Autumn

Well it happened. I caught a gnarly head cold.

I haven’t really been sick too much in the past few years. I got diagnosed with Hashimotos, cleaned up toxins in our home, switched to a healthy diet, and was doing great the few years prior to the whirlwind 2018 has been. This has not been my best year for managing my autoimmune disease. I’ve cooked less and had more processed food than I normally allow myself, which also unleashed the sugar dragon. All the processed food/sugar I have no doubt contributed to my immune system going down. I know that healthy people catch colds too, but this cold and bounce back was different/slower than when I have been proactive about my eating habits.

It was also more stressful for me having a cold while being pregnant because I’ve been trying not to take any medication. (Oh the irony of being strict on no medication while continuing to eat processed food, lol!) When you’re pregnant there is a conflicting laundry list of all the things you can’t eat/take, which makes me think we shouldn’t be taking things anyway. I monitored my temperature and thankfully it stayed low enough for me to let my body fight off the cold. I stuck to drinking water, elderberry, vitamin C, echinacea, and all my daily vitamins. And slept - a lot.

When I started to feel like I was coming back to life a little, we went on a walk around the neighborhood, enjoying the last of the fall leaves and crisp air. Portland quickly turns into winter once the time falls back and it’s dark by 4:30 p.m. Jon sold his fuji to upgrade to the new one, so we snapped a few photos. He also snapped his glasses so please note his sick frames from 7th grade he’ll be rocking until replacement frames arrive - ha!