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Health diary part 2 - financial help welcome
Tuesday, September 19th, 2017
13:17:10 GMT


Donations and microdonations are welcome, and might help me buy things that will help my health.

However, I often feel too stressed out to even check to see if I got any donations, and I'm afraid it will dishearten me if I didn't, so, I actually might not notice for a long time if anyone sends anything, because I have to be in a particularly good and brave mood to even check to see if anyone sent (or didn't send) anything.

Also, I still don't feel up to even checking a lot of my email, so, sorry for being so unreachable.

Thanks again to all you kind people out there. You people are among the top reasons why I still think life is worth living.




Here's my website's disclaimer. I'm not a health care professional, just a layperson who sometimes takes an interest in health and nutrition.

I'm 36 years old, never attended college (partly for financial reasons, and partly because of my severe sleep issues and shyness), and I have a GED instead of a standard high school diploma.

So, please don't blindly assume I know what I'm talking about, and please don't blindly assume that my ideas or personal health habits necessarily have any merit.

This blog post is a personal diary of how things have been going for me health-wise (and sometimes I mention a few details here and there of other things going on in my life), and my thoughts and speculations on the possible causes of my fatigue, headaches, and other ailments, and different things I've tried, or which I'm considering trying, to alleviate my ailments.


By the way, even though my severe circadian sleep issues which might be Non-24 Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder are one of the top factors that ruined my life, I have resigned myself to that probably being incurable, so, I long ago gave up on even trying to force myself to have a "normal" schedule.

I just want to figure out how I can improve my sleep quality regardless of what time it is when I sleep, and improve my well-being and energy levels regardless of what time it is when I'm awake. It would be nice in many ways if I had a predictable schedule (even if it wasn't a "normal" schedule - like reliably being awake at night and asleep during the day, or having a very reliable, predictable forward or even backwards daily shift of my sleep and wake times). But it seems totally impossible for me no matter what I do, so I think I'm better off not wasting my time, and instead working on less impossible things.

None of this blog post is intended as health advice. It's basically just me venting, mendicanting a bit by pointing out that I accept donations and microdonations, sometimes copying and pasting and/or linking to interesting health-related things I find on the web, and coming up with various (informal) theories on what ails me, and ideas of what possible solutions I'd like to try next.

Also, the details I share about myself are often not very complete, because of laziness, tiredness or feeling too bad (except often I actually write more when I'm feeling tired or bad, since when I feel good, I'm often busy with more useful and/or interesting things, like computer programming projects or reading), and because of me wanting to keep some things private. And I'm often not in the mood to write in very thorough detail about all of my thoughts on things I link to or quote.

Please be careful, please use common sense, and please don't blindly mimic me. It's quite possible that some of the things I tried, or will try, are, or will be, quite stupid. If you need health advice, please consult a health care professional.

And, if you actually get anything worthwhile out of reading this blog post, there's a whole lot more like it in part 1 of my health diary.




My other health diary blog post got so big I encountered a web error one of the last times I tried to update it.

But I had such a good day after that (when my cold was still mild), I didn't feel like continuing to post updates, so I didn't rush to create a new health diary blog post. I even got some programming done that day.


Unfortunately, my cold soon worsened quite a lot after that. And I suspect resuming having tea the higher-caffeine way I used to make it before quitting tea might have contributed to that by interfering with my ability to sleep. Another big factor interfering with my sleep has been my stuffy nose and some kind of throat issues sometimes making it more difficult to breathe through both my nose and my mouth.

I also have a croup cough, a symptom I've commonly gotten during colds since I was a child. And at times I could scarcely speak - my voice just wasn't working - but at the moment, I can speak. Had a sore throat, but it went away, then came back, and currently is gone again. And my senses of smell and taste are usually very diminished.


I got so scared about how sick I am that I resumed Vitamin D. (I had been avoiding Vitamin D in supplement form for a while due to how alarmingly jittery I sometimes had gotten a while after taking a lot of it, which made me worry that maybe I had overdosed on Vitamin D, but perhaps it was just magnesium deficiency from not taking enough magnesium along with such large quantities of Vitamin D.) Took 8000 IU of Vitamin D today (and 2000 IU yesterday), along with other vitamins.

Been eating soup with freshly-crushed cloves of garlic sometimes, though I find it tough to deal with how garlic burns my mouth, so I'm not sure I've been eating enough garlic to do me much good. However, yesterday or so, it seemed to make my gums stop acting up for a bunch of hours (not sure how many exactly). The garlic made me feel like my mouth was on fire, but after that, my gum's lower left sore spot stopped bothering me for a while.

Another thing that seemed to help was drinking a glass of milk with Breakfast Essentials powder.

And a banana/pineapple smoothie made with my nice, cheap, but still very effective blender.

I have such an aversion to plain water, and still worry that maybe I have some tendencies toward adrenal fatigue-related electrolyte imbalance. Really hoping my recent experiments with resuming caffeine aren't too hard on my adrenals.


Yesterday, I tried sitting in the downstairs bathroom with hot water steaming up the room to try to reduce my croup and congestion, but it didn't seem to do much.

Been having trouble getting comfortable temperature-wise, and even resorted to my electric blanket last sleep, which I hope was more helpful than harmful. Been fiddling with my air conditioner a lot lately, since I can't find just one setting I can just leave it at and feel continually comfortable. I keep getting too hot or too cold.

I'm a bit headachy as I write this, which I suspect is from caffeine withdrawal, so, I'm having another cup of tea now, since between caffeine and caffeine withdrawal, I'm gambling that caffeine will be less bad for me. Have only been sleeping 4 hours at a time.

Remarkably, I've still been having less trouble with my eyes getting dry or gooey lately. It seems like I don't get those problems as much when I drink tea.


As I expected, money problems are again going to stop us from getting the upstairs bathroom fixed in the near future. We have roof trouble, recently dealt with some car trouble, and we still have some refrigerator trouble.

Also, I didn't realize that there's an access panel for dealing with the upstairs bathroom's plumbing in the neighboring room, which is the room with the junk mountain in it, so, that enormous mess probably also needs to be cleaned up before we can bring in a plumber, unless I don't mind only getting the toilet and sink fixed and not also the bathtub.

But, I really want to be able to take warm baths again in a non-disgusting bathtub, and get doses of magnesium that way, since magnesium gel seems to work so much better for me than oral magnesium capsules.

But magnesium gel is kind of inconvenient (especially since we don't always have hot water immediately available for me to wash it off with, because to save money we keep our water heater turned off), and probably will be even more uncomfortable for me to use as the weather gets colder. And cold can be bad for your immune system.

So, I really, really, really want to get the upstairs bathroom fixed, so I can try taking warm baths with magnesium bath flakes or this magnesium oil.

Donations and microdonations are welcome.


Today, instead of just resting, I'm actually probably going to try to clean the junk mountain room, since we really need to fix the upstairs bathroom for the sake of my health, since I procrastinate about even going downstairs at night because I don't want to accidentally wake up my relative who sleeps downstairs, and I procrastinate about going downstairs during the day because I often don't feel like dealing with social contact, so, I often don't eat as well as I should, and I also procrastinate about brushing and irrigating my teeth and gums, which probably is not only bad for my teeth and gums, but bad for my immune system, because I have gum disease which I believe might have been partly or perhaps even mostly caused by my 3 root canaled teeth.

And back in Dec. 2016, my dentist gave me penicillin and told me there's still infection around my root canaled teeth, and even said they might have to be extracted if they flare up again. So, the idea that my root canaled teeth harbor infection is not just a speculation of mine - it's a definite fact.

I'm quite reluctant to part with any more teeth, but, I wonder if maybe I would be better off getting rid of my root canaled teeth, even though it would be more difficult to chew. I wonder if my root canals are a big part of why this cold has been so much worse for me than my other relative who got it.


Now feeling considerably better today than I did yesterday, so, maybe the Vitamin D, garlic, beef/vegetable soup, and even my caffeinated black tea are helping me, among other things, like Vitamin C, Vitamin B Complex, magnesium, etc.

This cold has been so bad that even frequent Vitamin C didn't seem as helpful as I expected it to be. But I consider that a possible clue that I really am in need of more Vitamin D, since I noticed quite a while back that it seems like I need less Vitamin C to soothe my gums when I take Vitamin D.


Also, back before I got so extremely stressed out in May/June 2016 that I eventually tried to quit tea in the hope that might ease my fatigue, it seemed like I used to need less Vitamin C to soothe my gums (and I wasn't even taking Vitamin D back then), so that makes me wonder if tea really does help your immune system.

So, I really hope continuing to drink caffeinated tea will help me more than it harms me, since I don't think my body can handle going through caffeine withdrawal at the moment, and I'm not sure I should quit again even if/when I do feel up to trying to quit, since at times it makes me feel better and more normal than I've felt in quite a long time.


Also, it seems like exercise and standing up and walking around actually helps my nose get unclogged, while sitting and lying down tends to make it worse, so, hopefully cleaning the next room will be good for me physically too, in addition to emotionally comforting me by making me feel like my hope of finally having a working upstairs bathroom again after all these years is that much closer to really happening.

I recently managed to clean my room the slight amount necessary to make my exercise bike useable again, and was very surprised that my nose unclogged quite quickly during my brief ride. (Didn't stay unclogged for long, though.)


The most fun thing I did yesterday was watch Legends of Tomorrow with my family. It took my mind off my symptoms better than anything else yesterday.

There's a useable TV in the junk mountain room, so, that will make cleaning more pleasant.


Addition, Sept. 19, 2017, 3:07 PM EDT. Didn't get much cleaning done - ended up watching Netflix, and then got drowsy. But got a bit headachy again, and not so drowsy, now that I've returned to my room.

Lately, I've actually started to develop some aversion to even being in my room, so, maybe I should move to a different room?

Ever since reading scary articles like this one, and this one which I never linked to before, I've felt rather uneasy about there being a power line(?) or something so close to my window.

But, other than all that, I'm feeling a lot better, probably due to a variety of factors, like the 8000 IU of Vitamin D I took earlier maybe finally taking effect, and the 3 grams of Vitamin C I've been taking multiple times per day. And I think Advil probably helped with my possible fever.

The headache soon decreased after I drank some milk.


Today, I figured out a much better way for me to eat fresh garlic cloves - buttering up an English muffin, microwaving it, then adding pieces of garlic to it. Chomping on the bread instead of directly on the garlic keeps the garlic from burning my mouth as much. (Fresh garlic is sometimes so spicy-hot that, for me, it's sometimes even worse than too much cayenne pepper, even though I like the taste of both.) My senses of taste and smell are still very stifled, but it seemed good.

Also, found we had a vegetable or fruit peeler. (Not for sale on that page, but the narrowest one on that page looks similar to what I found.) It made it much easier to divide the garlic clove up into easier to eat small pieces.


Very relieved that my poor sleep didn't wreck my ability to fight off a cold. Yesterday I felt so bad I was pretty scared, but today I feel like I could defeat this even if I continue sleeping poorly. And especially if I start sleeping better.

Thank goodness for Vitamin D + magnesium, garlic, Vitamin C, tea (even decaf, preferably made with the carbon dioxide method of decaffeination), and various other helpful things I already mentioned.


Addition, Sept. 20, 2017, 2:12 AM EDT. Managed to sleep longer today, sometime between around 6:15 PM and 1:40 AM. But, slept poorly, though some of my dreams were unusually vivid.

I made the mistake of leaving my air conditioner at 72 degrees, and woke up very thirsty and dry-eyed, with a headache, and my cold definitely isn't gone yet. But, since yesterday, I've had a regular cough rather than a croup cough.

As usual, plain water didn't seem to help much with my thirst and dry eyes. My banana/pineapple smoothie (which I added a bit of salt to because I was worried about possible adrenal fatigue-related electrolyte imbalance) seemed a bit better, but maybe not salty enough and I wasn't in the mood to drink something so sweet. Finally remembered I had some nice salty vegetable juice. That was good, but, I still feel kind of out of sorts and verging on a headache.

Tired and wishing I could go back to sleep, but, my headache will make that impossible. Will probably make a cup of caffeinated tea soon, but it seems like such a chore to prepare it, and I'm tempted to just drink a Barq's caffeinated root beer instead.

Maybe I should try keeping some caffeinated iced tea in my mini-fridge.

Momentarily felt kind of overheated (despite the air conditioner being at 66 degrees now), and am hungry for breakfast cereal. Fortunately, thanks to my caffeine habit, eating cereal or other carby foods in my morning is a lot less likely to make me sleepy.

It seems like I often get dehydrated when I sleep, even when I'm not sick with a cold. Wish I could figure out how to solve that - it would probably improve my sleep quality a lot.


Addition, Sept. 20, 2017, 4:15 AM EDT. Decided to just drink a Barq's caffeinated root beer. Due to my cold, it tastes different, but still good.

Rather unhappy that Great Value root beer's recipe seems to have been changed - the new package says it has 35 mg of sodium, and the old package says it has 45 mg of sodium. But, I have too much of a cold to judge if it actually tastes noticeably different from the previous version.

I don't know if it's just me, or if there's a low-sodium fad in the food industry which is making foods I don't recall having had to add salt to in the past taste under-salted to me, like Thomas's English muffins, and Campbell's chunky chicken noodle soup and chunky beef/country vegetable soup. Maybe I'm still having adrenal fatigue-related salt cravings.

I wish I could make my own root beer with exclusively healthy ingredients - organic everything, and no high fructose corn syrup or anything else bad. And no caffeine. But judging by this page, making your own root beer seems rather complicated.

Also, I didn't know there are some methods of making root beer which actually lead to it containing a small amount of alcohol! I definitely don't want even the tiniest trace of alcohol in my root beer, or anything else I consume - not even cooked foods, since cooking might not remove all alcohol.

Fortunately, that abovementioned page says "Force carbonated root beer is entirely non-alcoholic."


Anyway, now that I had a Barq's caffeinated root beer, I guess I better switch back to making tea with a custom tea bag with less caffeinated tea than a pre-packaged tea bag. That tastes better anyway (especially when I don't have a cold).

But, not really in the mood to eat or make food or tea. In fact, now that my headache is decreasing, maybe I could even go back to sleep, despite the presumably smaller than my usual morning dose of caffeine. Perhaps that's because a couple hours ago, I had a full dose of Nature Made magnesium citrate without Vitamin D. I thought maybe I still had enough Vitamin D in my body that the magnesium might perk me up (by enabling my body to make use of the Vitamin D) rather than make me tired (as I long ago noticed oral magnesium without Vitamin D tends to do to me), but I guess I didn't. Reluctant to take more Vitamin D supplements already, though - still afraid of possibly overdosing, and also, I'd actually like to go back to sleep if I can.

Still a bit headachy, though. But, starting to wake up a bit more. On second thought, no, I'm still mostly tired. I guess I could take an Advil. OK, did so.

My air conditioner started making odd crackly noises just now, so I turned it off. But my room will probably get too warm without it. I already am feeling overheated. Maybe I am feverish again. OK, air conditioner back on. It's still making odd crackly or liquidy noises sometimes. Oh, well. Minutes later, though, it sounds completely normal.

I wish I felt up to cleaning the next room. Even if we can't afford a plumber in the near future, it would be nice to know that whenever we can afford to bring in a plumber, there will be nothing else stopping us from doing so. Also, maybe I'd feel more comfortable staying in that room. It's bigger, and I'd have a lot more room in my room if I put my bed elsewhere. Maybe I should use my room as an office and sleep elsewhere.


Addition, Sept. 20, 2017, 5:03 AM EDT. Feeling unheadachy and more comfortable temperature-wise, so now in a much better mood, and getting more eager to do something useful.

Also, re-reading some of this page about theanine comforts me, and reminds me that maybe caffeinated tea maybe isn't as bad for my adrenals as I sometimes worry it might be.

Maybe next time I make a cup of tea with a prepackaged tea bag, I should also put in a custom teabag containing just decaf, so I can hopefully improve the caffeine/theanine ratio of my tea - as well as the flavor.

I'm glad I tried going back to making tea the way I always used to make it, though - now I'm even more sure I'm better off doing things differently.


Addition, Sept. 20, 2017, 10:15 AM EDT. Got sleepy again, so ended up doing nothing except reading a bit. Fell asleep sometime between 6:41 AM and 9:03 AM. Some vivid dreams, but woke up incredibly thirsty again, and my eyes I think started out dry but soon became gooey.

I wonder if maybe the new air conditioner I got last June makes it too dehumidified in here. (However, I've had trouble with gooey eyes since at least last winter, if I recall correctly.) Perhaps my usually-on desktop computers contribute to the problem too.

Too bad it often gets too warm in here without my air conditioner. And I'd be reluctant to use a humidifier in here with my computers.

I read somewhere on the web that a hygrometer is what you use to measure humidity, so, going to get this one since it's only $12.59.


Maybe the daylight is putting me in the mood to stay awake. Having a Barq's caffeinated root beer now since I don't feel like making tea yet.

Maybe I should try sleeping downstairs, like one of my relatives already does. That probably won't work for me very well during the day because of all the noise, but, might be OK at night.

There's a computer in the next room too, but conceivably it could be moved elsewhere, so I could use a humidifier in there. Or, maybe I should move the microwave out of the upstairs bathroom and use a humidifier in there, a room designed to cope with humidity.

Maybe I could even sleep in there, since no one else uses that room frequently for anything. I could clean the dust and spider webs out of the bathtub and make it into my new bed, LOL. Even without a humidifier in the upstairs bathroom, that might be better than sleeping in my own room has been lately.


Addition, Sept. 20, 2017, 11:30 AM EDT. Another good reason to sleep in the upstairs bathroom is because it's very dark in there, even during the day, since its window isn't very big and is pretty well-covered by a shade. (Here's a helpful web page about the differences between blinds and shades.)

Very curious to see if I really will get less dehydrated sleeping in there than I do sleeping in my own room.

So, I think I might really try it once I get sleepy enough. Except it might be too warm in there. But opening the window might help, especially at night.


Addition, Sept. 20, 2017, 12:42 PM EDT. I think I might get this cooking thermometer too, to help me figure out more precisely how much longer I ought to microwave things in the 700 watt upstairs microwave than the seemingly higher watt (but confusingly labeled) downstairs microwave.

I'm most interested in maximizing the amount of theanine I get. But I'm also concerned about the amount of caffeine. Given how sensitive I am to caffeine and caffeine withdrawal, I am reluctant to blindly vary my caffeine dosages very much, and really wish I had a way to know exactly how much is in all the different teas I like to drink.


Here's a research article which says microwaving improves the extraction of various substances from tea, except theanine:

"The typical household conditions only extracted 62% (61 mg/g tea), 76% (24 mg/g) and 80% (10 mg/g) of the catechins, caffeine and theanine, respectively, from the five varieties of teabags analysed. However, using microwave assisted extraction (MAE) by first brewing a teabag in 200 mL freshly boiled water for 0.5 min before irradiation for 1 min in a microwave oven (hot MAE), improved the extraction of the catechins and caffeine to 80% (80 mg/g) and 92% (29 mg/g), respectively, although the extraction of theanine was not affected."


And, judging by the marvelously detailed PDF file linked to from this page (which I previously linked to in my health diary part 1 blog post) - hot water might only be a little more effective than cold water at extracting theanine.

So, maybe I'll be OK theanine-wise using either microwave.


Addition, Sept. 20, 2017, 2:46 PM EDT. Partly cleaned the upstairs bathtub. It definitely feels too warm in that room. Unfortunately, I couldn't figure out how to open the window, since it has these mystifying paint-covered ropes and pulleys which I don't know what to do with. So, I might not be able to sleep there yet.


Addition, Sept. 21, 2017, 2:24 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 3:40 AM and 8:48 AM in my own room. Had some fun vivid dreams. But, woke up with a headache and very thirsty and a bit dry-eyed. Fortunately, it only took a little plain water for those problems to go away, perhaps because I had forgotten to turn the air conditioner back on before I dozed off, so maybe because of that, I got less dehydrated than usual.

Despite getting dehydrated again as I slept, I feel like my cold has continued to decrease. My nose and ears are less clogged, and I still have no sore throat or croup cough.

Took 3 capsules of Testa vegan Omega 3 today instead of my usual 1, and took my other usual vitamins. I'm still refraining from having more Vitamin D in capsule form - I think it has been doing me good, but I don't want to make the mistake of overdoing it again.


I think I had two caffeinated Barq's root beers total yesterday, and no other caffeine, and not even decaf tea, but, somehow did pretty well energy-wise, despite my cold, and despite still not eating as well as I should.

I think my largest "meal" was about half a container of cottage cheese. (Ate so much of that because it was approaching its expiration date, and also because I knew I had to compensate somehow for having eaten so little the rest of my day). Improved my leftover banana/pineapple smoothie by adding orange juice to it. Also ate some peanuts, raisins, 2 packs of oats+honey granola bars, a can of decaf Great Value root beer (the old(?) version with 45 mg sodium), some milk, and 2 delicious mushroom tarts one of my relatives brought home from somewhere. I should figure out how to make those, they were really good.

Today, woke up feeling alert enough, but I'm still not really eager to do much other than sleep, or lie in bed and write this, or read. But, very relieved that I'm still recovering from this cold, even despite continuing to neglect to eat very well.


I now have a humidifier - a warm mist vaporizer, since I read that cool mist humidifiers can harbor bacteria, and ultrasonic humidifiers can spread dust all over the place. This page was helpful.

But, not going to try it in my room until I get my hygrometer (for measuring humidity).

Actually, not sure I'll try the humidifier in my room at all because it will probably make me worry about my computer stuff. Except I have sometimes read that too much dryness in the air can increase the amount of static, which is dangerous for computer stuff. However, I don't know if it's that dry in here, since I never noticed static shocks even on the rare occasions when I tried to do something about my clothes mountain, nor when I used my electric blanket recently (or any time in the past).


Still haven't figured out how to open the upstairs bathroom window. But, around 3 AM, I briefly opened my own room's big window - which was quite tough because it's very big and heavy, and somewhat inaccessible behind my cheap substitute for a window shade - taped together pieces of blank white paper, which I put up to make the sunlight a bit less bright (but no less aesthetically pleasing), so I can still look at my computers even on sunny afternoons, and also to increase my feelings of privacy, because even perfectly intact Venetian blinds have way too many holes for my liking. I wouldn't mind getting some totally different window coverings, but I'm not sure what yet.

It seemed nice outside (though a bit chilly), and when I turned my air conditioner back on, it seemed like air was being pulled in from that window, judging by the motion of my paper and tape window shade. It was very nice to get some fresh outdoor air in here, and I think it felt much better than running the air conditioner with my window closed.

But, I was still worried that too much humidity might be bad for my computer stuff, or that it might rain while I sleep, and that water might get on the computer monitor I have next to my window. And I also was worried about privacy, and didn't like feeling uneasy about the wind possibly blowing my window shade or blinds around, and having to wear more clothes than I usually do while alone. So, I closed the window after maybe only about 20 minutes.

I kind of wish I had a small tent and sleeping bag and could sleep on my house's balcony. (I'd feel safer there than in the backyard.) But, the weather probably won't be suitable for that for much longer.


I don't think the upstairs bathroom will be tolerable to sleep in until I figure out how to open the window, so, maybe I'll try that again later.

I feel even more eager than before to clean the junk mountain room. It has a nice big window like my room, and if I make that room nice enough to sleep in, then, I could finally follow the common sleep advice of using my bedroom primarily for sleep and hardly any other activities. I'm pretty sure that won't cure all my sleep issues, but I like the idea anyway.

And I'll be away from my air conditioner, which I suspect dehumidifies my room too much and thereby possibly contributes to me getting dehydrated. And I'll be able to easily open windows and run a humidifier without having to worry about it possibly harming any computer stuff.


I seldom go out of my way to try to acquire physical books anymore, since I already have so many books that if I get too many more, I could almost swim in them like Scrooge McDuck swims in money. And lately I've mostly been reading ebooks, thanks to my local libraries' marvelous Overdrive websites which legally let you borrow tons of ebooks for 21 days, at no cost.

But, the book Dreaming While Awake: Techniques for 24-Hour Lucid Dreaming was so intriguing that when I found I couldn't get many more of the author's books via my local libraries' Overdrive websites, I decided to get physical copies of them.

I already received 4 of those books before, and yesterday, I received the rest of the ones I asked a relative to order, as well as one I didn't ask for, but am glad to have too.

My cold and other things have lately distracted me a lot from the above books, but I greatly look forward to reading more in them, probably even quite soon.

I'm definitely not in the mood to write in depth about deep philosophical topics, but, I just wanted to point these books out because reading Dreaming While Awake: Techniques for 24-Hour Lucid Dreaming recently was so thought-provoking and fun for me.


Addition, Sept. 21, 2017, 3:58 PM EDT. I didn't realize small tents were possibly so cheap, like only $20. So, going to get this small red tent.

Surprisingly and pleasingly, the blue version's description says it's made in the USA. The red one's description doesn't say that, but, I'm hoping it's made in the USA too. (Addition, Sept. 24, 2017, 2:23 AM EDT. The red tent's label says it's made in China.)

I chose red because according to this page, "Red light has the least power to shift circadian rhythm and suppress melatonin."

Decided not to get a sleeping bag - hopefully I can just use my usual blankets and pillows.


Additions, Sept. 23, 2017, 2:39 PM/3:37 PM EDT. The sleep before last, on Sept. 21-22, I slept sometime between 10:57 PM and 8:52 AM. Not sure how many hours I slept with the air conditioner in fan-only mode, but eventually I woke up, felt too hot, saw the temperature in my room was 75 degrees, and put the air conditioner into cooling mode, which eventually cooled my room down to around 66 degrees.

Was woken by thirst at various times. But, I felt alert and well-rested when I finally got up, even though my cold seemed at first like it might have worsened a bit again, since my nose seemed stuffier. But some hours after I woke up, my cold decreased again before I even ate anything except vitamins, and I felt even more recovered than I did the day before that.

Almost forgot to mention that I slept braless that night, though more because of being too lazy or tired or oblivious to put it back on than because of the scary health reasons to go braless. So, maybe that increased my melatonin and made me sleep better. Sleeping braless is something I seldom do, but, maybe I should try it more often, since maybe it's healthier than even the loose, comfortable bras I usually wear, and perhaps my blankets, sheets and pillows sufficiently mitigate the effects of gravity.


My only caffeine on Sept. 21st was 1 Barq's caffeinated root beer, and I ate even worse on Sept. 21st than I did the day before that, so, it surprised me that I woke up feeling so alert and well-rested. On Sept. 21st, all I ate was two English muffins with butter and cherry jelly, some carrots, and some cottage cheese.

On Sept. 22nd, until around 3 PM, I neglected to eat anything but vitamins. Didn't get tired until sometime (not sure when exactly) after eating. Ate some raisins, granola bars, some Swedish meatballs, mushroom tarts, and orange juice. Later, had some milk, some Barq's root beer, some Maui BBQ potato chips, and 2 dark chocolate/peanut butter granola bars.

Did little besides reading (before getting tired), and watched TV with family afterward. Until getting tired, I felt like my mind was sharper and quicker. Maybe taking 3 capsules of Testa vegan Omega 3 instead of 1 has been helping me.

My body felt spry and energetic even at times when my brain felt sleepy.


On Sept. 23 (today), slept sometime between 1:34 AM and 9:42 AM, rather poorly, since I kept waking up because of thirst, and because I got too warm because I didn't always have my air conditioner on. Also, out of habit, continued to wear my usual loose comfortable bra, despite the scary health reasons to go braless. I still have a cold, but it still seems to be on the mend.

Was pleasantly surprised to find my gums weren't sore at all when I brushed, flossed, and irrigated today. Feeling a bit sleepy, but it's not that bad, and I still have plenty of physical energy. I feel like the big 4-capsule (8000 IU) dose of Vitamin D I took the other day is still doing me some good, so I'm not going to take more yet.

Have mostly just been reading, as usual. Actually didn't even take any vitamins yet, and all I ate was raisins so far, but, feeling OK - just hungry.


Got my hygrometer (for measuring humidity) yesterday. It seems to usually be around 40%-45% humidity in my room, with the temperature around 67-69 degrees when the air conditioner is set to 66 degrees. With the air conditioner off for hours, the detected humidity was around 47% and temperature around 76.6.

Just recently, with the air conditioner in fan mode almost 2 hours (after having been in cooling mode for hours), the humidity increased to 51%, and temperature went up to 73.2.

So, at least yesterday and today, it hasn't been as dry in my room as I thought it might be. But, the hygrometer seems to confirm my impression that my room's air is usually noticeably drier than the rest of the house. All readings elsewhere were above 50%, and to my surprise, readings sometimes went above 60%, 70%, or even 80% when I held it next to other air conditioners than mine, especially when they were in fan-only mode.

But the humidity reading always goes down when I hold it next to my air conditioner, regardless of whether it's in fan-only mode or cooling mode. (Addition, Sept. 23, 2017, 4:20 PM EDT. Tried it again recently, and the humidity reading actually went up quite a bit when holding the hygrometer next to my air conditioner in fan only mode. So, maybe the situation isn't as bad as I thought.)

Next to one of my desktop computer's vents (which is constantly blowing very warm air), the humidity reading goes down and the temperature goes up. So, my computers probably aren't helping the situation in here either.

Maybe the drier air here is better for my computer stuff, but, I think I feel better in the other air conditioned rooms, and I think maybe I'd rather get a different air conditioner that doesn't do so much dehumidification. Or, maybe I'll use my room as an office instead of a bedroom.


The hygrometer seems to adjust to big temperature changes pretty slowly, since when I went up to the very hot third floor yesterday evening, it took many minutes for the temperature reading to creep upward to a plausible-sounding number. It took so long I finally just set the device down, and came back some hours later, and saw that the all-time high temperature on the device had changed to 84.6.

But by the time I returned, that room had cooled down a bit, so the current temperature reading was something in the high 70's - still too hot for me to sleep there without air conditioning. I forgot what the humidity readings were, but, I think they were always above 50% and below 60%.

I think this hygrometer is usually faster at detecting humidity than temperature, but, it seems to work quickest if some air is blowing on it. It goes up a lot quickly if I breathe on it, or goes up or down quickly if I hold it near an air conditioner.


Finally realized that I could actually sleep in the air conditioned neighboring bedroom. The only problem with it is it's kind of gross since our cat's litter box is there. But at least it's a room with an east window, so it might be less confusing to circadian rhythms than my room and the junk mountain room with their big west windows. Both my room and the junk mountain room get the most daylight in the afternoon.

The tent actually might have arrived at the post office today, but I forgot to remind my relative to pick it up, so, since the post office closes at 12 PM on Saturday, and is closed on Sunday, I probably will have to wait at least a couple more days to get it.

So, maybe I'll sleep in the cat litter room until I get my tent, or until I clean the junk mountain room.


I wish post offices, banks, etc. were open 24 hours a day. The "normal" hours for post offices and banks to be open (like around 8 AM to 5 or 6 PM, and 8 AM to 12 PM on Saturday) are oppressive even to people without sleep issues, since anyone who has to work from around 9 AM to 5 PM doesn't have much time to go to the bank and post office. And who wants to have to wake up early on the weekend, or have to waste any part of their weekend on chores like going to the bank or post office?

I wish everything was open 24/7. It would create a lot more jobs. And if those jobs (or any jobs) were so flexible that I could begin or stop working anytime I wanted, and didn't have a quota of time I'm required to put in, there would be a lot more jobs I could handle doing.


Additions, Sept. 23, 2017, 4:49 PM/4:56 PM EDT. Another thing I forgot to mention about yesterday was that it seemed noticeably easier than usual to lift 3-liter bottles of water. Today, that seems more difficult again.

Took a full dose of magnesium citrate before sleep on Sept 21-22nd, but forgot to take that before today's sleep.


Addition, Sept. 24, 2017, 2:23 AM EDT. Without really meaning to, went to sleep for a while in my own room sometime between 5:39 PM and 9:13 PM. Woke up thirsty and too hot, since I had my air conditioner set to 72 degrees.

Anyway, to my pleasant surprise, my relative did pick up my tent from the post office, and I was able to figure out how to set it up on my own in the past half hour or so. The instructions were missing, but I found this YouTube video which helped.

I was a bit disappointed that the tent actually wasn't made in the USA - its label says it was made in China. But I still like it. It's a lot more roomy than I expected, and quite comfortable for me, since I'm only about 5'4". The only problem is, I'm not sure I'm sleepy enough to actually sleep there yet.

But, it's 62 degrees outside, which is a quite comfortable enough temperature for me.


Addition, Sept. 24, 2017, 8:58 AM EDT. It was a nice place to sleep until the sun came up. But by around 8:20 AM I was too hot to keep sleeping.

Still tired and annoyed at having my sleep interrupted. Thirsty and a bit headachy.

Also, the tent's cloth is translucent, which lets a lot of light in, and makes me worried that I might need some additional protection from the sun to avoid sunburn. I also don't feel like I have much privacy when it's light outside, or even when using a flashlight or my phone inside when it's dark.


Found a helpful Android phone app called Twilight which basically does for your phone what Redshift or f.lux does for your computer - tints the screen red to decrease the amount of melatonin-stifling blue light. Twilight optionally can dim the screen also, which is useful because even my phone's absolute lowest brightness setting still seemed too bright.

It's at least free as in price, but I don't yet know whether or not it's free as in freedom.


Maybe as the weather gets colder it will get easier to stay in the tent in the morning. And maybe once the sun isn't directly shining on it anymore, maybe I'll be able to go back in there. But, judging by Weather.com, it's probably going to get much too hot.

So, I guess I could try sleeping in the cat litter room, except that's way too sunny now since the window blinds are rolled all the way up with the window cords taped up so our cat can't mess with them.

Too sleepy to clean up the junk mountain room now.

My room's humidity is currently 51% and the temperature is 67.8. Maybe I'll just sleep here.


Addition, Sept. 24, 2017, 12:31 PM EDT. Ended up staying awake because there was something on TV I wanted to watch. Slept braless and have continued to be braless because of the scary health reasons to go braless, and also just to see if I feel better in general. Hopefully gravity isn't harming them, but they don't feel bad.

Now my room's humidity is 55% and the temperature is 68.7. My air conditioner is set to cool to 68 degrees, and is in energy-saving mode, with the fan speed automatically adjusting itself as well. Seems comfortable enough at the moment.

Outside, it's 86 degrees, which definitely feels too hot for me to go back to my tent.

Asked a relative to try to open the upstairs bathroom window, but, apparently, it's totally stuck. So, I guess I can't sleep in the upstairs bathroom.

Feeling too sleepy to get anything important done, and not in the mood to clean. Probably I need to sleep longer and better. And maybe I'm extra-tired because of having done without caffeine (except for dark chocolate/peanut butter granola bars) lately. I wonder if going braless actually increases my melatonin too much?

Maybe if I stay awake long enough and return to my tent to sleep tonight, I'll end up with a temporarily normal schedule. But, I still have a cold, so, it's probably better if I don't put off sleep for such a useless goal.


Addition, Sept. 24, 2017, 1:57 PM EDT. Now that my tent isn't getting as much direct sunlight, it's almost nice to be in again, despite the heat. I might even be able to get some stuff done out there with my laptop. Except I'm still too sleepy and unmotivated, and don't want to bring my laptop out into such heat.

My room is 68.9 degrees with 53% humidity.


Addition, Sept. 24, 2017, 7:12 PM EDT. Fell asleep for a while in my room, sometime between 2:10 PM and 6:56 PM. Got thirsty and dry-eyed again, and when I woke up, I saw the humidity was 45%. My eyes soon became gooey instead, but still, I'm so tired of feeling like this when I wake up.

So, I'm going to quit sleeping in my room for a while and see if it happens elsewhere too.


Addition, Sept. 25, 2017, 10:31 AM EDT. Again tried sleeping in the tent, starting around maybe 1 AM. But, it hadn't gotten cold enough yet. I think my hygrometer said it was around 70-74 degrees (despite weather reports saying it was around 66 degrees), and the humidity was around 70%-85% at various times.

I tried to sleep, but I kind of felt like I was suffocating, so I gave up and went to the cat litter room. I underestimated how much our cat would keep me awake, so, that didn't work out so well either, even though I slept for a while (not sure what times exactly), and it was nice having our cat next to me after he settled down and stopped meowing and walking on me.

I finally returned to my tent at an unknown time. It was still dark but was getting lighter, I think. By then, it was cooler, and easier to sleep. But there wasn't much night left, so, I got woken up by the sun again, though more slowly than the day before that, so it was a bit less annoying.

I experimented with moving the tent inside, onto the mattress on the floor in the cat litter room, so I could keep our cat from walking on me as I sleep, but, Siamese cats meow a lot, so, clearly that wasn't going to help much, and I also thought he might shred the tent's cloth.

Nonetheless, while I had my tent in the cat litter room, and knowing full well he might damage the tent, I let my cat inside with me for a while, and he soon did put a few pinholes in the tent's side when he batted at a dangling strip of cloth inside the tent. But I didn't mind that much, since I think I'd like some more airflow in there anyway. And given the tent's low cost, it doesn't matter that much if it gets damaged. The tent was actually only around $15 rather than $20, since when my relative ordered the tent, Amazon gave my relative a lower price than Amazon showed me.

With all the morning sunlight, it felt too warm in the cat litter room to even try to go back to sleep, and I didn't feel tired enough, so I soon put the tent back on the balcony, and returned to my room, where the humidity is now 61%, with a temperature of 67.8.

I did get thirsty and dry-eyed sleeping in the tent, but that might mainly be because I forgot to bring my water bottle back to the tent when I returned to it after briefly sleeping in the cat litter room.

I think I also might have gotten thirsty and maybe dry-eyed while I was in the cat litter room, but I don't clearly remember. And I was so eager to go back to sleep when I went in there, I didn't check the humidity or temperature in there with my hygrometer.


Still kind of tired, and I still have a cold. I'm tempted to take more Vitamin D, but it seems to be misplaced. Maybe I better just resume caffeine again so I can function well enough to try to get my room cleaned up at least enough so I can find my Vitamin D.


Addition, Sept. 25, 2017, 1:05 PM EDT. Cleaned the junk mountain room a little. Found out my tent isn't quite as bug-proof as I'd like, since a tiny spider got in, probably through the small hole where the "door" zippers meet when the tent is as closed as it can possibly be.

Tried to poke some small holes (too small for most bugs to get in) in the walls of my tent to try to ventilate it, but, they didn't do much good. I think maybe I need a tent with more "doors" or something so I can get more of a breeze in there.

Maybe I'd be better off with this this hammock + mosquito net.


Addition, Sept. 25, 2017, 5:18 PM EDT. Getting this other tent, whose price was $27.99 regardless of whether I or my relative looked at its Amazon page. There were only two color options - blue with orange parts or green with orange parts, so I chose the latter.

It has a big window, so, hopefully that tent will be a lot nicer to be in. It's also bigger. The question and answer section of its Amazon page said it's 6 1/2 by 6 1/2 feet, with a maximum height of probably 4 feet (and lower than that in places other than the center of the tent).

My original tent's dimensions: "height of 3.50 feet and 6.25 foot x 4.80 foot". Which was already pretty roomy for me, so, hopefully the new tent will be even nicer.

I definitely like the original tent too, but it just needs a lot more ventilation. I might try sleeping in it again later, but it might be too hot again.

Despite having eaten 2 dark chocolate/peanut butter granola bars, I dozed off for a while in my room from around 1:50 PM to 4:57 PM. Humidity 46%, temperature 67.5 degrees.


Addition, Sept. 26, 2017, 1:05 AM EDT. Been tired and I still have a cold, but hopefully that will be gone soon. Didn't have more caffeine, and didn't locate my bottle of Vitamin D. Just been reading or watching TV.

I wish I could sleep in the tent, but, it just seems too warm in there, even though the temperature outside the tent seems acceptable. Really looking forward to the next tent. I hope I'll be able to use it during the day too sometimes.


Addition, Sept. 26, 2017, 9:57 AM EDT. Slept in my own room, sometime between 1:08 AM and 8:52 AM. Got thirsty and dry-eyed, and still feeling tired, and my cold still isn't gone.

Haven't been drinking tea as much lately because I've been running low on decaf, so, I hope that isn't causing my cold to linger more than it otherwise would have. I still have some decaf, but anytime I get low on something, I tend to stop using it as much to try to avoid totally running out.

Maybe I better have some caffeinated tea or root beer so I can clean my room and hopefully find my Vitamin D.

Also, I think I better just put all my clothes out of my room without bothering to catalog them in a VUE map yet, because with my energy being so unpredictable, chances are I'm never going to get all that unnecessary extra work done in a reasonable amount of time, given that my clothes have been cluttering up my room for over a month since I made a mess of them just trying to find something to wear so I could go see the total solar eclipse in Tennessee.

So, I guess I'll just put them in unsorted zippable pillow protectors and put them in the junk room, or maybe even the broken upstairs bathroom. That's an especially good place, since if it's cluttered up with my own stuff, then it won't get cluttered up with anyone else's stuff, so it will be easier to declutter when we can finally bring in a plumber.


Addition, Sept. 26, 2017, 10:03 AM EDT. Suddenly already feeling more alert, don't know why. Increasing daylight from my big window, perhaps?

52% humidity, 68.7 temperature in my room. I think it was around 49% or 50% humidity when I first woke up.


Addition, Sept. 26, 2017, 12:07 PM EDT. Got sleepy again. Will probably receive the next tent on Thursday. Will also receive more Arbor Teas soon.

My cold seems decreased, but, I still don't feel like doing anything that involves getting out of bed.

I wish I could be outside in my tent constantly, but it's too hot and sunny and the tent is too poorly-ventilated.


Addition, Sept. 26, 2017, 2:23 PM EDT. Been more alert again for a while. I think maybe I got drowsy earlier because I ate some raisins (carbs). So annoying! I think maybe I really am better off as a caffeine addict, so I can eat whatever I want without it making me tired.

So, at some point, I'm probably going to resume drinking some amount of caffeine regularly, especially after I get this organic caffeinated Ceylon black tea, which I'm hoping I'll like more than non-organic PG Tips.


Addition, Sept. 26, 2017, 6:08 PM EDT. Been feeling much better and untired, even though I haven't eaten anything yet (except my usual vitamins and the raisins I mentioned earlier), nor had any caffeine. But, still have mostly just been reading rather than getting anything done.


Addition, Sept. 26, 2017, 7:47 PM EDT. Just found out that I like pumpkin seeds, salted and in their edible shells. Hopefully that will help me get more iron in my diet, among other nutrients.

The ones I got (Goodfields brand, purchased at a Walmart) were so salty that my craving for salt seems to be totally satisfied at the moment.


Addition, Sept. 27, 2017, 8:46 AM EDT. Slept in tent sometime between 2:08 AM and maybe 8:15 AM. Being woken up too soon by the sun is as unpleasant as anything else waking me up too soon. Got thirsty and dry-eyed, too, but after drinking some plain water, my eyes are starting to get gooey instead. My right eye was especially gooey last night before sleep.

So, maybe it doesn't matter where I sleep - maybe I'm just very prone in general to getting dehydrated while I sleep. So, maybe that's the problem I need to solve somehow.

Don't know what the humidity was in my tent, since I left my hygrometer in my room. My room's humidity seems to be 54%, and it was 51% the last time I checked before sleep, maybe around 1 AM.

Even about a half hour after being woken, all I want to do is go back to sleep, even despite sunlight blasting me for a while. I wonder if the new tent will make it possible for me to stay in there for more of the day. I guess I could have stayed longer in my current tent, but, I was worried about sunburn, and knew it was going to probably get hot soon.


Addition, Sept. 27, 2017, 9:40 AM EDT. Been feeling more alert at times, but I still want to go back to sleep. But, browsing the web kept me awake.

This page says dehydration can decrease your melatonin levels.

Quote:

"While many know dehydration can affect their waking hours, what they do not know is the negative effects their lack of water is having on their sleeping hours. Chronic dehydration reduces the amount of essential amino acids needed by your body to produce a natural chemical called melatonin. Melatonin is created in the pineal glands and its creation is linked to a natural circadian rhythm � that is, a normal sleeping and waking schedule. Dehydration can act as a powerful roadblock to your body�s production of melatonin, making it hard to both fall asleep and stay asleep. This means that drinking an appropriate amount of water literally affects the quality of every hour in your day."


This other page suggests sometimes drinking milk instead of plain water.

Quote:

"Of course, drinking plain old tap water can help enormously � sipping 12 ounces when they�re fatigued helps almost 100 percent of women feel more energetic within an hour, according to studies at Connecticut�s Manchester Memorial Hospital. But if you�ve been physically active, consider pouring a tall glass of milk (plain or chocolate) instead. �Milk rehydrates better than water because it replaces the sodium, calcium and other electrolytes lost in sweat � and that�s key to quickly restoring your body�s fluid balance,� says Brian Timmons, Ph.D., lead researcher of the McMaster University study. �Plus it�s a great source of protein, so it can actually help prevent fatigue by keeping your blood sugar steady and your muscles well-nourished.�"

So, maybe I should resume drinking larger amounts of milk. I used to drink a lot more milk in the past, but, have sometimes been trying to avoid it for the sake of being more vegetarian. But, I always liked milk more than plain water or even slightly salted water, even back before I heard anything about adrenal fatigue-related electrolyte imbalance.

Another reason I avoided milk at times in the past several months was because I was worried for a while that maybe I was getting too much calcium, and that maybe I had hypercalcemia from too much Vitamin D from all the Vitamin D capsules I was taking.

But, now, I'm hoping that the jitteriness, excessive energy, etc. I sometimes got before (such as last May, etc.) was from magnesium deficiency from not taking enough magnesium along with my Vitamin D, rather than hypercalcemia from excessive Vitamin D.

But I don't really know what was going on - I'm just guessing. (But it definitely wasn't from caffeine, because I was strictly avoiding caffeine back in May, etc. - even chocolate.)

Also, when I was dealing with those jitters, excessive energy, etc., this magnesium gel helped me feel better fast. (Though oral magnesium capsules also helped, just not as much or as fast.) So, that's another reason I suspect those problems were mainly from magnesium deficiency.


Addition, Sept. 27, 2017, 5:06 PM EDT. Slept a while in my room, sometime between 1:12 PM and 4:50 PM. Used sleep mask, and had no idea it was still so early until I took it off. Got thirsty and dry-eyed again, but already getting gooey-eyed after drinking some plain water.

Humidity 53% in my room. Still very sleepy. Was alert for a little while before sleep, but got sleepy again after eating raisins.

At least the more I sleep, the less time there is for me to wait for my new tent. Might need to resume caffeine to get something useful done, but I'm too tired to even care enough about that to drink caffeine. All I want to do is sleep.


Addition, Sept. 27, 2017, 5:24 PM EDT. Suddenly saw my lost Vitamin E in the mess, and soon found my lost jar of nicely-seasoned Great Value peanuts too. Hoping I'll run across my Vitamin D soon.


Additions, Sept. 27, 2017, 5:42 PM/6:17 PM EDT. Found an informative but annoying list of foods that inhibit iron absorption.


Addition, Sept. 27, 2017, 6:19 PM EDT. Finally found my Vitamin D, but still haven't taken any yet.


Addition, Sept. 27, 2017, 6:52 PM EDT. Just took 2000 IU of Vitamin D, 1 capsule of Nutrigold Vitamin K2, and a full serving of Nature Made magnesium citrates (2 capsules) because this page says:

"When you're taking magnesium, you need to consider calcium, vitamin D3 and vitamin K2 as well, since these all work synergistically with one another."

Also took 3 grams of Vitamin C.

So, maybe I'll start to perk up more soon. I don't feel like messing with caffeine yet. Wouldn't mind going back to sleep, but, even just the Vitamin D might interfere with that. But, I thought some more Vitamin D might be good for me, since my cold is maybe only 85%-90% gone.


Addition, Sept. 28, 2017, 12:50 AM EDT. Perked up for a little while, but got sleepy again while watching TV with family.

The weather seems much nicer tonight for sleeping in my tent. Can't wait to get the new tent.


Addition, Sept. 28, 2017, 8:30 AM EDT. Took a while to fall asleep and didn't sleep too well, and then the darn sun ruined everything. The temperature eventually got pretty cold, and I had to add some layers while I was half-asleep, but I was well-prepared with three nice soft warm robes (used as blankets rather than worn), 2 sheets, and 1 blanket. But the sun made it too hot quite fast, and also much too bright. I wish I had a thick dark curtain to hang up in front of my tent.

Will be getting the next tent quite soon, but might be too tired to do anything with it yet.


Addition, Sept. 28, 2017, 10:27 AM EDT. Got the new tent, and put it up already, which was much easier than the other tent. It was confusing at first since each tent pole was attached to its opposite end and had to be pulled apart, which I accidentally figured out.

It's bigger than the other tent, and also more opaque, so now I feel like I have more privacy. However, it still lets in an amount of sunlight I find a bit worrying when the sun is directly on it. Fortunately, it has gotten cloudier, and the temperature is comfortable.

The "window" is basically a second "door", since they seem to be the same size and made the same way, and both have a mesh covering with a zipper, and a cloth covering with a separate zipper. I can't even tell the "door" and "window" apart. Both are nice and big, so, I assume that will keep my tent well-ventilated.

I definitely like it more than the other tent. But, I'm keeping the other tent out there, since maybe I could store stuff there that I don't want cluttering up my main tent.


Addition, Sept. 28, 2017, 1:32 PM EDT. Took my usual vitamins, plus 4000 IU of Vitamin D, 1 capsule of Nutrigold Vitamin K2, and a full serving of Nature Made magnesium citrates (2 capsules). Am much more alert now.

It's definitely nice weather today for being in a tent, at least for me. Except it looks like the temperature's going to be in the 40's for part of the night, so I might need a sleeping bag soon. But, for now, hopefully plenty of blankets will be good enough.


Addition, Sept. 28, 2017, 5:04 PM EDT. Getting sleepy again, so, haven't yet managed to copy all the stuff I want to copy to my laptop so I can use it in my tent.

It seemed like Vitamin D might have helped a bit for a while, but, unlike caffeine, I don't think it rids me of the problem of carbs making me sleepy. However, I should be sleepy, because I slept so little and so poorly.


I just read a wonderful, very informative report about Non-24-hour Sleep-Wake Disorder, which was recently announced on the Niteowl mailing list.

Quote:

"When allowed to sleep on their own cycle, some individuals with N24 will find relief of their symptoms of insomnia and fatigue, at the cost of the ability to maintain a schedule required for social and occupational requirements. However, some people with N24 will continue to experience fatigue, grogginess, malaise and disrupted sleep on any schedule, possibly because of continued desynchronization of their internal circadian rhythms. Recent research has documented that in addition to the central clock in the brain, virtually every cell in the body has a molecular clock, and scientists speculate that desynchronization of multitude of clocks is what underlies these symptoms."

Maybe that's what's going on with me, or part of what's going on with me. And maybe I always was like that, but I just didn't know it because caffeine did so much to improve my ability to function.

I wonder if caffeine might actually get all my molecular clocks better-synchronized with each other somehow? I feel so much better with caffeine than without it, especially caffeine plus theanine (found in tea).


Addition, Sept. 28, 2017, 11:56 PM EDT. Stayed awake because of drinking 1 can of Barq's caffeinated root beer. (Perhaps having more magnesium citrate also helped.) Been feeling much better, and like my cold is maybe 96% gone.

Still didn't get much done - read and watched TV with family. But, hopefully tomorrow I'll feel like getting more done.

It's 51 degrees outside and might go down to 45 degrees by 7 AM, according to Weather.com. But, I think I'm going to try sleeping out there. And because my new tent is much better-ventilated, better-positioned to avoid some sun, and the weather is probably going to be cool again tomorrow, and I might be able to block a lot of sun just by leaning a big piece of cardboard against the balcony's railing or my tent itself - because of all that, I think maybe I'll be able to remain in my tent even after the sun comes up, and maybe I'll have a better chance of not having my sleep interrupted by the sun.

My main goal is definitely not to try to correct my circadian rhythms by getting more early morning light and other daylight. I just like being outside, now that the weather is much better for that.


Addition, Sept. 29, 2017, 11:11 AM EDT. Not sure when I went to sleep - sometime after 12:11 AM, but possibly after 1 AM or 2 AM. Kept waking up, but might have slept OK at times.

The tent worked pretty well today. It got sunny maybe around 7 AM to 10 AM, but the tent's new position and nearby cardboard for shade helped, so I didn't get up until around maybe 10:30 AM.

It got pretty cold, but, my many layers of blankets and robes used as blankets worked well enough. Closing both doors also seemed to probably help (and may have boosted the humidity a lot - my hygrometer said 77% at one point). I eventually opened one door (and put up its mesh) around maybe 7 AM since I wanted more ventilation. (A possible side effect of that was, the humidity went down to around 55%.)

Fortunately, even just one mesh-covered door provided adequate ventilation, unlike the other tent. I also like the extra space compared to the other tent. So, I'm quite satisfied with the new tent.

Didn't get very thirsty until sometime after the sun rose. My water bottle was nicely chilled by the cold weather, and probably so was my root beer which I didn't drink yet.

My cold worsened a bit by the morning, but already seems a bit better again, though not quite as gone as it was before sleep. Sleeping out in the cold was probably not the best thing for my cold, but, my cold was (and still is) mostly gone, and I just was curious to see if I could comfortably enough deal with weather in the 40's without a sleeping bag. I think a sleeping bag would've been better, but it worked out OK.

Not feeling very tired so far, but I think I'm going to resume some amount of caffeinated tea.


Addition, Sept. 30, 2017, 1:41 PM EDT. I guess I might need a better microwave, because it just doesn't seem like I get as much of a caffeine jolt from tea made in the upstairs microwave. But, I was more energetic yesterday, though I was feeling a bit jittery and like I already needed even more magnesium, perhaps because of taking more Vitamin D lately.

Again, didn't get much done besides reading and watching TV with family. Moved some bags of clothes to the upstairs bathroom. Dug out some additional warm things to wear or use as blankets, and some more sheets. Still didn't get my laptop ready to use, but almost did, and organized some files on one of my desktop computers.

Going to get a sleeping bag, which oddly didn't have Amazon Prime two-day shipping, so, might not receive it until Oct. 5th.

Was reassured by skimming this article about phones and extreme cold. So, hopefully there's no problem with having my phone in my tent.

Figured out my phone's Weather Channel widget was showing the wrong info. Was able to fix that by changing to a different Weather Channel widget with a reload button, a circular arrow in the lower right corner, similar to this:


Didn't feel like going to sleep during the night, nor sleeping in temperatures in the 40's again, especially since I felt like my cold worsened a bit again - my sinuses(?) felt vaguely congested, I had a slight cough, and my voice got a bit hoarse. I almost just stayed in my room.

But, soon after sunrise, I went out to my tent, and moved my main cardboard sun shade out of the way (though I later put it back) so the sun would more quickly heat up my tent. It gradually went from around 48 degrees to 66 degrees and humidity in the 70's. And, with one door covered with mesh instead of cloth, the temperature was 62, and I think the humidity went down to the 50's.

Slept a while (though not very well) at times between 7:26 AM and 12:50 PM. Still sleepy. I came back in since I smelled smoke and thought that while I'm still recovering from my cold, I might be better off sleeping in a more predictable environment. But, maybe I'll go back for a while, since there probably aren't that many more nice days like this left in the year.


Addition, Oct. 1, 2017, 1:52 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 2:34 AM and 1:05 PM, in my room, since it was 39 degrees outside last night. Maybe slept pretty well, and started to feel alert pretty soon after waking.

Yesterday was another day of mostly just reading and watching TV with family. Made tea in the downstairs microwave yesterday. Didn't get a huge amount of energy from it, but, that made sense, since I didn't sleep very well before that. But, I definitely got some energy from that tea, and it improved my mood. Will probably have caffeinated tea today too.

Fortunately, my sleeping bag is going to be here sooner than expected - Monday. So, hopefully I won't need so many layers of blankets, etc. anymore when sleeping in my tent.


Addition, Oct. 2, 2017, 6:49 PM EDT. My sleeping bag was a tremendous and scary disappointment, because its label had a warning which said:

"CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING: This product contains one or more chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, and other reproductive harm."

So, I didn't even try it, and we just sent it back. I'm astonished that things like that aren't banned from being sold at all.

So, I guess I'm going to stick with regular blankets, or maybe go to a real brick-and-mortar store instead of ordering online from a page with incomplete information and no actual pictures of the product's labels.


Was in my tent most of the time between 10:49 AM and 5:48 PM, and managed to sleep there, even though it got a bit warmer than I would like, around 74 degrees. Slept OK, and didn't get very thirsty and dry-eyed, even though the humidity went down to something like 27% out there.

Tried my laptop out there for a while, but even inside the tent, around 12 PM, the lighting was too bright to use the laptop without turning the brightness up more than I wanted to, which drains the battery.

So, I guess maybe I won't be doing much computing out there, since it has been getting pretty cold out there at night, and I read that my laptop should only be run at temperatures above 41 degrees. I sure wish I had an up to date fully-rugged Toughbook - then that wouldn't be a problem.


Addition, Oct. 4, 2017, 4:56 AM EDT. There was a power outage sometime in the evening on Oct. 2nd, but I don't know when exactly, because I didn't notice it because I was in my tent.

So, that was a nuisance because I still was mostly using my desktop computers rather than my laptops, and my Puppy Linux Setup Kit still isn't renovated. But, it was less of a nuisance than usual, because I was already mostly done preparing to switch over to one of my laptops.

But, it was still such a nuisance to get my laptop set up that I didn't get it mostly done until earlier today (Oct. 4th), mostly for lack of trying, since, unusually, I took a long relaxing break from computer stuff. However, I did work for a little while on some new setup scripts on my most easily set up desktop computer, and made some nice progress.


But, it was such a nice day, I soon went out to my tent to read a paper book. Was alert, felt sharp and full of good ideas while programming, and was in a pretty good mood most of the time, probably partly thanks to caffeinated tea, despite only sleeping between around 8 PM on Oct. 2nd to sometime around midnight on Oct. 3rd, and sometime between 6:05 AM and 10:39 AM.

Later in the day, went to a couple brick and mortar stores to try to find a sleeping bag, but, found nothing acceptable, and also found out that there are laws that require toxic flame retardants to be put in camping equipment, including tents and sleeping bags. :-(

Anyway, I'm just hoping that my tent is not actually so toxic that it will harm me, since I'm probably going to keep using it sometimes anyway, until it gets too cold.


Probably too tired now to move my many blankets, etc. back into my tent, even though I think I can mostly handle temperatures in the 50's, and it warms up pretty soon after the sun rises. And now, my laptop is set up almost as comfortably as my desktop computers, and in the dark outside, I could probably read the screen easily at its lowest and least battery-draining brightness setting.

I guess if I'm still awake by the time it gets light, maybe I will move out there, because I won't need as many blankets during the day, so there will be less stuff for me to transfer from my room to my tent.


Additions, Oct. 5, 2017, 4:35 PM/6:38 PM EDT. On Oct. 4, slept inside sometime between 6:24 AM and 1:14 PM.

Today, on Oct. 5, slept sometime between 8:27 AM and 3:21 PM. Was in the tent reading a paper book before sleep, but a thunderstorm started, so I ran inside, sometime before 8 AM. I'm not sure if the thunder was much louder because I was outside, or if that was just some really big thunder, but it was pretty scary for a moment.

Have sometimes had a cough or slight congestion. Sometimes got very thirsty with dry eyes during sleep, but, maybe that's just from not drinking enough in general.

Been feeling much better and more alert and energetic overall, I think largely thanks to caffeinated tea.


Mostly have just been reading. But also have been trying out a new way of making VUE notes. Now, for various topics or tasks, I've been making two maps:


My Toughbook CF-C1 laptop's screen is definitely not as nice to look at as a monitor, but, fortunately, I can easily connect my laptop to a monitor because of my KVM switch, which also lets me share the same monitor with one of my desktop computers.

And I can make the laptop and monitor display different things (instead of just mirroring each other) by using these commands:

xrandr --output LVDS1 --above VGA1
xrandr --output LVDS1 --mode 1280x800

And it's quite relaxing to not have to worry about power outages anymore. If the power goes off, my laptop will just switch over to using its batteries.


Found out yesterday that I like the taste of 2nd flush darjeeling tea more than the taste of 1st flush darjeeling (which reminds me of a green tea).

Both seemed quite good for my mood and alertness, but I think I might have gotten some caffeine jitters from brewing the 1st flush darjeeling too long.

Didn't drink them both on the same day - I'm still limiting myself to only one cup of caffeinated tea per day.


Addition, Oct. 5, 2017, 4:57 PM EDT. I forgot to mention - yesterday, I had to pay for Apollia.com (which I bought years ago but still haven't started adding anything to yet), and I decided to also buy Apollia.org.

And I just discovered that the new DreamHost parked domain page - automatically added, not by me - is adorable. :-)

That might actually be better than all of my plans for that domain. :-)


Addition, Oct. 8, 2017, 7:52 AM EDT. I feel so much better drinking caffeinated tea that I haven't had as much to vent about lately.

Been getting more done, and mostly haven't been in the mood to update this. Been reading, cleaning, and even programming, and haven't had issues with my energy at all.

Not sure it's only from resuming tea - perhaps the probably significantly increased iron in my diet is also helping, and/or sometimes having some Vitamin D and magnesium and Vitamin K2.

Not that everything is perfect. I've sometimes been quite grumpy at the remaining mess in my room, and been feeling a bit premenstrual lately, and my time of the month got delayed somehow, perhaps by my cold (which seems gone now). Not that I really mind it being delayed.

Anyway, overall, I've been feeling pretty much back to normal (or better), and also like I'm sleeping better. And have mostly avoided headaches. At one point I happily resorted to drinking a caffeinated Barq's root beer when I felt a headache approaching, and I think that may have helped avert it.


Haven't been sleeping in my tent as much, due to rainy or worryingly cloudy weather, or due to it being too warm in the day. Also, I think I like it best out there during the day, so I don't have to listen to creepy noises at night like growling cats. I think maybe I like reading out there more than I like sleeping out there.

Been reluctant to bring my laptop out there at night because the humidity goes up pretty high at night, and I've read that high humidity can be bad for laptops. Tried reading an Overdrive book on my phone (which I'm less worried about, even though perhaps humidity could be a problem for phones too), but it would have been better with a phone stand.

Haven't been watching as much TV or Netflix, but, probably the most notable things I watched on Netflix recently were a Korean subtitled movie called Vanishing Time, and a sci-fi movie called Taking Earth.


Addition, Oct. 10, 2017, 1:58 AM EDT. Was quite grumpy and premenstrual for a while, but 2nd flush darjeeling tea greatly improved my mood when I finally drank some.

Earlier, was grumpy about the mess in my room, and also about being unable to easily remove a Flash drive from my laptop because of SFS file glitches.

Spent hours trying to find a true solution, but the best thing I came up with (which was far from ideal, but I guess maybe it worked OK) was running the sync command (to make sure all files would soon definitely get finished being written to my Flash drive), waiting a while, then doing a "lazy unmount".

Then, since I was afraid some glitch(es) might happen if I plugged that Flash drive back in without rebooting, I shut down my laptop. And switched back to using one of my usual desktop computers, which lets me use two monitors instead of one monitor plus a below average laptop screen.


Managed to put most of my clothes into zippable pillow protectors, and got a lot of them out of the way.

Also realized there was enough room behind my TV and speakers to push all that stuff closer to my small window. Having those farther away makes my room feel surprisingly much bigger.

There's still plenty of remaining mixed up clutter, but it's looking a lot more manageable now, even though I still have my exercise bike in here. It's still not useable due to clutter, but, I still plan on keeping it and resuming using it hopefully soon.


Addition, Oct. 10, 2017, 2:42 AM EDT. It's foggy outside - one of my favorite kinds of weather. And it's reportedly 60 degrees, so, I think I might stay in my tent for a while.


Addition, Oct. 12, 2017, 1:59 AM EDT. Slept in tent on Oct. 10th, and also read a paper book there for a while, since it was a lovely day with a pleasant temperature. Would have slept there last night, but the weather report said it was going to rain in the morning, and it did.

On both Oct. 10th and 11th, I woke up with a slightly stuffy nose, but it soon went away after drinking a little water.

Mostly been reading, programming, or cleaning. Still been feeling premenstrual, but my time of the month still hasn't started, though I hardly mind. Also sometimes been quite irritable, when the mood-boosting effects of my tea wore off (or when I delayed having tea), and before I finished cleaning my room, which improved my mood tremendously.


As of around 12:42 AM, finally got my room as clean and organized as I intended (for now). It's actually nicer than it has ever been. My room seems bigger, but still cozy, rather than too big. I can actually walk most of the way around my bed, can use my exercise bike again, and can open my mini-fridge without difficulty. And I can even stand far enough away from my big mirror that I can see myself belly-dance without having to put the mirror on a chair.

Will now also have an easier time sorting through my mountain of clothes and cataloguing them by taking pictures of myself wearing them, and adding those pictures and other details to a VUE map.


It's a pretty comfortable temperature outside - 60 degrees. But, it might rain around 7 AM, so, I don't know if I'm going to sleep out there, because of the possible rain, and also because I'm not really tired yet.

Weather.com says there's fog, but outside, it appears there's not as much fog as there was on Oct. 10th. But, maybe it will improve later on.


Addition, Oct. 15, 2017, 6:07 PM EDT. Finally, my time of the month started yesterday afternoon, so, I've been extra-tired from that, though mugs of caffeinated 2nd flush darjeeling tea still helped. I also like mixing it with other decaf teas, such as 1 teaspoon of Earl Grey.

Starting on Oct. 13th, I actually have been microwaving it for 5 minutes, and leaving the tea bag in, which I'm hoping isn't too much caffeine for me. I'm doing that mainly for convenience, since the tea stays hot longer without me having to remicrowave it, and it's less of a nuisance than taking the tea bag out. But I also hope it helps me get more theanine and other healthy substances out of my tea.

The first time I did that (with a mug of just darjeeling and nothing else), I did start to feel a bit too jittery a few hours later. So, to hopefully soothe that away with extra theanine, I had another mugful of tea made with 1 teaspoon of decaf English Breakfast plus 1 teaspoon of decaf Mixed Berry, and I definitely felt like that helped.


In the past several days, have been reading, and aggravatingly, got very stuck on a programming problem for a while, but finally successfully solved that.

Actually, I just found a different, easier, but just as effective way of accomplishing what I wanted, but never yet actually figured out how to do it the hard way, though maybe I'll keep at it just for curiosity's sake.


At times, it has been surprisingly good weather for being in my tent. Was in my tent most of the time since yesterday evening until the morning, since, surprisingly, the temperatures never got below the mid-60's, and I wanted to see how long my rechargeable batteries would keep my flashlight on while I read a paper book.

I used a piece of yarn to hang my flashlight from the hook at the top of my tent, which worked better than I expected once I somehow tied it well enough to stop it from falling.

Each pair of rechargeable NiMH AA batteries I had lasted only about 2 hours in my flashlight - 4 new ones I hadn't charged myself yet, and my 2 old ones which I hadn't charged in months. Tried to charge them once they ran out of energy, but, both my chargers are slow, and eventually I ran out of batteries, so I couldn't keep reading, and I switched to an audio book on my phone instead. Fell asleep while listening to it.


At one point soon before sleep, I got afraid maybe I was seeing a UFO in the sky, since I suddenly started to see something large and bright with a weird shape behind some tree leaves which mostly hid it from view.

Got up with my phone's camera ready to take pictures (though in retrospect, a video would have been a better idea), and walked to a part of the balcony where I could see it better - but, to my relief, it turned out it was just the crescent moon.


It got uncomfortably warm and too bright and sunny in the morning, so I moved back inside to my room, and slept much better there after taking an Advil to deal with my menstrual cramps.

No problem with cramps now, though I needed 3 Advils in all since my time of the month started (though I only needed 1 Advil each time I took it). Don't know why or how my body is so reliable about usually only having trouble with cramps in the first 24 hours of my time of the month, but thank goodness I don't have to deal with cramps for 5 days.

Also got a headache on the day my time of the month started, but that might have been from thirst from sleeping in my tent in the day, when it got a bit too sunny and warm. My headache went away quite quickly after I drank some water.

Tonight, it's going to be cold and sometimes rainy, so, don't know how much time I'm going to spend in my tent.


Addition, Oct. 16, 2017, 2:54 AM EDT. A bit headachy again. Don't know if it's because of my time of the month, or, perhaps it's from increasing my caffeine consumption, and then neglecting to have tea (or any other caffeine) so far today.

It's 50 degrees outside, so, probably not going to stay in my tent much.

Earlier, when I finally came out of my room (sometime probably before 7 PM), I found that the wind had blown both of my tents around quite a bit. The green tent I sometimes stay in had been blown into a corner, even though it had a bag of books weighing it down, and the red tent (which was mostly empty) was tipped over.

But, fortunately, my tents probably can't be blown entirely off the balcony unless the railings break.


Addition, Oct. 16, 2017, 4:55 AM EDT. Feeling much better and more relaxed after tea, though still a bit headachy.

I think maybe I'd be better off using less caffeinated tea in my tea bag when I plan to microwave it for 5 minutes and leave the tea bag in.

Also, I have no way to know for sure, but, I feel like this organic Ceylon black tea (which I just had) might have less caffeine than this organic 2nd flush darjeeling tea.


Addition, Oct. 16, 2017, 6:10 PM EDT. Woke up headachy and mostly stayed headachy for hours until I finally started drinking a Barq's caffeinated root beer.

So, I definitely should be a lot more cautious in the future with the quantity of caffeinated tea I put in my tea bags.

So tired of my time of the month feeling like an actual illness every month.


Addition, Oct. 16, 2017, 6:31 PM EDT. Feeling even better already, now that I'm done with my caffeinated root beer. I probably should have just had some caffeine sooner, or at least an Advil, but, I kept hoping my headache was going to just go away on its own.

Also, it wasn't always that bad. I was able to read earlier, both library ebooks on my desktop computer in my room, and a paper book in my tent.

But, just recently, my headache had gotten much worse, and I started to feel like I might get nauseated if I didn't have some caffeine. It actually worked pretty quickly to make me feel better. And now I'm actually feeling more relaxed and almost like I could go to sleep. Except I feel like maybe I need even more caffeine.


Addition, Oct. 18, 2017, 4:14 AM EDT. Felt fine even without more caffeine on Oct. 16th.

Been doing much better, especially now that I figured out how to modify the Lighthouse 64 Puppy Linux 6.02 Beta 2 ISO to make it possible to set the RAM disk to whatever size I want.

VirtualBox helped with that, since with that, I could test my changes in a virtual machine, without having to reboot a real computer repeatedly.

So, now I'll be able to use more of my computer's 32 GB of RAM for my own purposes, since now Puppy won't automatically sequester half of that RAM - 16 GB! - for itself.

Haven't rebooted my computer yet, because I'm not looking forward to all the not-yet-automated setup I'm going to have to do, unless I update my Puppy Linux Setup Kit more first.


Addition, Oct. 19, 2017, 4:31 PM EDT. Still haven't restarted my computer yet.

Fortunately, my time of the month is just about done. Just recently woke up and I still feel kind of tired, which could be from cutting back a bit on caffeine, but I'm guessing another factor is probably that I need to build my body's iron levels back up.


Addition, Oct. 21, 2017, 9:25 PM EDT. I think maybe I've been a bit more absentminded lately, which I suspect might be at least partly from me losing so much iron due to my time of the month.

But, have been feeling better since increasing my caffeine again, and have been too busy with reading, etc. to be in the mood to add much to this blog post. Been microwaving my tea for 5 minutes and leaving the tea bag in, but using less caffeinated tea per tea bag.

In one mug of tea, I used 3/4ths of a teaspoon of 2nd flush darjeeling tea, and in another mug the next day, I used 1 teaspoon. Both tasted good to me (even though the amount recommended on the package is 1.25 teaspoons), but I think I might stick with 1 teaspoon per tea bag, since that feels like maybe a better amount of caffeine (and perhaps theanine too) for me.


Addition, Oct. 21, 2017, 10:19 PM EDT. By the way, I'm very excited to be getting this book soon:

Goldratt's Theory of Constraints: A Systems Approach to Continuous Improvement

I'm hoping it will help me get more done and feel less confused about what the best things for me to work on would be.


Addition, Oct. 22, 2017, 9:36 PM EDT. Found out from this page that there's a newer version of the above book:

The Logical Thinking Process: A Systems Approach to Complex Problem Solving

It's expensive, since all available copies - even used copies - are above $45, but, I'm getting that too.


Addition, Oct. 23, 2017, 7:25 PM EDT. Around 6:30 PM, finally figured out how to put my green tent away in the small bag it came in, thanks to this video.

It was so rainy and windy that both my tents got blown around a lot, even though my green tent had a bag of books in it again, four blankets, two sheets, and various other things. And one of the four hooks holding my green tent's roof covering down got unhooked by the wind, so some things inside got a little damp.

I also took down the not-so-great red tent, which was actually a lot easier to take down than the green tent. (But the red tent won't be as easy to put back up again, if I ever want to, which I probably won't.)

Judging by future weather reports, there might be only one sunny day in the next 10 days, so, I don't know if I'll put my green tent up again soon or not, even though it's extremely easy to put up. I don't mind temperatures in the 50's, but I don't really like being out in my tent when it's cloudy or especially when it's rainy, even when it's warmer.


Mostly have just been reading and not getting much done. Oh, and my libido improved quite a lot, though I'm not sure why. But, I hope that means my health is improving.

I'd like to get started making plans for what projects to work on next, but am going to probably wait until I get the above books, so I don't get bored with the process before I even start reading those books.


Addition, Oct. 24, 2017, 5:11 PM EDT. Probably going to try blackstrap molasses soon, since I read it has plenty of iron, which I suspect I need.

I'm hoping I'll like it on French toast, which I plan to make in our cast iron frying pan. Maybe I'll even try it on regular toast.


Was sometimes more tired than I'd like on Oct. 23rd, even just a few hours (I think) after tea. But perhaps that's because I didn't sleep that well on Oct. 23rd because my two favorite blankets and pillows were in my tent instead of the place I fell asleep - my room.

I kind of miss my tent already, even though it definitely usually wasn't the most comfortable place to sleep, due to fluctuating weather, temperature, and nearby noises.

Slept sometime between 6:39 AM and 1:45 PM and remained tired for an annoyingly long while after waking up. Not sure if it's because I need more caffeine or more iron, or perhaps both.

Maybe I should drink tea more frequently, even just decaf, to keep myself more continually somewhat blissed out by theanine. I'm not sure letting myself get anxious and discontent has many benefits, except I guess it makes it more obvious what my goals should be than it is when I'm feeling too OK with my situation.


Addition, Oct. 24, 2017, 6:12 PM EDT. Having tea and already feeling much happier. Having 1.25 teaspoons of 2nd flush darjeeling tea, microwaved for 5 minutes, and haven't removed the tea bag.

Does liking tea this much make me a drug addict? :-) Well, at least tea is far from the worst vice in the world, if it's a vice at all.


Addition, Oct. 24, 2017, 6:21 PM EDT. Found this article with this amusing captioned picture.


Addition, Oct. 24, 2017, 10:17 PM EDT. Still feeling sufficiently alert from the tea, but I think the theanine wore off kind of fast, judging by my mood swings. I guess I could start adding decaf to my darjeeling tea bags more frequently.

The Walmart my relative went to didn't have blackstrap molasses, so, going to get this kind from Amazon instead. People in the question and answers section of that page say it's manufactured in New Jersey.

Didn't make French toast because I had no molasses to put on it, so I just made 5 scrambled eggs instead, and had them with orange juice since I've read that consuming Vitamin C and iron at the same time increases iron absorption.


Additions, Oct. 25, 2107, 3:20 AM/3:25 AM EDT. Hours ago, had a mug of decaf tea with 1 teaspoon of Mixed Berry and 1 teaspoon of English Breakfast, and have felt much better since then.

Not that everything now feels perfect. I'm so impatient to get the above books about the Theory of Constraints, which are shipping very, very slowly.

Maybe I'm over-caffeinated, or maybe I'm low on magnesium, or both, but, even though I'm feeling better than I was before, I'm still not really relaxed and mellow and satisfied with life, but at least I'm not tired.

What a primitive era this still is. Despite all our technology, it's still necessary to wait and wait and wait for certain books.

Was more relaxed a few hours ago. Spent some hours playing the very addictive computer game Steamband, but, now I guess I'm annoyed that I'm not making vast progress in my real life instead of some game.


Addition, Oct. 25, 2017, 3:13 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 7:19 AM and 1:46 PM. Have scarcely felt tired at all since waking up, but am definitely in need of some tea-induced bliss to make it easier to deal with various things I'm reluctant to deal with and would easily procrastinate about and avoid, without tea removing my tiredness and improving my mood and willpower.


Addition, Oct. 25, 2017, 6:20 PM EDT. Started my day with 5 scrambled eggs and orange juice, and felt a bit tired after (but mostly during) that, but that passed quickly, and my mood and will to get things done were a bit improved.

Later, had my usual vitamins, and am now having a mug with 1 teaspoon of 2nd flush darjeeling tea, and 1 teaspoon of decaf Mixed Berry.

1.25 teaspoons of caffeinated darjeeling yesterday seemed like maybe a bit too much for me, so, went back to 1 teaspoon again. If that doesn't seem sufficient, maybe I'll try 1 and 1/8ths of a teaspoon tomorrow.


Addition, Oct. 26, 2017, 1:41 AM EDT. Already been feeling tired for hours. But, perhaps it's because I didn't sleep very well, due to getting very thirsty.

Will be receiving the blackstrap molasses on Friday (Oct. 27). Hopefully that will help my iron levels. I find this article encouraging.

I just read here that licorice is made from molasses. I always loathed licorice, so, I hope the molasses won't taste too much like licorice. But, I always liked molasses cookies.


Addition, Oct. 26, 2017, 4:06 PM EDT. Slept rather poorly because of getting thirsty and dry-eyed. Also, I think my air conditioner in energy saving mode - in which it turns itself off and on automatically instead of running constantly - disturbs my sleep too, so, I finally turned it off completely.

I think maybe I was doing better when I spent less time in my room due to being able to go to my tent.

I guess another possibility is, I might need more Vitamin D and magnesium. Took 2000 IU of Vitamin D and some magnesium citrate on occasion in the past several weeks, but not recently. But I'm guessing those could easily be part of why I felt much better for a while.

I sure hope I'll like blackstrap molasses, or can make it into something tasty somehow. I read that some people put it in smoothies, so, maybe I'll start using my blender more frequently again.


Addition, Oct. 26, 2017, 4:22 PM EDT. Perhaps I'll try a modified version of this Iron Woman Gingerbread Smoothie.

Will have to modify it because I don't have all the ingredients. I probably can't get chia seeds quickly. And the only vanilla extract we currently have contains alcohol, which I avoid completely, even in cooked food, since cooking might not remove all alcohol.


Addition, Oct. 26, 2017, 6:22 PM EDT. Still feeling tired. Didn't have vitamins yet nor tea - but, had a cheeseburger from Wendy's for iron's sake, and fries (which I guess might have made me tired, since potatoes seem to do that to me).

I really hope blackstrap molasses works out for me, iron-wise - then I'll have fewer reasons to consume meat or eggs. I guess my problem could also be partly lack of enough Vitamin D and magnesium, among other things. But, I especially suspect lack of iron, since I still don't feel like I'm doing as well as I was before my time of the month.

I don't know if I've ever had enough iron in my diet at any time in my life ever since my menstrual cycle began when I was 13 or something. In retrospect, it's really tragic that ignorance about proper nutrition for women may have robbed me of the ability to have a happier youth. Oh, well.

But, hopefully by publicly announcing all this stuff, it will help others, and maybe even myself if reincarnation exists, since it perhaps it will help prevent future female lives of mine from going so horribly wrong. But I really hope I never incarnate as a woman ever again.


Additions, Oct. 26, 2017, 8:16 PM/8:24 PM EDT. Even without having vitamins or tea yet, started feeling less tired.

Just had vitamins (including 2000 IU of Vitamin D and magnesium) and am now having tea - 1 and 1/8ths teaspoon of 2nd flush darjeeling tea and 1 teaspoon of decaf Mixed Berry.

So, feeling better, and looking on the bright side a bit more. Perhaps someday, science will figure out how to stop and maybe even reverse the aging process, and correct all aesthetic imperfections, and then everyone will have a lot more time to enjoy their youth and beauty.

And if everyone could be young and beautiful if they want, then there would no reason to be jealous of other people's youth and beauty anymore, so maybe the many mean, jealous people in the world who are unfairly prejudiced against people who are younger and/or more aesthetically blessed than themselves would become less mean and jealous.

Also, if everyone were young and beautiful, then, personality, moral character, and intellect might become a lot more important even to the shallowest of people. It would be really nice to live in a world where appearance doesn't matter so much.


Addition, Oct. 27, 2017, 3:06 AM EDT. One of my relatives found some blackstrap molasses at a local Giant Eagle grocery store. It definitely is reminiscent of licorice, but somehow I find it more tolerable than licorice. But, it's definitely not something I'm really eager to just spoon into my mouth.

I made a smoothie with just pineapple, then added an unmeasured amount of blackstrap molasses to it. At first, I could scarcely taste the molasses at all, so I added more until I could taste it, and it still remained drinkable, though somewhat less appealing, and I wasn't very eager to drink it all, and didn't finish it. But perhaps that's because I just wasn't really in the mood for so much sugary pineapple to begin with.

Some comments on the web compared blackstrap molasses to soy sauce. I've scarcely ever tried soy sauce, but, I agree that it's somewhat reminiscent. However, blackstrap molasses is definitely sweet. I think I like regular molasses much more (at least in cookies; never had it in syrup form before). But, at least I find blackstrap molasses edible, and just about unnoticeable in sufficiently small amounts. I think it probably would even enhance some things it's put in, like baked beans.

Next time I make a batch of sweet and sour chicken, I'll probably try mixing the sweet and sour sauce and molasses together. And also will probably try the chicken with just molasses.

And maybe someday I'll figure out how to be vegetarian without feeling starved and deprived.

I wonder if different brands of blackstrap molasses taste different. Guess I'll find out soon.


Addition, Oct. 27, 2017, 3:52 AM EDT. Have been in a much better mood, and only recently have started to get tired, like sometime in the past hour.


Addition, Oct. 27, 2017, 4:24 AM EDT. Forgot to mention, on Oct. 26th, I slept sometime between 5:43 AM and 3:34 PM. Starting to feel tired about 12 hours after waking has always seemed normal for me, so, I guess I'm doing OK.


Addition, Oct. 27, 2017, 6:19 AM EDT. My mood worsened a bit again for a while. I wonder if getting enough iron in my diet will eventually (or soon?) ease my mood swings. Once I start feeling like maybe I got enough iron, I'll probably resume using my exercise bike more often, which will probably help my mood even more.

Then, hopefully I'll become increasingly capable of making progress with my various projects, and won't lose so much momentum anymore due to my monthly illness - menstrual, premenstrual, and postmenstrual issues.

I hate my menstrual cycle so much that the most tempting thing for me about birth control pills is not the prevention of pregnancy, but the prevention of my menstrual cycle. :-)

But, I probably will never try birth control pills in any case, because I'd be too afraid they might somehow cause me worse problems than the problems they might solve.


Addition, Oct. 27, 2017, 6:53 AM EDT. Was surprised and dismayed to read on this page:

"In fact, iron deficiency is the most common and widespread nutritional disorder in the world, according to the WHO, which estimates that some 2 billion people - or 30% of the world's entire population - have anemia, which is caused by lack of iron."


Addition, Oct. 27, 2017, 3:03 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 8:09 AM and 2:21 PM. Got quite thirsty while sleeping, and woke up still feeling a bit tired, but, quickly felt better after drinking some water.

I sure wish my books about the Theory of Constraints had been shipped faster. I have tons of other books to look at thanks to my local libraries' Overdrive sites, but they don't have many at all related to the Theory of Constraints.

There's a Sherlock Holmes quote that reminds me a lot of myself (at times): "My mind is like a racing engine, tearing itself to pieces because it is not connected up with the work for which it was built."


Addition, Oct. 27, 2017, 7:20 PM EDT. Got so sleepy I almost dozed off around 5:30 PM while I was reading, but somehow I suddenly got a lot of energy after that, and decided to get up for the day, take my vitamins, etc. Have felt surprisingly alert - much more than I expected after being so drowsy earlier - and did a few very short high-intensity exercise bike rides.

And now, I'm having a cup of just 2nd flush darjeeling tea - 1 and 1/8ths teaspoons. And after a tentative experiment with some tea in a separate cup, I put almost an entire spoonful of blackstrap molasses in my cup of tea, and was surprised to find it's still good, I guess because I put in a small enough amount that, at least for me, the molasses flavor blends into the background rather than overpowering everything else.

I put in my usual 1 spoonful of honey, but added only 1 spoonful of sucanat instead of my usual 2 spoonfuls+some unmeasured amount much smaller than a spoonful. And am surprised to find I actually still like it.

One problem is, caffeine can interfere with iron absorption - this article says:

"Drinking coffee lowers the absorption of nonheme iron at the same meal by about 35 percent, but drinking tea can lower the absorption by up to 62 percent, according to a study published in "Human Nutrition, Applied Nutrition" in 1982. "

But, I guess still getting 38% of the iron might still be worthwhile. It tastes good enough that I'll probably put blackstrap molasses in my tea again. Might try adding more next time. Or, maybe I should add more right now, since I still have plenty of tea left. But I'm reluctant to possibly ruin my cup of tea. On the other hand, I would like to know how much I can get away with putting in, so I can build up my iron levels quickly.


