The smoke alarm went off one night when I was all alone. I don't know how I did it, but I jumped out of bed while my hands were covering my ears. It had to have taken me at least 30 seconds to figure out where I was and what was happening, before I rushed through every room in search of fire or smoke. I found nothing.
It's bizarre that an innocuous piece of plastic, sitting in silence for months on end can come alive one dark night and cause so much grief. The only unit in the house making all the noise was the one in the living room, mounted about 12 feet off the floor. I groped my way around the garage to find an aluminum ladder twice my height and light enough to carry. The noise is still incredibly mind numbing! I climbed to the very top, kept telling myself to be careful, prayed that fire trucks weren't on the way, and hit the alarm with a broom. Silence slowly fell to the floor. I left the ladder right where it was and went back to bed where I lay awake for several hours, high on adrenaline.
I see it happening again. A blaring alarm has been going off in Tall Guy's body for the past 6 months. Something caused his immune system to react with inflammation, everywhere. Pain in all major joints, and the ensuing fatigue, has made his life miserable. After countless visits to an army of doctors, one stepped forward to pronounce his ailment, reactive arthritis, to be manageable with the right diet and no drugs. We lucked out. The internist has the same gene related disorder and through a careful eating plan, he's the classic picture of Strong and Healthy.
After comprehensive allergy tests, Tall Guy received a list of foods and chemicals that must be avoided for the next six months. Compared to relying on strong medications with major side effects, a restricted diet sounds so liberating. All of a sudden, food has become so much more than something to be simply measured and produced to fuel the body. Used correctly, it can turn off that screaming alarm and help the man feel better, than ever.
Earlier this year, I wrote about our success with the Whole 30 way of eating and we continue to use it as a base. Thanks to that experience, we're just moving on to the next, best plan. In The Yoga of Eating, author Charles Eisenstein talks about our own bodies as being the only reliable authority of our food choices and diet. "Food can be a fulcrum about which your entire life changes. ... Cook more, and you will need to become less busy. You will need to exert your autonomy to reclaim genuine choices in your life."
It's a quiet morning. I see varied shades of green in the limes and sense the humor of a handpicked pineapple. This is, the beginning of another happy ending.