Day 15 – When Life Gives You Lemons and Limes
Have I mentioned I am a functioning hypochondriac? If that is really a thing, then I for sure have it. I can diagnose myself with nearly any malady known to man. If I watch a show and a character has a heart attack, my left arm starts to ache. If I hear a story about someone dying of a brain aneurysm, I can totally feel a headache coming on. If I have a sore muscle in my leg, I start to Google blood clots. The amusing thing about my form of hypochondria is that while I can become quite convinced I am suffering from a severe malady, I rarely if ever see a physician. I guess I would rather just succumb to whatever is awaiting me then to actually pay money to find out that there really is nothing wrong with me. So basically I’m a cheap, functioning hypochondriac. A fact which I’m sure brings my long-suffering husband some relief as he has to live through my self-diagnosed demise every time I have a sniffle. I’ve mentioned before my hypochondria isn’t limited to me, it has extended to my dog – BUT unlike my reluctance to go to the doctor, I drag his furry butt to the vet every time he looks at me strangely. My obsession, however, does not extend to my child – for her I just slap a band aid on whatever is hurting and tell her to brush it off – there is probably a bunch of therapy needed for me, but that just costs too much so I will continue to soldier on in my whacky brained world.
I say all this to say that I am currently convinced that I am suffering from low stomach acid. The reason? I am obsessed with all things citrus – I am craving limes in my water, citrus shampoo for my hair, lemon scented candles for my house – if it is a citrus product – I am desperate for it.
This, of course, led me to Google what it means if you are craving citrus and this is the WedMD diagnosis…. “If you commonly crave acidic foods like lemons and limes, you could be low in stomach acid. Strong stomach acid is your body’s first line of defense and serves the purpose of sterilizing your food, disinfecting the stomach, and breaking down your foods (particularly proteins).” So, what I see here is that for some reason I have undigested, unsterilized food just hanging out in my gut and my craving for citrus is my body’s way of saying that I need to get control of that. So basically I am dying of food rot. Not nearly as exotic as other ways to go, but definitely not boring. So that is good, I guess. I mean have you ever heard of someone expiring from rotted food in their stomach from a lack of citrus consumption? I haven’t, so it could at least be an interesting medical segment on the 10 o’clock news – but probably on a Friday night because no one watches the news on Friday nights and food rot isn’t really THAT interesting.
And with that I will say, welcome to the half way point of our journey – and I need some more lime water.
See ya tomorrow!
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