A Sigh – Strange Symptoms
We moved a lot, so I went to ten schools in twelve years. I was always the new kid.
Take it from me, most teachers are a whole lot less than delighted when the new kid turns out to be a loud, energetic tomboy who doesn’t pay attention, but still scores highest grade in tests.
As if that weren’t enough, I exhibited a symptom of my whacked-out adrenals (a problem yet to be discovered) that few people know about: I sighed a lot. Totally involuntary. I didn’t even realize I was doing it.
Well, you can imagine the thrill teachers got from hearing me sigh as I didn’t pay attention to whatever they were teaching.
It got me into a lot of trouble.
My tenth grade English teacher kept me after school one day to ‘talk things over.’ As we talked, her whole body jolted as if I’d hit her with a cattle prod.
“Why do you do that!” she all but screamed.
Knowing my sighing was an involuntary habit and not an editorial comment helped some, but it was a hard year.
The connection between the adrenals and sighing came up in my research years later. If I had known in time to tell the teacher, it might have paid big dividends in sympathy, but who knew?
A loud sigh
I thought I had the sighing business under control, but one day, while waiting in line at the grocery store, the couple in front of me all of a sudden started apologizing and offering to let me go ahead of them. As if they needed me to excuse them for living.
I realized I must have heaved one whale of a super-sized sigh. So I asked if I had sighed, and they-wide-eyed and mute-nodded in unison.
Well, I don’t ever want to give an I’m-better-than-you-so-why-are-you-breathing-my-air impression. Some people seem to live to look down on others, but nobody deserves that nonsense.
So, I apologized and explained my problem. The line was long, and we drifted into a friendly conversation. They probably repeated the story of my strange reason for sighing to their friends. And it is kind of weird.
Why do I tell this story? The endocrine system has a gazillion symptoms. Our bodies always tell us what’s going on, but we have to understand what they’re saying or progress is impossible.
God is good,
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P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.
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