Are the clouds finally parting?
Nope! And that’s how I ended up with a vitamin D deficiency.
Ugh! I guess it makes sense though, with an average of 299 cloudy days a year where I live; it’s no wonder. I moved here from Hawaii, and it wasn’t until recently that I noticed just how different I’ve been feeling. Perhaps it was a gradual thing? Also, probably about a year after moving here about 3 1/2 years ago, I had experienced a tragic life event that left me crushed. I won’t go into exactly what that was, it’s still too painful for me to talk about, but I thought it was the only reason that I haven’t been feeling like myself for so long.
I finally went to the doctor and explained to her the way I’ve been feeling. Depressed and exhausted. She sent me for some blood work, and I forgot about it for a while.
Then I received a letter (and vitamin D prescription) from my doctor saying that I had a deficiency and it gave me the instructions on how to take my prescription. The letter said my goal levels were between 50 and 100 and my level was currently at a 19.
Well, I have no idea what a vitamin D deficiency or those levels mean or what the symptoms are so I read a few articles, and I was shocked and relieved. Here is a link to one of the articles, in case your interested.
You might want to read it, because as it states, “more than 40 percent of Americans are deficient” and that “Aches and pains? You can easily chalk them up to the aftereffects of your last workout—or simply not being 20 anymore. Tiredness? That could be because you aren’t getting enough quality sleep.”
I know, I know. You had no idea that I wasn’t in my 20s anymore since I look so young.
I found that I had quite a few of the symptoms.
Muscle Weakness ✅
Crankiness ✅ What? No way! I’m a delight!
Actually, I haven’t been super cranky, but I also haven’t been my normally happy self. Maybe moodiness would be a better descriptor for me. I’ve definitely been moody. I’ve been either very happy or extremely low.
For years, life has felt overwhelming and exhausting. My writing suffered. I wondered what was wrong with me. But maybe now I know. At least the physical component anyway. But I’m also taking steps to work on the emotional pain that I was too scared to confront or admit before.
I started taking my supplements last week, and I’m already feeling better. I can’t believe the difference in my energy and mood. I’m feeling quite happy and hopeful. The thought of returning to the way I used to feel (without needing to take some drug with its own commercial and side effects like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, and death) is incredible.
I’m so happy that the thought of working on my novels feels exciting again and not like a chore anymore.
AND I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be co-hosting a new Indie tag on Twitter. @Peachytags
You’ll be able to play along with me and my two wonderful co-hosts, @Billie_Jean00 and on Saturday mornings at 8 AM. (You know I’m feeling better if I said yes to something that happens before 10 AM on a Saturday! Ha ha!)
It’s going to be so much fun. If you’re on Twitter, I really hope you’ll follow our tag and play along.
And you know what… I change my mind. The clouds are indeed parting.
I have a very good feeling that my efforts to write, clean, work, or do just about anything else will go from feeling like this…
To feeling like this…
I’m so excited to move forward, and I can’t wait to feel like me again! Woot woot!