So, I may be returning to my regularly-scheduled blogging now, because I wrote the final chapter of my manuscript today and I am DONE.
Jasper’s illness has reached the deafness stage. Every illness he ever gets ends up going to his ears at some point, and then he can’t hear for a while. We are trying to be proactive this time and rinse his ears out frequently with warm water to dissolve any wax that might be building up, but I still have to walk right up to him and shout to get his attention. I’m just so encouraged that he’s on the mend.
The last couple of weeks have been particularly challenging for me, because in addition to trying to live my life and write a novel in a month, I committed to watching a documentary series that ran for nine nights in a row, and I had to watch each episode as it came out, because each one was only available for 24 hours.
I get lots of health-related spam in my email inbox, but this one seemed worth paying attention to. A man who is, like me, a diabetic and overweight, decided to go on a journey to find out what it would really take for him not just to manage his symptoms, but to actually reverse them. He interviewed over 50 experts in the field in the course of his journey.
Now, obviously, some of what was covered was information that I have learned on my own through my research. There were two or three episodes where I almost gave up watching, because they were blatant examples of vegan evangelism. Now, I have nothing against those who wish to follow a vegan diet. My hackles are raised, however, when vegans equate their lifestyle with moral and spiritual superiority, and all the vegan doctors in this series were so arrogant and obnoxious I found it hard to listen to them. They used inflammatory language—for instance, referring to butter as “coagulated cow pus.” Really? That was uncalled for. After watching those episodes, one could get the impression that becoming vegan makes you a jerk.
Then the vegan evangelism and low-carb shaming tapered off, and they talked about the psychology and brain science behind overeating, and that was interesting, and led to my purchasing a book which I am enjoying reading. They also talked about fasting and interviewed at length the author of the fasting book that was so helpful to me last spring.
They finished off by talking to people who have turned their lives around, who grow most of their own food, who have lost weight and reversed their diabetic complications and taken charge of their health. It was very inspirational.
Of course, the reason they showed the episodes for free for 24 hours is that they were hoping I’d sign up to own the whole series, plus lots of bonus material, for a substantial sum of money. I knew I’d be unable to do that, so I rearranged my whole schedule around watching those episodes as they came out. If you are interested, the series is called iThrive. I love that the host is a regular guy who is very honest about his own struggles. There is nothing condescending or superior about him. I hope he is able to turn his health around, because he certainly now has all the information he needs!
Today, in addition to finishing my manuscript, I started working on Christmas music, much to my husband’s dismay, since advent doesn’t start until next weekend!