Situation Report

Strategic planning begins with assessing the current situation; I have applied that to me, with big help from the folks at Enhanced Wellness: lab work, clinical data, gender, age, and other considerations — argh and yuk! Disgusting, I know, but necessary to know where you’ve been and are before you can even think about how to get where you think you want to go.

Now armed with personal “biomarkers of health,” I have chosen to lower both blood pressure and weight while also increasing exercise and decreasing the oh-so-very-bad body composition values. Nurse One said last week that I’m such a mess! That was not a compliment. We have learned that my gut’s got Candida albicans, commonly known as a yeast infection, and I am positive for Helicobacter pylori Ab, IgG, prevalent in about half the over-60 population and associated with gastritis, gastric and duodenal ulcers, and gastric malignancies.

My hormones are out of balance — well, duh: an old boyfriend told me that in 1983! Who else knew? The report says this could cause “agitation, insomnia, aggressiveness, and emotional lability.” Among other dysfunctions, “cognitive changes, headaches, panic attacks, insomnia, and depression with mood swings.” Adrenal stress index is normal but I show moderate to severe intolerance to polypeptides found in wheat, rye, oat, barley, and other grain glutens, toxic to the intestinal mucosa in susceptible individuals.

My therapeutic protocol aims, partially, to restore balance in the HPA axis,  “a major part (Wikipedia says) of the neuroendocrine system that controls reactions to stress and regulates many body processes, including digestion, the immune system, mood and emotions, sexuality, and energy storage and expenditure.”

And did I mention that I’m Vitamin D deficient and have low thyroid activity?

The game has begun! Beyond normal medications, my daily intake includes drops, capsules, chewables, and a prescribed six-times-a-day menu of concentrated protein, legumes, dairy, nuts and seeds, vegetables from two categories, fruits, grains, and oils. Today’s Day Four and I’m OK. Drinking quarts and quarts of water! Keeping a log of activity and sleep and consumption.

Am I having fun yet? Not particularly. This routine plays havoc with my work and social life, and I don’t like watching the clock to be certain I take in nutrition throughout the course of my day. I resist routine! The Earth Mother part of me shakes her head sadly but with some optimism that optimal health remains within my grasp. Way out yonder!

Twelve weeks? I can do 12 weeks: April 20 to July 13, encompassing Easter, ECW’s Southern Soiree, and Tulane University Commencement and Alumni Board meeting, entertaining two West Virginia friends and possibly a huge part of the Sullivan family plus cousin from WDC, attending the McAlpin reunion, and continuing activities of daily living.

But back to strategic planning. Now the sit rep and action plan are in place; execution has begun. Process evaluation will occur daily, weekly, biweekly. Along the way Mizrizbaboo will comment on fleeting thoughts, puzzling dilemmas, and profound observations. I hope you’ll join me — subscribe or visit, at least intermittently, and — puhleeze — offer encouragement for this part of my journey.

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