#dSavannahDefects – Y is for…

My theme this year for the #AtoZchallenge is #dSavannahDefects, aka “What’s it’s like dealing with #InvisibleIllnesses”. Or, in short, {some of} what’s wrong with me. One letter to go…

Y… yawn

Seriously, peoples. I am exhausted. And I could NOT for the LIFE of me think of a topic for “Y”.

Even The Mighty, the site I have spoken of before that features articles on a whole host of #InvisibleIllnesses, doesn’t even have a disease that starts with “Y”. (Their list of All Conditions A-Z ends with “W”.)

I told one of my writing/editing buddies that fact, and he (Chris Votey) suggested yawn. And I’m totally using it. (Clearly.)

Did y’all know that a yawn does not actually indicate boredom? That it means that you need oxygen, and it’s your body’s way of getting some for you? That basically, you’re breathing shallow because you’re tired?

And did you know that they are contagious because, back in ye ole days of the tribe, if one person needed oxygen, then probably the whole tribe needed it?

howstuffworks.com says that the above is only one “theory” as to why people yawn. Another, that I also found interesting, is that you yawn cuz your brain is hot. And that cooler brains work more efficiently. (This might explain the torpor that is felt in Southern summers. Literally no one’s brain can work because it’s too hot.)

You know what surprised me? Even The New Yorker, that bastion of literary… literariness, has an article about yawning. (So I’m in good company.)  It’s called “The Surprising Science of Yawning“. It says, “Yawning, then, was one of our most primitive, fundamental behaviors”.

Unfortunately, that’s about all I read. Cuz I started yawning.

dsavannah_defects_noballsNow, this is totally not a “Y” topic, but I thought I would share what happened to me yesterday. (Tho ha, ha! Yesterday starts with “Y”. Look at that!)  Because it’s totally one of my fun </sarcasm> defects.

I have mentioned in other posts that I am allergic to gluten.

This is a relatively new discovery, and I am still trying to find my way to eating both healthy and enough and what doesn’t have gluten and all that fun stuff.

For instance, gluten is in more stuff than you would think… so you have to be extra careful about what you eat. Like, even french fries, which are supposed to just be potatoes… well, they can be processed with gluten products and thus can cause health problems.

I (think) have said that removing gluten from my diet has cleared up a number of issues for me, from tummy problems to weird bumps/rashes on my arms.

Well, yesterday at lunch, it being a hot day, I got a chicken salad salad (chicken salad on a bed of lettuce). It came with those little Captain’s Wafers crackers, and I ate four of them suckers without thinking. Habit, I guess. Eat salad, eat crackers.

Once I figured it out, I didn’t imagine that it would / I hoped that it wouldn’t cause me (m)any problems; I expected some stomach issues, but I wasn’t expecting a severe flare of other symptoms that I haven’t fought with in a while, including: running nose, severe costochondritis (inflammation) chest pain, tingling in my lips & fingers… none of which are fun. At. All.

And of course, all of those symptoms are invisible.

And then I started crying because it’s NOT f*ing FAIR.

But as I was reminded by someone who has full-on Celiac disease: it takes your body a while to heal from all the bad stuff that gluten has done to it. And I, stupidly, inadvertently, basically poisoned myself. With four little crackers.

That’ll teach me.

(In full disclosure, the symptoms flare may also have to do with anxiety around a few things that I am going to have to deal with over the next few days, but still. Not. Fair.)

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10 Responses to #dSavannahDefects – Y is for…

  1. Elaine LeDoux says:

    That is a bummer about your gluten flare up! My Dr told me everyone is better off steering clear of gluten and I try…but like you say in in all sorts of hidden places. Same with soy….which I am absolutely not supposed to eat due to the estrogenic effects….my breast cancer thrived off estrogen and boy is it hard to stay away from! It’s in all kinds of theoretically “healthy” stuff. On the topic of yawning…. I decided to try it on my doggie Bear. I sat in front of him and made a big yawn and dang if he didn’t yawn back! Too funny!

  2. mad_cat says:

    Glad to see I inspired you.

  3. Ruth says:

    Once when we were at a dinner sitting next to a med student we just met that night, it was getting late and the yawns began around the table. He informed us that they’d been told in class that you only yawn among people you like or enjoy. I like that compliment but the yawns I’ve experienced while in lectures sitting with strangers might disprove that thought. Slick way of not insulting those you’re with tho…

  4. Betsy says:

    I have heard that some people do not catch the yawning. Something to do with them not having empathy or something. It could have been BS.

    Pretty soon the GF eating will be second nature. Hang in!

  5. We gotta be cautious on what we eat Savannah and practice health regime. I am quite bad at it and have such a sweet tooth. I didn’t know about the oxygen angle when it comes too yawn.

    Stay beautiful always and take care of your health:)


    • dSavannah dSavannah says:

      I have quite a sweet tooth too, so I try to just eat a few pieces instead of the whole bag. I was better at it before I went on that terrible anti-mold diet. Now I really have to watch it.

      Take care of yourself, too. I look forward to catching up your posts for #AtoZ since I got so far behind.

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