Addition, Oct. 27, 2017, 7:31 PM EDT. Added another spoonful of blackstrap molasses. The flavor is a lot more noticeable now, but surprisingly to me, the tea is still rather good. I'll probably use less molasses next time, though, since this is verging on too much molasses for me.


Addition, Oct. 28, 2017, 8:06 AM EDT. Been increasingly tired since around 2:30 AM, I guess.

But, I missed my green tent, so I set it back up on the balcony around 5 AM, even though it was around 50 degrees outside and probably going to rain a few hours later.

I stayed comfortably warm with my fuzzy robe and three blankets. Would have loved to go to sleep out there, but, rain unsettles me since I definitely don't want to be out there if there's lightning. So, now I'm back in my room again.

But at least now I can easily go back to my tent if/when the weather ever gets nice enough.

Wasn't outside much yesterday, but, it seemed like a particularly nice day, so hopefully there will be at least a few more nice days like that.


Been too worried about humidity to bring my laptop outside. I sure wish I could put Puppy Linux on my phone, and connect a keyboard and mouse.

Then, it would be just about as good as a computer with a tiny but nice touchscreen - which actually looks quite a lot nicer than my Toughbook CF-C1's touchscreen.


Addition, Oct. 28, 2017, 9:04 PM EDT. It has been around 39 degrees outside, but, I decided to try for a while to see if I could stay warm enough in my tent if I used all my blankets, plus sweatpants, socks, a hat, and two fuzzy robes.

I don't know how long I was out exactly, but sometime between 7:06 PM and 8:40 PM. I wasn't freezing, but, I was still too concerned about the cold to be able to doze off. And my back was all crampy when I sat up, and for a little while after I came back inside. So, I guess I'll have to wait for at least slightly warmer weather to be comfortable in my tent.

Still haven't tried this blackstrap molasses yet - haven't even had tea yet, since I think I might like to go back to sleep if I can.

Have been kind of sleepy at times since waking, but maybe that's partly because I took a full serving of magnesium citrate instead of half a serving, and only 2000 IU of Vitamin D. Oh, and I only slept sometime between 10:47 AM and 4:50 PM.


Addition, Oct. 28, 2017, 9:51 PM EDT. Wow, there seems to maybe be a lot more iron in this blackstrap molasses than the brand we got from a grocery store.

The blackstrap molasses we got from Amazon says a serving is 1 tbsp. (21g), and it contains 20% of the "Daily Value" of iron.

And the blackstrap molasses we got from the grocery store says a serving is 1 tbsp. (15 mL), but it contains only 4% of the "Daily Value" of iron.

I wonder if 21 g and 15 mL are actually significantly different, even though both are referred to on each bottle as 1 tbsp. Or, does the blackstrap molasses we got from Amazon actually contain way more iron for some reason?


Addition, Oct. 29, 2017, 1:29 AM EDT. Tried a spoonful of this blackstrap molasses in my tea, but, it does seem to taste different and worse (in my opinion) than the other kind, so, I'm quite tempted to discard my tea now. It reminds me too much of some sort of bad-tasting medicine.

I think maybe I might have an easier time eating liver for iron. I guess this molasses+tea is not so bad that I'd rather lick my cast iron frying pan, but, I don't think I really want to continue experimenting with this blackstrap molasses or any other, even though the other kind I tried - Brer Rabbit brand - tastes better to me, both in and out of tea. Maybe I'll try it again someday but at the moment, I just want a nice, normal cup of tea.

I wonder what makes the two brands taste different and contain different amounts of the same nutrients.

Maybe I'd be better off just eating more peanut butter sandwiches, eggs, raisins, pumpkin seeds, cereal, etc. Ooh, this page says sesame seeds have a lot of iron. I definitely am OK with sesame seeds.

Yeah, definitely discarding this cup of tea.


Addition, Oct. 29, 2017, 5:07 AM EDT. My back was still rather crampy at times for hours after I came back inside the house and warmed up. The cramps decreased after I drank some water, but didn't go away completely.

I started to wonder if maybe those cramps were a sign of magnesium deficiency, so, I recently put some magnesium gel on the lower half of both arms, and I quickly became more relaxed, flexible, and un-achy. My back feels normal now.

Also had a mug of tea made from 1 and 1/8ths of a teaspoon of 2nd flush darjeeling tea and 1 teaspoon of Earl Grey. So, in a much better mood now too, though I soon resumed being kind of sleepy after a brief energy boost. Also still feeling kind of unsure of what to do, and lately have been procrastinating a lot instead of working on my various projects. Mostly been reading various Overdrive books, other books, and watching Netflix with family.

The books I'm getting about the Theory of Constraints might not get here until possibly Oct. 31st and Nov. 2nd. So, I've been reading this interesting website instead.


Addition, Oct. 29, 2017, 1:49 PM EDT. My room just seems like a bad place to sleep lately. I get so thirsty and dry-eyed while sleeping in here, even with my air conditioner off and the heat vent as closed as possible. My hygrometer says the humidity is 40%, but I wonder if it's actually even lower than that.

I sure wish I could still sleep in my tent, but it's just too cold. I probably wouldn't be allowed to move the cat litter box out of the room it's in, so I can't stop our cat from visiting me if I try sleeping in that room.

I guess the weather might be getting cool enough that maybe I could sleep in the junk mountain room if I clear enough space in there. Or, perhaps the upstairs bathroom. Maybe I'd get just as thirsty and dry-eyed sleeping in those rooms, but, perhaps it would be better somehow.


Addition, Oct. 29, 2017, 3:09 PM EDT. Too tired, so it's kind of difficult to function. I guess I ought to just clean the upstairs bathroom or junk mountain room the minimum amount to make enough room for me to sleep there. Maybe the junk mountain room would be better, since at least I can open its window if necessary.


Addition, Oct. 29, 2017, 3:34 PM EDT. Tired, but having tea and am in a very determined mood now. So, I might be able to get a lot done despite being tired. Cleaning is a lot easier than programming, at least.


Addition, Oct. 30, 2017, 2:33 AM EDT. I managed to make a valley in the junk mountain. But, I'm not sure if there's a spot yet where I'll feel unworried enough about a junk avalanche to fall asleep. So, will have to clean more at some point when I feel in the mood.

Unfortunately, there are actually far worse messes in this house that seem even more impossible to clean up. Maybe the most realistically feasible way to deal with them would be to just move out and leave all that crap behind, and try harder from the outset to keep the new place nice, so it never gets so hopelessly messed up.


Addition, Oct. 30, 2017, 5:55 AM EDT. Been vaguely tired for a while, but have been mostly OK ever since tea yesterday afternoon.

Going to stay awake at least a little while longer, just to watch some TV. Then, I guess whenever I get tired enough, I'll try sleeping in the junk mountain room. I wonder if the junk mountain is stable enough for me to actually sleep somewhere on top of it. I think I'd feel safer up there than on the floor.


Addition, Oct. 30, 2017, 6:53 PM EDT. Was sunny outside in the morning, and I wanted to get a blanket from my tent, so, even though it was quite cold outside (maybe around 40 degrees?), I ended up staying there and dozing off for a couple hours, until it got less sunny and hence too cold. It seems the greenhouse effect of my tent helped the temperature enough that I was comfortable with just 2 blankets for a while.

Both books are now at my family's post office box - so, a bit earlier than expected - but I don't think anyone was able to pick them up today, and I didn't want to walk that far.

Found a nice spot on top of the junk mountain - the tallest remaining spot, near a corner. While laying up there, I'm less than a foot away from being able to touch the ceiling. With blankets and some pillows, I think I might be able to sleep up there, but, I was so tired after having dozed off in my tent that I just slept in my room instead.

And, with the humidity apparently around 37% in my room, I kept waking up horribly thirsty and dry-eyed and headachy. Water seemed to help but only for a few hours at a time or less.

So, I really better try sleeping somewhere else next time I sleep.


In my tent, the humidity gradually crept upward the longer I stayed in it, until it was around 47% humidity (I think) when I left it.

Too bad my tent wouldn't fit in my room unless I get rid of my bed and the boxes under my bed, since maybe that would increase the humidity enough to be more comfortable for me.

There would definitely be enough room in the junk mountain room for my tent if I clean it up enough. But maybe it will be more comfortable there even without my tent.

Haven't measured the humidity in the junk mountain room yet, but probably will soon.

Probably going to have tea and just stay awake, even though I slept pretty poorly. My tent was such a nicer place to be until it got too cold.


Addition, Oct. 30, 2017, 7:51 PM EDT. Seems like the upstairs bathroom and junk mountain room are both around 40% humidity, so, not much difference.

Maybe I should just put my tent on top of my bed and see if that helps. Still afraid to try my humidifier in here, since I don't want to possibly mess up my computer stuff.

Maybe the best thing for me to do is try to clean up the junk mountain room some more, to make room for my tent, or perhaps for the upstairs microwave (which is currently in our totally broken upstairs bathroom), so then I could run the humidifier in the upstairs bathroom, and maybe sleep in there.

I just physically feel worse in my room than I do in my tent (at least when the weather's nice), and I don't know why.


Addition, Oct. 31, 2017, 1:30 AM EDT. Made progress cleaning the junk mountain room. Had tea a while back, which made me feel untired for a while. But now, my body is energetic but my brain feels kind of tired.

I wonder if because I'm only about 5'4", that might mean I need less iron in my diet than whatever the recommended amount is.

Currently eating sweet and sour chicken, but, decided against trying it with blackstrap molasses.

Still around 37% humidity in my room, but around 40% or 41% in the junk mountain room and upstairs bathroom.

I wonder if running my desktop computers almost constantly somehow reduces the humidity in here. I sure wish I had a way to put my desktop computers into standby or hibernation mode while using Puppy Linux. I wonder if there is a way.


No special plans for Halloween. Among other things, going to keep cleaning. Maybe my relatives and I will finish watching Stranger Things on Netflix, but, we're probably more likely to watch The Voice on TV.

And, most excitingly of all, I'll probably study my new books on the Theory of Constraints whenever I get them. Then, hopefully I'll be able to get a better idea of what to work on next.

At the moment, though, I'm already pretty sure that improving my sleep quality might be the most beneficial thing I can do, if I can figure out how to do it.

My room doesn't feel like such a bad place to be while I'm awake, but I'm so tired of getting dehydrated so much of the time when I try to sleep here.


Addition, October 31, 2017, 9:53 AM EDT. Finally got my books. My relatives couldn't make it to the post office during the post office's unfortunately limited hours of 8:30 AM to 5 PM, so, I walked there myself. I seldom really like going out, but I really wanted these books, and also figured the exercise would be good for me.

Been awake since around 6:36 PM yesterday, and having to get my books is the main reason I stayed awake this long.

As expected, the walk was quite tiring, but, maybe it was a bit easier than it was back in the days before I had my exercise bike, even though I was younger then.

It's 39 degrees outside (according to Weather.com, not my hygrometer), but, I think I might try to read for a while in my tent, since it was quite sunny during my walk, and I'm OK spending a bit of time in overly cold temperatures as long as I'm not trying to go to sleep.


Addition, Nov. 1, 2017, 5:37 AM EDT. Was too tired to read very much, but, still quite excited about the books.

I eventually got tired of the cold in my tent, even though I got the temperature in my tent up to 48 degrees and the humidity up to around 66% (if I recall correctly) by sitting in there with the doors closed, with a ceramic pasta bowl filled with water I warmed up in the downstairs microwave.

Came back inside, and sometime after 3:23 PM, went to sleep in the upstairs bathroom on top of some zippable pillow protectors full of clothes in the bathtub.

Only slept until around 6:12 PM because one of my relatives brought home food and we were going to watch TV. And, since we had enough time, we finished watching Stranger Things on Netflix.

Started to get some vague headaches, but, instead of having caffeine, I just went back to sleep in the upstairs bathroom sometime after 11:12 PM until recently, soon before 5:00 AM. Kept waking up thirsty and somewhat headachy, and the humidity was about 35% or 36% in there, and 33% in my room. But, there are some good things about sleeping in the upstairs bathroom - at least it's darker than my room usually is, and might stay warmer than my room once it gets really cold outside.


Kept drinking plain water, but I felt like it wasn't helping me much at all, so I think probably I need more electrolytes. Maybe I'll try some of the ideas from this page and this page. Or maybe I'll just drink more orange juice or vegetable juice.

Also, I think I probably should resume drinking smoothies more often again.


Addition, Nov. 1, 2017, 5:43 AM EDT. Just found out from this page that milk also contains electrolytes.

However, I've mostly been avoiding milk lately because I don't want it to interfere with iron absorption.


Additions, Nov. 1, 2017, 5:58 AM/6:00 AM EDT. This page actually suggests using black tea, or green tea, or herbal tea, as part of an electrolyte drink. I guess I could try adding a bit of salt to my tea.

Hmm, I wonder if the electrolytes are a major part of why tea makes me feel so much better?


Addition, Nov. 1, 2017, 5:03 PM EDT. Felt better for a while after tea, and 1/64th of a teaspoon of salt scarcely affected the taste at all.

Got sleepy for a while after having a bowl of mashed potatoes. Also resumed being kind of headachy, but that went away after I drank some water.

Definitely not liking the low humidity - around 35% in my room, every time I look at my hygrometer. My eyes have felt a bit dry, some of my knuckles have dry skin, and earlier I was coughing a bit and my throat felt a bit scratchy and sore, though now I only have those first two symptoms. Feeling sleepy now.

Going to try harder to get enough electrolytes, since I'm guessing that not paying enough attention to that is probably why I sometimes end up feeling like plain water is not doing me much good. Maybe getting enough electrolytes will make it easier for me to stay well-hydrated, which might also help me to sleep, since maybe I won't get woken up as much by thirst.

Been reading Overdrive books instead of my recently-acquired paper books because I haven't felt up to much deep thinking today. I felt energetic enough up until that bowl of mashed potatoes. Briefly felt OK a couple hours later or so, but now tired enough to possibly go to sleep.

Was surprised that even before tea, I don't think I felt all that tired, which surprised me, since I thought I didn't sleep very well, since I had often woken up thirsty and overheated.


Addition, Nov. 2, 2017, 12:30 AM EDT. Here's a page which gave me a more exact idea of the quantity of electrolytes in black tea.

Slept somewhat poorly in my room sometime between 5:05 PM and 9:50 PM. Got thirsty and too hot, with my room around 36% humidity and 70 degrees, but a few gulps of plain water seemed to help quickly, and I soon started to feel remarkably alert. 37% humidity in my room at the moment, with rain outside. And surprisingly, the temperature outside is going to increase so much overnight that I might be able to use my tent soon.


Been missing my tent a lot, so I searched the web for places with the nicest weather. I read this page, and now I wish I could live in maybe California. However, I definitely wouldn't feel safe setting up a tent just anywhere outside.

I'd rather put my tent on a balcony, so I'd probably need an apartment at the very least, which would be way too expensive for me.

If I had a fully-rugged Toughbook laptop that could handle a wider range of temperatures and humidity than my current laptops, or a phone or tablet with over 4 GB of RAM which could run Puppy Linux, and which had a way for me to attach a keyboard and mouse, and which I could charge with solar power or even a crank, I'd probably rather spend nearly all of my time outside, someplace where there's usually nice weather.

So, there's no way I'd want to spend a fortune on rent in California (or anywhere else) unless I had a balcony I can put a tent on.

Also, since big earthquakes are a potential problem in California, maybe I'd need to buy a parachute or hang glider so I could quickly get out of my building despite being someplace above the 1st floor.


Addition, Nov. 2, 2017, 1:52 AM EDT. I wonder if I could be a house sitter. My severe sleep issues cause me to often be wide awake at strange hours, which might discourage burglars.

I guess I couldn't listen to music with headphones, but, I might be able to get a lot of programming and reading done, and it might be pretty comfortable. And I love cats, and they're easy to take care of. (I love dogs too, but they're tougher to take care of.)

So, maybe that's how I could live in California without needing to pay a ton of money for someplace to live.

It's not something I'd actually want to try in the near future, but, just thought I'd note the idea down, so maybe I'll be reminded of it someday when I re-read this blog post.


Addition, Nov. 2, 2017, 4:01 AM EDT. Found an article about milk being better for rehydration than water: Milk and Other Surprising Ways to Stay Hydrated

So, I think I'm going to resume drinking more milk instead of avoiding it so much. (Except for half and half, which I've never quit because I've never found an adequate substitute for half and half in my tea, Teeccino, etc.) I used to drink quite a bit of milk, so, maybe I accidentally messed up my electrolyte balance by avoiding it and not eating/drinking enough other things that can compensate for the lack of milk.

Even when I was younger, attempting to quit milk was rough on me - like in spring 2012, when my lips became very dry and chapped (though that might have been partly due to other major stress). At least I haven't had that problem recently. But, I keep craving milk no matter how long I keep mostly avoiding it.

So, maybe my electrolyte imbalances and thirst issues are nothing to do with adrenal fatigue?


The humidity is now 40% in my room, which is still lower than I'd like, but I think it feels better.

Greatly looking forward to returning to my tent sometime after 8:30 AM, when the sporadic rain might finally go away.


Addition, Nov. 2, 2017, 4:56 AM EDT. Found this interesting article about milk tolerance:

The Most Spectacular Mutation in Recent Human History


Addition, Nov. 2, 2017, 11:56 PM EDT. It was such a nice day after it stopped raining that I spent just about all day in my tent. It even was sunny for a while, maybe around noon.

I read The Logical Thinking Process: A Systems Approach to Complex Problem Solving for a while, then went to sleep maybe around noon or 1 PM, woke up around 7:49 PM, and read it some more.

I might even go back to my tent for a while, until the upcoming rain (which will be followed by thunderstorms) starts.

Very pleased with the book so far, and I think VUE will be a wonderful tool for making the various diagrams.

I was surprised to discover today that my used copy of the book actually did have the software CD the new book comes with which I assumed my used copy probably wouldn't have. So, I guess I'll try that too at some point, on a Windows computer, or in a Windows VirtualBox.


I feel like I slept much better in my tent. It seems like higher amounts of humidity than what's usually in my room are just more comfortable for me. I did get thirsty (since I forgot to bring my water bottle to my tent), but, I think I was less thirsty than I get while sleeping in my room.

Drank some milk soon after I woke up, and it was definitely more satisfying than plain water, and I did feel like it was probably hydrating me better than plain water. Plain water sometimes doesn't feel very effective at all, but I pretty much always like milk.


I put an extra 2 Weather.com widgets on my phone - weather for San Diego and weather for San Francisco, and so far, it looks like San Diego has more appealing (to me) weather.

I think one of my long-term goals in life is now to move to California, or maybe elsewhere in the USA if anywhere else has such nice weather.


Addition, Nov. 3, 2017, 11:57 PM EDT. Managed to artificially lengthen my stay in my tent through a somewhat silly, almost Mr. Bean-like solution - a long extension cord and my electric blanket.

It worked so well I even was able to fall asleep in there for a while, sometime between perhaps 9:30 and 11:30 PM. I think my big ceramic pasta bowl of steaming hot microwaved water might have done more to heat up the tent quickly, but, the electric blanket may have helped keep it above 50 degrees. The temperature in the tent slowly fell from around 52 degrees (before sleep) to around 50 degrees when I woke up. When I woke up, Weather.com said it was 40 degrees outside.

I had both "doors" of my tent nearly totally shut. Smelled smoke outside only once I opened a "door". Don't know what that smoke was from, but, it was nothing to do with me, my electric blanket, etc. - it's a fairly common smell around here when the weather gets cold. And a good reason to not even try to stay in my tent once it gets very cold, even if my electric blanket makes it bearable.

I wonder if solar powered generators like this (which it seems you can also charge by plugging it into a normal electrical outlet) might be helpful to homeless people. If someone has no choice but to be outside in ridiculously cold weather, I wonder if that plus an electric blanket and tent could save their life. I wonder what temperatures, humidity, moisture, etc. that generator can endure?


Addition, Nov. 4, 2017, 8:55 AM EDT. Around maybe 5:30 AM, returned to my tent with my electric blanket again, mostly out of curiosity to see how high my electric blanket could bring up the temperature without me bringing in a bowl of steaming hot water. Didn't pay much attention to the outside temperature, but noticed Weather.com at times said it was in the low 30's.

After around 2 and a half hours with my electric blanket turned up to its highest setting, my hygrometer said my tent was still only 47.5 degrees. But, I was still pretty comfortable under my blanket. Didn't sleep, though - I listened to an audio book.

Anyway, I don't want to have to worry about the effects of cold on the wire leading to my electric blanket's controller, and maybe also the controller itself, and also was worried that cold might damage my electric blanket somehow if I leave it outside, even if I unplug it and bring its controller inside when I'm not using it. And I already found out last year that my electric blanket seems to interfere with my sleep quality.

So, I'm not really tempted to keep using my electric blanket out there. I just was curious to know how well it might heat my tent. It definitely wasn't warm enough in my tent outside my blanket, but it was comfortable enough under my blanket that I think I probably could have stayed out there all night if I had wanted to.


I'm more than halfway done reading The Logical Thinking Process: A Systems Approach to Complex Problem Solving.

I'm very impressed and eager to get started making my own logic tree maps, hopefully as soon as I finish reading the book.

For years, I already had been making numerous of my own self-designed VUE maps for various purposes, such as to try to figure out what would be best for me to work on next, and even those frequently very freeform messy maps have been helpful.

But, I've been getting tired of so much chaos, so, I greatly look forward to trying to make some maps structured in the much more rigorously logical ways suggested in the book.


Addition, Nov. 4, 2017, 10:56 PM EDT. It was cold but sunny (and hence warmer in my tent than outside), and it got even warmer later, so, I stayed in my tent sometime between around 9:43 AM and 10 PM. Didn't get much reading done - listened to an audio book, then slept maybe from 11 AM until around 9:41 PM.

I did keep waking up, but mostly because I was worried about the upcoming thunderstorms, otherwise I'd probably still be staying there.

Seems like my tent is reliably warmer than outside when it's sunny in the morning. As long as the temperature inside my tent is somewhere in the 50's, I'm pretty comfortable, even with normal non-electric blankets. So, there might be more remaining nice-enough days to stay in my tent than I originally thought.

And maybe there's also a wider range of places I'd be comfortable living at than I thought. Now, I'd never want to live anywhere where I can't live in a tent on my balcony for most of the year. :-)


Addition, Nov. 7, 2017, 12:35 PM EST. Been doing well, though the weather hasn't been good for staying in my tent.

Finished reading The Logical Thinking Process: A Systems Approach to Complex Problem Solving on Nov. 6 soon before 5 AM.

So, yesterday and today, using VUE, I worked on a map that was originally intended to be an Intermediate Objectives map. But, I chose such a large "system" to depict - my overall goals in life - that I ended up not really following a lot of the map-making rules.

So, my result looks like a bit like a deranged game of cat's cradle played by at least one invisible octopus. :-)

But, nonetheless, I'm very happy with it. :-) Maybe I'll add a bit more to it, then at some point maybe even share it with the world.


I already feel less lost and confused, now that I have that big tangle in a concept map instead of (mainly) my mind, and also fragments in many assorted other maps, none of which are such a comprehensive yet fairly succinct overview as this one.

It's just too much stuff to hold in one's head all at once (even despite the practice I get as a programmer)... but it's all important to me. No wonder I've had so much trouble deciding what to do and getting more than a few things done really well.

Looking forward to making more maps with different purposes and levels of detail, once I decide what to work on, which I think might be much easier to do now.


I'm in quite a good mood now, despite the fact that I neglected to even have any tea at all today and yesterday, and maybe also Nov. 5th. (However, I did have 2000 IU of Vitamin D and half a serving of magnesium citrate yesterday, and have been continuing to drink cow's milk as much as I want.)

Didn't get headaches, but have sometimes eaten a dark chocolate/peanut butter granola bar or two, so maybe that helped me elude caffeine withdrawal symptoms.


Addition, Nov. 8, 2017, 9:30 AM EST. Finished preparing my VUE map of life goals.

I made it while using the screen-tinting software Redshift, so, the colors might not be as nice to look at without Redshift.

Also, I'm fond of the color blue, so I actually put in a fair amount of blue, despite the circadian issues that blue light is reputed to contribute to.

It's a pretty general map, so it doesn't list out my specific projects, like the Puppy Linux Setup Kit, Astroblahhh Desktop, etc.

Still haven't decided what to work on next, and haven't made any other new maps yet, but, likely will soon.


Additions, Nov. 9, 2017, 12:42 PM/12:51 PM EST. We have a bunch of ripe bananas that we need to use up, so, I started reading more again about smoothies, and also soups, since I wasn't particularly in the mood for a sugary smoothie (even if all the sugar is from fruit).

And ended up making a weird variation on tomato soup - 1 blended banana, plus an unmeasured amount of Diane's Garden brand vegetable juice (which is similar to V8). It was kind of good (though strange) cold, but, I figured I would prefer hot soup, so I microwaved it for a few minutes and added saltine crackers.

It's still a bit weird - like strangely sweet tomato soup - but definitely edible, and I definitely might make it again. I guess I could also try just microwaving the vegetable juice alone - I'm guessing it would probably taste a lot like plain old tomato soup.

There are probably spices or other ingredients that might enhance it. I just added some ground marjoram. A subtle change, but good, I think.


Addition, Nov. 9, 2017, 3:55 PM EST. Spent almost an hour in my tent, reading. It's still nice out there sometimes, as long as my tent gets some direct sunlight.

And perhaps the cold is good for me in some ways.


Addition, Nov. 9, 2017, 6:39 PM EST. Found this interesting page: Possible use of repeated cold stress for reducing fatigue in chronic fatigue syndrome: a hypothesis

I actually haven't been feeling fatigued lately, but I suspect that might be because maybe I finally got enough iron, since I haven't been avoiding meat lately.

Also, maybe that half-hour walk to the post office on Oct. 31st to pick up my books did me a lot of good.


Additions, Nov. 10, 2017, 2:50 AM/3:09 AM EST. Have still been having trouble with waking up thirsty and sometimes dry-eyed, though. So, that makes it even more surprising that I haven't felt very fatigued - even on the days when I neglected to have tea. Unfortunately, now I'm starting to feel premenstrual. And I would like to get some more sleep.

There has been unpleasantly low humidity, around and below 35%, throughout the house, and even outside during the day yesterday. Nonetheless, as always, I still have much less trouble with thirst while I'm awake. (Hardly any.)

Also, I think I've been having less trouble with water sometimes seeming unhelpful, ever since I resumed drinking milk freely.

I probably still need to stay better-hydrated, though. I have a lot of canned peaches with the expiration date 12/2017, so, since I don't want to let those go to waste, I guess I could try drinking various smoothies containing peaches. And maybe I should add stuff that contains a lot of iron. (Other than blackstrap molasses, since the kind we have which actually has high iron tastes so terrible.)


I wonder if maybe I can just will my time of the month to stay away, or to be light instead of average or heavy.

Would rather not try exercising excessively, or drinking a lot of soy milk, even though at least those ideas scare me less than the idea of taking birth control pills to suppress my time of the month.

I wonder why nature imposes this horrible self-destructive menstrual cycle on women.


Additions, Nov. 10, 2017, 4:10 AM/4:39 AM EST. Soon started to feel more alert after writing the above, even though I haven't even turned my room's light on yet.

And sent an order for items to get from Nuts.com to a relative, so, hopefully we'll get those soon. Finally, I'll be able to try chia seeds for the first time. And will have plenty of sesame seeds, among other things.


In fact, here's everything I asked for - since I managed to easily turn the below URLs into HTML links using some regexes (regular expressions) in the Geany text editor:

Also getting a free pecan pie via a Nuts.com email newsletter offer - one free pecan pie with an order over $75.


And here are the regular expressions I used in the Geany text editor.

Search for:

And replace with:


Slept sometime between 8:34 PM and 2:12 AM. Still undecided about whether to stay awake, and starting to feel a bit drowsy again.


Addition, Nov. 10, 2017, 8:27 AM EST. Been feeling much better and not tired, even though I didn't start drinking tea until quite recently.

I wonder if maybe I actually do have ADHD and sometimes the problem of intrusive sleep (or actually tiredness, in my case) when dealing with things I'd rather not deal with. Except I don't think that happens to me consistently. Sometimes I have a lot more fortitude than other times and can deal quite well with some things I'd rather avoid.


Addition, Nov. 10, 2017, 9:32 AM EST. Found this spooky page: Why do women have periods? What is the evolutionary benefit or purpose of having periods? Why can't women just get pregnant without the menstrual cycle?

Makes me even more glad that reproducing was never a goal of mine.

The first answer provided a link to this interesting article: Scientists Discover Children's Cells Living in Mothers' Brains


Addition, Nov. 11, 2017, 5:50 AM EST. Found another interesting though disturbing article: War in the womb: ferocious biological struggle between mother and baby belies any sentimental ideas we might have about pregnancy

So, if I understand that correctly, the unusual and rather scary gestation process of humans exists because our large human brains require a lot more nutrients than other mammals require when gestating?


I'm so glad I never wanted to become a mother. I have nothing against babies and kids, but, being poor, I know I couldn't give them the wealthy, opportunity-filled lives they deserve, and I would feel very uneasy just trusting someone else to financially support them, even their father(s) or the government.

And no, I wouldn't want to use the so-called "child support" system for "help". The so-called "child support" system is evil and corrupt and actually harms children in numerous ways, as I and my half-sibling and step-siblings found out from first-hand experience as children. Some more details are on my Self-Help page.


Anyway, I think I slept better today and wasn't woken up by thirst as much.

Still feeling a bit out of it and premenstrual. But, thanks to how well I've been doing lately, I'm more confident now that getting sufficient iron in my diet will probably help me recover more quickly than I used to recover from my monthly malaise.


Addition, Nov. 11, 2017, 7:18 AM EST. Some of the above reminds me of this lovely, relaxing song with, be warned, mostly depressing lyrics and many depressing visuals.

A grim yet also in some ways lovely reminder of why one of my top goals in life is to figure out how everyone can be eternally young and beautiful.


Additions, Nov. 11, 2017, 12:54/12:58 PM EST. And here's the same music, but instead of the depressing lyrics sung by one of my favorite singers ever, it has someone else speaking in French.

I don't understand much of it, but, I thought I heard something about legumes and cheese, and the title means "Today it is beautiful weather", according to Google Translate - so I'm assuming the words are probably overall more pleasant than the other version's lyrics.


Additions, Nov. 12, 2017, 7:15 AM/7:24 AM EST. Instead of mostly just reading, I got a bit of cleaning done yesterday and today - but just routine stuff like taking out garbage, rather than making progress in the junk mountain room, etc.

Yesterday, made a smoothie from a banana, a can of peaches, a bunch of baby carrots, and a lemon. Didn't feel like drinking such a large smoothie, especially since at first it was a bit too sour. But diluting it with water helped. Still didn't really like it that much, though. Wasn't in the mood for so much sugar. Ended up discarding it after I thoughtlessly left it sitting on a table for hours and fruit flies found it.

Going to try it without the banana next time, both to make it smaller, and also because maybe I'd like it more without it. I actually have trouble even eating bananas, since I usually find them just tolerable rather than something I actually want to eat. They're better in smoothies, at least if their taste is sufficiently covered up by other ingredients.

Found this page on ways to make smoothies without bananas. I'll probably end up trying some of those ideas. Avocado especially appeals to me.


Didn't sleep as well or as long. Maybe it has something to do with me probably not drinking as much milk yesterday. My habit for months has been to avoid it.

Feeling sleepy now, and I wish I could go back to sleep, but I don't know if I'll actually be able to fall asleep.


Addition, Nov. 12, 2017, 7:43 AM EST. I just found this article from Sept. 21, 2017:

ADHD could be a sleep disorder and how it is treated should change, say growing number of researchers


So, perhaps I was barking up the right tree in my older health diary blog post when I said on August 2, 2017:

"I wonder if circadian issues cause ADHD, rather than ADHD causing circadian issues? What if maybe lots of conditions people are (mis)diagnosed with are actually the result of sleep issues/circadian issues?

Perhaps sleep issues/circadian issues are a lot more common than we know."


Addition, Nov. 12, 2017, 9:51 AM EST. Found this page: Calcium from milk or calcium-fortified foods does not inhibit nonheme-iron absorption from a whole diet consumed over a 4-d period

So, I don't know what's right - that, or the pages that say milk might interfere with iron absorption.

But, I feel like I'm probably better off drinking milk than not drinking milk, so, I'm definitely going to continue drinking milk.


Also might try experimenting with blackstrap molasses again. This great video helped persuade me.

If it can work so well for someone with such severe menstrual issues, hopefully it will work well for me with my much less severe menstrual issues.


Addition, Nov. 12, 2017, 11:21 AM EST. I kept finding claims on the internet (such as on this page) that blackstrap molasses mixed into milk is delicious. I was skeptical, and also thought that putting blackstrap molasses in milk might be counterproductive, since the main reason I want to consume blackstrap molasses at all is for its iron, and I've sometimes read that milk can interfere with iron absorption.

But, I finally tried it - a spoonful of this blackstrap molasses (which has 20% of the "Daily Value" of iron per serving, but made my tea taste bad) in a mostly-full 8.5 ounce styrofoam cup of cold cow's milk.

At first, it was surprisingly kind of good, though I think it's getting worse the more the milk and the blackstrap molasses get blended together. Now the blackstrap molasses flavor is getting a bit too strong for my liking.

Diluting it with more milk definitely helps. And maybe the organic honey I just put in is slowly dissolving even though the milk is cold.

Added a spoonful of vanilla Breakfast Essentials powder - still could taste the molasses too much. Same with another spoonful. So, I added the entire rest of the packet, and some more milk. There are now a lot of clumps of Breakfast Essentials powder that aren't dissolving, but, I guess it tastes mostly OK now.

Transferred it to one of my smoothie glasses so I could add more milk. Still tastes a bit weird, but I might be able to get used to it. Maybe some other flavor of Breakfast Essentials powder would cover up the molasses flavor better.


Addition, Nov. 12, 2017, 11:50 AM EST. Another idea I read somewhere - maybe a YouTube comment - was the idea of mixing blackstrap molasses with orange juice. If I recall correctly, the person said they couldn't even taste the molasses.

Perhaps that would be a better approach, since I've read that Vitamin C can improve iron absorption.

So, maybe I'll try that tomorrow or something.

Here's this encouraging article again to encourage myself not to give up on blackstrap molasses.


Addition, Nov. 12, 2017, 12:58 PM EST. Another page: Blackstrap Molasses for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

I wonder if lack of sufficient iron is the reason I've had a problem for years (off and on, but maybe mostly on) with the edges of my lips being pale.

I'm guessing I probably still haven't been getting enough iron, even though I may have gotten enough to feel better temporarily. But with my time of the month approaching, I guess probably a lot of the iron I consumed got leeched away by my accursed womb. I truly despise being a woman!

I really don't know if anything about being a woman is adequate compensation for the drawbacks of being a woman.


Addition, Nov. 12, 2017, 1:15 PM EST. My lip issues are reminiscent of some of the pictures on this page. But that page makes no mention of iron.


Addition, Nov. 12, 2017, 1:44 PM EST. Getting a headache, perhaps because I delayed tea because I was so undecided about whether to stay awake or try to go back to sleep. Also feeling almost nauseated, so, I guess this is some sort of migraine. So, I guess I better have tea.


Addition, Nov. 12, 2017, 2:22 PM EST. Well, that didn't last long. Scarcely drank any tea yet and am already feeling much better.

I guess even if I feel dubious about having caffeinated tea, I should at least have some decaf tea for a probably much-needed dose of theanine to improve my mood.


Addition, Nov. 12, 2017, 2:45 PM EST. Tea is definitely one of the best things in the universe. :-)


Addition, Nov. 13, 2017, 6:10 AM EST. Slept sometime between 9:22 PM and 4:58 AM. I feel like I slept better today, and am actually feeling less premenstrual.

My headache slightly came back yesterday evening but decreased after I ate some Thomas brand English muffins with butter and cherry jelly. Which was actually one of the few things I ate yesterday. Also had some vitamins, some apple cinnamon Cheerios, the aforementioned tea, and the aforementioned milk with Breakfast Essentials powder and blackstrap molasses. Should eat better, but I was more interested in reading.


To my surprise, another thing that seemed to decrease my headache temporarily was high-intensity exercise biking for about 1 minute. My headache came back sometime in the next couple hours, but was never bad enough that I felt like I needed Advil.

Rather than just tired, I briefly felt almost a bit euphoric after that, and more relaxed. Seems like it's getting much easier than it used to be. I used to get a lot more exhausted and out of breath after even just 1 minute of that.


Still determined to keep trying to eat blackstrap molasses, since maybe part of why I feel better today is because I had some yesterday. Today, going to try it in orange juice. I also read that you can put it in a cup of hot water, so, maybe I'll try that at some point too.

Been getting drowsy as I write this, so, I guess I better move on to something more interesting, or else go back to sleep.


Addition, Nov. 13, 2017, 9:22 AM EST. Still premenstrual, judging by my mood swings. Feeling physically OK, though. For a while, got quite upset about something going mildly awry.

But now much happier, because the wonderful Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County acquired XSLT 2.0 and XPath 2.0 Programmer's Reference, which I just recently (Nov. 3rd) recommended.

I already have a physical copy, but, this will be useful too, because now I'll be able to do computerized searches of the text!

And since XSLT is a relatively obscure topic (as far as I know) despite being such a cool and useful technology, the book probably won't be in high demand, so I'll probably be able to borrow it anytime I need it.

Huge thanks to the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County and Overdrive! :-D

Maybe this will help motivate me to finally update my Puppy Linux Setup Kit to make it easy to automatically install all the things I need to be able to use XSLT.


Additions, Nov. 13, 2017, 5:09 PM/5:12 PM EST. Read a while, and fell asleep again sometime between 11:44 AM and 3:01 PM. Haven't been tired again since waking up (except for the first several minutes after I woke up).

Now having blackstrap molasses in orange juice. Unfortunately, I can still taste the single spoonful of blackstrap molasses, even though I filled almost my entire smoothie glass with orange juice.

I think I'll probably be able to drink the rest of it, but, I'm probably not going to try that again, since it definitely makes the orange juice taste weird and medicinal.

The next thing I might try sometime is, either hot water, or my favorite root beer (Great Value brand), with 1 spoonful of blackstrap molasses. I'm not feeling very optimistic about it, but maybe I'll get surprised.


Addition, Nov. 13, 2017, 5:43 PM EST. Managed to finish the glass a while back. I just drank it as quickly as possible without pausing to try to taste it.

One nice thing about blackstrap molasses in orange juice (and also even in milk plus Breakfast Essentials powder) is, it seems like the blackstrap molasses dissolved pretty well, since there was no dark brown sludge waiting for me at the bottom of the glass.

I'm relieved to be done with that. Reminds me of the useful self-help idea (and book) called "Eat That Frog", which I believe I first heard about in this helpful blog post:

How to Motivate Yourself to Take Action (When You Feel Like Staying in Bed)


Addition, Nov. 13, 2017, 6:15 PM EST. Another great blog post:

Burnout: How To Recognise It, How To Fix It + How To Get Better At It


Addition, Nov. 14, 2017, 9:37 AM EST. Didn't sleep particularly well, sometime between 3:20 AM and 8:56 AM. Got too thirsty. Out of habit, didn't drink much milk yesterday.

Also didn't have tea - didn't feel like I really needed it for my energy or mood or even to avoid caffeine withdrawal, and I guess didn't want it keenly enough to have it despite not needing it. But I am going to have some today for fun and energy, even though I still don't feel like I really need it yet.

Despite not sleeping that well, I don't feel all that tired so far, so, perhaps the blackstrap molasses has already been doing me good. I want to get that over with soon, so, I think I'm going to try it with some Great Value root beer next.

I probably won't like it, but even if I do like it, I probably won't want to drink it that way very often, since I've read that soda is unhealthy, and I've already been drinking much less soda lately.


Additions, Nov. 14, 2017, 12:27 PM/12:38 PM EST. Have felt astonishingly untired today, and not very premenstrual.

Got lost in reading for a while, then recently tried 1 spoonful of this blackstrap molasses in Great Value root beer. However, the can I got from my mini-fridge was partly frozen, so, I wasn't able to use an entire can.

The blackstrap molasses, unsurprisingly, made it taste bad, and unfortunately didn't dissolve as well as it did in the orange juice and milk, judging by the fact that one gulp through one of my glass straws seemed to consist mainly of blackstrap molasses syrup. I drank maybe 70% of the foul mixture, then discarded the rest.

Going to try blackstrap molasses in vegetable juice next. I wonder if anything has a strong enough flavor to cover up the foulness of blackstrap molasses. Maybe coffee, but I don't like coffee unless I put in a lot of half and half, but I don't want the half and half possibly interfering with my iron absorption. Also, I don't want to drink that much caffeine.

Definitely wouldn't want to keep consuming blackstrap molasses if it didn't seem to possibly be having some quite good effects on me. It's horrible-tasting stuff, but, I guess it might be worth it if it's really helping my iron levels as much as I suspect it might be.

It seems really weird that I feel so fine today despite not sleeping as long or well as I would like. Didn't even have tea yet, either. Nor even my usual vitamins. Also didn't eat anything yet.


Addition, Nov. 14, 2017, 12:56 PM EST. EUREKA! VEGETABLE JUICE!

I put 1 spoonful of this blackstrap molasses into less than half a smoothie glass of Diane's Garden brand vegetable juice. (Which is similar to V8, but I think I like it more than V8. My family gets it at our local Save-a-Lot grocery store.)

The more the blackstrap molasses dissolved, the more disagreeable it got, but, it was astonishingly good at first, and diluting it with more juice - filling my glass about halfway - made it good again.

Yes, good! Reminds me of baked beans. I'm guessing I could probably make a pretty good bean soup out of this stuff.


Addition, Nov. 14, 2017, 1:54 PM EST. Didn't realize the canned black beans we have here have so much iron in them. I thought it was 15% of the "Daily Value" per can, and didn't notice that there are 3.5 servings per can. If I had known that, I probably would have tried sooner to make black beans more palatable.

Made a soup out of them plus the abovementioned mixture of this blackstrap molasses and Diane's Garden brand vegetable juice. It was a bit too plain at first, though, so I added unmeasured amounts of salt, black pepper, and butter, plus one crushed clove of garlic.

Now, it's quite good, and probably giving me a ton of iron, which the Vitamin C from the vegetable juice will probably help me absorb. This turned out much better than I expected, so I will definitely be making this again! Probably I should try making it with more exact measurements of ingredients, so I'll be able to share a more exact recipe.

I did get a bit tired recently, but maybe that's because dealing with food is kind of boring to me.

Really happy that getting sufficient iron doesn't seem so difficult to do anymore. If I don't feel like making soup, I can easily just drink about half a smoothie glass of Diane's Garden brand vegetable juice plus a spoonful of this blackstrap molasses.


Addition, Nov. 14, 2017, 2:28 PM EST. Still sleepy, so, maybe not sleeping well finally caught up with me. Or, maybe it's just the same old problem of eating sometimes making me tired if I'm not caffeinated.

I don't feel like drinking tea because I think maybe I'd rather just go to sleep.


Addition, Nov. 14, 2017, 4:40 PM EST. Didn't sleep. Feeling less sleepy than before, but still a bit sleepy, and starting to feel more premenstrual, both mood-wise in some ways (anxious, a bit sad), and because of some lower abdominal almost cramp-like (except for not being painful) sensations.

Anyway, given that I started blackstrap molasses so recently, and so soon before my next period, I won't be too disappointed if my next period isn't already tremendously improved from how it usually is.

Judging by the aforementioned video which helped persuade me to resume experimenting with blackstrap molasses and at least one other video, and other things I've read (not sure where exactly), I'm guessing I'll probably see bigger improvements during (and before and after) the periods after my next period, rather than my very next period.


Addition, Nov. 14, 2017, 5:13 PM EST. To my surprise, my time of the month already started just in the past several minutes. No painful cramps yet. Don't know if I should preemptively take an Advil, or just wait and see what happens, for the sake of curiosity.

Going to have tea since now I feel like staying awake.


Addition, Nov. 14, 2017, 5:34 PM EST. Already took an Advil, since I feel like my cramps are starting to get painful, so, didn't want to let them get any worse.


Addition, Nov. 14, 2017, 6:03 PM EST. Definitely should have taken the Advil sooner. I haven't had such bad cramps in a while, since normally, I do take Advil sooner. But I think they've already been fading because Advil works pretty fast for me.


Addition, Nov. 14, 2017, 6:15 PM EST. Finally feeling OK again, though tired. Only partway done with my tea.


Addition, Nov. 15, 2017, 10:01 AM EST. Slept sometime between 1:01 AM and around 2 AM, when I was woken up by the return of my cramps. Took Advil, and managed to fall asleep again sometime between 2:30 AM and 8:08 AM.

No more cramps so far. Remained kind of sleepy for a while after waking up, and still am not as alert as I'd like, but tea can probably fix that quite well.


Addition, Nov. 15, 2017, 1:03 PM EST. Still no more cramps. I'm guessing they probably won't come back, since they usually don't after they've been gone for a while.

So, I only needed 2 Advils for this period. Sometimes I need 3.


Addition, Nov. 15, 2017, 11:00 PM EST. Definitely wasn't very energetic today, but, before I got really tired, and even before tea, I felt fairly sharp and clear-minded rather than spacy and foggy-minded. Spent a bunch of time reading.

So, perhaps all that iron is already helping me. Today, my period has been unusually light compared to what it's usually like on my 2nd day, though not as light as my 3rd days tend to be. Yesterday was more of an average or maybe verging on heavy day, more like normal for me.

One possible effect of blackstrap molasses that I'm really hoping will work for me at some point is, my time of the month not lasting as long. Mine pretty consistently lasts about 5 days, though by the 5th and often the 4th day it tends to be more brown than red.


Around 5:19 PM I got an odd symptom I never had before - a fairly strong, sharp pain in the right side of my head, quite different from my usual headaches, which are more like dull, much weaker continual pain. In contrast, this was just a few sharp pains, all in about the same spot, that lasted only a second or so before completely vanishing. And there were only a few of them, maybe 3.

It was a bit worrying, and I wondered if maybe that meant I was dehydrated, or perhaps in need of magnesium, so I drank a bit of water and took two Nature Made magnesium citrates. Haven't had that problem at all since, nor any other headaches.

Did start to get quite sleepy in the past hour or so, which I'm guessing is from the magnesium.


Now concluding my day with half a smoothie glass full of Diane's Garden vegetable juice plus about 1 spoonful of this blackstrap molasses.

Given how horrible blackstrap molasses can be, I'm still astonished at how good-tasting this is. And if it ever gets boring, I can probably make it more exciting by adding some sort of vegetable smoothie made in my blender, or some spices, or something. Or make it into a variety of different hot soups.


Addition, Nov. 16, 2017, 12:31 PM EST. Slept sometime between 1:18 AM and 10:34 AM. Haven't been feeling tired, and I think I might be feeling less weakened than I usually feel during my time of the month.

Wow, maybe my whole life might have gone better if I had been properly educated much sooner about appropriate nutrition for women.

Or, maybe my life would have gone worse in some ways, because maybe in the past, I was actually better off being so debilitated that I had little better to do than learn to program.

If I hadn't been weakened by poor nutrition, etc., I would have had a better chance of sticking with my time-wasting, mostly uneducational, dead-end nearly minimum wage job longer, among other things I didn't realize at the time I was better off without.


Addition, Nov. 16, 2017, 7:08 PM EST. Dozed off for a while sometime between 2:58 PM and 6:15 PM.

Apparently there's a problem with the furnace, so it's a bit cold. But for some reason, even though we currently can afford to do something about it, we're going to wait until tomorrow to get it fixed.

Anyway, good thing I have some practice dealing with cold thanks to my tent, and I still can use my electric blanket. And I've read tents can be used indoors for warmth. Don't know if that will be necessary or not.

We also are possibly going to use our oven for heat.


Addition, Nov. 16, 2017, 7:19 PM EST. My hygrometer says it's 64.0 degrees in my room, so, that's still pretty comfortable by tent standards, though noticeably colder than it usually has been lately in my room.


Addition, Nov. 16, 2017, 8:37 PM EST. Somehow my room is staying at 64.0 degrees, according to my hygrometer, so, maybe it won't get excessively cold, even though it's 37 degrees outside and expected to get colder, according to Weather.com.

I guess maybe my two desktop computers, two lamps with incandescent light bulbs, and two big old CRT computer monitors are helping to keep my room warm.


Addition, Nov. 16, 2017, 10:41 PM EST. In the kitchen, it was 57.6 degrees last time I checked. Haven't used the oven so far yet.

Haven't measured my room lately, since it takes my hygrometer so long to detect temperature changes, and it seems more important to measure the colder rooms than my room, which still seems OK.

We'll probably get the furnace fixed sometime in the afternoon tomorrow.


Still haven't had tea so far today, which might be part of why I dozed off. Definitely am not totally cured of menstrual issues so far - still some mood issues and energy issues. And usually my period on the 3rd day is lighter than this, but, perhaps my 2nd day being lighter than usual made my 3rd day a bit heavier than usual.

So looking forward to my time of the month being over, and hopefully being able to rebuild my iron reserves quicker and better than ever before, and then hopefully feeling like getting more stuff done other than sleeping and reading.


Addition, Nov. 17, 2017, 1:08 AM EST. Found this interesting page: Study Links Low Iron to ADHD


Additions, Nov. 17, 2017, 1:55 PM/2:04 PM EST. I think the furnace still isn't fixed yet, but, I don't think it ever got very cold here. I heard that briefly running the oven raised the temperature in the kitchen from 55 degrees to 57 degrees. And when I checked recently, the temperature in the kitchen was 52.7 degrees.

Still not feeling as alert and energetic as I'd like, but, I guess I probably feel better than I usually feel during my time of the month. Skipped tea lately because at times I've eaten enough chocolate that that alone made me feel quite alert and even jittery.

Found a page called Anemia & Chocolate. Apparently chocolate contains some iron. However, the page also says "Don't self-treat your anemia with chocolate".

Of course, I wasn't trying to - I just like chocolate sometimes. But even if chocolate was actually particularly helpful for iron deficiency, I probably would still prefer blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice anyway, simply because I'm guessing it's healthier, and I'm not always in the mood for so much sugar.


Addition, Nov. 17, 2017, 2:08 PM EST. Found another page about iron deficiency, which mentions chocolate.

Quote:

"Remember that chocolate, although it contains iron, also contains substances that prevent efficient iron absorption, so don't over-indulge, even though you may feel as if you need an energy boost; chocolate is not the answer."


Addition, Nov. 18, 2017, 12:22 AM EST. It seems our furnace is now fixed. Its motor or something had to be replaced.

My room stayed surprisingly comfortable the entire time the furnace was broken. I guess this page might be right. Quote:

"A reason why your room may be hotter than the other rooms of the house is caused by electronics such as computers and TV's. Anything electronic generates excessive heat especially computers. One tip to implement is to turn your computer completely off when not using it. A large desktop computer can actually raise a rooms temperature by as much as 5 to 15 degrees. Lamps and anything containing a light bulb will also generate heat."

A different room, with a big boxy old TV, also stayed warmer than various other rooms.


So glad my time of the month is probably nearly over. Today was a pretty typical day 4, maybe a bit lighter than usual.

Slept somewhat poorly sometime between 4:42 AM and 11:00 AM. Have been probably mostly rather tired except when caffeinated or soon after eating chocolate, but maybe not as tired as I usually would be after poor sleep during my time of the month. And I feel like I might possibly recover quickly if/when I sleep well enough.

As usual, did plenty of reading. Also watched a bit of TV. And even tried to figure out if there's a way to make version control software handle XML files better.

Quite tired at the moment. Skipped blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice yesterday and today so far, since I didn't want to have it anytime too close to when I had chocolate, milk, or caffeinated tea, since those might interfere with iron absorption. I should probably just make it a part of my "morning" routine, since anything I put off until my "evening", there's a large chance I might not get around to it at all because I'm too tired.


Addition, Nov. 18, 2017, 12:57 PM EST. Slept sometime between 1:32 AM and 12:11 AM. Had vitamins, and am now drinking blackstrap molasses + Diane's Garden brand vegetable juice. Not feeling very tired, and my time of the month seems pretty close to done.


Additions, Nov. 18, 2017, 3:25 PM/3:35 PM EST. I heard from a relative that the furnace was acting weird around 4 AM, but it seems to be working OK now.

But, today, our 2nd floor hallway ceiling started dripping rainwater from a new spot, but strangely, not from the old spots it usually drips from.

There's probably nothing I can do about it, since my family's emergencies demolished my credit a long time ago, and I don't want to possibly upset myself by looking to see if anyone sent any donations or microdonations or not, so, I'm just going to try to stay focused on my various long-term projects and rebuilding my iron levels.

I definitely feel like I'm already doing much better compared to how I usually feel around my time of the month. So, maybe once I recover more from my quite possibly low or somewhat low iron levels, maybe I'll finally have more nerve for dealing with things I've been procrastinating for literally years about dealing with, like a lot of my email, my financial situation, etc.

I wonder now if maybe low iron, low Vitamin D + magnesium, and my sleep being interfered with somehow by my electric blanket were the things most to blame for my fatigue, and maybe caffeine had little to do with it. And maybe I didn't have adrenal fatigue at all, or not as bad a case of it as I suspected originally?


Addition, Nov. 18, 2017, 8:43 PM EST. Haven't had tea yet, but, have been OK, and will probably feel great once I do have tea.

Mostly been reading, but also cleaned the junk mountain room a bit more, and also moved my many zippable pillow protectors of clothes back into my room from the upstairs bathroom. Sorting my clothes is definitely not an important long-term goal of mine, but, my clothes have been so disorganized lately that I've been having a tough time even finding a single outfit I can wear if I want to go out.

The hallway ceiling is still dripping, but, a few more buckets "solved" the problem for now.


Addition, Nov. 19, 2017, 2:50 AM EST. Been feeling so much better ever since tea that I now think it's probably more important for that to be part of my "morning" routine than blackstrap molasses+vegetable juice.

So, I guess the latter will now be part of my "afternoon" routine.


I still have never rebooted my computer yet ever since editing the Lighthouse 64 Puppy Linux 6.02 Beta 2 ISO to make it possible to choose a RAM disk size at startup.

That's because my Puppy Linux Setup Kit still mostly hasn't been updated, so rebooting would still be more of a nuisance than it ought to be.

But, fortunately, the very thing which made testing my edited Puppy Linux ISO so much easier - VirtualBox - will probably also make it much easier for me to refine and test my Puppy Linux Setup Kit.


I'll install the VirtualBox Guest Additions software inside my virtual Puppy Linux system to make it so I can access data from my non-virtual system, such as my Puppy Linux Setup Kit, via VirtualBox's shared folders feature. (I've done that before, so I already know it's possible.)

Then, I'll save a VirtualBox snapshot, so I can easily and instantly (Edit, Nov. 23, 2017, 4:33 PM EST: actually in about 10 seconds) restore my entire virtual system to the state it was in after I installed Guest Additions and mounted some VirtualBox shared folders, but before I ever ran my Puppy Linux Setup Kit.

That will make it possible to easily test my setup kit repeatedly on a fresh, mostly pristine, almost default system, without having to repeatedly reboot a real computer.

And, outside of VirtualBox, I'll be able to edit my setup kit scripts with all the comforts my already fully set up non-virtual Puppy Linux system provides.


Additions, Nov. 19, 2017, 5:00 PM/5:23 PM EST. Earlier today, I found this excellent page, which explains what it's like to live with a major energy-sapping illness, far worse than most anything I've had to deal with so far:

The Spoon Theory

Quote:

'When other people can simply do things, I have to attack it and make a plan like I am strategizing a war. It is in that lifestyle, the difference between being sick and healthy. It is the beautiful ability to not think and just do. I miss that freedom. I miss never having to count "spoons".'

Me too, still, even though I've been doing quite a lot better lately. For a long time I was afraid I'd never get so many of my "spoons" back, but thank goodness, I did.

I guess I'll probably never be totally free of "spoon-counting", simply because of my possibly incurable possible Non-24-hour Sleep-Wake Disorder, which will force me to "count spoons" anytime I have to deal with anything scheduled to take place at a time that clashes too much with whatever time zone my body thinks it's living in that day.

(Maybe my possible Non-24 is also at least sometimes a factor in my sleep sometimes - and formerly, often - not feeling very refreshing even when my sleep isn't cut short. Except I now think iron deficiency might be more to blame for that in my case, since my sleep - even short sleeps - have been seeming so much more refreshing lately, since I started trying to get more iron in my diet.)

My sleep issues can easily result in tremendous "spoon" loss, during which I have a very difficult time dragging myself out of bed for almost any reason, no matter how bad the consequences of not getting out of bed might be, nor how good the rewards might be.


But, at least my overall "spoon total" (when my sleep issues aren't getting in my way) has gone up quite a lot starting last year, thanks (I believe) to things like iron from blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice (which I started just recently) and other foods containing iron, caffeine + theanine from tea, Vitamin D3 (mostly in capsule form) + magnesium (in capsules, or, even more helpfully, as a magnesium gel), and having quit my somehow sleep-disrupting electric blanket back in Sept. 2016.

(No doubt other things help too, like Vitamin C, eating better in general, and getting more exercise - but of anything I've ever done, I think the things I mentioned in the preceding paragraph have been giving me the most obvious and dramatic energy improvements, and have been the most reliably helpful to my energy.)


I'm hoping as my iron levels continue to improve, maybe I'll even miraculously end up with more "spoons" than I've ever had since my menstrual cycle first began when I was a teenager. So many spoons that I might start to worry that some people might accuse me of "spoon appropriation" if I keep using the spoon analogy while being so healthy and energetic (except for when my possible Non-24 gets in my way).

I'm quite surprised to find that there's so much controversy around spoons. It almost made me not even mention the spoon theory at all to avoid any risk of offending anyone.

But, it seems like a really useful analogy which explains many people's situations very well, and it still applies to me, though to a much lesser extent than it did even as recently as earlier this year.

So, I just wanted to mention it at least once.


Addition, Nov. 19, 2017, 5:31 PM EST. Found this humorously twisted retelling of the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.


Addition, Nov. 21, 2017, 12:22 AM EST. Have still often been getting thirsty and dry-eyed while I sleep, but surprisingly, I think I've been sleeping better regardless.

Felt fine at first today but eventually started to get headachy, probably from not eating well enough, and maybe also from not drinking enough. Or maybe it's even caffeine-related, even though I had tea hours before my headache started.

Or, it might even be from getting cold, except my hygrometer says it's 68.7 degrees in here. Yet I feel colder than I did on the days the furnace wasn't working, when the temperature was probably usually below 65! I guess that could easily be another symptom of not eating well enough.

In any case, my headache has decreased since I ate a dark chocolate/peanut butter granola bar and started drinking a smoothie.


My energy is still not lasting as long as I'd like. I'm thinking tea might better in the middle of my day rather than my "morning", since I need it less in my "morning".

So, I guess I will start my day with my vitamins and blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice, then have tea somewhat later on, to hopefully avoid caffeine interfering with my iron absorption.


As usual, I read a lot. Also tided up my room, so most of my zippable pillow protectors of clothes are piled in the junk corner.

So, now, my mirror isn't hidden at all anymore, which will make it easier for me to take pictures of myself wearing my clothes so I can finally catalog them in a VUE map.


Made a smoothie from an avocado and 1 can of peaches, and I actually kind of like it. Subtle, rather than overpoweringly sugary.

I think I might have preferred just eating the avocado, though. Avocados are actually really good. Even a smoothie containing just avocados, and maybe some salt, and perhaps a bit of melted butter, would probably appeal to me.

Happily, the avocados we got were organic, so, I'll probably be getting a lot more of those.


Asked a relative to get 1 can each of any kinds of canned beans we usually don't get, plus a few random spices we don't already have. Given that beans contain so much iron, and given how well my black bean soup turned out, I thought it would be a good idea to try to find out which beans I never knowingly tried before I might actually like.

Still haven't tried any of the new beans and spices yet, but, looking forward to it.


Also probably going to get another ceramic pasta bowl soon, since my ceramic chili bowl has often proved a bit too small for my various culinary experiments, and I don't want to monopolize the family popcorn bowl.


Addition, Nov. 21, 2017, 1:08 AM EST. Yeah, feeling too cold all the time is definitely a possible symptom of not eating enough, according to this page.

From my food log, I can see that prior to my headache, I had only water, vitamins, tea, a small amount of sesame seeds (not with anything else, I was just tasting them), 2 English muffins with butter and cherry jelly, some pistachios, and vegetable juice+blackstrap molasses. So, definitely didn't eat enough.

I'm really glad I have a hygrometer now which also tells me the temperature. In the past, due to my poor eating habits, I probably often mistakenly misjudged my room to be much colder than it really is.

So, maybe in the future, looking at my hygrometer and realizing that I feel like my room is much colder than the temperature shown will hopefully remind me to eat better and more often.


Additions, Nov. 21, 2017, 2:17 AM/4:05 AM EST. Since caffeine definitely affects my appetite, that's probably another good reason to have tea a bit later than my "morning".

Maybe some sort of bean and chicken soup would be a good breakfast. I wish I could just be satisfied with a purely vegetarian soup, but I just crave meat so much sometimes. Also, avoiding meat is probably part of what got me into my iron-deficiency mess.


Addition, Nov. 21, 2017, 12:25 PM EST. Still been feeling cold and headachy, but got overheated earlier when I put on a fuzzy robe as well as a blanket. 67.3 degrees in my room, and I'm wondering if my hygrometer might be wrong.

Before sleep, had a mug of milk with chocolate Breakfast Essentials powder, a flavor I never tried before.

Was good, but I think I like the other flavors more. Maybe someday I'll try it with blackstrap molasses in it, as I originally planned.


Haven't eaten much yet - drank some water, a bit of milk, and ate some plaintain chips. Still remained headachy, so now I'm drinking some diluted grape juice, which I remember seemed to help me a long time ago when I felt kind of like this. Back then, I also ate a few spoonfuls of peanut butter, which also seemed helpful, but I haven't felt like eating that yet.

Been feeling kind of hungry, but not sure what I even want to eat. Maybe scrambled eggs would be good, but, it's such a nuisance to cook them and clean the pan. I wish I could just go back to sleep. I probably would have slept longer if I hadn't been woken up by my headache and feeling cold. And thirst.

Oh, yogurt might be helpful. I'm in that fragile state I sometimes get into where I can't stand to eat many kinds of food since I feel like it might make me throw up, but I can usually handle slowly eating some yogurt, or canned peaches, or canned green beans, or juice, or soups, or small amounts of peanut butter. Fortunately, we have plenty of yogurt and everything else I mentioned.

Seems like the grape juice might already be helping me somehow. I wish I had a bigger refrigerator in my room to keep a wider variety of helpful things in. Alternatively, maybe I could get another mini-fridge and try to make space for it. Sometimes I'm so tired I wish my refrigerator was reachable from my bed. I actually could move it there if I really wanted to, if I move my exercise bike and office chair, but I'm not sure it would be all that helpful.

Maybe I'd be better off with the upstairs microwave in my room too - just am worried that it might be bad for my computer stuff. Except way back in 2002-2004, until my family's microwave broke, I had my own microwave in my room, and it didn't seem to do my computer stuff any harm.

I wonder if a more strict routine for meals would stop me from ending up like this. Anyway, less headachy and more drowsy now.


Addition, Nov. 21, 2017, 1:08 PM EST. Less headachy and less drowsy now, but still not back to normal. I hate this low humidity - 27%!

And I wish the upstairs bathroom was fixed and that we always had our water heater on, like we used to prior to 2005.


Addition, Nov. 21, 2017, 1:35 PM EST. I really feel like living here is making me sick in a lot of different ways. I hate this weather, among other things.

Anyway, strawberry yogurt seems to be helping me some. And I think I'm less fatigued now than I usually would be when I get headachy, cold, and scarcely able to eat. I'm guessing this kind of thing is probably totally preventable if I just am more careful to eat enough and eat well.

Not sure it's caffeine-related, except insofar as caffeine interferes with my appetite, and not eating well is what leads to me getting like this.


Addition, Nov. 21, 2017, 1:38 PM EST. Actually, I don't hate everything about this weather. Currently, according to Weather.com, it's 54 degrees and sunny, and my tent is still outside, so... maybe I'll spend a little time out there, though it might be too cold unless there's some direct sunlight on my tent.


Additions, Nov. 21, 2017, 3:05 PM/3:22 PM EST. Before going out, I started to get overheated, so, going out into the cooler air was pleasant. Had some direct sunlight on my tent, so, it was nice for a while, though windy, and eventually I got cold and headachy again. Listened to an audio book for a while.

Feeling a bit too warm with my fuzzy robe on now, so, maybe I'm getting better. Still a bit headachy, but it seems to be decreasing. Had two strawberry yogurts so far. Might like to go back to sleep.

Yesterday, found The Spoon Theory Demonstration choose-your-own-adventure game, which seems much too reminiscent of how my life has too often been, especially in recent years. Though my life hasn't been quite that bad, hopeless, and unwinnable.

Things have overall been getting better rather than worse. Maybe I just need to pay more immediate attention to my body's hunger signals, rather than often thoughtlessly ignoring them until they go away and then unignorable symptoms eventually start. And I'm probably better off having tea in the middle of my day instead of my "morning" so it doesn't suppress my appetite.


Addition, Nov. 21, 2017, 4:48 PM EST. Briefly dozed off after covering my eyes with the edge of a blanket, which revealed to me that my headache is a light-sensitive migraine. Got overheated again, so took off fuzzy robe again.

I guess it could be more caffeine-related than just a headache from not eating well enough, since maybe my sleep issues and varying tea times finally have resulted in caffeine withdrawal issues.

Having a Barq's caffeinated root beer at last, since I didn't feel like making tea. Feeling a bit better. Except still wondering if maybe I should rearrange my life and priorities, just in case I'm going to die many years sooner than I think.


Addition, Nov. 21, 2017, 5:02 PM EST. Feeling a lot better, and drank maybe less than half of my caffeinated root beer so far.

Anyway, I guess I'm lucky that this hasn't happened more often despite my reckless inattentiveness to exactly what times I'm consuming caffeine.


Addition, Nov. 21, 2017, 5:32 PM EST. Still not feeling right, though I drank most of my caffeinated root beer. Maybe I should try magnesium gel too, though not very much because I'm too cold and can't take a nice warm magnesium bath instead because our only working bathtub is disgusting. And the water probably isn't even warm at the moment.


Addition, Nov. 21, 2017, 5:36 PM EST. My hygrometer says it's 69.4 degrees, but I'm very cold and feeling tempted by my electric blanket.


Addition, Nov. 21, 2017, 5:45 PM EST. I put magnesium gel on the back of my left hand and lower part of my left arm. It's stinging a bit, I guess because of dry skin from this horrible dry weather.

But, I think I'm feeling a bit better already and less on the verge of throwing up.

I wonder if maybe I should try living with one of my other relatives, since not having to do without warm water most of the time might be much better for my health.


Additions, Nov. 21, 2017, 5:52 PM/6:26 PM EST. I wish I had all of my books in computerized form. Overdrive has tons of books, but not everything I own.

It would be so nice to get rid of a lot of my stuff and become a nomad, I guess probably via house-sitting. I'd want a fully-rugged Toughbook with a much nicer screen, though.


Addition, Nov. 21, 2017, 6:07 PM EST. Yeah, I think the magnesium gel helped already. That stuff is incredible.

And now I'm not as enticed by daydreams of totally running away from my entire life here. :-)


Addition, Nov. 21, 2017, 6:34 PM EST. Definitely doing much better now. Energetic from caffeine, and more relaxed and pretty much headache-free.

I guess the idea of living elsewhere actually still appeals to me a lot, but, rather than just abruptly leaving without much preparation, I'd rather recover my health and energy more first.


Addition, Nov. 22, 2017, 12:37 AM EST. Dozed off briefly between 6:48 PM and 7:28 PM, Tried to sleep longer, but soon decided to get up again instead.

Ate a dark chocolate/peanut butter granola bar, a Taco Bell beef chalupa a relative got for me, a Great Value root beer, and later, another dark chocolate/peanut butter granola bar.

Been doing better, and haven't felt sleepy, but still worried my headache might come back. It's 69.8 degrees in my room and 28% humidity, and my fuzzy robe feels much too hot to wear in my room now.

Might have tea, even though I might try to go back to sleep soon. Caffeine interferes with my sleep a lot less than migraines do.

My room feels too hot now, so, I just turned the air conditioner on. It's kind of squeaky but might be working well enough.


I guess if I want to get anything useful done, maybe I need to be more spoon-aware, and less hyperfocused, so I'll be less likely to neglect necessities like food and avoiding caffeine withdrawal.

Oh, I guess another thing that might have wreaked a bit of havoc with me was eating so many chocolate-covered pretzels several days ago, but then, on subsequent days, mostly just going back to my usual more restrained caffeine consumption.


Addition, Nov. 22, 2017, 3:52 AM EST. Been feeling much better, and my right eye has been gooey instead of dry, and my lips also became much less dry too.

Didn't have tea, and I feel like I might not need it yet. Ate my other Taco Bell beef chalupa. Sleepy, and might go to sleep soon.


Addition, Nov. 22, 2017, 3:04 PM EST. Slept sometime between 4:40 AM and 2:30 PM. Woke up feeling rested and without a migraine. During sleep, eventually got thirsty a couple times, and maybe only woke twice to drink water. My right eye is a bit gooey rather than dry, and my left eye seems fine.

I feel like I have some energy today. It's 67.1 degrees in my room with 29% humidity, but I don't feel too cold. My lips got a bit dry again.

I think my improved iron levels are probably the top reason my sleep has been feeling more refreshing lately. But I think the magnesium gel probably helped too.


Skipped blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice yesterday, and didn't even take my usual vitamins until the end of my day.

Maybe I'll try making some bean soup today, probably containing blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice. But, I don't think I want it for breakfast.


Addition, Nov. 22, 2017, 6:23 PM EST. Started to almost get a bit drowsy, but turning my 2nd lamp on helped and now I feel fine again.

All I ate so far was vitamins and pistachios, but, will probably eat better soon.


Additions, Nov. 23, 2017, 4:14 PM/4:41 PM EST. Started to feel a bit burnt out by the time I was done with this blog post, which was plenty more work than simply doing the things described in it without noting them down probably would have been.

But, I'm glad to have that done, as well as good notes enabling me and others to easily repeat the process without having to remember it or figure out again.

Still have scarcely actually worked on my Puppy Linux Setup Kit yet, recently.

But, involving VirtualBox in the process will probably make it much nicer to work on.


Skipped blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice again yesterday, as well as bean soup.

Yesterday, tried chia seeds 3 different ways - soaked for less than a half hour in water, grape juice, and root beer (not all in the same glass). It reminded me of tapioca, but I ran across lots of worrying pages about chia seeds as well as praise, and I'm not sure what to think. I kind of like them, but don't want to eat too many of them if they have excessive amounts of antinutrients or might interfere with digesting other food or might block my intestines or something.

Also, I ran across something about someone's esophagus getting blocked by chia seeds, and people talking about cases of intestinal blockage from chia seeds. Apparently chia seeds are very absorbent of water and other liquids, and I've seen claims that they might dehydrate you by soaking up fluids inside you, but also claims that say chia seeds (soaked before eating, I presume) can provide you a lot of hydration.

I also ran across the ideas of sprouting chia seeds, or soaking them for many hours, being healthier. And various concerns about "phytic acid", reputedly an antinutrient which interferes with the absorption of many different nutrients, including iron.

So, I probably am not going to eat many chia seeds, at least for now.

I didn't run across a lot of scientific study web pages about chia seeds yet, so, I guess at some point, I should probably try specifically looking for some.


Oops, accidentally added this to the wrong blog post before.


Addition, Nov. 23, 2017, 5:48 PM EST. Kind of sleepy today. Slept sometime between 8:57 AM and 3:34 PM, and got a bit thirsty. My right eye is currently gooey.

I guess I'm probably not very caffeinated at the moment, since I skipped tea yesterday, and only had a Barq's caffeinated root beer then, which seemed to give me plenty of energy.

Definitely feeling like I could go back to sleep.


Addition, Nov. 23, 2017, 6:22 PM EST. One of my favorite web pages of affirmations I ever found so far:

SLIGHTLY AGGRESSIVE AFFIRMATIONS


Addition, Nov. 25, 2017, 2:28 AM EST. On Nov. 23rd-24th, became more alert after turning my 2nd lamp on, and having various caffeinated things, like Barq's root beer, 2 dark chocolate/peanut butter granola bars, and best of all, tea. Ate a bit better than usual - some Thanksgiving leftovers brought home by a relative.

Finally slept sometime between 3:15 PM and 8:07 PM on Nov. 24th. Have been kind of tired, but wasn't woken by thirst very much, and my right eye was annoyingly gooey and itchy rather than dry. Turning on my room's 2nd lamp seems to make a big difference in how alert I feel. Will probably have tea soon, and already had 1 dark chocolate/peanut butter granola bar.

Never got around to having blackstrap molasses+vegetable juice lately, but planning on it later today.

I wonder if I might have avoided that migraine days ago if I hadn't changed my caffeine routine by eating a lot more chocolate than usual for a few days (chocolate-covered pretzels). Fortunately, haven't had any headaches since that last migraine.


Read a lot yesterday (and a bit so far today), and watched Netflix with relatives - a new (to us) show called The 4400, and the fascinating documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond.

Didn't do much more with VirtualBox and my Puppy Linux Setup Kit yet.

But, I'm very glad I can now easily get started on that anytime I want, and I no longer have to do without copy and paste between my real and virtual systems. And I finally can use VirtualBox's seamless mode, and can drag/drop files from my real system into my virtual system.

The lack of copy and paste - and also the fact that VirtualBoxes running GNU/Linux were terribly slow on my former best desktop computer - were why I was stuck for so long having to use Astroblahhh Desktop in a Windows XP VirtualBox instead of a Puppy Linux VirtualBox.

So, maybe I can finally resume using Astroblahhh Desktop more frequently again, despite not yet making it 100% useable without a web server and without a database server.

I'll also feel a lot more comfortable running graph database servers inside a VirtualBox with no internet access. So, maybe I'll finally start doing more with graph databases too.


Got sleepier while I was writing this, and am tempted to just go to sleep without having tea.

Still been trying to get iron despite no blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice, such as by eating Cheerios, meat, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, cashews, etc.

But, I think I felt best when I was also drinking blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice. So, am going to try not to skip that again today.


Addition, Nov. 25, 2017, 10:08 PM EST. Slept sometime between 2:26 PM and 9:20 PM.

Yesterday, felt much better after tea. And I finally had blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice toward the end of my day, and woke up feeling good and relaxed, like I do when my magnesium levels have been significantly improved, a feeling I believe I also had after the other times I had blackstrap molasses.

So, I definitely want to continue that daily. I'm guessing the vegetable juice probably helps me a lot too, with its Vitamin A, Vitamin C, 4% of the "Daily Value" of iron, and probably various other things I'm not remembering (or which aren't on the label). So, maybe I should have it in my morning. Or just whenever I feel like it, maybe even more than once per day if I feel like it. I'm hungry for it already.

Maybe I'll also finally try more bean soup made with blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice, garlic, and other things. Still haven't made more of that yet, but, maybe I'll start making more interesting food more often once I have my own ceramic pasta bowl.

Yesterday, did 2 separate minutes of fairly high intensity exercise biking, and scarcely got tired from that at all.


Addition, Nov. 27, 2017, 1:23 AM EST. Only slept sometime between 5:36 PM and 10:40 PM, but, I think I slept better then I did during my last several sleeps, since I have felt more rested and not tired so far, even though I haven't even turned my room's lights on yet.

So, I think blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice probably have been improving my sleep somehow, since I think I feel better overall now than I did on the days when I skipped those, though I still am not yet as energetic as I'd like. Getting a bit tired as I write this, but, maybe I'm just bored with writing this.

Tea helped a lot yesterday. Maybe my body is still adjusting to my recent decrease in caffeine consumption, from me not continuing to eat so many chocolate-covered pretzels.


Yesterday, and today so far, I mostly read. Also made a small improvement to my VirtualBox containing my Puppy Linux Setup Kit, but didn't actually really work on my setup kit yet - just gathered some of my scattered setup kit files together.

Also watched a bit of Netflix. Found a cooking show which (quite unusually for a cooking show) captured my interest - Chef vs Science: The Ultimate Cooking Challenge. Definitely fun to watch, and much more gentlemanly than this other epic battle of chefs. :-) If it was a series, I'd probably watch the entire series.


Ooh, there are new Epic Rap Battles of History that I haven't yet watched. :-)

And also episodes of Star Trek Continues.

And, as always, so many books to read. So, definitely no shortage of things to help me procrastinate.

Feeling more alert now, I guess because I'm looking forward to that stuff, and also am glad to be nearly done writing this update. Also very glad that I feel like I have enough energy and alertness to work on my Puppy Linux Setup Kit and other projects.


Addition, Nov. 28, 2017, 1:10 AM EST. Slept pretty well sometime between 2:40 PM and 12:34 AM. Maybe having blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice soon before sleep, as I have been doing, stops me from getting as dehydrated as I frequently used to during sleep. I got thirsty recently, but I think I might have been mostly OK before that.

Doing pretty well now, though a bit tired as I write this. Yesterday went so well that not even eating 3 pierogies (containing mashed potatoes and cheese) made me tired, even though potatoes sometimes seem to make me tired.

Still didn't get very much done, though. Read various things, and watched various things, such as some hilarious Epic Rap Battles of History.

And Star Trek Continues, which was awesome, and so nostalgic.


Feeling a bit confused about what to do next with my Puppy Linux Setup Kit, so, perhaps I'll soon return to the book The Logical Thinking Process: A Systems Approach to Complex Problem Solving, and try to make more logic tree maps in VUE to help me figure that out.


Additions, Nov. 28, 2017, 1:00 PM/2:15 PM EST. Was doing quite well for a while, but started getting headachy, though not as bad as the migraine I had on Nov. 21st. Used magnesium gel on my arms (mostly on my left arm), which seemed like it might have helped for a while. But, my headache came back after I ate my 2nd dark chocolate/peanut butter granola bar sometime before 12 PM. (The other one, I ate around 5:30 AM.)

I definitely think I should avoid eating large amounts of chocolate in the future, and maybe I should stop eating those dark chocolate/peanut butter granola bars too.

My headache seems to be decreasing now that I'm drinking my daily partway-filled glass of blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice.


Read a lot, watched a couple episodes of The Flash on Netflix, but didn't get much programming done, and didn't make any new VUE maps so far.

But got a better idea of what to work on next just by thinking things over a bit.


Found this excellent article:

How I Turn My ADHD Into a Super Power


Addition, Nov. 28, 2017, 2:38 PM EST. Still been a bit headachy at times. Don't know if I should just have more caffeine, or not.

Maybe if check my food log for all the caffeinated things I've consumed over the past couple weeks, maybe it would reveal some interesting patterns. But, too tired and headachy to do that now.

Anyway, I definitely don't like chocolate enough to put up with headaches from it, so, I probably ought to be a lot more cautious with chocolate. Which won't be that hard for me to do, since there are tons of things I like more than chocolate.


Addition, Nov. 29, 2017, 12;30 AM EST. Headache-free now, but got thirsty and dry-eyed while sleeping. But still slept surprisingly well, I think. Slept sometime between 4:58 PM and 12:08 AM. Feeling alert enough and in a pretty good mood. So, I don't really feel like writing more right now.


Addition, Dec. 1, 2017, 12:38 PM EST. The most notable thing to happen recently was, I found this hilarious Jurassic Park GIF. :-)

https://i.giphy.com/Xp6tyynXdKTL2.gif


The day before yesterday, I had plenty of energy even though I delayed having tea until later in my day than usual.

Was somewhat sleepier yesterday, and needed tea sooner, but still had plenty of energy.

Today, was somewhat tired since I woke up, perhaps because I skipped blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice before sleep because I got too tired. Drank two uncaffeinated root beers instead. I don't think I got especially thirsty, but I still didn't sleep as well as I seem to when I drink blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice before sleep.


Been working on a food-related VUE map in a format kind of similar to my life goals VUE map. Still didn't really follow all the rules from the book The Logical Thinking Process: A Systems Approach to Complex Problem Solving.

It took much longer than I thought it would, I guess because I've been getting overly detailed, but, I'm pretty happy with it now, and glad to be just about done with it. Too sleepy to publish it right now, though.


Addition, Dec. 2, 2017, 5:37 AM EST. Found some interesting articles about circadian clocks.

Changing Meal Times Can Alter Your Body Clock: And there's more than one body clock.

Every Single Cell in Your Body Is Controlled by Its Own Circadian Clock

Quote (from the second link):

'"While we don't yet know if human hair follows that same clock we found in mice hair, it is true that facial hair in men grows during the day, resulting in the proverbial 5 o'clock shadow. There is no 5am shadow if you shave at night," says Panda.'

I wonder if things are different than that for men with Non-24-hour Sleep-Wake Disorder or other circadian disorders. (Like maybe even depression or ADHD, since I suspect those might, at least in some cases, be at least partly circadian disorders, judging by articles I linked to in various places in part 1 of my health diary.)

Regrettably (or actually, not at all regrettably), I have no facial hair, so I can't investigate this first-hand.


Eating at 'wrong time' affects body weight, circadian rhythms

Not sure what that means for me, but, for a lot of my life, I was probably excessively thin, and at least one person I knew in high school mistakenly thought I was anorexic.

Since quitting tea last year, I gained some weight, but, fortunately, in flattering amounts and places. But I still wouldn't mind losing some of it, even though someone told me I have a body like Sophia Loren. :-)


Addition, Dec. 2, 2017, 6:36 AM EST. Skipped blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice before sleep again, and now I'm much sleepier than I should be after sleeping sometime between 9:41 PM and 4:20 AM.

I wonder if drinking vegetable juice alone might improve my sleep. For a long time, I usually haven't been drinking it, except for when I have it with blackstrap molasses.

At the moment, I feel reluctant to even get out of bed. Would kind of like to go back to sleep, but I suspect if I don't have vegetable juice and possibly also blackstrap molasses first, I might wake up feeling insufficiently rested again.

Still never did try any new bean soups yet. Not about to right now, because I'm too sleepy and not hungry.


Addition, Dec. 2, 2017, 7:37 AM EST. Woke up a bit more, mostly because I was curious to see if my scheme for avoiding having to go to the downstairs bathroom as often would actually work - a plastic funnel, an empty water bottle, some toilet paper, and a Ziploc bag. Fortunately, it worked! I wish I had thought of that years ago.

Currently having about half a smoothie glass of plain vegetable juice. I think I actually like it more with blackstrap molasses in it. Which is good, since I suspect it's probably healthier for me with it than without it.

Not sure if I'm going to be sleepy enough again soon to go to back to sleep, though. Turning one of my lamps on seems to have woken me up a bit.


Addition, Dec. 2, 2017, 1:56 PM EST. Felt better after the vegetable juice earlier, but eventually got drowsy again, so slept for a while sometime between 10:19 AM and 1:09 PM. Might have slept better, not sure, but I still feel kind of sleepy, so, I guess I'll go back to having vegetable juice with 1 spoonful of blackstrap molasses, since that might be healthier for me and also tastes better to me.


Additions, Dec. 2, 2017, 5:39 PM/5:45 PM EST. Been feeling good and sufficiently alert since tea.

Been wondering if maybe I haven't been getting enough Vitamin A, and if maybe that's why vegetable juice seems so helpful.


I think I linked to this interesting article before, in part 1 of my health diary:

Vitamin A Plays an Essential Role in Setting the Circadian Rhythm and Allowing Good Sleep

So, maybe the Vitamin A from vegetable juice helps me sleep better. Maybe lack of enough Vitamin A is also why I've had trouble with (mostly) my right eye being gooey or dry.

I don't think I've been mentioning my eye issues as much lately, but they still come and go, and my right eye has been gooey today, though it seems to be decreasing now. Recently ate some carrots, inspired by my recent reading.


Anyway, while I was reading about Vitamin A, I ran across this interesting (though scary) article:

Vitamin A deficiency harms stem cells, study says

So, that will motivate me to keep getting enough Vitamin A. But only through food, not supplements, because the list of Vitamin A overdose symptoms is very scary.

This other page says:

"You are right to be concerned about vitamin A toxicity. But first, please note that vitamin A comes in many forms. It is the animal form that is toxic, not plant-derived beta-carotene, which is the form I recommend in the Vitamin Advisor.

The upper limit of vitamin A set by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences is 10,000 IU per day. This limit refers to pre-formed Vitamin A, which can be found in foods and dietary supplements as palmitate, acetate or fish liver oil, all of which are derived from animal sources. Although vitamin A is an essential nutrient, an excessive, chronic intake of these forms of vitamin A can be toxic, leading to hair loss, confusion, liver damage, and - we now know - bone loss.

The form of vitamin A that I recommend in our Vitamin Advisor is beta-carotene in addition to other mixed carotenoids. These are precursor forms, meaning the body can make all the vitamin A it needs from beta-carotene, which is not toxic, unlike the animal forms of vitamin A."


Also found this interesting article, though I feel sorry for the poor mice:

Lab-Grown Blood Stem Cells Produced at Last


Other interesting pages:

How can I get more or better Stem Cells? Top 10 List of things to do...

