The Secret to My Summer Serenity

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Hello, friends, I hope this finds you and yours well.

It’s been a while since I updated the blog and with so much going on, it felt silly to talk about my autoimmune stuff in a time of pandemic. Still, it’s something that you’ve read about for the better part of three years now, so why make you wait any longer?

In the last post, my body was at a surprisingly low point, given that things had been stable-to-good for a couple of years. But, alas, I think the stresses piled up and along with them, inflammation and pain reared their heads again, too.

So, a quick update on that situation first.

Although things are still stressful, I’ve managed to get the pain down quite a bit. It still wakes me some nights but during the day, it’s generally better in my hip, at least. The shoulder I’m sure is rotator cuff irritation and I’ve been doing some first-level treatment: exercises, managed movement and occasional ice. Between the two pain points, I’d say I’m a solid 85-90% better than I was in April, so that’s swell.

The next point is the supercharged yogurt. Considering I’ve made about 45 batches to date, I must like it, yes? And I do. It definitely helps my mood and digestion and as soon as I go just a few days between batches, my eyebrows start to fall out and from there, lashes, too. A week or so back on, and voila, there they are again. So, yes, I’m committed because I like my yogurt and I don’t like being browless and lashless, not if I can help it.

I’m also still doing my VeganSmart shakes with the Garden of Life probiotics.

And, importantly, I’m just wrapping up month 2 of Nutrafol. As you may recall, I was just starting it when I posted last time. I haven’t had much luck with adaptogens (recall this awful incident?) and with other probiotics (remember my Seed experiment?).

So far, though, Nutrafol has been fine. I haven’t had any of the negative reactions that I had with others, nor any of the autoimmune flares that I’d read about in a couple of other reviews. While it’s too soon for it to do anything to my little bits of hair and isn’t intended to be a cure or comfort for autoimmune hair loss (ie, alopecia areata, totalis, universalis and the rest), it hasn’t done anything negative and the related stuff, like skin and hair, all look and feel good. The only negative in my book is that I choked on them a few times (they’re big capsules!), so now I dump them into my VeganSmart shake each day, much easier.

And, finally, the secret to my serenity in these crazy times and summer heat: a kiddie pool. Best investment ever (and “investment” is hardly warranted, considering it cost less than a pair of decent running shoes). I baby the heck out of it with twice- and thrice-daily skimmings and daily interior cleanings to keep her crystal clear and sparkling. And then I float for an hour under blue skies and the dappled shade and shimmering-green leaves from the branches of lovely Maggie, our 130-year-old Norway Maple. It’s truly and absolutely one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself and I highly recommend it.

I hope in these crazy times you find something simple that gives you peace, too.

Stay safe and well, friends. I’ll be in touch again soon.

Photo by Pineapple Supply Co. from Pexels, thank you!

{Note: These are my own experiences with holistic healing and a whole slew of self-experiments and 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!}