Fourth Month in the Low-Tox House

I have wondered—will I hit a plateau for a while in the healing process?

So far, not!  As long as I look at the overall picture each month (and not more often), I can see very steady improvement.  So thankful.

Specific improvements this month:

  • Less fatigue, shortness of breath, and recovery needed from talking or reading out loud. Talking takes more breath and energy than one might imagine!  I still have a ways to go on this, but I have even been able to sing for short times.  Before this I hadn’t been able to sing for almost 8 years, not even by myself at home.  It was too exhausting, and I could not sustain a phrase without stopping to breathe again.
  • Headaches much less frequent.
  • Body temperature problems less frequent.
  • Here’s an odd one: fears (of spiders, wasps, etc.) are declining.

I believe there can be a direct correlation from worsening illness to fears increasing.  After all, it makes sense, doesn’t it:  when a person barely has the energy to take care of themselves and/or are bedridden, the person does not have physical energy or stress “margin” to deal with something like a spider.  One part of this (at least for me) was that the physical ability to smash it (rather than scare it into hiding only for it to pop out later horribly and unexpectedly) was greatly reduced.  Some people are exposed to mold different from mine; other molds may be even more likely to increase fears because of how the toxins act on the human body.  This and other variances could make fears severe.  I feel for people going through this.

Energy:  just as I was about to time myself for the hours I’m able to be out of bed, I accidentally encountered some chemicals.  I estimate it will take me a week to recover from this.

So it would be pointless to try to calculate my energy this time, although before the chemicals, I was probably around 20% of normal or so (just over 3 hours up and able to work each day).


Christa Upton      Black Hills Picture Books      Edgemont, SD  57735

About Christa Upton

I am a wife and mother of three children ages 11, 14, and 18. I used to be a stay-at-home mom (teaching piano & dance, volunteering, etc). From 2007 to 2010, I suffered accidental Toxic Injury (also called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or MCS). MCS has had major impact on our family, but the forced time in bed has given me time to write. So far, I have published 4 children's books (2 in e-book format on Kindle, one in Print-on-Demand at CreateSpace, and one printed by a local printer). Sometimes I miss my old life, but I love writing for children!
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