Scientists Grow Full-Sized, Beating Human Hearts From Stem Cells: It's the closest we've come to growing transplantable hearts in the lab

Women Can Make New Eggs After All, Stem-Cell Study Hints

New Method of Creating Stem Cells is a "Game Changer"

New stem cell invented that can grow into any tissue in the body, study finds


However, I also found this sad story:

A Cautionary Tale of 'Stem Cell Tourism'

So, I guess stem cells aren't a miraculous cure for everything (yet?).


Here are some encouraging pages:

Current evidence that exercise can increase the number of adult stem cells

Exercise is a Powerful Tool to Increase Your Stem Cells


Addition, Dec. 3, 2017, 10:25 AM EST. Slept sometime between 2:12 AM and 7:53 AM. Deliberately skipped blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice, since I wanted to see if vegetable juice and carrots might be enough by themselves to help me sleep better.

Woke up feeling OK at first (despite scary but cool dreams which were like a combination of 2 TV shows - The Flash and Stranger Things). But didn't feel as relaxed as blackstrap molasses seems to help me feel. And eventually I got sleepy again, and my right eye has been quite gooey and itchy since yesterday.

So, I guess I do need blackstrap molasses, not just vegetable juice and carrots. I don't mind, since it makes the vegetable juice taste better to me.


I recently got my own ceramic pasta bowl, so that will make it much easier for me to make soup.

Also finally got another 16 ounce mug like this - had one from Feb. 2012 to July 2015 (when I accidentally dropped and broke it), and I might switch to this one for tea, since that's the amount I was used to for years.

It's actually only a little bigger than the mug I got in early 2016, so I guess "12 oz. capacity" is a typo.


Additions, Dec. 3, 2017, 10:38 AM/10:56 AM EST. Before getting a ceramic mug for tea, I used to use styrofoam cups, which I think were 12 ounces.

In retrospect, I wonder if I would have been better off sticking with around 12 ounces of tea per day. That was the amount I was used to for many more years than the years I drank around 16 ounces.

However, I still had problems with headaches back when I used to drink only 12 ounces. (Addition, Dec. 4, 2017, 10:34 AM. So, things definitely weren't perfect back then either.) So, maybe what might have made me even better off might have been to make my own custom teabags containing both caffeinated tea and also plenty of decaf tea, to give me some extra theanine to take some of the edge off of the caffeine.

That's what I do now, and I think it has made my tea more enjoyable than ever before. (Addition, Dec. 4, 2017, 10:34 AM EST. Not that doing that eliminates all my headaches. But, theanine seems to have a very mood-boosting effect on me. Maybe it helps with headaches too - haven't really experimented with it much for that purpose, since when I get a (probable) caffeine withdrawal headache, I'm more likely to try drinking fully-caffeinated tea rather than just decaf to get rid of it.

I think what helps most for me to avoid caffeine withdrawal headaches is avoiding random unscheduled caffeine consumption, like significant amounts of chocolate at random times. And I also pretty much never consume more than one cup of fully-caffeinated tea per day. And I mostly try to avoid going for too long without tea, though if I avoid chocolate, it seems like I can maybe get away with skipping tea for a day or so.

And, if I do get a caffeine withdrawal headache - other than caffeine itself helping, I think magnesium, especially this magnesium gel, helps me a lot. Or Advil if all else fails.)


Addition, Dec. 3, 2017, 12:05 PM EST. Still so sleepy.

Anyway, here's my food goals VUE map, with a pretty messy and informal design.

I started out by trying to make an "Intermediate Objectives" map, like in the book The Logical Thinking Process: A Systems Approach to Complex Problem Solving, but ended up breaking the rules again.

Didn't expect to spend so much time on it, and it got more complicated than I expected, but, hopefully it will serve to remind me of things I might otherwise easily forget about, despite their obviousness.

Would be nice if I could automate the layout somehow, since there are things that probably should be shown as connected to each other, but aren't, just because I didn't feel like rearranging the entire darn map just for that.


Addition, Dec. 3, 2017, 5:04 PM EST. Slept a bit more sometime between 1:25 PM and 3:30 PM. Still didn't have blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice, but ought to at some point. And also still need to eat better in general - all I ate earlier (before sleep) was vitamins, pumpkin seeds, and water. Still kind of sleepy now.


Finally thought of searching for "stem cells caffeine" (without quotes), since I wondered what caffeine might be doing to my body's stem cells.

Found this interesting article:

Medical breakthrough: How caffeine and a little patience overcame obstacle that allows creation of stem cells from human skin - and heralds new era in fight against age-related diseases

I wonder what gave the scientists the idea of using caffeine for that.

Anyway, I don't know if that means caffeine in general doesn't harm stem cells, but, I find it encouraging.


Also stumbled across this other article, which has nothing to do with caffeine:

'Sister Clones' Of Dolly The Sheep Are Alive And Kicking


Addition, Dec. 3, 2017, 5:42 PM EST. Searched for "theanine stem cells" without quotes.

Found this page which I can scarcely understand at all:

Possible activation by the green tea amino acid theanine of mammalian target of rapamycin signaling in undifferentiated neural progenitor cells in vitro

I wonder if I'll ever learn enough about science to be able to understand that page.


Also found this page, which says:

"L-Theanine modulates the activity of several antitumor drugs and has been reported to stimulate self-renewal of human embryonic stem cells."


And this page which says:

"Amino acid analog of glutamine, commonly found in green tea. Binds to AMPA, kainate, NMDA and group I mGlu receptors. Displays neuroprotective and cognitive enhancing effects. Also shown to modify self-renewal properties of cancer stem cells. Blood-brain barrier permeable and active in vivo."


I don't know what to make of all that, but, I hope it's all good.


Addition, Dec. 4, 2017, 12:59 AM EST. Just stayed in bed most of the day, mostly just reading. Also watched a bit of Netflix with family. My energy improved when I ate some canned peaches, but other food later on seemed to make me tired. Didn't have tea because I've been wanting to just go back to sleep.

Finally having blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice. Hoping it will help me sleep better again.


Addition, Dec. 4, 2017, 7:14 AM EST. Only slept sometime between 1:03 AM and 6:33 AM, and got thirsty and dry-eyed eventually, but, I think I do feel more rested now than I did from my other sleeps.

I can't even think of another food besides this blackstrap molassses (1 spoonful, mixed into a bit more than half a smoothie glass of vegetable juice) that makes me feel like I got a nice relaxing dose of magnesium. The vegetable juice alone definitely doesn't make me feel like this. I wonder if blackstrap molasses has magnesium in a particularly absorbable form or something.

Feeling much better now than I have in days. And the last time I had blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice before today around 12:59 AM was Nov. 28th, sometime around 2:05 PM. And I haven't been taking any magnesium capsules, and also haven't been using magnesium gel, since it's so inconvenient and messy that I avoid using it despite how great it makes me feel.

So, I definitely feel like this blackstrap molassses is really good for me.

And thank goodness I found some palatable ways to consume it - such as by putting 1 spoonful of it into vegetable juice. And it was also good that one time (so far) that I used blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice in a bean soup. I definitely want to make more soups like that again.


Addition, Dec. 4, 2017, 7:45 AM EST. Found this other Amazon page which sells packs of three 15 ounce bottles of Plantation brand organic blackstrap molasses for $24.00.

And it's an Amazon Prime item, so the shipping will probably be faster than the Amazon page I was linking to and bought from before, which doesn't appear to be an Amazon Prime item.


Addition, Dec. 4, 2017, 9:46 AM EST. Still feeling well-rested and alert, and I haven't even had tea yet.

And, even my lips are looking better - fuller, with better color. Maybe they've been better for a while - I hadn't been checking recently.


Addition, Dec. 4, 2017, 4:40 PM EST. What an amazingly normal-seeming day so far - normal from years ago, I mean. So much energy, especially after tea. I tidied my room (especially the messy shelves), washed all of my smoothie glasses and 3 of their lids (other than the lost one), and my 3 glass straws (other than the lost one), my ceramic casserole, and my new ceramic pasta bowl.

And I cooked pasta. And my pasta bowl lived up to its name, since all the pasta I made - an entire boxful - fit in it.

My energy seems like it's fading a bit now, but, that certainly was a much better day than I expected to have so soon, with me back to feeling like I have so much energy I almost don't know what to do with it. Tiredness didn't obstruct me at all, and even boring things didn't give me ADHD-like intrusive tiredness.


So, hopefully if I keep having blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice, I'll be well-prepared for my time of the month, and maybe I won't get as wiped out by it as I used to.

And hopefully blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice will keep helping me sleep well enough to have a lot more days like this. I'm still not sure which things in blackstrap molasses are helping me so much - probably multiple things.

But given how good magnesium, especially this magnesium gel, has been for me and my sleep in the past, and given that blackstrap molasses seems to make me feel like I had a dose of magnesium, I'm guessing its magnesium might be a big part of why my sleep suddenly improved so much. And probably the iron helps too.

And probably its other nutrients are good for me too, though I don't know off-hand whether they might affect my sleep or not.


Addition, Dec. 5, 2017, 10:58 AM EST. Started to get sleepy around 7 PM, but stayed awake to watch various documentaries (sleepily and somewhat inattentively, even though the idea of humans traveling to Mars is very exciting), and also to chit-chat with a relative.

Got hungry and cold, but was too tired to make food, so, I drank a bit of milk and had some walnuts. And turned off my air conditioner, since I was too cold even though it was around 66 degrees.

Slept sometime between 3:15 AM and 10:27 AM. Woke up feeling sleepy, and overheated with my room at 70 degrees. And my right eye is gooey, and has been since several hours before I went to sleep. I wonder if the melatonin from the walnuts hasn't worn off yet, or if I would have been OK if I had gone to sleep earlier, maybe around when I started to get sleepy.

Did have blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice, but it was hours before sleep since I unexpectedly stayed up later than I thought I would. It was pretty tough staying awake, but the conversation was too interesting.


Maybe I'll be OK if I sleep longer. Or maybe walnuts before sleep are a bad idea for me. But I don't know when else I can eat them. Maybe hours before sleep instead of just before sleep? I like them more than chocolate, so, I don't really want to give them up, but I guess I will if I have to.

I actually managed to avoid eating any until last night, even though I've had them in my mini-fridge since whatever day in mid-November they arrived. But they're so superb, I definitely want to eat more. Maybe I will right now, since I want to go back to sleep anyway. I feel sleepy enough that I think I probably could go back to sleep without even eating any.


Additions, Dec. 5, 2017, 11:17 AM/11:33 AM EST. All I ate on Dec. 3rd, before my best day in recent memory (Dec. 4th), was my usual vitamins, pumpkin seeds, 1 can of peaches (expiring in Dec. 2017), more pumpkin seeds, water, a few plantain chips, 1 piece of pizza with yellow peppers, pepperoni, and mushrooms, and blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice.

So... maybe some stuff I ate that day other than blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice especially helped me out?

The day before that, Dec. 2nd, I had my usual vitamins, my usual tea (1 and 1/8ths of a teaspoon of 2nd flush darjeeling tea, and 1 teaspoon of decaf Earl Grey in the same tea bag), pumpkin seeds, a lot of baby carrots, and a bit more than 2 bowls of Apple Cinnamon Cheerios.

On Dec. 4th, had my usual vitamins, tea with (unusually) only 1 teaspoon of darjeeling (since I thought, since my new mug seems a little bit bigger, it might be a good idea to compensate for that by using slightly less caffeinated tea - and it's also more convenient not to have to use two measuring spoons) and the usual 1 teaspoon of decaf Earl Grey.

Also had pasta with tomato sauce, parmesan, and some yummy "Italian Seasoning", containing "MARJORAM, THYME, SAVORY, ROSEMARY, SAGE, OREGANO, BASIL" all in the same spice bottle. 1 uncaffeinated cream soda, a dark chocolate/peanut butter granola bar (which maybe I shouldn't have had, but I wanted to stay awake for TV), vegetable juice + blackstrap molasses, then some milk and walnuts.

Judging by my eye getting gooey, maybe that means I need more Vitamin A already. It wouldn't be difficult for me to simply eat more carrots, or yams, or even cayenne pepper. (Except I've sometimes suspected that cayenne I spilled in my room a long time ago, and maybe still haven't adequately cleaned up despite vacuuming some of my room at least once, might be why this problem keeps recurring. But it's odd it's usually only my right eye.)

Feeling less sleepy now. Still haven't eaten any walnuts - maybe I should skip them after all and just have tea already.


Addition, Dec. 5, 2017, 11:28 AM EST. I just had a great idea - I could have tea and walnuts around the same time, and see how alert I feel afterwards. :-)


Addition, Dec. 5, 2017, 1:16 PM EST. Still kind of sleepy, but, turning both my room's lamps on helped. Still didn't have tea nor walnuts yet. Had my vitamins and 1 can of peaches.

Anyway, it's really sad that I'm not cured yet. If I'm still capable of having such a good, energetic day, why is it so difficult for me to keep having good, energetic days? Why can't it just be easy?


Addition, Dec. 5, 2017, 3:02 PM EST. Had a dark chocolate/peanut butter granola bar, and have been starting to verge on a headache.

Finally having tea (with 1 teaspoon of darjeeling and 1 teaspoon of decaf Earl Grey, in my new, slightly bigger mug), but I don't think I want to have walnuts along with it.

Going to get this measuring glass, so I can more conveniently and more precisely measure how much water and half and half I'm using in my tea. Perhaps I'm so sensitive to slight variations in the amount of caffeine I drink that I need to be this careful. Also, maybe I should try going back to drinking somewhat less than 12 ounces of tea per day, instead of close to around 16 ounces.


Addition, Dec. 5, 2017, 3:51 PM EST. I wonder if my upcoming time of the month is already depleting my body's iron reserves. Maybe I should finally try having bean soup again.

It's also very possible that I simply haven't been eating enough. Maybe I should try counting calories to make sure I eat enough. And should try harder to actually implement many more of the ideas I put in my food goals VUE map.

Earlier, watched The Flash on Netflix for a while, but it was kind of difficult to concentrate. But, now, tea is definitely improving my mood, alertness, and ability to concentrate.

I think I'm going to switch back to my old mug, though, since I think my tea stays warmer longer, maybe because less heat escapes out the top of my old mug, which has a diameter of a bit more than 2 and a half inches, while my new mug's top opening has a diameter of a bit less than 3 and a half inches.

Maybe I should get this 10 ounce tea cup, even though that's a bit smaller than I'd like. But maybe that would be a good amount of tea for me, who knows.


Addition, Dec. 5, 2017, 4:40 PM EST. Feeling quite a lot better now, though I still didn't eat anything more yet, and I don't have much of an appetite now, probably because of tea.

Maybe the most useful thing I could do right now would be to finally make my food-related VUE maps a lot more well-organized, with a lot more pictures, and more like a restaurant menu. That might help me make better decisions about what to eat once I get hungry.

Except I'd rather do something more fun and interesting, like keep reading (or at least glancing through or skimming) my tons of library ebooks.

So, I guess my willpower - my ability to force myself to do things I'm not really in the mood to deal with - is still not all that great at the moment, even though I feel more alert and energetic, for now.


Addition, Dec. 5, 2017, 5:28 PM EST. Found these pages about Vitamin A:

Beta Carotene Conversion to Retinol

Vitamin A (retinol and beta-carotene)

Beta Carotene Conversion - Are You Making Enough Vitamin A? Up to 55% of people might not be!

I sure hope my body is good at converting beta carotene. Would be so interesting to get a genetic test. I at least feel like the carrots, canned peaches, vegetable juice, etc. I had lately probably did me some good, even though I might not have eaten them with fat.


Addition, Dec. 6, 2017, 1:02 AM EST. My relatives decided to get Subway sandwiches. So, that simplified my day a bit.

Those sandwiches are best fresh rather than after having sat in the fridge for a while, and I thought I probably ought to compensate for eating rather poorly recently, so I ate the entire sub. It had turkey, lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, black olives, and banana peppers, with Italian herbs+cheese bread. And I added some MSG-free ranch dressing to it, for Omega 3, and because some nutrients (like Vitamin A) might be better-absorbed if consumed with fat. And also for flavor's sake.

Never had banana peppers before, but, I quite liked them, and will get them again.


Feeling better overall, but still have been sleepy, I guess because something (or maybe a variety of things) messed up my last sleep.

Fortunately, we ordered this 10 ounce tea cup, so, that will make it easier for me to try drinking less tea. Filling my usual mug only partway makes me feel deprived, so I'm better off just getting a smaller cup.


The furnace might be acting up again, since one of my relatives noticed the furnace shutting off unexpectedly, and my hygrometer said my room was at 62.4 degrees. So, I turned my air conditioner off. I haven't felt cold at all - seems like a nice temperature, actually.

As I write this, it sounds like the heat is on, so, maybe the furnace is still working.

My right eye has still been gooey and itchy, though not that bad.

I sure hope I sleep better. Not in the mood to deal with magnesium gel even though that might help me sleep better, so maybe I'll just take a magnesium citrate capsule, and have blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice.

The temperature in my room already went up to 63.0 degrees.


Been thinking I might prefer to eat cooked carrots with butter and salt rather than raw carrots, so, I was pleased to find this page:

What Exactly Is The Microwave Doing To Your Food? Here's The Science

Quote:

"On the other hand, some nutrients become more potent when exposed to heat. That includes the antioxidant lycopene in tomatoes and certain other vegetables as well as beta-carotene levels in carrots."


Addition, Dec. 6, 2017, 11:30 AM EST. Deliberately went to sleep without having magnesium, blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice, nor walnuts, just out of curiosity, to see if I'd sleep better despite not having any of those to help me.

Slept sometime between 1:21 AM and 10:06 AM. Woke up feeling pretty well-rested today. So, it seems I don't always have to drink blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice before sleep to sleep well.

Also, I didn't skip tea yesterday, so, it seems like it didn't interfere with my sleep so much as to make me feel unrested today. So, I don't know if drinking less tea will really be necessary or helpful or not.


Seems like eating better might be the top reason I slept better.

All I had yesterday was my usual vitamins, 1 can of peaches, 1 dark chocolate/peanut butter granola bar, tea, the abovementioned Subway sandwich, a big glass of orange juice with it, and 2 Great Value uncaffeinated root beers.

That's not a huge amount of food, so, hopefully that means it won't be difficult for me to keep eating at least minimally well enough to sleep well enough.


Have had air conditioner off, but the temperature in my room is 64.8 degrees, which still feels quite comfortable at the moment.

My right eye is still a bit gooey, but, I'm going to probably try to consume more Vitamin A from probably mostly vegetarian sources today, and hopefully that will help.


Addition, Dec. 6, 2017, 11:35 AM EST. I actually am feeling a bit sleepy now, but maybe it's because I haven't eaten anything yet.


Addition, Dec. 7, 2017, 3:42 AM EST. Still didn't go back to sleep. I actually somehow got quite a lot more alert after my last update, after I ate 2 pieces of pizza with yellow peppers, pepperoni, and mushrooms. Tea also helped. My right eye even stopped being gooey.

Didn't get much done, but, I was so energetic a lot of the time, I even was in the mood to use my exercise bike for a few minutes.

And even though my room has been around 62 to 66 degrees the whole time, I mostly haven't felt cold. I think I started to feel a bit cold in the evening, perhaps from eating nothing for maybe 8 hours after I had tea. But, fortunately, one of my relatives happened to give me 2 Taco Bell beef chalupas. So, I didn't have to figure out what to eat.

A few hours ago, made the possible mistake of having numerous small Hershey's Cookies n' Creme candy bars, which contain some chocolate. Otherwise, maybe I'd already be asleep.

Ate a lot of baby carrots after that, then a few more small candy bars. Perhaps I should have cooked the carrots and put butter on them, to possibly increase the amount of Vitamin A I might get from them. But I wonder if all the fat from those candy bars could help with my Vitamin A absorption?

Recently had blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice.


Feeling quite sleepy now, so I guess that's why I'm finally in the mood to update this. Before I got sleepy, I mostly just read and web browsed.

My right eye recently started to be a bit gooey again, so maybe this problem has something to do with sleepiness. But the problem went away again as I continued to write this.

Energy-wise, it was maybe about 85% as good of a day as Dec. 4th was. Which is encouraging, even though I still am not sure how to make every day like Dec. 4th, and can't confidently predict how I'll feel tomorrow.


Addition, Dec. 7, 2017, 12:32 PM EST. Slept sometime between 4:18 AM and 11:58 AM. Feeling sleepy. I kept waking up due to thirst. I guess I need to stay better-hydrated somehow.

Maybe I also need to resume more aggressively trying to increase my iron levels, since I might not have gotten close to 100% of the "Daily Value" of iron for a while lately. So, maybe I should eat some bean soup, or at least Cheerios. Oh, and I forgot about all those sesame seeds I have, and the sesame seed tahini I haven't figured out a good way to eat yet. (It's like the sesame version of peanut butter, with a lot of oil.) And I still have some pistachios.

Don't know if reducing my caffeinated tea from 1 and 1/8ths teaspoons to 1 teaspoon was a good idea or not, but, 1 teaspoon did seem to provide me adequate energy yesterday.

I wonder why I have such a hard time staying hydrated. Maybe for some reason my body just doesn't let me know very well when I need more fluids? Also haven't been drinking milk as much lately. But I don't want to mess up my iron absorption by drinking milk too often.

Feeling a bit more alert already. Maybe water helped.

62.8 degrees in my room, but I don't feel too cold. And 20% humidity, which I don't like, but have been getting used to lately. My hygrometer says the 24 hour low was 17% humidity, and the 24 hour high was 23% humidity.

Started my day with vitamins and the last 4 small Hershey's Cookies n' Creme bars I had. That's probably my favorite candy bar. I know that's not the best breakfast, but, they sure were good.


Additions, Dec. 7, 2017, 12:58 PM/1:21 PM EST. Perhaps I should have seen the doctor while I still had Medicaid. Unfortunately, I don't think I'm on it anymore, because one of my relatives switched to Medicare, and since my Medicaid was somehow entangled with my relative's Medicaid, I assume I no longer have Medicaid. And this happened sooner than I expected, so, I wasn't able to see the doctor at the last minute.

Anyway, this is just the same old bad situation I was in prior to June, July, or August 2014, so, I'm pretty used to having no medical care and probably being unable to afford it if disaster strikes. Who knows - maybe seeing the doctor would have done me more harm than good anyway. I'll just keep trying to solve my problems on my own.

I guess the best thing about this situation is, I no longer have to worry that I might accidentally get myself or my relatives kicked off of Medicaid if I get too much income, either through jobs, or via donations or microdonations.


Addition, Dec. 7, 2017, 1:06 PM EST. Feeling plenty more alert now, perhaps of the chocolate. Also in a good mood since realizing that I'm now free to make all the money I want, if I feel like it.


Additions, Dec. 7, 2017, 4:50 PM/5:02 PM EST. Started to get sleepy again around 2 PM. Had canned peaches, and also leftover spaghetti. For some reason, that just seemed more appealing than the idea of eating bean soup, even though I like bean soup and maybe could use the iron.

Have been more alert since then, except now, it's getting darker, and I neglected to turn my room's lamps on, so, maybe that's why I started to get a bit more sleepy again.

Seems like I'm the only one who even eats leftover food anymore. I think my other relatives are concerned about the fridge not cooling as well as it used to. But, I've been OK despite eating stuff from that fridge.

It's 61.5 degrees in my room, so, it seems to be getting colder, probably partly because it has been a bit windy outside.


Still haven't had tea yet. I got my measuring glass today, and figured out that my preferred mug definitely holds 16 ounces when almost full to the brim, and my other mug is also pretty close to 16 ounces, but it has more spare room at the top.

I'm not sure more exactly measuring the water and half and half I use in my tea is actually going to help me much, but, I guess I might as well try it.


I remember once, way back in 2003 or so, I temporarily used a slightly bigger styrofoam cup than usual for the same kind of prepackaged tea I usually drank, with the same size tea bag as always - and I was quite surprised to find that resulted in me feeling quite a bit more jittery instead of pleasantly more energetic.

So, perhaps I should have known better than to switch to a 16 ounce mug instead of a 12 ounce styrofoam cup, way back in early 2012.

Not sure how much extra caffeine I was getting as a result, though. I'm not sure my tea steeps as well as or as fast in the kind of mug I got back in Feb. 2012, since with its wider brim, I don't think it holds heat as well as my preferred mug does.

Recently, when using the kind of mug I got back in Feb. 2012, it seemed like my tea was weaker even though I made it the same way I make it with my my preferred mug - microwaved for 5 minutes, and then just leaving the tea bag in instead of ever taking it out. Though I guess another reason it tasted a bit diluted was possibly because I probably used more water and half and half than my other mug permits.


Anyway, maybe it's somehow more good than bad that I am so caffeine sensitive. I don't know if I have ADHD, but, a lot of people with ADHD claim to be helped a lot by stimulants like Adderall, which I read is very expensive, and there have been shortages in recent years.

So, who knows, maybe I get similar benefits just from relatively small amounts of caffeine + theanine from tea, thanks to my caffeine sensitivity.

Taking something like Adderall would terrify me - not only because the idea of taking pharmaceutical drugs scares me in general, but because even just caffeine can be so strong for me that I suspect a stronger stimulant might be quite dangerous for me.

Also, I'm guessing Adderall probably wouldn't be as mood-boosting as theanine is for me. No way for me to know, though, because I probably would refuse to try Adderall even if I had the chance to try it.


How interesting it is that ADHD might possibly be caused by sleep issues.

No wonder stimulants are thought to be so helpful with various ADHD symptoms, which suspiciously resemble many of the symptoms of insufficient sleep - maybe because they actually are symptoms of insufficient sleep!

My sleep issues have always been so extreme, and caused me such unignorable tiredness, that it was impossible to overlook the fact that my absentmindedness, flakiness, lack of motivation, etc. are most likely primarily the result of inadequate sleep. (Especially since those symptoms largely go away when I feel rested or caffeinated enough.)

But, perhaps if my sleep issues had been more subtle, maybe I wouldn't have realized how insufficiently rested I actually was - maybe I would have just been more subtly debilitated, and blamed it on ADHD or other things, instead of sleep issues?

So, maybe I'm not such a rare freak of nature, with my possible Non-24-hour Sleep-Wake Disorder - just more extreme than the average circadian-disordered person who might be (mis?)diagnosed with ADHD or depression.


Addition, Dec. 7, 2017, 5:09 PM EST. Already feeling much better soon after turning on both lamps in my room.

Guess I'll have tea soon. Maybe I'll actually try an amount closer to 12 ounces rather than 16 ounces, just to see how I feel. Will use 1 teaspoon of 2nd flush darjeeling tea and 1 teaspoon of some kind of organic decaf tea. Will microwave it for 5 minutes in the stronger downstairs microwave, and leave the teabag in the entire time I drink it.


Addition, Dec. 7, 2017, 6:04 PM EST. Used 10 ounces of water, which didn't boil over even though I microwaved it for 5 minutes. I considered reducing the time, but decided not to.

Added my usual approximate spoonful of honey and a little more than 2 spooonfuls of sucanat (though perhaps I should have used less, since there's less liquid than usual). Wasn't sure how much half and half I usually put in, so, since my measuring glass doesn't seem so good for small amounts, I used one of my measuring spoons to put in one tablespoon at a time. It finally started to taste normal to me when I put in 4 tablespoons.

It's definitely a good cup of tea. Still not finished drinking it.


Addition, Dec. 7, 2017, 9:54 PM EST. I guess that helped my energy a bit. I also had a dark chocolate/peanut butter granola bar. Watched Netflix for a while with relatives. My right eye has been a bit gooey, though. And I have that sort of spaced out feeling I seem to get when trying to gradually reduce my caffeine consumption.

Anyway, some reasons I think it might be good to try decreasing caffeine again are because I kind of did OK drinking only around 12 ounces of tea per day from 2000 to 2012, and the years since I started drinking around 16 ounces of tea were overall not as good, especially 2014 onward.

Perhaps just getting older is partly to blame, but even my much older relatives don't have as much trouble with their energy as I have with mine, so I don't think that's my top problem.


Even though I possibly mistakenly thought I probably adjusted fine to drinking around 16 ounces of tea per day instead of around 12 ounces, perhaps it interfered with my appetite too much, resulting in me gradually becoming more iron deficient and more malnourished in other ways than I might have been in the past. (And trying to be somewhat vegetarian also might have contributed to those problems.)

I already tried mostly doing without caffeine from September 2016 to August 2017, but that didn't work out so great for me, so, maybe a small amount which won't mess with my appetite as much will be healthier for me. And maybe it will be better for my sleep too.

Skipping tea on Dec. 3rd and then having such a great Dec. 4th also made me wonder if I slept better simply because of having less caffeine in my system than usual.


I'm guessing another thing I should do is try harder to keep getting enough iron. I haven't been trying as hard to do that lately, so, maybe that's part of my trouble lately.

Dec. 4th was such a good day that I feel like I must be very close to somehow figuring out how to get better and stay better. I guess I just need to keep trying various things until I figure it out.


It's currently 61.0 degrees in my room, but, I'm warm enough with my pink fuzzy robe on.

And I feel like I have enough of an appetite right now to finally try having some bean soup. Maybe I'll even add some chicken to it, and butter, as well as vegetable juice and a spoonful of blackstrap molasses, and garlic. And spices. And maybe even some other vegetables. Mmm, that definitely seems appetizing at the moment.


Addition, Dec. 8, 2017, 12:09 AM EST. My bean soup turned out pretty well, though a bit more watery than I might like. Next time, maybe I should just put the beans in by themselves without all the liquid they were immersed in.

I used 1 can of pinto beans, 1 can of butter beans, 1 can of chicken, about 1 and 1/3rd cups of vegetable juice (plus an unmeasured amount of extra vegetable juice from the already-open bottle from my mini-fridge), 1 spoonful of blackstrap molasses, 1 big clove of garlic, half a stick of butter, and some black pepper and salt. And saltine crackers are good in it too, and thicken it a bit, so maybe its wateriness isn't really a problem.

I tried to microwave it all in my pasta bowl, but it didn't heat up enough for my liking, so, I used my 1-cup measuring cup to transfer some into my largest mug, and microwaved that.

Definitely good enough to make again. I'd probably even happily order it at a restaurant.

I guess that's another recipe should make more exact, and then publish. But it seems like it probably doesn't really need to be very exact to turn out well enough.

Mmm, it's good with Italian seasoning too. (Marjoram, thyme, savory, rosemary, sage, oregano, and basil, all in the same spice bottle.)

Storing this in my crowded mini-fridge might be a bit difficult, and it's too late in the evening for my relatives to be hungry. So, I hope it will be just as good reheated. And I hope I don't get tired of it. I guess I could just add new ingredients to it to make it seem like a different soup every time I eat it.

Getting sleepy now, but I have to put the soup away before I sleep. I wonder how much iron I got from eating this. Not really in the mood to drink half a glass of vegetable juice + blackstrap molasses now. Craving milk, actually, but I'll wait a while before I have that, just in case it might interfere with iron absorption.


Addition, Dec. 8, 2017, 12:34 AM EST. That was easier than I thought - all the remaining soup fit into just two of my smoothie glasses with lids.

I guess if I stored some in my largest mug with some saran wrap over the top, all I'd have to do to make that into a meal tomorrow would be to take off the saran wrap and put the mug in the microwave.

Quite sleepy now, and not really in the mood to clean all these dishes and things. I guess if I store soup in my mug, I won't have to clean it! Yeah, I'm going to do that.


Addition, Dec. 8, 2017, 1:24 AM EST. Found this article about caffeine being very bad for most insects, but generally less bad for humans.


Addition, Dec. 8, 2017, 3:05 AM EST. Another interesting article about the effects of caffeine on things other than humans. And humans too.


Addition, Dec. 8, 2017, 5:46 AM EST. Haven't eaten anything yet since my bean soup - just drank a tall glass of orange juice, and a Great Value root beer recently. And some water.

Still haven't slept at all yet, and my right eye is still gooey and itchy, and my room's humidity is 16%, but, I've somehow already been feeling better nonetheless. Not alert and energetic - I'm quite drowsy, as I should be after being awake for so long. I just feel better somehow.


Addition, Dec. 9, 2017, 10:21 AM EST. On Dec. 8th, slept sometime between 5:55 AM and 12:20 PM. Woke up feeling pretty good and like I probably slept better, but, I was kind of tired at first. But my energy kept fluctuating that day.

Exercise biked a bit more than usual (like a minute or so more than usual), and though it was a bit tiring at first, it seemed to maybe result in more energy later on, which encouraged me to try doing it more often.

My eye issues varied too. Sometimes my right eye was gooey and itchy, and other times, my eyes were fine, and they got dry before sleep.

I don't get as much energy from tea made with just 10 ounces of water and a bit more than 4 tablespoons of half and half, and I don't think there's as much theanine either, but, I've sometimes had so much energy before having tea that it's OK. And I could easily get more theanine just by drinking a big mug of organic decaf tea by itself, or maybe mixed with rooibos ("red tea"), for flavor, and to hopefully provide me other healthy substances that tea alone doesn't provide.

Felt more interested yesterday in trying to get stuff done, so, in addition to reading a lot and watching some TV with family, I pondered how to improve my Puppy Linux Setup Kit.


Today, slept sometime between 2:16 AM and 9:32 AM. Had nightmares, and was very thirsty when I woke up, but, been feeling rested enough and like the quality of my sleep was OK, even though I skipped blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice and didn't eat more of my bean soup yet.

And definitely interested in returning to what I was working on yesterday - mainly, figuring out how to improve my Simple App Installer for my Puppy Linux Setup Kit.

I don't feel like I'm getting caffeine withdrawal symptoms now, but, maybe I'll have tea earlier in my day today.


Addition, Dec. 9, 2017, 1:56 PM EST. Went back to sleep again, sometime between 10:49 AM and 1:48 PM.

16% humidity and 68.9 degrees in my room - warmer than I'd like. So, I guess the furnace is working fine now. And I might actually have to go back to using my air conditioner again even though it's December.

Got very thirsty again while I slept. But, feeling more alert and rested now, probably.


Addition, Dec. 9, 2017, 4:45 PM EST. My energy has varied, but, I have been feeling quite alert since eating some Apple Cinnamon Cheerios.

I feel like I might be close to a caffeine withdrawal headache, though, so I better have tea soon.


Additions, Dec. 9, 2017, 6:09 PM/6:28 PM EST. Finally tried my new 10 ounce tea cup, Using my measuring glass, I figured out it's only a bit short of 12 ounces if filled to the brim.

I put in 10 ounces of water, knowing some of it would either boil away or boil over after 5 minutes. A lot of it did boil over, and I didn't measure what was left.

I used my usual amounts of tea - 1 teaspoon of 2nd flush darjeeling tea, and 1 teaspoon of organic decaf Earl Grey. And 1 spoonful of honey, 1 spoonful of sucanat, and 4 tablespoons of half and half.

Tastes good, but, this does seem like a disappointingly small amount of tea for me. So, I'll probably keep using my preferred mug, which, conveniently, also seems less likely to tip over if I set it on my bed. I'm sure I'll find some other good uses for this tea cup - since it's ceramic, it can be used for baking in the oven, and I can also use it for storage, or to eat soup, if I don't want a large amount of soup.


I guess I could probably get away with putting less tea in my teabag to brew such a small cup of tea, but, I wanted to see how the taste compared to my usual amount of tea (somewhat less than 16 ounces), if I changed little besides the tea cup size, and the amount of water and half and half. Seems about the same, but I think it steeps quite a bit quicker with less water. With close to 16 ounces of water, I had to wait more minutes for the flavor to get strong enough for me.

One of my packages of tea recommends using 8 ounces of water, and 1.25 teaspoons of tea. But it always tasted great to me anyway no matter how much water I used, after I waited long enough.


A while after drinking my small cup of tea, I feel more energized than I was, but I was already pretty energetic before I drank tea. Still craving more tea - not that I need more energy. I guess it's probably just caffeine withdrawal making me want more.


Addition, Dec. 10, 2017, 12:20 AM EST. Still quite energetic and alert, though perhaps it's partly from eating 4 dark chocolate/peanut butter granola bars.

Also ate a mugful of bean soup, which was just as excellent as it was the other day. However, next time I make it, I'm not going to add butter and garlic until I've transferred some of it to a mug and am just about to eat it, because butter makes my dishes so much harder to clean. And I don't want to microwave the garlic because maybe the fresher the garlic is, and the less I heat it, maybe the healthier it is.

Still didn't get much done today, but if I keep feeling this much better, I'll probably be able to get a lot more done.

Today, I mostly just read a lot, and also watched The Flash for a while.


Also have been soaking 1 tablespoon of chia seeds (measured with a measuring spoon, not an actual table spoon, which seems smaller) in water in one of my smoothie glasses.

After reading this page, I decided to try them again, and to try to worry less about various other things I read about them.

Also, I found this page which says Vitamin C can counteract phytic acid. Quote:

"Vitamin C appears strong enough to overcome phytic acid. In one study, adding 50 mg of vitamin C counteracted the phytic acid load of a meal. In another study, 80 mg of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) counteracted 25 mg of phytic acid."

So, maybe I'll mix my chia water with grape juice, which I usually drink diluted anyway. I'm also probably going to try to drink that soon before sleep, in the hope that maybe I won't get as dehydrated while I sleep.


Addition, Dec. 10, 2017, 2:57 AM EST. Found some spooky articles about the bad possible health effects of wi-fi, cell phones, etc.

The Importance of Electromagnetic Field Remediation In the Treatment of Chronic Disease

"Is Your Cell Phone Putting You at Risk?"

Quoted from the first article:

"On average, a person will experience biological effects from a cellphone at a distance of 12 feet.

Using a meter, I discovered I was still exposed to unhealthy levels at a distance of 30 feet, so when I'm not using my cellphone, I always keep it in airplane mode and/or inside a Faraday bag."

I scarcely use my cell phones at all anyway, so I probably should turn them off and unplug them, rather than leaving them on and constantly charging in my room. I thought I was probably far enough away for them not to be a problem, but who knows.


Addition, Dec. 10, 2017, 3:41 AM EST. I unplugged my Roku too, since that uses wi-fi, and I scarcely have been using it lately.

Maybe I should even try unplugging my USB wireless internet adapter from my computer while I sleep. Or I could at least disconnect from the internet.

Physically, I don't think I feel any different so far. But, emotionally, I feel better about not wasting electricity on things I rarely use, and which might (or might not) even be harmful.


Addition, Dec. 10, 2017, 4:40 AM EST. Been feeling kind of cold lately, even though my air conditioner is off and it's 65.3 degrees in my room.

So, since I'm probably going to go to sleep soon, I had 1 magnesium citrate capsule, some walnuts, and am now drinking grape juice mixed with the water and chia seeds I started soaking maybe around 8 PM. Probably won't drink the whole glass.

Maybe I could try soaking some chia seeds in a glass of vegetable juice + 1 spoonful of blackstrap molasses. Too sleepy to do much now, though.


Addition, Dec. 10, 2017, 12:50 PM/12:57 PM EST. Slept sometime between 5:08 AM and 12:12 PM. Still got thirsty and dry-eyed, and I'm not sure it happened any later than usual, but maybe. Fortunately, I think I feel rested enough anyway.

Now my room is 60.4 degrees. I'm a bit cold now, but somehow not as cold as I was earlier when it was warmer. Sounds like another windy day, so that's probably part of why it's so cold.

I think maybe I want try these Nuun electrolyte tablets at some point. I don't want to drink Gatorade because of the artificial colors and all the sugar. (Addition, Dec. 10, 2017, 1:21 PM EST. Decided against trying Nuun electrolyte tablets because all the ingredients lists I checked contain "natural flavors", which I find objectionably vague.)

Also am wondering if maybe I should try using this magnesium gel more regularly. Would probably use small amounts rather than covering most of my body with it, since I'm not sure I need that much magnesium at the moment, and standing naked in the bathroom for 20 minutes is boring. And I'd have to wait 30 minutes for the water to heat up, because to save money, we usually keep our water heater turned off.

Fortunately, for some purposes, such as cleaning greasy dishes, I can just heat some water in a ceramic pasta bowl in the microwave. That could probably make the magnesium gel more pleasant to clean off, too.


Addition, Dec. 10, 2017, 1:06 PM EST. Maybe I should try drinking a lot of milk before sleep, since milk contains electrolytes, and "milk is superior to water and sports drinks at replenishing fluids following exercise."


Additions, Dec. 11, 2017, 2:17 AM/2:26 AM EST. Have been doing so well I was in the mood to program a bit, and did so, to tidy up some of my Bash scripts that I use for dealing with VUE-related things.

Eventually got kind of sleepy around 7 PM. After that, finally had accidentally a bit less than 10 ounces of tea (plus a bit more than 4 teaspoons of half and half) in my preferred mug, but I'm not sure it helped much. But was watching TV in a darkened room with family, so maybe that made me sleepier than I otherwise would have been. I did start to feel more alert for a while after returning to my room, where I have both my lamps on. (But perhaps that's partly because I ate a dark chocolate/peanut butter granola bar). Have been getting sleepy again for a while. Still programming, though.


Found this article:

Caffeine Side Effects And More: How The World's Most Popular Drug Can Affect Your Health

Quote:

"ASAP Science explained that your pituitary gland controls the release of the anti-diuretic hormone (ADH). In normal circumstances, ADH travels to the kidneys where they stimulate the retention of water to keep our body at a happy medium of hydration. Caffeine inhibits the release of ADH, which results in less water being reabsorbed into your body and more being converted into urine. Caffeine belongs to a group of chemicals called xanthine, and these are able to block the body's reabsorption of sodium. When this occurs, rather than returning to the blood stream, the sodium stays in the fluid where it becomes urine."

I wonder if that's part of why I get dehydrated so easily. Really tired of thirst interfering so much with my sleep. Maybe that's my top remaining problem. I think if my sleep was better, I'd probably be doing much better overall.


Maybe I'll trying soaking chia seeds in cow's milk at some point. I wonder if it will be more or less hydrating than cow's milk by itself.

I probably ought to get more smoothie glasses with lids, so I can store a wider variety of things at the same time.

Drank some diluted grape juice + chia seeds sometime in the evening, and am also having some now. No clear ideas or feelings yet on what chia seeds might be doing for me, aside from the fact that I like how they make my drinks seem a bit reminiscent of tapioca. I sure hope they're healthy, since even just the nifty tapioca-like texture they add is reason enough for me to want to keep eating (or drinking) them.


Addition, Dec. 11, 2017, 2:56 PM EST. Slept sometime between 5:19 AM and 1:39 PM. Got thirsty, and felt rather lousy at first, but, have been feeling better and much more alert recently, even though I didn't even have my vitamins yet nor anything else but water.

I think I probably am dealing with PMS and some mild caffeine withdrawal.

Also started to wonder if maybe ground flaxseed (warning) was doing me even more good than I realized. Haven't been eating it at all for quite a while now - none since September - though mostly because it's inconvenient and I haven't felt lately like I needed it as much.


Wondering if maybe I've been needing more Omega 3 lately. Both flaxseed and chia seeds are reputed to contain a lot of that, and so far I suspect the chia seeds are probably doing me some good, though I think ground flaxseed has more mood-improving effects on me.

Sometimes I'm tempted to try Omega 3 fish oil capsules, especially now that I'm no longer even trying to be somewhat vegetarian, but I'm still worried about the various pollutants in the ocean such as mercury, etc. Maybe I should just take more of my vegan Omega 3 capsules than just 1 a day, even though they're awfully expensive and contain carrageenan.


Found this page of Omega 3 deficiency symptoms. I don't have most of those symptoms, but, it does mention "Some people may experience excessive thirst and excess urination. Dry eyes and excess earwax buildup may also develop."

I don't have excess earwax, but I think I might have excessive thirst (at least when sleeping), maybe excessive urination, and sometimes I have dry eyes, except it's mostly my right eye and it's usually gooey (when tired?) or normal (when more alert) rather than dry.

So, I think I might continue drinking liquids containing soaked chia seeds for a while.


Addition, Dec. 11, 2017, 3:17 PM EST. Getting 8 more smoothie glasses with lids soon, because currently, they only cost $10.99 for 4 of them.

So, that will probably make it much easier for me to store various things. Juice bottles take up so much room in my mini-fridge, so, in the future, maybe I'll just transfer their contents into my smoothie glasses instead.


Addition, Dec. 11, 2017, 4:32 PM EST. Getting 4 more smoothie glasses with lids - so, 12 new glasses in all - since I probably have room for them in my mini-fridge.

Looking forward to being able to more easily store a wider variety of soups, and liquids with and without chia seeds. I'll also be able to always keep a glass of vegetable juice + 1 spoonful of blackstrap molasses ready to drink, or to use as (or in) a soup.

What I probably won't store in them is smoothies, because I realized a while back that I like those much better fresh.

Meanwhile, my bean soup was really great every time I had it. Was just as good even after being stored in my fridge in smoothie glasses (or my largest mug with some saran wrap over it) for a couple days.


Addition, Dec. 12, 2017, 2:30 AM EST. The family refrigerator stopped working, but, we're hoping that once it defrosts, it might start working again, just like last year.

We were mostly prepared for this, since we got a big cooler some months ago. No ice, but we have a lot of frozen food, so that will probably keep things cold enough.


And, speaking of cold, I'm feeling quite cold now, even though it's 64.4 degrees in my room. Not sure if that means I'm not eating enough, or what. My most recent big meal was spaghetti and meatballs around 5:30 PM.

Currently eating walnuts. I've been tired for several hours anyway, so it doesn't really matter if these make me more tired.

Didn't get as much programming done today. And my right eye has been quite gooey and a bit itchy for the past few hours. But at least it's better than dry eyes.

Noticed that I sometimes get a bit of nasal congestion (on the right side) when my right eye gets gooey.


Watched various TV shows with family. The one that intrigued me most was The Healer. Quite amazing, if that's real. And also very comforting.


Addition, Dec. 12, 2017, 4:38 PM EST. I think the family fridge is still defrosting.

Slept sometime between 4:49 AM and 1:57 PM. I got a bit thirsty, but maybe less than usual. Yesterday, I took 3 Testa vegan Omega 3 capsules, so, maybe that helped me.

When I woke up, my right eye was so gooey it was blurry, but I cleaned it with some moistened toilet paper. Am going to try to avoid rubbing my eyes with my fingers at all in the future, since I think that might irritate them. My eyes are fine now.

Been feeling mostly pretty alert, though I got a bit tired after a bowl of Apple Cinnamon Cheerios earlier. Now having tea.


Addition, Dec. 13, 2017, 3:58 AM EST. It seems like my chia seeds soaked in both undiluted and diluted grape juice didn't turn out as well as the ones I soaked in plain water. Not as tapioca-like. I'm reluctant to even drink much of that grape juice now.

Been reading and programming, and watched TV with family. Probably going to keep programming for a while, unless I give into the temptation to eat some walnuts, which will probably make me too sleepy to continue.


Addition, Dec. 13, 2017, 2:16 PM EST. Slept sometime between 5:46 AM and 12 PM. I think I haven't been woken up by thirst in the middle of my sleep as much, but, in the end, woke up thirsty with dry eyes. I drank some water, and then milk, which I think helped more. Haven't been drinking vegetable juice + blackstrap molasses since Dec. 7th, but, maybe ought to resume that, or make some more bean soup.

I feel like I slept pretty well, and I'm having a much easier time concentrating today than I did last night toward the end of my day, which made programming rather frustrating. Even writing this feels easier than usual.

Yesterday, later in my day, I craved a dark chocolate/peanut butter granola bar, but didn't eat it because it was the last one and I wanted to leave it for the other person who likes them.


Not craving even tea at the moment, but probably the earlier I have that, the better, to avoid the caffeine possibly messing with my sleep. Except it will mess with my appetite.

We still haven't tried turning the fridge back on. I heard that our cooler has actually been keeping the milk, etc. colder than the fridge has been for a while.


Additions, Dec. 14, 2017, 3:47 AM/6:54 AM EST. Still not really tired, perhaps because I had tea later than I intended, around 7 or 8 PM.

Got my 12 new smoothie glasses with lids. So glad to finally have all the storage I need for a much wider variety of things - soups, soaked chia seeds, ready-to-drink glasses of vegetable juice + 1 spoonful of blackstrap molasses, various other kinds of juice without having to store entire bottles, carrots or celery soaked in water to make them more crisp and appealing, etc.

One of the first things I did to try to save space in my mini-fridge was transferring my mostly full gallon of cow's milk into them. But, to my surprise, that required 6 glasses, which took up more space than the original jug. So, I guess I'm not very good at estimating that sort of thing. But at least now I have a much less vague idea of how many glasses of milk are in a gallon and when I might run out of milk.

Didn't make any new soups so far, but might do so soon, because they're so good and convenient.


Did much the same stuff as yesterday - reading, programming, and watching TV with family.

Getting sleepier as I write this, so, maybe I should stop writing this and try to return to programming or reading. It probably would be better if our TV-watching coincided with the end of my day, so I could spend more of the time when I'm more alert on more important things, but my recent sleep so-called "schedule" hasn't been making that possible lately.

And I don't want to try to forcibly adjust my sleep "schedule". It's possible and I've done it many times, but it's always only temporary for me, and rather unpleasant, and (I'm guessing) unhealthy. And in recent years I thought it was getting harder to do, and assumed it was just from getting older - but now I think maybe it was harder mainly because of my electric blanket and probably excessive (for me) caffeine messing up my sleep quality. And probably also often not getting enough iron, exercise, etc.


Been feeling so much more back to normal lately. Did around 1 minute of high-intensity exercise biking today. Deliberately and for exercise, I went up and downstairs numerous times to wash 10 out of my 12 new glasses, one at a time. And was so impatient waiting for 5 minutes for my tea to finish microwaving that I paced around a while. So, plenty of energy even before drinking tea.

So, I guess decreasing my daily caffeine dose was the right move. I wonder how differently my life might have gone if I hadn't foolishly assumed in recent years that I was probably handling close to 16 ounces of tea just fine. I now suspect I actually probably never fully adjusted to it.

I also think getting more iron in my diet has helped a lot, too. And maybe I wasn't as iron deficient as I feared, since I've improved so much so relatively quickly.

And I feel like even rather small-seeming amounts of exercise (like less than a minute of high-intensity exercise biking) do me a lot of good.


Addition, Dec. 14, 2017, 7:21 AM EST. Been too sleepy to get any more programming done, so, I just read and web-browsed instead.

I wonder how long it will take for my sleep patterns to shift to something better. I wish I had an easier way to graph my sleep patterns that didn't involve non-libre Windows software. But, haven't been curious enough to actually try to find (or build) an alternative yet.


Additions, Dec. 14, 2017, 4:17 PM/4:34 PM EST. Slept sometime between 7:29 AM and 2:05 PM. Slept probably OK enough maybe, but got a bit thirsty, and my nose was a bit clogged at times.

Finally starting to feel premenstrual again, and am quite irritable that I have to reboot my computer at some point because VirtualBox recently mysteriously stopped working, and I don't know how else to fix it. Even newly-created virtual machines won't run at all. Not even when I made VirtualBox re-create its config settings from scratch by removing the symlinks to my original settings and existing virtual machine. Still the same error.

So, at the moment, I can't keep working on my Puppy Linux Setup Kit using VirtualBox. So, I guess the best thing I can do for now is take better notes and get a bit more organized so my next partially-manual setup goes more smoothly, with fewer forgotten little details.

At least I'll finally get to see if my slightly modified Lighthouse 64 Puppy Linux 6.02 Beta 2 ISO (which, at startup, lets me specify the RAM disk size) will work as well as I hope on a real computer instead of just VirtualBox.


Addition, Dec. 15, 2017, 12:42 AM EST. Still didn't reboot my computer, since I fell asleep again sometime between 7:15 PM and 11:52 PM.

But, made some progress getting my files a bit more organized, and am feeling alert enough now, even without tea so far.

Might put off rebooting until I get things even more organized.


Addition, Dec. 15, 2017, 3:34 AM EST. Been feeling quite alert (even though I haven't had tea yet), and in an increasingly good mood since I'm finally getting various messy collections of computer files organized.

For my last couple sleeps, I used my sleep mask at least part of the time, and perhaps that helped me, even though sometimes I partly woke up to adjust it.


Addition, Dec. 15, 2017, 5:16 PM EST. Slept sometime between 9:16 AM and 2:12 PM, after feeling somewhat sleepy for hours. Skipped tea, but haven't felt like I'm getting caffeine withdrawal so far. Yesterday, finally had part of a partway filled glass of vegetable juice with 1 spoonful of blackstrap molasses.

And have been continuing to take 3 Testa vegan Omega 3 capsules per day, since Dec. 11th. At that rate, it will only take me 20 days to get through an entire pack of 60 capsules, but, perhaps it's worth the inconvenience and cost, if that has anything to do with why I'm doing better lately. (However, on Dec. 4th, one of my best days recently, I hadn't yet tried taking more Omega 3, nor even many soaked chia seeds yet, so maybe my improvement has more to do with me getting enough iron.)

Been feeling quite alert and energetic, despite waking up with a slightly clogged nose again.

Lately, it seems so much easier to think and to do things, and I feel much quicker and sharper. And I don't feel particularly premenstrual today, so far.


Still haven't rebooted my computer, since I still am trying to get more organized first.

After being defrosted, the family refrigerator now seems to be working fine again.


Addition, Dec. 16, 2017, 12:34 AM EST. Got a bit tired many hours ago after eating Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, though I got more alert again a while after that.

I guess I'm probably still better off with at least a little caffeine rather than none. Still haven't had any yet, though.

Ended up mostly reading and watching TV so far today. Should probably try to get something useful done, but I'm not sure I will today.


Addition, Dec. 16, 2017, 3:25 PM EST. Slept sometime between 5:27 AM and 1:43 PM. Still had trouble with thirst and a slightly stuffy nose waking me up.

Maybe feeling a bit more premenstrual today. Anyway, I might get quiet again for a while because of having to reboot my computer, or just because of not feeling like updating this, but I'm still doing OK overall. Often, the better I feel, the less patience I have for updating this blog post, so my quietness here is nothing to worry about.


Addition, Dec. 31, 2017, 1:50 PM EST. My time of the month was later than I expected, and started Dec. 23rd around 7:48 AM. Needed 2 Advils for my cramps in the beginning, but later on only needed 1 more Advil, and, as usual, none after the 1st day.

Was rather fatigued during it and a little while after, but surprisingly not for long. My energy has fluctuated lately, but was surprisingly pretty good a lot of the time, even though I've often just happened to skip tea. I think Dec. 29th was my best day, since among other things, I got a lot of cleaning done, so my room is finally tolerable again, and I washed all my smoothie glasses and other dishes.

On Christmas, it was very windy, which always seems to make my room colder than usual. It was so cold I was wondering if the furnace was acting up again - it was 52 degrees at one point. But, this is the first year I even had a way to measure my room's temperature, so, maybe that's actually typical for my room in winter on windy days.

In any case, it was so cold I resumed using my electric blanket. Been trying to resist the temptation to keep using it, especially while sleeping, but, was surprised on Dec. 29th when I had a quite energetic day anyway, as though my electric blanket hadn't interfered much at all with my sleep. Still, I'm too wary of it to keep using it.


Still haven't rebooted my computer, but, as of today, I finally made enough useful notes and reorganized my files enough to feel prepared to do so.

Fixing up and releasing my VUE-Related Bash Scripts helped. Almost all year, I was using some earlier unreleased versions, but they were a hasty mess and weren't always working properly. But now, I can reliably and easily create new VUE maps using whatever template I want, set aside maps I'm done with, make small images for my maps, and navigate to and browse all my maps despite the fact that I keep them in numerous different folders. Which all makes it much easier to manage my maps and keep them tidy.

And once I can easily install PHP and XSLT again, I'll be able to (again) do even fancier things.


I sometimes have had trouble with dry eyes (mostly when I get tired), but, I think maybe magnesium, Omega 3, and getting more Vitamin A in my diet might be helping me with that and in other ways.

Had blackstrap molasses + a full smoothie glass of vegetable juice on Dec. 27th. Haven't had more since then, nor bean soup including those ingredients, but I should, since I think that was quite helpful, and was part of why I felt like I recovered so quickly from my time of the month.

Surprisingly, I often feel like simply eating Apple Cinnamon Cheerios does me a lot of good.

Had to do without vegan Omega 3 capsules for a while due to a shipping glitch of some sort, so, I tried a bit harder than usual to get Omega 3 from my diet. Sometimes have had walnuts before sleep, and felt like I woke up refreshed. Baby carrots with MSG-free Litehouse brand ranch dressing (which has plenty of Omega 3) might also have helped me. And I finally resumed ground flaxseed (warning) yesterday, and I think maybe that also helped reduce my dry eyes.

And found a temporary cure for my dry eyes in the form of this blog post, which moved me to tears.


Slept sometime between 6:07 AM and 11:25 AM. Felt kind of sleepy while writing this, but, am more cheerful and alert now that I'm just about done writing it. Just wanted to post at least one update here before the year ends.

I might go back to being quiet, since I've been doing so much better lately that I have much less to vent about here. I'm fairly convinced now that possibly the top factor in my fatigue was not enough iron in my diet, though other things besides iron definitely helped me a lot, too.

So, I think if I keep consuming enough blackstrap molasses + vegetable juice, bean soup, Cheerios, and other iron-containing foods, hopefully I'll be fine.

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Oxalates and their interference with the absorption of nutrients
Sunday, August 14th, 2016
01:39:27 GMT


(Here's my site's disclaimer again, since this blog post is about health-related topics, and I'm not a health care professional, just a layperson who sometimes takes an interest in health and nutrition.)


Since earlier this year or late last year, and also on occasion even as far back as 2006, I've sometimes had jaw aches, mostly on the right side. Fortunately, that has been scarcely bothersome at all compared to my headaches.

However, earlier this year, sometimes I mistook that jaw pain for possible toothaches in my top and bottom backmost right teeth - except usually the ache felt more spread out rather than localized to my teeth. (I was similarly confused by some sore spots on my gums which were quite probably from gum disease - but I think that's probably a problem separate from my jaw pain, since my gum issues mostly went away months ago thanks to Vitamin C.)

When I saw the dentist in February, I found out the only cavities I had were on the opposite side of my mouth, and they were all so small I didn't even need to be numbed to get them filled.

I almost couldn't believe there was nothing wrong with my right backmost top and bottom teeth. But, the pain wasn't consistent, and it seemed like drinking enough liquids and taking magnesium helped. (Taking magnesium, Vitamin C, and drinking more liquids were all ideas I found and tried on my own - none of those were suggested to me by the dentist.)


However, my jaw aches have been more of a problem lately, especially the past few weeks. Usually the effects of magnesium on me had been far more noticeable - in addition to seeming to probably reduce my jaw pain and rid me of some annoying twitches near my right eye, it made me feel calmer and better able to sleep, and it sometimes made me feel very tired if I took it anytime I wasn't well-rested.

But lately, I've been feeling like magnesium hasn't been working as well for me.

So, that made me wonder if somehow some new factor in my nutrition (or life) was making me extra deficient in magnesium.


A while back, when reading about chicory (one of the main ingredients in Teeccino, an excellent "herbal coffee"), I ran across this page which said chicory is high in oxalates and not recommended for people with arthritis or who are prone to kidney stones.

So, I started reading about oxalates, and found this page which quoted some unknown other source which said:

oxalates strongly bind to minerals and vice versa (e.g., calcium, magnesium, zinc and potassium), and reduces the absorption of your minerals as they both come out via your urine.

And the Antinutrient page on Wikipedia also mentions oxalates.


I also somehow ran across stuff related to Vitamin C and oxalates, such as this page, which says "vitamin C can be metabolized to oxalate".

That interested me because I had started taking two 500 mg Vitamin C's per day back in April, since it seems to tremendously help with my possible gum disease.

But, I think it wasn't until the past few weeks that magnesium started to seem significantly less effective for me.

Maybe some of my ailments are side effects of quitting caffeine. It's hard to judge since I didn't carefully log exactly what things happened when.


But, my current top theory is that maybe all the extra oxalates I've likely been getting lately from Teeccino and (to a lesser extent) from Vitamin C have maybe been interfering with my magnesium absorption.

Though I've also read that even just being extra stressed out can contribute to magnesium deficiency, and that could definitely also be a factor for me.

(Addition, Aug. 15, 2016, 5:08 AM EDT. This blog post I found describes a slow recovery from caffeine withdrawal which took up to 5 months! So, I now think it's very possible that caffeine withdrawal is a bigger factor in my ailments than I realized before.

Here's a blog post by me where I've been adding updates on my efforts to quit caffeine, or at least reduce how much I consume.)


Anyway, since Teeccino lacks caffeine and thus isn't addictive, it will be easy for me to experiment at some point with temporarily abstaining from Teeccino.

And also, now that I've sampled the majority of Teeccino flavors, I'll be less likely to drink more than one mugful per day. A lot of why I drank so much was simply to try all the new (to me) flavors as soon as possible.

But, I quite like Teeccino, so for now, I'd like to keep drinking it daily, and find a good way to adjust my diet to compensate for the possibly higher amounts of oxalates I've been consuming.


This aforementioned page says near the top that "High doses of vitamin B6 may decrease oxalate production".

So, perhaps having more Vitamin B6 might help me. For years, off and on, I have been taking Nature Made Stress B (which also contains Vitamin C and zinc). But I often have neglected to take it, since it tends to upset my stomach unless I eat something soon before (or soon after) taking it. I usually don't eat a large breakfast, so I can't just take Stress B first thing in my "morning" (or whatever equates to morning for me, due to my severe sleep issues).

I'll just have to do a better job of remembering to take Stress B after I eat enough food.


I already tried taking extra magnesium. A few weeks ago I started taking Nature Made magnesium citrate (except, unlike that page, my bottle just says "Softgels" instead of "Liquid Softgels").

I got magnesium citrate because I read in various places that some forms of magnesium are better-absorbed than others.

But I was surprised at how little effect magnesium citrate seemed to have on me compared to magnesium oxide. It's reputed to be better-absorbed than magnesium oxide, and (until lately), even just 1 Nature Made magnesium oxide seemed to have very noticeable effects on me, sometimes making me feel very tired about 2 hours after taking it (unless I'm well-rested enough that it just makes me feel more relaxed and calm).

However, I started taking magnesium citrate around the same time I started drinking Teeccino, so, maybe that's why the magnesium citrate seemingly doesn't have very noticeable effects on me.


I also tried extra Nature Made magnesium oxide. At times, it seemed to do surprisingly little for me - at one point, I tried taking 3 at once, and didn't feel much difference. Though at another point, I tried taking 2 at once, and a few hours later, it seemed to make me feel crappy (literally).

So, I think maybe I'd rather get extra magnesium from my diet instead of supplements, or at least just avoid taking more than 1 magnesium oxide at a time.

I've continued to take 1 serving of Nature Made magnesium citrate daily (in my "morning", usually). But, judging by my jaw aches, I suspect I need even more magnesium than that.


Perhaps another good approach might be to consume additional amounts of other nutrients that oxalates are reputed to interfere with the absorption of.

This page suggests consuming more calcium.


And this page says:

"When you're taking magnesium, you need to consider calcium, vitamin D3 and vitamin K2 as well, since these all work synergistically with one another. "

Unfortunately, judging by this other page, Vitamin K2 sounds like it might be a nutrient which might be hard to get directly in a purely vegetarian diet. (Reminds me of the difficulties with getting some forms of Omega 3 in purely vegetarian ways.)

However, this page points out various things suggesting that it might be possible for the body to convert Vitamin K1 into Vitamin K2.

I hope that's possible, since I'm pretty fond of kale (which has a lot of Vitamin K), and I could (and probably should) eat kale more frequently.

(Additions, Aug. 14/15, 9:41 PM/12:46 AM EDT. There seems to be conflicting info on the web about whether kale is high in oxalates or not. Here's a page that says it's low in oxalates. I tried to find the Harvard data that page referred to, and found something, though I don't know whether or not that's what that page was talking about. But the file "Oxalate Content of Foods.xls" says kale is low oxalate, with 2 mg of oxalates.)

I also am fond of gouda cheese, but it's kind of expensive, and I still feel guilty about not being 100% vegetarian.


I wish I could have figured out the perfect cure(s) for my various ailments before posting this. But, oh, well.

Magnesium not having such a strong effect on me as it used to was just such an unusual difference for me that it seemed worth investigating and writing about, even though I'm not a health care professional nor anyone else who is officially licensed to come up with theories about any of these topics.

As more details come to light, I might update this post in the future.

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Still trying to quit tea; hoping quitting will reduce my headaches
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
12:03:28 GMT


(Addition, Sept. 26, 2016, 6:12 PM EDT. Since I've added so much to this post since I first posted it, I decided I ought to add a link to my site's disclaimer, and also point out yet again that I'm not a health care professional, just a layperson who sometimes takes an interest in health and nutrition.

I'm 35 years old, never attended college (partly for financial reasons, and partly because of my severe sleep issues and shyness), and I have a GED instead of a normal high school diploma.

So, please don't blindly assume I know what I'm talking about, and please don't blindly assume that my ideas or personal health habits necessarily have any merit.

This blog post is a personal diary of how things have been going for me in the process of trying to free myself from caffeine, and my thoughts and speculations on the possible causes of my headaches and other ailments, and different things I've tried, or which I'm considering trying, to alleviate my ailments.

I hope it's interesting, but none of it is intended as health advice. Please be careful, please use common sense, and please don't blindly mimic me. It's quite possible that some of the things I tried, or will try, are, or will be, quite stupid. If you need health advice, please consult a health care professional.

End of addition.)


Quitting caffeine has been getting tougher for me. I'm aware quitting it abruptly can lead to nasty withdrawal symptoms.

But, in my eagerness to be done with tea forever, I guess I rushed too quickly through the gradual-decrease phase and tried too soon to stop drinking it completely.

Result: headaches.


I was hoping approximately 12 ounces of tea per day wouldn't be that hard to get unaddicted from if I really tried, but, darn.

I guess I better keep quitting gradually instead of abruptly. Fortunately, simply drinking tea makes me feel better pretty quickly.

However, I no longer like the taste of tea as much as I used to, since Teeccino (which is "herbal coffee" with no caffeine) tastes so much better to me in comparison. So, I'm going to try to mixing my tea with Teeccino. (I wasn't mixing the two before because I wanted to see what pure Teeccino tasted like, and I was hoping I could quit tea sooner and less gradually.)

(Addition, 4:03 PM EDT. It turns out they both taste better separate, at least the way I tried to mix them. Maybe with effort the mix could be improved, but I don't feel like making the effort, since I doubt the mix will ever taste better than pure Teeccino.)


For many months, I had been noticing a craving to have more than just a single 12 ounce mug of tea per day. Not immediately after my first (and usually only) cup - but instead, annoyingly late in my "day", approaching my bedtime (which could be literally any time of day or night, due to my severe sleep issues).

I nearly always resisted the urge. But, maybe that craving was an indication I was even more addicted than I realized?


Even when I wasn't actively trying to quit tea, I got headaches on occasion. But, because I seldom went much longer than a day without having tea, I usually assumed those headaches weren't caffeine-related. But perhaps a lot of those headaches actually were from insufficient caffeine?

So, maybe at least some of my problems with occasional "random" headaches will finally go away once I get free of caffeine addiction.


Additions, 7:22 PM/7:46 PM. Here's an article from Smithsonian Magazine about what caffeine does to your brain.

Today it seems I mistakenly drank too little tea to totally get rid of my headache. I'm so annoyed by this I think I might go ahead and just immediately quit completely, so I can hopefully get through this withdrawal nonsense as quickly as possible.

So, I'm probably going to be particularly boring and useless for a while, since I'm going to continue mostly avoiding stressful things, and probably mostly read a lot and binge-watch Netflix and YouTube.


Addition, 8:50 PM EDT. Just found out from this page that my former usual daily tea only contains about 40 mg of caffeine per cup.

That sounds like a tiny amount. But, maybe it isn't tiny for me, since I'm only 5'4" and maybe 120 lbs. (Just guessing since I don't have a scale.) In any case, tea definitely has had very noticeable effects on how alert I am and how well I'm able to concentrate, and also tends to improve my mood.

But, the good effects don't last long enough for my liking, and I'm tired of feeling overly tired without caffeine, waking up feeling insufficiently rested, and especially tired of the possibility that perhaps a lot of my headaches are related to not drinking enough caffeine at the "right" time, whenever that is - which might be particularly hard for me to figure out due to my messed up circadian rhythms.

Hopefully the withdrawal won't last too long because I already had been working on gradually decreasing my tea intake. At the moment I'm feeling mostly OK, just tired now, probably partly because the last time I slept, I only slept about 4 hours because of a headache.


Addition, Aug. 4, 2016, 1:08 AM EDT. Spinning in my office chair and making myself dizzy distracts a bit from my headaches!


Additions, Aug. 4, 2016, 6:18/6:35 PM EDT. No headache since maybe 1:30 AM. But, I've been pretty tired (even after a long sleep), anxious, and foggy-minded.

I guess I probably am hypersensitive to caffeine, though at least I'm not so hypersensitive that I experience nothing but negative effects from caffeine. But I think roughly 12 ounces of tea per day must have been at least a little too much for me. But maybe if I simply drink less per day, that will work for me, hopefully with all good effects and no bad effects?

I got a new, larger mug earlier this year. Didn't realize that might cause me trouble. But even the previous amount I was drinking might have been too much, if caffeine withdrawal was a significant factor in a lot of the headaches I've gotten over the years.


Addition, Aug. 4, 2016, 7:30 PM EDT. I figured out that my supposedly 12 ounce mug might actually hold more than 12 ounces, since I was able to pour 2 nearly full cups of water into it from an 8.5 ounce styrofoam cup. I don't have a measuring cup, so I can't measure it more exactly, but, it now looks like maybe I had been drinking close to 16 ounces of tea per day.

Trying to quit tea has been such an annoying disruption to my life and ability to get anything done that I've decided to resume drinking tea, but from an 8.5 ounce styrofoam cup instead. I just had some and already feel a bit better.


Additions, Aug. 4/5, 2016, 7:50 PM/12:51 AM EDT. I still don't want to be stuck drinking tea for the rest of my life, so, my next caffeine reduction strategy will be to add a small amount of this Mount Hagen organic instant coffee (or this cheaper pack of 2) to my Teeccino.

I tried that coffee a few years ago and liked it a lot, so I'm guessing the flavor will probably blend well with Teeccino.


Addition, Aug. 7, 2016, 6:10 AM EDT. No headaches lately, and I got the coffee, and it's good in (or out of) Teeccino. Maybe I'm doing better overall with less caffeine, but, it's hard to tell at the moment, since yesterday, I had to wake up unusually early (for me), and didn't go back to sleep yet, so I'm quite tired now. I still feel like I want to take a long vacation from everything stressful.

Here's the most interesting article I've seen recently about caffeine and its effects:

Coffee Time: How caffeine shifts our circadian clocks.
(Sept. 17, 2015, from Slate.com)

Quotes:

"The way caffeine works on cells in the body might be different than how it works on the brain."

[...]

"jet lag isnt just the fact that your brain is in another time zoneits that your liver might be in a different time zone than your brain.


Addition, Aug. 8, 2016, 3:51 PM EDT. I don't feel perfect yet, and I still feel like I could go back to sleep again soon, but, upon waking up today, I think I felt better-rested than I had for several months. No headaches, and I feel overall calmer.

I got my new mug (which I thought was 12 ounces but actually was larger) back in February, so I guess I had been at least slightly overdosing on caffeine since around then.


Additions, Aug. 9, 2016, 3:46 AM EDT, etc. I wish I had gone back to sleep, but I didn't. I thought I felt better-rested than usual, but that feeling didn't last long.

I don't know if still having a little caffeine is helping, or making things worse. I think now that I'm so close to having no caffeine, I'll just go without it completely for a while.

I guess another possible contributor to my various ailments might be Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but, for now, I don't want to get into the details of why I think that. I'd rather focus on positive things.


Addition, Aug. 10, 2016, 1:21 PM EDT. Got a headache last night, and gave in and drank some coffee, which didn't fully get rid of it. but I'm OK now. It is definitely nice to feel like sleep is doing me more good than it had been.


Addition, Aug. 11, 2016, 6:07 PM EDT. No headaches, and my old vigor has been coming back after probably months of absence. Even though I had to get up overly early for something today and am thus tired, I still have felt better than I had in a long time.

So, maybe I finally really will try bellydancing and a standing desk sometime.

It seems like I'm OK as long as I don't have too much caffeine. So, yesterday evening and today, mostly just for flavor's sake, I put a small amount of coffee - probably less than a teaspoon - in my Teeccino.


Addition, Aug. 13, 2016, 9:46 PM EDT. Had to wake up too early for various reasons on Aug. 12th, so wasn't doing as well yesterday. Slept longer today but am not as energetic as I was on Aug. 11. (Perhaps that energy came from the small amount of caffeine I might have had that day.)

Still, no headaches. And, no caffeine since Aug. 12th or possibly Aug. 11th. I got my Teeccino Boutique Sampler on Aug. 11th, so I mostly avoided putting coffee in them since I wanted to see how they tasted without it.

Another symptom I neglected to mention, which has been a problem for maybe years now, is that I often wake up very thirsty, and this often wakes me up repeatedly while I'm trying to sleep.

And I've had some jaw pain from time to time. My current top theory on that is, maybe it's from magnesium deficiency caused by consuming too many oxalates. (Oxalates are antinutrients found in many common foods.) So I wrote a new blog post on those topics:

Oxalates and their interference with the absorption of nutrients


Addition, Aug. 14, 2016, 1:02 AM EDT. Oops, getting absentminded. Judging by what I wrote above on Aug. 11th, I definitely added a bit of coffee to one of my Teeccinos that day. So, actually, I've been caffeine-free since Aug. 12th, not the 11th.

Additions, 1:30 AM EDT, etc. Don't know when I'll feel normal again (without resorting to caffeine). But, even though I've felt tired, I still feel less tired and better-rested compared to the past several months. But I think I better keep avoiding stressful things and instead do less challenging things like reading books and watching videos.

Despite my tiredness, I've still been learning a lot from The Art of Unix Programming by Eric S. Raymond. I wish I had read that years ago.

Addition, Aug. 14. 2016, 7:20 PM EDT. Decided to probably continue adding small amounts of coffee to my Teeccino, since I like the taste, and even a small amount of caffeine seems to make me feel better and more capable of getting useful things done.


Addition, Aug. 15, 2016, 4:55 AM EDT. I found a blog post by someone who reported experiencing caffeine withdrawal symptoms for up to 5 months!

I'm actually comforted to know it can take that long, because I was worried that I should be much more recovered by now, and worried that maybe my various remaining ailments were caused more by other things than by caffeine withdrawal.

So, that helps rid me of some anxiety. I also read that muscle aches can be a symptom of caffeine withdrawal, so, that could at least partly explain my jaw aches.

That blog post's description of Month 5 gives me something to look forward to.

However, I'm going to probably slightly increase my daily coffee dosage, because I think I need a bit more to minimize my withdrawal symptoms.


Addition, Aug. 18, 2016, 9:07 PM EDT. My jaw aches have been fluctuating between being mostly gone, and still being slightly there. Perhaps magnesium, kale, ground flaxseed (warning), and/or Nature Made Stress B helped.

The past couple days, I had to wake up too early for various reasons, so, I'm probably tired just because of that. But also, I think even the small amount of coffee I had - maybe about a teaspoon - probably made me stay awake longer than I otherwise might have.

So, I'm going to try having an even more minimal and less frequent amount of coffee, like, less than a teaspoon and not daily. My main goal is just to minimize caffeine withdrawal symptoms.

I think I need more sleep, so I don't expect to accomplish much of anything in the very near future. But, in the past few days, I made some progress with XSLT and VUE: Visual Understanding Environment. Which is actually getting me interested in learning more about functional programming in general.


Additions, Aug. 24, 2016, 3:03 AM EDT, etc. Aug. 23rd was the first day my jaw started feeling mostly back to normal! Still been tired, but that's partly because of having to wake up too early. But even so, I've still been feeling more well-rested than I did before trying to quit caffeine.

And I've even made surprisingly good progress with XSLT, though I still find it pretty confusing. But I finally did manage to extract node label data from a VUE: Visual Understanding Environment concept map!


And, I think I want to learn more about one of the most mystifying programming languages I've ever encountered - Haskell. Things that take many lines of code in other languages can be squeezed into much fewer lines of code in Haskell. Much fewer, but much more indecipherable, at least for me so far.

So, I hope to read Learn You a Haskell for Great Good! and Real World Haskell at some point. I sure hope I have the brains to learn this stuff. :-)

I guess this is a particularly good time for me to study Haskell, because if it turns out to be hopelessly difficult, I can blame my caffeine withdrawal symptoms, tiredness, etc. And if I actually do get somewhere with Haskell, I'll feel particularly pleased with myself for being able to do that despite my caffeine withdrawal symptoms, tiredness, etc. :-)


I still have been having less than a teaspoon of coffee daily, but hopefully will start skipping days soon.

I think more often than not, throughout my life, ever since I was a child, I have been regularly consuming some amount of caffeine, either in the form of caffeinated soda, tea, or more rarely, coffee.

I wonder if I was always more sensitive to caffeine than I realized? Maybe this is yet another possible cause of my severe sleep issues.

Of course, I always knew better than to drink caffeine too near bedtime. (Even as a child, I was aware that was a bad idea, thanks to being told by my relatives.) But maybe I always was so caffeine-sensitive that the sleep-disrupting effects persisted longer for me than they do for many people?

I very much doubt that completely quitting caffeine would completely cure my my severe sleep issues, since I think there were probably times in my life when I wasn't drinking caffeine regularly and I still had sleep problems. But, I'll just see what happens, I guess.


Addition, Aug. 24, 2016, 6:36 AM EDT. One difference in my life yesterday compared to all the other days I've been decreasing caffeine is that I got a lot more exercise than usual. Had to walk around a lot.

And, also, I finally tried my $10 (ten dollar) used bike for the first time since I was given it a few months ago. I hadn't ridden a bike since I was maybe 9 or something, but, it seems science was right - I hadn't forgotten how to ride.

And I even managed to avoid falling off at all, even despite zipping around a corner at slightly worryingly high speed, due to not realizing that the brakes were controlled not by pedaling in reverse, but by squeezing some things attached to the handlebars.

Should have made sure I knew how the brakes worked before I started going a bit fast, but, oops. :-) Going uphill and into some grass also helped slow me down.

Anyway, I just found it interesting that my increased exercise coincided with my jaw aches being quite reduced. Though I don't know whether or not exercise actually had anything to do with that, since correlation does not necessarily imply causation.


Addition, Aug. 26, 2016, 2:39 AM EDT. Had no caffeine from the evening of Aug. 23rd to the evening of Aug. 25th. But, it seems like I need to keep having it to avoid getting in a bad mood. So I guess I'll keep having it daily, but keep gradually decreasing the amount.

Still have been getting jaw aches. Haven't gotten anything interesting done. I actually fell asleep at an unusually early time in my sleep/wake "cycle", though only for a few hours. I think maybe I fell asleep because I've been eating dried sour/tart cherries, which are reputed to contain a lot of melatonin - even more melatonin than walnuts, which themselves sometimes seem to have a pretty strong effect on me, and sometimes seem to make me sleepy in less than an hour (unless I'm already quite well-rested at the time I eat them). (Addition, March 20, 2017, 11:57 AM. However, I wonder if dried sour/tart cherries have a different amount of melatonin than non-dried ones?)

Earlier this evening, all my relatives (all of whom also ate those dried sour/tart cherries) also went to sleep earlier than usual, even though one had also taken a nap during the day.

I had two small handfuls of dried sour/tart cherries a few hours ago, and have been on the verge of sleep for a long time since then, though I've been successfully resisting it so far. However, I think maybe I better avoid eating those except when I really want to feel sleepy.


Addition, Sept. 4, 2016, 11:01 PM EDT. I tried decreasing my caffeine probably too soon again - a small amount of coffee every 2 days. Now I've got a bad headache, and also a cold-like symptom - a slightly cloggy nose. I wonder if it actually is a cold.

I really wish I could just quit caffeine completely and immediately, but, that doesn't seem like a good or feasible idea with these horrible headaches and inability to get much of anything done. At least my jaw aches have been pretty much gone since a few days ago.

Next, I'm going to get some small measuring spoons so I can measure more precisely how much coffee I'm having.


Addition, Sept. 5, 2016, 3:34 AM EDT. Had a small amount of coffee in my Teeccino several hours ago, and have been feeling better since then. I was afraid it might not help since I had a similar amount around maybe 6 AM on Sept. 4 and actually felt worse several hours after that. But, I guess now, maybe I've accumulated enough caffeine in my system to reduce my withdrawal symptoms.

Anyway, hopefully just measuring the coffee more carefully, and having it daily, but continuing to decrease the amounts, will help.

I haven't been totally unable to do anything lately. Until yesterday, I think I was mostly feeling OK, which I guess tricked me into thinking I was less caffeine-dependent than I actually still am.

Been glancing at lots of different legally-available ebooks via my local library website Clevnet. But, I actually borrowed then returned so many different ebooks in such a short period of time that Clevnet automatically restricted me from borrowing anything else for 7 days! (Addition, Sept. 7, 2016, 9:07 AM EDT. Seems it was only 5 days, since now I can borrow books again!) I mistakenly thought the only restriction was that you could only borrow 20 books at the same time. I don't even know where I could have found out (without accidentally reaching the limit) that borrowing and quickly returning 100 books (or whatever number I borrowed) isn't allowed.

I guess in the future, I better use the Sample feature more, instead of briefly borrowing entire books just to see if I actually want to read them.

Fortunately, I still have 15 already-borrowed books to look at. Probably the most useful ones I have are:


Addition, Sept. 9, 2016, 4:27 PM EDT. Today, I received these measuring spoons, with these sizes: "1/64, 1/32, 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, 3/4, 1 teaspoon, 1 Tablespoon, 1-1/2 Tablespoon and 2"

So, today, I had 1/8th of a teaspoon of coffee in my Teeccino. Looking forward to decreasing the amount of coffee, because I've been feeling too tired again lately.

And I just got these books (among many others) today on Clevnet:


Addition, Sept. 10, 2016, 8:21 AM EDT. Been reading Adrenal Fatigue For Dummies, and that has gotten me interested in getting a blood pressure monitor, especially since this one only costs $19.99.

I've only had a very small amount of dizziness lately - just for a minute or so while I was sitting (or partway lying) on my bed several days ago or something. But maybe back in April, I remember once I felt dizzy and faint when I stood up, though that quickly passed.

Dizziness has definitely not been a frequent symptom of mine, so I'm not particularly worried about it - just curious. I've never known what my blood pressure is since I never had a way to measure it myself.


The book also suggests taking your temperature. This interests me not only because of my possible adrenal fatigue, but also because I think I've sometimes read on the Niteowl mailing list that your temperature and your circadian rhythms are related.

So, I wonder if maybe frequently taking my temperature will give me some sort of insight into my possible Non-24-hour Sleep-Wake Disorder.


I feel vaguely tired and wish I could go back to sleep, but, despite briefly trying, I wasn't able to fall asleep again after sleeping from around 8:20 PM to 4:10 AM.

But, I feel like I'm able to concentrate pretty well (even though I haven't had any coffee yet), and I managed to finish reading XSLT For Dummies. I feel like I learned a lot and am well-equipped to proceed with the little XSLT project I began days before finding XSLT For Dummies.

I don't feel very physically energetic, but I feel eager to read a lot more and quite possibly get back to my XSLT and Perl coding.


Additions, 8:40/8:43 AM EDT. Yesterday I found out that there are two new Star Trek Continues episodes that I haven't watched yet! One from May 28th, and one from Sept. 3rd.


Addition, Sept. 11, 2016, 9:29 AM EDT. Yesterday evening I had a slight headache, perhaps since I had only 1/16th of a teaspoon of coffee yesterday, but that's gone now. My jaw aches have been recurring a bit, but, hopefully they'll go away as I continue to decrease caffeine.


Being reminded yesterday of the connection between temperature and circadian rhythms made me wonder (again) if perhaps my electric blanket has been causing me problems.

Despite the hot weather, I still have been using my electric blanket all year, since I keep my room pretty cold with air conditioning.

So, since someone just happened to give me some new non-electric blankets recently, I decided to use just them. Today, I woke up around 5 AM since I finally got cold, but, I just put on an extra blanket and went back to sleep for another few hours. And I might have stayed asleep even longer, except my nice, big, heavy old keyboard (which is so old it has a PS/2 plug instead of a USB plug) fell off my bed and woke me up.

So, I slept from about 8 PM to 8 AM today! I haven't been keeping a spreadsheet of my sleep lately, because I haven't yet figured out how to make a Gantt chart (or whatever else I need, whatever it's called) using Gnumeric. So, I mostly don't have nice charts of my sleep patterns yet. (Ooh, maybe this is another thing XML and XSLT might be useful for?)


Anyway, though - I think most of the time for months, I've usually only been able to sleep a maximum of 6-8 hours and often less, which has seemed weird for me, because I used to be able to sleep longer, and it often seemed like I needed to sleep an extra amount of time (like maybe 12 to 15 hours) to make up for getting too little sleep in the recent past.

Probably the longest I ever slept was about 25 hours. I don't remember the exact circumstances or when exactly that happened, just that it was probably sometime in the past 10 years. But, I think probably I was just recovering from having been awake far too long for some reason(s) soon before that. It probably sounds unhealthy to sleep so long, but if I recall correctly, I felt much better after I did that, and I quickly and without trying got back to my "normal" (for me) schedule after that.


So far today, I haven't even had any coffee yet, but, I think I do feel more rested than usual. This seems like a pretty promising result, so, I think in addition to caffeine, I'm going to quit my electric blanket that I've been addicted to, too. :-) Should have tried that sooner.


