What a wonderful morning it is! I woke up today bright and energized with out the help of an alarm clock, completely unprecedented lately, I will explain later. Inspired by the burst of energy and the rain storm that hit our area last night, I brewed up a cup of mint tea, slipped on a pair of flip flops and walked out the front door.
Dew drops were abundant, wildflowers were radiant, and the quiet peace of morning calmed my soul. A hummingbird found my neighbors flowering tree. And the highlight- as the sun broke over the tip of the mountains (which are still more green than this photo) the birds erupted in chorus welcoming new day.
My heart was filled with prayerful gratitude. These moments have been few and far between for me. Health problems have been abundant- fibromyalgia symptoms of fatigue, foggy brain, achy muscles… and most recently, a tormenting 12 day migraine.
This migraine blew any headache I’ve ever had completely off the radar. My head felt like it was going to explode for days. I walked around indoors with sunglasses (no, I was not just trying to be cool!) whimpered in pain as my children made even happy sounds (how messed up is that?) and every task took monumental effort to accomplish (if I was lucky enough to finish.)
Something was seriously wrong with my body. I found myself questioning what I’ve been doing wrong- I run, I eat a healthy vegan diet loaded with fruits and veggies, I avoid processed foods, white flour, sugar, and soda. How in the world could it be that I was putting so much effort into health and yet my body was completely shutting down?
DAY 10: I finally caved. I went to the urgent care (I REALLY don’t like hospitals) who turned me away and sent me to the Emergency Room (did I mention I don’t like hospitals?) I then sat for 2 hours in the waiting room, still sporting sunglasses at 8pm, only to realize I had another 2 hours before I would even get back to see a nurse. I made a call and my husband came to pick me up- the torture of a jam packed lobby loaded with injured and sick people was worse than the headache.
DAY 11: I went to the Doctor who started me on a cleanse diet 3 months ago in an attempt to “clean out my gut.” Surely he had some way to figure this out! He gave me a vitamin IV and two medications. I was so hopeful. Maybe my migraine would finally give! Maybe I could feel like myself again!
But alas, relief was not to be found. Instead I found myself back in the hospital, severely drugged and having a serious reaction to the medicine. Thankfully this hospital was quiet with no wait and I was swiftly brought to see the doctor. He gave me more drugs (yikes!) and everything went into slow motion with a hint of nausea and slurred speech. They ran tests (CAT scans, bloodwork, etc) and the results- I was perfectly healthy! Say WHAT?!
The doctor blamed it on stress. He wasn’t the only one who had mentioned it. Maybe I am more of a stress case than I thought? But it didn’t sit right. Most of my stress lately has come from the inability to function at my normal level and do the responsibilities required of a mother of 3.
DAY 12: In comes Somer (angels sing in chorus.) She spent the morning scouring the internet and came across the relation of migraine headaches to the pH levels in your body. Her theory- I was acidic.
Since I still had no relief, I quickly jumped on the bandwagon of possibility. I pulled up some acid vs. alkaline charts and got to work.
First up- Lemon Water. 3 Tbl organic lemon juice in a 16 oz glass of RO water. I chugged it. Did the “sour-shiver-dance” and waited. Within minutes, it felt like a cloud lifted a little in front of my eyes.
I broke out whole avocados, more lemon, almonds, greens- I powered through more alkaline foods as the day went by and I continued to feel improvement! *insert happy dance*
DAY 13: I woke up with a hint of a migraine. It continued to progress, regardless of my alkaline food intake. What if it was all an illusion? Afternoon rolled around and so did the need to go on a family outing (5 people in 1 car + migraine, ouch!) I was desperate. We chose the restaurant next to Jamba Juice where I would make a final attempt at the pH theory with a double shot of wheatgrass.
I kid you not- within SECONDS I felt the difference. A thick cloud lifted, the migraine cleared and I joined the kiddos in being ridiculously goofy through their dinner. My husband’s eyes danced wondering “Is this really happening? Has my pained wife come back to life?” We all smiled and cheered and celebrated by going back to Jamba for wheat grass shots all around. I had another double, as did my hubby, and my oldest had a single while the younger two had sips. I was light on my feet, social with the neighbors, and bright-eyed through the evening. Success!
Day 14: I laid in bed for a minute this morning as my dream floated into the distance. My mind was alert and my body energized. NO HEADACHE. I couldn’t stay in bed, I wanted to be up at 6:45am! [Insert morning walk from above here]
Coincidence? I think not. We’re going to roll with this one. Doctors have been baffled. Specialists have given me the what-in-the-world-will-I-do-with-you look. And yet, in a moment of prayerful desperation, a health minded friend came through.
3 months into veganism, I am travelling another route- onward to alkalinity. Keeping my fingers crossed!