Friday, March 7, 2008

DETOX

Let's be glad that blogs don't have our voices recorded because y'all would be fa-reaked out with my manly-sounding tone today. It's an improvement, though, cuz yesterday I hardly had any sound coming out. Oh, yeah, can you say HEY DAY for my boys? I would be yelling at them in a whisper and it had NO effect on them whatsoever. I am feeling better every day and REALLY want to thank everyone for their good thoughts, comments, phone calls, etc. I think the new antibiotics are really working and now all the junk is workin' it's way out. I have to admit I have asked myself a few times this week, "WHY? I would have to get SO sick when I DO NOT have time for that in my life." Here are the two conclusions I have come to. Right before ScrapFest last month I woke up with scratchy throat and stuff, so I bee-lined it for Dr. Wahab who told me I had the beginning of sinusitus, she gave me a prescription, but then told me if I felt better in a couple days not to take the antibiotic unnecessarily being pregnant and all. So, being on a high from the festivities of the St. George weekend, I felt fine and never took the prescription. I am beginning to wonder if this "infection" has been brewing for the entire month of February. It could happen, right? And when I had my migraine on Saturday my defenses were down and BAM I got knocked OUT by this infection. I know, I know, I am not medically trained, but it sounds pretty smart to me and logical, medically speaking. Right?

Okay, but here's the illogical version that I keep wondering about. Since I was having the doosie of the headache on Saturday, I figured it would be a good day to give up my beloved Coke cold turkey. Come Sunday, when I started to get the funky starts of this "infection explosion" I began to wonder if a little sumthin' sumthin' in a sweet red can would alleviate the icks. BUT, I was resolved to not give in for the benefit of baby #5. My theory of why nursing was so painful with Brock was because I was so dehydrated. I hardly ever drank water because I was always nursing a Coke to stay awake on minimal sleep and to maintain the busy schedule of life. SOO, I knew with this one I'd have to make the break before he makes his appearance. Yeah, it's taken me 7 months, but I have committed to not have Coke (or any caffeine which means pretty much soda in general since the sugar is not worth it to me without the zip of the caffeine) until this baby's 6 months. We'll see if that works out. BUT, all that is a digresion from my medical relation to my sickness this week and my no coke zone.

I have found myself, a couple times this week, wondering if my body was retaliating from taking away it's FAVORITE beverage and as part of the detox gave me this sinus and respiratory infection. I mean, I am sure that somehow Coke soothes my nasal passage and keeps my sinuses running better. You know, all those nerves that are psyched out by caffeine influx were probably a little perturbed at the immediate cessation of their daily Coke fix and rebelled a bit by giving me body aches and head aches and a hacking cough (which, I might add, would be soothed VERY well by a Coke.) I am kinda wondering if just the simple, daily sipping of a straw kept my throat active enough to fight off all infections. I know medically this would probably be hard to prove, but I still wonder if I caved to my craving how much more quickly the crud would disappear into a sweet, dark, bubbly bliss. I know, I know this addiction is probably more mental than anything, but you never know. I'm just sayin' I could have had this infection for a bit and it just got too much for my body to fight (I am growing a baby, too) OR it may be a rogue version of detoxing. Watch, this will be on Celebrity Detox with Dr. Drew next season. Don't laugh at me too hard. Oh, well, I'm off for another glass of water. Sigh.

10 comments:

Tausha said...

I am with you 100% i really think that some really smart person should come up with flavored water packets that taste like coke, diet coke, every drink that all of us moms need to keep us from killing our children. These little packets would have no calories, taste like the real thing but, will not cause dehydration and will still give you the little pep that you need, but, it would all be natural-no caffeine. And finally, it would be 2 dollars for a box of 12. How does that sound? I thik that you and me-should come up with this-they we would be trillionaires! Just think, all because we loved pop a little too much, that we became the first women trillioonaires. Dreaming-it must be the lack of diet coke that i have not consumed this day. :}

Beth said...

I don't subscribe to your theory, but I give you an A for inventiveness! Since I've been off the sauce for a while, now, I still am not a big fan of the H2O, but, I've tried to eat (and drink) better so I've increased my water intake (by 1000%). Last night, I was up in the night TWICE to go to the bathroom! So, between being pregnant and drinking water,you might as well move into the toilet room!

chris jenkins said...

as a science nerd and geek, i do agree that your logic does make some sense logically. i verified what i know by looking it up/

caffeine as well as being found in coke and chocolate is also a very common additive to several over the counter pain relievers and cold medicines

reason being is that caffeine is absorbed quickly and goes directly to the brain and is excreted rather quickly

caffeine is a stimulant and it affects the body physiologically. it elevates neural activity in many parts of the brain, postpones fatigue, and enhances performance at simple intellectual tasks and physical work which requires endurance (sounds exactly like something a busy mom needs?)

so it goes to reason if your brain is constantly being stimulated and your body thinks it can keep on going, you do keep going even though there may be some nasty viruses working on your immune system. once you take that stimulant out of the equation as you have with quitting cold turkey, you put your body in a state of shock because it suddenly realizes that it has been attacked and it registers in your brain and your brains sends out signals and consequently starts fighting and you feel like poop.

in other words, the caffeine has been masking your brain's sensory system. drugs work the same way.

i wish you best of luck on kicking the coke habit to the curb - sadly i have not figured out how to function with out it.

feel better soon.

Joy said...

Sarah - I'm glad you're feeling better. Thanks so much for coming to hang with us last night. I know it was miserable for you, what with you feeling so yucky and all, but I'm so glad you came. I love to be around you! I hope you got more rest today than I did. Take care. Joy

Chanel said...

ok THANK YOU! I hate it when women at church say all you need to do is talk in a lower voice and your kids will calm down to that lower voice level- what the????? I thought I was a failure and had raised total hellyuns when I was without a voice and they just went about their business yelling "WHAT" when they couldn't hear me!

ANd yeah, it might be "medically" hard to prove, but as you have read, I don't put a lot of stock in the medical profession's opinions. You have a very sound theory.

Another thing hard to medically prove is the little people living in my ovaries that instead of throwing out eggs are on strike and harder to negotiate with than hollywood writers! But whatever, its true.

Taylor Family said...

Oh dang...it has made it's way to Vegas now huh? My husband has had 2 doses of antibiotics and I'm just finishing my first. NOT FUN!

Leslie S. said...

I hope you get to feeling better. I am with you on the coke situation and wish you all the best.

Julina said...

Well done for quitting cold. Good luck with that. on January 6th, I gave up solitaire because it had been so addicting and was wasting too much of my time. I haven't touched it since, however sorely I've been tempted to. Completely different subject, I know, but it was an addiction none the less. I believe in you Sarah! Good luck with baby #5 and this crud.

Jenn S. said...

Ahh Sarah, I totally missed your sickness - I'm *so* glad that you are on the mend (and hopefully still on the wagon!), you are as always, an inspiration!

luv ya!

Babs said...

coke always helps. That's my theory and I'm sticking to it. Good luck with the detox...