Addition, Sept. 11, 2016, 1:02 PM EDT. This has been my most high-energy day in a long time! I hadn't even gotten out of bed yet when I wrote the preceding paragraphs.

But after getting out of bed, my increased energy was really noticeable. I actually feel largely back to what used to be normal for me (when adequately rested) - having so much energy I almost don't know what to do with it!

I have more of a spring in my step, and have been cheerfully zooming up and down stairs, and fidgeting a lot more. :-) Doing physical things seems much more effortless now, rather than a chore that I need willpower to force myself to do. And learning to bellydance seems a lot more feasible now. :-) (I actually scarcely tried bellydancing ever since I first mentioned it, and also scarcely tried my standing desk, which is covered with junk now, along with my office chair, since I usually hadn't had the energy to clean my room.)


Because of what I read in Adrenal Fatigue For Dummies yesterday, I was thinking I should try to avoid sugar more. And I was going to start that today - but I felt so much better today that I let myself have an unusually large number of chocolate fudge Pirouettes - about 12. And I still feel fine.

And now I'm having 1/16th of a teaspoon of coffee in my still not-yet-finished pumpkin spice Teeccino.

I'm so relieved. I feel reborn, or like I've youthened about 10 or 15 years. Hopefully this will last. :-)


Addition, Sept. 12, 2016, 8:37 AM EDT. Slept between almost 1 AM and almost 8 AM. I have a slight headache now, probably from too little caffeine, which I think is what woke me up.

Yesterday, I had a pretty good day, but started to feel more tired around 6:20 PM. Still, yesterday was very encouraging, and I think I still feel overall better than usual today.

But, the mental fogginess I seem to get when low on caffeine has been coming back despite my greatly increased physical energy. So, maybe I'll try a little more than 1/16th of a teaspoon of coffee. But, I think maybe I'd rather not have any coffee right now because I think I might like to go back to sleep soon.


Addition, Sept. 12, 2016, 11:36 AM EDT. Stayed awake. 1/16th + 1/32nd of a teaspoon of coffee wasn't enough to get rid of my headache, so I just took an Advil.

I think I'm going to just keep decreasing caffeine (or maybe quit it entirely), and use painkillers to deal with the headaches, since this has dragged on long enough.


Addition, 8:34 PM EDT. Without my headache, I definitely feel much better, just more foggy-minded than yesterday, and like I want to go to sleep again, but I still feel physically energetic. I suspect my sleep is more restorative now that I quit my electric blanket.

Yesterday was the most dramatic improvement I've had for months, and it coincided with me ceasing to use my electric blanket.

I'm sure reducing caffeine has helped me too, but I'm really surprised and delighted at what a difference quitting my electric blanket may have made.


Addition, Sept. 13, 2016, 1:17 PM EDT. Slept pretty well from around 2:20 AM to 9:50 AM. No headache, and I still have plenty of energy, though maybe not as much as when I had a little coffee and some chocolate fudge Pirouettes.

I suspect now that my problem probably wasn't adrenal fatigue (or maybe I had a bit of that before, but have recovered from it a lot). I think now my main problem was probably chronically poor sleep, primarily due to my electric blanket, and probably also because of formerly having too much caffeine, partly because of not realizing I had a 17 ounce mug instead of a 12 ounce mug.

And since quitting my electric blanket seemed to make such a profound difference so quickly, I now think caffeine was probably much less of a problem than my electric blanket - even though decreasing caffeine definitely seemed to help too, just not as much.

But, even though caffeine was quite possibly less of a problem for me than I thought, I'm still not eager to resume drinking tea or larger amounts of coffee. I'd rather totally do without caffeine for a while. Maybe I'll resume it someday, or use it just on occasion when I actually have a reason to forcibly keep myself awake.

But, since I'm not even sure if I ever did without caffeine longer than a few weeks or maybe months ever since the year 2000, I'm quite curious to see how life seems without caffeine.


Now that I feel so much better, I'm partway grateful for the very upsetting misfortune that happened to me earlier this year.

Before that happened, I already hadn't been at my best for quite a while, but, I wasn't feeling bad enough to seriously consider giving up caffeine or my electric blanket, and, while I was a bit worried, I rather cynically assumed maybe my tiredness was just an unavoidable part of getting older. (Or that maybe I was getting diabetes, or who knows what.)

But, after that misfortune happened, I was so upset and stressed out that it caused my tiredness to get much worse. So, that motivated me to look for solutions, got me even more interested in nutrition and exercise, and made me more eager than ever before to quit caffeine and even my electric blanket.

If that misfortune hadn't happened, it might have taken a lot longer for me to do all that, and I might have continued gradually getting more and more unhealthy and exhausted.

So... at least that misfortune had a silver lining in the end. It's still sad, but, that's life, I guess. Those were some really sour lemons, but at least this is some great lemonade, which might have changed the entire course of my life for the better, since now I have a lot more energy and ability to work on my numerous projects and goals.


Addition, Sept. 14, 2016, 1:10 PM EDT. Slept from around 1 AM to around 10:05 AM. Yesterday I sometimes felt like I was verging on a headache, but I've been fine today so far. A bit foggy-minded, but still plenty of energy.

The thing that currently most tempts me to drink a bit of coffee is, the hope of getting rid of the slight foggy-mindedness, so I can more easily proceed with my XSLT and Perl project that I've scarcely returned to working on yet.

But compared to a headache, this is scarcely an obstruction at all. I still managed to quickly brainstorm some probably good ideas for someone who asked for my feedback on something. I just feel a bit weird, and am a little forgetful.


Addition, 3:40 PM EDT. Just found this article: Vitamin C: Stress Buster

Good thing I've been taking at least two 500 mg Vitamin C's per day since last April, since judging by that article, it's possible I would have been worse off otherwise.

Lately it has seemed like I need even more Vitamin C than just 1000 mg soon after I wake up, because the lower left sore spot on my gums has been coming back. So, I'm going to take at least one 500 mg Vitamin C later in my day as well, in addition to my usual Nature Made Stress B.

Maybe I need extra Vitamin C due to caffeine withdrawal?


Thanks to my increased energy, I got a bit more creative than usual with cooking - microwaved some potatoes, then added butter, milk, and salt, and mashed it all up to make mashed potatoes. It was fairly good, though it seemed to be lacking something. Tried extra butter, which helped, and also some black pepper and nutmeg, which also helped, but I'm not sure yet what will make it perfect.

But, after eating that, I got tired. Actually, even before that, I was feeling a bit tired. I'm guessing this is probably related to having no caffeine at all ever since the morning of Sept. 12th. Still, I'm doing much better than I was before quitting my electric blanket. Even when sleepy, doing physical things now still seems much easier than it did before quitting my electric blanket.

Since I have no job or any other pressing reason to stay awake, I might just go to sleep sometime in the next few hours. Except I'd kind of like to read or something, so, that might or might not keep me awake.


Addition, Sept. 14, 2016, 7:55 PM EDT. Stayed awake to read. And decided to have 1/64th of a teaspoon of coffee, since if caffeine withdrawal is so hard on me as to necessitate an increase in my Vitamin C, I think I'd rather just keep easing off of caffeine instead of completely stopping it immediately. And I feel like I'm on the verge of a headache, and would really like to get some useful stuff done.


Addition, Sept. 15, 2016, 11:43 AM EDT. I'm not sure if it was Vitamin C or the 1/64th teaspoon of coffee that made me feel a bit better last night, but something worked.

Went to sleep around 11:40 PM, and today I felt like I slept so long and well that I was surprised to see it was only 8:59 AM instead of 2 PM when I woke up. Still lots of energy.


Addition, 7:36 PM EDT. Had 1/64th of a teaspoon of coffee in the morning, and another 1/64th around 6 PM since I was feeling some craving for caffeine. Tomorrow I'll probably just have 1/32nd of a teaspoon soon after I wake up, in the hope that I'll avoid craving it at any time approaching bedtime.

Haven't needed to take extra Vitamin C beyond my usual two 500 mg Vitamin C's when I wake up, since the sore spot on my gum has been OK ever since my first 1/64th of a teaspoon of coffee today, though it was bothering me a little before I had that coffee.

My energy lasted a while, and I didn't feel foggy-minded until getting tired around maybe 6:30 PM. Still, didn't get much done today. I watched TV, vacuumed a room (which is something I do rarely), and read a little. And worked a little on my XSLT project - made some notes and some hopefully good design decisions, but didn't actually write code today.


Addition, Sept. 16, 2016, 1:40 PM EDT. Netflix kept me awake, so, I slept between around 2 AM and 10 AM. Slept pretty well, and still have a lot of energy, though sometimes it has seemed like I get a bit tired after eating. Actually, I'm starting to feel a bit tired right now.

But everything seems better than before I quit my electric blanket. Even just thinking seems easier than it has in a long time. So, I've been making progress with XSLT.

As planned, had 1/32nd of a teaspoon of coffee in my Teeccino this morning.

My sleep schedule has been interestingly close to normal-seeming for the past several days, since I've been sleeping at night and awake during the day. I'll be quite surprised if that lasts.

I wish I had some nice sleep charts like these for recent months so I could get more of an overview of what has been going on with me.


Additions, Sept. 16, 2016, 7:10 PM EDT, etc. Had a nap sometime between 3:32 PM (the most recent time in my web browser history before waking) and 6:30 PM. Didn't intend or plan to, but, I had no reason to stop myself when it turned out I seemed to need a nap.

Before quitting my electric blanket, I seldom was even able to fall asleep for a nap, despite frequently feeling tired enough to do so. So, I think this is probably progress too.

My lack of sleepiness definitely hasn't been lasting all day (even though physical activity still seems much easier than it used to while sleepy), and if Netflix hadn't kept me awake last night, I might've been able to fall asleep any time from around 6:30 PM onward yesterday. But it makes sense that it might take longer than less than a week of good sleep for me to recover from the fatigue (or whatever) caused primarily by my electric blanket which I got back in Nov. 2014, and my mistakenly oversized tea mug which I got in Feb. 2016, which was 17 ounces instead of 12 ounces.

And also to recover from caffeine withdrawal, which (according to this aforementioned blog post) can take 5 months for some people. And I suspect that includes me, since even though I never drank a huge amount of caffeine, I think it affected me a lot more than it should have, since I now think I am probably much more caffeine sensitive than I originally realized.

1/64th of a teaspoon is such a tiny-looking amount of coffee, and yet I think I've felt a difference even just from that. Unless it's just a placebo effect - but, even if that's all it is, fine, since I'm definitely feeling better in any case.


Additions, Sept. 17, 2016, 2:30/2:42 AM EDT. Getting sleepy again. Been watching Marco Polo on Netflix. I know hardly anything about the real Marco Polo or that part of history (though the show makes me curious to learn more).

But it's a good reminder that I definitely prefer the part of history I'm now living in. I'd probably rather live in the future (assuming things get better and more like Star Trek someday), but, at least the present seems a lot better in a lot of ways than probably most of the past.

That show reminds me of some of my notions about my past lives. I kind of hope reincarnation doesn't exist, because life can be pretty depressing at times. But, believing that I might have future lives at least gives me even more motivation than I already had to try to improve the world. And to improve myself - since who knows, maybe it's possible to carry talents into future lives.

I'm well-aware that reincarnation might not exist at all, but, daydreaming about future lives (and what I can do in the present to improve them) is a lot more fun than thinking about things in the nearer future, like turning 40, 50, and so on.


Addition, Sept. 17, 2016, 3:57 PM EDT. Slept between around 6:20 AM and 12:40 PM. Had only 1/64th of a teaspoon of coffee today. Still feeling great, even without extra Vitamin C.

Today, instead of taking Nature Made magnesium citrate in my "morning" as I usually have been lately, I decided to try taking it closer to the end of my day.

Since magnesium can make me tired, skipping my "morning" magnesium might be why I haven't gotten at all tired yet.

Not much else to add, since my life is pretty boring. :-) I still am having trouble making myself do boring things like clean my room and finish my little XSLT project, but that's nothing new.


Addition, Sept. 17, 2016, 11:27 PM EDT. Today was my best day so far. Didn't get sleepy all day until around 11 PM. Though I definitely wasn't doing anything very physically tiring or even intellectually challenging today - I watched Netflix most of the day, read a little, and listened a little to an audio book.

I'm so relieved and grateful that I actually have been recovering from my fatigue! I'll never sleep with an electric blanket again.


Addition, Sept. 18, 2016, 4:09 PM EDT. Slept from around 3:40 AM to 10:30 AM, then from around 11 AM to 1:30 PM. Still lots of energy.

And I'm in an especially good mood now because I managed to get Saxon/C to work with PHP 5.6.13!

So, now I can use XSLT 2.0 with my favorite programming language, PHP!


Addition, Sept. 20, 2016, 2:04 PM EDT. Slept from around 5 AM to 12:45 PM on Sept. 19th, and 3 AM to 10 AM today. Still have had lots of energy. And, since I've read so many good things about Vitamin D, I've resumed trying to take it.

I already tried Vitamin D in the past, but, I always stopped quickly before, because it seemed like it made me feel jittery. But that could be because I wasn't aware that it might be best to have it in combination with other nutrients.

This page says:

"When you're taking magnesium, you need to consider calcium, vitamin D3 and vitamin K2 as well, since these all work synergistically with one another."

I'm pretty sure I'm not getting enough Vitamin K2 from my food, but, hopefully I'm getting a lot of Vitamin K1 from all the kale I now eat, and, maybe my body is converting that to Vitamin K2, if this page is correct.

Since Sept. 18th onward, I've been taking 5 Nature Made Vitamin D3 2000 IU per day, and definitely felt more jittery in the hours afterward, until taking extra magnesium. Yesterday, I took 2 Nature Made magnesium citrates with my Vitamin D, and for hours after that still felt so jittery that I took 2 more magnesium citrates, which seemed to make it easier for me to fall asleep.


Of course, at the moment, part of my jitteriness might simply be caffeine withdrawal, since I'm reluctant to even continue with 1/32nd of a teaspoon of coffee per day. On the 18th, I had 1/32nd, but on the 19th and today, I had 1/64th.

On the 19th I got a slight headache, a lot of jitteriness (especially after the Vitamin D), and felt almost like I was starting to get a stuffy nose, but, that went away by today, even before I had any coffee. Still doing pretty well overall, but, I think I'm getting a bit of foggy-mindedness from lack of caffeine, so maybe I'll have another 1/64th teaspoon of coffee.

It's not obvious to me yet what good Vitamin D is doing me (which is another reason I never stuck with taking it), but, I'm just going to keep taking it for a while and see what happens.


Addition, Sept. 20, 2016, 5:21 PM EDT. Had another 1/64th of a teaspoon of coffee. Soooo jittery! But I blame the Vitamin D, not the coffee, since before, I was perfectly fine with 1/64th of a teaspoon of coffee.

Next time I take Vitamin D, I'm going to take 2 magnesiums instead of just one. Just took a 2nd magnesium now. Might take even more than that if necessary.

Also, I'm switching to Nature Made magnesium oxide, since (if I'm not mistaken), it's cheaper, and it seems maybe about as effective for me as the Nature Made magnesium citrate, which I'm running out of. I might also decrease the amount of Vitamin D.

Or, perhaps I should just go out in the sun for 10-20 minutes sometime between 10 AM and 2 PM, as the book Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin suggests. (Addition, Sept. 26, 2016, 3:57 AM. Now I'm not sure that's safe, so I'm quitting sunbathing until spring 2017. Explanation here.)


Addition, Sept. 20, 2016, 9:32 PM EDT. Having a 3rd magnesium, since the 2nd magnesium helped, but not enough to stop me from thinking I might be better off giving up on Vitamin D supplements (except sunshine) until I've recovered more from fatigue and caffeine withdrawal.

Addition, 11:38 PM EDT. Already feeling better. But, I think I will take Vitamin D (except sunlight) less frequently and maybe in smaller amounts.

Addition, 11:58 PM EDT. Found this interesting forum discussion about allergic reactions to Vitamin D. Looks like a lot of people seem to react much worse to Vitamin D than I just did.

But, since I don't know of any definite way(s) Vitamin D has benefited me so far, and taking it definitely didn't seem to make me feel better than I felt before taking it, I'm tempted to just stop it entirely for now (except for sunlight).


Additions, Sept. 21, 2016, 2:05/2:14 PM EDT. Slept between around 5 AM and 1:18 PM. Just like the other days, the jitteriness from Vitamin D(?) completely wore off (or quite probably the magnesium eased it) by the time I woke up, and I feel fine again. Still lots of energy.

And I even woke up in time to get some sun. But, I only did that for about 10 minutes since it was boring, hot (at least in the sun), and too bright to comfortably read. And I might easily get sunburned.

I guess sitting in direct sunlight might become more pleasant to do as the weather gets cooler, but, Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin said:

"In Boston, Massachusetts, at roughly 42 degrees north, sun exposure is not sufficient for vitamin D production from November through February."

And here in Hubbard, Ohio, I'm at about 41 degrees north.

(Addition, Sept. 26, 2016, 4:00 AM. I'm quitting sunbathing until spring 2017. Explanation here.)


Another interesting thing that book mentioned was:

"The vitamin D formed in this way does not immediately travel through the skin into the bloodstream. This process takes up to forty-eight hours. Showering and scrubbing your skin within forty-eight hours of exposure could conceivably wash away the vitamin D on the skin's surface and prevent absorption into the bloodstream. This may be why so many people are vitamin D deficient despite hours of sun exposure. They may actually be wiping away the vitamin D long before it can be absorbed."

That problem won't affect me so much, because I rarely take showers because I rarely have to go out anywhere, and it saves money not to use so much water and heat, since my family keeps the heat turned off until someone actually needs to take a shower.

We've done this ever since 2005 when we couldn't afford to pay our gas bill for about 3 months in the spring or summer. Most of us got accustomed to usually only having cold water. (As for me, I just didn't take a shower for 3 months. :-D ) So, that company was really stupid for shutting us off, because the result of that was, we found we liked using less hot water and paying them less money. :-)

Fortunately, wasting less energy and water is probably better for the planet somehow.


Additions, Sept. 22, 2016, 3:09 AM/3:14 EDT. Had mostly a good day, except I started to get a headache around 6:20 PM. It temporarily went away after I had another 1/64th of a teaspoon of coffee, but, the headache came back around 12:40 AM.

I don't want to have more caffeine so late in my day, so, I just had an Advil.

I wish I could figure out the perfect amount of coffee to have for me to avoid headaches (and all other symptoms) and keep making progress quitting caffeine. I don't want to be stuck having to have even just 1/64th of a teaspoon of coffee per day.

Maybe a spreadsheet and some graphs would help me figure this out.


I sure hope quitting caffeine will cure most of my headache problems. It probably won't cure them all, since I'm sure many of my past headaches were probably related to insufficient nutrition, and others were likely from PMS, etc.

The symptoms of my monthly cycle - mainly the cramps - are so unpleasant it's similar to having an illness every month. But, fortunately, it's seldom bad enough after the first day for me to need painkillers after the first day, and usually the painkillers get rid of all the pain. I find it interesting how consistent and reliable that pattern has been ever since I was a teenager - in contrast with the mess my sleep so-called schedule has usually been for my whole life. The timing of the start of my cycle can be delayed a lot if I'm stressed out, but, once it gets started, the way it happens is very reliable - the first day is the worst, then it's much less bad after that.

Anyway, if quitting caffeine doesn't turn out to be a sufficient cure for most of my headaches, maybe I might as well keep having a tiny amount of caffeine, since maybe it actually helps more than it harms.


The one Advil I had isn't seeming effective enough - I'm still a bit headachy, and getting a vaguely stuffy nose, and am almost having nausea. So, I guess I'll just have another 1/64th of a teaspoon of coffee. Headaches and nausea interfere with my sleep more than caffeine does, I think.

It almost seems like a cold, but I strongly suspect it's just caffeine withdrawal and will probably go away when I have enough coffee.


I managed to clean my room a bit. Didn't do as much with XSLT as I did on 9/20 and early 9/21, but XSLT is a lot more fun to play with now that I can use it with PHP, my favorite programming language.

XSLT has been quite difficult to figure out, but, I love how it can accomplish so much with such relatively compact scripts. I'm increasingly fond of it and XML.


Addition, Sept. 22, 2016, 3:55 AM EDT. Already been feeling better for a while. Either the 1/64th teaspoon of coffee worked, or it took much, much longer than usual for the Advil to start working. Despite the coffee, I still feel tired enough to sleep.


Additions, Sept. 22, 2016, 10:27 PM/10:44 PM EDT. Slept sometime between around 5 AM to 1:30 PM. Still lots of energy, verging on too much. :-)

I skipped sunlight today. (Addition, Sept. 26, 2016, 4:01 AM. Which may have been a good thing. I'm quitting sunbathing until spring 2017. Explanation here.) Forgot to take any magnesium, so I've been a little jittery, but not as much as I was when I took Vitamin D. To try to calm down a bit, I took 2 Nature Made magnesium citrates (which is a single serving of the kind I have, which aren't liquid softgels). Despite that, I still have been a bit jittery, but I didn't take any more, since I didn't want to possibly make myself tired.

Felt close to a headache, maybe starting around 6:30 PM, so I had 1/64th teaspoon of coffee around then, and have felt fine since then.

I've divided my time between cleaning my overcrowded mess of a room, and struggling to figure out how to do something in XSLT which I assumed would be much easier than it actually is.

None of that is very exciting to do or to write about. But, it's so nice to actually really feel like doing things again. I was still capable of getting things done before solving my fatigue (particularly if I did them soon after waking up), but, it took a lot more effort.


Addition, Sept. 23, 2016, 4:01 PM EDT. Slept between maybe 6:20 AM and 1:15 PM. Got a bit of sun between about 1:36 PM and 1:44 PM, but not much, since direct sun is way too hot very quickly, and it felt like it might be very easy to get sunburned. Too bad I don't own a bikini - then I could probably spend even less time sunning. (Addition, Sept. 26, 2016, 4:03 AM. I'm quitting sunbathing until spring 2017. Explanation here.)


I guess my top goal for today should be to clean my room sufficiently so I can use my box fan again to block noise, so dog barking won't wake me up anymore, as it did today. (But at least our dog waking me up made it possible for me to get some sun at an appropriate time of day.) (Addition, Sept. 26, 2016, 4:03 AM. Maybe not as appropriate as I thought. I'm quitting sunbathing until spring 2017. Explanation here.)

And also, so I'll finally have enough space again to work on learning to bellydance, without having to stand on my bed.

But I might just go back to sleep again for a while.


Before I went to sleep this morning, I spent hours reading Dark Deception: Discover the Truth About the Benefits of Sunlight Exposure by Dr. Joseph Mercola, which is available from my local library's website, Clevnet. (So far, I only skimmed the other Vitamin D books I got from there.)

I really like that book, and I'm now quite convinced that doing something about my probable Vitamin D deficiency is worthwhile.

I particularly like the fact that Vitamin D might reduce symptoms of PMS, and also can help with dental problems. And tons of other things.


Additions, Sept. 23/24, 2016, 11:25 PM/9:15 AM EDT. Went back to sleep from around 6:20 PM to 10:15 PM, perhaps partly because of PMS (which sometimes can make me extra-tired. And the unpleasantness that follows PMS makes me even more tired). And maybe partly because I'm now trying to get by with as little caffeine as possible. I haven't had any coffee since Sept. 22nd, but plan on maybe having 1/64th of a teaspoon if I feel a headache starting.

Maybe I'm getting accustomed to lower amounts of caffeine, since I don't feel like I have as much foggy-mindedness now. I have a slight craving for coffee, but other than that, my most noticeable symptom has been a very slightly stuffy nose. And the sometimes recurring sore spot on my gums has been OK (actually absent) too.


I think I've been eating much better lately because I have so much more energy that I've actually felt like making food. Also, perhaps my appetite is better as a result of reducing caffeine. I've heard that caffeine can suppress your appetite, though there's conflicting info on the web about that, such as claims that caffeine only suppresses your appetite for a brief time.

But, if I'm somewhat hypersensitive to caffeine, then, maybe even the "brief" appetite suppressing effects last longer for me than the average person?

For many years, I often have had trouble with a poor appetite, and often ended up neglecting to eat for unwisely long periods of time. And at times I could scarcely stand to eat anything except yogurt, fruit, some kinds of vegetables, soup, milk, and/or juice (vegetable or fruit), since even the thought of other, more substantial foods was nauseating.

I often have had much more difficulty than the rest of my family making myself eat whatever food is around. And I wasn't just being "precious" or a "diva" or "picky". I think maybe in some ways I'm just a lot more hypersensitive and fragile than average, though fortunately some of that's reduced when I get adequate sleep.


Addition, Sept. 24, 2016, 9:52 AM EDT. Been awake all night. Hours ago, I felt almost like I was starting to get a headache, but that went away quickly on its own. So, still no caffeine yet. But I'm definitely feeling more foggy-minded and out of it, and definitely am craving some caffeine.

Definitely not in the best mood - I haven't even looked at any XSLT today but I still feel overwhelmed by it, and the mountain of other things I want to do which are likely to take a long time and be very difficult, especially if this foggy, out of it feeling doesn't go away soon.

Oh, well. I'll probably feel better once I make some progress. Even just finishing cleaning my room will probably make me feel better. Didn't attempt that yet, either. But, I still have lots of physical energy. Just didn't feel like doing much of anything besides reading the web.

Anyway, hopefully the longer I can tough this caffeine withdrawal out, the quicker I can fully rid myself of caffeine addiction. And hopefully Vitamin D will help too somehow. At the moment, one of the only reasons I'm staying awake is just so I can get about 10-20 minutes of sun sometime between 10 AM-2 PM.

I found a comforting blog post which says the author's migraines were reduced by 80 or 90 percent perhaps 2 months after giving up caffeine.


Addition, Sept. 24, 2016, 2:28 PM EDT. It was too cloudy to sunbathe earlier, so I got about 20 minutes of sun between about 1:05 and 1:25 PM, with some interruptions when I got up to check what time it was. It's nicer in cooler weather - 69° today. I sure wish sunburn, melanoma, and so on didn't even exist, since sunbathing can actually be pretty nice. (Addition, Sept. 26, 2016, 4:06 AM. I'm quitting sunbathing until spring 2017. Explanation here.)

I found this web page a bit discouraging, since it says:

"How to Engineer a Successful Day of Sunbathing

[...]

So, what does your day look like?

You awake after the greatest sleep of your life, having gone to bed at the appropriate time. This is essential for successful, safe sunbathing, since our ability to repair UV-derived damage depends on a well-functioning circadian rhythm. If you didnt sleep well or are running on a chronic sleep deficit, you may want to hold off on the sunbathing until you get your sleep in order as your skin wont recover as well."

So, maybe I shouldn't keep myself awake just to sunbathe. In fact, maybe I shouldn't sunbathe at all (even though, ever since quitting my electric blanket, I have been well-rested lately, despite my perpetually and possibly incurably messed up circadian rhythms). Maybe I'd be better off just taking Vitamin D supplements instead.

But, hopefully it's OK as long as I don't get sunburned. (Addition, Sept. 26, 2016, 4:06 AM. I'm quitting sunbathing until spring 2017. Explanation here.)

Despite the fact that bright light is supposed to influence your circadian rhythms by waking you up, I still feel tired enough to probably go to sleep pretty soon. So, I probably will - but maybe not, who knows.


Addition, Sept. 25, 2016, 4:12 AM EDT. Slept unintentionally briefly between about 3:30 PM and 7:39 PM. Our dog woke me up. But, I actually felt (and still feel) pretty good - I haven't been craving caffeine, I don't feel so foggy-minded, and I was more excited than I maybe should be to try to read pages like this:

XQuery 1.0 and XPath 2.0 Formal Semantics (Second Edition)

I almost dove into that, but, my family was going to watch Marco Polo on Netflix, so I joined them.

Now I'm sleepy again. But I'm feeling very encouraged by feeling so much better, not getting headaches, and not craving caffeine. Didn't expect to feel so much better so soon. Maybe Vitamin D from the sun is actually having good effects on me and my mood, without making me jittery, unlike the Vitamin D supplements. (Addition, Sept. 26, 2016, 4:08 AM. Not sure now how much Vitamin D I actually got from sunbathing at this time of year! And I'm quitting sunbathing until spring 2017. Explanation here.) Or maybe even the supplements helped/are still helping too, in addition to temporarily making me jittery until I boosted my magnesium.

Didn't get sunburned. (I wore no sunscreen, since in addition to often containing harmful chemicals, sunscreen can block the UVB light which causes your skin to produce Vitamin D.) Will soon receive a bikini and beach towel. (Addition, Sept. 26, 2016, 4:09 AM. I'm quitting sunbathing until spring 2017. Explanation here.)


Addition, Sept. 25, 2016, 1:48 PM EDT. Slept from around 5:30 AM to 12:18 PM. Better dreams than I've had in a long time. Only did a little sunbathing today, between 1:12 PM and 1:18 PM. (Addition, Sept. 26, 2016, 4:09 AM. I'm quitting sunbathing until spring 2017. Explanation here.) Still lots of physical energy, but I feel like I could go back to sleep already. Still feeling pretty good overall.


Addition, Sept. 26, 2016, 1:10 AM EDT. Slept a bit from around 7 PM to 8:12 PM, and only got up so soon because I wanted to watch the most recent episode of Marco Polo on Netflix with my family.

Started out feeling quite tired, but that went away. But now, I've got a bit of a headache, though not a bad headache so far. So, it looks like my caffeine withdrawal (or PMS?) hasn't been miraculously totally cured by Vitamin D. But, I'm glad to know that such good days are possible for me even while totally doing without caffeine. And who knows, maybe the Vitamin D did have something to do with that.


On Sept. 25 I read part of a website that no longer exists and is only in Archive.org - CaffeineAndMigraine.com, which was mentioned in a blog comment I saw somewhere.

Very interesting site, with a lot of impressive scientific-looking stuff I'm not particularly qualified to understand, about things like adenosine, etc. I was pleased to see that someone who seems to understand science, biology, and medicine far better than I do had much the same theory as me - that perhaps many headaches are actually caused by caffeine, which is too often overlooked as a possible cause.

I greatly look forward to seeing if quitting caffeine really will leave me headache-free (or mostly headache free). I don't think I ever quit long enough before to find out if that really would cure me. Even if it takes 2 months to greatly reduce my headaches, or 5 months to be rid all symptoms of caffeine withdrawal, I'm really determined to stick with not having any more caffeine. Especially now that I know really good days are probably possible in the quite near future.


Addition, Sept. 26, 2016, 3:43 AM EDT. Just found out that I actually probably shouldn't sunbathe at this time of year. This article explains why:

Little Sunshine Mistakes that Can Give You Cancer Instead of Vitamin D
March 26, 2012 from Mercola.com

Quote:

"So how do you know if you have entered into the summer season and into the time of year, for your location, where enough UVB is actually able to penetrate the atmosphere to allow for vitamin D production in your skin?

It should be noted that this represents a very small portion of the total radiation from the sun that reaches the earth's surface. Much is filtered out by our atmosphere. So due to the physics and wavelength of UVB rays it will only penetrate the atmosphere when the sun is above an angle of about 50 from the horizon. When the sun is lower than 50, the ozone layer reflects the UVB-rays but let through the longer UVA-rays."


That article also points out this very useful page:

Sun or Moon Altitude/Azimuth Table

See that article for info on how to use that page.


I mistakenly thought noon would probably be the best time of day to sunbathe - but, to my surprise, that website shows that recently, the sun actually had a higher altitude here in Hubbard, Ohio at times later than noon.

So, luckily, I actually just happened to sunbathe at some of the least-bad times of day available here in Hubbard, Ohio in the past several days. But none of those times were ideal, because when I sunbathed, the sun was always lower than 50° altitude - it ranged from 48.7° to a low of 47.6°.

Oh, well. I'm giving up sunbathing until spring 2017. (Addition, Jan. 14, 2017, 7:20 AM EST. Actually, I probably won't resume it in spring 2017, or probably ever. I just don't like the scary stuff I read about things like photo-aging, DNA damage, and melanoma. And Walgreens Vitamin D3 Bone Health 2000 IU Softgels seem to work fine for me.)

At least I'll soon be the proud owner of a beach towel.


Addition, Sept. 26, 2016, 6:19 AM EDT. Some pages claim that 45 degrees solar elevation angle, rather than 50 degrees, is the point at which the amount of UVB light you can get from the sun is too low to produce Vitamin D. Here's an example.

And here's a magazine article I found on Academia.edu. The mention of 45 degrees is, amusingly enough, found on page 45 of the magazine.

So, maybe my time sunbathing wasn't wasted. But, I'm starting to feel rather put off by reading about things like photo-aging, DNA damage, and so on. Maybe I better just take Vitamin D supplements instead.


Additions, Sept. 26, 2016, 4:08/4:18/4:26 PM EDT. Slept well between maybe 7:30 AM and 2:13 PM. The headache wasn't too bad, so I didn't even take an Advil. Not sure what time it went away, but it didn't interfere with my sleep. I don't feel foggy-minded or out of it so far - feeling pretty good again. On second thought, maybe I do feel a bit spacy. But, lots of energy again.

Just found this interesting page:

Caffeine and Migraine
From AmericanMigraineFoundation.org

A couple quotes I found particularly interesting:

"Caffeine affects the activity of a naturally occurring and necessary brain substance called adenosine. Adenosine levels in the blood go up during migraine attacks. Furthermore, adenosine when injected into a vein can trigger migraine attacks."

[...]

"Carefully controlled studies show that caffeine doses as low as about 10mg can be reliably noticed by particularly sensitive people. These studies also show that more than 30 percent of people can feel the effects of 18mg or less."

I even feel a noticeable amount of extra alertness from a single chocolate bar, and that's not supposed to have much caffeine at all. (Google says 9 mg of caffeine for 1.5 ounces of milk chocolate.)

So, I've been avoiding chocolate too.


Here's another interesting (though jargony) page I'm sure I'm not fully understanding:

Adenosine and migraine
Feb. 1998 from ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Quote:

"2) activation of A2 receptors by adenosine causes a dose-dependent serotonin uptake by platelets. This inhibition of uptake could participate in the rapid elimination of serotonin in migraine sufferers."

I wonder if that means somehow increasing my serotonin might help reduce my headaches?

(Addition, Sept. 26, 2016, 5:10 PM EDT. Found a page with some answers:

Quotes:

"You might think that having low levels of Serotonin in your body could put you at risk of a Serotonin migraine and that the solution is to take more Serotonin - this is not the case. The following is what may happen if a person develops, 'Serotonin syndrome,' by having levels of Serotonin that are too high."

[,,,]

"Unfortunately, if a person's Serotonin levels are too low, they may also experience Serotonin migraine. It is important to pay attention to how much you take and the side effects. There are also easy ways to naturally stimulate the production of Serotonin. Regular exercise, relaxation, walking while the sun is out, spending time with a pet, or simply enjoying yourself are all ways to stimulate Serotonin production. All of these are also stimulate natural pain killers called, 'endorphins.'"

I knew (and still know) little about serotonin, so, I didn't know it was possible to get too much. I'll try to avoid that.

Personally, I am scarcely at all inclined to try to increase serotonin in any way besides natural ways, such as food that contains serotonin or which causes your body to naturally produce serotonin. Except I am willing to take Vitamin D supplements rather than getting Vitamin D via the sun.

This article about Vitamin D mentions that Vitamin D can help increase the production of serotonin.


Addition, 5:46 PM EDT. I should add that I am wary of Vitamin D in supplement form, because I have read about the possibility of overdosing on Vitamin D in supplement form.

Also, I could be wrong, but I'm getting the impression from what I'm reading on the web that Serotonin Syndrome might usually be associated with pharmaceutical medications which tamper with your serotonin levels.

The only medication I ever take is an occasional Advil (ibuprofen) painkiller (and I even try to avoid that). So, I could be wrong, but, I suspect I'm not at much risk of Serotonin Syndrome.

But, since use of pharmaceutical medications is worryingly widespread, I guess a lot of people might be at risk?


On the Wikipedia page about Serotonin Syndrome, the Causes section only contains one thing I sometimes eat in very small amounts - nutmeg. I put it in pumpkin pie and sometimes my mashed potatoes.

End of additions.)


From what I read, it sounds like adenosine has a lot to do with sleep.

Adenosine in sleep and wakefulness.
April 1999 from ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

"The inhibitory neuromodulator, adenosine, is a promising candidate for a sleep-inducing factor: its concentration is higher during wakefulness than during sleep, it accumulates in the brain during prolonged wakefulness, and local perfusions as well as systemic administration of adenosine and its agonists induce sleep and decrease wakefulness."

[...]

"When the activity of the wakefulness-active cells decreases sufficiently sleep is initiated. During sleep the extracellular adenosine concentrations decrease, and thus the inhibition of the wakefulness-active cells also decreases allowing the initiation of a new wakefulness period."

Over the years, I haven't carefully logged my headaches and their circumstances, but, I sometimes have had the impression that I tend to get headaches more often when I get tired, and that if I can manage to go to sleep despite them, my headaches tend to go away. (Though sometimes they came back within maybe a few hours after waking - but before, perhaps that had to do with my poor sleep quality from my electric blanket and perhaps also from caffeine.)

So, if adenosine contributes to migraines, and sleeping reduces adenosine, I guess that maybe might explain why sleeping sometimes seems to help my headaches?


And, if I understand correctly from this aforementioned article from Smithsonian Magazine, caffeine fits into (and blocks) adenosine receptors, and leads to there being a lot of unused adenosine floating around in your brain.

Quote:

"and all the surplus adenosine floating around in the brain cues the adrenal glands to secrete adrenaline, another stimulant."

So, who knows, maybe excessive caffeine actually did give me a bit of adrenal fatigue for a while. (And stress made it worse, but above all, I think the worst thing for me was the poor sleep quality which I believe primarily resulted somehow from my electric blanket.)


And the same article says caffeine blocking your adenosine receptors causes your brain to grow more adenosine receptors. Which is fortunately supposed to be reversible.

Quote:

"To kick the thing, you only need to get through about 7-12 days of symptoms without drinking any caffeine. During that period, your brain will naturally decrease the number of adenosine receptors on each cell, responding to the sudden lack of caffeine ingestion. If you can make it that long without a cup of joe or a spot of tea, the levels of adenosine receptors in your brain reset to their baseline levels, and your addiction will be broken."

I do believe it might take longer than that for some people, judging by what I've read by some people on the web. And a woman I know who gave up caffeine said it took months to feel normal again. (Meanwhile, a guy I know who gave up caffeine said he had no withdrawal symptoms whatsoever. But that's the guy who almost always seems to do amazingly well with amounts of sleep that would have been totally insufficient for me.)


I wonder if maybe a lot of the ideas on the CaffeineAndMigraine.com site actually are right?

If I understand that site correctly, the basic theory is that, since caffeine increases people's sensitivity to adenosine, caffeine thereby makes people more headache-prone or migraine-prone. (Sorry if I got that, or anything else, wrong somehow.)

I don't agree with absolutely everything that was on the CaffeineAndMigraine.com site, but, I sure hope some scientists are investigating those ideas, since, from my layperson's perspective, I find many of them quite interesting and plausible-seeming.


Addition, Sept. 27, 2016, 3:54 AM EDT. Had another very good day, though I didn't get much done - probably the most productive thing I did was update this blog post.

Lots of energy until I got rather tired around maybe 1:30 AM. Around maybe 3 AM, I started to feel almost on the verge of a headache, but, that feeling keeps fluctuating, so hopefully I'll avoid an actual headache. I suspect if I went to sleep around when I started feeling tired, I might have avoided that entirely. Probably ought to go to sleep soon.

Didn't clean my room more at all yet. And I still didn't do anything more with XSLT. I might be so stuck I might have to resort to posting questions on the internet. But, I'm probably first going to try reading things like the aforementioned XQuery 1.0 and XPath 2.0 Formal Semantics (Second Edition) and related pages. But not right now.


Addition, Sept. 28, 2016, 12:30 AM EDT. On Sept. 27th, slept between around 5:20 AM to 1:46 PM. I briefly woke up with a stuffy nose, though only on the left side. Went back to sleep and it was gone by the time I woke up. I think I forgot to mention that my jaw aches returned a bit on Sept. 26th and possibly other days, and I think I have that slightly now too, but it hasn't been bothering me very much.

No headaches so far. Have felt a bit tired, premenstrual, and increasingly spacy the longer I'm awake. But still lots more energy than before quitting my electric blanket. Also haven't been craving caffeine.

Today, I took five Nature Made Vitamin D3 2000 IU and two Nature Made magnesium oxide at the same time, then ate a bit of kale (for Vitamin K). Instead of just getting jittery, I first got more tired, then a bit jittery and more alert, but not as strongly jittery as the times when I took Vitamin D without much magnesium at about the same time. My mood has varied between anxious and good, but some of what I was feeling might have just been from caffeine withdrawal. Next time I take that much Vitamin D, I'll take 3 magnesiums.


Remembered I have a SitePoint Premium membership that will expire in December, so I spent a lot of time on there today, and also spent some time reading Clevnet books.

Definitely haven't had a difficult time concentrating today, even while jittery or spacy.


Addition, Sept. 29, 2016, 2:22 AM EDT. Slept between around 5:30 AM and 12:54 PM. It seemed like I had a sort of difficult time falling asleep, so maybe I should have taken yet another magnesium.

But, slept well enough, with better dreams than in the past. No headaches. I felt like I might be close to a headache for a few minutes sometime in the afternoon, but the feeling passed surprisingly quickly. Slight jaw aches.

And, a typical symptom (for me) of PMS - vague and unpainful lower abdomen sensations I call "preliminary cramps". (It's definitely not from bellydancing, because I still have scarcely even tried that yet.)


Still lots of physical energy, and I haven't felt foggy-minded, out of it, or very spacy, but for most of my day have felt vaguely tired (though not quite able to fall asleep), which could be just PMS or caffeine withdrawal, or both.

Also, it seems like I might need more Vitamin C, since my lower left gum sore spot has been coming back a little. (Even before quitting caffeine, that has seemed typical for me when having PMS and the unpleasantness that follows PMS.)

Hopefully my tiredness, etc. will improve a lot after my impending time of the month is over.

I wonder why PMS (and what follows) is so debilitating, and if sufficient Vitamin D might really make it less bad. Perhaps Vitamin D already is helping.


It's still much easier to get things done than it used to be before quitting my electric blanket. And I feel like I have a lot more time to get things done, since now my energy lasts longer, and it doesn't fluctuate as much.

In the past, I had the easiest time getting things done soon after waking, and soon after tea. After my tea wore off, I usually continued with whatever I was working on anyway without having more tea, but it was noticeably more difficult. And anytime I got a headache, I was pretty much useless.

It's really nice not having to deal with all the ups and downs from caffeine. And it's so comforting to know that even if I do get a headache, it might not be very bad, judging by the last headache I got days ago.


Despite today being better than possibly most days for almost the past 2 years before quitting my electric blanket (and caffeine) - today was a day when I was well-suited to mindless cleaning, since I didn't really feel like studying anything today or coding. So, I made some progress cleaning my room.

The highlights of my day were watching part of a Thor movie on TV, and Impractical Jokers.


Addition, Sept. 29, 2016, 5:10 AM EDT. Sometime after writing the previous addition, I ate some roasted walnuts - still one of the best-tasting things I've ever eaten in my life, which sometimes seem to have an interesting effect on me - I sometimes get sleepy after eating them, which I believe might have to do with the melatonin walnuts are reputed to contain.

Been getting quite tired, but, the reminder of melatonin gave me the idea of doing a Google search for "melatonin adenosine" (without quotes), just to see how those two things might relate to each other. So, I've been staying awake to read.

I found this page very interesting:

New Details About How Melatonin Triggers Sleep
Oct. 14, 2015 from HuffingtonPost.com

Quotes:

"They first exposed both the normal zebrafish larvae and the genetically-mutated zebrafish larvae to a regular pattern of day and night--14 hours of light and 10 hours of darkness. This established the larvae with circadian clocks that operated in sync with the light and darkness. Then they moved both types of fish larvae to an environment of complete darkness. The fish that produced melatonin naturally maintained their normal circadian cycle of sleep and wakefulness, even in the absence of routine light exposure.

But the genetically-mutated zebrafish, which were incapable of producing any melatonin, lost all circadian pattern or rhythmicity to their sleep. Without melatonin, the fish larvae could not maintain circadian cycles of sleep and wakefulness. This was a surprise to researchers, and strongly suggests that melatonin is not just useful and helpful to circadian sleep-wake cycles, but essential to them."

[...]

"Researchers gave both normal zebrafish larvae and the melatonin-deficient larvae doses of a drug that stimulated adenosine. The two groups of fish reacted in very different ways. The adenosine had no effect on the normal zebrafish larvae. But among the melatonin-deficient fish larvae, researchers observed significant changes to their sleep. The genetically-mutated fish larvae began sleeping normally, in patterns like the fish that were able to produce melatonin.

This phase of their experiment suggests that one function of melatonin may be to help trigger the adenosine build up in the brain that in turn leads to feeling the need for sleep.

These findings also suggest that melatonin may be a bridge between the two powerful systems that govern sleep: the circadian system and the homeostatic sleep system. We know these two systems both exert influence over sleep, and together create our basic 24-hour cycle of a long, consolidated period of sleep followed by an extended period of wakefulness. But science has yet to establish or uncover a direct, concrete link between these two systems. This research offers a lot of new detail about how melatonin actually may work on behalf of sleep, as well as the first evidence of a direct connection between our two sleep systems."


Also found this other page which explained the "homestatic sleep system" in a bit more detail:

The Science Behind Why We Sleep
Oct. 24, 2013 from HubPages.com

Quote:

"The homeostatic sleep drive process regulates the drive to sleep based on the amount of time we're awake and how much energy we're expending. The chemical adenosine binds to adenosine receptors during waking hours. The more you do and the longer you're awake, the more adenosine you accumulate, making you feel tired. It's your body's way of saying you've done enough, and it's time to quit. While you sleep, this chemical is broken down and adenosine levels decrease. Therefore, scientists feel that adenosine is the way the body keeps track of how much sleep you've gotten, and how much sleep you need. If you don't get enough sleep, the adenosine in your body is still remaining when you wake up, making you feel groggy. The next night you may sleep longer to rid your body of the extra accumulation of adenosine."

I feel a bit silly for not having known already about the "homeostatic sleep system". But, I guess I just have been so preoccupied with things other than my severe sleep issues, and so convinced they're probably incurable, that I just never read in sufficient detail about sleep to stumble across (or notice) that term before.


I wonder if I'm similar to those abovementioned abnormal melatonin-deficient zebrafish. Except I don't think my body is totally incapable of generating melatonin, since I do tend to get more alert in response to light and more drowsy in response to darkness or dim light - just not enough to be able to reliably make myself go to sleep just by turning the lights off. So, I'm definitely not exactly like those zebrafish.

But in any case, maybe unwittingly tampering with my adenosine and adenosine receptors by consuming caffeine might have caused even more chaos in my sleep patterns than my messed up circadian rhythms alone made me prone to.

But I don't really know exactly what causes my sleep issues or if it's anything to do with being melatonin-deficient, so, I'm just speculating/thinking aloud here.


Definitely glad I'm no longer accidentally tampering with my adenosine via caffeine.

I sure hope eating foods with lots of melatonin can't mess me up somehow, because walnuts are my favorite nut. Not that I eat them constantly - they're too expensive for me to do that, and besides, I don't have to eat a large amount of them to satisfy me (or for them to possibly make me sleepy).

I tend to avoid eating them until I'm about ready to go to sleep, though if I recall correctly, they don't seem to make me tired when I'm well-rested. And they definitely don't seem to make it impossible for me to resist going to sleep, though perhaps they would if I was absolutely exhausted before eating them.

And neither do dried sour/tart cherries, which I read have a lot more melatonin than walnuts. But I almost wish they had less melatonin, so I'd feel more comfortable eating them more often.


Addition, Sept. 29, 2016, 5:55 PM EDT. Slept between around 6:30 AM and 1:56 PM. No headaches, and I feel like I'm a lot more energetic and alert than yesterday. Might have slept better today. Maybe I didn't sleep as well the other day because I still had some magnesium deficiency from the Vitamin D I took the other day.

Around maybe 11:30 PM on Sept. 28 and 6 AM on Sept. 29th, took 2 Nature Made magnesium citrates (a total of 4), partly because my jaw aches started to get worse soon before I went to sleep. And now I'm out of magnesium citrate, so, I'm going to be using only Nature Made magnesium oxide from now on, unless/until I try some other kinds of magnesium.

Definitely not eager to try to take Vitamin D daily, because even just one makes me feel jittery. But, if I understand correctly, Vitamin D accumulates in your system rather than passing through it quickly. (This page says "Vitamin D accumulates in fat tissues where it is stored for a few months.") So, I don't think I need to take it daily.

Haven't accomplished much yet today, but, I guess I'll just try to finish cleaning my room. Then, my cat will be able to visit me again.


Addition, Sept. 30, 2016, 12:59 AM EDT. Still not tired at all yet! No headaches, either. Made a lot of progress cleaning my room. It was almost like an unwinnable game of real-life Sokoban that has dragged on for years. Except now, I've almost won. :-)

I'm basically a hoarder, so, I have lots of stuff (or junk) in lots of boxes. (I should probably sell at least some of it.)

As of today, most of the boxes are now in good out of the way positions. About all that remains is for me to sort various loose junk, formerly plastic-bagged junk, and clothes into various zippable pillow protectors. Then, I'll toss those newly-filled bags in the newly-uncluttered corner.


One of the best things I did was box up a bunch of books to make room on a shelf so I could have another place to set things down, so hopefully now my standing desk won't acquire as much junk anymore.

I was quite pleased to find my 3.5mm to RCA cord which lets me plug my laptop's audio into my stereo. So, now I can listen to Clevnet audio books while I clean.

Perhaps I'll be done cleaning in another day or two.


Additions, Sept. 30, 2016, 7:12 AM/7:52 AM EDT. Started getting tired around maybe 2:15 AM, but stayed up anyway. Didn't do any more cleaning, just browsed the web.

Anyway, I was just reflecting on how it was not only unfortunate but possibly also fortunate that over the past almost 2 years, I mysteriously (until I recently figured out why) got increasingly fatigued, primarily because of starting to use an electric blanket in Nov. 2014, and accidentally increasing my caffeine dosage since Feb. 2016 because my new tea mug was larger than I knew.

If I hadn't resumed using an electric blanket (I also had used one years before that until it broke, but I forgot what years), nor accidentally increased my caffeine dosage, then, it's possible that I might have gotten my life together a lot more in 2015-2016, because I would have had a lot more energy to do it. Though I would likely have still been plagued by caffeine-related symptoms such as headaches, and ups and downs instead of a far more pleasant steady amount of energy, since I probably never would have had sufficient reason to quit caffeine.

But overall, perhaps that might have been a quite good outcome, especially if I somehow succeeded in figuring out how to make an adequate living.

But would it have really been the best outcome? I'm not so sure, because in all the downtime I had, I learned a lot, and came up with some pretty good ideas which I might never have thought of if I had been overly busy with trying to make a living, which very easily could have been a thoroughly time-wasting, hamster-wheel-like pursuit, and I'm not at all sure I ever would have succeeded or thrived.

I don't know if I ever will anyway, but, I feel far better-equipped to do so now than I did back in Nov. 2014. These last 2 years didn't go totally to waste, since I was far from totally stifled in all that time - otherwise I would have tried to do more about my fatigue much sooner. But my decline had been (usually) so subtle and gradual that I originally misattributed it to getting older, or possibly getting diabetes or something.


Addition, Sept. 30, 2016, 8:49 PM EDT. Slept between around 9:15 AM to 2:13 PM. Was up for a little while, but felt like I needed to sleep more, so, I started trying to go back to sleep around 2:50 PM. It took a while, but I think I fell asleep maybe around 3:30 PM, and woke up at 6:08 PM. Feeling rested enough now. And, no headaches.

I wonder if my sleep patterns are becoming a bit more regular than before quitting caffeine. Someday, I need to make some more sleep charts.

My main goal for now is to keep cleaning my room and hopefully get it all done. The only problem is that I might need even more zippable pillow protectors. Which isn't insurmountable - if necessary, I can just toss the remaining junk back in the pile in the corner, similar to how it used to be, but somewhat more organized.

Or I could just use more boxes, which at least are sturdier and less annoying than plastic bags. But for clothes and other light objects like junk mail, I prefer zippable pillow protectors, since they hold more than the now mostly small boxes I have, and I don't have to hold them upright (or tape them shut) to keep things from falling out of them.


Additions, Oct. 1, 2016, 6:30 AM/6:43 AM EDT. Still lots of energy, and been awake all night. And I made some progress cleaning my room. So much progress I'm willing to post a picture. :-)

This is the nicest corner. I edited the brightness, contrast, saturation, and gamma in mtPaint because the original picture was so dark and didn't really look as nice as it actually looks. However, the below actually looks even nicer than it looks in the real world.


Larger Size

Original Picture without brightness, contrast, saturation, and gamma adjusted with mtPaint

Clearly, I should pursue a career in interior decorating. (Just kidding.)

The wide painting isn't by me, and I don't know who painted it. Astonishingly, it was only $2 - two dollars - from a local live auction!

The smaller, more colorful picture is a Thomas Kinkade print called The Garden of Prayer, and if I recall correctly, it also was just $2 - two dollars. Found it at a local thrift store.

I've only bought a few things like that in my entire life, since I usually didn't have much money, and I don't really have too much physical space for merely decorative things. Most of the others are in the second nicest corner of my room, which I forgot to take a picture of.

I guess most of my excessive stuff is books bought for usually extremely low prices (or given to me). Too many books and only 3 shelves, so most of the books are now in boxes.


It's definitely a lot nicer in here than it used to be. But I still need a lot more zippable pillow protectors to put the remainder of my unsorted clothes mountain inside. (I never took much interest in clothes, but some people just love giving me clothes.)

Unfortunately, my room is now even less cat-proof than it was. I just have too much junk in precarious stacks, since it turns out the only way I can keep this much stuff in my room without it being intolerable is to try to maximize my use of vertical space.

So, since I'm not yet ready to sell off a lot of stuff, and can't afford to move someplace where I'd have more space, I'm giving up for now on the idea of making it possible again for my cat to visit me in here.


Starting to get sleepy now. Perhaps it will take another day or so for me to finish cleaning, or to get so impatient that I'll just put the rest of the junk back in the other corner.


Additions, Oct. 1, 2016, 8:50/8:59 PM EDT. Slept between about maybe 9:45 AM and 3:25 PM. Still was tired, but had trouble falling asleep again until sometime after 4:16 PM, then slept until 6:05 PM. Also was a bit headachy at times, but it wasn't that bad and didn't last very long. I think I had a bit more energy before eating, but, have mostly just wanted to go back to sleep, which is probably from PMS.

So, I mostly haven't done anything with the junk mountain between my bed and door, even though I now have several more zippable pillow protectors. Maybe I'll just go back to sleep, since even with both my lamps on to make my room as bright as possible, I still feel tired.

I'm not too worried that this might be my old fatigue coming back, because this tiredness is a very typical PMS symptom for me. Also, I still feel better and more energetic than I did before quitting my electric blanket.


Additions, Oct. 2, 2016, 5:30 PM/5:46 PM EDT. Didn't sleep until sometime after 11:14 AM today, then slept until about 4:31 PM. Stayed up on Oct. 1 to watch TV with my family. Then I got a headache, but nonetheless returned to XSLT, which kept me awake even more than my headaches did.

Because of the headaches, that was probably my most difficult day since completely stopping caffeine, but I still think it's probably more due to PMS than caffeine withdrawal. But it wasn't that bad - surprisingly, despite my headaches, I made a lot of progress with XSLT.

5 hours of sleep tends not to be enough for me, but, XSLT might keep me awake again. Also, I still need to clean up all this junk in my room.

No headache yet, and also not feeling that tired yet.

Addition, 5:49 PM. On second thought, I probably could go back to sleep at any time. But making progress with something as difficult as XSLT is exciting.


Addition, Oct. 3, 2016, 3:09 AM EDT. It was impossible to continue to ignore my room's chaos, so, I stayed up and cleaned my room some more, since I wasn't tired enough for my tiredness to stop me.

There were numerous other times in all these years when my room was tolerable, but it was never this well-organized before. Recovering from fatigue certainly hasn't "cured" my hoarding (which I don't consider much of a problem anyway, compared to my lack of space and lack of enough money).

But at least my hoarding is much more manageable now that I have the energy and inclination to deal with all this junk.

No headaches so far, but, too tired to continue cleaning, so, maybe I'll get it done in another day or two.


Addition, Oct. 4, 2016, 2:51 AM EDT. On Oct. 3rd, slept from sometime after 9:51 AM to 3:24 PM. Was woken up by cramps, and my time of the month starting. Was feeling bad at first (and later after my first Advil wore off), but have been mostly fine thanks to Advil.

Been varying between a bit tired and very tired, but, at times, I have been plenty more energetic than I'd expect to feel at my time of the month - especially the 1st day, which reliably tends to be worse than the other days. And, no headaches.

But, I mostly haven't felt like doing much of anything besides watching TV and reading books, or going back to sleep. Probably should have gone back to sleep, but there were too many things I wanted to read and watch.

This wasn't as difficult as my headachy day, but at times it was the closest I've felt to being back to my old fatigue. Which is quite typical for my time of the month, so, I doubt it's my old fatigue coming back, and I look forward to probably recovering soon.


Additions, Oct. 5, 2016, 12:14 AM/12:20 AM EDT. On Oct. 4th, slept from sometime after 10:37 AM to around 6:32 PM. Still no headaches, and a lot of my energy came back. Took an Advil to deal with cramps, so now I'm pain-free.

But, I'm still not in the mood to do much of anything, and going back to sleep doesn't seem out of the question either. Read a bit, wrote a bit, but didn't accomplish much at all today.

I took 2 Nature Made magnesium oxides before sleep, which I think helped me sleep longer and better than the other days (when I neglected to take any magnesium, and didn't have walnuts either).

Definitely feeling better than yesterday, but, as usual, I'll be very glad when this monthly nonsense is over.


Addition, Oct. 5, 2016, 9:49 AM EDT. Slept a bit sometime between around 2 AM and 4:17 AM, and probably could have slept longer, but I needed another Advil for my cramps.

Even such a short nap helped with my tiredness and mood. Still have only felt like reading rather than putting away my small mountain of still-disorganized junk, but I'm sure I'll get around to that eventually.

Maybe I'll nap some more. During my time of the month, I sometimes wish I could just sleep for about 5 days straight until it's over. :-)


This is the first period I've had since quitting my electric blanket. I was hoping it wouldn't be so tiring, but, it still is even despite recovering so much from my fatigue.

I'm so glad I don't have a job and/or school, because those would definitely be harder to do now, even if I didn't also have severe sleep issues.

Hopefully someday the USA will have menstrual leave in some sensibly-implemented form. Or better yet, hopefully someday people won't need to have jobs or money to be able to have pleasant lives. Maybe technology will make that possible someday. A Star Trek-style replicator would be so wonderful and could end world poverty, hunger, etc.


Addition, Oct. 5, 2016, 11:41 PM EDT. Slept between sometime after 2:50 PM and 11:10 PM. Woke up briefly sometime during the day - was achy and my left nostril so clogged that I felt like I had a cold. Don't know if that could be caffeine withdrawal or really a cold, but in any case, I took 2 Vitamin C's in case that might help, and went back to sleep. The aches and congestion are gone now.

Still feeling rather tired after all that sleep. I sure hope this all goes away when my period is over, since I am getting afraid of my old fatigue coming back. But for now I'll just assume that my period is to blame. And maybe my caffeine withdrawal is worsening? I don't think I've had any since Sept. 22nd. But I haven't craved caffeine ever since the last time I mentioned not craving it (early Sept. 28).

Addition, Oct. 6, 2016, 12:11 AM EDT. I also have that very bothersome foggy-minded, out of it feeling I haven't had in a while. But, I think I might have the energy to finish cleaning my room today. Not having to climb over a small junk mountain to get in and out of my room (or bed), and having an easier time finding stuff, will definitely reduce some stress, save some time, and improve my life.

Addition, 12:54 AM EDT. Definitely not as tired as my old fatigue. But maybe sleeping even longer would be a good idea. Still not really in the mood to clean.


Addition, 3:43 AM EDT. Feeling much better after eating. Sometimes I seem to get more tired after eating, but this time, I got less tired. Maybe I just need to eat better. Probably, because when I get too tired, I sometimes get pretty lazy about preparing food. For example, I think all I ate yesterday was some cereal, goldfish crackers, walnuts, and my usual vitamins.

But, fortunately, today, I remembered we have corn on the cob, which is surprisingly quick and easy to make using the microwave. To make it, all I had to do was peel off the husk, wash the corn, put it on a plate, microwave it for a minute or so, put butter and salt on it, then eat it. Quite good.


Addition, Oct. 6, 2016, 1:17 PM EDT. It took all the rest of the night and morning, but, finally, my room is sufficiently well-organized for now (in my opinion). It's more practical now because things are mostly out of the way and theoretically more easily located than before, but it's still messy and boxy enough to feel like home. I'm surrounded by cardboard skyscrapers - and, loving it. :-)

Ran out of both zippable pillow protectors and patience, and kept losing already-labeled zippered pillow protectors in the mess, so I mostly stopped trying to sort things and just divided the junk into bags of clothes and non-clothes. Still didn't put all that stuff in the corner yet, but now I can actually walk between my door and bed.

And I can once again sit (and spin) in my office chair, and even travel a bit around my room in it.

Now, with that pretty much done, I can return to more important things, like bellydancing and XSLT.

Very sleepy now (but not until I started writing this). But no headaches (though a few hours ago I felt like I got close), and my aforementioned foggy-minded, out-of-it feeling went away a long time ago.


Additions, Oct. 7, 2016, 3:14 PM/3:18 PM/3:39 PM EDT. On Oct. 6th, slept sometime between 2:19 PM and 7:54 PM. Meant to go back to sleep, but ended up staying awake. Didn't do much, just browsed the web. Felt fine, except for some slight jaw aches.

Today, slept sometime between 6:10 AM and 1:12 PM. Other than an odd cramp in my neck, I feel fine. (Except a bit tired because dog barking woke me up earlier than I naturally would have woken up.) And my time of the month is almost over.

I think I'm convinced now that probably my fatigue is resolved (or well on its way to resolving), and not likely to recur (except slightly around my time of the month). And I'm not sure how much caffeine withdrawal is affecting me anymore. So, I don't know if I have much more to add to this blog post. I guess I might still add to it a bit, but probably less frequently.

I'm going to just keep taking it easy and avoiding unnecessary stress.


Additions, Oct. 8, 2016, 8:10 AM/9:15 AM EDT. Slept sometime between 6:19 PM and 12:27 AM. Definitely feeling back to normal now. Been wide awake and energetic all night (and morning, so far). And I took some more pictures of my room.

Not much else to say, I guess. My next top goal is to finish the XSLT project I've been working on from time to time since August. That will help pave the way for many of my other projects.


Addition, Oct. 11, 2016, 4:40 PM EDT. On Oct. 8th-9th, slept sometime between 6:56 PM and 1:53 AM. On Oct. 9th, slept sometime between 7:30 AM and 10:53 AM. On Oct. 10th, slept sometime between 2:52 AM and 4:17 AM, and 9:01 AM and 10:35 AM. On Oct. 10th-11th, slept sometime between 9:09 PM and 4:15 AM. And on Oct. 11th (today), just took a nap sometime between 2:04 PM and 3:20 PM.

I often haven't been sleeping as well as I should, but, I've still been doing much better compared to before quitting my electric blanket (and compared to my time of the month). Even when insufficiently rested, I have usually had much more energy than before.

Maybe Nature Made magnesium citrate (which I ran out of) actually does work better for me than Nature Made magnesium oxide to make me more relaxed and able to sleep better. Or maybe I just need more magnesium than I used to for some reason.

Have avoided headaches, though at times I got close. I've sometimes been having the problem of sometimes repeatedly waking up very thirsty.

But, I think I have a better appetite now that I quit caffeine, even though I still need to eat better. And it's also helpful that, thanks to cleaning and rearranging my room, I can once again run my box fan to block noise while I sleep.


I think I better keep avoiding stressful things for a while, though. So, that means my websites are likely to be even more boring than usual for a while, because even posting blog posts can be too stressful for me.

And I've still mostly been avoiding my public email and mostly haven't been maintaining my forums. So, sorry if anyone wrote and is awaiting a reply or something.

I just still don't feel up to dealing with a lot of stuff, other than my software projects.


Addition, Oct. 12, 2016, 6:15 AM EDT. Got some more Nature Made magnesium citrate, and slept sometime between 7:30 PM and 2:51 AM. I woke up thirsty a few times again, but, slept better, and am definitely feeling better now. So, guess I'll just keep taking magnesium citrate.

Still going to keep avoiding stress for a while. But fortunately for my software projects - though I often find programming difficult (especially XSLT), I don't find it stressful. Compared to stressful things I'd rather avoid, programming is relaxing. It's also a lot more satisfying than leisure activities that accomplish little beyond momentarily amusing me, and which don't give me so much hope for a better future.


Addition, Oct. 13, 2016, 5:28 PM EDT. On Oct. 12th-13th, slept sometime between 9:05 PM and 2:49 AM. On Oct. 13th, slept sometime between 4:57 AM and 8:54 AM.

Been sort of tired (but still not as bad as before quitting my electric blanket). But, I think maybe that's largely related to my poor eating habits - habitually neglecting to eat enough (especially if nothing available appeals much to me), and usually avoiding going to the trouble to prepare any food that is too time-consuming or elaborate to make.

I think maybe caffeine used to veil the true impact of my poor eating habits, by making me artificially feel energetic despite eating poorly. So, now that I'm not having any caffeine, now I'm more easily able to observe fluctuations in my energy levels from eating or not eating.

I think I was doing better before I ran out of goldfish crackers. Going to get more soon.

I sure wish I had a robot chef, but I'd want one which is free (as in freedom), libre, and open source.


Addition, Oct. 14, 2016, 4:29 PM EDT. Today, slept sometime between 2:25 AM and 8:16 AM. Felt a lot more energetic, but nonetheless went back to sleep from sometime between 10 AM to 4:08 PM. Still feeling like I could sleep longer, so maybe I will. Haven't eaten anything yet today.


Addition, Oct. 15, 2016, 10:58 PM EDT. Still no headaches, though I've sometimes gotten close. Yesterday, ended up staying awake since I got invited to a movie.

Yesterday, I didn't constantly feel bad, but I had moments where I felt nauseated, and I was often tired and sometimes had that foggy-minded, out of it feeling again. Sometimes I wondered if I was fighting off a cold, or if I still had caffeine withdrawal, or something else. Or just poor nutrition in general.

I think the best I felt yesterday was a little while after I first woke up around 8:16 AM, after I drank some water.

I keep waking up very thirsty and sometimes with a slightly stuffy nose. And it sometimes seems like I need extra Vitamin C later in my day to make the sore spot on my lower left gum go away.


Today has been much better, even though I only slept sometime between 8:51 AM and 2:07 PM, and have been sort of tired since maybe around 6 PM. I think eating better yesterday resulted in me waking up feeling much better today.

I think I also do better when I don't skip Teeccino. I was running low on honey for a while, so I drank Teeccino less frequently to try to avoid running out of honey. But today I got more honey, so I was able to return to my daily routine of having one mug of pumpkin spice Teeccino soon after I wake up.

And, now I have goldfish crackers again. I find it comforting to have them around, since, unlike many foods, they're not something I have to struggle to make myself eat. I actually have been craving them and their saltiness. So, maybe now I'll sleep better as a result of not going for so many hours eating hardly anything.


An annoying symptom I hadn't mentioned before, but have had off and on for maybe months (and maybe even since before quitting caffeine) is feeling too often like I have to urinate. But it's not a constant symptom - it comes and goes, and I think it tends to get worse when my nutrition is poor. It also seems to sometimes get worse toward the end of my day.

Quite possibly one reason I wake up so thirsty is because of not drinking that much before sleep because I don't want my sleep interfered with by needing to go to the bathroom. But then my sleep gets interfered with by thirst. :-/


I wonder if maybe I have some kind of possibly adrenal fatigue-related electrolyte imbalance issues. Here's another interesting article on that topic.

So, maybe that's part of why I crave salty goldfish crackers so much and why I seem to feel significantly better after eating them.


Haven't gotten very much done lately. Did a little bit with my XSLT project. But mostly I've been lost in Clevnet books or Sitepoint Premium, or random web browsing.

I sure hope I'm really recovering from my fatigue. Maybe sometime I should really start bellydancing or otherwise exercising.


Addition, Oct. 16, 2016, 9:54 AM EDT. Slept sometime between 12:39 AM and 8:11 AM. I didn't even have magnesium or walnuts before sleep, but somehow felt sleepier and like I was going to sleep better, and I think I did.

It seems like I have more pleasant dreams when I sleep better. I almost never have flying dreams, and when I do, they're usually scary (and not really flying), like a car flying off a cliff. But today, I dreamed I and a few classmates were flying by holding onto ropes (or sitting in seats hanging by ropes) hanging off of a giant bird. I was a bit scared the first time, but the second time, I was totally calm and just enjoyed the beautiful scenery far below (castles and greenery), even though I had no way to control where the bird was taking us. But it was somehow a perfectly safe and reliable method of transportation for our school.

I had a very gentle landing at the edge of a forest, and it might not even have been necessary for me to grab onto a tree branch to make sure it was a gentle landing. Then, to my nastier classmates' amusement, I accidentally stepped in a massive pile of dinosaur droppings, and consequently had to go clothes shopping, but fortunately, there was a Goodwill thrift store nearby and I had enough money to buy whatever I wanted.

I also had another nice dream today before that, but don't want to go into detail. Nice but not perfect, similar to the other dream.

I still woke up thirsty at times, and also either too hot or too cold. But so far I feel pretty good.


Addition, Oct. 17, 2016, 1:35 AM EDT. Had a mostly quite good day. I think I started to get a bit tired around maybe 4:50 PM when I was watching a documentary on Netflix, and increasingly tired after that. But, there were days when I got tired much sooner than about 9 hours after waking, so this is definitely progress. I think those 9 hours might have been the most energetic I've been since my time of the month ended.

I think quite possibly I really have had the problem of adrenal fatigue-related electrolyte imbalance, since I felt (and slept) so much better so soon after resuming eating my current favorite salty snack, goldfish crackers. And also haven't had the frequent urination problem.

Still, didn't get much done - mostly just talked with relatives and watched TV together, and cooked a shared meal of microwaved mashed potatoes, since I had the energy to do so. And, in the evening, had to fix a glitch with my websites, which kept me awake a bit longer than I otherwise might have stayed awake.

I have a bit of a headache now, perhaps partly because of staying up. And maybe partly because I might need to drink more liquids in general. And perhaps partly because I might actually be getting an actual cold. Not sure, though.

But today, my nose got slightly stuffy while I was watching TV, which was unusual since lately I usually have only had that problem at times when sleeping. So, I took 2 more Vitamin C's a few hours ago in case that might help.

I guess I better keep taking it easy and avoiding stress.


Additions, Oct. 17, 2016, 10:57 AM/11:12 AM EDT. Slept sometime between 3:26 AM and 8:30 AM. Wanted to sleep longer, but, have been vaguely headachy, with a slightly stuffy nose, and woke up thirsty again, so I took 2 more Vitamin C's and tried to go back to sleep, but couldn't.

I think this probably is a cold rather than merely caffeine withdrawal symptoms. So, I guess I probably ought to go back to sleep whenever I feel capable of doing so. Interestingly, I feel like I have quite a bit of energy, despite this possible cold. Energy-wise, at the moment, I'm definitely still doing better than I was before quitting my electric blanket.

But I feel out of sorts, my gum's sore spot has been acting up a lot lately (which I suspect means I need even more Vitamin C), and the worst part is the headache, though I don't think it's as bad as a lot of my former headaches.


To help deal with my possible adrenal fatigue-related electrolyte imbalance, I'm going to try an idea suggested in this article, even though I'm not sure if I have a "severe" case of adrenal fatigue. Quote:

"In severe cases, I have recommended adrenal fatigue patients keep a glass of salted water (salted to taste) by their bedsides to drink first thing in the morning before rising. Doing this appears to greatly improve their ability to function in the morning."

For all this time, I've been drinking plain water when I wake up during my "night" or in my "morning", even though for my entire life, I usually found plain water to be one of the least appealing of all beverages (though it's more tolerable if it's ice cold), and I doubt I ever even got close to drinking 8 glasses of water a day. (But this NYTimes.com article says the idea that people need to drink 8 glasses of water a day is a myth. So, in that case, it's likely good I never made much of an effort to drink so much.)

Never thought of adding a little salt to my water, but I definitely like that idea and will try that soon.


Addition, Oct. 17, 2016, 4:35 PM EDT. Still haven't gone back to sleep yet. My headache has decreased, and I think eating yogurt and a tomato (not mixed together :-) ) particularly helped. My slightly stuffy nose also has decreased (except I think now my nose is running a bit, which is preferable in my opinion), and my gum's sore spot has gone away again, so probably the extra Vitamin C is helping.

I added a couple small raw garlic cloves to the mashed potatoes I'm eating as I write this, since someone I know has recounted various stories of garlic being amazingly good for quickly getting rid of various infections and illnesses, and I've also read various good things about garlic on the web, like this article.

I should probably start eating garlic more often. I just need to more frequently eat food which garlic tastes good in, since it would be pretty unpleasant to eat by itself. Pasta would be especially good.

Ooh, that reminds me of this idea I forgot about - Oatmeal: A Decent Substitute for Pasta.


Addition, Oct. 18, 2016, 2:22 AM EDT. Slept sometime between 6:40 PM and maybe 1 AM, though didn't give up on trying to go back to sleep until 1:38 AM.

Slept better this time. Didn't wake up as thirsty, and no stuffy or runny nose. I do think slightly salted water is better for me. For me, it only takes a tiny amount of salt to change the taste. I'm not sure exactly how much water I had in my glass, but, I put in only 2/64ths of a teaspoon of salt, then ended up diluting it with slightly more water to make it less salty.

Yesterday, feasted upon another great salty snack - croutons. I meant to eat them on a salad, but I ended up eating a bunch of them straight out of the bag. They always were one of my favorite parts of a salad. Rather than embellishing a salad with croutons, I probably ought to embellish my croutons with salad.

Feeling pretty good now, but I'm going to keep taking extra Vitamin C and try to work some more raw garlic cloves into my food, and won't hesitate to go back to sleep if I feel like it.


Addition, Oct. 18, 2016, 1:43 PM EDT. I felt pretty energetic, but didn't do much last night besides look at Clevnet books. I actually didn't even eat anything - just had two 500 mg Vitamin C's and one 500mg Ovega 3. I'm probably going to quit taking Ovega 3 if the price doesn't go back down, and already wanted to quit taking Ovega 3 because it contains carrageenan.

Just not sure yet what other Omega 3 I should switch to. I wish salmon (which is high in Omega 3) was a fruit or vegetable. I miss salmon and other fish so much sometimes. Even though I wish I could be vegetarian, I'd be extremely tempted to eat fish if I wasn't afraid of mercury and other pollution.


Slept sometime between 9:18 AM and 12:36 PM, but felt like I slept much longer. Didn't wake up as thirsty as I frequently had been, and I just overall feel much better than I did during the bad parts of Oct. 17th. So far, I no longer feel like I have a cold.

I wonder if maybe my second-worst problem after my electric blanket was my possible adrenal fatigue-related electrolyte imbalance? I'm so glad I stumbled across that idea, since now I have more specific ways to try to make myself feel better than my former somewhat vague (though sensible enough) solution, "eat more often and more nutritiously". Ways such as eating salty food, drinking slightly salted water, and eating foods containing potassium. So far, that really seems to help me.

Maybe it would also be good for me to regularly take more than just two 500 mg Vitamin C's per day, and eat raw garlic cloves more frequently.


Addition, Oct. 19, 2016, 2:07 AM EDT. Finally started getting tired much later than I expected, around maybe 11 PM. Had a very good day. Didn't get much done - just read books and watched TV. But, if I reliably continue to feel fine, clear-minded, adequately rested, and unheadachy, it will probably be much easier for me to get things done in the future.


Addition, Oct. 20, 2016, 1:54 AM EDT. On Oct. 19th, slept sometime between 2:40 AM and 9:58 AM. I woke up a bunch of times, but, still wasn't as thirsty as I used to be. Had a lot of energy all day and didn't start getting tired until sometime after 12 AM.

I'm amazed at how much better I'm doing, since I looked up how long recovery from adrenal fatigue can take and it ranged from less than 6 months to 18 months - a year and a half.

But, I guess fixing my possibly adrenal fatigue-related electrolyte imbalance, and eating better in general, may have done wonders for my sleep quality. And/or, I fought off my mild possible cold.

At the moment, I don't feel like it's going to take 6 months for me to recover from adrenal fatigue, and/or whatever remains of my caffeine withdrawal. Still, I doubt it's a good idea to push myself too hard, so, I'm going to keep avoiding stressful things.


Additions, Oct. 21, 2016, 1:12 AM/1:19 AM/1:27 AM EDT. On Oct. 20th, slept sometime between 7:37 AM and 1:33 PM. Still felt a bit tired so wanted to go to back to sleep soon, so ate nothing and had only Ovega 3 and Vitamin C.

Mostly, Clevnet books kept me awake, so I didn't go back to sleep until sometime after 6:19 PM, then slept until about midnight. Woke up a bit thirsty with a slightly stuffy left nostril, which cleared up after drinking some unsalted water. (I recently was too lazy to prepare a glass of salted water.)

I don't think my stuffy nose is always a cold symptom, and I don't really feel like my possible cold is coming back. But, I guess I can't slack off too much anymore with managing my possible adrenal fatigue-related electrolyte imbalance (which until recently I didn't even realize would help me so much), and I should maybe try a bit harder to not neglect to eat.

I feel like I could maybe go back to sleep soon, though my energy is still tremendously better than before quitting my electric blanket. And overall lately, I've felt far more clear-minded, instead of foggy-minded and overwhelmed by stuff like XSLT. Even just thinking feels much easier now that I'm not so fatigued. But also, I'm probably just getting more used to XSLT.

Addition, 1:25 AM EDT. At the moment, judging by various typos, I am a bit absentminded. And I definitely feel like going back to sleep.


Additions, Oct. 21, 2016, 3:42 PM/3:58 PM EDT. Ended up staying up, and slept only briefly sometime between 11:56 AM and 1:43 PM. Was mostly reading Clevnet books again.

I didn't make up too well for my recently poor eating habits. I had my usual Ovega 3 and Vitamin C that I pretty consistently take in my "morning". But, I lazily actually only ate a bunch of goldfish crackers! And, at various times, drank water (mostly unsalted) or cow's milk. At least all that definitely seemed to give me more energy and made me more inclined to stay awake.

I now have some slightly salted water ready to drink. Since waking, I've still only been eating goldfish crackers so far. Meant to sleep longer than around one and a half hours, and felt more capable of going to sleep before eating, but now, I think I might stay awake for at least a little while.

I haven't taken Nature Made magnesium citrate since Oct. 17th, and my jaw aches seem to be coming back a bit now, so, I guess I ought to resume taking magnesium, especially since magnesium often seems to make me tired and seems to help my sleep quality. I guess most of the reason I've been neglecting it is because when I get tired, I get less inclined to do even simple things like taking vitamins, and I prefer to take magnesium toward the end of my day because it seems like it can make me tired.


So, life without caffeine is pretty different, I guess. Can't get away as much with my often poor eating habits anymore, since without artificial energy from caffeine, I can more easily perceive the effects of my overly frequent neglect to eat.

Things aren't entirely different, though - it seems caffeine is definitely not the only thing to blame for my disinterest in food. (But I already thought that.) And quitting caffeine also hasn't magically cured my possible Non-24-hour Sleep-Wake Disorder. (No surprise there.)

But it does seem like my headaches are now reduced, and I think the few I got were overall less bad than my former headaches. And I really like having more steady, consistent energy rather than a temporary high from caffeine, then a low partway through my day when the caffeine wears off.

And my good days are now much better than any of my days before quitting my electric blanket and caffeine, and the not-so-good days are also better. So, already (and especially since Sept. 10th/11th, the first night I slept without my electric blanket), it was definitely worth going to all this trouble to quit my electric blanket and caffeine.


Don't know if caffeine withdrawal is still affecting me, but I guess it's possible. But I think overall, most of my fluctuations are probably the result of my poor eating habits and sometimes still not doing enough to fix my possible adrenal fatigue-related electrolyte imbalance. (And probably my time of the month will give me trouble again, as it pretty much always has done.)

It's so nice to know that really good, untired days are possible for me when I take better care of myself. (And I don't even have to try very hard to achieve that. Even idly eating goldfish crackers makes a good difference for me, though of course that alone doesn't make for a perfect day.) And even when I'm not having one of those really good days, I still feel overall better than I did before quitting my electric blanket and caffeine.


Addition, Oct. 21, 2016, 9:55 PM EDT. Still didn't go back to sleep, again largely because of Clevnet books.

Had pumpkin spice Teeccino, and even felt like making a package of sweet and sour chicken, despite the fact that it wasn't microwaveable, and had to be cooked for 20 minutes in the oven.

Definitely have been sleepy and not at my best today, but, I still feel like I'm functioning amazingly well compared to the past. In the past, I never noticed food being so energizing to me (though even lately, sometimes it makes me tired, like now).

Previously, eating ordinary non-caffeinated food mainly only had effects on me like reducing hunger, making me feel better both physically and emotionally, sometimes easing headaches, and making it easier for me to sleep whether or not it actually made me tired soon after eating (and it sometimes did). Previously, only caffeine (whether coffee, tea, or chocolate) provided me an energy boost I found noticeable.

So, food sometimes actually making me feel more energized and awake (even if I start out tired) is an interesting and nice change. And I have the impression now that I'm probably going to sleep much better soon.

I wonder if fixing my possibly adrenal fatigue-related electrolyte imbalance possibly helps my body generate more melatonin. (Not in the mood to google for info right now.) At the moment, I have the kind of tiredness that I tend to get within about a half hour of eating some walnuts (which are reputed to contain a lot of melatonin). But I didn't eat any walnuts today, and maybe none since Oct. 11th. Didn't even have magnesium yet.

So, I guess I should probably go to sleep soon.


Additions, Oct. 22, 2016, 4:43/4:46 PM EDT. Stayed awake to read again, and slept sometime between 2:06 AM and 12:08 PM. I feel mostly OK, but still a bit tired and was a bit tempted to go back to sleep when I first woke up. Didn't get as thirsty as in the past, and slept OK, but was woken by thirst at various times. And before sleep, had the frequent urination problem, which has gone away now.

Not much else to say, I guess. I don't know if anything really notable will happen or if I'll make any interesting new (or new to me) discoveries worth writing about, so, I might add to this less frequently in the future.

I think now I'm probably on the road to recovery, as long as I keep taking care of my nutrition and my possibly adrenal fatigue-related electrolyte imbalance.


Addition, Oct. 27, 2016, 1:20 AM EDT. Nothing much has happened. Still have been woken up at various times by thirst, but overall have been doing fine, though on the days I woke up too early I felt a bit tired.

On Oct. 23rd, slept sometime between 6:45 AM and 3:21 PM, and only woke up that early because of some noise outside which I could hear because I left my box fan off.

On Oct. 24th, slept sometime between 4:13 AM and 1:25 PM, and again because I left my box fan off, I was woken up by our dog barking. That day and the next, I finally gave in and ate some chocolate hazelnut Piroulines someone gave me a few weeks ago because he didn't realize I was trying to avoid chocolate as well as tea and coffee. Only noticed a slight caffeine-like energizing effect which lasted maybe a couple hours, and also a bit of jitteriness. But I don't think eating them caused me any actual problems, which makes me glad, since I definitely don't want to give up chocolate for the rest of my life.

On Oct. 25th, slept sometime between 7:07 AM and 1:57 PM. And on Oct. 26th, slept sometime between 4:54 AM and 11:14 AM, and 1:28 PM and 5:23 PM.

Mostly been continuing to read lots of Clevnet books, and sometimes have been messing with my XSLT project. I was surprised Clevnet had any XSLT books at all, but happily, there's one - the aforementioned XSLT for Dummies, which definitely helped me a lot.

Recently, I was very pleased to find that there's a generously large sample of XSLT 2.0 and XPath 2.0 Programmer's Reference - 279 pages (at least in my web browser) even when using the smallest font size. It looks like a really useful, wonderful book, and I hope Clevnet will acquire it.


In the evening on Oct. 26th, I finally made a real effort to try some bellydancing, with the assistance of a video from Clevnet, the aptly titled Learn Belly Dancing.

I got through about 42 minutes, then got distracted by some books. It's definitely more difficult than it looks, but, reassuringly, the instructor emphasized that a lot of those moves take a lot of practice to get right.

It was surprisingly tiring, but fun enough. It will probably be more fun when I get better at it, and also when I get some appropriate attire, and lose a little weight. Though, for someone who gets hardly any exercise, I still look pretty good.

I think the exercise put me in an overall better mood, and a few hours later, I feel more energetic than before. I even feel like I'm getting more ideas for my various projects, and more motivation to actually implement them. So, I'm definitely interested in continuing to study bellydancing.


Addition, Oct. 27, 2016, 6:15 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 7:21 AM and 2:42 PM. Was woken by thirst, and slightly stuffy nose. Forgot to mention before that I still have been sometimes having that slight congestion (usually only when I wake up), a bit of runniness, and also the same old jaw aches on the right side.

