Ah, day two of National Health Blog Post Month. Follow along with the other posters on Twitter, #NHBPM, and stick here every day in November to see what my rule breaking self is doing. Yes, it’s day two and I’m already coming up with my own twist on the prompt. Apparently I’m not good at following rules.
So today I’m supposed to tell you what’s weird about my health. The problem is, I don’t really know what’s weird about my health. I have Crohn’s disease, but is that weird? Over 1.4 million Americans have Inflammatory Bowel Disease, so it’s not like I’m the only weirdo. Instead, I’m going to tell you about some weird things I do because I have this disease… and there are a lot.
I pack insane amounts of underwear when I go on vacation. I’m a horrible over-packer. When I went to Boston last month, I brought a big checked bag for a 5-day trip. I’m terrible. But undies? Forget it. I easily pack 2 – 3 pairs of underwear per day. I never use that many, but it makes me feel better to know I’ll never run out of clean ones. I always bring extra medication, too.
I buy flushable wipes… for my 27 year old self. I love going over to the houses and apartments of fellow IBDers, because there’s one thing we always have in common. Wipes! It’s true, the wipes on the back of my toilet are not for some secret toddler child I have. They are for me. They make my hiney feel better on days when I’m potty-ing more than I’d like. Greatest invention ever.
I snort vitamins. Okay, kind of. I have to take Vitamin B12 in a nasal spray form. My body doesn’t absorb it any other way, so it’s either monthly injections or nasal spray. The spray seems to be working for now, so I’ll take it. Mmmm.
I eat before I attend functions where there will be food. Unless I know for sure what I’ll be fed, I always eat something before I go. You’re serving dinner? That’s awesome, but I was picky before I was diagnosed. Crohn’s disease did not make my eating habits any less weird. If I’m going somewhere that has food, but I won’t be able to choose my own meal, I always eat beforehand. Just in case.
What are your weird habits? Health related, not health related, I don’t care. Tell me all of them.