I know, you guys tell me it’s free ice-cream and I shouldn’t care if it’s late, but I try to post every morning.
As I’ve said here before, I’m a low-carb eater. In fact, more low-carb than Atkins although I can stray to Atkins levels without huge issues, unless I make it a pattern.
I have continued on atkins despite not losing an ounce over several years, because if I od on carbs it serves as a trigger for my autoimmune. (In fact, I went low carb because the skin manifestation of my auto-immune was all over my body and I couldn’t sleep or do anything else either)
The skin part of it is “eczema” at least in presentation, but to quote my eye doctor when I went to him with some very specific and weird eye issues, my auto immune manifests as “dryness.” Dryness on the skin, dryness on the joints… and dryness in the eyes.
Like an idiot I strayed what I thought was a safe (wasn’t) amount the day before yesterday. Yesterday my eyes were so dry that even the eye drops only provided temporary relief. This means that my eyes are “on the edge of focusing” at any given time, but never fully focus. This is fine for answering comments on facebook (or here) but it’s incredibly difficult to write even something the length of a blog post. It comes with other symptoms, like joint pain and itching, but yesterday I also felt as though I was drunk (and I’m not sure why.) The “drunk” feeling might be because my asthma also makes an appearance and I’m on low oxygen.
It was never enough to say “OMG, let’s go to the hospital” — it was just unpleasant and annoying and work-stopping. I didn’t want to sleep which is the only safe activity, reading was not very easy because of not being able to focus, and there wasn’t much else I could do.
So, when you offer me cake at birthday parties or biscuits at a con suite, this is what I’m fighting. I can have the occasional serving of French fries, or even bread, provided I’m not already going through an auto-immune flare up. If I am already there, though, I end up, like yesterday, having one of the most unpleasant days of my life.
Okay — I don’t want to become like those elderly ladies who talk about their health non-stop. I just thought this needed an explanation so next time I say “ODed on Carbs” or “Autoimmune flare up” you get the full picture.
I’m feeling much better today, though my eyes still feel dry. They’re past the point where I can’t focus, though, and I can focus.
When I’m done with this, I’ll put eyedrops in and do a real post 😉