Sometimes a chronic condition can become a self-feeding demon. Early this spring I had to quit taking the medication that had kept my allergies at bay for several years. For some reason neither my doctor nor I thought to find an immediate replacement. I didn’t notice the downhill spiral I had entered. I was tired, so I skipped washing the blankets one week. The next week I was more tired, so I didn’t do the blankets and I didn’t vacuum as thoroughly as I could. (You can see where this is going right?) Soon it was more than tired, it was cranky and miserable, with itchy eyes and sneezing my head off in a mess no one could see, but that was making me sick.
Yesterday we were unable to complete the testing after I reacted badly to the scratch test (there’s another level for those not familiar with allergy testing). I have been given new medication to get my symptoms under control.
But medications mask the problem and they can’t fix everything. Yesterday, the dust mites were served an eviction notice. We vacuumed, washed all the bedding on HOT (that’s why I like white and cotton). Mr. Heather was kind enough to go purchase new pillows as our old ones were probably dust mite factories.
In addition to the war on dust mites, my goal is to get back on track with meal planning, drinking water, taking my vitamins, and exercising. I miss feeling healthy. I know that some of you are in a similar situation, whatever the cause. Sometimes all it takes to get off track is busyness. Kids get out of school and throw routines off. Spouses change jobs, children graduate, whatever the life event, sometimes we get thrown for a loop.
Twitter is a service that is useful for groups like I have in mind. My Twitter name is @heathersolos. If you’d like to create a community of encouragement, leave your Twittername in the comments so we can find each other. We can create a hashtag to mark our messages to the group. I’m considering #backontrack. If there is interest you’ll find those participating by visiting http://search.twitter.com and entering #backontrack into the search bar. (There won’t be any results until we get rolling.) The purpose of the group is simply to report our successes and cheer each other on for the little victories that can so easily go unnoticed.
Oh, and Home Eccers, if I’m around, I don’t mind answering your cooking questions on Twitter. Just remember I sometimes have a life outside of the Internet and may not be able to answer immediately. Sometimes. Those questions don’t need a hashtag, just make sure you direct them at me so I don’t miss the tweet.
So, who is in?