TIME TO RANT

I could sign under this with both my hands and feet, it’s So, so, SO true! I was in mainstream schools for only a couple of years, but it was enough for me to experience all that. Thank you for expressing it so powerfully. 🙂

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Yesterday I was watching a graduation video of a disabled person and boy did the crowd go wild. Then I remembered my own and other disabled people’s graduations and it’s always the same thing! Standing ovations, cheering audiences, everyone is just overjoyed celebrating your accomplishments. An entire community sharing in the joy of a person who has a disability and I can’t help but wonder where that community was when I was tripping and stumbling my way to class… Where were they when I was refused entry into buildings and kicked out of campus residence because guide dogs weren’t allowed. Where were they when I was begging and bargaining for textbooks in accessible formats to be delivered to me at least before I had to write exams. When I was knocking on doors trying to raise enough money to cover my studies and the equipment I needed to make my…

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Question of the day.

Recommend to us a lifestyle change.

My answer:

It’s a little hard, I think, because everyone of us can have a completely different lifestyle, has different needs etc. Something pretty universal would be I guess drinking more of healthy drinks. I have an impressionn that we, people in general, drink too little and if we do, these are often fluids that are paradoxically dehydrating like coffee or other caffeinated drinks or fizzy drinks, different very sugary juices, or alcohol, or other stuff like this. I know not all people like drinking just water, although I love it and think it’s just the best thing to drink, but if we’d at least drink some healthy teas, like green tea, or some natural juices, or other fresh and natural drinks that could really help us stay hydrated, that’d still be cool. My Mum, who as I told you multiple times is a lifestyle and health geek, found out a few months ago that actually the best thing to do is to drink water with a little little bit amount of… salt. You can either melt it in the water and then it’s yucky but you can be satisfied when you drink it that you are a total hero, or you can just put the salt in your mouth and then drink the water so it would be less yucky and will melt sooner. But it needs to be healthy salt, like Himalaian or something like this, it is pointless to drink it with your normal salt that you can get in every shop, you’d rather destroy your kidneys this way, or something else. Anyway, apparently if you get in the water with the right kind of salt you get more natrium this way as well as some other things that help your overall well-being, and, what may be a bit paradoxical for some, you can even drop down your blood pressure if it’s too high. Actually it’s quite logical thing if we’ll think that salt keeps the water in our body, although it doesn’t change the fact that this combination is pretty yucky so I myself rarely managed to drink it. My Mum has heard it works for many types of migraines, because they often happen when your natrium is low, and probably something else, and I have migraines very often and tried it, and it actually helped me. But this migraine can’t be full-blown, ’cause then I don’t think anyone would be able to drink water with salt, you’re already nauseous without it, so you need to do it before it fully develops if you want to see the effects. So that would be my vague recommendation for you guys. I can share more details with you as for that my Mum’s discovery if you’d like to find out more and din’t know about it before.

What would you recommend to me and other of my readers? 🙂

Question of the day.

Name one thing you must do more of and one thing you must do less of.

My answer:

Lately I noticed I need more physical activity. It’s been a little bit hard recently. For most of my life, my main physical activity has been horse riding. But this year things have changed slightly. I am taking my final exams this year and preparations consume quite a lot of time, and also money, as I have the tutor who helps me with maths, which is obligatory to pass the exam from and I simply wouldn’t be able to achieve this without her help, I’d say it’s even doubtful with it, but anyway… I needed to stop horse riding for some time as it also consumes a lot of both things. Besides my horse riding instructor and hipotherapist is a very busy person, she is also a professional rider, a doctor – working as anasthesiologist, neurologist and now also on A&E, ER or however you call it – and a mum, and has a lot of both children and adults she works with as either hipotherapist or riding instructor, so sometimes she just doesn’t manage to crowd everyone in her schedule and as I am one of people with less complex needs of those she works with and don’t necessarily need constant therapy/stimulation, it’s more of my hobby, it often happens that I may have breaks between my riding. Also my horse has been not in the best condition lately. I think I”ve told you about my horse Łoś who is quite an old guy with lots of stormy and not the nicest life experiences and because of that, he’s having more and more health troubles, recently something’s going on with his bronchi. I have my “emergency” horse – Rudy – but he has a lot of people who ride him, mostly children, on a regular basis, so it isn’t always possible for me to ride him. ANd also I’ve been through that awful skin infection which I had on my leg this year which was too painful to ride with. So actually the last time I rode was sometime in December. That’s such a pity. I feel like I’ll forget how to ride! That would be scary, but I hope I won’t and that I’ll be able to come back to riding soon.

