Dairy, Depression and Damn the Rain! (BLOG #24)

Well, it appears that our summer is officially over–sigh. Rain. Rain. Drizzle. And more rain. Usually September is a gentle reminder that winter is on its way. But not this September. I counted (on my fingers) the number of months before Spring 2020 and had to drink some whiskey. 😟

But fortunately, on the last hot afternoon, sitting in the community garden down the street, I happened to look down at my legs. I’d forgotten, after five years, to be grateful for clear skin where, historically, I’d always had plaques.

Dakota’s summer 2019 legs:)

Now, that being said, it has been a battle–that small flare on my upper/inner thighs. I knew I was playing with fire (flirting/experimenting with dairy) and then that allergic reaction to laundry detergent residue. It has taken almost five months and there are still some spots to conquer.

So, this may be a warning. Yes, I got clear in 6 weeks originally. And yes, I got clear in about the same amount of time when I found out about fortified calcium in a different brand of almond milk. But this third flare has been a bit of a grind.

It kind of makes me wonder if something changes in the body when we ignore the toxicity of dairy products. Anyway, it has been a hard lesson.

And I had a bout of depression (something I’d almost forgot about since my skin cleared). In the past I recognized the signs and made adjustments. But because so much time had passed I missed the clues and sunk.

I know there is a high incidence of depression in people who have psoriasis. And I “get” it. I understand. I lived it for decades.

Anyway, when I finally realized that I was in trouble I dug out my list of things that help depression. I had written them down because when depressed I was less able to remember what might help what I call “the black dogs”.

I found and reread my book “Feeling Good–The New Mood Therapy” by Dr. David Burns. It’s decades old but it has some of the best exercises and common sense advice. It helped. And although I wouldn’t describe my current emotional state as “sunny“, it certainly has shifted in the right direction.

So, there we have it. Lucky has been a great help–making me laugh with her upbeat behavior and hilarious face (she always looks a bit pissed off:)

I hope you are all well and that your skin is being helped by the protocol. It works! I’m still so grateful to have had these past five years of mostly clear skin. It has made such a difference in my life.

Much love from Dakota and her little dog, Lucky.

dakota

Author: dakota

I live in the beautiful city of Vancouver, on the West coast of Canada. I share my apartment with a little Brussels Griffon called Lucky. I like to read and watch movies and draw cartoons and write. Mostly I like to putter. And fix things. And think.

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