About Christmas time, I learned that I was very deficient in Vitamin B12 and other B vitamins. After having four kids fairly close together and not being able to take any sort of prenatal vitamin, my levels were low and that was a likely contributing factor to the postpartum depression I had experienced after my youngest’s birth and a contributing factor in the lack of balance I still was experiencing.
So, I went out to my local warehouse store and bought a big bottle of Super Vitamin B Complex to try out. I was sort of hesitant. I’m a big believer in getting your vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat, but I needed some extra help with this one.
I started taking the vitamins and after a couple of weeks, I started to feel pretty good. I was actually starting to feel almost “normal.” Now this was wintertime. The kids were back in school and the stomach flu started going around as it typically does in schools. And of course my kids got sick. That meant I got sick. But eventually everyone got better and the flu went away at school and things were back to normal . . . except for me.
After that point, I was sick all the time. There was constant nausea that at times was suspiciously like morning sickness -but it wasn’t. I learned to deal with it, but tried to figure out what was causing it. I stopped eating dairy for a while. Leftovers were thrown out if they were over a couple days old. I sterilized stuff at one point. I was still getting sick.
About every other week, I would be so sick that it would knock me out flat. One time I had to have my mother in law pick the kids up from school because I just couldn’t get out of bed.
No one else was sick though.
This kept going on until June. That’s right, almost six months. Pause. I never went to the doctor? Well . . . have you heard of Mommy Brain? It’s where you are so focused on one thing -the craziness of parenting, that you sort of forget the important stuff like being sick every couple of weeks. It had only occurred to me to go see a doctor at the end of May when these episodes became more frequent and more severe. But it was the end of the school year. I could make it through and then I would be better. Right . . .
So June 7th, I received a letter in the mail.
When I read the letter, the previous six months all made sense. I hadn’t gotten sick right away after taking these because I was in general good health. But . . . constant exposure to this wore out my immune system and I succumbed.
I had nearly every symptom listed. It had never in a million years occurred to me that the very thing that was supposed to be making me better, a vitamin, was the thing that was making me so sick. I stopped taking the vitamins immediately, took them back to the store for a refund and almost immediately got better.
Now, over a month later, I haven’t been sick once. I’m feeling great! I’ve switched to a different brand for my Vitamin B complex and so far, no ill effects.
So what did I get out of all of this?
Well, some pretty interesting plot ideas and a greater skepticism of pharmaceutical companies. There’s some great medicines out there and I in no way am knocking the great miracles of modern science. I will just approach everything that comes in pill form with greater caution. Plus, I’m a writer and since I have thought of those interesting plot ideas, I think I’ve wigged myself out.
So how about you? Every taken contaminated medicine/vitamins?