So, before I get to the niddy griddy, I feel... ok. My legs have started acting stupid again and Brenda (my body) can't seem to fall asleep at night. It is SO aggy, but, it's all good because it always makes the story greater. NOW on to the point. We all have pet peeves (did I spell it right?) that we want people to know and understand so that they don't get that eye, an ignore or a straight cuss out. As a LupieGirl, there is one that almost out beats the rest. I had to chat about this one because this continues to happen to me and each time it makes me more and more upset. Lupus is already stressful because of the life changes that a Lupie has to make. We have to change our eating habits, drinking habits, hanging out habits, sleeping habits, and so on. As a Lupie, I am pretty sure other Lupies can attest to this pet peeve of mine. If not, then Oh well..
(In my RATCHET VOICE) I CAN'T STAND.....
When someone asks me (IN THESE WORDS)"can you eat or drink that?", or "are you supposed to be eating/drinking that?"
Now let me explain why I can't stand it.
First off, I am GROWN. I am an educated 24 year old and I am fully aware of what I can and can't eat. That soda or those hot fries may rumble my stomach but, I WILL NOT(I repeat) I WILL NOT DIE. I am not a kid and I feel like some people let me be an adult until it's time for me to sit down and stuff my face. I am pretty sure if I wasn't allowed to have it completely, I wouldn't have touched it. I have had my share of eating what I am not supposed to and reaping the consequences. I took it like a G.
Here's the story. I am FORBIDDEN to eat Ramen noddles and I love noodles! They are really cheap, it fills me up, you can gourmet it by putting it on the stove or pop it in the microwave for about 3-5 minutes. You can add your spices and tweak it just how you like it, all for under $1.00. But, my doctor explained that the sodium was so high, that my blood pressure would skyrocket immediately, which would then cause a major headache and I could have a stroke. Now, that is serious, but guess what? One day I took my fat rump in the kitchen and actually believed that if I took the noodles and poured a pinch of the seasoning on it and filled it with water I would be ok. As soon as I swallowed (I was so hungry) those noodles, they came right back up. I had a major headache and then I was afraid that the stroke was coming right behind it but it didn't (Thank you sweet Jesus!). Now I won't even touch noodles even though I may crave them because I know. I know as a Lupie we have to watch out for what we eat and whatnot but hammering me down about what I am eating sometimes make me not want to eat at all. I don't want to be reminded that I have Lupus every time because you so worried if I can eat the fried chicken or not. Some people forget how long I've had this disease. I know Brenda pretty well and I know what works and what doesn't. I do understand that people care about me and looking for my best interest but stopping me in front of all my family and friends to make sure I can eat that piece of Lemon Pound cake is NOT the way to do it. Plus, a diet is NOT always about what you're eating, it's about how much you're eating. Cut your meals in half and see.
Did You Know?
An estimated 1.5 million Americans and 5 million people worldwide are living with lupus.