But, I feel energetic and overall good. Today, I made a pot of hard-boiled eggs (mostly so they wouldn't go to waste, since they were past their sell-by date), and two pumpkin pies, since we happened to have all the ingredients.

Soon, I'll be getting a physical copy of XSLT 2.0 and XPath 2.0 Programmer's Reference. Hopefully studying that will make it possible for me to complete my XSLT project, or to build it better than I would have without studying that book.


Addition, Oct. 28, 2016, 7:42 AM EDT. Didn't sleep yet, though I started getting a bit tired around 10 or 11 PM. Didn't bellydance since the last time I mentioned it. Slightly to my surprise, I didn't get achy after the Learn Belly Dancing video, even though I "felt the burn" at times from the exertion.

And, today I feel more flexible and even like it's a bit easier to navigate around some of the still-obstructed (or newly-obstructed) areas of my room.


Even though my weight isn't much of a problem, I recently read a lot of a book called Crack the Fat-Loss Code. I don't think I want to actually try all of the ideas suggested in that book, and think the first week of the plan (very low carbs) might be a particularly bad idea for me while I'm possibly still recovering from adrenal fatigue and caffeine withdrawal. But, I feel like I learned a lot from that book, and like I now have a better idea of how protein, fats, and carbohydrates affect one's metabolism.

Maybe I'll eat more protein (especially before exercise) to try to encourage my body to produce and maintain a bit more muscle, which (if I recall correctly) uses up more calories than other types of cells.

Rather than fiddling with my meal timing and portion sizes, I'd rather just exercise more.


Addition, Oct. 29, 2016, 1:18 AM EDT. On Oct. 28th, slept sometime between 7:55 AM and 2:43 PM, and 3:12 PM and 6:18 PM. Slept sort of poorly and was woken by thirst at various times.

Maybe I need to be really strict about taking all my vitamins - probably shouldn't have skipped magnesium and Nature Made Stress B.

I guess I feel energetic enough, but emotionally, this was at first a pretty bad, sad day, even though nothing happened that was bad enough to really justify such an emotional response. So, maybe it's just PMS.

Hopefully these two books will help:

  1. Happy Hormones: The Natural Treatment Programs for Weight Loss, PMS, Menopause, Fatigue, Irritability, Osteoporosis, Stress, Anxiety, Thyroid Imbalances and More

  2. Is It Me or My Hormones? The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly about PMS, Perimenopause, and all the Crazy Things that Occur with Hormone Imbalance.

Something that already helped was setting up my mirror in preparation to bellydance, and seeing that bellydancing already appears to have done me a bit of good. I'm actually a bit surprised, since it didn't feel like that strenuous of an exercise.

Definitely nice to know that my physique isn't hopelessly at the mercy of my recent goldfish cracker binges. :-)


Addition, Oct. 29, 2016, 3:25 AM EDT. I'm finally using my standing desk, since about an hour ago. Both my Toughbook CF-C1's fit on it. And I can even do stuff with my desktop computer from across the room, thanks to the long cords of my USB keyboard and mouse.

So far, I actually like it. It's really easy to concentrate on reading while standing, fidgeting, sometimes dancing (which is particularly fun with my own music collection), and also doing more mindless exercises like squats. Whenever I get tired of it, I can sit on my office chair, or even my bed.


Addition, Oct. 29, 2016, 5:38 AM EDT. I finally returned to mostly sitting maybe 20 minutes after writing the preceding, largely because I finally got cold and wanted a blanket.

Anyway, in Is It Me or My Hormones?, adrenal-related stuff is mentioned, and I found the author actually wrote another book called Is It Me or My Adrenals?: Your Proven 30-Day Plan for Overcoming Adrenal Fatigue and Feeling Fantastic Again, which isn't available on Clevnet.

It's interesting that this stuff is all connected. And also sad that PMS and related problems are so common, and it sounds like a lot of women have it much worse than I do. Anyway, hopefully this book will have some good solutions. Definitely interested in reading the rest of the book, and also the Happy Hormones book.

It would be so nice to find to a way to cure all or most of my menstrual symptoms. At least I haven't gotten a headache lately.


Additions, Oct. 31, 2016, 3:14 AM/3:33 AM EDT. On Oct. 29th, slept sometime between 12:59 PM and 7:25 PM. Kept waking up thirsty and with a bit of congestion, and also had some jaw aches, all of which soon went away after I got up. Felt energetic enough for a while to try doing the Learn Belly Dancing video again.

But, after maybe a half hour, I started getting a bit tired, cold, and my nose got a bit runny and my gum's sore spot acted up again, so I stopped, and took some additional Vitamin C from time to time. I think maybe I had another mild cold, but I'm feeling better now.

I forgot to mention before that my relatives also had slight cold symptoms too back around when I felt most beleaguered by cold symptoms a couple weeks ago, so I'm now pretty sure what I had back then was a cold rather than caffeine withdrawal symptoms.


There's such a huge variety of books on Clevnet, I got quite distracted from the books on hormones, and also never finished the adrenal fatigue books I mentioned quite a while back.

Definitely still interested in reading them all, particularly the ones about hormones, since menstrual issues have been a problem for me ever since my cycle first began. I'm not even sure how old I was - anywhere from 11 to 13, I guess, so, that's around 22 to 24 years of roughly monthly afflictions. In comparison, adrenal fatigue is a relatively new possible problem for me.

But I'm sure resolving my hormonal issues will probably help my possible adrenal issues, and vice versa, since those books said hormonal issues and adrenal issues are very related.


I can believe it might be possible to greatly reduce my menstrual issues, even though I recall only one month in my life when I had either no cramps, or such insignificant cramps I didn't need a painkiller. I might even have been less tired than usual. I think that happened sometime in the latter half of the 1990's.

Alas, I never was able to figure out what caused that unusually not-so-unpleasant period, so I was never able to replicate that. I think at the time I thought maybe it was somehow related to me recently eating yams (sweet potatoes), but when I tried that again soon before or during other periods, it didn't fix my problems.

My time of the month was never so bad that I felt really inspired to carefully investigate what I could do to alleviate it other than taking painkillers, so I always just tolerated it.

But, now that I'm possibly in the middle of recovering from adrenal fatigue, I'd especially like to learn how to avoid another period-induced slump, if possible.


Other than reading, the most time-consuming thing I did yesterday (and today) was try to build a web browser add-on for Pale Moon (or IceCat, or SeaMonkey, or Firefox) by modifying and adding to a handy example add-on I found on GitHub. My add-on isn't done yet, but hopefully won't take too long to finish. I might try to figure out how to release it on the official Firefox add-ons site.

It definitely feels much easier to think and concentrate lately. I can't wait to get my copy of XSLT 2.0 and XPath 2.0 Programmer's Reference.

Slept better on Oct. 30th, sometime between 2:44 PM and 11:04 PM, and I feel much better than yesterday.


Additions, Nov. 4, 2016, 6:53 AM/7:00 AM/8:19 AM EDT. On Oct. 31st, slept sometime between 5:21 PM and 11:05 PM. Slept well enough, though I probably should have stayed asleep longer. Only had slight congestion when I first woke up. I think PMS, and/or slightly too little sleep, and/or taking magnesium in my morning instead of my evening made me a bit tired that day.

On Nov. 1st/2nd, slept sometime between 7:28 PM and 1:58 AM. Had some slight congestion both before and after sleeping. But, felt well-rested enough, though not really in the mood to exercise. Started to get a bit tired around 8:30 AM, but overall was in a good mood, even though I was feeling more and more menstrual. Didn't get a headache on Nov. 2nd, though I got close.

On Nov. 2nd, slept sometime between 3:55 PM and 11:00 PM. Nov. 3rd was my worst day recently - cramps, a headache, and my gum's sore spot acting up (which Vitamin C and eating better helped with). Probably my cycle is going to start very soon. Also had sometimes been sneezing and coughing, so, maybe I still have a slight cold. Wasn't really in the mood to exercise, but was still a lot more energetic than I was before quitting my electric blanket.

On Nov. 3rd/4th, slept sometime between 9:28 PM and 3:20 AM. Didn't wake up congested, but I was pretty thirsty and have had a slight headache (but no cramps), and haven't felt like doing much of anything today besides reading, trying to go back to sleep, and updating this blog post. So... I'm definitely back in a slump again, though still better off than before quitting my electric blanket.


On Oct. 31st, Nov. 1st, and Nov. 2nd, I had some chocolate hazelnut Piroulines. Not sure if they had any negative effects, since I think my headaches, etc. are most likely related to PMS.

A symptom I hadn't had before (which I first got on Nov. 3rd) was an odd cramp in my back. Taking off my bra helped a lot with that. And avoiding lying on my side while I use my computers. Fortunately, it hasn't come back yet today.


I never got around to returning to the health-related books, because I was so busy with other books, and building my web browser add-on.

Was in a quite bad mood on Nov. 1st when I was stuck struggling to make my web browser add-on work, but by (or on) Nov. 2nd, I got it working well and pretty close to done, which put me in a quite good mood.

Misrecalled the date of my last cycle, and thought my cycle might start later, so, I mistakenly thought I had more time than I actually did to read the books on hormones before my monthly malaise began. Guess I ought to hurry up and read them, though at times (particularly yesterday) I was tempted to rush to release my web browser add-on.


Additions, Nov. 7, 2016, 10:33/10:35 AM EST. On Nov. 4th, took a nap sometime between 10:35 AM and 2:09 PM, and felt much better after that.

On Nov. 5th, slept sometime between 12:03 AM and 4:50 AM. All day felt close to my cycle starting, but, I think maybe it got delayed by stress.

I rarely mind when my cycle gets delayed, even though it's always nice to know I'm not pregnant. But a welcome side effect of a delay is that my worst symptoms like cramps and headaches tend to go away. I didn't feel totally back to normal, but much better. But started to get a bit congested with a slightly runny nose the more tired I got. Not sure if I had (or have) a lingering cold or what. I guess that could be another thing interfering with my cycle.

On Nov. 6th, slept sometime between 1:09 AM EDT and 7:08 AM EST. Was feeling especially menstrual in the hours after I woke up, but that faded. Still wasn't at my best, but still much better than before quitting my electric blanket.


On Nov. 6th-7th, slept sometime between 7:15 PM and 1:22 AM, and 2:18 AM and 6:49 AM. Finally, my cycle started. But I still feel better than I did on Nov. 3rd (the day my cramps and headache were so bad I thought my cycle was about to start). Still needed an Advil for cramps, though.

These past few days, I mostly have just been reading books other than the books I intended to read, browsing the web, and (unusually for me) watching a lot of political TV with my family. Made various notes related to my programming projects but did little actual programming. Also wrote a blog post on political topics, but didn't have the nerve to actually post it. Even just trying to decide whether or not to post it stressed me out so much that that might be part of what delayed my cycle.

So, I finally decided totally against posting it, since if even just thinking about posting it stressed me out that much, it probably would've been way too stressful for me to deal with actually posting it, especially while I'm still recovering from possible adrenal fatigue. Though I've never been really good at dealing with stress even when I didn't have possible adrenal fatigue.

On the other hand, I should probably give myself a bit more credit, because if I couldn't handle stress at all, then, years ago, my chronic sleep deprivation from my severe sleep issues would have prevented me from getting excellent grades in school on tests and in some classes, and I wouldn't have been able to do such a good job at the only job I stayed with long-term (Nov. 2002-Jan. 2004) that my employer said I did the work of 3 people. And I wasn't even taking Vitamin C (the "Stress Buster") back in those days.


Even though it's a bit too late now, I guess I should try to finish reading the aforementioned health-related books, so hopefully next month will be better.

So far, definitely not in the mood to do much of anything today. Just going to take it easy, relax (which doesn't necessarily exclude working on my programming projects, which I find relaxing), and await my recovery from my monthly malaise.

I'm very glad to finally have my physical copy of XSLT 2.0 and XPath 2.0 Programmer's Reference. It's a nice, sturdy hardcover with 1316 pages, and I'm sure it will be tremendously useful when I return to my XSLT project.


Addition, Nov. 12, 2016, 3:14 AM EST. On Nov. 8th, slept sometime between 3:29 AM and 8:26 AM. On Nov. 9th, slept sometime between 7:14 AM and 12:21 PM. On Nov. 10th, slept sometime between 1:51 AM and 8:02 AM. And on Nov. 11th, slept sometime between 2:34 AM and 10:07 AM.

Not much to add. Had headaches at times, which might be related to eating a bit too much chocolate for too many days in a row. Or else related to my monthly malaise. Fortunately, that ended yesterday, which made me feel much better regardless of anything going on in the world.

However, I'm still going to stay off of political topics, not because I have no opinions, but because it would still probably be too stressful for me to say anything.

I think Vitamin C (the "Stress Buster") has been helping me a lot, but, I still don't want to push myself too hard.


Still haven't read the aforementioned books on hormones and adrenal fatigue, but hopefully I'll get around to it before next month.

Lately, got re-interested in compiling PHP, PHP-GTK, etc. for use in Lighthouse 64 Puppy Linux 6.02 Beta 2. Hopefully that will help me get the increasing disorganization on my laptop under control, by making it possible for me to work on (and use) Astroblahhh Desktop, and return to renovating my Puppy Linux Setup Kit. And then I'll also be able to use Saxon/C (and hence, XSLT 2.0) on my laptop instead of only my desktop computer.

At some point (not sure when) I'll do the last boring things I need to do to make my web browser add-on releasable.


Addition, Nov. 12, 2016, 1:12 PM EST. Slept sometime between 5:24 AM and 12:04 PM. I forgot to mention before that for days, I was still having cold-like symptoms, like occasional congestion when I was tired (and often when waking up or going to sleep), sneezing, coughing, and runniness. Also, have been waking up thirsty a lot (including today).

But today, I woke up without congestion. I momentarily had what felt like a strong menstrual cramp (which seems unusual since I don't usually get cramps very much after the 1st day of my cycle), but perhaps it's only from practicing bellydancing yesterday.

Hadn't been bellydancing that much lately, but I still feel stronger and more flexible than I was before I started, and I definitely enjoy it enough to stick with it a lot more than boring exercises. It's even more fun while wearing amusing outfits like body stockings. :-)

Still been drinking slightly salted water to deal with my possible adrenal fatigue-related electrolyte imbalance. Definitely makes water taste better to me. Now, I'm repelled by the taste of water without salt. (Actually, for my whole life, I very seldom really liked plain water.)

I think I'm going to go back to avoiding chocolate, at least for a while, in case that had anything to do with my headaches.

Overall, feeling much better, though I wonder why my mild cold symptoms lingered so long. Forgot to try eating garlic.


Addition, Nov. 13, 2016, 3:58 AM EST. Got another headache, starting sometime before 1:45 AM. Haven't had chocolate since the evening of Nov. 11th, so I think this might be a caffeine withdrawal symptom. It seems like maybe I can handle a little chocolate if I don't have it every day for days in a row, but I guess I had too much.

At first I had some energy, but, at some point this turned into another sluggish day, and I probably should have just gone back to sleep, but mostly didn't. Watched TV, read, listened to an audio book and very briefly fell asleep during it, around 5 to 5:15 PM. Got a bit of congestion again later in the evening.

Glanced at a bunch more hormone books from Clevnet. Too tired to comment much, but, I was amused by the title This Gland Is Your Gland: Your Hormones. :-)


Additions, Nov. 13, 2016, 4:41 PM/4:58 PM EST. Slept sometime between 4:46 AM and 10:52 AM. Tired, with a bit of congestion and runniness, which didn't last long. And, until quite recently, was headachy.

I think I better strictly avoid all chocolate for a long time, since maybe it's overstimulating for my possibly still fatigued adrenals, and I wasn't having so much trouble with headaches until after I started eating chocolate again.

I'll miss it a bit, but, I like avoiding headaches more than I like any of the caffeinated treats I've quit. And non-caffeinated treats such as pumpkin spice Teeccino, pumpkin pie, pumpkin donuts, etc. are a far more than adequate substitute, at least for me.


Addition, Nov. 14, 2016, 3:02 PM EST. Slept sometime between 3:20 AM and 12:08 PM. Feeling much better overall today. Mostly just been reading, but, hopefully I'll be in the mood to return to some of my projects soon.

Addition, Nov. 15, 2016, 2:35 AM EST. Another day spent on books and TV. And an audio book, which I only got because there wasn't an ebook copy available on Clevnet - The Hormone Secret.

I usually prefer to avoid audio books since skimming visually is faster. But, at least Clevnet lets you increase the speed. And it's easier to avoid getting distracted, since I tend to just close my eyes and listen, which makes me less prone to start doing other things, like wandering around the web.

I still didn't get far in the audio book yet, but, I learned a bit, and now think that boosting my testosterone might help me.

Also, interestingly, that audio book mentioned that Vitamin D is a hormone rather than a vitamin. Which reminded me, I haven't taken Vitamin D in a while (probably none since I last mentioned it), so I might try that again too.


Definitely still doing better, but not at my best (even though I'm still better off than I was before quitting my electric blanket). My gum's sore spot has been bothering me more often, and I've been taking Vitamin C more frequently to deal with that, and also since I think it's good for me in general.

I vaguely remember Vitamin D seemed like it might have helped my gum's sore spot too, so that's another reason I'm interested in resuming Vitamin D.


Addition, Nov. 15, 2016, 2:20 PM EST. Slept sometime between 3:32 AM and 9:02 AM, at which point I didn't even get up, just tried to go back to sleep for a long time. Finally did fall asleep sometime after 9:45 AM (the last time I looked at the clock), and woke up again around 12:49 PM. Was woken up by thirst a lot (as usual).

Took my usual "morning" vitamins - one 500mg Ovega 3, two 500mg Rite-Aid Vitamin C.

Also took 5 Nature Made Vitamin D3 2000 IU. Plus two Nature Made magnesium citrate (which add up to 250 mg, since it's 2 capsules per serving), to try to avoid Vitamin D possibly making me jittery.

Also will eat some kale salad for Vitamin K, and keep drinking cow's milk for calcium, since I read before that magnesium, Vitamin D3, Vitamin K2, and calcium "work synergistically with one another".

And will try harder not to forget Nature Made Stress B. The Hormone Secret audio book said Vitamins B, C, and D might all help with testosterone. I definitely feel better and also less headache-prone when I take Nature Made Stress B.

Until listening to The Hormone Secret audio book, I didn't realize testosterone was so beneficial even to women and that women can actually be deficient in it. Too bad it would take several hours for me to get through the rest of the audio book, even playing it at 1.5x speed. It would be about 5 1/2 hours at normal speed. It seems like a good book so I'm actually tempted, but perhaps I should move on to books I can just read instead.


Still feeling a bit sleepy (though still much more energetic than I was before quitting my electric blanket). But perhaps I'll perk up more soon, since I took Vitamin D at 1:30 PM.

I really hope I can figure out how to consistently feel fine. I think eating chocolate at all was a mistake. Maybe even that was part of what delayed my cycle.

Another interesting thing The Hormone Secret audio book mentioned was that women are having hormone problems much younger in life nowadays due to most people's lives being more stressful, and more exposure to chemicals like pesticides (if I recall correctly).

In retrospect, it's pretty clear I've had hormonal problems ever since I was a teenager. I wonder if and how they relate to my severe sleep issues.

Another thing I might try is avoiding or decreasing high-glycemic-index foods including (but not limited to) sugar, since maybe my body will have an easier time generating the appropriate hormones if it's not so busy generating insulin to deal with sugary and/or other high-glycemic-index foods.


Addition, Nov. 15, 2016, 4:41 PM EST. Actually still not feeling jittery. Felt a bit overemotional in the past couple hours, but that has subsided after eating some oatmeal pasta with lots of salt and parmesan, and best of all, garlic. I craved meatballs but we have nothing like that around, so, couldn't eat any. Had milk. Also took Nature Made Stress B.

I feel better than I did earlier, but almost like I could go back to sleep. Maybe I should. Or I guess I might as well continue listening to the (or an) audio book, since doing that while tired is easier than reading.

I guess eating all that chocolate might have worsened (or brought back) my caffeine withdrawal. Won't make that mistake again.

Additions, 5:01 PM/5:03/5:28 PM EST. I think I'm going to give up on most of my already rather minimal efforts to be vegetarian until my health improves. So, maybe I'll even try a non-vegetarian fish oil Omega 3 at some point, if I can find one that I can trust is free of mercury, radiation, and other pollution.

On the other hand, worrying about pollutants might stress me out more than fish oil might help me, so maybe I won't take fish oil.


Additions, 6:25 PM/6:28 PM EST. Seems like the Vitamin D jitters are starting. I guess I better try some other brands of Vitamin D, since if I can find one I'm not allergic(?) to, Vitamin D might be really good for me. (Actually, I think it still does me some good anyway, but it would be much better if it didn't make me jittery.) Or maybe I just need to take even more magnesium anytime I take Vitamin D.

Just took two more Nature Made magnesium citrates. I wonder if having four of those in my "morning" would have kept the Vitamin D jitters away all day?


Addition, Nov. 16, 2016, 12:20 AM EST. Got a bit overemotional again for a little while without sufficient justification, but, I've been doing much better since around 8 PM. I feel physically and emotionally better, more energetic and interested in exercise, my gum's sore spot has subsided again, and I'm also more optimistic.

I wonder if maybe part of my problem lately had been, my body's Vitamin D reserves recently finally started getting low, after perhaps several weeks when they had been adequate (or at least, far better than usual) thanks to the large amounts of Vitamin D I took in September, and perhaps even my sunbathing back in September. (Though I still don't think I want to sunbathe again - explanation here.)

Good thing The Hormone Secret audio book reminded me of Vitamin D. I think Vitamin D really does make an overall good difference for me, and quite possibly is part of why I have the impression that I might have been doing better overall in October than most of November until now.

Too bad taking Nature Made Vitamin D3 2000 IU seems to make me jittery even if I only take 1. So, it's definitely not something I want to take daily. I'll just have to experiment with different brands, amounts, timing (once a week, or even less often?), and amounts of magnesium and other nutrients to have along with the Vitamin D.


Today, I tried to decrease the amount of sugar I typically consume. Was dismayed and surprised to notice that my usual cow's milk actually somehow has 11g of sugars per cup, according to the label. Doesn't even taste sweet to me. But, maybe I'll try some sort of organic milk instead if I can find any, even if it's a bit more expensive.

I tried having unsweetened pumpkin spice Teeccino. Unlike unsweetened tea or coffee, I found it pretty close to drinkable, but ended up putting in about two spoonfuls of raw organic honey without any sucanat. Was definitely still excellent.

Though surprisingly, even my half and half has sugars - one brand I use has 2g of sugars per two tablespoons, and the brand I usually use has 1g of sugars per two tablespoons. Hopefully that's not a lot. In any case, I don't think I can give up half and half. Though actually, I forgot to even try my Teeccino without half and half. Guess I'll try that tomorrow, though I doubt I'll like it.


Didn't get much done - read a little on topics other than health, and watched TV.

But I feel so much better now. I think Vitamin D is helping me get back on track.


Addition, Nov. 16, 2016, 6:41 AM EST. Around 1:28 AM, started to get worse nasal congestion than I ever recently had. I got so nervous about it I wondered if it was asthma (which I've never had before), but, I could still breathe fine through my mouth. It went away after I drank some water (which happened to be unsalted), so I soon stopped worrying about it, even though I still don't know what caused that.

Didn't take any more magnesium, but gradually got calmer, and I think probably the Vitamin D jitters have worn off completely by now. I feel capable of going to sleep soon. The old frequent urination problem has come back, though.

I'm guessing the Vitamin D jitters aren't so good for my adrenals. But, other than that, I think Vitamin D is very helpful to me. Lately, before taking Vitamin D, I had to take Vitamin C much more often than in the past to get rid of my gum's sore spot, but after taking Vitamin D, my gum's sore spot felt better even though I didn't keep taking Vitamin C every several hours today.

So, figuring out how to take Vitamin D without having to go through the ordeal of jitters definitely seems a worthwhile pursuit.


Addition, Nov. 16, 2016, 2:56 PM EST. Slept sometime between 7:26 AM and 12:40 PM. Tried to listen to the rest of The Hormone Secret audio book, but even at 2x speed, I didn't have the patience, so I returned it and used Clevnet's Recommend feature to ask Clevnet to get the ebook version.

Feeling fine now, even though sleeping longer probably would have been better. Maybe magnesium before sleep would've helped me do that.

Now that I feel better, I'd rather focus on other things than health-related stuff, even though I probably ought to read more health-related stuff, and maybe I will. Not really in the mood to write much, so, guess that's all I have to say for now.


Addition, Nov. 16, 2016, 8:58 PM EST. Listened a while to a different audio book (fiction), and fell asleep again sometime between 5:12 PM and 8:32 PM, despite the annoying frequent urination problem which still hasn't completely gone away. Still kind of tired, but no trouble with congestion.

Still not in the mood to write much. I'd rather make more progress with my projects that all this health stuff has often distracted me from.


Addition, Nov. 17, 2016, 4:43 AM EST. Recently posted this new blog post:

Always check ingredients lists, since you never know when a food company might add sucralose, or who knows what else.

Don't know if that cereal I've been eating from time to time since several months ago always had sucralose, or if the sucralose was recently added. But it sure gave me a fright several hours ago when I finally noticed sucralose in the ingredients list.

That fright probably wasn't good for my adrenals. But, at the moment, I feel largely OK, perhaps because after that horrible discovery, I took a lot of extra Vitamin C (the "Stress Buster").

And, even though I probably should have waited until I was more calm and relaxed, I also tried a different brand of Vitamin D3 - Walgreens Vitamin D3 Bone Health 2000 IU Softgels. I took just 1, and so far, I haven't felt jittery. So maybe I'm just allergic to something in Nature Made Vitamin D3 2000 IU.


I think all the stress from discovering I was unknowingly eating sucralose has made me tired, and a little headachy. But, I feel like I'll probably recover quickly.


Addition, Nov. 17, 2016, 4:14 PM EST. Slept sometime between 6:22 AM and 11:02 AM. Wanted to go back to sleep, and tried until about 11:32 AM, but couldn't.

But overall, I think I'm doing much better - for a while I felt a lot more energetic today, and maybe the situation with my hormones is improving too, judging by my increased amorous interest. Except now I'm getting a bit sleepy again.

But, I feel more like I did during the good parts of September and October, and I think it might be because of Vitamin D. And I suspect my caffeine withdrawal back in September/October might have been much worse if I hadn't had so much Vitamin D around when I quit caffeine.


Around 2:40 PM, I took one 500mg Ovega 3, two 500mg Rite-Aid Vitamin C, five Walgreens Vitamin D3 Bone Health 2000 IU Softgels, and two Nature Made magnesium citrate (250 mg total).

Still haven't gotten any possibly Vitamin D-related jitters so far, but judging by the other day, I guess that might take a while, if it happens at all.

Going to eat more probiotic yogurt to try to undo some of the harm sucralose might have done.

And I'm pleased that Teeccino contains a prebiotic called inulin, according to the Teeccino website.


Addition, Nov. 18, 2016, 5:41 AM EST. Slept sometime between 9:14 PM and 4:15 AM. Before sleep, had a slight headache until after I took Nature Made Stress B.

Didn't get jittery at all yesterday (or today so far) despite taking Vitamin D! So, I guess I'll stick with Walgreens Vitamin D3 Bone Health 2000 IU Softgels rather than trying multiple other brands, since that seems to work fine for me.

Wonder what I was sensitive to in Nature Made Vitamin D3 2000 IU. Two people I know who take that said it doesn't make them jittery at all, and one of those people takes it before bed.

Not sure how many Walgreens Vitamin D3 Bone Health 2000 IU Softgels I'll take and how often. I definitely don't want to overdose on Vitamin D, but I don't know if there's a way to measure your Vitamin D levels except a blood test, which seems like too much trouble. So, I'll just be cautious.


So far, I feel better than I did yesterday - better-rested and not on the verge of a headache. Nature Made Stress B really seems to do me a lot of good.

I might go back to sleep again, though. Still seems best not to push myself too hard.


I think I'm fine with consuming less actual sugar, but, I don't think I want to strictly avoid all high glycemic foods, because I am pretty fond of mashed potatoes and I feel like they're more good for me than bad.

A substitute I read about, mashed cauliflower, also sounds tasty. Lots of butter, salt, and spices on that sounds really good. And garlic, too.

Mmm, garlic bread. Maybe I can figure out how to make garlic bread using the quinoa flour I got. Still not really in the mood to cook unless it's very easy, though. Would really like to get back to my various programming projects.


Addition, Nov. 18, 2016, 4:54 PM EST. My energy improved a lot for a while after eating. Was watching movies, but became eager to stretch, fidget, and exercise a bit.

Almost returned to compiling PHP, etc., but ended up reading instead. Started to get tired again around maybe 2:45 PM. Happily, my gums haven't been sore even though I only took 2 Vitamin C's today, and 3 Walgreens Vitamin D3 Bone Health 2000 IU Softgels.

That annoying foggy-minded spacy feeling I sometimes had before has come back a bit. Also have sometimes been verging on a headache. Maybe all that chocolate I had on and before Nov. 11th made some of my caffeine withdrawal symptoms come back. But, at least I haven't had jaw soreness for a long time now. Not sure what day that stopped.

Perhaps someday I'll try to figure out what amount of chocolate I can eat without ending up with caffeine withdrawal. But it's far too soon for me to experiment with that.

I guess I ought to go to sleep soon, but I think an audio book might keep me awake for a few more hours.


Addition, Nov. 19, 2016, 2:20 PM EST. Stayed awake to watch TV with family, and also to read, and listen to an audio book (which I almost fell asleep during). So, slept sometime between 4:22 AM and 1:35 PM. Woke up thirsty at times (as usual). But haven't had congestion and runniness lately, just a bit of a cough at times yesterday.

Nothing really interesting to add at the moment, but, I definitely feel much better overall, and hope I'll soon feel like returning to my programming projects.


Addition, Nov. 21, 2016, 4:00 AM EST. On Nov. 20th, slept poorly sometime between 5:31 AM and 7:27 AM, since I fell asleep while listening to an audio book. Then I stopped the audio book and went back to sleep again until around 1:54 PM.

Wasn't extraordinarily energetic today since I probably could have slept longer and better. Didn't have as much of that foggy-minded out of it feeling at the start of my day, but have gotten it a bit more as I get more tired.

But, overall, I've felt mostly fine. Finally had a particularly nice dream for the first time in a while. Not going to write about it in detail, but, I think that dream was probably a hint that my testosterone levels are probably improving. :-)


Read, listened to audio books, watched TV with my family. And on Nov. 20th, finally compiled PHP 5.6.28, PHP-GTK, etc. to use in Lighthouse 64 Puppy Linux 6.02 Beta 2.

Haven't done much with those yet, since after that, I went back to watching TV and reading. But, hopefully that all will make it much easier to renovate my Puppy Linux Setup Kit, among other things. I even got Saxon/C installed, so now I'll be able to work on my XSLT project on my laptop instead of only my desktop.


Additions, Nov. 24, 2016, 12:58 AM/8:25 AM EST. I'm not really in the mood anymore to continue to update this in much detail, since I feel so much better that I'd rather focus more on getting more useful things done.

I still don't feel perfect all the time, of course - still varying amounts of energy, varying moods, varying sleep/wake times, etc.

But no headaches lately! It seems I'm definitely better off avoiding caffeine entirely - even small-seeming amounts of chocolate.


I borrowed/returned too many books on Clevnet again, accidentally causing the site to automatically restrict me from borrowing more books for several days. So, since I now have fewer other books to distract me, I returned to reading The Adrenal Reset Diet.

Seems like a really excellent book, though currently, I don't have the patience to go into detail about all the things I found interesting.


If I understand correctly, the basic idea of the adrenal reset diet is to eat more protein for breakfast, and far less carbs than the average carb-filled breakfast, then increase the amount of carbs in later meals, since more carbs help you wind down for sleep. (Which mirrors my experiences with feeling sleepier after I ate a lot of goldfish crackers.) So, maybe I'll try that.

Just not sure I'm going to write much about it. Writing feels like such a difficult, time-consuming chore sometimes. So is programming, but at the moment, I think my software projects are more likely to do more good, both in my life and hopefully the world.


After not using Astroblahhh Desktop for so long, I've been feeling so overwhelmed by clutter and disorganization.

But, hopefully the stuff I'm doing with XSLT, the VUE: Visual Understanding Environment concept mapping software, PHP, PHP-GTK, my Puppy Linux Setup Kit, and eventually probably the graph database software OrientDB and perhaps Neo4j will help me solve these problems even better than Astroblahhh Desktop ever did so far.

Astroblahhh Desktop already was a tremendous help, but there's still tons of room for improvement.

Not sure exactly what I'll work on next or how long it will take. But, I might (or might not) be more quiet for a while.


Addition, Nov. 24, 2016, 8:25 AM EST. Just thought I'd add that I still am going to probably continue to procrastinate for possibly a long time about even checking a lot of my email and forums.

Even though today I'm feeling physically better than I have in weeks, I still don't think I should do anything too stressful.

Also, Happy Thanksgiving.


Addition, Dec. 9, 2016, 2:31 PM EST. If I recall correctly, on two different days before Dec. 1st, I had a slight headache or almost-headache, nothing too bad.

On Dec. 1st, I had a pretty bad headache, and also slept very poorly because I was too cold. But I also had hot flashes, so, I kept fluctuating between being too hot and too cold.

And the usually dormant sore spot on my lower right gums suddenly got much worse than ever before - even plain cold water made it ache for a while, so much that I was afraid it was a toothache, even though it wasn't unbearable.

Another reason I thought it might be a toothache is because usually, it's my lower left sore spot that acts up, and the one on the lower right hadn't bothered me in quite a while, except for bleeding more than usual lately from flossing. I actually mistakenly thought maybe the gum disease around that spot had been going away, and that maybe it was only bleeding because maybe I accidentally injured that spot through perhaps not-gentle-enough flossing.


Anyway, the ache worried me a lot, so I saw the dentist that day, and it turned out that there's not a cavity - it's officially gingivitis.

I also got an X-ray that day - and it turned out that at the tip of a root-canaled tooth to the right of the sore spot, there's some bacteria which is apparently the remnants of a severe infection many years ago! (Probably was in 2006, since that's when I had a major toothache and got that root canal.)


So, I was given a prescription for penicillin, and told to rinse my mouth with warm salt water and massage upward on the gum.

The dentist also mentioned that he often recommends Vitamin C for gum disease (a remedy I had read about on the internet and tried without asking my dentist), so he was glad to hear it was helping me.


I suspect the combination of being too cold, not sleeping well, probably having PMS (which often seems to cause me to require more Vitamin C to avoid my gums' sore spots flaring up), and being a bit stressed out is what caused that usually dormant sore spot to suddenly flare up.

However, even during the worst flare-up, it didn't bother me constantly - room temperature water was pretty much fine, eating actually didn't bother it much, and only cold water made it ache a while, though not unbearably. Other than that, it felt normal.

I was surprised when that sore spot calmed down again pretty soon, and already wasn't troublesome anymore by the time I got to the dentist, probably because I had taken Vitamin C soon after it started acting up. (Actually, I think on Dec. 1st I forgot to take my "morning" Vitamin C until after I ate something, and that sore spot flared up.)

It flared up again later, but, in addition to taking more Vitamin C, I tried the warm salt water rinse, and that immediately helped. And, instead of brushing my teeth with only water as I had lazily been doing for a while, I resumed using toothpaste more frequently.

I was doing so well that I decided to see if all this alone (without resorting to penicillin) might be adequate to fight off the infection, and surprisingly, I usually felt fine. So I didn't even take penicillin at all before my next dentist appointment on Dec. 8th.


After my Dec. 1st dentist appointment, I read a bit about root canals, and found this worrying page, among others:

Toxic ToothHow a Root Canal Could Be Making You Sick
(May 31, 2015 from Mercola.com)

This made me wonder if the sore spots from my gum disease all might be related to my root canals. I think I actually only have had two recurrent sore spots, and both are near one or two of my three root canals. My usual sore spot at the lower left is near 2 root canals, and my lower right sore spot is near 1 root canal!

Since my lower left sore spot always bothered me more frequently than my lower right sore spot, that made me wonder if an X-ray might reveal infection near my lower left sore spot too.


So, at my Dec. 8th appointment, I got the typical cleaning you're supposed to get every 6 months, and got my yearly complete X-rays done. No cavities at all.

Unfortunately, it turned out the infection around my lower right sore spot (which usually wasn't sore) was still there, so the dentist recommended that I take the penicillin I hadn't yet started.

Surprisingly to me, there turned out to not be very much infection around my lower left root canals, but it sounded like the dentist thought there was some. I should have asked more questions so I could get more certain about what's going on, but, my social anxiety gets in the way and often prevents me from even thinking of intelligent questions or things to say until it's too late.


Anyway, talking about the particularly bothersome lower right sore spot, the dentist said if that flares up again, the root canal specialist would charge me $1100 (and that wouldn't be covered by Medicaid) to "re-root canal" it, or, it will have to be extracted.

But, from what I've been reading about root canals (like this aforementioned article), I think maybe extracting all of my root canals might be healthiest anyway, and probably healthier than "re-root canaling" them and leaving them in, for $1100 apiece (or $3300 in all for all 3).

If I understand correctly what I've read on the web, root canals can harbor infection, and antibiotics probably can't entirely disinfect them, because the antibiotics can't enter a dead tooth as well as they can a live tooth.

Nonetheless, I started taking my penicillin yesterday (Dec. 8th), and will be eating probiotic yogurt at the same time and afterward, since I read various pages (such as this one) saying that's a good idea.

Hopefully the penicillin will kill the infection that presumably made its way out from my root canals into my gums - but, I don't know if the penicillin will permanently eliminate the problem, since I'm guessing penicillin alone won't be able to completely disinfect my root canaled teeth.


So, perhaps I ought to get all my root canaled teeth extracted. But, since I usually don't have much trouble with my gum's sore spots, and am not sure if my root canals have been causing me other health problems yet, I'll probably just end up leaving them in there for a while longer.

I don't know if my theory that my gingivitis might totally go away if I got all my root canals extracted is correct, but, it's comforting to imagine that the mystery of why I only had those two recurrent sore spots (close to my root canals) instead of gingivitis all over my mouth has possibly been solved, and that perhaps my chronic gingivitis might be curable by getting rid of my root canaled teeth.

I'm now glad that it was financially unfeasible for me to afford a root canal for the tooth I had to have extracted in May 2013. Maybe I would have been better off if I had never gotten any root canals at all, even though having three less teeth probably would have made it more difficult to chew.


Despite my gingivitis flareup, I've been doing pretty well, energy-wise, and even mood-wise. Seems like emphasizing protein in my "morning" (as suggested in The Adrenal Reset Diet) really does help.

Also, on Dec. 1st, I found something which seems quite helpful for my PMS. I had been avoiding eating flaxseed (warning) (ground up with a coffee grinder) for a while because I was afraid the estrogen-like stuff in it might disturb my hormone balance somehow, so I wanted to read more about that and hormones in general before I tried it again.

However, I actually had never before noticed any good or bad effects that I could be sure were related to eating ground flaxseed (warning), and I was in a bit of a reckless mood on Dec. 1st since I was so worried about my teeth, and I also found a web page which says ground flaxseed (warning) can help with PMS - so, I tried ground flaxseed (warning) on Dec. 1st soon before my dentist appointment, and my headache and hot flashes soon went away!

I've been having two (or at least 1) tablespoons of ground flaxseed (warning) most days since then, and have definitely not felt very menstrual at all lately, which is a very good thing.

However, I had only 1 spoonful on Dec. 5th, and skipped ground flaxseed (warning) on Dec. 6th and most of the 7th - then on Dec. 7th, I got in a very sad mood. But I felt much better after I resumed eating ground flaxseed (warning).


On Dec. 1st, I actually risked having a caffeinated Barq's root beer - the medium size from Burger King. Quite tasty, and I actually didn't get a headache nor other problems after that.

Also on Dec. 1st, since I think my room being so cold is part of what brought on my gingivitis flareup, I got another electric blanket (mostly since I couldn't remember where I put the old one's controller), which I intended to only use while awake.

But, today, I did end up sleeping with that new electric blanket. And though I think the warmth did help me sleep, and being warm is probably better for my immune system than frequently being too cold, I suspect the electric blanket might have interfered with my sleep quality to an extent, even though I'm doing OK so far today and feel energetic enough and not tired. But I guess I probably shouldn't keep sleeping with it.

I probably should try to go back to using multiple layers of regular blankets (plus my unplugged electric blanket), a thick robe, sweatpants, socks, and a hat. And maybe gloves too. It's awfully tempting to keep using the electric blanket, though.


Surprisingly, overall, I've felt mostly fine lately. I attribute this largely to the ground flaxseed (warning) possibly helping with my PMS, increased Vitamin C, and I also suspect it's partly because I've been taking 4 Walgreens Vitamin D3 Bone Health 2000 IU Softgels multiple times a week. (I'm still wary of taking too much since it's possible to overdose on Vitamin D.) And emphasizing protein in my "morning" meals.

Still mostly haven't returned to reading books on hormones, adrenal fatigue, etc., since I'm more interested in my programming projects and other topics.

So, I'm probably going to continue to only infrequently update this blog post.

Just thought it was particularly interesting that my gingivitis might be caused by my root canals, and that ground flaxseed (warning) seems to do wonders for my PMS. And that my energy levels have been pretty great, too.


Addition, Dec. 15, 2016, 11:28 PM EST. Been doing pretty well, even though (or because?) my time of the month has been delayed, perhaps by the penicillin.

(But if I'm having an early, perhaps stress-induced menopause at the age of 35, that wouldn't be all bad, because then I wouldn't have to worry about pregnancy ever again, around 15 years sooner than I expected!)

I still have had recurrent gingivitis despite the penicillin, but, it has never gotten as bad again as it did on Dec. 1st. And having even more Vitamin C than usual, and eating better than usual, also seems to help.

Haven't had any headaches lately! And was in the mood to resume bellydancing yesterday, which somehow improved my mood even more.

I've mostly been preoccupied with Clevnet books (mostly not on the topic of health), and the wonderful XSLT 2.0 and XPath 2.0 Programmer's Reference, which has already greatly deepened my understanding of XSLT, even though so far I've only gotten to page 122 out of 1316 pages.

Can't wait to finish that, so I can continue making progress with my various programming projects.


Additions, Dec. 17, 2016, 2:26 AM/5:33 AM EST. Haven't had ground flaxseed (warning) since around 2 AM on Dec. 14th, and since at least Dec. 16th, have been feeling increasingly menstrual, so, I think I'm going to resume eating two tablespoons of ground flaxseed (warning) per day.

I really don't mind if that possibly played a part in delaying my cycle, because when my cycle is delayed, I tend to feel much better! I'd probably like to delay it permanently if I could. There are things I like about being a woman, but my cycle is not one of them.


Also have had some congestion and runniness at times.

And starting yesterday (after a few days of my lips being in much better shape than they had been in a long time), I got very dry lips and some lip discoloration, which I've read can be related to hormonal issues, though I'm guessing it's also probably related to the winter weather and the resultant dry air, and likely also from not drinking enough liquids. (I also have long had a tendency to get lip issues as a result of stress. I first noticed that happening to me way back in May 2005, over a year before I got any root canals.)


Took my final penicillin around 9:23 AM on Dec. 16th. I had been taking an increasingly large amount of extra Vitamin C along with my penicillin - at first I only took 2 or 4 500 mg Vitamin C's at a time, but eventually tried as many as 6 at a time along with my penicillin, and also sometimes 4 or 2 Vitamin C's in the hours before my next penicillin dose.

But taking so many vitamins so frequently was a bit annoying (though I can swallow 3 all at once pretty easily). So, on Dec. 15th-16th, I didn't take as much extra I had been. But, judging by my lips (since my gingivitis has been fine), I think I was doing better when I was taking the extra Vitamin C - so, I think I want to continue taking extra Vitamin C.

I read in this article from Mercola.com that the famous Nobel Prize-winning scientist Linus Pauling is said to have taken 12,000 mg per day. (I'd have to take 24 of my current brand of Vitamin C's a day to get that much!)

And I also recently found this long, fascinating page about frequently-administered massive doses of Vitamin C apparently being amazingly good for tons of different ailments, even things as serious as polio, among many other things. I'm not in the mood to deeply research how credible that web page is (or any other that I've mentioned), but, I found it very interesting regardless, so just thought I'd point it out.


Did end up sleeping with my electric blanket yesterday, and the day before, and on some other days before that, and it seemed like I kept waking up much too frequently and didn't sleep as long overall.

So, I'm going to again quit sleeping with it, even though I haven't reached the point of being really fatigued again. My energy levels are still quite good.


Addition, Dec. 17, 2016, 7:53 AM EST. Around 4 AM, started to get tired earlier than usual, around 8 hours after waking.

Could be from not sleeping well enough, or my time of the month (which feels imminent), or both. Maybe also from not emphasizing protein in my "morning" and mostly emphasizing carbs. And Vitamin D3 also seems to give me an energy boost - haven't had Vitamin D3 in a few days.

Starting feeling close to a headache around 4:20 AM, but I think the ground flaxseed (warning) might have started to work, since the almost-headache soon went away. (Not sure when exactly, since I was busy reading.)

I'll be thrilled if ground flaxseed (warning) will even make my actual time of the month (rather than just my PMS) less bad. I wonder if I'll be able to skip Advil for my cramps?

Overall, feeling OK, but might go back to sleep soon. But I don't really want to, because I still am not so tired that I can't concentrate on reading.


Additions, Dec. 17, 2016, 8:14 PM/8:26 PM/8:51 PM EST. Slept sometime between 8:36 AM and 6:54 PM, with my electric blanket unplugged. My time of the month feels pretty close, but still hasn't started yet. I feel all right and pretty energetic.

However, I kept waking up repeatedly very thirsty with very dry lips and dry eyes. Drank a lot of unsalted water (since I didn't have a glass of slightly salted water already prepared), and surprisingly didn't soon end up needing to use the bathroom. So, I probably haven't been drinking enough liquids.

It definitely seems like I've been drinking more water than usual lately, judging by how much faster I've been using up the bottles of water I keep in my room.


Fortunately, I woke up without a trace of gingivitis, judging by my lack of any sensitivity to cold water. I guess maybe I should have been taking tons more Vitamin C my entire life - especially this very stressful year.

But, if I had, maybe I wouldn't have found out about the bacterial infection from the toothache I had in 2006 still living in at least one of my root canaled teeth, and oozing out and possibly causing my gingivitis.

Even if large doses of Vitamin C might enable me to fight off the bacteria from my root canals forever, I still wonder if it might be better to get rid of my root canaled teeth, to give my immune system a break from being constantly besieged.


I actually was doing remarkably well between Dec. 1st and 8th, before I even started penicillin. And probably the penicillin also helped, though maybe not as much or as quickly as I expected, because if I recall correctly, I think it might have worked better and quicker back in 2006.

But I suspect maybe the biggest positive differences were made by greatly increasing my Vitamin C, and eating better and more frequently. (Because before I did that, I still was having a bit of trouble at times with gingivitis despite taking penicillin.) And using toothpaste more frequently instead of often brushing with only water. And I also think Vitamin D3 might have helped too.

Guess I'll see if this lack of gingivitis lasts, and keep taking six 500 mg Vitamin C's at a time at least a couple times a day, possibly more.


Addition, Dec. 19, 2016, 2:02 AM/2:28 AM EST. Still haven't sorted out exactly how much Vitamin C I need and exactly how often to take it. But, I definitely have to take it multiple times throughout the day, since after about 9 hours of no Vitamin C yesterday (or possibly sooner than that), my gum's usual lower left sore spot got a little sensitive to cold.

So, I guess my gingivitis wasn't 100% cured even by penicillin. But, Vitamin C seems to be a reliable enough way for me to control it, especially if I boost my dosage in times of stress, or if I might be getting a cold, or my time of the month. So, for now, I'm not eager to get my root canals extracted anytime soon.


My lips have been getting back to normal. At times I've actually been feeling almost too energetic - in fact, I felt downright anxious until I took enough magnesium.

I actually woke up with an adrenaline rush just from the sound of a vehicle with an unusually loud motor driving by, which scared me awake. So, my adrenals seem to be working. :-)

Besides magnesium, perhaps some other things that might have helped with my anxiety were Activia probiotic yogurt (which I've eaten at various times for months now, and also while I was taking penicillin, and afterward, though maybe not in large enough quantities) and Bigelow probiotic lemon ginger non-caffeinated tea (which I tried for the first time today).

Probably should have been consuming those more frequently, since supposedly anxiety and other problems could be related to the balance of bacteria in your gut, and antibiotics can tremendously interfere with that.

My time of the month still hasn't started. It felt more imminent yesterday than it does today. Didn't eat any ground flaxseed (warning) yesterday, but probably will have some today. Don't know if that will make my time of the month more or less likely to start soon.


Not much else to add, I guess. Been reading or glancing at lots of different Clevnet books, so, I only got to page 142 in XSLT 2.0 and XPath 2.0 Programmer's Reference.

I've been itching to do or make something instead of mostly just reading, and sometimes noting down ideas for my projects. But, I still think I need to learn more before I can make much progress, so, I don't expect to do much in the near future besides reading and experimenting with XSLT, etc.


Addition, Dec. 20, 2016, 3:38 AM/4:23 AM EST. My time of the month is still delayed (though it sometimes feels quite imminent, judging by the unpainful not-quite-cramps in my lower abdomen). So I searched the web a bit on the topic of flax's effects on menstrual cycles, and found this interesting page:

The Seed Rotation Diet: How to Regulate Your Menstrual Cycle with Food

I never noticed any seeds other than flax having an effect on my cycle or PMS, but, that could be because I was never on the lookout for such effects. (For the same reason, I originally didn't even notice flax doing anything for me.)

Fortunately, I like all the seeds mentioned (especially sunflower seeds, though I haven't eaten any lately), so trying that seed rotation diet wouldn't be difficult for me.


This other page says "Regularly eating flaxseeds may help make ovulation more regular."

Not sure I like the sound of that (since maybe I'd rather suppress my ovulation and avoid the nuisance of menstruation), but, eating 2 spoonfuls of ground flaxseed (warning) per day seems to be making me feel better overall, so, I'm going to just keep doing that for a while regardless.




I also found some pages (including this page and this page) which pointed out that some people can have bad reactions to flax.

Just thought I should point that out, since even though my own experiences with ground flaxseed (warning) have been quite good so far, that doesn't mean it would be good for everyone. (Which probably could be true of many other things I mentioned, too.)

Addition, Jan. 29, 2017, 7:01 PM EST. Today, I found something worrying I wish I had found sooner. When I curiously looked up ground flaxseed (warning) and headaches, I ran across a mention of cyanide here, so I searched for flaxseed (warning) and cyanide, and ran across these other scary pages:

Ground flaxseed and cyanide
From Discuss.Huel.Com

Flax Meal & Cyanide
From Livestrong.com

I don't know if ground flaxseed (warning) has been doing me any harm - I actually thought it was probably helping me, but who knows.

Not sure what to think of this yet, but, just thought I should point it out.


Addition, Jan. 29, 2017, 7:11 PM EST. I had 2 spoonfuls of ground flaxseed (warning) around 5:06 PM today, and I've been feeling better and less headachy, rather than worse.

So, personally, I don't feel too worried about ground flaxseed (warning), even though I will likely eat less of it in the future.


Additions, Jan. 30, 2017, 1:40 PM/1:48 PM EST. Found a credible-looking page which says "A 1994 study found that, in healthy individuals, daily consumption of as much as 60 grams of raw flaxseedmore than eight tablespoonswas safe."

Q: I recently read that flaxseed contains cyanide. I have been consuming two to three tablespoons of ground flaxseed daily for several years. Should I be concerned? Does this quantity of flaxseed provide a clinically significant amount of cyanide?
From NutritionLetter.Tufts.Edu, Aug. 2011

Another interesting quote:

"Many foods, including not only flax but cashews, almonds, some beans and other plant products, naturally contain very small amounts of cyanide compounds. Youre more likely to ingest these trace amounts of cyanide when such foods are consumed raw, as heat breaks down the compounds. Even when flaxseed is eaten raw, the body has a natural capacity to break down a certain amount of these cyanide compounds."




Additions, Dec. 20, 2016, 4:23 AM/4:27 AM EST. Just found a page which clearly says:

"Flaxseed, on the other hand, might delay the start of your menstrual period."

Sounds great to me. :-D

That same page also says:

'In a University of Rochester study reported in the 1993 issue of the "Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism," women taking flaxseed had a slightly longer luteal phase, the time between ovulation and the start of the next menstrual period.'

I guess I'm probably OK with that too.


Addition, Dec. 22, 2016, 12:14 AM EST. Got a slight headache in the afternoon of Dec. 20, but it went away quite quickly.

Yesterday, I managed to get OrientDB 2.2.13 and PhpOrient 1.2.5 working on my Lucid Puppy Linux 5.2.8 version 004 desktop computer without an internet connection. (I think I might have figured that out before, probably with earlier versions, but if so, I misplaced my notes and had to figure it out again.)

Despite that, and making some progress figuring out how to improve Astroblahhh Desktop, I still had an emotionally rough day, even though I had ground flaxseed (warning). But I probably didn't eat enough food yesterday, so, maybe that's what's wrong.

But maybe delaying my period with ground flaxseed (warning) isn't such a good idea. I don't think I usually have as many emotional issues during my period as I do soon before it, so, maybe I'd be better off not eating ground flaxseed (warning) as often, so my time of the month isn't delayed.

Still been fairly energetic, though not so much yesterday and today. Probably would have slept better if I ate better.


Addition, Dec. 22, 2016, 5:34 AM EST. Finally, my time of the month started, quite a bit late (since I was expecting it around Dec. 7th or 8th).

Didn't try to do anything special to make it happen. I just took my usual "morning" 1 Ovega 3 and (recently usual) six 500mg Vitamin C's.

Then found I was too tired to stay awake despite having slept already for about 7 hours, so I went back to sleep for another couple hours. Woke up with major cramps, and had to rush to the bathroom to put on my biohazard equipment (maxi pads) which I didn't realize I was going to need so soon.


So, maybe it's true that ginger and/or high amounts of Vitamin C, and some other things on that page that I had recently, such as yogurt, eggs, pumpkin (which I had in the form of pumpkin spice Teeccino), and sex, can help induce menstruation.

I got a bit confused about ginger earlier today, due to hastily misreading this web page. But I soon found various other pages (like this one) which pointed out it can induce menstruation. I think maybe I believe that now.

However, I think I vaguely remember trying ginger for that purpose in the past - almost forgot about that. Not sure if it really did much for me - I have the vague recollection that celery seemed to maybe work better for me. But it's possible ginger helped more than I realized.


I didn't even drink very much of that Bigelow probiotic lemon/ginger non-caffeinated herbal tea. I had my first cup the other day (late 18th or early 19th), then neglected to have more (unless I just forgot to write it down) until sometime before 5:30 AM on Dec. 21st.

Might've been interesting to see if ginger is actually good for cramps, but, my cramps were so bad I rushed to take an Advil, since I already know that definitely works well for me. Less than an hour later, I felt fine, and I think my pain might've started decreasing about 20 minutes after I took Advil.


I also ate two spoonfuls of ground flaxseed (warning), since evidently that wasn't obstructing my time of the month as much as I feared.

Not sure what made me suddenly get worse PMS symptoms recently. Since I mostly avoided headaches, my worst symptom was feeling emotionally awful and anxious even though nothing really bad and actually some good things happened. Don't know if extra ground flaxseed (warning) (beyond the 2 spoonfuls per day I was already eating) would have helped or harmed. Anyway, so far, I feel like it's probably helping me.

I'm so glad that I somehow managed to mostly avoid PMS headaches. And it seems like maybe I had fewer and less severe PMS symptoms in general until very soon before my time of the month started (though it's possible my anxiety around the 18th might also have been related to PMS). I even got less of my usual unpainful non-quite-cramps I usually get beforehand (which I sometimes think of as "preliminary cramps" even though they're so mild I probably shouldn't call them cramps at all).


Don't know if I'm going to try the seed rotation diet, or just keep having ground flaxseed (warning) daily regardless of where I am in my cycle. And I might sometimes eat sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds whenever, just because I like them.

Might go back to sleep again soon, or maybe not. I'm so glad I mostly haven't been this fatigued lately.


Addition, Dec. 22, 2016, 7:20 PM EST. Stayed awake, and didn't get much done today besides reading. But, I actually needed only 1 Advil today since my cramps didn't come back, so, that's definitely an improvement. Didn't have any ginger or ginger tea today, just my usual 2 spoonfuls of ground flaxseed (warning).


Addition, Dec. 24, 2016, 7:49 AM EST. On Dec. 23rd, was woken up by a headache after sleeping between around 8:25 PM to 1:15 AM. It soon went away, but I kept feeling on the verge of a headache, so I had 2 spoonfuls of ground flaxseed (warning) around 4:03 AM. Was OK for a while, but I started getting headachy again around 9:52 AM.

I think I usually tend to get headaches before my period rather than during it. But, that one could have been from not eating well enough again, since I started feeling better after eating a microwaveable frozen dinner (chicken fried rice, which I added tomato sauce and parmesan to).


Surprisingly, yesterday, I was doing reasonably well emotionally (compared to my bad days), despite the headaches.

I used to think my PMS-related emotional issues were probably mostly due to being in pain from headaches. But, judging by what happened recently, it seems these are two not-necessarily-related symptoms. I'm quite surprised at how emotionally messed up I recently was before my time of the month, despite not even having a headache. But, at least not having a headache at the same time made it less bad.

So, it seems something, or things (perhaps ground flaxseed (warning)? Or lots more Vitamin C? And/or both? And/or other things?) may have changed my usual patterns for the better.

I guess I should really go back to reading those books about hormones, adrenal fatigue, etc., to see if I can improve my situation even more (since clearly there's still plenty of room for improvement here).


Less than 5 hours of sleep tends not to be enough for me, and sleeping so poorly and relatively briefly, and my jitteriness yesterday (which felt more physical than emotional), made me suspect that I probably have been getting magnesium deficient again. (I also definitely wasn't eating well enough in general, which also tends to worsen my sleep, and can make me overly emotional, and sometimes causes headaches.)

So, sometime before 6 AM on Dec. 23rd, I took 2 Nature Made magnesium citrates, which helped and definitely made me somewhat tired and calmer, but I still felt like I could probably use some more, so, I took 2 more around 1:24 PM.

Then, I slept an especially long time - sometime between 1:30 PM on Dec. 23rd to 4:10 AM on Dec. 24th - and I feel much better overall now. Haven't had such a good long sleep in quite a while, if I recall correctly.

I think maybe I usually haven't been getting enough magnesium lately mostly because I prefer to take magnesium toward the end of my day (since it can make me tired), and the problem is, I tend to get lazy about doing anything (even simple things like taking vitamins) once I get tired.


Recently found this excellent article:

Magnificent Magnesium: The Neglected Mineral We Cannot Live Without
(Sept. 23, 2010 from WestonAPrice.org)

I was particularly intrigued by the parts about "Deaf Smith County, Texas, and the justly famous residents whose teeth refused to succumb to decay".


Addition, Dec. 25, 2016, 7:44 AM EST. Had 2 Nature Made magnesium citrates before sleep, and I feel so much better-rested than usual again that I'm going to try much harder not to skip that anymore. Slept about 10 hours!

But I was only awake for about 13 and a half hours before that. But I felt pretty alert and energetic for most of that time (and now), so, compared to my previous times of the month, I haven't been in so much of a slump.

Skipped ground flaxseed (warning) yesterday, and am still feeling fine.

Still been getting little done besides reading, and pondering what to do next with Astroblahhh Desktop and my Puppy Linux Setup Kit.

Merry Christmas and Merry Grav-Mass. :-)


Additions, Dec. 26, 2016, 9:00 AM/9:33 AM EST. Maybe I shouldn't skip ground flaxseed (warning) and probiotic yogurt, and maybe I need more carbs closer to bedtime. Before sleep, my mood worsened, and I didn't sleep as long or well.

I was still timid and shy even when my mood was better, though, so, it's not like I was feeling perfect before. Anyway, even that imperfect sleep improved my mood, and so did eating.

Starting the day with an emphasis on protein, simply by eating at least 2 hard-boiled eggs in my "morning", definitely seems better for my energy levels than just eating whatever, whenever. That's another thing I should have done yesterday. (Resumed that today.)


Since I ran into a few glitches in the concept mapping software VUE: Visual Understanding Environment, I decided to finally try to learn more about Java programming to see if I can fix those glitches.

I don't want to get too dependent on the Java platform, but, given that I probably don't have the ability to recreate the graph database software OrientDB or Neo4j in some other language or platform, I might be stuck using Java for a while anyway. So I might as well enjoy what there is to enjoy about it and learn what I can.

I've always been apprehensive about Java's reputed security problems, but on the other hand, I always thought it was cool that Java is cross-platform (like one of my favorite platforms, the Z-machine). Java is also used in Android phones. And Java has been around for a pretty long time now, and I assume the Java ecosystem is probably thriving and full of cool already-built stuff to play with and use in your own projects.


I guess I'm also going to have to learn to use the Git version control software. (So far I prefer Mercurial, but Git seems to be more popular overall.) And, since I don't want to have to worry about accidentally sending the wrong files to GitHub, I'm going to have to use Git inside a VirtualBox. (I also prefer running Java inside a VirtualBox, which I hope is safer/more secure somehow.)

Fortunately, even my unrenovated Puppy Linux Setup Kit works well inside VirtualBox, and I have enough RAM to comfortably run even multiple VirtualBoxes if I want. So, this is all pretty feasible, even though I might just end up mostly reading and getting little else done again.


Additions, Dec. 27, 2016, 8;19 AM/8:37 AM/9:55 AM EST. Slept about 6 hours, and sort of want to go back to sleep. Still didn't have more ground flaxseed (warning) yet - and for a probiotic, only had that Bigelow lemon/ginger probiotic tea. But yesterday was still a much better day than the day before that.

Overall, that was probably one of my least unpleasant periods in a long time. Maybe my 2nd least bad period ever, a distant second to the aforementioned unexplained not-so-unpleasant one from when I was a teenager. I had a lot more energy (while it lasted) than I usually do during periods, though I still got tired rather early.

Still didn't get much done besides reading, and still haven't returned to health-related books.

I definitely seem to be improving overall, so, I don't think there's much else to say for now.


Additions, Jan. 4, 2017, 5:17 PM/6:02 PM EST/11:48 PM EST. Got a pretty bad headache yesterday. Not sure if it was related to the 3.25 ounces of chocolate hazelnut Piroulines I ate mostly on Dec. 28th (and some on Dec. 30th).

I think it might have been more related to lapsing into my old bad habit of neglecting to eat well enough due to being more interested in reading or programming than in preparing and eating food. Also, since Dec. 30th until yesterday, I skipped my daily two spoonfuls of flaxseed (warning) ground up with a coffee grinder.

Still mostly been having not-so-fun dreams. The most amusing one lately (today, in fact) was a nightmare in which I looked in the mirror and saw I had 4 extra boobs. :-)


Anyway, that headache was my worst problem lately. Other than that, I've been doing quite well.

And somehow my body has reverted to not having to have as much Vitamin C to avoid my gum's sore spots flaring up. I've been taking a minimum of 6 500 mg Vitamin C's per day, usually taken sometime in my "morning", plus usually one or more large doses later in my day, and/or just before sleep. But on a couple days recently, I only took six 500 mg Vitamin C's in my "morning", and I was fine.

Anyway, even though I could probably get by without taking so much, I think I might not ever go back to my former much smaller amounts, since overall, I've been doing much better, and I think Linus Pauling probably was right about huge amounts of Vitamin C being good.


Been trying to figure out Java programming. Managed to load VUE: Visual Understanding Environment into an Eclipse IDE project. And this old forum post helped by providing a .classpath file containing a list of unnecessary folders which you can configure Eclipse to ignore by using Eclipse's Resource Filters feature:

src/java15
src/oki/old
src/maclib
src/old
src/build

Actually, I probably still didn't set it up totally correctly, since I didn't yet bother to do anything with the rest of the .classpath file. But even so, VUE still compiles.

And I was able to use Eclipse's Javadoc feature to automatically generate informative pages like these, except probably more up to date.

I've been trying to figure out how to make VUE use the GTK "look and feel", so VUE will fit in better with my nice dark GTK desktop theme, unlike the annoying overly bright "Metal" "look and feel" which is a Java default.

I tried changing that a long time ago (maybe sometime in 2015 or even 2014), but somehow it caused VUE to freeze up and become unresponsive. But this time, it somehow mostly worked, except now the main window somehow is stuck in split-screen mode.

I guess I probably need to learn how to use Eclipse's debugging features. There's a variety of things I want to track down and fix (or modify). But even if all I manage to do is make the theme nicer to look at, that will make VUE tremendously more pleasant for me to use.


Additions, Jan. 6, 2017, 4:14 PM/4:28 PM/7:16 PM EST. Recently realized that maybe the reason I was craving tea again several days ago was maybe because of the caffeine I probably got from the chocolate in the chocolate hazelnut Piroulines. Also, I forgot to mention before that I felt like I was verging on a headache at times in the days leading up to my bad headache.

But now (and ever since Jan. 4th), I feel much better, and my craving for tea (which I successfully resisted) also went away.

Not sure yet what the maximum amount of caffeine I can consume without problems is, but I don't recall having any trouble with the medium-size caffeinated Barq's root beer I got from Burger King on Dec. 1st. Didn't even have a craving for tea.

I'm not really eager to continue to risk getting headaches, but it would be nice to know how much chocolate I can eat without problems.


Mostly been reading Clevnet books and didn't get much more done with the concept mapping software VUE: Visual Understanding Environment yet.

But, I decided I'm going to mostly use Mercurial to privately track my changes to VUE and make it easier to edit the source code on multiple computers. Then, when (or if) I'm ready to actually publish some changes, I'll add those changes to Git and GitHub.


Addition, Jan. 12, 2017, 4:33 AM EST. Had a bunch of good days (despite usually not consuming ground flaxseed (warning) and also neglecting to take as much Vitamin C) up until maybe the morning of Jan. 10th, then started feeling menstrual and moody.

But, I felt better after sleeping a while and having more ground flaxseed (warning) and Walgreens Vitamin D3 Bone Health 2000 IU Softgels.

As usual when I'm getting premenstrual, my gums started to bother me a bit more again, though that has subsided again now that I've resumed larger amounts of Vitamin C.


I'm not doing as well as I was before the morning of Jan. 10th, but my mood has greatly improved, and I made some good progress with some of my projects later on Jan. 10th, and on Jan. 11th. Today, I'm feeling less on track and less well-focused, but at least I'm mostly not sad now and am feeling more optimistic again.

Still have been continuing (even on my best days) to avoid my public email and forums, though - same as usual, I guess. I don't know how long I'm going to keep feeling that way, but I guess even before I got possible adrenal fatigue, worsened hormonal issues, and/or possible PTSD, I was seldom really eager to deal with such things.


This "morning" (around 7 PM), I couldn't stand the idea of eating mostly just hard-boiled eggs for breakfast again, so, I mashed the eggs up with some mayonnaise, and had a sandwich. I only had one such sandwich, but it definitely seemed to help my energy levels (which already had been remarkably good up until recently), even though I was dubious about having carbs in the form of bread.

Guess I'm going to resume my daily 2 spoonfuls of ground flaxseed (warning), since I feel like I might need it. Haven't felt like eating sunflower seeds, and I have no pumpkin seeds, so I didn't yet really try the seed rotation diet.


I ran across various pages like this one saying that ginger might boost testosterone. So, a while back, I added ginger to some Teeccino, and it makes the French Roast kind taste even better to me. I didn't like it so much in my usual favorite flavor, Pumpkin Spice, but it was still drinkable.

Not sure whether or not the ginger had any effects on my testosterone, but, I'm guessing it probably didn't hurt, and who knows, maybe it played a part in why I had a bunch of good days.

I think maybe I ought to try eating ginger even more frequently. But, ginger is so spicy-hot it's difficult for me to tolerate large amounts of ginger in my Teeccino, tea, or other food.

So, maybe the best way, or the most fun way, for me to increase my ginger consumption would be to figure out how to make ginger cookies, or something. That would probably be cheaper than buying already-made cookies, and also has a good chance of tasting much better.


Additions, Jan. 12, 2017, 5:15 AM/6:30 AM EST. Forgot to mention that I've increased my good habit of trying to exercise at random times, like when I'm alone in the kitchen waiting for my food to finish cooking, or when I'm watching TV, or using my computer on my standing desk.

I call it exercise since it's not artistic enough for me to call it bellydancing, even though some of the moves are inspired by bellydancing. Anyway, even just those few minutes of exercise here and there definitely seem to be having a good (though subtle) effect on my physique.

I think it might improve my mood, too, though I think longer, more strenuous exercise is probably more effective for that, judging by my results after going through most of the Learn Belly Dancing video routine. I probably should do stuff like that more often, but usually haven't since October.

I also sometimes have been sort of weightlifting, just by repeatedly lifting up my big heavy old box fan (which is still difficult for me). I just want to have a bit more muscle, so I don't have so much trouble lifting heavy objects, and also so I can effortlessly burn more calories. And hopefully it will also help increase my testosterone to whatever amount is healthy for a woman.


Addition, Jan. 12, 2017, 5:48 AM EST. Forgot to mention, no trouble with headaches lately. Still been totally avoiding caffeine in any form, including chocolate.


Additions, Jan. 13, 2017, 10:23 AM EST/2:04 PM EST. Been feeling closer to normal. Still not as energetic as before, but much improved. I love ground flaxseed (warning)!

I'd like to try to eat more sunflower seeds in the near future (even though I haven't really been in the mood for them for months), just because they're a suggested part of the seed rotation diet.

I doubt I'm going to ever strictly follow the seed rotation diet, because I really like ground flaxseed (warning)'s effects on me so far, and it seems like it helps me at any time of month. (Though I should probably mention again that some people have very bad reactions to flax.)

I wonder if the good effects on me are from the high amounts of Omega 3 in ground flaxseed (warning), or the lignans, or both? I'm guessing both.


Addition, Jan. 14, 2017, 3:29 AM EST. Had an unusual amount of trouble falling asleep yesterday - both magnesium and walnuts didn't work, so, I slept from around 6:50 PM (almost 24 hours after my previous wake time of around 7 PM) to about 2 AM. At least I made a lot of good progress with some of my projects - just nothing releasable yet.

And my slightly modified VUE is helping a lot too. It's already my most comfortable and somewhat HyperCard-like way to quickly and easily make my own nice-looking custom graphic user interfaces consisting of pictures or icons, nice backgrounds, text, and inconveniently tiny buttons. Unlike in HyperCard, those buttons can't yet be resized or styled, and aren't scriptable within VUE. But at least they can launch external scripts, programs, and web pages.

I'm also glad I finally figured out how to detach images from VUE bubbles, since now I can decorate my maps more nicely.

Among other things, I made some VUE maps about food (with pictures), to increase my appetite, remind me of what's here without me having to go to the kitchen or refrigerator to look, and to make it easier for me to decide what to eat, cook, or buy. Definitely nicer than relying on my memory, text lists, and/or web browsing for food-related ideas.

It's kind of luxurious, like having my own personal, customizable restaurant menu to choose from. Except I have to cook the food myself, at least until I someday create my own free (as in freedom), libre, open source robot chef. :-) Maybe I really will do that someday.


Addition, Jan. 14, 2017, 6:15 AM EST. I finally updated my Contact page and Request Free/Libre/Open Source Software or Documentation, or Ask Programming Questions page, and also linked the Non24.com and Non24.org contact pages to my Astroblahhh contact page, just to point out my current unavailability.

Hopefully someday I'll feel like dealing with that stuff again, maybe after I finish more of my own projects.


Addition, Jan. 15, 2017, 1:03 AM EST. Had an easier time falling asleep yesterday. Slept sometime between 3:02 PM and 10:49 PM. Lately, my salt cravings returned, and also sometimes the old frequent urination problem, but I'm doing much better now after resuming eating various salty snacks such as goldfish crackers and croutons.

And I finally also had some salty roasted sunflower seeds around 2 PM yesterday. I can't be sure exactly what those did for me, but, I definitely feel better today than much of yesterday.

I felt kind of scattered and anxious for much of yesterday (before sleeping), and continually hungry (probably simply because of mostly grazing on snacks rather than having good-sized meals), but now I feel more relaxed, and it's easier to focus. Feels like the effects of magnesium, so maybe it's from magnesium in the sunflower seeds (since I neglected to take Nature Made magnesium citrate).

And/or, perhaps sunflower seeds (a part of the seed rotation diet) really do have a good effect on hormonal issues. I guess I've just been kind of tired of them because a while back my family got 25 pounds of them, and lately, for a salty snack, I've been preferring goldfish crackers (which we also got 25 pounds of, but I'm still not even close to tired of them).

Anyway, I still like sunflower seeds, and I definitely don't really mind eating a few more of them, particularly if they turn out to reliably make me feel better and ease at least some of my hormonal issues.

Eating sunflower seeds is actually more fun than my usual way of eating ground flaxseed (warning) - which is more reminiscent of taking vitamins, since rather than putting ground flaxseed (warning) in my food, I just shovel two spoonfuls into my mouth and quickly wash it all down with water. :-)


Additions, Jan. 16, 2017, 3:56 AM/4:42 AM EST. Yesterday around 5 AM, I took another five Walgreens Vitamin D3 Bone Health 2000 IU Softgels.

Been doing much better since then. I think Vitamin D might possibly be one of the very best things for my overall energy levels and mood that I've tried so far. I just wish I had a more precise idea of how much I need, and when.

For the past few weeks, I hadn't taken very much, and (unless I forgot to note some down), I only took 2 on Dec. 12th, 1 on Jan. 1st, and 5 on Dec. 30th, since I was trying to avoid possibly overdosing on Vitamin D, after having taken 4 or 5 almost every other day for a while around the beginning and middle of December, and varying amounts every several days around the end and middle of November.

I doubt I even got close to overdosing, judging by this page, but, I just figured I might as well err on the side of caution.

I wonder if maybe I had recently ended up somewhat Vitamin D deficient again because of taking it so infrequently. I guess I'll try taking it more frequently again for a while.


Addition, Jan. 17, 2017, 5:59 AM EST. On several days recently, my right eye was itchy and gooey (and sometimes bloodshot when I bothered to look in the mirror). But until yesterday, I was mostly oblivious to it, especially since those issues went away at times.

But yesterday, it got particularly bad, and I got a bit sneezy, slightly congested, and my right nostril ran a little. So, now I think maybe I have pink-eye (conjunctivitis), or a cold which has pink eye as a symptom. That might explain why it seemed like my gums' sore spots were getting more sensitive rather sooner than than I expected. My gums' sore spots getting more sensitive and needing a lot more Vitamin C to control that are premenstrual symptoms I've learned to expect. But it also seems like my gums' sore spots getting more sensitive sometimes is a clue that I'm getting a cold or something.

The day after I just happened to eat a whole raw tomato, my eye's pink-eye symptoms subsided enough that I assumed whatever the problem was (like maybe some small irritant in my eye like an eyelash or something), it was gone now. Then it recurred, so, yesterday, after reading that Vitamin A might be good for things like this, I ate another tomato, and today, though I'm still a bit sneezy, my eye is less gooey, not itchy, and less bloodshot.


It's a pity all my vitamins apparently don't make me totally immune to stuff like this. Oh, well. Not that I was expecting them to. But I'm guessing the vitamins have probably helped me, at least.

I wonder if I should have continued taking Walgreens Vitamin D3 Bone Health 2000 IU Softgels instead of skipping them for a day yesterday.


Addition, Jan. 17, 2017, 12:59 PM EST. This morning, soon after writing the preceding, I took five Walgreens Vitamin D3 Bone Health 2000 IU Softgels, my usual six 500mg Vitamin C's, my usual one 500mg Ovega 3, one 200 IU Vitamin E (which I've been taking on occasion for a while, but haven't been mentioning since I'm not sure what it's doing for me), a Nature Made Vitamin K2, and two Nature Made magnesium citrates.

A few hours later, I also had my usual 2 spoonfuls of ground flaxseed (warning), partly because I started to feel close to a headache, and also because I hadn't had any yesterday despite feeling increasingly menstrual. Feeling better now.

My cold and/or pink-eye symptoms have been mostly gone so far today. The thing that most bothers me (but not very much, and only when flossing) is one of my gum's sore spots, which is a bit sensitive to floss. (It's my third sore spot, which was dormant for so long I forgot about it, but which is on the opposite side of the root canaled tooth that my usual lower left sore spot is to the left of. The other two sometimes sore spots are currently fine.)


Started out with very good energy levels today, but, since I didn't have any hard-boiled eggs made, I ended up starting the day by eating a lot of carbs, which I think made me a bit tired. (Or maybe it's the magnesium. But since Vitamin D seems to give me an energy boost, I was hoping the two might balance each other out.) Fortunately, I still had the energy and inclination to make a new batch of hard-boiled eggs, which I'll probably be eating in my "morning" for the next several days.

I'm guessing without all these vitamins, I probably would've gotten a far worse cold (or pink-eye or whatever this is - or was?), and also might have noticed sooner than I was getting it. But all the symptoms were usually so mild and ignorable (or attributable to something else) that it took me a while to even figure it out.

I'm guessing I might have done even better if I were more reliable about having my meals, vitamins, ground flaxseed (warning), and sunflower seeds. I'm usually fairly reliable about anything I regularly do in my "morning", but not as reliable about stuff I try to do later on. I probably ought to start using my Relative Scheduler more often again.


Addition, Jan. 18, 2017, 6:40 AM EST. Seems like my cold and/or pink-eye is already mostly gone. My right eye is only a little bloodshot now at the left side, and you have to look pretty closely to see it.

Not much else to say, I guess. Just been reading, and sometimes working on my Puppy Linux Setup Kit.


Days ago, I tried to compile a ton of stuff so I could try the libre Minecraft-like game Terasology in Lighthouse 64 Puppy Linux 6.02 Beta 2.

Still didn't get to try it yet, since I needed to upgrade GCC: The GNU Compiler Collection, so I could try to upgrade to a newer graphics driver, which required me to upgrade Cmake so I could build LLVM, which turned out to be so huge I ran out of disk space.

So, in the end, I gave up, but at least now I know it's possible to upgrade to a newer GCC without switching to a whole new Puppy Linux. And now I have a Go compiler and even a Fortran compiler to play with. :-)


Addition, Jan. 18, 2017, 7:23 AM EST. It turns out that I like sandwiches composed of hard boiled eggs + mayonnaise + salt + black pepper enough to keep making them (and more importantly, keep eating them) frequently.

Larger hard-boiled eggs are more convenient, since I don't have to peel as many. And the larger eggs I boiled somehow turned out to be much easier to peel than the smaller ones.


Additions, Jan. 19, 2017, 7:29 AM/7:47 AM EST. Yesterday afternoon, got a slight headache, but it soon went away after I had Nature Made Stress B and some food (including sunflower seeds, in case my headache was related to PMS).

Hours later, I had a small coughing fit because of a tickle in my throat. Went to sleep around 10 PM and first woke around 4:43 AM, with a slightly stuffy nose. I also felt cold, so I actually turned my electric blanket on and went back to sleep for another couple few hours, and woke up feeling better. (But I'm going to keep mostly avoiding using my electric blanket except sometimes while awake, because it probably would interfere too much with my sleep quality.)

I guess my cold briefly came back probably partly because as usual, as I got more tired, I didn't stick to my routine as well and skipped or delayed meals and vitamins. But at least my pink-eye-like symptoms haven't come back so far.


Addition, Jan. 20, 2017, 4:24 AM EST. Had a headache again for a while before I went to sleep sometime after 9:17 PM. Slept only until around 2:21 AM, but my headache is gone now. Should've tried eating more sunflower seeds yesterday, but didn't. My only cold-like symptom is a slightly stuffy left nostril.

I feel like I'm getting into a slump again because of PMS, though ground flaxseed (warning) definitely seems to help for a while. Wonder what would happen if I ate more than two spoonfuls per day. Not sure yet if sunflower seeds help or not, but I didn't eat that many at a time yet. (Too tired of them to eat many of them.)

I guess I should return to those books on hormones, etc. But all I want to do is finish renovating my Puppy Linux Setup Kit. Not that I'm even close to finishing it.

Oh, well. At least my hormones are now wrecking fewer of my days than they used to. But I still wish I was born male instead of female.


Additions, Jan. 20, 2017, 4:39 AM/5:07 AM/5:45 AM EST. Actually, I probably shouldn't assume that being a man would definitely improve my life, since I've read (and probably seen firsthand) that men can have hormonal problems too, such as Irritable Male Syndrome.

Here's another page on that.


Addition, Jan. 20, 2017, 10:41 AM EST. Went to sleep again for a few more hours, and woke up feeling much better, and less unsatisfied with the mixture of advantages and disadvantages my body and gender impose on me.

And also decided to try to at least temporarily reduce my habit of storing notes in NoteCase, because I want to see how storing a lot more of my notes in my slightly modified version of VUE: Visual Understanding Environment turns out.


Additions, Jan. 21, 2017, 6:58 AM/7:24 AM EST. Yesterday, my pink-eye symptoms came back, but in my left eye instead. But my mood was much better, and I also had no headaches, though got close to a headache in the evening.

Still doing mostly well this morning. My right eye seems fine now, and my left eye has some leftover bloodshot and gunk (which I cleaned off), and is not really itchy now, and seems closer to normal today. My mood is very good and I'm still quite energetic, and was yesterday too. My time of the month seems imminent but nonetheless, I feel mostly fine.

I wonder if maybe I'd do best with at least a little Vitamin D daily, instead of having around five at a time every few days. I wonder if my body maybe uses up Vitamin D faster than average because of my besieged immune system, resulting from my chronic gum disease, which was maybe caused by my root canals? (Similar to how my body requires extra Vitamin C around my time of the month and other times of stress, or else one or more of my gums' 3 sometimes recurring sore spots - all next to one of my 3 root canals - get sore.)

Also got some new organic flaxseed (warning)s recently, so, my ground flaxseed (warning) now tastes different and fresher than the ground flaxseed (warning) I made from seeds that have been in my freezer for months. Maybe it's more nutritious and more effective at influencing my hormones for the better, too.

Figured out the biggest remaining obstacle to me using VUE: Visual Understanding Environment for most of my notes is not being able to press F5 to insert the current date and time. So, that's one of the next features I'm going to try to add to my slightly modified version of VUE.


Additions, Jan. 22, 2017, 9:10 AM/9:57 AM EST. Java (the programming language VUE is written in) is very frustrating, and it's even difficult to figure out how to format a date without crashing VUE. I guess I should try working on that outside of VUE, then once I get it working, add it to VUE.

Didn't try taking Vitamin D yesterday, just lots of Vitamin C. My cold is still lingering a bit, though my eyes are doing better. My left eye is less bloodshot, and my right eye has sometimes been a bit gooey, but not constantly.

I wonder if my immune system was stronger back when I was still drinking black tea, which is reputedly good for your immune system. If that's the case, that tempts me more than anything else to go back to drinking tea. (But less than I used to drink, of course.)

I think maybe I did more seldom get colds back when I drank tea. But I still got them on occasion, sometimes quite severe ones (worse than any I've had since quitting tea), so, I guess I shouldn't be that tempted.


Addition, Jan. 22, 2017, 1:37 PM EST. I'm especially glad now I didn't have tea, since I'm getting so tired now I think I should probably go back to sleep. Which might be both PMS and a cold symptom, but probably PMS, since I had pretty good energy before even despite my cold.

Most of my cold symptoms seem to be gone at the moment, and my eyes are mostly back to normal. Took two Walgreens Vitamin D3 Bone Health 2000 IU Softgels earlier, among most of my usual other vitamins.

Ended up watching TV instead of struggling with Java programming. I hope I'll be able to get that done soon. I can already press F5 to insert new VUE bubbles, they just don't have the date/time in them yet. And also, I still need to figure out how to append text to an existing bubble's label. It's really close to done, and hopefully I'd finish it today if I weren't so sleepy.


Addition, Jan. 23, 2017, 5:47 PM EST. My cold still seems mostly gone, but, my right eye is a bit bloodshot. My time of the month started maybe around 2:50 PM, but as usual, one Advil eased my cramps.

Today, I managed to add some new improvements to my slightly modified version of VUE: Visual Understanding Environment. Everything other than making F5 insert the current date/time was pretty easy.

I'm looking forward to getting these glass straws because I'm sure they're probably healthier to use (and better for the environment) than plastic straws. Also, they're made in the USA. :-)


Addition, Jan. 25, 2017, 5:07 PM EST. Been doing pretty well, even though I only slept 3 1/2 hours because I was woken up by our dog barking (since my room was too cluttery for me to use my box fan to block noise).

Yesterday evening, had a slight headache and also some moodiness, perhaps because I had my usual 2 spoonfuls of ground flaxseed (warning) later than I intended. But my timing was still pretty good, I think, because both the headache and moodiness lasted probably less than 20 minutes.

Been having two or three Walgreens Vitamin D3 Bone Health 2000 IU Softgels per day, among my usual other vitamins. Seems to work well for me.


I'm very pleased with my my slightly modified version of VUE: Visual Understanding Environment.

I haven't switched to using VUE exclusively for all my notes, but, now I can much more easily find many of my notes, and they're much nicer to look at. And I can also much more easily find other things on my computer, thanks to VUE's ability to launch external programs and scripts.

