Wednesday, February 17, 2010

One More Deficiency

Time and critical people have taught me that I have a number of deficiencies. It's okay; I've grown accustomed to them.

But, a couple of weeks ago, I discovered I had developed yet another.

It was a Tuesday. I had gone to my doctor's office to have some routine lab work done. I wasn't too concerned; I expected "all things Beverly" to be reported as perfectly normal.

But, this time, I was in for an unpleasant surprise. I found out I was severely deficient in Vitamin D.

At first I was okay with the news, figuring it was no big deal. But, seeing my doctor spin into action the minute she got the test result was a bit alarming.

Immediately, my doctor called in a prescription for me - for 50,000 units of Vitamin D. The doctor's goal - no doubt - was to zap the D levels up to where they ought to be as quickly as possible.

Soon enough, the newly discovered deficiency got my attention too, and I sprang into action as well. I got on the Internet, did the research, found out how this deficiency might have developed and what I needed to do about it. More importantly, I found out what would happen if I didn't correct the problem. Interesting reading to say the least!

My doctor ordered a bone density test. She emphasized how quickly I needed to get this done. That too got my attention. Apparently, low levels of Vitamin D can cause bone loss — osteoporosis!

The good news is my bones are fine. No loss of bone - yet! I got lucky!

And, I'm grateful. So grateful, that I've decided to give nutrition it's due. I will heed the advice of wise counsel. I will take the Vitamin D supplements, the calcium tablets, the one-a-day multivitamins (I've been meaning to take for years).

All that good-for-me stuff swimming around in my bloodstream has come with some side effects — good ones.

I'm sleeping more soundly than ever. I wake up refreshed and ready to go. I have more energy all day long. I'm more cheerful, more patient, happier.

Others hardly recognize me!

A Simple Luxury

I just finished reading the book, "The Happiness Project." It's a good read - many great ideas in there about resolving to bring more happiness into our lives - and how to do it.

First, you make a list of resolutions.

One of mine was to work less. I resolved to stay away from the office every day the banks and post offices are closed. So, I didn't work on Monday, President's Day. What a simple thing, but what great joy it was to have a long weekend to myself! I did almost nothing!

Another resolution was to spend a "little bit" of my hard-earned money each month on something that enhances my enjoyment of life - a simple luxury, if you will. (This was one of the suggestions found in the "Happiness Project.")

So, in early January, I bought a jar of pumpkin-scented facial cream; it's much like a mask. The whole time it's on my face, I can smell the pumpkin, and it's wonderful. When I wash it off, my face feels as smooth as silk, and my skin is glowing.

That jar - which cost me less about $25 - has enough creamy goo it in to provide for many future treatments and, most importantly, many more moments of pure and simple pleasure.

Surely, the author of "The Happiness Project" would approve.