My good friend, The Horsewoman (who is fit, fabulous and nearly fifty!) has talked me into going on a 10 day juice only fast.
I'm not at all sure it will do any good, in fact I was somewhat concerned that it might be harmful but Dr McLovely grimaced and said I would be starving but that it probably would do no harm.
Most people with chronic illnesses, in my experience, will get depressed and frazzled (or as my Mum would have said "I'm at my wit's end") with the relentless nature of their condition and will try the occasional fad or radical diet. This is mine. Being a rather analytical person by nature I thought it might be interesting to post here on the blog every day and give any poor sod who's reading this an update. So I thought I would put together a little spreadsheet (yes I confess analytical) and look at the things that bother me consistently and see if there are any noticeable changes. Now as stated elsewhere in this weighty tome yesterday was not a good day... actually it was a BAD day so it is not a very good yardstick against which to measure these subjective assessments of my condition. So in addition to starting with an assessment of yesterday I will include an assessment of my version of an average day, I'll call it the Edna Everage Day - Day 0 is yesterday and I started last night.
|Edna Everage Day||DAY 0|
|Constant Pain||Constant dull aches||Not quite “Shoot me now!” but a VERY achy day|
|Stabbing or Shooting Pain||Intermittent but many times a day – hips, knees, shoulders, back, neck – the usual suspects||Always somewhere – shoulders, elbows, hips|
|Energy||Like I used to feel when I had a cold or the flu.||Moving very slowly but getting things done – Very tired/fatigued.|
|Skin||Irritation and itchiness usually when I try to relax||My clothes/shoes were hurting me – hypersensitive|
|Depression||A bit down||A bit down|
|Anxiety||Fluctuating at times high||Fluctuating at times high|
|Sleep||Restless, broken, some insomnia||Broken about 6 hours in total|
|Restlessness||Limited ability to be still||Unable to be still at all.|
|Fumbling & Stumbling||Drop things, bump into things, catch feet on uneven surfaces & stumble||Bad. Dropped several things, tripped multiple times and nearly fell.|
|Balance & Vertigo||Varied equilibrium issues with occasional vertigo||Equilibrium was off, staggered several times, slight head spin.|
|Hunger||Not usually||Hungry at night after juice|
Dinner last night was an interesting concoction of carrots, spinach, celery, apple, ginger and tomato followed by a juice of apple, pear and celery (for dessert LOL).
Well stay tuned if you are interested otherwise my normal rambling blogs will still keep coming and you can skip these ones that will be headed as above.
Let it be said at the outset, I'm a skeptic and I don't think I will see any significant changes in my pain or fatigue levels, however, I would be DELIGHTED to be proven wrong!