This is having such a positive effect on my life (and my debilitating tendency to be disorganized) that it's comparable to Astroblahhh Desktop, which I've thought for years ought to have an optional VUE-like interface.

I'm much more comfortable using VUE now than I used to be - both because of my modifications, and because I now feel comfortable enough with XSLT (even though I still haven't finished the XSLT project I was writing about above a while back) that I don't feel at all anymore like my data is (somewhat) locked into VUE's XML format for concept map files, with no immediately plausible, relatively easy way to export or convert my data into useful other textual formats.

XSLT seems strange and verbose at first, but I suspect even using my favorite language, PHP, to try to somehow process XML procedurally and imperatively, without using XSLT (which is considered a declarative, functional programming language) would probably result in far more complicated, verbose scripts and might even require a lot more work and thought.


I'm also now interested in learning even more about Java programming and seeing what else I can do with VUE and other Java software.

And maybe I'll end up exploring my idea of using XSLT to convert portions of VUE maps into runnable source code. Maybe someday (but probably not in the near future) I'll figure out how to make VUE a bit more like Code Bubbles. Or even, a bit more like HyperCard.


I'm still trying to renovate my Puppy Linux Setup Kit, and also Astroblahhh Desktop. Also still been reading or glancing at a lot of Clevnet books.

So, there's plenty to keep me busy for a while.


Additions, Jan. 25, 2017, 6:10 PM/6:25 PM EST. I'm actually fairly satisfied now with my much improved energy levels, my much fewer and usually much milder headaches, and my milder other menstrual or premenstrual symptoms.

So, I'm not sure I'm going to have much that's on topic to add to this particular blog post for a while, unless (or until) I return to the aforementioned books on hormones and/or adrenal fatigue.

Definitely still not eager to return to dealing with anything stressful, so, I'm going to continue mostly focusing on my hobbies - especially reading and programming.


Additions, Jan. 29, 2017, 5:51 PM/6:11 PM EST. Had been doing fairly well (except I gave into the temptation to use my electric blanket for several days and ended up sleeping worse and getting increasingly tired). But I got a bad headache yesterday which came back today.

And today, when I curiously looked up ground flaxseed (warning) and headaches, I ran across a mention of cyanide here, so searched for flaxseed (warning) and cyanide, and ran across these other scary pages:

Ground flaxseed and cyanide
From Discuss.Huel.Com

Flax Meal & Cyanide
From Livestrong.com

However, there are lots of other things that might've caused my headaches, like sleeping poorly, eating poorly, hormonal issues, and/or maybe not taking enough magnesium. (I suspect my increased amounts of Vitamin D maybe are making me require more magnesium than I used to.)

I think I might actually be feeling a bit better after today's 2 spoonfuls of ground flaxseed (warning), even though that didn't rid me of my headache yesterday. (My headache started before, not after, having ground flaxseed (warning), and my headache is actually what reminded me to try ground flaxseed (warning), since it seemed like ground flaxseed (warning) might have helped me with headaches before.)

Still, I'm soon going to add a warning link next to most every mention of ground flaxseed (warning). I'd be very surprised if ground flaxseed (warning) was doing me harm, since it seemed to me like it has probably been helping me, but who knows. At this point I think I'm most likely going to keep eating it sometimes, but probably not have such heaping spoonfuls anymore. And definitely am not going to have more than 2 spoonfuls a day.


Addition, Jan. 29, 2017, 7:08 PM EST. I had 2 spoonfuls of ground flaxseed (warning) around 5:06 PM today, and I've been feeling better and less headachy, rather than worse.

So, personally, I don't feel too worried about ground flaxseed (warning), even though I will likely eat less of it in the future.


Addition, Jan. 30, 2017, 3:40 AM EST. Been doing better, though today I felt more tired and out of sorts than I did possibly throughout my entire time of the month. But I didn't feel capable of going back to sleep, so, had to stay awake. (Been awake since around 1 PM yesterday.)

Won't be using my electric blanket, since now it's unplugged.

Up until those headaches, I was making some progress on various projects (despite being more tired than I should have been, probably largely because of sleeping with my electric blanket). Also found I'm quite happy to use my slightly modified version of VUE: Visual Understanding Environment for most note-taking.

But, lost momentum ever since those headaches, my worst headaches in a while. Maybe being more tired than usual made them worse. Probably shouldn't have used my electric blanket. And also shouldn't be lazy about taking enough magnesium (except I think I really need to take it later on in my day, so it won't possibly make me tired in my "morning" and "afternoon").

At least I don't have a headache now, I'm just very tired.


Addition, Jan. 30, 2017, 1:40 PM/1:48 PM EST. Regarding ground flaxseed (warning) - I found a credible-looking page which says "A 1994 study found that, in healthy individuals, daily consumption of as much as 60 grams of raw flaxseedmore than eight tablespoonswas safe."

Q: I recently read that flaxseed contains cyanide. I have been consuming two to three tablespoons of ground flaxseed daily for several years. Should I be concerned? Does this quantity of flaxseed provide a clinically significant amount of cyanide?
From NutritionLetter.Tufts.Edu, Aug. 2011

Another interesting quote:

"Many foods, including not only flax but cashews, almonds, some beans and other plant products, naturally contain very small amounts of cyanide compounds. Youre more likely to ingest these trace amounts of cyanide when such foods are consumed raw, as heat breaks down the compounds. Even when flaxseed is eaten raw, the body has a natural capacity to break down a certain amount of these cyanide compounds."


Additions, Jan. 30, 2017, 2:37 PM/3:10 PM/3:58 PM EST. Slept much better today (and without my electric blanket), so I feel much better today. Might go back to sleep, though, because I only woke up so early (sometime before 11:49 AM) because some noise outside woke me up. So, I'm still a bit tired.

A couple weeks ago someone got me a wonderful faux (fake) fur robe by "Crofts & Barrow" from a thrift store. It's probably the softest, most comfortable thing I've ever owned, and it's so big (at least compared to me - I'm 5'4") I can even use it as a slightly undersized blanket. It's so warm it's sometimes actually too warm to wear.


Additions, Jan. 31, 2017, 1:05 AM EST. Ended up staying awake to update a relative's website, read, and do various other things.

Really relieved I recovered so quickly from the headaches and/or excessive tiredness of the other days.

Not much else to say here for now. Impatient to get things done, but unsure of what to work on next, but not really in the mood to publicly write about all the many possibilities.


Addition, Feb. 8, 2017, 2:05 AM EST. Here's an article about the many excellent benefits of Vitamin E:

Vitamin E Benefits, Foods, and Side Effects

Partly because of reading that, I've been taking Vitamin E more reliably lately.


On. Feb 6th, my cold symptoms and pink-eye-like symptoms recurred. I thought maybe it was from not sleeping well enough, so I decluttered my room again so I could run my box fan to block noise.

Been sleeping much better since then, and my cold and pink-eye symptoms soon went away again, and my gums' usual sometimes-recurring sore spots are absent. (Today, there's just one sensitive spot someplace which mostly hadn't bothered me since 2008, but maybe that was from accidentally flossing too hard.)

For several days sometime before cleaning my room, I switched to 4 Vitamin C's at a time instead of 6, but, I think I do better with 6, so I went back to 6 at a time.


I like my new glass drinking straws, plus the included cleaning brush, which has only been necessary at times when I didn't rinse the straws out soon after using them.


Been doing pretty well overall. Still been having ground flaxseed (warning) sometimes, but not daily, even though it still seems to help me. In any case, I really doubt it's harmful to me, so I might go back to having it more frequently. I don't think I'm having trouble with my hormones at the moment, so I don't need it for that reason at the moment, but, I like the fact that gives me more Omega 3 in my diet.


Speaking of Omega 3 - because Ovega 3's increasingly high price annoyed me (currently $30.99 for 60 capsules), I recently switched to Testa Omega 3 (currently $24.99 for 60 capsules), another vegan Omega 3.


Ovega 3's bottle says it has 500mg of Omega 3, with 270 DHA and 135 EPA.

Testa's box says it has ">450 mg" of Omega 3, with ">250 mg" DHA and ">125 mg" EPA.

Both containers have a footnote about the DHA and EPA quantities, which reads: "Minimum levels. Amounts may be higher than those indicated above."

I don't know how much the amount could vary, but, it looks like probably Ovega 3 is the one with more Omega 3.


I've always found Omega 3's effects on me subtle (maybe because I only take one capsule at a time) and don't really feel a difference if I skip it for a day. (As for ground flaxseed (warning), which does seem to make a quite noticeable difference when I'm menstrual or premenstrual - I still am not sure what in that affects me most, the lignans or the Omega 3. But I'm guessing they probably both help me.)

So, I can't really judge whether Ovega 3 or Testa might be better, since so far it seems like Ovega 3 and Testa's effect on me are about the same. No obvious effects. Though I suspect Omega 3 probably has had good long-term effects on me, or else I wouldn't keep taking it.

Maybe I ought to try taking more, but, sadly, both Ovega 3 and Testa contain carrageenan. If one of them didn't have carrageenan, I'd probably prefer that one, and also would feel more comfortable taking it more often. (Though I'm actually not sure if carrageenan really has any harmful effects on me.)

I really wish the makers of things like this would stop putting carrageenan in them. This annoys me so much that if I were rich, I would buy or start a vegan Omega 3 company just to make Omega 3 capsules exactly the way I want, and free of anything objectionable such as carrageenan. And I'd also make the price as low as I could possibly afford, to make it available to as many people as possible.


Addition, Feb. 14, 2017, 4:39 PM EST. No headaches lately, but my cold and pink-eye symptoms have repeatedly gone away (so completely I thought they were gone for good) and then come back.

I went back to taking 5 Vitamin D's at a time again to try to get rid of my cold, and have mostly been doing much better. Except I made the mistake of taking magnesium in my "morning" yesterday, and ended up tired all day and my cold worsened, but it seems mostly gone again now.


Been having a great Valentine's Day so far. I watched two romantic movies - Sharknado 3 and 4! :-)

And have been reading various books, including one which has an appropriate theme for Valentine's Day - The Psychology of Romantic Love, by Nathaniel Branden.

I've only read up to page 48 so far, but I'm enjoying it. It provides an interesting overview of the historical roots of the concept of romantic love, and how practical and unromantic many past societies were, and how freedom, the increasing equality of women, and even capitalism contributed to the evolution of our modern-day concepts of romantic love.


Addition, Feb. 16, 2017, 2:53 PM EST. Tried a new (to me) form of magnesium - Advanced MAGNESIUM (by InnovixLabs). Highly Bioavailable Bisglycinate + Malate Formula.

I think it really did help me sleep, but I think maybe I'd be better off taking only 1 capsule at a time instead of the suggested 2 per serving, because I woke up about 4 1/2 hours later with diarrhea. But, after a few hours awake (during which I got some useful things done), I managed to go back to sleep for 6 1/2 hours, more than I usually manage after having slept several hours already.

In the future, I'll try taking just 1 capsule before I intend to sleep, since I think 2 might've been a bit too much for me.

It definitely feels like an effective form of magnesium, with the usual positive effects, like making me feel calmer, and more capable of falling asleep.


Unfortunately, my cold and pink-eye symptoms recurred a bit again today. I keep wondering if my immune system was stronger when I was still drinking black tea, which I've read is good for your immune system.

Going to try red tea (rooibos) soon, partly because of its many benefits, and partly because I really like the taste. Happily, it's caffeine-free.


Addition, Feb. 23, 2017, 8:50 PM EST. I tried Celestial Seasonings Safari Spice and Celestial Seasonings Madagascar Vanilla red teas.

The Safari Spice has become one of my favorite herbal teas. The Madagascar Vanilla is OK, but like most vanilla teas I've ever had, it seems kind of bland. Adding some ground Ceylon cinnamon helps, but I'm mostly going to stick with Safari Spice.

(Addition, March 24, 2017, 8:42 PM EDT. Found the Madagascar Vanilla is improved by microwaving it for 5 minutes. I originally only microwaved it for 2 minutes.)


Since I last wrote, my lingering cold (which kept going away completely or almost completely, then repeatedly surprised me by coming back) with pink-eye symptoms got worse than ever before for a day or so. But I think maybe I finally got rid of it. The most recent newsletter of one of my favorite sci-fi/fantasy authors just happened to mention the idea of taking 1 gram of Vitamin C every hour to fight off a cold.

So, since I had never before tried taking Vitamin C quite that aggressively and reliably, I tried it, and it seemed like it really worked!

I didn't get any indigestion from taking so much Vitamin C - I just sometimes got a kind of heartburny feeling very soon after swallowing them, but drinking more water got rid of that quickly.


Other than my cold, I've mostly been doing pretty well. Didn't get any headaches. Started to get some PMS-related issues yesterday and today (bad mood and hot flashes), but as usual, ground flaxseed (warning) seemed to ease that.

Been taking five Walgreens Vitamin D3 Bone Health 2000 IU Softgels daily for a while. I hope that's not too much. I feel like it might be having a very good effect on my mood (even though PMS can still interfere with my mood if I don't eat ground flaxseed (warning) ), and it also seems like my gums haven't been acting up as much ever since I started taking so much Vitamin D, even at times when I'm lazy about taking Vitamin C.


It has already been getting so warm outside at times, like spring. I'm actually tempted to go outside with my laptop.

I'm finally mostly satisfied for now with my modified version of VUE: Visual Understanding Environment.

So, now I have to figure out what to work on next - which, fortunately, is even easier now thanks to VUE, which is now my favorite notetaking tool I've ever used.


Addition, Feb. 24, 2017, 4:41 PM EST. Seems like my pink eye came back slightly. My right eye is a bit bloodshot, gooey, and itchy. So, I guess I have to keep taking tons of Vitamin C, since maybe it wouldn't have come back if I had kept up the huge amounts. Also, my time of the month is approaching, which reliably seems to drive up my need for Vitamin C. (Around then, I have to take more, or else my gums act up.)

I wonder if drinking black tea again would help my immune system. Clearly something has been messing up my immune system lately, because I never used to have colds that lingered like this.


Addition, Feb. 24, 2017, 5:37 PM EST. Having black tea now - not a full mug, just a bit more than halfway full. Don't know if it will help or not, but, just thought I'd try it, since I think my electric blanket was probably much worse for my sleep quality than tea was, so, maybe the tea will somehow help me more than it harms. And perhaps if I only drink a limited amount, maybe I'll be able to avoid headaches. It probably isn't the best thing for my adrenals, but, whatever, I'm just going to try it.


Addition, Feb. 24, 2017, 9:14 PM EST. Caffeine definitely seems to have a mood-improving effect on me, in addition to making me feel more energetic for a while. It also makes me feel less hungry, which is nice, though I guess it might be better to just eat more, rather than suppress my appetite.

Anyway, I still prefer the taste of Teeccino or Celestial Seasonings Safari Spice red tea, so, I don't expect to have trouble refraining from having black tea daily.

Don't know how much black tea I would need to maximize its immune system-boosting effects, but, I suspect my former daily amount (around 16 ounces, and also around 12 or 10 ounces in the more distant past) maybe really was doing my immune system good.

But I'm hoping less than that will help, since I don't really want to go back to drinking that much black tea daily. Don't want to give my adrenals a hard time, and don't want to get headaches. But if I can handle small amounts without problems, I guess, why not drink it?


Someone I know suggested decaffeinated black tea instead. But I was dubious about that because I remember hearing somewhere that some methods of decaffeination might be unhealthy. And I seldom like the taste of most decaffeinated black tea.

But, according to this page, safe methods exist, so, maybe I ought to try black tea decaffeinated with the "carbon dioxide" method that page mentions. Preferably, grown and made in the USA.


Found a page about a research study which (paraphrased) says decaffeinated green tea is good for the immune systems of rainbow trout. :-) Even though I'm not a rainbow trout, I find that encouraging. :-)

Found some very expensive organic green tea grown in the USA (Hawaii), but it doesn't appear to be decaffeinated. Oh, well.


Found this page which says green tea might actually be bad for some people's immune systems. Not sure that applies to me.

This page suggests that out of black, green, or white tea, that white tea is healthiest.

This other page also seems to favor white tea.


Found some incredibly expensive organic white tea grown in Michigan. I wonder how many cups you can make with the smaller, less expensive packages.

I think I tried a Celestial Seasonings white tea a long time ago. It was OK, but I preferred the taste of black tea. Usually didn't like green tea very much either. (Red tea isn't the same plant species, but I like red tea more than white and green tea, too.)

So, hopefully black tea's and red tea's health benefits are good enough.


Addition, Feb. 25, 2017, 2:55 PM EST. I think maybe the tea caused me to stay awake maybe somewhat longer than I otherwise would have. And the longer I was awake, the worse my cold got. And I pretty much gave up on taking so much Vitamin C, since I was tired and just didn't feel like taking vitamins anymore. Drank some orange juice instead.

Then my cold improved when I slept, though I only slept for about 5 hours. And I feel more awake and alert than I usually have at the start of my "morning" lately, so, I suspect the caffeine might still be affecting me to some extent. But it doesn't feel bad - it feels familiar and more "normal". Except maybe I am starting to verge on a headache already. Maybe even a bit more than half of a 17 ounce mug was a bit too much for me.

Not sure if the tea did much for my immune system yet. Maybe I'll have more today already (but probably less than I did yesterday), even though I know the more I have, the more I'm risking headaches and perhaps worsened sleep too. But my so-called schedule never straightened itself out while I did without caffeine, so at least I'm not concerned about it making my schedule more unpredictable.

I think I should probably eat some "breakfast" before I have tea, though, because tea definitely suppresses my appetite. (Yesterday, my appetite started coming back about 4 hours after I had tea.)

Soon after writing the above, had some cottage cheese (spiced up a bit with black pepper), since even when I don't have caffeine, it seems to really help my energy levels in my "morning",


Addition, Feb. 25, 2017, 9:54 PM EST. Ended up having more tea than I originally intended, since I thoughtlessly poured in more half-and-half than I meant to, and didn't want to waste it.

Interestingly, rather than reducing my vague verging-on-a-headache feeling, having more tea actually seemed to increase it a bit. But I still felt mostly OK, energetic, and in a good mood. The headache hasn't gotten really bad so far (and actually went away by the time I finished writing all these paragraphs). But, I feel pretty certain now that a lot of my past headaches were indeed related to caffeine.

Probably should have had ground flaxseed (warning) today for my hormones, just in case that headache was at least partly hormonal, and also because I felt a bit feverish, which either was hot flashes or maybe an actual fever. (Didn't take my temperature.)

Fortunately, my cold symptoms have decreased all the time I've been awake, and my gums have been mostly behaving, even though I only took my usual 6 Vitamin C's in my "morning", then nothing more until about an hour ago, when I took 4 more. I also didn't take my usual "morning" vitamins other than vegan Omega 3 and Vitamin C, just to change up my routine a bit. (Finally took most of them recently, along with my Vitamin C.)


Now that the tea's more obvious effects have mostly worn off, though, I feel like I'm kind of in a slump, which also happened yesterday. Though it's much less of a slump now that my headache has faded. Actually, now, I'm just tired. But in an increasingly good mood, perhaps because my Vitamin D has started to take effect. :-)

I definitely like the tea highs, but sure didn't miss the lows. Of course, since my time of the month is so close, some of this could just be hormonal issues, especially since I neglected to eat ground flaxseed (warning). Also, I should've slept longer.

Might or might not have more tea tomorrow, but will probably try much harder to avoid having so much. Perhaps there's some ideal amount I can have which will give me mostly benefits and few drawbacks.


I do suspect the black tea has maybe already done my immune system some good, as it's reputedly capable of doing. Maybe that partially explains why I used to be able get by taking a lot less Vitamin C for my gums, and why colds seldom troubled me for long (even before I started taking a lot of Vitamin C), even though I've had 3 root canaled teeth in my mouth since 2006.

Maybe I should find a decaffeinated tea I like, made with safe methods, and drink that regularly so I can get some immune system benefits, and avoid problems from caffeine. (Except decaf is reputed to still contain a small amount of caffeine, but I think I can probably handle that.)

Trying white tea again (which might be healthier than green and black teas) also seems like probably a good idea. At least I like the taste more than green tea. And non-decaffeinated white tea is reputed to have less caffeine than other teas.


Addition, Feb. 26, 2017, 2:21 PM EST. Got about 7 hours of sleep. Woke up thirsty and with a faintly clogged left nostril, but I mostly have been fine and my eyes are less bloodshot. Not feeling as alert as yesterday "morning", which could be hormonal, I guess. I feel like I could maybe go back to sleep.

Returned to my usual vitamin routine today. Except I have been skipping magnesium lately, since it seemed like it was making me feel too tired, and I got the impression that when it made me tired, I became more vulnerable to my cold recurring.

Guess I'll probably continue with my usual black tea sometime soon, unless I go back to sleep. No headache today so far.


Additions, Feb. 27, 2017, 4:08 PM/4:25 PM EST. My time of the month started. I feel like I might either have a fever, or else just hot flashes.

Stayed awake yesterday, but didn't have tea, and started to get a headache around maybe 10 PM or 12 AM or something (was too busy to pay attention to the time). That faded and returned throughout the night and morning, though my cold symptoms stayed pretty mild. Around 5:30 AM I tried having a bit more tea to ease the headache, but it only helped a little.

Finally went to sleep around almost 10 AM after taking this magnesium. But, I think I'm going to stop taking that kind at all, because I think it's a lot stronger than I need, even if I only take one (as I did today). In the past, I even have felt strong effects from supposedly "poorly-absorbed" magnesium oxide, So, maybe I'm actually better off with magnesium oxide so I can't absorb too much.


No headache at the moment, but, I feel like one might be close. And, probably partly because of only sleeping 4 hours so far, I felt quite sluggish and tired when I woke up, and woke up with a somewhat clogged right nostril, and also a vaguely dizzy feeling which I've sometimes had in the past several days (I think even sometimes before trying black tea).

But my cold hasn't recurred as badly as it did those days it got the worst, since my eyes aren't gooey and itchy again, or at least not yet. And, I'm already starting to feel better (perhaps partly because my usual "morning" Vitamin C.)

So, other than giving me headaches and interfering with my sleep (which is probably not good for my immune system), I have had the impression that black tea might really be helping my immune system .

I mostly neglected Vitamin C yesterday (which probably wasn't a good idea, but if I had kept taking huge amounts, it would have been harder for me to judge if the tea was helping, or just the huge amounts of Vitamin C).

All I had was my usual six 500 mg of Vitamin C in my "morning", but surprisingly, my gums handled the lack of any more than that later on in my day much better than I expected. There was only one sore spot acting up, the one on the lower left (to the right of my leftmost root canal) that is usually dormant.


Going to resume larger amounts of Vitamin C, and probably keep drinking more orange juice than usual (which I sometimes have had a craving for, though I didn't drink any yesterday).

And, even though it only took about two days for me to get readdicted to black tea to the point of getting worse headaches than I have had in probably months, I guess I'll try to adjust to it and keep having a little sometimes to try to avert the headaches, and see if I can find an amount that still has benefits but doesn't so easily lead to headaches. (An almost full 17 ounce mug was definitely too much for me. I think I used to handle it better, but I guess now my body isn't accustomed to caffeine anymore.)

I hope I can find an acceptable organic tea decaffeinated with the carbon dioxide method, and grown and made in the USA. I guess second best might be an organic, grown and made in the USA, still-caffeinated white tea or green tea. At least white and green tea are thought to usually have less caffeine than black tea, in addition to possibly being healthier overall.


I have a slight headache already, so, I guess I'll see if a bit of tea helps. Interestingly, the headache has been worse than my menstrual cramps so far. Haven't had bad cramps yet, which seems unusual.

Neglected to have ground flaxseed (warning) recently, so my cramps' reduction wasn't from eating that. Perhaps it was from eating carrots yesterday, along with MSG-free Litehouse brand ranch dressing (which has a surprisingly high amount of Omega 3, though I don't know why that's not mentioned on their website. My jar's label says there's "1090 mg ALA Omega 3 per serving", and a serving is 2 tablespoons).

I feel like I might actually be able to do without a painkiller, though I might take one preemptively anyway, just in case.


Addition, Feb. 28, 2017, 4:02 PM EST. Yesterday, stayed awake and took an Advil, since I started to feel like I might need it for cramps. Avoided having any more tea, and was relieved that I didn't feel headachy or close to a headache, even after my Advil probably wore off. Didn't get cramps, either.

And, my cold symptoms were mostly gone. My eyes were and still are a bit bloodshot, though.

Today, I slept from around 5:30 AM to about 3:13 PM, and woke up with a slight headache, but still don't feel like I have a cold. I still feel tired, but that could be from my time of the month.


Definitely not eager to keep growing my caffeine addiction. I was quite surprised I got headaches so soon.

But, on the other hand, I really think tea might really be helping my immune system, and might be a large part of why I did as well as I did in the past, despite having three root canaled teeth in my mouth ever since 2006.

So, compromising a bit and resuming a little tea-drinking seems logical to me, since I think maybe the headaches bother me less than the weirdness (for me) of having a recurrent cold that kept going away then coming back repeatedly for over a month. (Perhaps something similar was going on with me in October and November, too.)

And the idea of going back to drinking a bit of tea to try to help my immune system is definitely less scary than the idea of getting three root canaled teeth extracted, just in the hope that it might make life easier for my besieged immune system. (What if that wouldn't work - what if all I got for going to all that trouble was three less teeth to chew with?)

So, I'm officially not 100% quitting tea anymore, since I now plan on drinking some amount of some kind of tea(s) on occasion. Just not sure exactly how much and how often (except probably not daily), and I'll probably end up trying a variety of different kinds, preferably with less caffeine than the average black tea, and preferably all grown and made in the USA.


Ideally, I'd like to find a decaffeinated white tea grown in the USA, decaffeinated with probably the carbon dioxide method. (A method which I haven't read in detail about, but which I'm just assuming and hoping is safe, since carbon dioxide is everywhere, we breathe it all the time, and it's actually produced by breathing. But I know hardly anything about chemistry, so, please don't blindly assume I have the right ideas here. Even I try to avoid assuming I'm always right.)

Alas, my ideal tea might currently be nonexistent. So, instead, I'm going to try this caffeinated green tea grown in South Carolina. Even though it's caffeinated, at least it will probably contain less caffeine than my formerly usual black tea. And green tea might be healthier than black tea.

Also, I was pleased to read on the Charleston Tea Plantation's Environmental Commitment page:

"We do NOT use any pesticides (herbicides, fungicides and insecticides)!"


So, I guess now that I'm definitely no longer quitting tea (Camellia sinensis), my blog post's title - "Still trying to quit tea; hoping quitting will reduce my headaches" - is now inaccurate.

Perhaps I ought to start a new blog post to add updates to, especially since this one got quite long.


Addition, March 1, 2017, 3:07 AM EST. Soon got too tired to do much of anything, so, since I continued avoiding tea, I managed to sleep sometime between 7:38 PM and 12:21 AM. Feeling much better now.

Might try to avoid more tea until I get some of this caffeinated green tea grown in South Carolina.


Addition, March 3, 2017, 12:35 AM EST. Have felt cold-free even though I avoided all tea (except red tea, which has no caffeine and isn't the same plant species) until around 8 PM earlier this evening, when I finally got to try this caffeinated green tea grown in South Carolina.

I've never tried many green teas, but, I think this is probably the best green tea I've ever had. It has a pretty mild flavor and only mild mintiness. I also brewed a second cup with the same tea bag, and the flavor is even weaker, but I'm still content to drink it.

Happily, it also definitely feels like less caffeine than my usual black tea. It feels like a mostly full 17 ounce mug of this stuff gives me much less of a caffeine jolt than even around half a mug of my formerly usual black tea (PG Tips). I wouldn't even describe it as a jolt, because it just feels mildly stimulating.

So, I'm very happy with this tea. It's too soon for me to know if this probably smaller amount of caffeine might eventually result in headaches, but, so far, I'm fine.


Addition, March 4, 2017, 3:47 AM EST. Slept sometime between 8:18 AM and 4:04 PM, and woke up with a slightly clogged left nostril, but it soon went away.

Before I resumed having tea on March 2, I was wondering if maybe my cold might be close to recurring, since my gums seemed to be acting up a bit more again. So, my cold slightly recurring wasn't totally unexpected, but, I was hoping the tea might totally avert any recurrence. Anyway, who knows, maybe the tea did help stop it from getting any worse than that.

Haven't had any trouble with headaches. My original plan on March 3rd was to avoid drinking more tea for a while, just to see how long it might take for me to get a caffeine withdrawal headache, if I got one at all. But, after waking up with that slight congestion, I decided I'd rather keep trying to suppress my cold, so I eventually had another cup of this caffeinated green tea grown in South Carolina around 11:30 PM on March 3rd.

Also had a cup of red tea, and reused my green tea bag in that. It was still good, but I think I prefer them separate.

Whatever amount of caffeine is in this caffeinated green tea grown in South Carolina feels almost unnoticeable to me, which, for me, is a very good thing. Because of that, perhaps drinking it daily might be feasible for me.


Addition, March 4, 2017, 11:44 PM EST. Found a useful article titled Hack Your Tea - How To Get 5 Times More Out Of A Cup Of Green Tea.

So, today, I tried microwaving my mug for 4 minutes instead of 2. The taste got stronger, and it feels like the caffeine did too, making my last cup of green tea a lot more similar to my last cup of black tea (though probably still not quite that strong). Still tasted great, and hopefully is more healthy, even though I probably got more caffeine out of it than is ideal for me.

Woke up today still feeling tired (and very thirsty again) after sleeping from around 11 AM to 6 PM. (Had woken up tired and very thirsty on other days too, but, mostly blamed my time of the month for the tiredness.) Also had slight congestion again, but that went away quickly.

This last cup of green tea (which I guess I had around maybe 8 PM) gave me a lot more energy than the other two did. Going to spend some time cleaning the most disorganized room in the house, partly in the hope that getting more exercise will give me more energy and hopefully somehow make me less prone to fatigue.

Maybe I should go back to brewing the tea my usual way,so I'll end up with a weaker cup of tea. Anyway, still no headaches.

Hmm, actually, I guess I'm already getting tired again. But, I guess I'll try to get some cleaning done anyway.

I don't like being fatigued again, but, I think I prefer it to having a cold that kept coming back repeatedly for over a month. Other than waking up with a bit of congestion, I've been fine, cold-wise.


Addition, March 5, 2017, 2:41 AM EST. I think I did have too much caffeine, since I've been feeling anxious. So, I'll just make my tea the usual way in the future, and maybe should try to avoid having it daily.

Addition, 6:04 AM EST. Seems like physical activity does make me a bit less tired. I made some reasonable progress moving a junk mountain that was taller than I am. Then, I took what might have been my first shower since 2016. :-)

There's still a ton left to do, but, I look forward to having a useable nearby room where I can keep my bike, which I want to convert into an exercise bike.


Addition, March 5, 2017, 9:37 PM EST. Slept between around 10 AM and 7:30 PM. Almost slept longer, but I had my noise-blocking box fan off and our dog started barking.

I guess I'm doing OK. No congestion. Before I went to sleep, my left eye got a bit gooey, but hopefully that was only because I got a bit of water in it when I took a shower.

Got a headache while I was sleeping. I managed to mostly keep sleeping, and it's mostly gone now, but it sometimes still feels close to restarting.


Feeling more rested today, even though I started out feeling like I wanted to go back to sleep. (But, I just couldn't fall back asleep, despite trying after turning my box fan on.) I took one Nature Made magnesium oxide after I started getting anxious (early on March 5th), and I think it probably helped, without being too overpowering, and might also have helped me sleep better.

Magnesium oxide seems to have a reputation for being relatively poorly absorbed, but I think maybe I absorb the other kinds too well. And I've noticed for many years that usually even just 1 magnesium oxide feels like it has calming effects on me, which can even make me tired if I'm not well-rested enough.


I'm actually wondering if maybe the possible benefits of tea might outweigh the drawbacks. I suspect tea's immune system-boosting effects maybe must be pretty potent, for my cold to still be mostly held at bay even despite me having been tired a lot lately, and even without me taking a gram of Vitamin C every hour.

Another thing tea might've done for me was, it might have helped me effortlessly stay thinner. I haven't gotten fat since quitting tea, but I did gain some weight. Now my 34G bras don't fit as well anymore, wahhh! :-) Why must life be so hard? :-)

So, that's another thing that tempts me to keep drinking green tea, brewed strong instead of weak. Here's an article which says green tea boosts your metabolism.

I never regularly drank green tea, but even just black tea seemed like it made it easier for me to stay thinner (maybe partly because it seemed to suppress my appetite for a while). I never had to work at staying thin before and seldom tried to, though I probably should have exercised more anyway, because exercise is so healthy and seems to make me feel better almost anytime I bother with it.


Addition, March 7, 2017, 4:23 AM EST. Slept sometime between 12:13 PM and 7:15 PM, then sometime between 10:17 PM and 3:41 AM since I still felt tired. Feeling much more rested now than I did when I woke up around 7:15 PM.

Been feeling probably cold-free, but, woke up briefly and unpleasantly around 1:46 PM because my last Nature Made magnesium oxide seemed to have the same result for me as two capsules (a single serving) of this magnesium - diarrhea.

So, maybe that means I'm actually not even close to magnesium deficient, since this article says "too much oral magnesium will result in diarrhea." I only took one 250 mg Nature Made magnesium oxide around 11 AM on March 6th, and one around 2:45 AM on March 5th, then this happened.

So, I guess I'll resume not even bothering with magnesium for a while. Lately, it seems like I need it less, only every once in a while. Didn't even get anxious after my last tea, but took magnesium anyway just in case - a mistake I'll try to avoid in the future.


Had another nearly full mug of green tea around 2:30 AM on March 6th. Still got slightly headachy in the hours after that, but, that went away and I've been fine since then.

I think maybe I'll be better off just getting reaccustomed to tea and caffeine, and being careful to drink it regularly. I'm hoping I'll be able to handle it better now than I did in the past, because I still suspect my electric blanket was even worse for me and my sleep quality than caffeine, and I'm no longer using my electric blanket at all.

Looking forward to trying the full leaf loose version of this excellent caffeinated green tea grown in South Carolina whenever it arrives. (Correction, March 9, 2017, 1:10 PM EST. Despite what the Amazon description said, the leaves are shredded, not full. But, I still look forward to trying it.)


Addition, March 7, 2017, 6:25 AM EST. Seems like the extra sleep really helped. Been feeling much better today. Currently having tea, and thinking over what to work on next.

Another thing I like about microwaving my tea for 4 minutes instead of 2 is, it stays adequately hot for a while even after I put in honey, sucanat, and half-and-half.


Addition, March 7, 2017, 11:54 PM EST. Nothing much to add. No headaches so far. Got increasingly sleepy after about 3 PM, but then only slept from sometime between 6:30 PM and 10:30 PM. Kept waking up very thirsty, as usual. But, still feeling cold-free, and actually felt unusually eager (after so little sleep) to get up and do something.

Maybe once I start exercising more after I get the next room cleaned up, maybe that will somehow improve my sleep. I think I tend to sleep best after I get exhausted.

Definitely no intention (at least for now) of quitting tea again. I think I just feel much better with it than without it. I actually feel happier and more back to normal.


Addition, March 9, 2017, 3:12 AM EST. No headaches so far, and have been feeling fine. March 8th, got a lot more exercise than usual cleaning a room which has almost never been cleaned in nearly 15 years. There's still a mountain of junk, but, it's gradually being sorted and boxed.

After cleaning, I ended up binge-watching Netflix (Luke Cage) and looking at Clevnet books, so that kept me awake despite my sleepiness.

Then, there finally was a power outage for the first time in quite a while, starting maybe around 6:35 PM and ending around 7:04 PM (if I recall correctly). So, since I still haven't gotten around to adequately updating my Puppy Linux Setup Kit, that was more of a nuisance than it otherwise would have been, also because due to the cold weather, I've been using my desktops more than my laptops.

I was too tired to deal with it and just went to sleep maybe around 8 PM, without even plugging my computer stuff back in. Woke up around maybe 1:10 AM or something.

So... I guess one of my top priorities, besides cleaning the next room, ought to be to work on my Puppy Linux Setup Kit, so I can more easily get back useful new things I haven't yet added to my setup kit, like Pale Moon, Saxon/C, Schematron, my modified version of VUE, and updated components of Astroblahhh GLMP-GTK.

Or, I could try to get more sleep. But, not sure I feel tired enough anymore. Or actually, maybe I do.


Addition, March 10, 2017, 4:40 AM EST. Slept sometime between around 6:42 AM and 11:06 AM on March 9th, and 9:52 PM (March 9th) and 3:58 AM (March 10th).

Had tea around 2 PM (March 9th), when I started to feel like I might get a headache if I didn't have tea. Managed to avert that.

Tried the loose version of this excellent caffeinated green tea grown in South Carolina. The only thing disappointing about it was it was made up of shredded leaves rather than full leaves (unlike what the Amazon description said).


I ripped open one of the pre-packaged tea bags from the box I got before so I could measure how much tea was in there, so I could get an idea of how much of the loose tea I should put in my own paper teabags. I accidentally spilled some of the tea bag I ripped open, but using my measuring spoons, it looked like that teabag contained close to (or maybe actually) 1 tablespoon. (I set the unspilled tea aside for later in a ziploc.)

In my own paper teabag, I experimentally put somewhat less than a tablespoon. Probably since I used less than what is in a pre-packaged teabag, it turned out weaker than my usual cups, but other than that, it tasted the same to me.

I like the convenience of the pre-packaged teabags, but, I also like the easier customizability and possibly lower cost of loose tea. Might be fun to mix different loose teas together.


I wish I was sleeping better. But, I think lately maybe it's thirst rather than caffeine that might be interfering most with my sleep.

Maybe I should go back to drinking slightly salted water, not just for a possible adrenal fatigue-related electrolyte imbalance, but because it tastes better to me, so maybe I'll be more likely to drink enough water before I sleep to avoid getting so thirsty when I sleep that it wakes me up.


Addition, March 10, 2017, 5:36 AM EST. Overall, though, I feel much better lately. I feel cold-free, and even my libido has improved lately.

I did wake up feeling tired again, but, as usual, that tiredness has already decreased, even without drinking tea. I've only had water (unsalted, actually) and my usual vitamins so far.


Addition, March 11, 2017, 8:42 AM EST. Kept waking up very thirsty, but I managed to sleep longer than usual today, sometime between 8:19 PM and 7:32 AM. (Was awake from around 3 to 3:30 AM noting down some dreams.)

Feeling pretty rested today. No headaches since I last wrote except one when I first woke up thirsty, but it quickly went away when I drank some water.

Was too tired (and thus lazy) before sleep to prepare some slightly salted water, but certainly will today. It's supposed to be good for adrenal fatigue-related electrolyte imbalance, which maybe I still have.


Addition, March 11, 2017, 1:46 PM EST. I figured out that to make a mug of the loose version of this excellent caffeinated green tea grown in South Carolina which tastes about as strong to me as the already-bagged version, I need about 1 tablespoon of loose tea, and must microwave my 17 ounce mug for 5 minutes instead of 4 minutes.

I'm guessing this is because my paper teabags have a different shape than the pyramid-shaped teabags used in the already-bagged version.


Addition, March 12, 2017, 11:58 AM EDT. Drank some slightly salted water before sleep, and slept sometime between 4:29 AM and 10:40 AM, maybe without waking much (or at all?) until 10:40 AM, at which point I woke up thirsty, but maybe a bit less thirsty than usual. So, going to stick with drinking slightly salted water, except on those rare occasions when sometimes I like unsalted water more.

Another reason I like loose tea is because if I ever decide to decrease my tea intake again, it'll be easier to do that with loose tea than with pre-packaged tea bags.


Yesterday, I finally switched over to using Lighthouse 64 Puppy Linux 6.02 Beta 2 on every computer. That will simplify updating my Puppy Linux Setup Kit.


Addition, March 12, 2017, 12:27 PM EDT. Maybe the pre-packaged tea bags are better for me after all, because I had a tougher time brewing as strong a cup when I put the loose tea in a paper teabag, and I had some faint possible cold symptoms earlier, like slight congestion and slightly gooey/itchy eyes.

Also, my energy hasn't been lasting as long as I'd like lately.

I guess I'll go back to pre-packaged tea bags and see if that helps.


Addition, March 12, 2017, 1:20 PM EDT. Yeah, I think I will use the pre-packaged tea bags in the future. It's more convenient, takes less time to brew, and maybe even does taste a bit better.

And I suspect now that maybe my paper teabags weren't letting all the healthy substances (or flavor) in the tea out of the teabag as well as the pre-bagged tea's pyramid-shaped non-paper mesh or net. Not sure what it's made of (maybe nylon?), but whatever it is, it seems to work well.

Addition, 1:26 PM EDT. Just found this worrying article on nylon tea bags. But, I refuse to worry about everything, so, I'm going to keep drinking it anyway.

Addition, 1:33 PM EDT. And here's another worrying article which I probably won't do more than skim until after I'm finished with my tea.

Addition, 1:35 PM EDT. Just noticed my tea box says "The Charleston Tea Plantation is pleased to share the fact that this box, woven mesh pyramid bag, string and tag are made from sustainable (renewable) resources and are 100% biodegradable." OK, that's comforting. :-)


Addition, March 13, 2017, 1:45 PM EDT. Alas, my cold (or whatever it is) came back AGAIN. My right eye has been gooey since yesterday.

Maybe it's because I've been eating too poorly or sleeping too poorly lately (or both).

Oh, well. Anyway, I guess I'll try some more ground flaxseed (warning), because maybe my hormones are acting up and making me overly negative and cynical about my chances of ever recovering from all my ailments. It seemed to help yesterday.


Addition, 3:08 PM EDT. Already feeling better, emotionally and physically. My eye got less gooey within about 15 minutes of writing the above. (Still isn't totally back to normal, though.)

Had green tea, two spoonfuls of ground flaxseed (warning), and a bowl of cereal.


Addition, 7:02 PM EDT. Wonder if packaged already-ground flaxseed (warning) doesn't work as well. I always preferred grinding my own flaxseeds (warning), but tried a bag of already-ground flaxseed (warning) yesterday and today.

Anyway, today, I felt better for a while, but my mood went to heck again. Almost went to sleep again earlier but had to stay awake for something.

Anyway, I'll see if things improve over the next few days, and if not, maybe I'll quit tea - again. Or at least reduce it a lot, maybe.


Addition, March 14, 2017, 10:31 AM EDT. Feeling better, so, if this keeps up, might as well stick with drinking tea in mostly non-paper tea bags. (But maybe some kinds of paper work OK, since I think my formerly usual black tea might have helped my immune system despite being in paper teabags.)

But, I probably will go back to grinding my own flaxseeds, (warning), since I suspect freshly ground flaxseed (warning) works much better on me than the packaged already-ground flaxseed (warning).


Quite some mood swings yesterday. I was so stressed out, I suddenly began craving to play some old video games. So, since I still have a lot of my old game console stuff, I set some of that up, and indeed, gaming a bit was relaxing.

Before that, had been spending many hours (too many?) trying to design a way to do some sort of visual programming with my modified version of VUE: Visual Understanding Environment, using XSLT to extract data from VUE maps (which are in XML format) and transform it into useable scripts.

I'm hoping that if I get somewhere with that, it might make my future programming much easier. multifiles-apmod.el helps a lot, but I think being able to use VUE to edit code might turn out to be better than even that.


Addition, March 15, 2017, 2:24 PM EDT. Still feeling fine and cold-free today. To my surprise, even since before I had tea today, I've felt alert and like I have a lot of energy for anything I might want to do. When I first woke up, I was tired and wanted to go back to sleep, but, that feeling soon went away, hours before tea.

Today, I tried the plain, non-mint version of this excellent green tea grown in South Carolina. It's good, and tastes pretty similar to the mint version, but, I like the mint version more.

Mostly been playing video games so far today. Hopefully I'll soon feel like returning to cleaning, and doing stuff with XSLT.


Addition, March 15, 2017, 8:08 PM EDT. My mood started to worsen about a half hour after my previous addition - and about 26 hours after my last 2 spoonfuls of ground flaxseed (warning) - so, I had two more, and soon felt better.

Felt a bit tired after eating some ginger snaps, but that passed, and I managed to clean up some of the mess that has gradually reaccumulated in my room.

I'm amazed at how much better and back to normal I feel overall. I was so worried when my cold recurred, and when I kept feeling tired, and sometimes had trouble sleeping. I was afraid I might never get this much better again, that maybe caffeine was worsening my possible adrenal fatigue again, and wearing me down so much that maybe whatever boost my immune system might have been getting from tea was being negated.

But now, I feel like I'll probably be OK. But, I'm going to continue to be careful, take it easy, and avoid stressful things.


Addition, March 16, 2017, 11:07 AM EDT. Found a couple interesting articles on theanine (which is in green tea and black tea), here and here.

And here's an interesting page about theaflavins, which are found in black tea.

That page mentions, "Either black tea or supplementation also appears to reduce the absorption of fatty acids, cholesterol, and starches from the intestinal tract which can reduce nutrient absorption quantities (and secondary to inhibiting starch absorption, there may be some probiotic effects similar to dietary fiber)."

Maybe that partly explains why I was thinner back in the days when I regularly drank black tea. Not sure I like the idea of reducing nutrient absorption.

Here's another interesting article on theaflavins.

I think I'm going to keep drinking primarily green tea, but I might sometimes drink black tea for variety's sake, and also in case it has any health benefits that green tea doesn't have.


Additions, March 16, 2017, 11:36 AM/12:03 PM EDT. Just noticed in the above two articles about theanine that black tea is thought to contain more theanine than green tea. I guess that might give me a reason to drink more black tea.

(Though the 2nd article says some forms of green tea can have around the same amount as black tea. Quote: "Gyokuro and matcha tea have as much as 46mg per cup".

Wouldn't mind trying gyokuro and matcha if it was grown in the USA, but I'm guessing it probably isn't. Correction - maybe it's available here, but, it's probably too expensive for me. I'm not even going to try that, because I don't want to get hooked on something I can barely afford.)


Fortunately, I like both green and black tea, and I definitely feel like both have good effects on me. Will probably keep drinking green tea more often than black tea, but, I'm glad now I have a reason to try all these black teas grown in South Carolina, instead of just sticking with green tea.

Since green tea reputedly contains less caffeine than black tea, I think I'll mostly stick with green tea for a while for that reason. From what I read, it sounds like theanine might help counteract some of the effects of caffeine - except in my experience, I definitely felt like my formerly usual black tea gave me a stronger caffeine jolt, and I think for now I prefer the milder effect of green tea.

But, some black tea might be nice for me every once in a while. I just hope my adrenals are OK with all this caffeinated tea. Fortunately, I feel fine at the moment.


Addition, March 17, 2017, 4:28 PM EDT. Still feeling mostly fine, though recently I started to feel close to a headache, which I'm guessing might have resulted from me delaying having tea. (That feeling already faded away by the time I finished writing this update.)

Yesterday, I finally got my room adequately cleaned up again. Also made a little progress with the next room.

Got a little irritable yesterday afternoon (before I was finished cleaning), but that went away even without ground flaxseed (warning), perhaps because having my room nice again, and my bed and office chair uncluttered with junk, put me in such a good mood.

Now, with that distracting nuisance out of the way, I can finally more easily return to other things, like XSLT.


Addition, March 18, 2017, 12:57 PM EDT. I got a slight headache yesterday evening but it soon went away. Still doing fine, even though I woke up very thirsty.

Been thinking over how to design at least a very basic visual programming system, and feel like I've been making progress.

That seems like more fun (and potentially more beneficial in the long run) than a lot of other things I could work on. So, even though I probably ought to update my Puppy Linux Setup Kit at least a little, I haven't yet, because I'm itching to be able to update it (and work on many other scripts) using my increasingly unvaguely imagined visual programming system. :-)


Addition, March 19, 2017, 10:53 AM EDT. I guess I'm doing OK, but, my eyes got gooey again yesterday, and I was sneezy, etc. And my eyes are still a bit gooey today.

However, I'm now wondering if this might be related to the red cayenne pepper I spilled quite a while back, not sure when. When I was cleaning my room, I found a lot of it was still under various junk. My eyes actually didn't get at all gooey while cleaning it up, nor afterward until yesterday and today (if I recall correctly), but, while cleaning it, I got very sneezy and my nose ran a lot.

So, not sure that's the cause of my problems, but, perhaps I ought to vacuum in here to try to get rid of whatever trace amounts of cayenne might still be in here.


Addition, March 19, 2017, 5:30 PM EDT. Been too sleepy to vacuum (especially now that my tea's caffeine wore off), but, my eyes aren't gooey anymore, and no other cold-like symptoms.

I probably should have stayed asleep longer, but, wasn't sure I felt capable of going back to sleep, and ended up staying up.

Had lots of energy yesterday - in a single evening, I cleaned a mess that had been piling up for probably almost 15 years. (Not in the next room - that's still a mess.) That day, I microwaved my tea for 5 minutes instead of 4, so, perhaps my tea was more strongly caffeinated that day.

Today, finally returned to doing more with PHP. But I'm getting too sleepy to even do much more of that.


So tired of being tired. And tired of never being able to predict very far in advance how I'm going to feel or how well-rested I'm going to be on any given day (though that's nothing new, due to my severe sleep issues).

I wonder if maybe I'd be better off drinking my formerly usual amount of caffeine. I drank black tea pretty regularly ever since 2000, and functioned well enough a lot of that time. Or, I guess I could keep microwaving my green tea for 5 minutes instead of 4.

I don't know, maybe there's just no true cure for what ails me - just temporary alleviations such as caffeine.


Addition, March 19, 2017, 6:23 PM EDT. I wonder if my circadian rhythm problems really do give me something like chronic jet lag, with various of my body's systems (like digestion, hormones, sleep cycle, etc.) out of sync with each other.

I wonder if sufficient caffeine actually reduces those problems for me? I don't think it's a cure either, but, maybe it actually improved my situation (before I possibly got adrenal fatigue, that is).

I sure hope my roughly 5-month break from most caffeine was enough for me to recover a lot from my possible adrenal fatigue and go back to my old caffeine habits.

Anyway, now I'm feeling more awake again. Seems like eating potato chips (and other carbs) too early in my day really does make me sleepy. And eating cottage cheese in my morning seems to help a lot with my alertness (but I skipped that today).

And I think maybe I do best emotionally (and with other PMS symptoms) when I reliably eat two spoonfuls of ground flaxseed (warning) per day. (Another thing I skipped today until recently.)


ADdition, March 20, 2017, 5:05 AM EDT. Got pretty sleepy not too long after the last update, since I soon ate some more food with carbs.

And remembered I hadn't had magnesium in a while, so, I tried a capsule of this again - Advanced MAGNESIUM (by InnovixLabs). Highly Bioavailable Bisglycinate + Malate Formula - and I feel like I slept better. Unusually rich and detailed dreams.

I think I still want to sleep more, though. Only got 7 hours so far. (Slept sometime between 9:18 PM and 4:13 AM.) I seldom wake up really feeling like I want to stay awake - at first, at least, I almost always feel like I need more sleep. Sometimes I try, but it seems like my body often just reaches the point where it refuses to sleep anymore, lately around 7 hours after I go to sleep.

But maybe now I am sufficiently magnesiumed up that going back to sleep is more of a possibility. I guess I could even eat something carby (or with melatonin, like walnuts) to try to make myself even more tired.


Even these excellent smoked almonds sometimes have seemed to make me tired lately, though I never noticed them having that effect on me years ago. But, apparently I'm not the only one to ever notice that effect, since almonds are sometimes on lists of foods that reputedly help you sleep, like this list.

And this list, which also mentions walnuts, which have always tended to make me feel sleepier (unless I'm very well-rested before I eat them). Maybe I should try eating before sleep more often, but I tend to get really lazy about doing anything when tired.

Maybe I should start paying more attention to my Relative Scheduler so I don't lose track of time and where I am in my so-called schedule so easily. And probably ought to find (or make) some timer software to make it so I can more harmlessly lose track of time while getting absorbed in tasks like programming, or even just reading.

But for now, I guess I'll just try to go back to sleep again. Still feeling like I want to go back to sleep.


Addition, March 20, 2017, 12:02 PM EST. Had some walnuts and milk before sleep. Kept waking up thirsty, but managed to sleep sometime between 6 AM and 11:33 AM. Now I finally feel like I got enough sleep for once, and didn't immediately feel like going back to sleep after I last woke.

I think maybe I ought to put a bit less salt in my water, in case there was too much. It tasted OK, but I drank unsalted water too in case the slightly salted water might be making my thirst worse instead of better.

I feel so much better. I wonder, though, if maybe my body isn't generating enough melatonin on its own to make me sufficiently tired to sleep, or to sleep well when I do manage to sleep. I've read that older people generate less melatonin than younger people. Here's an interesting article I found about melatonin.

I've never tried over-the-counter melatonin, since I'd rather just eat walnuts. Or dried sour/tart cherries, which are also reputed to contain a lot of melatonin, even more than walnuts. (Except I wonder if there's more or less melatonin in dried sour/tart cherries than in non-dried cherries?)

Anyway, even just walnuts tend to work pretty well on me, so well that despite them being one of my favorite foods, I mostly avoid eating them during my day so they won't possibly make me tired. Then by the time I get tired, I tend to avoid eating them just because I get very lazy about doing anything that involves getting out of bed. So, haven't been eating them much at all for months, partly because I usually forgot I had some.

Definitely in a much better mood today. Very pleased that I managed to sleep a lot longer than I thought I might be able to, and that I woke up feeling like I finally got enough sleep.


Addition, March 20, 2017, 1:54 PM EDT. Still haven't had tea yet, but am still feeling wide awake.

I wonder if caffeine maybe messes even more with my melatonin and circadian rhythms than I realized. There are lots of articles, like this one, which say caffeine delays the circadian cycle and one's nightly melatonin peak. Still not sure whether the effects of tea are more bad than good, or more good than bad, for me.

It would probably be interesting if I could somehow easily get a clear idea of what my circadian-related bodily functions are up to, and whether they really are out of sync (like a jet-lagged person) or not. But, not sure I'm really in the mood right now to research that in depth, because there are too many other things I'd rather work on.

Computer programming is often so annoyingly difficult and time-consuming for me, that if I can make a visual programming system that makes it much faster and easier for me to do programming, it will give me a lot more time to do other things.


Addition, March 20, 2017, 4:03 PM EDT. Still feeling fine - wide awake and not overly hyper after having green tea microwaved for 5 minutes.

Happily, I found some useful timer scripts written in PHP-GTK - one with minutes and seconds and one with minutes, seconds, and hundredths of a second - from one of the best websites I've ever found about PHP-GTK.

I haven't tried these scripts in the already-released Astroblahhh GLMP-GTK or Astroblahhh PH-GTK, but my guess is they would probably work fine, since most PHP-GTK scripts I ever tried from there have worked fine with Astroblahhh GLMP-GTK and Astroblahhh PH-GTK.

And they definitely work fine with my unreleased Astroblahhh GLMP-GTK update which runs in Lighthouse 64 Puppy Linux 6.02 Beta 2, and uses PHP 5.6.13 and PHP-GTK 2.0.1.


Addition, March 21, 2017, 12:14 AM EDT. Plenty of energy up until I ate a bunch of carbs around 7 PM. (Potato chips and ginger snaps with milk.)

Mostly been tired since then. But, this was still my best day since I don't even know when. Didn't even need ground flaxseed (warning) for my mood today.

I guess next time I wake up tired, maybe I'll just try much harder to go back to sleep, and try eating walnuts for their melatonin again. (Have to be cautious with magnesium, though, since too much gives me diarrhea.) Apparently, enough sleep is all I need to feel much better.


I wonder what happened with my melatonin that made it so I no longer so easily naturally sleep as long as I actually need to. I don't think that possible problem was just from resuming drinking tea, because I think I was already unsatisfied with my energy levels prior to resuming drinking tea.

Anyway, maybe I'd be better off quitting tea again, don't know. Wonder if sufficient melatonin would give me enough of an immune system boost to compensate for my root canaled teeth possibly giving my immune system a hard time. Then maybe I wouldn't need an immune system boost from tea, nor an artificial energy boost from caffeine, since I'd be sleeping better.

One thing I definitely liked about quitting tea was, not having to worry I might get a headache if I don't get up and have tea despite still feeling tired.

So... maybe I'll start decreasing tea again. I don't know if I'll quit it as strictly this time, since I think I might like a cup every once in a while, as long as it's not enough to readdict me.


Addition, March 21, 2017, 8:09 AM EDT. Slept sometime between 12:37 AM and 7:15 AM. Feeling maybe rested enough today, though I woke up thirsty with very dry eyes again. (On second thought, I think I do feel like going back to sleep.)

Had almonds instead of walnuts before sleep. I don't think they're as effective on me for making me sleepy, but, just thought I'd try them. Maybe they helped some.


Thought of searching for "estrogen melatonin" without quotes.

Found various interesting articles, such as this one, this one, and this one

Here's one called 10 Ways to Lower Estrogen Toxic Load. It mentions both flaxseeds (warning) and green tea as being helpful, among many other things.


Maybe I should get some tart cherry juice, which is at the top of this list of melatonin-containing foods. And only drink some when I intend to soon try to go to sleep. And try to avoid drinking too much of it, so I don't get desensitized to melatonin, as I've heard can happen.

I think I'm going to try this organic kind, which numerous Amazon reviewers and commenters say is tremendously cheaper at Walmart.

Definitely still feeling like I should sleep more, so... I guess I'll try now. Maybe I'll try just 1 walnut instead of 5 or whatever I had the other night, and see if that does anything for me. For some reason, it's not hard for me to avoid eating many walnuts - I love them, but somehow I'm satisfied with just a few at a time.


Addition, March 21, 2017, 8:40 AM EDT. Definitely feeling more rested than I did the first time I woke up yesterday, but, still want to sleep more.

Forgot to note down exactly what time I ate a walnut, but, probably soon after the previous update. Might be feeling some effect already, not sure.

Maybe another thing I ought to do is get easily opened and closed light-blocking curtains, since light and darkness definitely do affect me to some extent. I don't mind if I get totally out of sync with the world as long as I'm sleeping well.


Addition, March 21, 2017, 10:54 AM EDT. Stayed awake, since I ended up browsing Amazon for light-blocking curtains.

Anyway, I guess I probably should quit tea again, because maybe it worsened my adrenal fatigue again and is interfering too much with my ability to sleep.

I hope my health wasn't permanently ruined by the emotional shock I got last May/June. :-( But I guess I'd probably be even worse off at this point, if that hadn't gotten me to quit my electric blanket, and tea (for a while).

Addition, 11:12 AM EDT. Plus, I found a lot of beneficial things for my health that I otherwise might not have found if I had continued mostly ignoring my declining health.

Anyway, judging by my probably PMS-related unhappiness at the moment, I probably shouldn't skip ground flaxseed (warning), and maybe I'd even be better off eating more of it.

But, judging by yesterday, it's likely that good-quality sleep would be even better for me. Though caffeine also temporarily alleviates the fatigue. But maybe without any caffeine, I'd have less fatigue to alleviate.


Addition, March 21, 2017, 11:58 AM EDT. Still haven't vacuumed, but, my eyes haven't gotten gooey and no cold-like symptoms today. I've been being more careful not to rub my eyes.

Asked a relative about how I could install some curtains. Also finally put the Redshift screen-tinting software on a Lighthouse 64 Puppy Linux 6.02 Beta 2 computer I use frequently but wasn't already using Redshift on.

Getting sleepier now, so I guess I'll risk skipping tea, and also have a few more walnuts and some extra ground flaxseed (warning), and try again to sleep.


Addition, March 21, 2017, 2:57 PM EDT. Guess I only slept about 2 more hours. But, I think I feel at least a bit better. Wish I wouldn't get so thirsty, though. I get so much more thirsty when I sleep than I do while I'm awake.

Guess I might as well start my day. Won't skip tea entirely, but won't brew it as long, so I can get started reducing caffeine again. Then, I guess I'll see what programming I can finish off, or at the very least, library books.


Addition, March 21, 2017, 4:14 PM EDT. I feel so much happier drinking tea, I'm having a tough time convincing myself to give it up again. Also, I'm awaiting a box of this Earl Grey black tea grown in South Carolina.

And also one of these curtains. I was tempted to pick burgundy or even orange, but I thought that such rich colors might get tiresome after a while, so I picked a milder color - sand.

Anyway, I finally feel able to focus again on other things besides figuring out how to improve my sleep and fall asleep more easily, yay. :-)


Addition, March 22, 2017, 12:57 PM EDT. Yesterday, several hours after tea, returned to being overly tired, but somehow remained in a good enough mood to not mind particularly much.

Kept waking up thirsty, much too frequently. I suspect this might be related to my possibly adrenal fatigue-related electrolyte imbalance maybe getting worse again lately. Except I think lately, I might have been (and might still be) low on potassium more than salt.

Eating some smoked almonds during the night seemed to possibly help. When I got up and googled them to see how much potassium they have, I found they have what looks like a lot. And so do sunflower seeds, but I think the sunflower seeds we have maybe got too old to taste as good to me anymore. Or I'm just tired of them.

Also had a craving for orange juice before sleep (which also has some potassium).


Tried a quite small amount of tart cherry juice before sleep, and its not-so-sweet taste definitely doesn't appeal to me very much. I'm going to try mixing it with grape juice at some point.

I think its melatonin possibly did work on me to make me sleepier. But since I didn't measure how much I had, diluted it with a lot of water (also unmeasured), then only drank a little of the diluted juice, I'm not sure exactly how much I had. Going to avoid drinking very much of it just to try to avoid getting desensitized to melatonin.

I also had another capsule of this Advanced MAGNESIUM (by InnovixLabs). Highly Bioavailable Bisglycinate + Malate Formula, despite feeling wary about diarrhea. Fortunately, didn't get it.


Anyway, I think probably I'll sleep better in general if I eat better, and make sure I get enough potassium.

My eating habits are terrible sometimes. And, because I pretty consistently keep a log of what I eat, I can easily look back and see how terrible they are. Which doesn't always inspire me to eat better, but, sometimes it does. At the very least, my food log preserves a lot of the specific details (which I otherwise would easily forget) about why I feel like crap.

For example, what I had yesterday after I woke up was vitamins, mint green tea (microwaved for 4 minutes), and a lot of Utz brand sour cream/onion-flavored potato chips. Then, early on March 22nd, I had a fair bit of cottage cheese with black pepper (before sleep, instead of the time it makes more sense to have it - after waking, since high-protein foods seem to be good for my energy in my morning), and some orange juice.

Then I had some smoked almonds almost in my sleep. And water - some slightly salted, which I didn't feel was helping, so then I switched to unsalted water.

So, I definitely should have eaten better recently. (And on many days before yesterday, too.)

But, nonetheless, I'm feeling much better and much more well-rested today than yesterday, even though it seemed like I was waking up very thirsty every couple of hours. Slept sometime between 3:59 AM and 11:46 AM.


Didn't get much done yesterday - looked at Clevnet books and watched Netflix with my family (Iron Fist and part of The Monkey King 2).

Today, thanks to feeling well-rested enough, I already feel like I'm going to have a much easier time doing whatever it is I want to do today. (Haven't decided yet, but, I'll probably have an easier time deciding, too, because even just thinking is easier when I'm well-rested enough.)


Addition, March 22, 2017, 8:43 PM EDT. Been getting sleepy again since around 5:40 PM, even despite quite a lot of sunlight from my window earlier.

Earlier, my libido surprisingly returned. (My tiredness had suppressed that before.) Anyway, that led to me ending up so tired I almost went back to sleep already around 2:15 PM. But surprisingly, I started to wake up again instead of falling asleep.

I was surprised to read here that only 1 in 6 women sleep better after sex. I wonder if that's really true? I always thought it takes so much energy that probably it has a sleep-promoting effect on most women (and men)... but maybe I was wrong.

I don't know if I mentioned it before, but that's another thing that can do a lot to help me sleep. (That was the case even when I was younger, more energetic, and probably healthier.) Too bad I often get too tired to go to the trouble or to even think of resorting to that possible help for my sleep problems. Anyway, that was something I neglected to mention before that helped me before my best, most well-rested day recently.

I'm probably going to usually continue to neglect to mention such activities, for false modesty's sake. :-) But, that definitely has such a powerful and beneficial effect on me (particularly if I intend to soon go to sleep) that it seems worth mentioning at least once.


Today, I had sufficient energy for a while after I recovered from that, especially after tea (microwaved for 4 minutes again). Then, I made the mistake of eating potato chips and other carbs too early in my day again instead of cottage cheese. And started to get a bit irritable, so, had 2 big spoonfuls of ground flaxseed (warning).

Didn't get much done besides reading, and now I'm drowsy again, even despite lots of sunlight earlier from the big window that's in front of me.

Even though my energy didn't last all that long, this was my second-best day recently.

So, hopefully things will continue to improve, even despite PMS and my time of the month approaching.


But, I think I probably ought to keep reducing caffeine, because I definitely suspect I actually hadn't recovered enough from my possible adrenal fatigue to resume regular caffeine. Maybe sporadic, occasional caffeine, but not daily.

Given that a lot of my possible cold symptoms might have just been a reaction to traces of spilled cayenne pepper in my unvacuumed room, maybe I don't need the immune system boost of tea as much as I thought I might.

Didn't expect to end up having so much trouble feeling energetic for more than a few hours every day, and also so much trouble even getting a sufficient amount of good-quality sleep in the first place. And I think my mood swings might have gotten worse lately. And getting so tired I got even more lazy than usual about eating right didn't help either.

So, it seems now like the drawbacks for me of caffeinated tea outweigh the benefits.


Fortunately, I still prefer the taste of non-caffeinated teas and Teeccino, even though this mint green tea grown in South Carolina is probably the best green tea I've ever had, and I'll probably keep drinking it on occasion even after I mostly quit it.

At least I haven't had much trouble with headaches during this experiment. Good thing I mostly experimented with green tea rather than black tea (which is said to have more caffeine).


I still think my electric blanket was even worse for me than caffeine, but, it seems like caffeine was worse for me than I realized.

And I used to be able to handle caffeine much better, but now I apparently can't, so I'm guessing I probably really do have adrenal fatigue. Wonder how long it takes to get better from that. Maybe I'll never be able to drink caffeinated tea regularly ever again? Oh, well.

But, having caffeinated tea occasionally will hopefully be satisfying enough. And maybe someday I will recover sufficiently to have it more frequently.


Additions, March 23, 2017, 11:38 AM/11:54 AM EDT. Slept sometime between around 12:29 AM and 7:15 AM. Woke up less thirsty than usual, and don't recall waking up much before 7:15 AM. Had some very diluted cherry juice before sleep, then some walnuts when that didn't seem effective enough fast enough.

After waking, got over my initial tiredness much quicker than usual, and felt well-rested enough for a while, but, started to get a bit sleepy around 9:50 AM after some vitamins around 9:30 AM, including a new one I started yesterday evening and had again this morning - Full Spectrum VITAMIN K2 (by InnovixLabs). Provides two essential forms of K2 (MK-4 + MK-7).

Then I found a forum discussion about Vitamin K2 which had some quite worrying anecdotes, though also various positive anecdotes, as well as anecdotes with both good and bad-sounding effects.

One woman even described how she grew in height and her face changed shape! :-O


So, even though I'm not sure what to think about all of those anecdotes, and I've been unsure I've had any effects at all (good or bad) from this other kind of Vitamin K2 I've been taking for a while, with only the MK7 form of Vitamin K2... I think I'm going to be more cautious about all Vitamin K2 in the future.

And also have been decreasing my Vitamin D again lately because I don't want to possibly overdose on that.

My energy this morning has increased again after eating some cottage cheese. But, I'm feeling out of sorts, perhaps because of PMS. Lately have sometimes felt a little achy and somewhat weak.


Yesterday evening, I finally got this Earl Grey black tea grown in South Carolina. MOAR CAFFEINE, HA HA HA!!! :-D

Haven't tried it yet, but, I think instead of green tea today, I'll have a partway full mug of that, microwaved for 2 minutes or less, to try to reduce the amount of caffeine I'll get from it.


Addition, March 23, 2017, 2:06 PM EDT. Been feeling tired, but slightly more awake after a small amount of tea. Tried this Earl Grey black tea grown in South Carolina. It was one of the better Earl Greys I've ever had, though not the best.

Out of concern for my adrenals, I discarded most of it, with a slight twinge of regret. But I think I like this mint green tea more.

Maybe I'll try avoiding caffeine for a while until I start to feel like I might get a headache.

Before tea, was very irritable, which is probably partly from tiredness too. I also might need more ground flaxseed (warning) already.

I wonder if there is some sustainable amount of caffeine I can have regularly mostly without bad effects.

Anyway, I sure hope I can get back to normal someday. I should at least have more energy than this.


Addition, March 23, 2017, 2:17 PM EDT. Now I feel a lot more awake, which is interesting, since I drank hardly any of that tea.


Additions, March 23, 2017, 3:10 PM/3:24 PM EDT. Already feeling better, emotionally and energy-wise, and I didn't even have ground flaxseed (warning) or even a meal yet. I guess just not feeling tired makes me feel better. Though I guess maybe tea and/or caffeine might also improve mood in other ways.

I'm glad I discarded most of that mug of Earl Grey black tea, because if so little, microwaved for only 2 minutes (plus a little extra just to warm it up some more after adding half-and-half; can't remember if I had taken the teabag out by then yet or not), has this much effect on me, then all of it probably would have been way too much for me.

Definitely not going to microwave my green tea for 4 or 5 minutes anymore (for the initial heating with the teabag still in). Maybe I'll try 3 minutes. (But not right now - I'm still trying to do without tea for a while until I feel close to a headache.) It would be really nice if I found there is some amount of caffeine I can live with.


Addition, March 23, 2017, 3:44 PM EDT. Seems I'm still very irritable, at least if something irritates me, so, I better have ground flaxseed (warning) and some food right away.


Addition, March 23, 2017, 5:12 PM EDT. Doing better now. Had my usual 2 spoonfuls of ground flaxseed (warning). Then a kale salad for the first time in a while, with MSG-free ranch dressing and croutons. And a tomato, which (as usual) I lazily ate like an apple instead of putting it in my salad.

Had a lot of croutons. Been starting to get drowsier, despite lots of sun from my window, but not as drowsy as I feared I might get.

Been reading a bit. Not sure if I'm up to returning to programming. (That was going OK soon after I woke up, but then I got tired again.)


Anyway, I'm hoping that as the amount of caffeine in my body decreases, my sleep quality will be restored to normal without me having to resort to increasing my melatonin by eating walnuts and/or drinking tart cherry juice.

Wonder how long that will take. This page says:

"Caffeine begins to affect your body very quickly. It reaches a peak level in your blood within 30 to 60 minutes. It has a half-life of 3 to 5 hours. The half-life is the time it takes for your body to eliminate half of the drug. The remaining caffeine can stay in your body for a long time. Effects can last from 8 to 14 hours."

I wonder if it's possible that the effects could last even longer than that for some people.

Anyway, I don't expect to have months of withdrawal symptoms after only having one mug of green tea per day for I think less than a month. Hopefully I'll recover pretty quickly when my sleep improves. I felt pretty great just the other day (March 20th), when I managed to get around 12 hours of sleep. (Which was at first only 7 hours, then about 2 hours awake, then, surprisingly, 5 more hours of sleep.)


Addition, March 23, 2017, 7:14 PM EDT. Now, instead of feeling tired but nonetheless frustratingly incapable of sleeping, I feel tired and capable of sleeping. (Kind of like how walnuts make me feel, but I didn't have any walnuts, nor tart cherry juice.) I'm guessing this is probably because I mostly skipped tea today.

So, that's comforting. As much as I like tea and its pleasant effects on my mood (at least right after I drink it), I still prefer the pleasant effects of good-quality sleep.

Might stay up a while longer to read, eat, and/or watch TV or Netflix with my family, though.


Addition, March 24, 2017, 1:09 PM EDT. Probably slept better today. Slept sometime between 4:02 AM and 10:51 AM. Didn't have any walnuts or tart cherry juice to try to boost my melatonin.

Started to feel more relaxed yesterday, and still feel that way today. Hadn't even realized how unrelaxed I had been until the absence of as much caffeine in my body naturally allowed me to relax more.

Had only Omega 3 and Vitamin C so far today. I sure hope nothing in those makes me tired. Wonder if I can find a brand of Vitamin C without magnesium stearate, since magnesium in general can make me tired, and also, I've run across some worrying articles about that specific form of magnesium. Though other pages claim magnesium stearate is harmless. And I don't know what to believe, and wish I understood enough about biology and chemistry to have a better idea of which pages are actually making sense.

Returned to programming since I feel able to concentrate better again now that I'm not as tired. I feel like I could be better, though, and that maybe I still need to sleep some more. (I felt better when I first woke up.)

No headaches so far, so, I'm going to keep avoiding caffeinated tea.


Addition, March 24, 2017, 2:30 PM EDT. Already almost dozing off again, and cottage cheese didn't help my energy much today.

Could be PMS, could be caffeine withdrawal, etc. Oh, well. I hope someday I'm cured of whatever is wrong with me, because I can scarcely get anything done.


Additions, March 24, 2017, 3:04 PM/3:28 PM EDT. Feeling more awake now for some reason.

Anyway, it wasn't that long ago that I was doing much better overall, so, hopefully I'll get back to normal again somehow.

Guess I'll try increasing my Vitamin C, since it's supposed to be good for adrenal fatigue, and I've been lazy for a while about taking it multiple times throughout my day. I pretty regularly take 3 grams in my morning, then little or nothing later on. Sometimes the only Vitamin C I take later on is Nature Made Stress B (which also contains Vitamin C, and which I've also been lazy about taking lately).

I just hope the magnesium stearate in my Rite-Aid brand Vitamin C isn't actually doing me harm. I've had so much Vitamin C with magnesium stearate, that if magnesium stearate really is bad, I might be in big trouble now. But, it has never felt to me like that brand of Vitamin C has been anything other than good for me, so, I'm not really that worried about it. Still am going to try to find a brand of Vitamin C without magnesium stearate, though.


Additions, March 24, 2017, 5:30 PM/6:16 PM EDT. Dozed off sometime between 3:41 PM and 4:15 PM. Possible would have slept longer, but my noise-blocking box fan was off and our dog started barking.

Anyway, that unintentional nap helped my energy a bit, and improved my mood too.

Still no headache.


Found an interesting Amazon review saying Vitamin K2 makes the author sleepy almost all day.

And another scary forum thread about Vitamin K2.

My last Vitamin K2 was yesterday, and I'm going to avoid it for a while, even though I'm not sure whether or not I had any effects (good or bad) from any brand I've taken. I think I started taking Vitamin K2 in the latter half of December, and took 1 daily most days since then.


I think maybe I'd rather just eat more cheese (like gouda or edam, and perhaps other kinds I haven't tried yet) to get Vitamin K2. (But not brie, which I didn't like.) I've often read that getting nutrients from food is preferable to getting nutrients from supplements and can be safer.


Addition, March 24, 2017, 5:58 PM EDT. I should probably point out, I don't think Vitamin K2 supplements are probably to blame for my increased fatigue.

I think probably I underestimated how bad caffeine would be for me. And caffeine withdrawal isn't great either. And PMS often wipes me out too.


Additions, March 24, 2017, 10:54 AM/11:09 AM EDT. Been feeling hunger more strongly today, maybe because I've been avoiding caffeine. I actually sort of liked not feeling as hungry as often, but, I guess it's probably healthier for me to eat more.

Still been feeling tired, but didn't go back to sleep at all yet, and even actually managed to make some progress with programming. For some reason, PHP programming is so comfortable and relatively pleasant for me, even when I'm not at my best (as long as I'm not too tired). Somehow, things just work as I intend (or expect) a great deal more easily than code I try to write in other languages. Which puts me in a much better mood. :-)

Earlier, found that Celestial Seasonings Madagascar Vanilla non-caffeinated red tea is much improved by microwaving it for 5 minutes instead of just 2.


Addition, March 25, 2017, 2:51 AM EDT. Getting almost too tired to do anything, but, I finally have a reasonably convenient, reasonably well-put-together way of using (or trying to use) any XSLT sheet on any XML or VUE file. Oh, the excitement. :-D


Addition, March 25, 2017, 12:03 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 3:22 AM and 11:19 AM. Feeling rested enough for now (even though at first I think I wanted to sleep longer again). Wonder how long that will last. Took 3 grams of Vitamin C around 11:32 AM and am wondering if the magnesium stearate will possibly make me tired. Haven't taken Omega 3 yet, since I want to see if I get tired after just this Rite-Aid Vitamin C alone.

Anyway, unsurprisingly, resuming more Vitamin C yesterday throughout the day helped me. Took 2 grams of Vitamin C about every 3 or 4 hours (until 10:45 PM). My gums felt better and so did I.

I guess today I'll keep programming. Not going to try too hard to make my code nice and unmessy (even if I release it), because hopefully doing that will become much easier once my not-yet-created visual programming system is made. Wonder how long that might take.


Addition, March 25, 2017, 1:28 PM EDT. Still not tired yet! Ate some cottage cheese and black pepper.


Addition, March 25, 2017, 2:56 PM EDT. Took a vegan Omega 3 at about 1:26 PM. Had a slight dip in energy around 2 PM but I'm feeling better now, and even almost eager to resume cleaning the next room.

Addition, 3:36 PM EDT. Forgot to mention, I also had Celestial Seasonings Madagascar Vanilla non-caffeinated red tea sometime before the last addition, and sometime after the Omega 3, I think.


Addition, March 25, 2017, 7:25 PM EDT. Definitely been doing much better today. I must have slept much better. Made a pathway in the next room, and still am mostly not tired.

Still no headaches, even though I haven't had any green tea or other caffeine.

So... it seems I'm definitely better off not having caffeine regularly, even the amounts found in green tea. And quitting caffeine last year was probably a lot more helpful than I realized. Probably if I hadn't still been using my electric blanket back then (which somehow interferes tremendously with my sleep quality), it would have been obvious that quitting black tea (and the occasional chocolate and very diluted coffee) was helping me a lot more than I originally thought.

Anyway, I'm glad it didn't take very long for me to feel better, and also that I'm maybe not having very much trouble with caffeine withdrawal. Haven't even craved caffeine or chocolate very much, though I have been tempted at times to eat a peanut butter/dark chocolate granola bar, since we have some. (And already did eat 2, on different days, before I started quitting tea again.)


Additions, March 26, 2017, 12:42 PM/12:47 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 3:34 AM and 12:04 PM. Hopefully slept well again, but, woke up very thirsty, and also was close to a headache before I slept, and if I recall correctly I had a slight headache after I first briefly woke (around 9:50 AM), but drinking some water seemed to fix that.

Feeling like my time of the month is close, and also getting that vaguely spaced-out feeling I used to get which I suspect was related to caffeine withdrawal, since I stopped getting that after I did without caffeine long enough.

No headache at the moment. Anyway, I just want to be done with caffeine and caffeine withdrawal again as soon as possible, so, I'm just going to keep avoiding tea, chocolate, etc. rather than gradually reducing it.


Additions, March 26, 2017, 6:32 PM EDT. Pretty tired now, but that might be because I ate a bunch of smoked almonds, and I probably have PMS and caffeine withdrawal.

Nonetheless, I managed to slightly improve and release the Salty XML Transformer version 1.0.

Not sure yet if it's worth announcing in its own blog post. I wish I had my Puppy Linux Setup Kit stuff done so I could make it super-easy to set up everything required to use that.

But, not in the mood to work on that (or pretty much anything programming-related) until I hopefully get somewhere building my visual programming system.


Addition, March 26, 2017, 8:57 PM EDT. Found various interesting pages about caffeine metabolism.

How Long Does Caffeine Stay In Your System?
From MentalHealthDaily.com

Quote:

"Most caffeine users will have cleared caffeine and its metabolites from their bodies within 48 hours."

End of quote.

Interesting - only "most", but not all. So, for some people, it can take longer than 48 hours? Wonder if that includes me.


This next page makes me curious about my genes:

Caffeine metabolism
From GenePlanet.com


This page makes me wonder if eating more cruciferous vegetables - "(broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, radishes, etc.)" - might help me:

Drug and Food Interactions with Caffeine
From WorldOfCaffeine.com


Can't understand this other page well enough to know if it's saying kale makes caffeine metabolism faster or slower. Oh, well.


Wonder if my caffeine metabolism has already gotten worse with age, even though I'm only 35 (and someone told me in 2015 that I look 25).

Wonder if I'd be OK drinking just one cup of green tea, then waiting 48 hours or more before another cup, instead of having it daily. Not sure I want to try it now - just am wondering.


Additions, March 27, 2017, 1:15 AM/1:20 AM/2:17 AM EDT. Haven't slept so far yet. Been getting jittery, almost hyper, and more interested in getting some exercise - which I assume is probably caffeine withdrawal-related somehow. And I've been feeling hungry so strongly and often it's downright annoying.

Anyway, I found the abovementioned scientific paper about kale's effects on caffeine and other drugs is available from this page in PDF format - a file format I detest because it's so unnecessarily difficult to do anything useful with it, such as even just copy and paste. And also, I've heard that PDFs can contain viruses.

Still can't understand much of the paper, but, it seems very detailed, and looks like it probably says something interesting if you can understand it.


Additions, March 27, 2017, 1:55 AM/2:02 AM EDT. Found a somewhat more understandable part toward the end!

But, because PDFs suck, I must type it instead of copying and pasting it.

A quote from just before the Acknowledgements section:

"Based on the findings in studies by others as well as the present study, people should be cautious about taking kale and drugs metabolized by CYP enzymes. However, AUC of midazolam, caffeine, dextromethorphan, and omeprazole became only 1.3-to 1.7-fold higher following kale intake compared with the vehicle intake, even though the amount of kale administered into rats in this experiment (2000 mg/kg) was 15-fold higher than the typical amount of human intake of kale in a day. From the above mentioned, it is uncertain whether the amount of human intake in a day would influence the activities of these CYP enzymes."

End of quote.

I still don't know if that means kale makes caffeine's effects stronger or weaker, or longer-lasting or shorter-lasting. But, judging by the last sentences, it sounds to me like they don't know how much kale a human would have to eat to be affected. However, the first sentence clearly says that "people should be cautious about taking kale and drugs metabolized by CYP enzymes".

But, I guess I won't worry about it, and just keep on eating kale sometimes. Haven't had any since the last kale salad I mentioned, but the above isn't going to stop me from eating it, especially since I haven't had any caffeine since March 23rd. Which, coincidentally, was the same day I had a kale salad. :-) Wonder what that did with my body's caffeine levels (if anything).

Definitely interesting that actual scientific studies have shown an effect of some kind. (But I hope the rats were OK.)


Addition, March 27, 2017, 2:51 AM EDT. Ate some kale and MSG-free ranch dressing after (and during) writing my last additions. Also took a Nature Made Stress B.

And now I'm more relaxed and actually so sleepy I could almost fall asleep before I even add this update.


Addition, March 27, 2017, 1:18 PM EDT. I hope I slept well today. Slept sometime between 4:31 AM and 12:19 PM. Had nightmares about vampires at first, during which I ended up praying desperately to God for help, and it felt like it took forever for that to work, but, I think after that I briefly woke up, and then my later dreams ended up being a lot more tame, and I don't remember them very well.

I guess I feel overall OK, though still maybe a bit spacy and probably not done with caffeine withdrawal. But, the fact that I feel more than theoretically interested in doing things other than sleeping is a good sign.

Been quite enjoying this Celestial Seasonings Madagascar Vanilla non-caffeinated red tea lately. I had two mugs of it yesterday.


Addition, March 27, 2017, 11:44 PM EDT. It has been an OK day. Didn't get much done today besides reading, though it has been a lot easier to get lost in thinking about my various projects instead of how tired I am, now that I'm not so tired.

Haven't had a huge amount of energy today, and mostly didn't feel like cleaning today, but, sometimes felt like I had some surplus energy, and used a bit of it pacing around and randomly exercising sometimes, such as while waiting for food or non-caffeinated red tea to finish microwaving.

Still no headaches. Also haven't needed ground flaxseed (warning) for my mood, because I've been in a much better mood.


Addition, March 28, 2017, 6:52 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 3:45 AM and 10:20 AM. Been OK, I guess, though very annoyed that I haven't been able to fix Salty XML Transformer's problems with some Unicode characters.

Getting a bit tired now, which is probably a combination of PMS and caffeine withdrawal, and possibly also because I ate a bunch of granola bars (containing plenty of carbs).

Anyway, even though I don't feel perfect yet, I assume I'm probably recovering from my fatigue and caffeine withdrawal, and that will probably be more obvious to me after my time of the month is over.


Addition, March 28, 2017, 11:51 PM EDT. Very pleased with Salty XML Transformer version 1.1, which has crude but effective-enough workarounds for fixing the Unicode characters that get messed up when transforming VUE maps, and some plain, non-VUE XML files.

So, that puts me in a much better mood again.

Not much else to add. About all I did today was programming, reading, and trying to decide or plan out what to do or work on next.


Additions, March 30, 2017, 12:04 AM/12:21 AM/1:24 AM EDT. Slept sometime between 6:54 AM and 1:39 PM. Definitely been doing much better today, and feeling much more back to normal, even though probably my time of the month is imminent, unless it got delayed for some reason. Aside from soon after I woke up, I mostly haven't felt like I want to go back to sleep yet.

Mostly have just been reading today, but have been much more energetic and inclined to move around, and to stand, fidget, and/or exercise while I use my computer. And I look forward to the weather getting warm enough that I'll be able to comfortably go outside with my laptop even at night.