Anyway, I’m out of riding for now and it’s a little hard to find some replacement activity. My spacial orientation and related stuff are rubbish, I’m barely able to navigate through our backyard and I don’t feel very confident about it, not to mention anything outside, I need someone to guide me. So I can’t organise much for myself. We do have some walk from time to time with Mum as we have some time on our hands at the same moment, but we both feel like it’s too rarely. At least I do some muscle exercises for my legs to not go out of practice when I’m back to riding, but I’m not that very systematic about that to be honest, especially now in all that mishmash. Hope I’ll be able to take it more seriously after the term session, maybe then I’ll have some more spare time, if the stress before the final exams won’t eat me completely.

The thing I think I should do less is overthinking. This is something I’m really an expert about, I could be a PHD in overthinking really lol. I feel like it’s a bit pathological and often very overwhelming so that I can feel absolutely insane just because of my thoughts overwhelming me. It’s damn hard to have any control over this, but I need to try and try and maybe someday I’ll succeed?

Now it’s your turn. 🙂

Question of the day.

Now we’ll start a bit of a lifestyle questions series, hope you’ll like them. 🙂

Name three things you consume because you believe them to be beneficial to your health.

My answer:

Olives, black and green – I love to eat them (I NEVER eat anything strictly for health purposes if I don’t like it, unless I’m somehow very ill and it’s like the only option to help myself) and I’ve heard they are helpful for our brains, which is very important for me, as I am a freak in this matter, both because I’m simply interested with the brain and am afraid of neurodegenerative illnesses like Alzheimer, Parkinson and others, any dementias and anything capable of destroying human mind. I eat quite a lot of almonds, nuts etc. for the same purpose.

Kefir – as much as I believe milk isn’t the right choice for other people than babies and I don’t like milk and often feel a bit weird after drinking it even though I don’t have any allergy to it, I do like many other milk products and believe they are good for people. Kefir is my favourite. I just love it. It has a lot of calcium apparently, as well as probiotic bacteries. I always use it as a probiotic when I take any antibiotics and it really does work for me. Plus it’s just yummy and refreshing so you can just drink it when you’re thirsty on a hot, summer day and not have any water with you and it quenches thirst really well, just like water.

Lots of spicy things, like chilli, Cayenne pepper, piri piri peppers, garlic, onion, ginger, etc. I’ve heard it all, or some of these products have in them something called… capsaicine? I hope I spell it right, actually I only know for sure how it’s spelled in Polish so just guessing, but it can’t be much different. Anyway, this capsaicine or capsaicin or capsaicinum or whatever it is, is very popular recently, I guess especially amongst people struggling with overweight, because it apparently speeds up the metabolism. I’ve never struggled with any extra weight, actually, I’ve been pretty much underweight for most of my life, but I have hypothyroidism and hypopituitarism which are generally said to slow metabolism down pretty much. Other than that, I love garlic for its antibiotic properties. I hate antibiotics for one reason – actually there are a few, but they all come from one major thing – I’m emetophobic. And if you are emetophobic and on an antibiotic, you might have quite a few reasons for being anxious, the biggest one is simply that vomiting/nausea etc. are one of the most common side effects of such therapy. So any time I feel like I might be sick with something more than a cold, the first thing I do is eating deterent amounts of garlic. Deterent both for the bacteries – at least in some way – and for people around me as well. 😀 Well it may not cure me totally if I’m particularly sick, but it does help usually. Another reason why I love to eat healthy spicy things is that they help our bodies get rid of extra mucus. As you may know our so called modern lifestyle and modern diet affects us in many negative ways, among others we eat a lot of mucogenic foods and too much mucus isn’t good for our bodies. I have an issue with it after my Mum that I have a tendency to have a lot of mucus in the respiratory tracts whichi is a bit shitty in combination with allergies and asthma and which I definitely don’t want, so I need to somehow clean of it and spicy foods, along with some others, are fantastic for it. I eat especially much of them when it’s winter, ’cause it’s my life long ritual to get some nasty bronchitis in early winter, it can linger for weeks or even months at times and a few years ago I saw that when I eat a lot of spicy things it helps my bronchi to clean more effectively. But even if spicy foods wouldn’t have all those fantastic properties, I’d still love them, I couldn’t live without them, at least since I got out from the boarding school and can eat whatever I want, people even often look at me like I’m crazy or frenzied when they see how much of them I can eat at once, but somehow I can tolerate it and my limit seems to be higher than most of people around me. 😀

What are your three things? 🙂