I have a confession. When we moved from Savannah to Raleigh over two years ago, I went from full-fledged Paleo princess to a Paleo pauper. I was on and off the wagon with sugar being my main, nearly daily indulgence. I would go through periods of perfection and then just slip back into bad habits when we went on trips or had guests. Before we moved back to Florida, I noticed that I would wake up sometimes and my hands would be reeking of pennies. Or I would come home from running errands and have to think back on the day, “Did I touch super cheap jewelry today? Am I wearing one of my stinky necklaces?” The answer was always no. I avoid those necklaces because they smell like pennies.
I thought maybe it was my iPhone for a while, but no, it’s not made from copper. It began to bug me when it started happening nearly every day, and in increasing odor. I notice that when it’s the strongest, my hands are also tight feeling.
The stress of moving to a new, secluded location, coupled with the stress of Grady’s gut issues this week has made the smell even stronger. In the past two days I’ve done so much research and stressing out about Grady’s problems that I figured I might as well go ahead and do a little research on my stinky hands.
I had to dig pretty deep to find people with similar complaints, but when I did, they all pointed to Type 1 Diabetes. For those of you who are new here, I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). One of the precursors to PCOS is Insulin Resistance, or Pre-Diabetes. Back when I still lived in St. Augustine in 2006-8, I was on Metformin and a pretty strict, very low carbohydrate diet. ALL of my symptoms disappeared and my blood sugars returned to normal. When I got pregnant with Madilyn and went on bed rest, the diet was swept under the rug and once I found Paleo a couple years later, I thought I was set for life.
Well, as it turns out, just Paleo isn’t quite enough. I still need to regulate my carbohydrate intake. Back in May, I modified both the Paleo and PCOS diets to fit my low carb, grain-free needs. As you know, Kyle got the job in Florida and after a rapid 25lb weight loss using that diet, I have gained it all back since the move. Perhaps even more. I don’t recall having the penny smell during that 6 or so weeks I was following the diet, but I do remember having it just before then, and since we moved. Lately it has been even stronger and I’ve been eating ice cream like it’s nobody’s business.
I’m not sure how diabetes or blood sugar imbalances would make me smell like old pennies or cheap jewelry, but I’m pretty certain that it IS the cause of the smell.
With the dietary changes that the whole family is going to have to undergo, regardless of what Grady’s diagnosis winds up being, I’m going to have to focus on taking care of myself as well as Grady. I really do need to get back to eating the things I know are good for me and denying the things I know do me harm. Maybe this is a good thing. Maybe all of these weird symptoms and illnesses are coming together at just the right time. I purchased two books from Amazon this morning and I can’t wait for them to get here. One is The Grain Brain Cookbook by Dr. Perlmutter. I read “Grain Brain” earlier this year and I loved it. I think that Dr. Perlmutter is a genius and I love the in-depth studies that he cites in the book. The other book I bought is Digestive Wellness for Children: How to Strengthen the Immune System & Prevent Disease Through Healthy Digestion. It is my hope that it will help me decide how to move forward with healing Grady’s gut so that he doesn’t continue to experience Rectal Prolapse.
I am not a bandaid person and don’t want to be. I have the key to this entire family’s wellbeing, now I just have to make the decision to use that key.
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