’s cheery.

The eyebrow thing is highly discouraging but we’ll see — although they can be stubborn with hair growth, they don’t usually take as long as the hair on my head (which comes back about, oh, every never or so). I’ll also know if things are turning around by my nails which, if all goes well, could be better in a couple of weeks.

All in, still feeling like things are getting healthier despite the major setback…and feeling more resilient than wimpy, too, which is a total turnaround for this ole’ baldy.

{Note: These are my own experiences with applied kinesiology, which clearly aren’t meant as medical advice for anyone else. But I know a lot of friends and family members are grappling with a huge variety of autoimmune issues and other ailments, so I’m happy to share my experiences. And if this is your first visit and you’d like to follow chronologically, click here. Otherwise, enjoy!}

{Photo: Thanks, Pixabay! Pixabay via Pexels.com}

 

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