I think I might be starting to feel better than I did before starting green tea. Wonder if it's partly because of going back to taking lots of Vitamin C (about 2 grams every 3, 4, or more hours - whenever I remember to).


Returned the curtain - I changed my mind about it, since I like getting a lot of sunlight in my room (as long as I can still read my computer screen). And this blog post about the negative environmental impacts of the textile industry and all its horrible chemicals made me think, if I ever do want a curtain, I probably ought to buy something I'm more sure is healthy and not bad for the environment.

Also, I forgot to look for one made in the USA.


Was surprised and pleased to find that the local discount grocery store, Save-a-Lot, actually has gouda cheese! And this blog post says:

"In other words, Gouda cheese is high in Vitamin K2 regardless of how the milk was produced. Gouda even if made from the milk of the average grainfed, conventionally raised cow, is still very much worth it to buy from a nutritional standpoint!"

So, that's how I'm going to get my Vitamin K2 for a while. Definitely more fun than taking vitamin supplements, since gouda is quite possibly my favorite cheese. And, unlike Vitamin K2 supplements, I haven't yet read about anyone's adverse reactions to gouda cheese. And I don't plan to look, because I just want to enjoy my cheese in peace. :-)


I'm still not yet eager to experiment with having green tea infrequently (rather than never), even though I definitely enjoyed this excellent caffeinated green tea grown in South Carolina, and suspect it probably was healthy for me, other than the caffeine interfering with my sleep quality and making me less relaxed in general.

One reason I'm not as tempted to drink green tea anymore is because it seems like green tea actually didn't do very much to help me lose weight. And even if it did help, probably those benefits were largely undone by me eventually ending up so continually tired that almost all I wanted to do was sleep.

I'm guessing one reason black tea seemed to probably work better to effortlessly keep me thin was because black tea used to suppress my appetite a lot more than green tea, possibly to an unhealthy extent.


Wonder if black tea would have been - or, more likely, would have misleadingly felt - more sustainable for me to drink regularly longer-term. (Maybe not now, with my possible adrenal fatigue, even though I think I am recovering a lot.) I wonder if black tea always wreaked havoc with my sleep quality in the past, but maybe I just didn't so clearly perceive it, because black tea gave me such a jolt of energy I often felt OK (until recent years) despite possibly chronically poor sleep.

Or, maybe it really wasn't as bad for me in the past because maybe I was a lot more desensitized to caffeine, and/or my caffeine metabolism was better when I was younger.

But I suspect it probably was always bad for me to some extent, judging by the headaches (which, thank goodness, I mostly didn't get with green tea, nor even during caffeine withdrawal). And also, I was always a rather anxious person with inadequate endurance for stress.

But, having little ability to put up with crap is not necessarily a bad thing, because I'm pretty sure I would've been even less happy with how my life turned out if I had had the endurance to stick with things like my nearly minimum wage job (a waste of time that I could have used on building valuable skills), among other things.


I wonder if my entire life might have gone very differently if I had never had caffeine. Maybe I would have had a different, less anxious and timid personality. Maybe I would have slept better and been less depressed in general (though I actually largely got over being depressed long before quitting caffeine).

Anyway, who knows what might have been. I'm just glad I focused so much on my computer skills, since I'm not sure anything else would have helped me as much with my top goals in life.


Addition, March 30, 2017, 4:25 PM EDT. My time of the month started, so, I've been feeling pretty bad today. Slept sometime between 7:01 AM and 12:59 PM. Hot flashes and pretty bad cramps. I hate being a woman!

Addition, 4:43 PM EDT. I should've taken Advil sooner, but, somehow just didn't think of that until it was too late. Anyway, I think it's starting to work already. Also had 2 spoonfuls of ground flaxseed (warning).

I probably should have eaten better yesterday, since I think my time of the month tends to be worse if I don't.


Addition, March 30, 2017, 7:24 PM EDT. Anyway, I guess I feel remarkably energetic today despite this monthly abomination. Even got a bit of programming done, which is pretty close to releasable.


Addition, March 31, 2017, 2:04 AM EDT. Surprisingly, already almost done, but now too tired to release anything. But, at least this will give me more time to stumble across glitches I'm not yet aware of.


Addition, March 31, 2017, 5:17 PM EDT. Released Simple Countdown or Countup Timer v1.0.

It's useful, but, I feel a bit reluctant to announce it in its own new blog post because until I update my Puppy Linux Setup Kit, it might be quite a nuisance for people to figure out how to install PHP, PHP-GTK, etc. And updating my Puppy Linux Setup Kit could take a while. And after all that work, I don't feel like doing much of anything now except fun stuff. So, just announcing that app here for now.

Anyway, hopefully that useful little app will help me manage my time better, and not lose track of time so much when absorbed in programming, reading, or whatever.


Addition, April 2, 2017, 2:14 AM EDT. Been more fatigued lately at times, particularly today, and woke up wanting to go back to sleep, Earlier, again made the mistake of eating carbs too early in my day.

Finally got a headache recently, which I'm assuming is probably just another menstrual symptom, but I felt a bit tempted to drink green tea to try to get rid of it. (Didn't do that.)

Going to try being more reliable about having ground flaxseed (warning), since I think maybe I do better with it than without it.

My next programming task will be to make Salty XML Transformer capable of passing arguments to XSLT.

But, too tired to do much of anything at the moment, though my headache has been easing as I write this.


Addition, April 2, 2017, 3:50 PM EDT. My headache keeps fading then coming back. Seems to be a light-sensitive migraine, since looking at bright light slightly worsens it. Hadn't had that in quite some time. This is probably my worst headache since, I don't know when.

Having some green tea to see if it helps at all. Microwaved for 2 minutes, steeped a bit longer than that for flavor's sake. After not having it for a while, I'm even more sure I definitely prefer the taste of red tea or Teeccino. Maybe I won't drink it all, since I really probably shouldn't have caffeine.

Got a little programming done earlier, but couldn't continue because of this headache. It now seems quitting tea was definitely the right decision and I probably shouldn't have tried to resume it. I still got headaches sometimes in the months when I was mostly or entirely caffeine-free, but they weren't as bad. Seems like my other menstrual symptoms were worse this time too.

As I write this, it feels like the tea is helping ease my headache a little, but, I'm only going to drink a little more and then take an Advil. I sure wish there was a way to have only the good effects of caffeine and tea and none of the bad effects, but, perhaps that's impossible.


Addition, April 2, 2017, 4:37 PM EDT. Drank hardly any of that tea, much less than half a cup, and even before Advil, it seemed like my headache decreased a little.

Advil seems to be working pretty well and quickly, as usual. But, I slept pretty badly, so, maybe I'll go back to sleep soon. Or maybe not, I don't know.


Addition, April 2, 2017, 8:14 PM EDT. Today, inspired by this page, I tried some plain Greek yogurt, mixed together with some canned peaches and a little organic sucanat.

Anyway, I was never a huge yogurt fan in the past, so I guess that's why I never thought of doing this before. Fortunately, I ended up liking it more than pre-packaged flavored yogurt.

So, now I have another high-protein food I can eat in my morning other than cottage cheese (which is convenient and tasty, but has been getting a bit boring), or hard-boiled eggs (somewhat convenient once made, except for having to peel them; but also getting boring for me).

I just hope the carbs won't be troublesome for me. Surprisingly, even the yogurt itself has 9g of sugar per serving. (But I don't think I had a full-sized serving.) Will be trying other brands too.

Anyway, I think I've been feeling a lot less tired since eating that, and a lot better than I expected to feel on a day when I slept so poorly and had a headache for a while.


Looking forward to trying all sorts of variations with various kinds of canned and fresh fruit, Ceylon cinnamon, ginger, ground cloves, nutmeg, ground flaxseed (warning), etc.

Ooh, I could try adding canned pumpkin, or coconut milk, or both at the same time. :-D All kinds of unusual (but hopefully still healthy) combinations. Maybe some of those concoctions will be so good they'll be reminiscent of (or almost indistinguishable from) an excellent pudding.

Could also try making frozen yogurt.


Addition, April 2, 2017, 8:58 PM EDT. It seems the possibly energy-boosting effects of Greek yogurt (which I had around 6 PM) weren't enough to counteract how tired I quickly got after recently eating potato chips. And the sugary granola bar I had probably didn't help either.

Anyway, I'm not surprised, even though having such noticeable reactions to different kinds of food still seems like a strange novelty to me, after so many years of being able to eat almost anything non-caffeinated (except walnuts) without feeling much difference in my energy levels and amount of tiredness at all, thanks(?) to my caffeinated tea habit (I assume).

I probably ought to just go back to sleep anyway, since I definitely slept poorly today.


Addition, April 3, 2017, 3:14 PM EDT. Feeling much better today. Slept sometime between 4:25 AM and 12:53 PM. Reading, Netflix, and upgrading Salty XML Transformer to version 1.2 kept me awake.

In a very good mood now, because now that Salty can pass parameters to XSLT, I can finally much more conveniently do clever things with XSLT, like easily change the background color of any VUE map to whatever I want. XSLT may look weird and verbose at first glance, but it actually enables you to be very lazy, which I love. :-)

And PHP is such a pleasure for me to work with. So comfortable, and it makes it so much faster and easier for me to get things done.

I guess my next little project will probably be, making an XSLT sheet to easily customize my personal templates for new VUE maps - which is something I've been having to do partly manually because I didn't have Salty yet.

Salty is probably going to be part of the basic infrastructure (or plumbing) of my visual programming system. And I'll probably use it in my renovated Puppy Linux Setup Kit, too, along with my modified version of VUE.


Addition, April 4, 2017, 3:52 AM EDT. Got close to a headache at times, but I think maybe it's partly from neglecting to eat as well as I should.

Anyway, mostly was pretty energetic today except when carbs made me sleepy (an effect which wore off after a while).

Recently had some grape juice mixed with tart cherry juice, diluted with water, and am getting incredibly tired now, even though I didn't have very much. Maybe I'm just tired for other reasons, but, if the melatonin in the tart cherry juice is actually doing something, it feels like a stronger effect than walnuts.

So, I guess I better go to sleep. And probably have even less tart cherry juice than that in the future. Didn't measure the exact amount of tart cherry juice, but it might've been less than 1/4th of my glass of unknown size, mixed with a larger amount of grape juice and mostly water. Didn't fill up the whole glass, and didn't even get close to drinking all of it. Saving the rest for tomorrow and will probably dilute it even more.


Additions, April 5, 2017, 3:50 AM/3:55 AM EDT. On April 4th, slept sometime between 4:07 AM and 3:11 PM - so, longer than usual. As usual, sometimes woke up thirsty. My energy today (and by "today", I mean all the time I've been awake since I last slept) kept varying between so tired I could almost go back to sleep (maybe 20% of the time), and mostly, awake enough to comfortably concentrate and get things done.

Mostly just read today, and noted down ideas for my various projects.


Since Tax Day is coming up soon, I'm going to be busy helping my family with taxes by inputting data into spreadsheets.

Makes me want to re-read this essay: Income Tax: The Root of All Evil, by Frank Chodorov.


Addition, April 6, 2017, 4:01 AM EDT. On April 5th, slept sometime between 6:37 AM and 2:26 PM. Had tart cherry juice again (but more diluted than my previous drink), and a few walnuts too, but, not sure I slept as well. I guess I've been getting by, but have often (though I guess not always) felt more tired than I'd like, and am getting very tired now. Neglected to emphasize protein in my morning.

Haven't had more yogurt since the last time I mentioned it. Sometimes actually felt like eating some, but just didn't feel like going to the trouble of preparing it. Unlike cottage cheese, I can't just open the container and start spooning it into my mouth. Have to get a bowl and mix the yogurt with some sort of fruit to make it edible.

Did a bit of tax-related stuff, and watched a bit of Netflix with my family. And plenty of reading. Among other things, returned to XSLT For Dummies, and will probably soon return to XSLT 2.0 and XPath 2.0 Programmer's Reference.


Additions, April 6, 2017, 5:54 PM/6:04 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 8:47 AM and 5:15 PM. Didn't have tart cherry juice or walnuts. Not so great dreams as usual (which I don't remember very well now), but might have slept OK.

I wonder how long it takes for the amount of melatonin I was getting from tart cherry juice to wear off of me? I wonder if I possibly still had too much melatonin in my system from that even after waking up yesterday? (Before that sleep, I had diluted the juice more than before, but I also drank more. And also had a few walnuts. So, not sure how much melatonin I got. Maybe too much?)

Definitely feeling more normal so far today. Wonder if that's anything to do with the 1 extra Testa vegan Omega 3 I had before sleep. (Usually I only take 1 in my morning.) Neglected to have ground flaxseed (warning) until relatively late in my day, but eventually remembered and had that too (about 5 hours earlier than the Testa Omega 3).

Wonder if I'm still dealing with caffeine withdrawal at all, or not. Anyway, definitely feeling much better so far today.


Addition, April 6, 2017, 9:14 PM EDT. Felt a bit tired around 7:00 PM, and it took a while after I ate some cottage cheese and drank some vanilla red tea for that to go away, but now I'm feeling much better at the moment, especially after eating a couple pistachios, a small number of honey-roasted sunflower seeds, and mostly, honey-roasted peanuts.

I just read some surprising things about caffeine metabolism. This page says:

"Sensitivity to caffeine does not necessarily correlate with whether or not someone is a slow or a fast metabolizer of the chemical. Fast metabolizers can still be sensitive to and get the jitters from drinking coffee."


And this page says:

"Dan Reardon, a medical doctor who founded FitnessGenes, said that, anecdotally, slow metabolizers who drink coffee tend to report a very gradual wakefulness, sometimes lasting hours. But fast metabolizers often experience something very different with coffee: an immediate spike in alertness followed at times by a relatively quick dip in energy."

Surprisingly to me (since I was beginning to suspect I'm a slow metabolizer), the description of what fast metabolizers experience sounds a lot more like how tea works for me, depending on what "relatively quick" means. I get a dip in energy several hours later, not sure how many (but it's usually sooner than I'd like).

In any case, the initial energizing effects of tea don't seem gradual at all for me. Though I suspect it does take a while for all of the effects of caffeine to wear off of me, judging by my noticeably poorer sleep quality soon before I quit tea again, a problem which seemed to decrease the longer I went without caffeine.

So... now I don't know how fast or slow my caffeine metabolism actually is. But, either way, I'm pretty sure I'm more sensitive than average to caffeine. And I think I'm probably better off without caffeine.

Wish I could get a genetic test, but, I'm not sure I'm curious enough about this to spend a lot of money on something like that.


Addition, April 7, 2017, 2:13 AM EDT. Still doing OK, I guess, but a bit tired, and I feel like I'm almost getting a headache.

I wonder if I would have had so many issues with my energy levels if I had quit tea when I was younger. I wonder if caffeine was concealing problems I had the whole time?

Or, maybe I still haven't gotten over caffeine withdrawal yet.

Wonder what would happen if I resumed my formerly usual amount of caffeine. What if larger amounts are somehow actually easier for my body to deal with than smaller amounts? Maybe larger amounts would be more effective at desensitizing me to caffeine than smaller amounts. So, maybe I'd somehow actually handle it better than smaller amounts?

Or maybe I'm just a caffeine addict trying to find some logical-sounding justification to allow myself to resume caffeine.

I'm just so tired of not being able to just get back to normal and have my old energy back.


Addition, April 7, 2017, 2:48 AM EDT. Definitely don't want to get back to being as headache-prone as I used to be when I regularly drank caffeine, so, I guess I better try to avoid impulsive experiments with large (for me) amounts of caffeine.

Have been mostly avoiding Vitamin D for a while, so, maybe I'll feel better if I resume that.


Addition, April 7, 2017, 5:45 AM EDT. Had two spoonfuls of ground flaxseed (warning), and five Walgreens Vitamin D3 Bone Health 2000 IU Softgels.

Was maybe a bit less tired for a while, but now tired again, and still a bit headachy. But my mood has improved a lot, so everything seems better now even though very little has actually changed.


And here's a bit of news that even cheered me up yesterday, before I had any Vitamin D. Yesterday morning, even though I was very tired, I attempted the the first 2 memory tests from the book You Can Have an Amazing Memory, which I never attempted before.

For a timer, I used my Simple Countdown or Countup Timer.

And, I did much better than I thought I might. Despite being so tired, I got 26 out of 30 on the word memorization test and 28 out of 30 on the number memorization test! Everything I remembered was in the correct order, I just couldn't remember 4 words (all next to each other) and 2 numbers (both next to each other).


Addition, April 7, 2017, 6:51 PM EDT. Didn't have any more tart cherry juice or walnuts. Slept sometime between 8:46 AM and 6:31 PM. I find it encouraging that I'm managing to sleep for more hours lately than 6 or 7 hours, which often felt insufficient, but for some reason was all I could manage.

Still a bit sleepy, but I seldom wake up instantly feeling great and wide awake, so hopefully I slept well enough, even though I kept waking up thirsty as usual.


Addition, April 7, 2017, 7:32 PM EDT. Feeling OK. Had 1 Testa vegan Omega 3, 6 500mg Vitamin C's, and 2 Walgreens Vitamin D3 Bone Health 2000 IU Softgels.

No headachiness now. After I turned my lights off last night, I noticed my headache got less bad, so it was another light-sensitive headache. So, I guess maybe caffeine is actually what made me prone to those. Not sure if any of the headaches I got after mostly avoiding caffeine for a long time were light-sensitive headaches.


Addition, April, 8, 2017, 12:33 AM EDT. Definitely been feeling much better today - hardly any problems with tiredness. Maybe I just needed more Vitamin D.

Also haven't had many carbs so far today, and in my morning, had cottage cheese with black pepper and a bit of ground flaxseed (warning).

Exercised a bit today while waiting for my non-caffeinated vanilla red tea to finish microwaving. Not sure if red tea has an effect on my energy or not. So far, I've never felt like it makes me tired, even though I put honey and sucanat in it.

I actually have the impression red tea might even be slightly good for my energy levels somehow, though I'm not sure whether or not it's really doing anything for me. In any case, even just the flavor makes it one of my favorite hot drinks ever, so I hope it is good for my health too somehow. I feel like it might be.

Didn't get much done today besides reading and watching Netflix with my family. But, definitely feeling more comfortable with XSLT thanks to XSLT For Dummies and XSLT 2.0 and XPath 2.0 Programmer's Reference. So, that will probably lead to some interesting things in the future.


Additions, April 9, 2017, 5:15 PM/5:26 PM/6:04 PM EDT. Didn't sleep as well yesterday for some reason (sometime between 9:15 AM and 5:12 PM), but still had more energy than my not-so-good days. (Only had 2 Vitamin D's, and I suspect more might have been better.)

Sometimes felt like I was about to get a migraine, with some nausea - another type of headache I hadn't gotten in a while after mostly going without caffeine for a sufficiently long time. Fortunately, that remained only a vague, slightly nauseated, slightly headachy feeling, rather than a full-blown headache with nausea.

Slept sometime between 9:01 AM and 4:30 PM today. Again, could have slept better. Was often thirsty, as usual. Will try more Vitamin D today.

Didn't feel like updating yesterday since I was so busy with reading, a bit of Netflix, and XSLT.

XSLT is still darn difficult, and Salty XML Transformer still sometimes has annoying unsolved problems with Unicode.

But, going to stick with it, because I'm so tired of programming the old-fashioned way. without a visual programming system.

Maybe it's impossible for me to have as large a beneficial effect on the world as I would like, but, I think it's best to keep trying, in case unavoidable reincarnation might exist.


Addition, April 10, 2017, 5:22 AM EDT. Decided I should probably at least minimally update my Puppy Linux Setup Kit, so I can more easily install all the things I need to work on my visual programming system and to run XSLT, PHP-GTK, my modified version of VUE, etc. on any of my computers.

Haven't started that yet, though, because I've been getting my various VUE maps more organized, now that I can more easily create customized new maps using Salty XML Transformer. So, now I don't have to manually fiddle with various navigational bubbles I like to have at the top of most of my maps.

Perhaps I might be able to do some primitive visual-programming-system-like things already somehow with VUE and Salty XML Transformer, as long as I don't get too elaborate.


Finally vacuumed my room a little today, but, my right eye got gooey again regardless, so, perhaps there's still some cayenne red pepper in here somewhere. Probably, since I only vacuumed part of my room and bed. And I vacuumed a streak of cayenne I never found until today on a nearby pillowcase, under a large heavy pillow that I seldom move much. I guess maybe I ought to wash all my blankets and pillowcases. Too bad our dryer broke several years ago and we never got it fixed, nor got a new one, or I would have done that already a long time ago.

But I'm still not sure my pink-eye-like symptoms are only from cayenne, because it really seemed like I had less trouble with this when I was drinking tea.

Anyway, my energy seemed to increase noticeably today after I had non-caffeinated vanilla red tea. Or maybe my 5 Vitamin D's finally took effect around then. (I sure hope I'm not overdosing on Vitamin D.) In any case, definitely been feeling much better than various not-so-good days, though not as good as the days when I slept better.

Anyway, hopefully things will keep improving overall, and there won't be too much more to add to this blog post.


I'm definitely convinced that caffeine was probably what was most to blame for my probable migraines, since I don't recall having any light-sensitive headaches or headaches with nausea after mostly doing without caffeine for a long time, and I think I got fewer headaches, and they definitely weren't as bad.

And resuming caffeine and trying to quit it again seemed to increase all those nasty symptoms again. Maybe caffeine also worsened my PMS and menstrual symptoms too.

So, that's definitely stuff I can do without. I almost could have tolerated it if it didn't mess up my sleep quality, but, that alone undid most of the benefits of tea for me (feeling more energetic and in a better mood, temporarily).

I much prefer the mood-boosting and other beneficial effects of Vitamin D and ground flaxseed (warning). Which feel more natural and seem to last much longer.


Addition, April 12, 2017, 1:12 AM EDT. Slept sometime between 11:31 AM and 6:50 PM on April 11th, and sometime between 9:52 AM and 5:28 PM on April 10th.

Today has been quite a good day so far, energy-wise, in contrast to most of the time I was awake before my last sleep, when I was tired most of the time and frustrated with being tired.

Except I was surprised even on that mostly-tired day when somehow, after a few hours of tiredness since waking, my energy increased and tiredness largely went away for several hours. Not sure what might have caused that - there are many different things that might have helped, like cottage cheese+black pepper, Vitamin D, Nature Made Stress B , Vitamin C, red tea, ground flaxseed (warning). Or perhaps another thing or combination of things I haven't thought of.

Last sleep (in contrast to many of my other sleeps), I slept with my noise-blocking box fan on the entire time I slept, which I'm sure helped. So, I'll continue doing that. Also had some walnuts actually a rather long time before i went to sleep - had walnuts around 4:15 AM and went to sleep around 11:31 AM. (Had stayed awake to read and work on some things even though I was tired.)

Almost getting a little headachy now, but, still very encouraged that I'm feeling so much better.


Additions, April 13, 2017, 11:17 PM/11:25 PM EDT. Still been doing physically better, except for getting a bit headachy at times. And emotionally I'm a lot more resilient than I was in the past when I took less or no Vitamin C and almost never took any Vitamin D or ground flaxseed (warning).

I've been feeling wide awake and untired quite a lot of the time, almost like I'm back to normal. I suspect this is mostly from resuming Vitamin D. Also, probably my caffeine withdrawal symptoms are decreasing, even though I've been a bit headachy lately.

Anyway, I think another factor in my possible adrenal fatigue and possible PTSD has been where I live.

I really hope I can someday, somehow make enough money to make things better and possibly even move out. Partly thanks to my programming hobby, I usually manage to avoid thinking about how bad it is here, but, sometimes, like around Tax Day, it gets unignorably bad.

But, fortunately, Tax Day will be over soon enough. And once I have my Puppy Linux Setup Kit at least minimally updated, that will make it much easier for me to proceed with my other projects, and hopefully start focusing more again on figuring out what to do for money.


Addition, April 14, 2017, 3:31 AM EDT. Finally done with most of the tax spreadsheets for my family.

I still seem to get a bit tired after eating certain carby things, but the effect seems a lot less pronounced lately. Actually, until today, I had mostly been having snacks rather than actual meals - but, have been doing surprisingly well nonetheless. Or maybe not that surprising, since my snacks were mostly healthy things such as nuts. And I've been drinking more vegetable juice lately.

The meal I had today made me more tired for longer than probably any of my snacks lately (except walnuts, of course), but that passed pretty quickly, maybe in less than an hour.

And, my slight headache went away. So, at the moment, I feel better than I did before resuming caffeine, as well as better than I did even during the good parts of my brief return to caffeine.

Still not eager to deal with anything stressful, though, so, I'm just going to keep working on my various projects, and hopefully eventually figure out some sort of sensible career plan.


Addition, April 15, 2017, 2:03 PM EDT. Terrible light-sensitive migraine with a bit of nausea today, which, when I remembered it might still be caffeine withdrawal, made me wonder how long I might have to deal with caffeine withdrawal migraines. Then I remembered this blog post, which said about 2 months. And upon rereading it, I found some other details I had completely forgotten - the author said (paraphrased) her headaches actually got worse for a while after quitting, then went away after about 2 months.

Anyway, was doing pretty well until today, but have been tired and headachy all day. I mistakenly kept thinking the headache would probably go away soon, since sometimes it faded, so I didn't take Advil until quite recently.

I guess the reason it wasn't this bad for me the last time I quit caffeine was probably because I already tapered down my caffeine a lot by the time I stopped caffeine entirely (sometime in the latter part of September 2016). But this time, I quit with hardly any tapering.

I probably also should have been eating better, but today I've felt too bad and/or nauseated to feel like eating or doing much of anything. Didn't feel this bad when I first woke up, so ate a bit then, thinking that might ease my headache. It has fluctuated but mostly got worse over time.

So, I definitely am not going to resume caffeine again, because these headaches are truly disabling. No wonder I had such a hard time repairing my life.

Maybe I should have tapered down caffeine instead of just quitting, but, I was hoping green tea (with reputedly less caffeine than black tea) wouldn't be such a problem for me.

Advil is helping now. I hope I won't need another Advil, usually just 1 works for me.


Addition, April 15, 2017, 11:54 PM EDT. 1 Advil worked well enough, so, I even managed to fall asleep soon after writing the above. Woke up sometime soon before 11:01 PM. I actually would kind of like to sleep even longer than that since I still feel tired, perhaps partly because I was woken up at various times because I fell asleep without turning my noise-blocking box fan on. But, feeling much better, even though I feel like my headaches could still return.

Fatigue definitely seems less a less bad problem for me to have than headaches, because bad headaches make it nearly impossible for me to get anything done (except very easy things). But if I'm just tired, I can sometimes still do surprisingly well even with programming. But yesterday, I couldn't even fix something which (minutes ago) unsurprisingly turned out to be a quite easily-fixed simple glitch.

Still feeling tired enough that I could maybe go back to sleep. Haven't really felt a craving for caffeine lately, but am wondering if tiny particles of instant coffee might make things easier for me, headache-wise. But I don't want to possibly prolong the problem. On the other hand, I don't want to take Advil too frequently, so I might be more comfortable with taking tiny particles of instant coffee instead.

Anyway, hopefully things will just get better rather than worse, and hopefully I won't have to do anything besides try to eat better.


Addition, April 17, 2017, 4:25 AM EDT. Today is the first day recently when I've felt not only untired, but energetic and in the mood to exercise a bit.

Yesterday, I was still slightly headachy for a while, but nowhere near as bad as the day before that. Didn't need Advil.

Anyway, it seems like maybe magnesium helped - hadn't taken that in a while, and perhaps taking more Vitamin D lately increased my requirements for magnesium. I forgot to mention taking a magnesium citrate along with my Advil the other day. Took another magnesium citrate yesterday before sleep, and woke up feeling much better today. Also ate better yesterday. And was craving cantaloupe, so had some cantaloupe.

Also, my gums have been giving me much less trouble lately, even though the only Vitamin C I took yesterday was 3 grams in my morning, and one Nature Made Stress B (which also has Vitamin C and zinc) before sleep. I wonder if this is an indication that my body finally has an adequate amount of Vitamin D (since I noticed in the past that I seemed to need less Vitamin C for my gums after a while of taking Vitamin D).

Skipped ground flaxseed (warning) since April 15th, will probably resume if/when I start feeling menstrual.

Been making some progress thinking up a good new design for my Puppy Linux Setup Kit.


Addition, April 18, 2017, 1:27 PM EDT. Could have slept better today, so a bit tired, but doing OK, and still able to program.

Yesterday, was so energetic I mostly cleaned up another room.


Addition, April 20, 2017, 1:41 PM EDT. Been feeling mostly fine, except for yesterday briefly feeling like I was on the verge of a headache.

Mostly been reading, and working on my Puppy Linux Setup Kit.


Addition, April 21, 2017, 1:09 AM EDT. Started to get tired overly early in my day, and also got in a bad mood. Interpreted the bad mood to mean I probably need some more ground flaxseed (warning), so I had some, and also some magnesium. So, even though I've gotten even more tired since then, my mood improved a lot.


Addition, April 21, 2017, 10:09 PM EDT. Woke up wanting to go back to sleep, but that soon passed. My energy lasted longer today, and my mood was mostly OK until I started to get tired.

Been reading a lot. Have been having trouble making myself work on the Puppy Linux Setup Kit today, though I did a lot with it yesterday and some other days.

I sure wish I had my visual programming system already finished and useable. But, I'd rather not work very much on that until my Puppy Linux Setup Kit is sufficiently updated that power outages and switching to a different computer will once again no longer be much of a disruption.


Addition, April 21, 2017, 10:51 PM EDT. I guess another thing I ought to mention is, my eyes (especially my right eye) resumed being rather gooey, and have been like that for a while now, not sure how many days.

So, still not sure what that's from. Not sure whether it's really just from cayenne pepper, because the problem went away while I was drinking green tea, and I don't think I had vacuumed my room at all yet back then.

Also have been feeling rather weak at times, but I think exercise and eating better have been helping me with that.


Additions, April 22, 2017, 3:20 PM/3:55 PM EDT. For some reason, I only slept about 4 hours, between around 7:10 AM and 11:12 AM, even though I had walnuts before sleep and also magnesium.

I'm wondering now if maybe daylight (and light in general) is waking me up more easily than it used to.

So, will soon be getting this Wrap-a-Nap - Travel Pillow, Sleep Mask & Ear Muff in One, which is made in the USA.

Two of my favorite quotes from its reviews:

"This piece of perfection is what we should show aliens to prove we're a species worth saving."

"Like being fully enveloped in the bosom of a muppet"


Surprisingly, didn't start feeling tired again until recently.


Addition, April 29, 2017, 3:20 PM EDT. Mostly been doing surprisingly well - often a lot of energy and no headaches, until April 27th, and April 28th before I went to sleep. I think I even lost some weight. On April 24th, I eagerly cleaned the entire kitchen counter, which is now more uncluttered and organized than it has probably ever been since 2002, when we moved here.

My eyes have been a lot less gooey since April 22nd, maybe because I resumed trying to be more careful to avoid thoughtlessly rubbing my eyes.


However, it's my time of the month, which, quite unusually, started unexpectedly early, on April 25th in the late evening. I don't recall it ever being early in my life. (Though there were times in my life when I didn't pay as much attention to the exact dates, so I guess it's possible it happened before, a long time ago.) I thought I'd probably get it around the 30th. (Or later, since it's easy for me to get stressed out enough for it to be delayed.)

And another weird thing about it is, it has been rather light and I've largely avoided my usual symptoms. Didn't need Advil for cramps since I scarcely got cramps. April 27th was the first day that I got especially tired - too tired to do much of anything - but it took a while for me to start feeling that way.

I also eventually got a slight headache, which got much worse later on - on April 28th around 3:30 AM before I went to sleep, I had such a bad migraine with nausea that I threw up. (Advil helped with the headache, but the nausea remained, but fortunately that went away quite soon after I threw up.) Sometimes I felt too hot, but soon ended up so cold I was shivering - so I actually resorted to sleeping with my electric blanket. Fortunately, I feel fine now.


On some days I was achy, so, I resumed taking more magnesium, which seems to help (though it could also be a factor in why I was tired on April 27th, since I took it in my morning that day).

Lately, most days, I've also been eating 2 large spoonfuls of ground flaxseed (warning). My worst mood was on the 25th, but, rather than blaming PMS as much as I should have, I thought I was just particularly annoyed because the power went off when I was about to post an update, so most of what I wrote got lost (since I've been using my desktops more than my laptops lately). And, since my Puppy Linux Setup Kit isn't updated yet, getting things set up again wasn't as quick as it otherwise would have been. But, as usual, I felt much better a while after eating ground flaxseed (warning).


I suspect maybe taking so much Vitamin D (usually five 2000 IU capsules per day, all at the same time) might have modified my usual cycle somehow. (And perhaps the ground flaxseed (warning) contributed too.) Found a page with many commenters who think Vitamin D affected their cycles.

Anyway, other than the migraine with nausea, I've been feeling so much better lately that I think these strange changes are probably (or hopefully) not a bad sign. Maybe if I hadn't probably been Vitamin D deficient for most of my life, my times of the month would have typically been much more symptom-free, more like this? Will have to see what happens next month.

I don't think the slightly light-sensitive migraine with nausea was directly from the Vitamin D - I think it's probably caffeine-related, and I'll probably be less prone to them after another month, judging by this aforementioned blog post whose author's migraines went away after 2 months without caffeine. (I've only done without caffeine for about a month so far.)

Perhaps another factor in my headache was, maybe I still haven't been taking enough magnesium, even though I've taken a bit more because I've heard (and have felt like) Vitamin D makes you need more.

I still worry that maybe I'm taking too much Vitamin D, even though I've felt much more good than bad lately, so, I skipped it on April 28th, and only took four 2000 IU Vitamin D's today.


On April 24th, got the Wrap-a-Nap - Travel Pillow, Sleep Mask & Ear Muff in One. Haven't been able to get used to it enough to sleep with it over my eyes, but, it's nice and soft, and I've been using it to keep my neck, ears, or part of my head warm, and to block noise a bit, and as a wearable pillow to lean my head on while binge-watching Netflix or sometimes while computing, and to give people around me something to laugh at. :-)

For covering my eyes, I still prefer the edge of the thin black velvet+leopard pattern blanket I already had. The problem with that blanket is, it easily gets moved out of place, especially while I'm sleeping.


Addition, April 30, 2017, 2:18 PM EDT. Slight headache last night, and was afraid I'd get nauseated again, but I didn't, and the headache soon went away. Took two (a single serving) of Advanced MAGNESIUM (by InnovixLabs). Highly Bioavailable Bisglycinate + Malate Formula before sleep again (same as the day before), and it seems it wasn't too much for me either time, judging by my lack of diarrhea.

My time of the month is still ongoing, but if the length of that part of my cycle hasn't changed, I expect it to end soon. As usual, the 3rd day was the lightest, and it came back after that, though it has been lighter than usual the entire time, except for day 3, which was about the same since it was almost always light in the past too. I wonder how my body manages to be so consistent about doing that.

Feeling OK and energetic enough so far today. Took 3 Walgreens Vitamin D3 Bone Health 2000 IU Softgels today.


Addition, April 30, 2017, 5:11 PM EDT. Finally cleaned the upstairs hallway. Now, I can easily roll my office chair out of my room and even onto the balcony. So, now that I have a nicer chair to use out there, I have more reasons to resume using my laptop more frequently.


Addition, May 1, 2017, 4:41 PM EDT. Got woken up a bit early around 2 PM by a storm, and the power going off for only about a second (which was enough to shut down both my desktop computers). I tried to just go back to sleep, but then a relative told me there was a tornado warning. (This happens every once in a while where I live (northeast Ohio), at times during the spring and summer.) Fortunately, the storm soon passed uneventfully, and it's sunny now.

Anyway, I really have to make my Puppy Linux Setup Kit my top priority, so future power outages (or even just turning off my computers on purpose) won't be so annoying anymore.

Still lots of energy. Had lots of energy yesterday too, so, I finally reorganized a lot of junk that had untidily accumulated in my room. I am so overwhelmed with clothes, even despite all my zippable pillow protectors, though at least those help a lot.


Addition, May 5, 2017, 9:27 PM EDT. Frequently had a lot of energy until today. Been taking less (or no) Vitamin D, since I was worried maybe I had too much.

And, since I previously sometimes felt jittery and almost too energetic, and was also rather achy, and pages like this one recommend taking Vitamin D and magnesium together, I've been emphasizing magnesium lately, and surprisingly, it wasn't even making me tired if I took it during my day - just calmer and more relaxed. But, perhaps now I have enough magnesium in my system, so it's having its usual tiring effects on me again?

Also, despite the worrying Vitamin K2 anecdotes I ran across before, I resumed taking Vitamin K2 daily since May 1st, since pages such as this are so emphatic about the importance of having enough of both Vitamin K2 and Vitamin D.

And now I'm back to the old familiar fatigue again, despite many days of being remarkably energetic. Maybe once again I've underestimated my need for Vitamin D, and maybe I should resume taking more already?


Still didn't update my Puppy Linux Setup Kit very much. Been too preoccupied with reading Clevnet books.

Anyway, I sure hope I'm close to figuring out how to consistently have enough energy. Until today, the past couple of weeks were probably my best yet, energy-wise. And my last period was one of the strangest I've ever had, but at least it was less unpleasant than 99% or maybe all of my previous periods.


Additions, May 6, 2017, 7:20/7:44 AM EDT. Recently found a great little book - The Art of Procrastination - which gave me some more insight into myself.

Now it's even more obvious to me than it already was that part of my problem is perfectionism. I can be incredibly productive as long as I'm not overly worried about the quality of the final result.


Also, I wonder if maybe I'm also what the book calls a "horizontal organizer".

Quoted from the book:

"Vertical organizers find it natural to use filing cabinets to store materials that they intend to use just an hour or a day or a week later. When they need that stuff again, they reach into the filing cabinet, pull out the folder and resume working on it. They dont understand how foreign this whole idea is to a horizontal organizer."

[...]

"The fact is, I am a horizontal organizer. I like all the things I am working on spread out on a surface in front of me, where they can beckon me to continue working on them. When I put something in a file, I never see it again."

Maybe that's part of why I'm so fond of the concept mapping software VUE. In VUE, I can freely scatter text, images, lines, and currently unresizable and unstyleable tiny grey buttons (which open web pages or files), across a pleasantly infinite-seeming surface, limited only by computer memory constraints.

And Astroblahhh Desktop made it so I could find things without having to struggle to remember exactly what folders I put files in, or exactly what files I put some interesting scraps of text in. Instead, I can just give all related things the same search tag, and when I search for that tag (or just click a hyperlink which automatically runs that search for me), everything appears all in one convenient web page. (Except URLs, ideas/text scraps, and files can't be mixed together all in the same page - yet?)

However - despite the fact that I often seem to be better off keeping many different, even unrelated things in one place so I can more easily find them again, or at least having the illusion of everything I want to work with being in one place (which is what VUE, Astroblahhh Desktop, and multifiles-apmod all give me) - I created quite a foldery, mazey mess when I made the Puppy Linux Setup Kit. No wonder I keep wishing I could somehow manage all that stuff with VUE and Astroblahhh Desktop.


Addition, May 7, 2017, 3:45 AM EDT. Started out a little sluggish today, and slept sometime between 9:01 AM and 3:45 PM (12 hours ago).

But, surprisingly, I've ended up feeling very energetic, jittery, and kind of like I need more magnesium, even though I took a serving of Nature Made magnesium citrate about an hour and a half after my "morning" vitamins - five Walgreens Vitamin D3 Bone Health 2000 IU Softgels, along with my usual vegan Omega 3 and 3 grams of Vitamin C, and, unusually, 200 mcg (2 capsules) of Vitamin K2 instead of my usual 1 capsule.

It was not until recently that I started to feel jittery and overly energetic. I wasn't sure if the magnesium I had earlier (less than 3 hours after waking) would make me tired or not, but, I'm guessing maybe it just prevented me from getting jittery and overenergetic sooner than sometime in the past couple hours. I wonder if that quantity of Vitamin D is starting to be too much for me?

At least this feels better than being fatigued, and I'm guessing that as usual, more magnesium will easily tame this excess energy and jitteriness. And exercise might help too. There's still a ton of cleaning left to do here. And, there's no reason I have to keep taking so much Vitamin D if I'm uneasy about doing so. Judging by the past couple days, it would probably be easy for me to go back to feeling fatigued if I want to, just by decreasing Vitamin D.

Perhaps there were other factors involved in the recent return of my fatigue, or the even more recent return of my energy, but it really seems like Vitamin D (or lack thereof) might be one of the top factors making a very noticeable difference in how energetic I feel.

I sure wish I could measure my Vitamin D levels without having to spend a chunk of money or see a doctor, so I could have a better idea of whether or not I'm close to overdosing on Vitamin D. After having had so much fatigue, it's bizarre to feel so back to normal, as though I'm younger and caffeinated. :-) But I definitely feel more good than bad. I hope it lasts.


Addition, May 7, 2017, 8:20 AM EDT. Took some more magnesium around 4:36 AM, and have been getting quite sleepy, as I hoped I would.

Earlier, that was definitely more energy than I really needed so late in my day. And even though I prefer jitteriness rather than fatigue, I would rather not be jittery either, for the sake of my adrenals, even though it wasn't that bad, and at the same time, I was also pleased that I actually felt like exercising (and did so, a bit).

So, I don't intend to take all the same amounts of vitamins tomorrow. (And by tomorrow, I'm referring to the start of my next day, whenever I wake up, which will actually probably be later today on May 7th.)


Today, found a long, thorough, interesting page about Vitamin K2 called The Ultimate Vitamin K2 Resource.

And another interesting article by the same author: Vitamin A Plays an Essential Role in Setting the Circadian Rhythm and Allowing Good Sleep

As someone with blue eyes, this quote particularly interested me:

"Although I have not found any clear investigation of the role of eye color, I suspect that people with lightly colored eyes have a higher requirement for vitamin A because lightly colored eyes let in more blue and UV light that can irreversibly degrade it. I have very lightly colored eyes and a health history suggesting a need for vitamin A intakes much higher than the RDA."

End of quote.


So, maybe I need more Vitamin A than I realized. Vitamin A is something I've paid relatively little attention to. I try to get Vitamin A only from food (or drinks like vegetable juice), and am totally unwilling to try it in supplement form, because the list of Vitamin A overdose symptoms is very scary.

Fortunately, I like vegetables, even though I probably don't eat enough of them. The idea of a nice warm bowl of mixed vegetables with butter and salt, and perhaps some interesting spices, is actually making me hungry, even though I'd rather just go to sleep now.


Addition, May 7, 2017, 9:32 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 10:06 AM and 6:30 PM. Slept somewhat poorly because I keep getting too thirsty while I sleep, and my eyes got very dry. Took mostly the same vitamins in my "morning" today, except 4 Vitamin D's instead of 5, and had the magnesium along with my other vitamins instead of later.

Frustratingly, haven't been able to borrow as many Clevnet books as usual lately because again, I apparently borrowed and returned too many in a short period of time. So, I finally emptied out my wishlist and pared down my holds list. At least that will reduce the daily inflow of tempting new distractions. Except I still have about 140 episodes of The Vampire Diaries to watch on Netflix. :-) Anyway, hopefully I'll somehow get something useful done eventually.

Already feeling quite energetic (but not so jittery) even though I've scarcely eaten anything yet.


Additions, May 8, 2017, 3:39/3:58 AM EDT. Kind of sleepy already. Anyway, been reading a bit about Vitamin A.

This page says:

"Animal research also shows that even moderate intakes of vitamin D increase the bodys need for vitamin A."


This other page says:

"Night thirst and dry mouth at night can be the result of a chronic nutritional problem. As well as inadequate fluid intake, a diet that does not consist of an adequate amount of fruits and vegetables can increase the risk of dehydration. Vitamin deficiency, riboflavin deficiency and vitamin A deficiency are all cited as possible causes of thirst and dry mouth at night."


Ate a kale salad and some cantaloupe today, so, hopefully that will help. Also had some Jarlsberg cheese and gouda cheese (which both contain Vitamin K2), and was surprised to see on their labels that both have a bit of Vitamin A.


Additions, May 9, 2017, 3:52 AM. Surprisingly, after my previous update, instead of going to sleep, I got more alert again (though not especially energetic), even though I was sitting in my room with the lights off, without much bright stuff on my screens (thanks to the Stylish web browser add-on).

Maybe I got tired before that because of magnesium in my morning, and too many carbs and not enough protein. Since my last update, I had a bit more Jarlsberg cheese, and also ground flaxseed (warning), which seemed to greatly improve my mood. And some carrots, and rice milk. (Edit, 5:42 AM. And also some potato chips hours after I started to feel more alert - which probably didn't help, but I don't remember if I got tired or not after them.)

I even started taking more of an interest in working on my Puppy Linux Setup Kit again. (I actually already had been making some progress on that lately. Reading and Netflix aren't all I do, even though those are two of the most effortlessly easy things for me to fall into doing.)


Slept sometime between 3:42 PM and 9:05 PM. Still got annoyingly thirsty, but maybe less than usual. Had my usual "morning" vitamins except no magnesium, and 3 Vitamin D's, and I completely forgot to take Vitamin K2 (until more recently). Started out tired, but that soon went away, though lately I've been getting tired again.

Also started out in a bad mood at first, but my mood greatly improved even before I had ground flaxseed (warning).

Had potato chips (which sometimes, but not always, seem to make me tired) and cottage cheese (which often seems to make me more energetic) around the same time. And, since I'm now tired, it seems like maybe the potato chips are winning. Or maybe I just need to sleep longer and better. Or, who knows.

Maybe I shouldn't have taken a break from Vitamin D? Don't know, just want to sleep now (probably).


Additions, May 9, 2017, 5:29 AM/5:39 AM EDT. Not especially energetic, but somehow I no longer feel like going to sleep. But, since I felt so sure I wanted to go to sleep, I took magnesium around 4:15 AM, so, I'm guessing that will probably make tired again in about an hour, or less.

But, I was able to borrow 10 Clevnet books today, so, that might keep me awake longer than I might think. But it's so difficult to predict.


Addition, May 9, 2017, 5:37 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 7:48 AM and 5:14 PM. Got annoyingly thirsty, like yesterday. Felt tired upon waking but getting some Clevnet holds made me happier to be awake, and I'm feeling less tired now. It's very sunny at the moment.

I think I might try going back to larger amounts of Vitamin D for several days, but also try to get more Vitamin A from food by eating more kale, carrots, and tomatoes than usual. And perhaps cantaloupe too.


Addition, May 9, 2017, 7:36 PM EDT. Had my usual vitamins and am back to 5 Vitamin D's. Now jittery, so I took a serving of Advanced MAGNESIUM (by InnovixLabs). Highly Bioavailable Bisglycinate + Malate Formula, which lately has never been giving me diarrhea.

Anyway, I still feel vaguely tired, but at least I'm getting more done now. I'm not at my best but this is better than just feeling tired. Been neglecting to take as much Vitamin C lately since I haven't needed it as much for my gums lately, but, I'm guessing I probably ought to resume taking it more often just to help my adrenals.

Started my day with a kale salad with MSG-free ranch dressing, a tomato, and croutons.


Addition, May 10, 2017, 2:08 AM EDT. Was OK for a while, but got jittery again, so, I recently took another serving of Advanced MAGNESIUM (by InnovixLabs). Highly Bioavailable Bisglycinate + Malate Formula.

Inspired by this page, I think I'm going to try Epsom salts at some point. Will try this kind.

However, our only working bathtub is rather disgusting, so, I'm not going to soak in there. I wish we could get the other bathtub fixed, along with the entire upstairs bathroom, for that matter - everything in there has been broken for so long I can't even recall how many years it has been like that.


Addition, May 10, 2017, 4:09 AM/4:17 AM EDT. Started to get sleepy, but, now I'm starting to get a bit more alert again. Forgot to mention, I've sometimes been feeling almost headachy.

Anyway, I think probably before, I underestimated how much magnesium so much Vitamin D was going to make me need. So, though I think I was mostly OK at first, I think by now I probably have gradually become magnesium deficient, partly because I've typically been reluctant to take magnesium during my day, since it can easily make me tired.

(But, frustratingly, often not tired enough for me to feel capable of going to sleep - just tired enough to debilitate me. Except lately it has often just been calming me without making me too tired, though it still can easily make me tired if I take it late in my day. And sometimes even lately it seems like it can make me tired early in my day, depending on probably a variety of different factors, like, how well-rested or not I am, how much Vitamin D I took, etc.)


And I'm guessing the single serving of magnesium I only sometimes took before sleep wasn't enough to compensate for how much of my magnesium has been getting depleted by all my Vitamin D.

So, perhaps my magnesium deficiency has been interfering with my sleep quality lately, and maybe if I finally get enough magnesium, I'll sleep better again.


And perhaps my magnesium deficiency is also making Vitamin D less effective for me lately.

This page says:

"Be sure that you read this again and understand this magnesium and vitamin d interrelationship:

It works BOTH ways. Magnesium is not JUST depleted, but you won't convert vitamin d unless you have enough magnesium in order to allow vitamin d to BE converted!!"

End of quote.


Wonder if that explains some of the ups and downs in my energy levels throughout my days lately.

I wonder what would happen if I took a larger-than-usual dose of magnesium to accompany my morning 10,000 IU of Vitamin D. I don't think I ever tried that before - maybe I'll try that soon. But perhaps I should reduce Vitamin D again, at least for a little while. Not sure.


Addition, May 10, 2017, 5:09 AM EDT. Significantly more alert now, and also sometimes have been feeling like I might get a headache, and I started to get achy. So, I took another serving of magnesium already.

I guess probably I'll take less Vitamin D in the near future. Maybe once my magnesium levels are up again, my body will use whatever amount of Vitamin D it gets more effectively, so maybe smaller amounts of Vitamin D will work fine for me.


Addition, May 10, 2017, 6:34 AM EDT. Feeling calmer, better, and more able to relax and concentrate - but not too sleepy, interestingly.

Also, decided to get this magnesium gel. I'll probably end up trying that sooner than the Epsom salts, since, due to my lack of an acceptable bathtub, I'm guessing the gel will be more convenient for me.


Additions, May 10, 2017, 9:48 AM/10:02 AM EDT. Got achy again - actually achier than before. But, that has been decreasing. Maybe almonds helped ease that somehow. Or else the only other things I ate while I was achy - plain Cheerios with cow's milk and no sugar. Oh, and also a capsule of vegan Omega 3 and 2 grams of Vitamin C.

Been getting sleepy, but that's normal, given how long I've been awake.

I think maybe resuming taking such large amounts of Vitamin D without doing more to build up my magnesium levels was probably a mistake. So, probably going to take much less Vitamin D for a while.


Addition, May 10, 2017, 9:32 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 2:31 PM and 8:22 PM. Tired of bad dreams, but, maybe slept better, though I wish I had slept longer.

Took 1 vegan Omega 3, two Walgreens Vitamin D3 Bone Health 2000 IU Softgels, 3 grams of Vitamin C, two Advanced MAGNESIUM (by InnovixLabs). Highly Bioavailable Bisglycinate + Malate Formula, and two Nutrigold Vitamin K2.

The achy stiffness in my back slightly returned before going to sleep (after having been gone for a while), and, though I woke up with less of it, it's still there and I'm hoping it doesn't get worse.

But other than that, I guess I feel better, and thinking feels a lot easier than it did before I went to sleep.

Hoping trying to take a lot of magnesium throughout the day won't make me continually tired, but it very easily might. Part of the reason I took Vitamin D today was to counteract that effect, at least for a little while.


Today, my goals aren't very ambitious. I'm going to try to implement a neglected good idea I had. To encourage myself to eat better, I'm returning to making various food-related VUE maps, so I won't so easily forget what's available here, and will have an easier time figuring out what to eat.


Addition, May 11, 2017, 12:45 AM EDT. Had another serving of magnesium about two hours ago, and rather than getting tired, I've actually gotten more alert. My back has gotten a little more stiff and achy, but, I guess I'll probably be fine. Will have another serving of magnesium soon.

Had cottage cheese in my "morning", which also probably improved my energy levels.

Didn't get much done yet because I was watching Netflix with my family.


Addition, May 11, 2017, 9:38 PM EDT. Had a lot of magnesium yesterday - never more than a single serving at a time, but had 4 servings (hours apart from each other) since waking up yesterday.

But, surprisingly, I usually remained rather jittery, and didn't start feeling particularly relaxed until after the 4th serving (which I had at 7:10 AM). That also was the point at which I switched back to Nature Made magnesium citrate.

I think perhaps I did finally end up with maybe too much Vitamin D in my system, so, going to take a break from Vitamin D for a while.


Kept having trouble with my back being stiff and achy. And, also, I hadn't mentioned it before, but, often accompanying my stiffness and achiness had been, feeling weak and like my body is much heavier to hold up than it usually feels like to me. Usually, I don't have that problem at all. Have noticed this sometimes since a few weeks ago (but previously, I believe I only mentioned feeling weak). But, it always went away, so I decided not to worry about it.

I thought maybe it was from not eating well enough, since I watched a video where someone talked about the effects of fasting, and he mentioned feeling weaker and like gravity is stronger than normal. That sounded a lot like what I recently experienced, and, since I hadn't been eating as well as I ought to have been, I assumed my problems might simply have been from that.

I have been eating somewhat better lately, but, perhaps not eating well enough could still be a possible cause of some of my problems.


My achiness and stiffness seemed to decrease after drinking cow's milk. So, another theory that came to mind was, maybe I've actually been getting withdrawal symptoms from drinking less milk lately? Surprisingly, I read a while back that milk actually contains morphine.

Days ago, I got some rice milk to see if that would help me stop drinking cow's milk, so I've definitely been drinking less cow's milk than usual lately. I like rice milk, but, it still doesn't seem like a perfect substitute for cow's milk.

I guess another possibility is that cow's milk relieved my achiness a bit because morphine is a painkiller? I think milk's painkilling capabilities, if it has any, probably aren't very strong, though - since I never noticed it having an effect on my menstrual cramps or headaches.


Slept sometime between 11:33 AM and 7:43 PM. Slept rather well, and am feeling alert and well-rested so far.

Still feeling a little weak, but less achy and stiff today. Didn't take magnesium yet, because I didn't want to possibly make myself tired by taking it too early in my day, but will probably take some later, maybe after I start getting tired.

Had an amusing dream about having a deep philosophical conversation with a talking Samoyed dog, who was very intelligent and wise. I don't remember what we said, but it was definitely not a one-sided conversation in which only I said clever things. :-) That was probably my best dream in weeks.


Addition, May 12, 2017, 12:27 AM EDT. Feeling mostly back to normal. Had 1 vegan Omega 3, 3 grams of Vitamin C, cow's milk, and a bowl of ravioli.

Hopefully my magnesium gel will arrive later today. I never tried anything like that before, so, looking forward to seeing what happens with that.


Addition, May 12, 2017, 3:08 PM EDT. My stiffness, achiness, and weakness came back for a while. Probably shouldn't have waited to take magnesium. Finally took a serving of Nature Made magnesium citrate around 5 AM, then a serving of Advanced MAGNESIUM (by InnovixLabs). Highly Bioavailable Bisglycinate + Malate Formula around 7:45 AM.

I ate various things at various times, don't feel like listing all the details. Had a bit of kale, Celestial Seasonings Safari Spice non-caffeinated red tea, ginger snaps, a Cheeseburger Mac microwaveable frozen dinner, a tomato, carrots and MSG-free ranch dressing, and gouda cheese. And Nature Made Stress B, 2 grams of Vitamin C, and 1 Vitamin K2.

Very quickly felt better (though not completely better) after having plain Cheerios with cow's milk and sucanat, probably sometime soon after the later serving of magnesium.


Finally got this magnesium gel. I only used a small amount, less than the size of a pea. I didn't have any aches at that moment, so I just chose a convenient, easily cleaned place to apply it, which I could easily keep my short nightgown from touching - slightly above my right knee. The directions say "It is normal for some individuals to experience a tingling sensation on the skin upon application." But, I felt almost nothing - thought I felt a small prickle for a second in a few spots, but nothing lasting.

I left it on from around 9:50 AM to 10:12 AM. Watched Netflix, and got so absorbed in the shows I didn't even think to keep checking to see if I felt better yet.

Then, when I stopped watching Netflix around noon, and I started to stretch before getting off the couch, I noticed I felt flexible, tremendously lighter, and even more normal than I did the last time I said I felt mostly normal.

So, that's very encouraging. And, I've been feeling even better since then. But, I think I better take it easy for a while to let my body recover from whatever was causing it to go awry before in such a worrying way.


Perhaps getting so magnesium deficient (as I'm guessing I did) also caused me other problems. This page says, among other interesting things:

"Magnesium deficiency can lead to calcium and potassium deficiency, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements."

I think I can easily get enough calcium and potassium from my diet, so I'm definitely not going to try calcium or potassium supplements.


Was getting tired, but now I'm actually more alert than I'd like to be, so I think I'll take some more magnesium capsules, since that's more convenient at the moment than a magnesium gel I have to clean off.


Addition, May 13, 2017, 1:20 AM EDT. Slept sometime between 3:45 PM and 9:47 PM. Kept waking up thirsty. But, still feeling mostly normal (except for being unusually energetic), and I guess rested enough, even though I would have preferred to sleep longer.

The achiness and stiffness only slightly came back by the time I woke up. Instead of taking magnesium capsules, I tried more of the magnesium gel, and forgot I had it on, so may have worn it for about an hour (until around 11:45 PM) instead of 20 minutes. Doing OK so far, but, will probably keep taking magnesium capsules too, just because it's often more convenient.


But, the gel is pretty convenient too in its own ways, if it really works, and I suspect it really does work. It tends to take about 2 hours for me to notice any effects from magnesium capsules, but I assume the gel probably works faster.

I started out mostly fine to begin with today, so, I haven't noticed any drastic improvements, since there just wasn't that much room for improvement left. But, I do think the gel might have helped me already. Despite not taking any magnesium capsules yet today, and also despite the fact that haven't eaten anything yet, and only drank some water, and only took 1 vegan Omega 3 and 3 grams of Vitamin C - I feel even more flexible than I did when I woke up, about as light as usual (or maybe lighter), and mostly ache-free.

This page says:

"1/4 tsp. of Ancient Minerals magnesium gel delivers approximately 125 mg of elemental magnesium on the skin."

Quite impressive for such a small amount of gel. I didn't measure exactly how much I used, but, I used larger amounts than before, and applied it above both my knees, on the lower half of the front and sides of my thighs. I wore a miniskirt instead of my usual nightgown, to make it even less likely for the gel to get on my clothes.


However, I think maybe I still do need even more magnesium, since I haven't yet achieved the familiar old feeling of relaxation and calm I used to much more easily get from magnesium back when I probably wasn't so magnesium deficient.

On the other hand, I don't always like feeling that calm and relaxed. In ancient times, back when I had a part-time job, I used to avoid taking magnesium before work, not only because I was afraid it might make it harder to stay awake, but, because my job was to be a fast typist and copy editor. And even though magnesium didn't always make me tired, I felt kind of slowed down by it (even though back then, I regularly drank caffeinated tea before work, and I wasn't always poorly-rested before work), so going fast didn't feel quite as effortless.


Addition, May 14, 2017, 3:21 AM EDT. Slept sometime between 5:17 PM and 1:03 AM.

Mostly was fine yesterday. Got a little achy and stiff at times, but, I took a long shower, put magnesium gel on most of my body, waited about 20-30 minutes (until around 7:50 AM, I guess), then took another shower to clean that off. Unlike the first time I tried it - yesterday, I did notice it stung a little on some parts of my skin, like around a couple tiny scratches on my right arm I didn't even realize I had until after I put the gel on. But, it was mostly fine, mostly just gooey. And, unlike an Epsom salt bath, I was able to stand (and dance) naked in my living room watching TV until it was time to wash off.

And I think the gel probably did help with the achiness and stiffness, since I soon felt better and more flexible again, even before I washed the gel off. Later on, I also started to feel more relaxed, the way magnesium usually makes me feel. And I think I slept pretty well (despite not such great dreams again, and getting thirsty), and now, I still feel relaxed without feeling fatigued.


Should have eaten better yesterday, though. Eventually did start to feel a little weak again, but nowhere near as bad as the other day.

All I had was cottage cheese, 1 serving of Advanced MAGNESIUM (by InnovixLabs). Highly Bioavailable Bisglycinate + Malate Formula, 2 packs of these granola bars, a bit of milk, a kale salad with MSG-free ranch, a tomato, and croutons, 2 spoonfuls of ground flaxseed (warning) (in an effort to improve my rather irritable mood; and that, or perhaps also the magnesium gel, seemed to help with that), a chunk of Jarlsberg cheese with saltine crackers (which unfortunately covered up the taste of the Jarlsberg), and a bit more milk. Also had 2 Vitamin K2's and a Nature Made Stress B.


Ironically, instead of actually eating, I made a lot of progress with making some food-related VUE maps. :-) Collected a lot of images of food, and used Image Magick and a drag/drop script I made to shrink and rename the files. Then, added the small images to various VUE maps.

So, now I don't have to put as much thought into deciding what to eat or remembering what we need to get from the grocery store. I also don't have to struggle to remember what's in my crowded little refrigerator, nor dig through it to find out what's there and where it is.

Before, I already used to make plenty of textual lists, but, looking at pictures is quicker and more effortless than reading words, and also is more likely to make me feel hungry and motivated to prepare or get food.

My new illustrated food "menus" got me to make a kale salad, and also reminded me that we have cheese and crackers. And also reminded me of the existence of pumpkin pie, so maybe I'll make a couple of those soon, once I obtain the ingredients.


Addition, May 14, 2017, 6:51 AM EDT. Been feeling a bit weak, stiff and achy again. Ran out of cottage cheese, so I didn't eat much of that, and ate an entire cantaloupe. And just had some plain Cheerios with milk and sucanat.

Anyway, I guess I'll just try to eat much better today, since I suspect eating poorly is what caused these problems to come back.

At least I'm not feeling tired and/or headachy.


Addition, May 14, 2017, 7:33 AM EDT. Already feeling significantly less weak, stiff and achy, quite soon after the Cheerios and milk. Also had some honey-roasted sunflower seeds.

And, since I'm already feeling jittery and like I need more magnesium again, I just took one serving of Nature Made magnesium citrate. Also took a Nature Made Stress B, and 4 grams of Vitamin C.

I think later on today, I'll make a rather hearty meal I haven't made in a long time - microwaved potatoes, canned chicken, oatmeal, butter, and a bit of salt, all mixed together in a bowl and microwaved. Maybe I'll put some gravy on it too, and maybe pepper. And maybe a side of canned green beans or something.

I might not be able to take a shower today because we usually leave the water heater off to save money, so, I probably won't use as much magnesium gel today. Not sure such a large amount would be wise to use every day, anyway.


Addition, May 14, 2017, 11:37 AM EDT. Was so curious to see what the magnesium gel might do for me today that I did the same thing I did yesterday, except I only left it on for 20 minutes, and I didn't dance as much. :-)

Seems like it might have had much the same effects - I am more flexible, less stiff and achy, and I feel stronger and lighter. Except my back still is bothering me a bit.

Had Celestial Seasonings Madagascar Vanilla non-caffeinated red tea and a macaroni and cheese microwaveable frozen dinner.

Still feeling a bit jittery, though, I guess because it's scary to sometimes feel so weak. And maybe I need even more magnesium. Anyway, hopefully I'll get back to normal somehow. I guess I just need to be extra careful for a while not to neglect to eat.

And I'm probably going to keep taking plenty of magnesium, since it feels like I need a lot of it. It was so nice yesterday to feel calm, relaxed, and able to sleep better. Though it's also nice in many ways to not feel at all sleepy - which is my current situation.


Addition, May 14, 2017, 1:14 PM EDT. Took a serving of Advanced MAGNESIUM (by InnovixLabs). Highly Bioavailable Bisglycinate + Malate Formula, forgot what time exactly.

And, since no one was around, I repeated the same magnesium gel routine, and now I feel even better - my backache is gone and I feel calmer now.

However, the gel definitely can sting. Didn't sting me all over, just a few places. And other places started to feel a bit dry and itchy. And now, some of my skin looks a little dry, but my skin feels OK and not itchy, now that the gel is washed off.

The instructions for the gel do tell you to "moisturize" after using it, but, I don't have any moisturizer on hand, so I haven't done that at all so far. I wonder if coconut oil or olive oil might work.

So, I guess I probably I'll use the gel less frequently (maybe once a day at most), and keep taking magnesium supplements. I'm astonished that I've been able to take so much magnesium without ending up with diarrhea and without it easing my jitters much more easily. In the past, usually just one serving was all I needed for it to relax me or make me tired, and sometimes even just one serving used to be too much and gave me diarrhea. Wonder how long this is going to last.

Anyway, I guess I'll probably be fine eventually. Going to keep avoiding Vitamin D supplements (since I suspect at least part of why I ended up this way was from taking too many of those), and keep trying to consistently eat better.

And I hope I won't go back to being fatigued once I've recovered from whatever this is.


Addition, May 15, 2017, 2:08 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 10:02 PM and 5:13 AM. Woke up feeling more like I usually felt before I started feeling frequently jittery and overenergetic, achy, stiff, and sometimes weak.

Instead, I was relaxed, only a little weak (if at all weak), and only a little achy, and mostly pretty flexible. Maybe slept OK too, despite getting thirsty.

I don't think I started out as tired as I got later on, after I took a serving of Advanced MAGNESIUM (by InnovixLabs). Highly Bioavailable Bisglycinate + Malate Formula, which I assumed I probably still needed (judging by my slight achiness).

About 5 hours later, I also took a serving of Nature Made magnesium citrate. I switched to that because I feel like its effects are more mild than the other kind.

Skipped the nearly full-body magnesium gel routine today because I didn't feel like I needed that much magnesium today. Great stuff, though - I suspect it might have taken me days longer to get back to normal if I hadn't used so much of it.

Anyway, now I'm ache-free, not stiff or weak at all, relaxed, but also kind of tired. But still managed to make a bit of progress with my Puppy Linux Setup Kit.

Also, in the past few days, my libido recently improved, sometime after I began using the magnesium gel.


There's still plenty of room for improvement in my diet. Yesterday, the last things I ate were some gouda cheese and saltine crackers (around 1:45 PM), and several spoonfuls of peanut butter at around 5:45 PM - which I think actually did do me a lot of good. Anyway, after that, I was too tired to be very interested in food, and the only reason I stayed up as late as I did was because I wanted to watch Netflix with my family.

Today, so far, I've had some smoked almonds, honey-roasted sunflower seeds, the last remnants of a nearly empty bag of potato chips, and a cup of Celestial Seasonings Madagascar Vanilla non-caffeinated red tea. Have had a noticeable appetite, and am now eating a kale salad.

And, as I've sometimes noticed in the past, my energy seemed to improve when I had the red tea.


Now getting sleepy, though - about 3 hours after I had magnesium citrate.

Which is a bit annoying, but, for now, I think I prefer to relax, recover, and be tired for a while rather than risk going back to being so jittery. So, probably not going to experiment with more Vitamin D supplements in the very near future.


Addition, May 16, 2017, 3:01 AM EDT. Slept sometime between 3:42 PM and 2:48 AM. Woke up sometimes because of thirst, and once because of our dog barking (because I hadn't put my noise-blocking box fan on yet).

But slept pretty well overall, and am still feeling flexible, non-achy and non-weak.

Today, I'm going to wait until later in my day to take magnesium, since it seems to be having its normal (for me) tiring effects on me again.


Addition, May 17, 2017, 9:38 AM EDT. Slept sometime between 12:48 AM and 8:43 AM. Again, Netflix kept me awake longer than I otherwise would have stayed up. Got thirsty and a little headachy, but I'm fine now.

Yesterday, until maybe the early afternoon, I felt fine and had enough energy, rather than too much or too little. But, I eventually started to get a bit weak and achy again, so, over time toward the end of my day, I had 3 servings of magnesium, one serving every several hours. I ate better than usual yesterday, but, I probably should have emphasized more protein and fat instead of so many carbs.

Had plain cottage cheese, a big piece of French bread with butter, 1 bottle of vanilla Breakfast Essentials, a pack of these these granola bars (there are 2 bars in a pack), more French bread with butter, another pack of these these granola bars, carrots with MSG-free ranch veggie dip, a Salisbury steak microwaveable frozen dinner, more French bread and butter, grape juice, some Activia non-GMO probiotic yogurt, honey-roasted sunflower seeds, and popcorn.

I started feeling less weak, stiff and achy after the microwaveable frozen dinner and my first serving of magnesium.

Got rather irritable in the evening and probably should have had ground flaxseed (warning), since it seems to help me with that. But what might help even more is being able to afford to move out and live in my own apartment or something. But I'm very unlikely to even consider moving out into my own place until I have enough savings that I would have nothing to worry about financially even if I stopped working for many years.


Feeling well-rested enough, flexible, non-weak, non-achy. Got plenty done yesterday with my Puppy Linux Setup Kit.

I'm doing so much better overall, I'm not sure I'm going to be in the mood to update this blog post as much anymore. I already am feeling quite impatient with writing this update, and would rather program, and/or maybe even clean.


Addition, May 24, 2017, 11:08 AM EDT. Got a headache on May 22nd. Haven't had much trouble with fatigue, but am a bit tired today, which I suspect is from PMS. I'm guessing that now that I'm eating better, my times of the month are probably going to revert to being more tedious.

Have had more trouble with feeling weak (at times) than with feeling sleepy, which seems like progress, also since I haven't been as achy. But, I suspect maybe I lost some muscle before from not eating enough. Now that I seem to be less headache-prone, I guess less was stopping me from neglecting to eat enough for long periods at a time.

Fortunately, even just two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (each on a single piece of bread) were enough to make me feel better recently, so, this seems like an easy enough problem to solve.

Have made excellent progress with my Puppy Linux Setup Kit. But I still can't make a confident prediction of how long the rest of that will take.


Addition, May 29, 2017, 3:10 PM EDT. Finally, my time of the month started, which I noticed around 4:43 AM, soon before I went to sleep, after several days of feeling premenstrual and having lower energy. Also was a bit headachy on May 26th, and yesterday, my backachiness came back a little (but went away again).

Still not feeling especially fatigued, though I am somewhat tired. Managed to sleep sometime between about 5:03 AM to 2:01 PM.

Had some fun dreams, in which my favorite vampire from The Vampire Diaries TV show was in love with me. :-) And fortunately for me, no vampiring took place. I wasn't myself in the dream - instead, I was the top love interest of my favorite vampire. Guess I won't mention more, since I don't like to bring up possible TV show spoilers.


Anyway, this seems like a pretty typical period, unlike last month's. Not fun, but at least it doesn't leave the least bit of room for worry about pregnancy or other major problems.

Still making plenty of progress with my Puppy Linux Setup Kit. Was secretly hoping I could get it mostly done before June, but, that doesn't seem very likely now. Oh, well.


Addition, June 8, 2017, 6:00 PM EDT. Been doing OK, though less and less well over time. Yesterday I felt particularly fatigued, so, I decided it was a good day to try to resume Vitamin D.

I took two Walgreens Vitamin D3 Bone Health 2000 IU Softgels, and a serving of Nature Made magnesium citrate at the same time, and rather then getting more tired, ended up feeling much more alert.

Haven't taken more Vitamin D so far since yesterday, but I guess I still feel somewhat better and less fatigued, though I should have slept longer.


Still making progress with my Puppy Linux Setup Kit, but, definitely a bit frustrated with how long it's taking.

But, I'm pretty clear on its future design now, and I've made a small number of useful tools already, some of which I consider almost releasable. (However, I'd like to finish more of everything else before I start releasing things.)

And it looks like GtkDialog (included by default with many Puppies) will probably work great for the GUI (graphic user interface) stuff I want to make.


Addition, June 9, 2017, 2:23 AM EDT. Took one Walgreens Vitamin D3 Bone Health 2000 IU Softgels, and a serving of Nature Made magnesium citrate. Not sure if it's helping or making things worse. Been feeling a bit weak again today, probably from neglecting to eat well enough. (A surprisingly hard habit to break.)

I seem to do better on days when I have a glass of milk with this vanilla Carnation Breakfast Essentials powder. And peanut butter sandwiches also seem to help. But all I ate today so far was a bit of cottage cheese, popcorn, and my own pumpkin pie (made a few days ago) with vanilla ice cream.

Had a lot of good days lately, and I didn't even need ground flaxseed (warning) for my mood. But it seems like doing so much programming is starting to make me feel a bit burnt out.

I wish I could just be done already with the entire Puppy Linux Setup Kit. There are so many pieces of it left to build. But at least the finished pieces, and also VUE, GNU Emacs, and multifiles-apmod.el, have been making the rest easier to finish. Plus all the helpful educational info and examples on the web about Bash, GtkDialog, etc.


Additions, June 9, 2017, 8:49 PM/8:55 PM EDT. Feeling much better, though I'm a bit jittery again, so, going to avoid Vitamin D capsules again in case I already had too much (even though all I had so far was 4000 IU on June 7th and 2000 IU on June 8th). And will try harder to eat better.

Anyway, made some particularly good progress with Puppy Linux Setup Kit, which may have improved my mood better than even the Vitamin D.

There's still a lot left to do, and tons of tempting books for me to look at on Clevnet, and I can't think of much else to say here. So, I guess I might go quiet for a while again, since when I'm feeling fine and getting things done, I don't have as much reason to vent on my blog about my fatigue, mood, etc.


Addition, June 11, 2017, 6:47 AM EDT. Haven't been sleeping very well and have felt a bit out of sorts at times, though significantly better today after eating and exercising a bit. I'm thinking maybe I need to get a much larger amount of exercise for my health.

So, hopefully I'll soon be getting this thing which converts a normal bicycle into an exercise bike. Thanks to all the cleaning I did in recent months, there's enough room for it somewhere nearby, or maybe even in my room (temporarily) if I put my office chair elsewhere.

I guess other options are a swimming pool membership, or simply riding my bicycle outside, walking, or jogging. But, I don't like hot weather, having to socialize with people, or even wearing a swimsuit in front of random strangers. Even something that would cover most of me, like this, might still look like an overly enticing catsuit on me. Maybe some sort of figure-concealing blobsuit would be better, but I probably still wouldn't feel comfortable swimming in public in any case. I wish I had my own private swimming pool.


Addition, June 18, 2017, 4:45 AM EDT. Got this thing which converts a normal bicycle into an exercise bike, but haven't set it up yet.

Been getting kind of tired again lately, so, am considering taking one 2000 IU Vitamin D capsule. But probably not now, because I feel like going back to sleep and would rather take Vitamin D in my morning.

It definitely seems a lot easier to thoughtlessly neglect to eat now that I no longer have a caffeine addiction regularly getting me into the kitchen. But I seem to be getting by OK eating mostly peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, this vanilla Carnation Breakfast Essentials powder with cow's milk, vitamins, and a few other things here and there.

I'm astonished at how long the kale I got a while back has remained good to eat. I don't even remember when I got it, but I vaguely recall that when I first put it away in a Ziploc bag, I added some water in the hope it would last longer if I did that, and it seems like that may have worked.


Made good progress with my Puppy Linux Setup Kit and GtkDialog. And found out that Perl can be quite a bit faster than Bash for some things.

I removed a lot of my holds on Clevnet books, which provide me endless distractions. The setup kit has been so boring for me lately that I'd almost rather learn how to do dollar origami. :-D


Addition, June 19, 2017, 1:50 AM EDT. Took one Walgreens Vitamin D3 Bone Health 2000 IU Softgels today along with half a serving of Nature Made magnesium citrate. Still kind of tired but maybe feeling a bit better.

So frustrated with my Puppy Linux Setup Kit. I guess maybe I'm overcomplicating it too much. I'm so tired of working on it at all. Maybe I need to take an official break from working on it, instead of just drifting into procrastinating and avoiding it and feeling very annoyed with myself for being unable to keep forcing myself to work on it almost non-stop until it's all done.

Maybe I need to make a different project my top priority, an idea which I believe The Art of Procrastination mentions. The urge to procrastinate on my new top project might confuse me into working on my setup kit instead.

Anyway, I haven't felt this distraught for a while, so, I'm guessing that might be another sign that maybe I need more Vitamin D. And/or a complete vacation from putting any pressure on myself at all.


Addition, June 19, 2017, 7:49 AM EDT Already been feeling better for a while, probably because I'm making progress again with my Puppy Linux Setup Kit. Trying to keep things simple.

Also, self-help books and even religious books have been making me feel better. And reading about cooking and voice acting. :-)

Not sure how good I'd be at voice acting, though. I liked some of my results almost 16 years ago when I tried reading some quotes (mainly of Marvin) from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and used some audio software to alter my voice to sound deeper, slower, and more robotic. But, my personality was so much like Marvin's back then, I'm not sure that qualifies as acting. :-)

Now that I'm not as much like Marvin anymore, portraying him might be more of a challenge. Could be fun to try at some point, though. Especially now that I have much more disk space for such experiments, and better software than 68k Mac software from probably the 1990's.


Addition, June 19, 2017, 6:01 PM EDT. There was another power outage this morning, so, since I've still been using my desktops more than my laptops, and still didn't finish renovating my Puppy Linux Setup Kit, that was a lot more of a nuisance than it had to be.

So, since I haven't been able to renovate my setup kit as quickly as I hoped, I finally decided to just add new old-style scripts to it (not yet released, and probably won't be for a while). The current version of the setup kit is sort of like an embarrassingly overly elaborate Rube Goldberg-style contraption, but nonetheless, it still works pretty darn well. And adding old-style setup kit scripts, as cumbersome as it is, is at least much easier and faster than building something completely new has turned out to be.

Not sure whether or not this page is applicable to the task of figuring out what to do with my setup kit, but, if it is, perhaps my mistake was overly optimistically leaping ahead to step 4 (trying to do drastic new improvements) without doing enough with steps 2 and 3 (making the most of the already-existing, still quite useable enough setup kit). Perhaps I even also ought to focus more on step 1.


Addition, June 20, 2017, 12:39 AM EDT. Still haven't finished updating my Puppy Linux Setup Kit the old-fashioned way, due to getting distracted by other things.

But, worked on that a bit, and I feel much better and like I'm back on the right track. If I had known renovating my setup kit would take this long, I would have updated it the old-fashioned way a long time ago.

Also am very happy to have found out that my favorite vampire from The Vampire Diaries TV series is one of the main characters of a spinoff TV series, The Originals.


Additions, June 26, 2017, 7:09 PM/7:19 PM EDT. Was doing OK until about the past 4 days, when I started to get various PMS symptoms. Yesterday and today, was headachy, and on the 2 days before that, was in a bad mood (but it was worse on the 1st day and mostly went away on the 2nd day, even before I took Vitamin D on the 2nd day).

Today, I finally had some more ground flaxseed (warning) for the first time in a while, and my headache soon started to ease, though it almost came back some hours later. But I seem to be doing better now.

Kept forgetting to even try to convert my bike into an exercise bike, since I got so preoccupied with reading, and working on my Puppy Linux Setup Kit. Too tired to do anything with my bike now, but, for the past few hours, have been able to do a bit more programming.

I still can't predict when I'll be done with everything, but, the more pieces of the setup kit I finish, the easier the rest of it has been getting. And I recently released a few more components of it on GitHub - Ramize-Physave, termwin, and a re-release of Some Puppy Linux Basics as an XML/XSLT page instead of HTML. And also a simple little script called is-this-pet-installed.


I almost finished a new component before I started getting headachy. But, I think I might hold that one back for a while until I'm more sure it's working properly. I'm going to call it ReplicatorBeam, and that link is where it will be found when I'm ready to release it.

Along with Ramize-Physave, termwin, and other things, I think it's going to end up being another important part of the infrastructure of my not-yet-finished renovated Puppy Linux Setup Kit.


Addition, June 29, 2017, 4:45 PM EDT. Finally, my time of the month started this afternoon. It's about as lousy as usual - I'm kind of sluggish and needed Advil for cramps.

Nonetheless, before that happened, I re-released the old legacy versions of my Puppy Linux Setup Kit on GitHub:

https://github.com/Apollia/Puppy-Linux-Setup-Kit--Legacy-Versions

I am probably going to update that with new old-style scripts. There are actually quite a few I never got around to releasing, such as my Lighthouse 64 Puppy Linux 6.02 Beta 2 setup scripts. I might even try to improve the legacy setup kit a bit in some hopefully clever ways that will strive not to break the old scripts.

Not announcing this on the front page of my blog yet because I don't want to feel obligated to finish any of that in a timely fashion, and I didn't add anything new yet other than a short new Readme.


Addition, June 30, 2017, 2:15 PM EDT. This seems like a particularly bad period. Seems heavier than normal. And I don't usually get cramps on the second day, but I did today, and, like yesterday, 1 Advil didn't seem like enough.

Didn't sleep well, so I dozed off earlier, but my cramps mostly stopped me from sleeping. Took 1 Advil at 11:56 AM and another at 1:50 PM, and am still waiting for it to start working.

Maybe I should have kept eating ground flaxseed (warning) more consistently, or maybe more Vitamin D (which I've also mostly been doing without) would have done me good.

Don't know if having intensified menstrual symptoms means something good or bad about my health, but it feels bad, so, I will definitely be getting more flaxseed soon and might cautiously increase Vitamin D again too.


Addition, June 30, 2017, 3:03 PM EDT. Feeling mostly better, I guess probably from the Advil starting to work. Also had 2 spoonfuls of ground flaxseed (warning) and 1 2000 IU capsule of Vitamin D, and also some vegetable juice.

Haven't had cramps non-stop. Yesterday, I needed only 2 or maybe 3 Advils in all (there might have been one I took before going to sleep which I forgot to note down), and what kept waking me up last night was not cramps but thirst.

Very tired, but have been reading various Clevnet books. Probably can't get much else done other than that. Being a woman feels like a disability sometimes, like now.


Addition, June 30, 2017, 4:58 PM EDT. Definitely feeling much better now. And maybe a bit more alert because of the Vitamin D, though I still feel like I need a lot more sleep.


Addition, July 2, 2017, 12:25 AM EDT. Only slept sometime between 2:45 AM and 7:19 AM, but mostly didn't feel tired today (until maybe after 9 PM). But got quite sulky for a while anyway. Wonder if that means I need even more Vitamin D and/or ground flaxseed (warning), both of which I skipped so far today. Also, I actually forgot to start my day with vegan Omega 3 and Vitamin C. I almost never forget that for more than a few hours. Didn't have any vitamins until the evening.

Been feeling better lately, which started a while after I apologized to the world for being so much less productive than I'd like to be. Now I'm quite sleepy.

Feeling better, but still tired of being menstrual. Unusually heavy flow for the 3rd day. Wonder if that might make it end sooner than usual.


Addition, July 2, 2017, 5:54 PM EDT. Slept between around 1:34 AM and 5:18 AM, and 6:34 AM and 11:25 AM. Still kind of tired. My time of the month is still ongoing, but light now, and more like my usual Day 3 than Day 4. I guess it will probably end sometime tomorrow, on my birthday.

Too tired to do much of anything besides read. I guess Vitamin D might help but I'm too tired to want to not feel tired. I'd rather just go to sleep, but I'm not sure I can fall asleep.


Additions, July 4, 2017, 2:33 AM/2:51 AM EDT. Had a bothersome though not very bad migrainey headache for a few hours in the evening on July 2nd. It seemed like possibly another menstrual symptom, so I had more ground flaxseed (warning). And also magnesium, vegetable juice, and grape juice (not all at the same time), all of which I'm guessing probably helped too.

Slept between around 2:18 AM and 10:25 AM, and woke up feeling rather tired, so I took Vitamin D and magnesium together, and perked up a lot. My time of the month took a bit longer to end than I hoped, but, finally, it's over.

Didn't get much done, but it was fun. I read a while, and binge-watched mostly The Originals and some of The Vampire Diaries on Netflix with my family.

Didn't eat any of my birthday cheesecake yet, since I was hungrier for non-dessert food, but, looking forward to it. This is the first cheesecake I've ever found that I actually like, and happily, it's available from my town's Shop n' Save (if I recall correctly).

Quite sleepy now. Not much else to say, I guess. It was a nice enough day, but, the mundane details of my life are mostly not very interesting, even to myself, though at least living them is much better than writing (or reading) about them.

And, especially while I'm so tired, I don't really feel like publicly pontificating about my future plans and dreams. Would much rather just get something done, after I get some sleep.


Addition, July 5, 2017, 1:06 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 5:33 AM and 12:14 PM on July 4th, and also slept sometime between 7:28 PM and 9:16 PM. Probably would have slept longer than that, but it's tough to sleep through fireworks. So, I watched fireworks for a while from my house's balcony, and went back to sleep sometime between 1:53 AM and 12:14 PM today.

Since I've felt kind of fatigued lately, I've been taking 1 2000 IU capsule of Vitamin D per day accompanied with some amount of magnesium and usually Vitamin K2 also. Seems to help, but I wonder if maybe more Vitamin D would be better. But I'm trying to avoid overdoing it again.

Haven't gotten much programming-related stuff done. Been going through my various copies of my Puppy Linux Setup Kit on various disks, looking for any new pieces I haven't yet added to my other copies, so I can combine everything together.

And, as usual, have still been reading (or skimming) Clevnet books.

I really ought to clean the next room to make room for my bike which still needs to be converted to an exercise bike... but I don't really feel like it.


Addition, July 5, 2017, 2:39 PM EDT. Decided to take more Vitamin D, but I couldn't find the bottle, so I cleaned my room a bit, then found it was on my standing desk rather than in the pile of clutter next to my bed where I thought it was.

Already feeling more awake and energetic, but, took another 2000 IU Vitamin D anyway.

Maybe I will clean the next room, because then I'll have a place to export more of my own room's junk to.


Addition, July 5, 2017, 4:20 PM EDT. Finally cleaned up the pile of clutter next to my bed, clutter which had been there ever since I had to clear a path so my new air conditioner could be installed.

Still feeling vaguely tired. Still been getting quite thirsty when I try to sleep. Going to try to get more Vitamin A by eating more fruits and vegetables, and drinking more vegetable juice.


Addition, July 5, 2017, 5:44 PM EDT. It definitely feels much better not to have that big pile of clutter in here anymore. Even just looking at it, or thinking about having to clean it up, felt somehow tiring.

Also been feeling better and less tired after having some Celestial Seasonings Madagascar Vanilla non-caffeinated red tea for the first time in a while.

Maybe next, I will try to clean up more of the next room. Maybe after I finally eat something.


Addition, July 5, 2017, 10:37 PM EDT. Ate a microwaveable frozen dinner - chicken fried rice, to which I added tomato sauce, parmesan, and cayenne pepper (which I read in this article has a nice amount of Vitamin A, among other things).

Finally got rid of the next room's incredibly useless bed bookcase headboard (or whatever it's called), which was too narrow to stack most of our boxes on top of without them eventually falling over, and which couldn't hold many books, and which didn't even have a bed to go with it. It was quite heavy, but I somehow managed to get it down the stairs and outside uneventfully. For me, that probably qualifies as weight-lifting. I could have asked for help, but I preferred to do it myself.

There's still not enough room for my bike in the next room, but solving that will probably be merely tedious rather than difficult.

I wonder how much of a difference larger amounts of exercise will make. Wonder if it will be better than Vitamin D, which seems to make a big difference for me even without me exercising much at all.


Addition, July 6, 2017, 6:03 PM EDT. Didn't have any more Vitamin D today, but have been feeling quite alert, though I felt tired when I first woke up. Slept sometime between 5:15 AM and 11:23 AM.

Made plenty of progress cleaning the next room. Something that helped was, I found an old TV, plugged it in, and have been watching movies as I clean - an old favorite, X-Men: The Last Stand, and something new to me - I, Robot. There are commercials, but, I don't mind.

There might be enough room for my bike now, so, not sure how much more cleaning I'm going to do.


Addition, July 6, 2017, 8:06 PM EDT. Now too tired to even try to convert my bike into an exercise bike. Maybe I'll get that done (or, more likely, have someone else do it) this weekend.

Enjoyed the I, Robot movie. I guess all I feel like doing now is reading, or more TV or movies.

Ohhh, I could also return to learning more about test-driven development (TDD). I don't think I was doing it right originally last time I tried it, in either 2015 or 2016, since if I recall correctly, I wrote my code first, then the tests, rather than the tests first.


Addition, July 7, 2017, 3:24 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 9:18 AM and 2:51 PM. Woke up tired and thirsty. Probably still haven't been getting enough Vitamin A. Still need to try eating more vegetables, fruits, and/or vegetable juice.

Before sleep, read various things. Also sifted through another of my various slightly-modified copies of my Puppy Linux Setup Kit looking for anything useful I hadn't merged into my main repo yet.

Soon before sleep, watched X-Men: Days of Future Past, and quite enjoyed it. Already saw X-Men: Apocalypse sometime in the past few weeks (I think), and also quite enjoyed that. I think there are only a few X-Men movies I haven't seen yet.

I'm pretty sure I would have slept longer and better if I hadn't gotten so thirsty. Maybe I will go back to sleep soon.


Addition, July 7, 2017, 11:22 PM EDT. Had some baby carrots, and went to sleep sometime between 4:38 PM and 10:35 PM. I think maybe I did get less thirsty as I slept.

I guess I probably feel more rested, though I still feel like I could sleep even more. But maybe I'll stay awake for a while, not sure.


Addition, July 8, 2017, 1:48 AM EDT. I guess I'm feeling alert enough now (and have been for a while), though I still feel like I might be able to go back to sleep again if I tried. Just been reading, and sifting through old files and Puppy Linux Setup Kits.


Addition, July 8, 2017, 3:49 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 9:00 AM and 11:48 AM. Still more tired than I should be, so, I took 4 2000 IU Vitamin D's just recently, along with my usual other vitamins.

I wonder if maybe I have a bit of anemia from my time of the month, especially since it was so heavy that last time. I wonder if anemia might be why it seems to take a while for me to recover from my time of the month. Maybe I ought to go out of my way to try get more iron after (and even, during) my time of the month.


Addition, July 9, 2017, 1:23 AM EDT. Being so tired after less than 3 hours of sleep is actually quite reasonable, but, I just was getting frustrated with being too tired too often lately, not just after such insufficient sleep. And my mood wasn't so great earlier, so I was hoping a larger than usual dose of Vitamin D might be a shortcut to a better mood.

Fortunately, I finally got more flaxseed on Saturday, so I finally was able to have some more ground flaxseed (warning) - another thing which seems to help my mood.

Doing much better now mood-wise, but, I still need more sleep. Was staying awake to watch TV, read books, and chit-chat with family.


Still wondering if maybe I have had mild (or sometimes worse) anemia. In retrospect, it seems possible, given how much iron I probably lose every month due to my time of the month, and also given my sometimes rather poor nutrition. And one symptom of anemia is fatigue.

I wonder if eating Cheerios more frequently would be a good enough remedy for that, since the "Nutrition Facts" label says it contains 45% of the "daily value" of iron.


Addition, July 9, 2017, 4:13 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 4:46 AM and 12:18 PM. Still felt tired, and figured maybe I should get extra sleep because I got such insufficient sleep before, so, managed to go back to sleep sometime between 12:31 PM and 3:58 PM.

Was woken by thirst at times, but maybe not as much as before. Still not feeling totally alert yet, but maybe I will later. Or, maybe I should try sleeping even longer? I think maybe I'd rather eat first.


Addition, July 9, 2017, 5:42 PM EDT. Had Cheerios, even though I don't like to start my day with carbs. Had usual vitamins and 4 2000 IU Vitamin D's. Still feeling kind of drowsy. So, maybe I should go back to sleep? I don't know.

I guess I might wake up more after I've had some time to digest the Vitamin D and magnesium. But at the moment I"d rather go back to sleep. I sure hope I recover, because I don't know when I'm ever going to get anything done if I'm sleeping most of the time.


Addition, July 10, 2017, 12:37 AM EDT. Started to perk up more around 7 PM, and mostly felt increasingly better since then, though now I think I'm getting sleepy again, and I feel like I'm on the verge of a headache, which makes me wonder if maybe I need more magnesium.

Finally noticed the chicken fried rice microwaveable frozen dinner I keep craving (and eating) actually contains 25% of the "daily value" of Vitamin A and 15% of the "daily value" of iron.

I wonder if one of the reasons Cheerios and peanut butter sandwiches have seemed so helpful to me is because they have iron.

Anyway, didn't get much done - read, watched TV, and chit-chatted with family. But, I'm hopeful that consciously trying to increase my consumption of foods containing iron might have good results. I always used to just blindly assume I was probably getting enough iron without even trying, but, perhaps I wasn't.


Addition, July 10, 2017, 2:15 AM EDT. My energy seems to be fluctuating a bit. Felt pretty alert for a little while, then tired for a little while, and now rather alert again. Haven't eaten anything for a couple hours.

Around 12:40 AM, had a magnesium and Nature Made Stress B, which I've often been forgetting to take lately, but I should try harder to remember, since I feel like it probably really helps me.

Starting to again feel interested in working on my Puppy Linux Setup Kit.


Addition, July 10, 2017, 4:52 AM EDT. Getting sleepy now, but, found an interesting article dated July 10, 2012: Iron Loss Explains Why You're Tired All the Time.

Quote:

"A new study found that iron supplementation may be helpful even for women who have iron levels that are not low enough to be diagnosed with anemia. However, read on before you run out and buy a bottle of iron supplement."

I definitely don't want to take an iron supplement, because, quote:

"A person who feels fatigued should not self-diagnose and take an iron supplement. A supplement could obscure a serious medical condition such as a bleeding ulcer. Taking too much iron can also be problematic and dangerous as iron levels may build up in the body and cause major organ failure."

I'd much rather get iron from food. This other page says:

"Most people don't need to worry about getting too much iron from food alone. Even the best food sources contain only about 5 milligrams per serving, and most foods contain less than 3 milligrams per serving. Iron deficiency is much more likely than iron toxicity from foods."


I wonder if part of why I got so energetic in May was because my time of the month in late April had been so unusually light that I didn't lose anywhere near as much iron as I usually do.

And I easily might have lost significantly more iron than usual during my last time of the month (late June-early July), which was unusually heavy.

And I'm guessing even my usual amount of monthly iron loss was probably not good for me, judging by how wiped out I usually tended to feel for a while after my time of the month was over.

Fortunately, Vitamin C is reputed to increase iron absorption, and I've been taking plenty of Vitamin C for over a year. So, perhaps I'm less iron deficient than I would have been if I hadn't taken so much Vitamin C.


Addition, July 10, 2017, 3:15 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 5:55 AM and 1:08 PM. Was woken by thirst and a slight headache, but, that went away after I drank a little water. Currently, I feel better-rested than I usually had been lately, and it didn't take me as long as it was taking me before to start feeling this alert.

I feel like I might be able to go back to sleep again if I tried, but I'm not sure it would be as easy to do so as it was before.

So, maybe all that iron from Cheerios, raisins, and other things, has been helping me? Though I'm guessing my increased Vitamin D and magnesium are probably also helping me, and also ground flaxseed (warning), which I recently resumed.


Additions, July 11, 2017, 2:08 AM/2:17 AM EDT. Been pretty alert until recently, though my energy could probably have been a bit better. Definitely has been one of my better days lately, except I just recently started to verge on a headache again. I'm guessing I probably should have taken more magnesium because of taking so much Vitamin D the other days. Didn't take any magnesium until recently, and skipped Vitamin D today.


Additions, July 11, 2017, 7:19 PM/7:51 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 2:08 PM and 5:30 PM. Wasn't feeling so great, but, better after I went to the bathroom. Almost had diarrhea but not quite, so, going to go easier on magnesium now. Also am feeling better now that I'm having vegetable juice.

However, I woke up with my right eye so gooey that it was quite blurry when I first woke up, and it took over an hour for the blurriness to finally mostly go away.

I stopped mentioning it a while back, but, my eye has still been gooey and sometimes itchy every once in a while for quite a while now, but not consistently, and this was the worst it has been lately. Often it has been totally fine.

I still am not sure what causes this problem. Not sure if it's Vitamin A deficiency, or maybe it's just from cayenne, which I still eat sometimes, so maybe there are still traces of it in my room that somehow get into my eye. My left eye has been scarcely affected, but has rarely gotten a bit gooey also.

Other than that, I guess I feel OK, much better than when I first woke up, and also like even such a small amount of sleep did me some good, though I probably ought to go back to sleep.


Might stay up to read, though. Yesterday or so, I accidentally once again reached Clevnet's limit of books you can borrow and return in a short period of time. But, being such a book addict, instead of taking a break from borrowing books, I finally decided to see if there were any other local libraries I'm entitled to join. (Don't know why I didn't think of doing that sooner. I guess it was because Clevnet provides such a huge variety of books that I was content, until I reached that limit yet again.)

So, rejoined the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County (which I used to have a card for back in the 1990's), and now I can already borrow books from the Youngstown library's Overdrive site.

Can only borrow 10 at a time (instead of 20), but that's still pretty nice. You're also only allowed to have 12 holds at a time, but that's fine with me, since it's nice not to run into the massive waiting lists that Clevnet sometimes has. (Clevnet lets people put 999 books on hold.)


And once my State Library of Ohio card arrives through snail mail, I'll also be able to log into The Ohio Digital Library.

I already had more books than I could probably read in a lifetime available to me from Clevnet alone (160,033 titles), or from Youngstown's Overdrive site alone (31,502 titles). But soon, I'll have even more (135,832 titles currently at The Ohio Digital Library), and different ones, and less of a waiting list than Clevnet for some of the same books.


I also found out that through the State Library of Ohio, I'll also be able to access Safari Books Online and their ton of tech books that I'm guessing probably mostly aren't on Overdrive.

So, maybe I'll finally be able to read up really thoroughly on test-driven development (TDD) and other topics that it's hard to find books about on Overdrive.


I'm so grateful to my local libraries, Overdrive, and Safari Books Online for making all these wonderful resources available at no cost.

$39 per month for Safari Books Online always seemed like too much for me as an amateur programmer, but, perhaps their books will help me to improve so much at programming that maybe someday, $39 per month will eventually seem like pocket change for me.


Addition, July 12, 2017, 4:00 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 8:56 AM and 3:35 PM. Got headachy, I think from getting too thirsty as I slept (especially since I felt better soon after drinking a bit of water). My right eye was itchy and gooey my entire day yesterday, and still is a bit now.

I think I'm going to resume being much more cautious with Vitamin D, in case that has anything to do with my problems.

As usual, I also probably should have been eating better. Going to resume drinking vanilla Carnation Breakfast Essentials powder in a glass of milk, since I seem to do better when I drink that.


Addition, July 12, 2017, 5:07 PM EDT. I'm so glad I keep a food log. It's so helpful at times, and also sometimes good for a laugh. On July 10th-11th, I ate pretty poorly - all I had was macadamia nuts, raisins, vanilla uncaffeinated red tea, ginger snaps and milk, grape juice, carrots, croutons, handfuls of Cheerios directly from the box, 2 spoonfuls of ground flaxseed (warning), and various vitamins.

On July 11-12th, I had vegetable juice, the last of my croutons, 2 packs of granola bars, grape juice, some macadamias, raisins, 2 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (my best meal of the day), some milk, part of a cantaloupe, and various vitamins.

So, no wonder I haven't felt so great.

I'm still quite tired now, and my right eye is still a bit gooey (but currently not itchy). But, feeling better after a glass of milk with vanilla Carnation Breakfast Essentials powder.

I guess I ought to make eating better a higher priority, and maybe spend more time at least looking at (if not adding to) my food-related VUE maps, which I've scarcely looked at lately (except for my food log and grocery list).


Additions, July 12, 2017, 6:30 PM/6:42 PM EDT. Feeling much better now, even though all I've had so far other than water since waking up has been that glass of milk with vanilla Carnation Breakfast Essentials powder. Didn't even take my vitamins yet, but soon will.

I'm now seriously thinking I want to get a blender, probably a Vitamix, so I can easily make a wide variety of healthy smoothies and hot soups. Maybe I'll be able to get my family interested in this and we'll be able to get one soon somehow.


Addition, July 12, 2017, 7:05 PM EDT. Also thinking that rather than a content management system (CMS) (for lack of a better term) or wiki or even WordsPlatz or something based on it, I think maybe I'd rather maintain my websites with a combination of Git and/or Mercurial, rsync, and some kind of not very complicated custom script which will look at my Git or Mercurial history and automatically output a custom page or pages showing all the recently changed pages and what's new in them.

Then I can use whatever local software I want to edit my pages, such as GNU Emacs, or, someday, VUE - instead of any annoying web browser-based editors.


Addition, July 13, 2017, 12:57 AM EDT. I livened up quite a bit ever since having some canned peaches, drinking a lot more water than usual, and exercising a bit. I never expected to start feeling so alert and energetic today after how tired I felt earlier.

I guess it's very possible I hadn't been drinking enough liquids in general and was getting somewhat dehydrated.

Guess I'll try to consistently keep cold water in my mini-refrigerator even though it takes up an annoying amount of space. I have a much easier time drinking that than the room temperature water I usually have around.


Addition, July 13, 2017, 5:35 PM EDT. My right eye was alarmingly dry before sleep (even though I drank what seemed like a lot of water), so, I ate some baby carrots for Vitamin A before I went to sleep. Doing better now and didn't wake up as thirsty as usual. My eye went back to being slightly gooey and sometimes a bit blurry from the goo. I prefer that over my eye being overly dry, at least.

Still happy about putting aside my daydream of writing my own content management system (CMS) (for lack of a better term), in favor of my far more achievable-in-the-nearer-future daydream of maintaining my websites with rsync, Git and/or Mercurial, and some other things, and not having to depend on any software that requires a web browser. Or perhaps I could run WordsPlatz or its future successors inside a VirtualBox with no internet access, and keep my website files in a shared folder accessible to both my real system and the VirtualBox.

Don't know how soon I'll actually do any of that, but I'm pretty sure it won't be as difficult and time-consuming as building an entire CMS would be.


Addition, July 13, 2017, 8:17 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 8:55 AM and 4:43 PM, I forgot to mention. Been feeling well-rested, alert, and energetic. So, I guess drinking enough liquids maybe makes a quite major positive difference for me. And even ridiculously small amounts of exercise also seem to help.

Still need to convert my bike to an exercise bike. Maybe we'll get that done this weekend. I would be surprised if I can quickly figure that out on my own. I hope there's a good instruction manual. I once put together a CD rack myself with some kind of do it yourself kit, but other than that, I don't have much experience with this kind of thing.

My CD rack looked sort of like this, but was much cheaper and made of cheaper-looking wood.


Addition, July 14, 2017, 7:35 PM EDT. Before sleep, started to get dry eyes again and also a bit headachy, but fixed both problems by drinking more water.

Slept sometime between 9:42 AM and 6:07 PM. Felt tired at first, and my eyes were quite dry again, but, once again, drinking more water seemed to be a good solution for both problems.


Wonder why I've needed to drink so much more lately. I spend most of my time inside in air conditioning, not outside in the heat, and still haven't been exercising much more than usual. I wonder if maybe I always needed more liquids than I generally drank, and I just am noticing it more lately for some reason? I wonder how much of my past fatigue came from not drinking enough.

Or, maybe I have had too much Vitamin D in my system (possibly leading to excessive thirst), and/or not enough Vitamin A or riboflavin or something.


In any case, I'm just glad I feel quite alert and energetic enough now after doing something so simple - just drinking more water. (Haven't eaten or had my usual vegan Omega 3 and Vitamin C yet, but will soon.)

Still not in the mood to deal with a lot of my email, though. Still don't know how to make myself want to deal with that.

Would much rather just keep making progress with my various projects. And being lost in a vast ocean of interesting, educational, and/or entertaining books is also pretty fun.


Addition, July 15, 2017, 7:03 AM EDT. Tired, with dry eyes, and feeling out of kilter again, even though I haven't been starving and have been drinking water on occasion.

Maybe I still have the problem of adrenal fatigue-related electrolyte imbalance.

I've often been taking Vitamin C only in my morning lately, but, my guess is my adrenals might be better off if I keep taking Vitamin C throughout my day, so I guess I'll resume doing that again. Maybe I should slightly salt at least some of my water, too.

Will also probably drink more vegetable juice. The kind I drink at least has sodium, and I assume it probably has potassium too, even though the label doesn't say anything about potassium.

Starting to feel a bit better already - recently had some nice salty walnuts and some canned peaches.


Addition, July 15, 2017, 2:06 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 8:09 AM and maybe 1:30 PM. Haven't been able to go back to sleep, since I got thirsty and my eyes got rather dry again.

So, still struggling with this possible adrenal fatigue-related electrolyte imbalance, I guess. Been drinking plain water mostly, but, since I didn't feel like it was doing much good, I ate some salty smoked almonds to try to get more sodium. Then finally poured some water in a glass and slightly salted that (without measuring the amount of salt).

I think I'm doing somewhat better than I was when I first woke up, but, too bad plain water doesn't seem to be helping me as much anymore - I still felt thirsty, like it wasn't helping much at all. So, I guess I'll stay awake at least for a little while, eat something, and hope that fixes me.


Addition, July 15, 2017, 2:34 PM EDT. Already been feeling better, increasingly, ever since my last update. Ate some ginger snaps dipped in cow's milk. But I think now I'd rather have something salty rather than sweet. Am thinking I should get more goldfish crackers. (I ran out of those a while back.) Next, I guess I might eat a microwaveable frozen dinner.

Forgot to mention, but yesterday, I noticed the bottom eyelid of my left eye felt a bit sore (but only if I touch it), and it still does, but possibly less than yesterday. Might be a bit swollen too. So, it seems my left eye is having issues of some kind too. However, my eyes are (and have been) scarcely bloodshot at all compared to my pink-eye-like symptoms of the past. Also, the other day, when my right eye was itchy, the lower eyelid looked a little swollen and I think it also was a bit sore, but it seems back to normal now.


Addition, July 15, 2017, 5:40 PM EDT. Actually still haven't eaten anything else yet, but, had vegan Omega 3 and my usual 3 grams of Vitamin C.

I guess I mostly feel better, though my eyes felt a bit dry and have been bothering me a bit, and are starting to get a bit gooey. But at least I don't feel especially tired at the moment. I did get sleepy for a little while after the ginger snaps.


Addition, July 16, 2017, 1:09 AM EDT. Been doing OK, I guess. My eyes don't feel totally normal yet, but haven't been very dry nor very gooey. Quite sleepy now.

Didn't get much done today - read, and watched TV and chit-chatted with family.

But before my most recent sleep I finally finished merging my most important copies of my Puppy Linux Setup Kit. So, now I can get on with whatever the next steps should be.

I guess it might be good to release the not-yet-released legacy stuff from 2015 and beyond before I resume trying to change things around a lot. Except it won't all be useful unless I reupload some of the downloads I used to have on Dropbox, and I'd also probably have to prepare new downloader scripts and new downloads to make all the Lighthouse 64 Puppy Linux 6.02 Beta 2 setup stuff work... and I'm not sure I feel up to doing all that. So, I might only release the existing scripts for now. And even that might take a while.


Additions, July 17, 2017, 11:01 AM/11:21 AM EDT. Yesterday, slept sometime between 7:55 AM and 4:36 PM, and have been awake since then.

Finally returned to trying to deal with my not-yet-released GNU Emacs settings, since I think I would probably have a difficult time trying to fix anything about my legacy Puppy Linux Setup Kit without using multifiles-apmod.el, since too much stuff is scattered across too many files, and finding stuff would be a terrible chore if I had to have each file in a separate tab.

For a long time, I've actually only been using GNU Emacs on rare occasions, because I never got around to fixing the slow startup problem I unintentionally created a long time ago with my current settings.


I hope to soon release my GNU Emacs settings, but, I want to declutter them a bit first, release them, then figure out a good way to make startup faster, and release that too. Then, I guess I'll return to my Puppy Linux Setup Kit.

So far, I've actually been doing more with the settings' new Readme file - a VUE concept map - than with the settings files themselves. I'm pleased with the results so far, and making a vuemap is much more fun and easy than making an HTML file, or even an XML file styled with XSLT.

Other than that, I also read, watched TV, and chit-chatted with family.


My eyes have been mostly OK, though my lower left eyelid is somehow still a bit sore when touched. Have been doing OK, and didn't starve that much despite being so preoccupied with making that Readme.

Now quite sleepy. I wish I would have fun dreams more often.


Addition, July 17, 2017, 9:14 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 2:24 PM and 7:43 PM. Was woken prematurely by thirst and a headache, which went away very quickly when I drank a bit of water.

I guess I feel OK, though I'd like to go back to sleep. My lower left eyelid seems less sore to the touch now.


Addition, July 17, 2017, 9:44 PM EDT. Finally went downstairs, and to my dismay, it smelled horrible. I thought someone was cleaning with Comet or something, but, it turned out one of my family's computer monitors broke.

My headache came back, and I hope it's not from the fumes. I don't think they reached my room since I didn't smell anything until I went downstairs. The others had gotten desensitized to the smell and couldn't smell it anymore, but, I put my box fan downstairs to try to air the place out.


Addition, July 17, 2017, 9:59 PM EDT. I think I actually could smell it in the upstairs hallway too once I started paying attention. So, now running my fan at the balcony entrance.

I've had my air conditioner on all day, so, I guess that probably explains why I couldn't smell it in my room.


Addition, July 18, 2017, 12:53 AM EDT. Thanks to my box fan, things are much better now, and fortunately, my headache went away again.

I wish I could go back to sleep, but, I don't think I can, so, I guess I'll just return to reading and/or programming.


Addition, July 18, 2017, 8:25 PM EDT. Woke up thirsty, and my right eye was gooey for a while. But, doing OK.

It still stinks a bit downstairs, and yet again, I find myself wishing I could afford to move into my own place. I've been wanting to since I was 14!

Anyway, maybe I'll clean the next room a bit more, so I'll have a place to maybe put a microwave, so I can avoid even having to go downstairs to the kitchen as much. And, since we're probably never going to repair the upstairs bathroom, maybe the next best thing we can do is put a Luggable Loo there.


Addition, July 19, 2017, 8:19 PM EDT. Yesterday, slept sometime between 9:37 AM and 3:44 PM, and today, slept sometime between 7:41 AM and 2:37 PM. It doesn't smell bad downstairs anymore.

My right eye especially got very dry while I was sleeping, and thirst woke me up. Been kind of tired. However, while I was asleep, one of my relatives successfully converted my bike to an exercise bike. Now, I just need to make a bit more room in my own room so I can use it in here where it's air conditioned.

But, I think I'm too tired to do that, or finish making my GNU Emacs settings releasable, or to do much of anything else except reading, TV, or best of all, sleeping.


Addition, July 20, 2017, 1:54 AM EDT. Already awake again. Slept sometime between 9:31 PM and 12:55 AM, and got overly thirsty again. Was tired at first, but, now I feel (at least at the moment) like maybe I could get something done. Don't know how long that will last. Actually, on second thought, already feeling a bit tired again. Had gouda cheese, saltine crackers, and 2 grams of Vitamin C.

My energy kept fluctuating on July 19th, too, before sleep. I kept getting so tired I thought I was about to fall asleep, then suddenly I perked up too much to be able to go to sleep. Maybe it's related to me not taking magnesium maybe since July 15th, though it's possible I sometimes accidentally didn't note it down on days since then.

I think I had no Vitamin D capsules since the 8000 IU I had on July 9th. I wonder if maybe a smaller but more steady amount of Vitamin D would be good for me, but, I still feel reluctant to take any more yet. I kind of wish I could go back to sleep. I think thirst has probably been reducing the quality of my sleep.

I'm not sure if I'll be able to use my exercise bike in the middle of the night because it might be too loud. When I first heard it, I wondered if someone was running a vacuum cleaner in the next room. Except I think it is quieter than a vacuum cleaner, at least. Will have to ask my relatives if it's too loud at some point when we're all awake.


Addition, July 20, 2017, 2:34 PM EDT. Stayed awake, and even felt surprisingly alert for much of the time, though lately I've been getting more absentminded, and quite tired now.

But, I finally got my State Library of Ohio card in the mail today, so, I might stay awake even longer to read Ohio Digital Library books, as well as Clevnet books and Youngstown library books.

Ohio Digital Library allows you to borrow 10 books and put 15 books on hold, which I'm guessing helps a lot to keep down the size of waiting lists.


Addition, July 21, 2017, 2:55 AM EDT. Have remained awake since around 12:55 AM on July 20th. Have been pretty tired at times, though often a lot less than I expected. At least once I almost fell asleep, but decided to stay awake anyway. I read, watched TV with family, and even managed to declutter my room enough to bring in my exercise bike.

I habitually wear earplugs (except usually not in my own room) so I can avoid being bothered by things like dog barking, overly loud TV, or overly loud voices - so, before, I didn't realize how loud my exercise bike actually is. Not sure which is louder - my exercise bike or a vacuum cleaner. But luckily, my earplugs work quite well. I wonder if headphones alone might work. Still need to ask my relatives whether they think my exercise bike is too loud for me to use when they're sleeping.

I only used my exercise bike for less than 3 minutes, between 10:32 PM and 10:35 PM, and stopped so soon because even just that was pretty tiring. So, it definitely seems like an effective form of exercise, and much more tiring much more quickly than bellydancing.

I thought maybe I'd put it back in the other room after I was done with it, but, getting it in here was enough of a slight nuisance that I think I'd rather just keep it in here. I'm used to having to navigate around clutter anyway, and I'd rather have this clutter than a relatively useless pile of clothes and other junk. This bike will probably obstruct me from piling up less useful clutter.

I think I'm too tired to be able to judge very well if the exercise did me some good already, but I suspect it probably did.


Additions, July 22, 2017, 12:02 AM/12:12 AM/4:30 AM EDT. Slept sometime between 5:44 AM and 12:45 PM. Stayed up a few hours, but was tired and hungry, but too tired to go to the trouble to make a meal, so I went back to sleep around 3:25 PM. Woke up again around 4:58 PM and had some salty smoked almonds and 1.5 packs of granola bars, and went back to sleep again until 7:59 PM.

I think every sleep, I kept having trouble with thirst and my eyes getting dry, but that somehow decreased after I ate the almonds and granola bars. Also drank plain water.

Been awake since 7:59 PM, and felt maybe rested enough by then. Ate some food, and used my exercise bike for about 3 minutes, between 11:31 and 11:34 PM. It seemed even more tiring this time (even though I briefly stopped or almost stopped a few times), but, I guess I'll just keep doing it at least once a day and hopefully I'll get better at it.

My relatives aren't sure whether or not it would be too loud when they're asleep, but I'm probably going to avoid using it then anyway.

I've mostly been focused on books, but would definitely like to release my GNU Emacs settings. Not sure if I feel like working on that yet, though.


Addition, July 22, 2017, 2:12 AM EDT. Feeling probably more energetic than usual, now that I'm no longer somewhat exhausted from my exercise bike. Recovered from that pretty fast, not sure what time exactly.

And just found out that since I was born in 1981, I'm a xennial. Here's a longer article on that topic. I definitely feel like the xennial label fits me much better than millenial or Generation X or Y.


Additions, July 22, 2017, 3:33 AM/3:53 AM EDT. Found this interesting article:

Too Busy to Exercise? Get Fit in 3 Minutes a Week

Perhaps I'm actually overdoing it already, since I did about 6 minutes so far this week, and didn't do 20 or 30 seconds at a time of high intensity exercise - I just went quite fast (though probably not as fast as I possibly could) most of the time.

The most recent roughly 3 minutes on July 21st, I felt almost a little faint afterward, and also more tired than I was after the almost 3 minutes on July 20th. So, maybe I shouldn't do that daily, and/or should go slower and/or for less time.

Don't know, but, I'll probably just do whatever feels fun without worrying too much about whether articles on the internet agree with my approach or not. However, I probably won't push myself as hard anymore, or at least probably won't do that every day.


I didn't consciously set out to officially do high intensity exercise - I didn't even bother to read up at all on how to use an exercise bike.

But in any case, I definitely wasn't riding it as though I was on a nice leisurely real bike ride. Perhaps I should try that next, except I think that might be too boring. I thought it would be more fun (and possibly might be more effective exercise) if I pedaled at speeds I would never actually dare to on a real bike ride.

I wish I had some virtual reality goggles and could somehow simulate the experience of riding through bizarre 3D landscapes, or space, or the ocean. :-) Could probably also attach sensors of some kind to detect which way I'm turning the front wheel, and how fast I'm pedaling. It would be so cool, and definitely would make lower speeds less boring, as well as make higher speeds even more exciting. :-)


Addition, July 22, 2017, 10:54 AM EDT. Started to get tired hours ago, thirsty, and my eyes got overly dry again, and yet again, plain water didn't seem to help much. So (among other things), have been having vegetable juice (which seems pretty salty), carrots, and gouda cheese, all of which have vitamin A.

My eyes are less dry now, and my right eye especially is getting a bit gooey and itchy again, which is at least better than dry eyes. I'm also not so thirsty anymore.

It's very annoying that plain water has sometimes felt rather useless or maybe even counterproductive, or only useful if I eat something salty along with it. I guess the top reason I keep drinking it plain is because sometimes it seems helpful enough, and it's easier to just drink it straight out of the bottle, without having to pour it in a glass and salt it. Also, I'd like to find my measuring spoons so I'll know how much salt I put in.

Too tired to deal with any of that now, so, if I wake up thirsty and dry-eyed again, I guess maybe I'll just have some salty nuts along with some plain water. I was rather surprised to feel so much better after eating some granola bars and almonds yesterday. Would rather avoid granola or anything else sugary while I'm trying to sleep, though, because when I'm too tired, there's not much chance I'll get up to brush my teeth.


Addition, July 22, 2017, 3:40 PM EDT. Was too alarmed by my dry eyes and thirst to go to sleep, so, stayed awake. Had a bit of grape juice, which seemed helpful for a little while. And had an entire can of canned peaches, which might have helped too. Also took some magnesium and some ground flaxseed (warning). Feeling calmer and more relaxed, which I assume is probably from the magnesium, since I think probably I had the ground flaxseed (warning) too recently for it to have much effect yet.

Anyway, still not sure what's wrong, but, concerned that maybe it's related to too much Vitamin D. Or, maybe I'm diabetic. Or maybe it's pre-menopause? Or maybe it's something I haven't even thought of.

I guess if it is related to Vitamin D, then, maybe more magnesium will help me, like it did back in May. Definitely don't want to take any more Vitamin D capsules anytime in the near future.

I sure hope increased exercise will help overall and isn't maybe worsening my possible adrenal fatigue. But, I think it made me feel better rather than worse, after I recovered from being briefly somewhat exhausted from the intense exertion.


Addition, July 22, 2017, 4:48 PM EDT. Whatever the problem is, it mostly seems to happen after I haven't eaten very well for a while and am starting to get tired, or have been asleep for a while.

Even on my very long day, when I was awake from July 20, 12:55 AM to July 21, around 5:44 AM, I don't think I had much trouble with thirst and dry eyes until after I went to sleep, maybe because I ate better and more often than usual that day. However, I was so preoccupied with books, I guess I easily might have ignored and not noted down various issues. But I remember being surprised at how OK I felt despite being awake for so long.

Maybe I need to eat more in general, and maybe I continually underestimate how much is an appropriate amount of food. On a couple other days I found it a bit worryingly easy to eat 4 ham salad sandwiches (each on a single piece of bread) all in the same meal. And have been dismayed to get hungry again so seemingly soon after eating.

Not sure it it's a normal amount of hunger, or maybe I just have the illusion of being overly frequently and excessively hungry because I so easily lose track of time when absorbed in interesting tasks. Or, maybe I just generally don't eat enough and am having a perfectly normal amount of hunger because of that. And probably I have a distorted idea of how much hunger is normal due to my many years of regular caffeine drinking stifling my appetite.

Haven't wanted to overeat and get fat, but, maybe I should just relax and not worry about that, since now I have this great exercise bike, which might actually make me need to eat more than I'm used to eating, since maybe it will improve my metabolism, and I read somewhere that increased muscle results in more calories being burned even when you're idle.

I hope feeling OK doesn't continue to be such a struggle. It's so annoying having to make so much conscious effort to eat better, etc. Why can't life just be easy? I'm so jealous of plants - all they have to do to eat is sit in the sun, and soak up water and nutrients from whatever dirt they're growing in.

Definitely feeling somewhat better, so, maybe I'll be able to go to sleep soon.


Addition, July 22, 2017, 8:14 PM EDT. Almost fell asleep, but, had to go the bathroom. Then realized I was hungry, so I stayed downstairs, made and ate 4 ham salad sandwiches, and chit-chatted with a relative. Right eye is still gooey and also has been a bit itchy.

And I think I actually still feel a bit hungry, so, maybe I should also have some milk with strawberry Breakfast Essentials powder.

Already kind of anxious again, and afraid of my thirst and dry eyes coming back, so, maybe even more magnesium would do me some good. This definitely feels like magnesium deficiency, kind of like last May when I was jittery. Maybe I should start using the magnesium gel again. The best and most relaxed I felt today started a couple hours after the magnesium I took.

Wonder what some more exercise might achieve. Maybe I should try that too. But maybe I'd be better off just going to sleep. But, I might be awake 2 more hours anyway until my next dose of magnesium kicks in, so, maybe I might as well exercise a bit.


Hmmm, Vitamin D gets stored in fat tissue, this article I haven't completely read mentions.

So, because I'm possibly burning off more fat lately because of more exercise than usual, maybe formerly stored Vitamin D has been getting released into my body? Resulting in increased need for magnesium, and hence, some of the same jitteriness from last May?

Don't know if that's the explanation, but it sounds plausible enough to me to be comforting, especially since increasing magnesium seemed to help me a great deal just hours ago.

So, rather than some scary unknown new problem, maybe it's just the same old problem I found a good-seeming solution for back in May.

I sure am glad I thought of that instead of just sulking and being anxious. I already feel better just from that, and I didn't even exercise, take magnesium, or have anything more to eat or drink yet.

I was so upset earlier I actually cried a little, I forgot what time exactly, but that actually cheered me up quite a bit because it moisturized my dry eyes and proved my eyes are still capable of generating moisture. :-)


Addition, July 23, 2017, 3:32 AM EDT. Slept sometime between 10:18 PM and 2:40 AM. So, not very long. But, despite drinking nothing earlier except the small amount of water it took for me to swallow another magnesium, I don't feel unusually thirsty, and my right eye is still a bit gooey.

Feeling much calmer and better than the bad parts of yesterday, and very relieved. Didn't exercise, just looked at books and fell asleep.

So, maybe I'll be able to return to getting things done sooner than I thought. Finally, I feel capable of focusing on my GNU Emacs settings again. And once that's done, I guess I'll finally resume work on my Puppy Linux Setup Kit.

Building my multifiles will probably still take an annoyingly long time, but at least I stopped my various multifiles from being built immediately every time I start GNU Emacs. Ideally I would have found a way to vastly speed up multifiles-apmod.el, but, that is too difficult for me so far. I wonder how it might work in a newer version of GNU Emacs and if that would be any faster? But, not going to try upgrading until after I release my current settings for GNU Emacs 24.5.


Addition, July 23, 2017, 4:43 AM EDT. Not that I'm definitely going to work on those things yet. I just thought I should add that. I'm probably better off not declaring those, or anything else I really want to get done, my official top priorities, because if I do, I'll probably start feeling like they're an obligation I'd rather escape, and I might procrastinate instead of working on them.

I just wish everything was easier and that silly advice like "follow your heart" wasn't such rubbish. I think my best results in life were typically from arduous dreary boring efforts like computer programming, and not just doing what I felt like doing. Except I guess reading (which I often feel like doing) has done me a lot of good, and that's pretty easy.


Addition, July 23, 2017, 6:57 AM EDT. Still feeling fine, though my right eye is still gooey. So, it seems like magnesium was the solution yet again.

I'm so glad I was logical enough (even despite tiredness, hormones, and magnesium deficiency messing with me) to figure that out. Logic is truly one of the best things ever. :-)


Additions, July 23, 2017, 5:22 PM/5:46 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 8:09 AM and 4:47 PM. Got a bit dry-dyed and thirsty at times, but it was a much more normal, quenchable thirst, and I think it might not have happened as often as it used to. I also feel like I slept better (though I think walnuts, not only magnesium, might have helped me with that), and I had fun dreams involving two of my favorite vampires from The Originals. Luckily, they didn't bite me. :-)

My right eye is still a bit gooey, but, perhaps more vitamin A from carrots, gouda, peaches, and/or cantaloupe will help. (I will never take Vitamin A in pill form, because the list of Vitamin A overdose symptoms is so scary.)

Not tired so far, or then again, maybe I could sleep even longer. In any case, still not in the mood to deal with anything stressful. Not sure if I should try harder to change myself to try to make myself want to deal with stressful things, or focus more on redesigning my life so I can avoid stressful things even more.


Addition, July 24, 2017, 1:14 AM EDT. Been feeling fine. Did various things, but perhaps the most notable was watching Star Wars: Rogue One with my family. Excellent and nostalgic, with amazing graphics.

My right eye is less gooey now. Ate most of a cantaloupe and some gouda, both of which contain Vitamin A.


Addition, July 24, 2017, 3:48 AM/3:57 AM EDT. Got a slight headache, and also wasn't feeling so great emotionally either. Probably PMS, I guess, though I also probably needed more magnesium - have had this odd twitch in the upper part of my right arm.

Also going to try to have ground flaxseed (warning) more regularly, since I feel like that's quite good for my hormones.

I really don't want to have another very heavy period. Maybe I ought to eat more Cheerios to try to build up my iron reserves, too.


Only used my exercise bike for less than a minute many hours ago, since I was busy with other things, and by the time I felt like exercising, I was in a hurry to join my family to watch TV and movies.

I've heard that athletic women can miss periods, and I'm thinking I might love that. :-) Except I don't want to possibly end up with osteoporosis from too much exercise.


Addition, July 24, 2017, 7:28 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 9:37 AM and 5:29 PM. Got a bit thirsty, but normally rather than unquenchably thirsty. And slept pretty well, I think. So well that I felt like it was later than it was - before I looked at the time, I guessed it was 7:30.

Feeling a bit overwhelmed with books, but, that's more good than bad, I guess.

Not really in the mood to write much here, since now that I'm feeling so much better, I'd much rather focus on more useful things.


Addition, July 26, 2017, 2:39 AM/2:51 AM EDT. Finally managed to release my personal GNU Emacs settings.

And, surprisingly, when I downloaded what I had just uploaded to GitHub, and switched from my original .emacs.d folder to the downloaded new one (which has less personal clutter in it), it turned out multifiles-apmod.el suddenly started building multifiles much faster, the way I vaguely remembered it used to work.

I expected it to go back to being slow when I put my original .emacs.d folder back, but, somehow, it actually remained fast. So, I don't know what's going on with that, but, it's definitely nice that it's faster now.

Finally, I can return to working on my Puppy Linux Setup Kit.


I probably better make some food, etc., since I didn't eat or drink anything (except my vitamins and a little water) ever since I woke up. (Oh, and also some raisins and walnuts, I forgot about those.)

Slept sometime between 11:01 AM and 5:50 PM. My eye started getting gooey again yesterday (before sleep, I think) and has been gooey today as well.

I actually scarcely got out of bed at all. But that certainly doesn't mean I didn't accomplish much - my computers are right next to my bed. :-)


On July 24th, I figured out I could still use both my desktop computers while riding my exercise bike, if I put their keyboards and mice on top of some boxes on top of the edge of my bed.

So, if I ride leisurely enough, I might be able to concentrate well enough to read or do other things while exercise biking.

My $30 (thirty dollar) Radio Shack headphones don't block my exercise bike's noise at all well, though. Don't know yet if there's anything suitable I could get for under $50 (fifty dollars).

I guess another option is to get a different back tire for my bike. (My exercise bike only uses the back wheel, so, no need to get a front tire.) I think I read in some Amazon reviews that "trainer" tires are supposed to be quieter.


Addition, July 26, 2017, 5:29 PM EDT. I really shouldn't even try to eat walnuts early in my day, because much more often than not, they seem to make me tired, and (consequently) more absentminded than usual. Fell asleep earlier than I expected, and slept sometime between 8:36 AM and 12:21 PM.

Recently had more walnuts, with similar results - I'm now quite tired, and more absentminded. Now all I feel like doing is sleeping. But the walnuts were just too tempting, especially since I thought I probably ought to go back to sleep anyway since I slept less than 4 hours.

Maybe I better get more pistachios. I have a hard time stopping myself from eating lots of pistachios, but at least they stop me from eating walnuts too early in my day, and I've never noticed pistachios making me sleepy. And they're one of the few healthy things I find more tempting than walnuts.

My eyes, especially my right eye, were gooey, but that decreased a while back.


Addition, July 26, 2017, 11:19 PM EDT. Only slept sometime between 6:02 PM and 9:15 PM. Didn't get very thirsty, but my right eye was gooey and itchy, though that has decreased again lately.

I still kind of want to go back to sleep. Feeling a bit lost, I guess because i haven't yet plunged into another project, which probably ought to be releasing my Puppy Linux Setup Kit scripts for Lighthouse 64 Puppy Linux 6.02 Beta 2. I guess it would also be good to fix the setup kit's broken downloader scripts.

That all will be much less of a chore thanks to multifiles-apmod.el unexpectedly going back to being as fast as I vaguely recalled it used to be. What a blessing!


Addition, July 27, 2017, 2:18 PM EDT. Finally upgraded my favorite web browser, Pale Moon, to 27.4.1. To my own surprise, in less than an hour, I managed to figure out how to successfully compile it from source code! It definitely seems faster than the previous version I was using for a long time, 26.2.2.

As usual, read plenty. Not so usual, I got a lot more serious about getting organized, so I started some new VUE maps to help me with that, and made some good progress.

My right eye has continued to be quite gooey, and my left eye has been getting a bit gooey too. It's quite annoying, but still better than dry eyes. Ate some carrots a few hours ago. Should probably have been eating them more consistently, or at least other foods containing Vitamin A.

Quite tired, probably due to only 3 hours of sleep, but, I avoided walnuts today and probably functioned better as a result. I really should only eat them when I'm certain I intend to go to sleep soon.


Addition, July 27, 2017, 7:03 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 2:43 PM and 6:19 PM. I wonder why I'm sleeping so poorly. Maybe because my eyes (especially my right eye) are gooey, red, and my right eye's eyelids got a bit sore. Seems like cleaning it a bit with some moistened toilet paper helped a bit, though, since it seems less sore and less gooey now. Am now also trying harder to avoid unconsciously rubbing my eyes.

Wonder if a larger amount of carrots would help. MSG-free ranch dressing makes them a lot more palatable and less boring. Would probably prefer gouda cheese at the moment, though. It has Vitamin A too, though I assume it probably has less than carrots.

A bit hungry, but so tired I might just go back to sleep.


Addition, July 29, 2017, 6:07 AM EDT. On July 28th, slept sometime between 3:33 AM and soon before 10:57 AM. There was a brief power outage which ended at about 10:57 AM, and it woke me up, since it turned my air conditioner off. I think it only lasted maybe 5 minutes or less. Tried to go back to sleep after that, but, gave up maybe about an hour later.

Then, instead of running my Puppy Linux Setup Kit right away - on a whim, I tried to create some small new tools from scratch, with surprising amounts of patience. I still had the internet, but used only Lighthouse 64 Puppy Linux 6.02 Beta 2's default web browser, a rather old version of Firefox, 22 or something. (At least it can still play YouTube videos).


Anyway, there's a ton left to do, but I'm pleased with what I created and/or thought up (but haven't yet implemented), even though it's too messy to be released yet.

I guess I might have gotten more done than usual because even logging into my library websites was more of a nuisance without my library card numbers already stored in my web browser.

Been doing OK. My eyes hadn't been gooey nor dry, mostly, though now they're starting to get a little gooey. I started to get more impatient and aggravated around maybe 11 PM or something, but, I was determined to keep struggling with some new setup kit components, so I put off running my legacy setup kit until around 3:11 AM. Things still aren't totally back to normal yet, but, at least I've improved my setup routine considerably since the last power outages.


Addition, July 29, 2017, 9:59 AM EDT. I guess I used up most of my patience today on programming. Used a hair dryer to defrost my mini-refrigerator's dripping freezer, which was covered with quite a lot of ice and frost that had built up over maybe a year or two.

Now very tired, I guess because I've been awake nearly 24 hours. Might have gone to sleep if my refrigerator hadn't suddenly needed defrosting. (It wasn't dripping before.)

I had both ham salad sandwiches (around 6 PM) and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (around 12 AM), and interestingly, I felt more energized after the peanut butter and jelly than I did after the ham salad.

Wonder if my exercise bike would wake me up or make me more sleepy at this point. There's actually some stuff I want to stay awake for.


Addition, July 30, 2017, 2:44 AM/7:57 PM EDT. Didn't want to risk getting exhausted, so, didn't use my exercise bike to try to stay awake yesterday.

Finally napped poorly with the TV on between maybe 2 and 5 PM, then slept a bit better without the TV until about 8:17 PM.

Was kind of sad earlier, perhaps from not eating enough yet. (And probably PMS.) Did 3 minutes of intense exercise biking, but didn't get much of a mood boost from that. Didn't get as tired from it as the last times, but didn't get as much of an energy boost either (perhaps due to not sleeping long enough or well enough).

Later, had grape juice, Vitamin C, and a vegan Omega 3, ruminated a while about life and the universe, then unexpectedly started to feel better.


Astonishing that I've been updating this blog post for almost a year. Well, I definitely feel much better than a year ago. I'm guessing if I had continued drinking caffeine, using my electric blanket, and not paying much attention to health, exercise, vitamins, etc., I would have been much worse off by now.

There's definitely still room for improvement. But, not sure how much I'm going to keep updating this. Well, maybe a lot, because maybe I need a place to vent a bit about some things, even though I still keep most of my thoughts to myself.


Been feeling overwhelmed by all the stuff I ought to get done. But on the other hand, at least there are a great many obvious little improvements I could make in many of my projects and other areas of my life. And all together, they'll probably add up to significant improvements.

Even seemingly small details can make such a difference, either positive or negative. Especially, large combinations of small details. My Puppy Linux Setup Kit basically just consists of large numbers of small details being taken care of automatically, and yet, despite its flaws, it's still one of the most useful things I ever made.

And I feel much more capable than I did a few years ago, or even just one year ago, of designing and building software much more sensibly than I used to.

And VUE helps so much with everything. It has even surpassed Astroblahhh Desktop as my favorite software for notes, even though Astroblahhh Desktop still can do plenty of things VUE can't (and vice versa). I'd love to combine the two somehow. Would be great to have Astroblahhh Desktop-like search capabilities in VUE. And a nicer more VUE-like GUI in Astroblahhh Desktop.


Getting sleepy again. But, recently, haven't had too much trouble with thirst or my eyes getting gooey or dry. Well, they're a little dry now, but mostly OK.


Addition, July 30, 2017, 8:31 PM. Slept sometime between 10:56 AM and 7:30 PM. Got thirsty and my eyes a bit dry again, but drinking plain water helped this time, and the problems mostly went away pretty soon after I woke up.

Didn't eat very well since July 29th, so I'm guessing my problems with thirst and dry eyes have something to do with not eating well enough.

Compared to the day when I deliberately refrained from running my Puppy Linux Setup Kit for a while, I noticed I recently spent a lot more time on distractions and procrastination.

But I'd rather not deliberately give up the comforts of the setup kit again just in the hope of getting more done, because I don't think I'm in a relaxed enough mood anymore for that to work out as well as it did that other day. I think it would just annoy me rather than feel like an interesting challenge.

Necessity can definitely lead to invention, but fortunately, so can laziness and desire for increased convenience. And I nearly always have some amount of laziness and desire for increased convenience, even in the absence of necessity.

Still feeling kind of tired. I wish I could figure out the perfect routine and diet to follow so I could always feel well-rested and energetic, and which I wouldn't have any trouble sticking with.


Addition, July 31, 2017, 10:28 AM EDT. Became more alert once I ate some food, but getting sleepy again now. Didn't get much done besides reading, posting some blog posts, and watching YouTube.

It's so nice to have sound in YouTube again, and an upgraded, faster web browser.


Addition, July 31, 2017, 3:01 PM EDT. Almost fell asleep, but accidentally locked myself out of my computer because I had run an old Puppy Linux Setup Kit script which installed an old screensaver password that I didn't remember.

So, had to restart my computer. But, at least it's encouraging that even though my setup kit isn't fully updated yet, it definitely is taking much less time to get things mostly back to normal, thanks to my recent work.


Addition, August 1, 2017, 12:43 AM EDT. Feeling much better and more alert, despite sleeping only between about 4:08 PM and 9:37 PM, and despite the fact that my last reasonable meal was late on July 30th.

Since then, I only have eaten raisins and almonds, and I drank some plain water, and had some vitamins. So... I probably better eat more sensibly soon, before I start feeling bad. I just thought it was interesting that I feel as fine as I do at the moment, given the recent sparseness of my food log.

However, one thing that's not so great is that I do feel like my time of the month is imminent. I actually was expecting it a little sooner, but, probably my irregular eating habits have delayed it again.


Addition, August 1, 2017, 2:02 AM EDT. Seems like my time of the month is already starting. though it's very light so far. Even before I ate anything, I started to get vague cramps, which worsened enough that, after I ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, I took an Advil.

Also had a bowl of Cheerios, to try to prepare myself for all the iron loss that will probably befall me in the near future. Maybe should have eaten those more often - I scarcely ate them at all lately despite, if I recall correctly, mentioning that maybe I should eat more of them. But at least raisins have some iron, and I've been eating lots of raisins lately.

Also had 2 spoonfuls of ground flaxseed (warning). And am getting kind of tired now. Maybe it's from carbs as well as my time of the month.

Might as well have a magnesium, I guess - maybe that will help somehow. And perhaps some milk with strawberry Breakfast Essentials powder. I had that along with my aforementioned reasonable meal late on July 30th, and I feel like it really does me good.

Maybe now that I've been striving to get more iron, I'll have a better chance of recovering faster from my time of the month.


Addition, August 1, 2017, 2:42 AM EDT. I wonder if I'll ever be able to reliably predict how I'm tired or not I'm going to feel in the near future.

Anyway, given that I only got about 5 1/2 hours of sleep, and also given what PMS and my time of the month do to me, it makes sense for me to be tired now, which is why it seemed weird that I felt fine for a few hours.

Not sure what to do now. Feeling too tired to do much of anything, and it doesn't feel likely that I'll suddenly get a burst of energy soon, though that sometimes surprisingly happens. Except generally not on day 1 of my time of the month.

Would love to go back to sleep, but I don't know if I'm sleepy enough yet. So, I guess I'm in limbo again - too tired to get much done but maybe not tired enough to sleep.

But at least the Advil is working and so far, one was enough.


Addition, August 1, 2017, 3:49 AM/3:57 AM EDT. Pretty soon after I wrote that, my cramps worsened again, so I took another Advil already. And my time of the month got a bit heavier, but so far doesn't seem like it will be as bad as the last time. And I feel a bit less tired. Actually, increasingly better as I write this.

Read some helpful articles yesterday - this one, and others which this one linked to: Suffering from Burnout? How to Know When to Rest or Push. Pretty timely for me.

That (non-literal) 20 Mile March idea seems like maybe it would be good for me, though I'm guessing I should probably err on the side of underestimating how much work equates to "20 miles", because I'm incredibly prone to doing too much on my projects and neglecting other things, until I'm too burnt out to continue.

Maybe I should just set some limits on myself like, no more than 4 hours a day programming, or something like that. However, I probably better not insist on a minimum amount to do each day, or even week or month or year, because I think I might just feel burdened and annoyed by that, and more apt to procrastinate.


Addition, August 1, 2017, 1:17 PM EDT. Was surprisingly alert and energetic, which is encouraging, especially for day #1 of my time of the month. Mostly I just read, but, a few hours ago, I got a little cleaning done in an un-air conditioned part of the house. Got tired soon after that.

My right eye got dry and was worrying me a bit, but improved since then. Now, it's getting gooey again.

Now very sleepy, but I'd rather finish writing this before I sleep.


Thinking about the topics of productivity and rest reminded me of some excellent articles I read years ago about non-coercive self-motivation:

I'm still definitely very much in the habit of coercive self-motivation, even though it quite often fails and results in procrastination instead. (Though at least it's often useful procrastination, like the kind described in the book The Art of Procrastination.)

But every time I'm reminded of the concept of non-coercive self-motivation, I suspect it would be a much better way of living my life, and probably would be far more truly motivating than frequently feeling guilty and bad for not getting much more done much faster.


Addition, August 2, 2017, 1:25 AM EDT. Slept sometime between 2:03 PM and 8:33 PM.

Yesterday, I started taking more magnesium more often than usual because I suspect maybe there's still so much Vitamin D in my system that it's still making me need more magnesium than I seemed to need in the past. And maybe Vitamin D is also making me need more Vitamin A, resulting in my eye issues?

It still is so strange for me that magnesium now often seems to have the opposite effect from what it always seemed to before I took Vitamin D. Magnesium used to make me tired, but now it often seems to make me feel better and more energized.

Actually, I do still feel kind of sleepy, but oddly, more energetic at the same time. A strange but still useful combination - definitely better than being sleepy with so little inclination to move or get out of bed that it takes a lot of willpower to do so.

Well, at least, I felt that way briefly. While writing this, my sleepiness worsened quite a bit, and now it is taking more willpower to do anything. Maybe the sleepiness is just temporary and from eating carbs (raisins). Also makes me wonder if I have diabetes or something, though. Ever since quitting caffeine, food having such noticeable effects on my energy levels has been so strange for me, and I guess I'm still not used to it.

Earlier, my right eye got dry again, but resumed being gooey a while after I woke up.

Definitely would love go back to sleep. Hmm, maybe I already had enough magnesium that it is now having its usual old effects on me? Or, maybe iron loss from my time of the month is taking its toll?

I wonder if my severe circadian issues mess up far more than just my sleep patterns.

I miss how caffeine seemed to make my energy levels in the near future a bit easier to predict. But, I still think resuming caffeine would probably do me more harm than good, since it would probably interfere too much with my sleep and might worsen my possible adrenal fatigue again.

I guess if I could fall asleep now, then, maybe I'd temporarily get closer to having a "normal" schedule. If I were awake for more of the day, I'd be more likely to use my exercise bike. Too often, when I actually feel like using it, I can't, because I don't want to wake anyone up.


Additions, August 2, 2017, 3:41 AM/4:15 AM EDT. Didn't fall asleep yet, since I actually started feeling more awake, though I have no idea how long that will last. Lasted a good while yesterday, though.

Ate some Cheerios in case that might help me somehow. I think maybe I'm a bit more tired than I was before I ate them, but it's not so bad.

I think some kinds of carbs might make me less sleepy than others, or might not affect me as much when combined with protein, since I tend to feel energized after eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

I only use one piece of bread per sandwich - whole wheat bread, or something like that. The jelly is probably pretty sugary, but, I guess maybe the energizing effect (on me, at least) of peanut butter is strong enough to cancel out whatever tiredness the carbs in the jelly and the bread might otherwise induce.


Maybe one reason why I am so prone to coercive self-motivation rather than the alternative is because, as a child, simply to cope with school, I had to continually force myself to do things, starting with waking up.

I don't think I have ADD or ADHD, but, I do seem to maybe have the AD(H)D-like ability to hyperfocus. Maybe I somehow acquired that ability simply as another way of coping with my chronic debilitating tiredness from my body's so-called schedule seldom being well-aligned with the world's schedules.


Here's an interesting article about ADHD and sleep.

Quote:

"No single theory explains the severe impairment of the ability to rouse oneself into wakefulness. Some patients with ADHD report that they sleep well when they go camping or are out of doors for extended periods of time.

One hypothesis is that the lack of an accurate circadian clock may also account for the difficulty that many with ADHD have in judging the passage of time. Their internal clocks are not set. Consequently, they experience only two times: now and not now. Many of my adult patients do not wear watches. They experience time as an abstract concept, important to other people, but one which they dont understand. It will take many more studies to establish the links between circadian rhythms and ADHD."

I wonder if circadian issues cause ADHD, rather than ADHD causing circadian issues? What if maybe lots of conditions people are (mis)diagnosed with are actually the result of sleep issues/circadian issues?

Perhaps sleep issues/circadian issues are a lot more common than we know.


Getting sleepy again. Had a pack of peanut butter granola bars, which I'm guessing are probably too sugary and not peanut buttery enough to energize me.

Maybe I ought to resume more regularly eating protein-rich things such as cottage cheese in my morning. Or Greek yogurt, though I'd have to add fruit or something to that to make it palatable.

Anyway, I guess I shouldn't be alarmed at being so fatigued now, because that's typical for my time of the month (and when I have too many carbs and not enough protein in my morning). I should instead be pleased that I'm doing better in some ways compared to previous periods, and also that I'm not losing as much iron this time.


Addition, August 2, 2017, 7:45 AM EDT. Was somewhat alert for a little while, but couldn't resist having another pack of peanut butter granola bars, and have been tired ever since.

Just recently had a glass of milk with strawberry Breakfast Essentials powder, which is sugary, but has 13 g of protein, and also Vitamin D (which, at the moment, I wouldn't mind doing without, actually), among plenty of other nutrients.

Perhaps that will help, but if not, I guess all I can do is give up on getting anything useful done today.

If I'm awake enough, I'm going to try to use my exercise bike as soon as I can, once there's no longer any danger of waking people up. Will try to ride more leisurely with a few high-intensity intervals, and will set my keyboards and mice on top of boxes at the edge of my bed so I can still read library ebooks and do other things at the same time.

I think changing the tire on my exercise bike to a trainer tire might be too troublesome, though if I knew for sure it would make my exercise bike quiet enough to use when people are asleep, it might be worth the trouble.

Felt a little more alert for a moment, but, I think maybe I slept too poorly and am too menstrual for anything to wake me up really well today. I still just want to sleep.

Fortunately, I feel like I might be capable of sleep now, rather than tired but frustratingly unable to sleep.


Additions, August 2, 2017, 2:31 PM/2:42 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 8:11 AM and 1:12 PM. Woke up with dry eyes, but they soon became gooey after I drank some water.

Was a bit less tired than before sleep, but started out too tired to want to stay awake or do anything except maybe read. Somehow a lot better now, though, even though I haven't eaten anything yet nor even had my usual vitamins.

I guess I might as well use my exercise bike soon. I'm thinking maybe 20 minutes (mostly leisurely) might be good. Actually, I think I'll have some milk with strawberry Breakfast Essentials powder first.


Additions, August 2, 2017, 7:33 PM/7:52 PM EDT. Was alert for a while, then got a bit tired, perhaps from saltine crackers, which I had with some gouda cheese. Also had milk with strawberry Breakfast Essentials powder, which I'm hoping is not a factor in my tiredness. It has 13g of protein, but seems pretty sugary. In any case, I think I tend to feel better on days I drink that than on days I don't.

Biked for 10 minutes so far, from 7:01 PM to 7:11 PM. 20 minutes seemed like it would be too much for now. Toward the end, did 3 high-intensity intervals, two of which were about 20 seconds, and the last one was around 35 second.

Glad I got that done. Might do a bit more later before anyone goes to sleep.

Reading ebooks is definitely quite feasible for me while exercise biking at a leisurely pace, and makes it quite a lot easier to stick with, since I can just mindlessly pedal while my mind is entertained by the book. For a while, it makes me too distracted from the mild discomfort of exercise to even think very much about stopping.

Still feeling a bit sleepy, but also rather eager to exercise-bike some more, and simultaneously get back to my book.


Addition, August 2, 2017, 7:39 PM EDT. Changed my mind, since I feel nice and relaxed now, and I also don't want to possibly overdo it and develop an aversion to it.


Addition, August 3, 2017, 4:25 AM EDT. Only slept briefly between around 1:07 AM and 3:16 AM.

Got a bit thirsty, which I think is part of what woke me up. Am feeling pretty alert, but, am getting that jittery feeling I associate with magnesium deficiency.


Almost exercise-biked a bit more at almost 10 PM, but, it was already too late - one of my relatives had gone to sleep surprisingly early.

My eyes have been mostly OK, but sometimes a bit gooey. Before my most recent sleep, had a few small spoonfuls of cottage cheese, and later, many handfuls of dry Cheerios and a much smaller quantity of raisins (both in the hope of getting more iron), grape juice, and no magnesium since around 5:40 PM.

Felt a bit more alert for a while after the cottage cheese, but eventually became tired enough to actually sleep for a little while.


I wonder exactly how much Vitamin D I have in my system and if it's (still) too much? Even though I like feeling more alert and energetic, I don't like feeling jittery like I did back in May and at other times, since it definitely doesn't feel altogether healthy to me (even though neither does frequent tiredness), so, I'm going to keep taking magnesium.

It's quite remarkable that I can take so much magnesium and still not get diarrhea, and in less than 12 hours of ceasing to take any magnesium, I got back to feeling jittery and possibly magnesium deficient. Maybe I should resume using that wonderful magnesium gel, which I haven't used since May.


Probably am going to eat lots more kale salad in the near future, since I now have all the ingredients and don't want them to go to waste. I assume that will probably help me get sufficient Vitamin A and also some more iron too.


Addition, August 3, 2017, 5:44 AM EDT. Already getting sort of sleepy again, but I probably ought to be, after only 2 hours of sleep.

Maybe what's happening is, I've been sleeping more poorly lately because of magnesium deficiency. So, when I get slightly less magnesium deficient thanks to taking magnesium, I get more tired. Though sometimes it seems like it is possibly energizing me... so, that's confusing.

But, when it does make me tired - perhaps, because I've been warily only taking one magnesium capsule at a time, it maybe doesn't ease my magnesium deficiency enough to enable me to feel tired enough to actually sleep.

I was worried maybe I was already taking too much magnesium. But perhaps I've actually still been taking too little magnesium to deal with the possibly still excess amounts of Vitamin D in my body.

And I guess the stuff I wrote before maybe applies too - perhaps exercise is releasing more Vitamin D into my body because Vitamin D gets stored in fat, and exercise burns fat.

I've been avoiding Vitamin D capsules and plan on continuing to avoid them. But I still get Vitamin D from dietary sources, such as milk, and that tasty Breakfast Essentials powder which I'm so fond of. No plans of giving those up.

Anyway, I guess I'll just try that magnesium gel again, and hopefully that will have good effects on me similar to what it seemed to do for me last May.


Addition, August 3, 2017, 11:00 AM EDT. Started to get a headache earlier, probably from eating rather poorly. Kale salad didn't avert my headache. Somewhat reluctantly skipped milk and Breakfast Essentials powder since I didn't want another jolt of Vitamin D when I was hoping to probably go back to sleep soon, but, perhaps that was a mistake.

From around 6:12 AM to 6:42 AM, watched TV naked with most of my body covered with magnesium gel, then took a shower. It did seem to make me more relaxed. But, I still was headachy, so, tried to eat better - a pack of peanut butter granola bars and a microwaveable frozen dinner.

Still a bit headachy now, and increasingly very tired, but I expected and wanted to get tired, so I could hopefully go back to sleep and get a reasonable amount of good-quality sleep.

Anyway, other than my headache, I feel like I might be fine and might even have an easy time going to sleep once my headache goes away.


Maybe I should try getting a cheap blender to get a better idea of whether or not a Vitamix would be worth getting, and whether or not healthy drinks like green smoothies might rescue me from the bad effects of my tendency to neglect to eat proper meals.

Maybe being able to make my own custom healthy drinks with a blender might be better than drinking milk with Breakfast Essentials powder so frequently. It definitely seems to do me good, but I think I'd rather avoid so much sugar, and I'm feeling rather wary of possibly getting too much Vitamin D from any source.

Didn't particularly enjoy my kale salad, and am thinking I might rather drink kale than eat it.


Already getting less headachy now, and fortunately, I didn't have to take Advil.

I sure hope I'm close to figuring out how to consistently feel fine. Maybe my circadian issues make it much harder for me than for most people not only to sleep properly, but to eat properly? Maybe caffeine wasn't the only thing messing with my appetite. Or maybe I just too easily disregard my body's hunger signals.

I just wish my physical self-maintenance wasn't such a continual struggle. It shouldn't be this difficult, should it?


Addition, August 3, 2017, 10:16 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 11:52 AM and 6:01 PM. I think probably I slept a bit better, but, was woken by thirst and headache. Drank plain water, and a bit later, a little milk, and the headache eased enough for me to go back to sleep.

Also slept sometime between 6:30 PM and 8:23 PM. Was woken again by headache and thirst. Plain water again isn't seeming very helpful, so having canned peaches instead.

I sure hope I don't have hypercalcemia from too much Vitamin D, milk, calcium, etc. Took my first Vitamin K2 in a while at 8:50 PM in case that might help. (Last time I had that was around 6:47 AM on July 26th.)


As of 8:55 PM, my headache has decreased a bit, which I assume is because the peaches are helping.

As of 9:08 PM, feeling quite a bit better and almost not headachy.

Spent a bit of time looking at cheap blenders on Amazon. Too impatient to compare them all carefully and read lots of reviews and questions/answers. So, I'll just take my chances on this one, I guess.

I actually had a dream about trying to order a fruit salad at a restaurant, so, maybe my body is trying to tell me it wants more fruit?


As of 9:34 PM, feeling much better, though still a bit worried my headache could come back.

I think quite possibly I was dehydrated, with maybe adrenal fatigue-related electrolyte imbalance again making plain water seem less than helpful. Or perhaps electrolyte imbalance just from eating too poorly.

Lately, I've been trying to hold back from eating so much ham salad. I love the stuff, but, I worry it might be not only more ethical but also more healthy to avoid meat. Recently, I purposely stopped asking my relatives to buy ham salad, but right now I'm craving it, unlike most other foods I can think of (or which we actually have).

Still haven't even bothered to look at most of my food-related VUE maps lately. Food is so boring to me. I honestly wouldn't mind giving up food and beverages completely if it was somehow miraculously possible to live healthily without eating and drinking. If eating and drinking were optional, I'd probably never do it and would scarcely miss it at all. That would be even better than being a vegetarian, since it would save not only animals, but plants. :-)


As of 10:15 PM, doing fine and in a much better mood. Also not sleepy. Didn't even finish the can of peaches yet.


Addition, August 3, 2017, 11:35 PM EDT. Already sleepy again, not sure what time that started. But it could be that I need extra sleep to compensate for the poor sleep and small quantities of sleep I got before using the magnesium gel.


Addition, August 4, 2017, 12:32 AM EDT. Already somehow livened up, despite (or because of) eating a pack of peanut butter granola bars.

So, basically, I don't know what's going on with me and my energy levels. :-) Also starting to verge on a headache again. I sure wish we had ham salad.

I wonder if there's any cure for all my problems. I already had a pretty chaotic "schedule" before, but lately, it seemed like it got even worse. What if caffeine is actually the lesser evil?


Addition, August 4, 2017, 1:17 AM EDT. At least we have one food that particularly appeals to me at the moment - cantaloupe.

Haven't eaten any yet, but, getting tired again already. This is getting really annoying.

I still think caffeine would probably do more harm than good, but it's very tempting at the moment, because this much unpredictability is too much even for me.


Addition, August 4, 2017, 2:37 AM EDT. I think my eyes were a bit gooey when I first woke up, but my eyes aren't acting up at the moment. Didn't notice that until recently. Perhaps the peaches helped there.

Headache gone again. Not tired, but not really jittery. Much better and calmer now, actually. Now eating half a cantaloupe. It's a particularly good one, very sweet.

Just recently had a full dose of Advanced MAGNESIUM (by InnovixLabs). Highly Bioavailable Bisglycinate + Malate Formula, the kind that in ordinary circumstances gave me diarrhea if I tried to take a full dose (2 capsules). But, these don't seem like ordinary circumstances.

I'm also avoiding milk and Breakfast Essentials powder for now. They seemed quite helpful for a while, but, I suspect maybe my body just still has too much Vitamin D for me to drink that so frequently.


Greatly looking forward to getting this cheap blender.

It'll probably be fun to try to create my own recipes. Lots of people use blenders for sweet smoothies, but I think I also want to make things that aren't sweet.

I wonder if it would be good for mashed potatoes? No, according to this page.


Found an interesting article called Is Vitamin D Safe? Still Depends on Vitamins A and K! Testimonials and a Human Study.

I suspect I probably usually wasn't eating enough fruits and vegetables to provide me enough Vitamin A. And I will never risk taking Vitamin A in pill form, because the list of Vitamin A overdose symptoms is so scary. Was eating carrots sometimes, but, I just don't like carrots all that much.

Maybe I needed more Vitamin K2 also. At least gouda cheese (which I do sometimes like to eat) has a bit of that, as well as Vitamin A.


Addition, August 4, 2017, 4:16 AM/4:24 AM EDT. Tired again. Also a bit sad that I didn't live my life a bit differently, because if I had known things would be this way for me at only age 36, I might have rearranged my priorities a lot. Don't know how many more years I'm going to have, at this rate.

I guess I ought to try to be more optimistic, though. And probably should keep having ground flaxseed (warning) - another thing I've been neglecting lately, but I really shouldn't, since it seems to help stifle moods like these, even when there's no external reason to be happier.


Addition, August 4, 2017, 4:58 AM EDT. I'd feel so much better if I could return to my projects and get something more useful done than just reading. It's so frustrating not to have all this health nonsense sorted out by now.

Anyway, having some spoonfuls of Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter now, since I don't feel like making an actual meal. It's not bad, even though it's very oily, and unfortunately, I prefer the taste of not-so-natural peanut butter. Salt helps.

Actually, this is motivating me to make a sandwich with peanut butter I like more. That might be a bit less healthy, but even that definitely tends to do me a lot of good.

My blender will arrive on Saturday. I'll experiment with that, and if things still don't improve, maybe I'll resume black tea. Wonder what would happen if I had black tea on an odd schedule, like once every 3 days or something.


Addition, August 4, 2017, 8:54 AM EDT. Wow, what a difference food makes, even boring food I'm tired of, like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Haven't been tired for a while. Well, until I started writing this.

Anyway, updating this is definitely boring, so, hopefully I'll have nothing more to add for a while until maybe after I try out this cheap blender which will hopefully arrive Saturday.


Addition, August 4, 2017, 3:30 PM EDT. Exercise biked for about 5 minutes from 11:10 to 11:15 AM. After a brief recovery period, have felt much better since then. For a while, had more energy since then than probably the entire time I was awake before that. Getting sleepy as I write this, though.

Soon after my exercise, I googled for "exercise bike energy", since I wanted to get an idea of how much and how soon my energy levels might be generally improved by exercise biking.

Then I stumbled across an incredibly comforting news story about a bike which can produce 24 hours of electricity from 1 hour of pedaling!

So, I wrote a blog post about it and posted it to Non24.com: The Hans Free Electric Bike


Additions, August 6, 2017, 1:41 AM/1:49 AM EDT. On August 4-5th, slept from 5:42 PM to 2:17 AM. It seemed like my best day in a long time.

Was quite alert much of the time, even though I actually didn't eat anything until around 8 AM. Had only my usual 3 grams of Vitamin C and 1 vegan Omega 3. Got tired for a few hours after having gouda and saltine crackers around 8 AM. I think it was probably the crackers that made me tired. Except who knows what cheese might be capable of. :-)

Didn't eat enough yesterday - the only other things I ate were two Activia yogurts, and drank a little grape juice. Slept sometime between 5:42 PM (again!) and 12:31 AM. Was woken by thirst and dry eyes.


My blender arrived at my family's post office box yesterday, but I was asleep by the time my relative got home with it, so, I haven't tried it yet. I hope it's not too loud to use at night.

Got various books with blender recipes (mostly for things like smoothies) from Clevnet, Ohio Digital Library, and the Youngstown library.


Requested ham salad, but, unfortunately, I can't eat it because the kind we got turned out to have the artificial dyes Red 40 and Blue 1 in its ingredients list.

It's really alarming how insanely accepting too many people are of unnecessary and possibly harmful additives like these. Does this particular brand of ham salad actually look so bad to eat without artificial food coloring that it actually needs artificial food coloring to make it look edible? I think it looks disgustingly, unnaturally overly pink with artificial food coloring.

Anyway, it might be better to avoid eating meat anyway. Maybe if I get creative enough with healthy smoothies, maybe I'll finally be able to stop drinking cow's milk, too.


I think I didn't sleep as well today, am feeling a bit tired. I guess I'll eat some cottage cheese for now, since I haven't yet even gotten the blender out of the box yet.


Additions, August 6, 2017, 3:23 AM/3:30 AM EDT. Became more alert and energetic, so much so that I'm not sure I want to possibly spoil it by eating. Cottage cheese probably wouldn't spoil it, but, just not in the mood to eat yet.

Definitely a bit tired of being above my normal weight. Someone recently told me I have a figure like Sophia Loren, which was a very nice compliment, but I'd really like to get back to my formerly usual physique, or actually better.

It's very encouraging that I've been feeling so energetic so soon after my time of the month - which fortunately stayed mostly light, so I probably only lost an average amount of iron or slightly less than average.


Addition, August 6, 2017, 4:25 AM EDT. Been eating carrots, and probably will soon have cottage cheese for the sake of its protein, since eating so little that I lose muscle would be quite counterproductive, and it's definitely unhealthy to eat like an anorexic, even though I haven't been deliberately trying to be anorexic.

Also, started to get a bit tired.


Addition, August 6, 2017, 4:55 AM EDT. Had some cottage cheese, not sure exactly how much, but, feeling better.

Don't know if a trainer tire would make my exercise bike quiet enough to use anytime I want, but, if it does, it would be really worth getting. I'd prefer to exercise-bike soon after I wake up, but my recent sleep schedule has made that impossible lately.

Almost exercise-biked yesterday approaching my bedtime, but fell asleep instead.


Addition, August 6, 2017, 8:06 AM EDT. A couple hours ago, tried a larger amount of ground flaxseed (warning) than usual - two official tablespoons measured with a measuring spoon, instead of my usual two ordinary spoonfuls. Haven't noticed anything interesting so far.

But, have been alert and energetic enough, though not as much as yesterday. Also a bit anxious (which was the case sometimes yesterday too), so, might resume taking magnesium. And eating better might help with that too.

Hopefully it will be possible to get a nice quiet trainer tire on my exercise bike in the near future. Even ridiculously small-seeming amounts of exercise biking seem to do me a lot of good, so, being able to do that whenever I want might help tremendously.

I've mostly been reading, so, I have yet to decide what blender recipes to try first.


Addition, August 6, 2017, 9:12 AM EDT. I still am feeling tempted by caffeine, maybe because a caffeine high is more fun than feeling energetic and anxious from whatever this is - perhaps magnesium deficiency and needing to eat better.

So, looks like ground flaxseed (warning) alone hasn't stifled my anxiety so far.


Addition, August 6, 2017, 11:27 AM EDT. Had a full serving of Nature Made magnesium citrate, and finally cleaned up the clutter that had been in the hallway for weeks.

Kind of drowsy now, and not sure I feel like going to the trouble to blend anything. Afraid I won't feel like cleaning the blender, so, it's easier to just not use it to begin with, especially since I haven't decided what to make yet. Guess I better figure that out for later. I have a ton of kale I need to use up, probably in some green smoothies of some sort.

Now that I'm tired, I guess it doesn't matter if I eat carbs, so, maybe I'll have Cheerios. But I'm so tired that even the thought of having to brush my teeth afterwards seems like reason enough to put off eating.

Yesterday was better, but today was OK. Can't exercise-bike now because it's hopefully having its back tire changed today.

Still hoping exercise and my blender will help me out so much that I'll stop missing caffeine. Ooh, what if exercise improves my health so much that my body will become better at handling caffeine? :-D


Addition, August 6, 2017, 11:38 AM EDT. Just received the wonderful news that the trainer tire is already installed and I'll have my exercise bike back by around 2:30 or 3 PM!

Maybe I'll try to stay awake for that.


Addition, August 6, 2017, 11:49 AM EDT. It just occurred to me that putting ground flaxseed (warning) in my blender blends will be a lot nicer than just spooning the stuff into my mouth the way I usually do! :-)

Also am thinking maybe I should buy lots of different spices. Spices really help me out when I remember to use them, since they can make even the same old boring food seem very different, and they'll probably help with whatever I'm going to blend, too.


Addition, August 6, 2017, 11:58 AM EDT. Wow, I could even mix in non-caffeinated herbal tea, such as my favorite red teas, or mint, or anything. Or Teeccino!


Addition, August 6, 2017, 5:48 PM EDT. Was sleepy for the past several hours, and especially sleepy now.

Got my exercise bike back in my room around 3:00 PM. With the trainer tire, it is much quieter now! Quieter than my box fan. So, now, I'll probably be able to use it whenever I want. No need for earplugs, and I won't have to wish I had fancy noise-blocking headphones anymore.

I'm very grateful to my relative and the bicycle shop that happened to be open on Sunday for taking care of that for me so quickly!


Fortunately, I didn't have to make food, because my relatives just happened to get a pizza. Had two pieces.

Not much else to say - I didn't really get much done besides reading.

But, it seems like it was a productive-enough day, since my improved exercise bike and our new blender have set the stage for me to hopefully soon become much healthier and more energetic, via more exercise and better nutrition.


Additions, August 7, 2017, 1:50 PM/2:07/3:18 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 7:29 PM and 4:44 AM. Haven't had large amounts of energy, but definitely felt more alert for a while after about just 2 intense minutes of exercise biking around 6:42 to 6:44 AM.

I think maybe I should've eaten before I did that instead of after. Going up the stairs to my room several times soon after that seemed much more tiring than usual. Could be because I didn't pause much to rest after my exercise. In any case, I felt much better after I ate some cottage cheese.

Actually, going up those stairs seldom feels tiring to me at all, even when I'm quite poorly rested, and even when I've eaten pretty poorly. But, it seems the combination of intense exercise, not resting much afterward, and not eating very well, is a particularly bad combination.


Watched several episodes of The Vampire Diaries alone, since my family mostly lost interest in the later seasons.

Then, got hungry again, so, finally decided to blend something with our new blender. Impatiently looked through some library ebooks, but then decided to not use any recipe.

I just stuck in a bunch of kale and two tomatoes, and, following instructions, I held the lid down while I tried to blend it. (Which was definitely necessary, since it definitely is a pretty powerful blender, and at times it felt like the lid would have flown off if I wasn't holding it down.)

At first, only the stuff at the bottom was getting blended, so, I stopped and added some water in case that might help. It still continued only blending the stuff at the bottom, so I picked up the tomatoes, tentatively mooshed them up with my fingers, and dropped them back in, and somehow it suddenly started blending much better after that. Didn't take long at all after that.


Tried drinking the blended mixture with one of my glass straws, which worked fine with it, even though it was a somewhat thick green sludge. My first thought was, it needs salt.

Added some salt and black pepper, but I wasn't sure just stirring it with the straw was blending it evenly throughout the mixture, so, next time, I'll probably put the salt and pepper in the blender.

It was OK, but seemed a bit boring and unsatisfying, so I decided to make it into a soup just by putting it in a bowl, adding an entire can of canned chicken (was too hungry to try to force myself to be vegetarian at that moment), and microwaving it.

That made it much better. Adding more salt, black pepper, and a crushed clove of garlic also helped a bit too.


Unfortunately, I absentmindedly soaked my sleeve in my bowl for a while as I was typing this, so, I had to discard it. But, I definitely liked it, and would consider making that again at some point in the future.

But I would much rather use organic kale, tomatoes, etc., in the future, since one of the library ebooks I borrowed reminded me of all the pesticides that are in non-organic food. I usually try to avoid thinking about that, but, it bothers me even more now that I might (or might not) start consuming considerably more kale, tomatoes, etc. than in the past.


Next, I think I'll try making a sweet smoothie out of a banana and something else, perhaps canned pineapple. Not organic, but, oh, well.

I hope trying to switch to organic everything won't be way too expensive.


Addition, August 7, 2017, 2:54 PM EDT. My banana pineapple smoothie is actually pretty good. Didn't need a recipe - i just put in a banana and an entire can of pineapple, held down the blender lid and pressed the Smoothie button. I probably should have added ice to the blender too, but, I didn't think of that.

Even at room temperature, it tastes nice, and I like it even more with ice.

Seems like dessert, but, I actually am still hungry for dinner instead. I guess I'll save this stuff for later and have some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.


Addition, August 7, 2017, 3:32 PM EDT. Definitely kind of tired and have been verging on a headache for a while. Maybe that wouldn't have happened if I ate better and more frequently.

Also, perhaps I shouldn't skip Nature Made Stress B - except I'm very displeased to see that it now contains calcium, which it didn't have before.


Addition, August 7, 2017, 5:16 PM EDT. I took the Nature Made Stress B despite my misgivings. Also took a full serving of Nature Made magnesium citrate. And, forgot to mention, but, I had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches around 3 PM.

Was quite tired for a while, but now getting a bit jittery. And actually still kind of tired at the same time.

Even when I was younger and caffeinated, I noticed I tend to get noticeably much more tired after about 12 hours of being awake.

Can't compare how I feel now without caffeine to how I felt in my 20's without caffeine, because during my 20's, I never quit caffeine for long. I'm guessing I would have been fine back then, but, I wonder if maybe caffeine might have veiled some problems I may have had even when I was younger.


Was quite tempted earlier (before I made anything with the blender) to resume drinking milk and Breakfast Essentials powder, since it mostly seemed helpful and like it often prevented me from reaching the point of getting headachy from eating too poorly.

And again kind of wishing I could just resume black tea and just get back to normal. Maybe I'd be better off if I were so caffeinated that I could still eat whatever I want without getting tired from carbs or whatever. I would have less of an appetite, but I'd be more motivated in general and might not be so prone to neglect to deal with food at all just because of being too tired to feel like dealing with anything.

Maybe I should try to find out if I really do have diabetes or something.


Addition, August 7, 2017, 5:39 PM EDT. Now feeling awake enough that the idea of watching The Vampire Diaries for another several hours seems plausible and appealing.

I wonder if I'd do better if I planned out all my meals and vitamins in advance and tried to more strictly stick to a routine, probably with the help of my Relative Scheduler.

Also still curious about whether 1 cup of black tea every several days might somehow help me more than harm me. But probably shouldn't resort to that yet.


Addition, August 7, 2017, 6:24 PM EDT. Still too tired. Oh, well. But feeling much better now that I'm less headachy.

Maybe a stricter routine might be the cure for not being able to obtain good results just from going by "instinct" and eating whatever I feel like whenever I feel like it.

I hope I'll feel like designing one when I wake up tomorrow.


Addition, August 8, 2017, 3:57 AM EDT. Slept sometime between 6:46 PM and 3:48 AM. Kept waking up because of thirst and dry eyes, but, feeling OK now, and maybe rested enough.

So, I guess my top priority at the moment should be to design a better routine.


Addition, August 8, 2017, 4:10 AM EDT. Also, going to switch to Nature Made Super B Energy Complex, because I always was a bit dubious about some of the non-Vitamin B ingredients in Nature Made Stress B.


Addition, August 8, 2017, 12:39 PM EDT. Definitely been feeling much better today. Haven't been missing caffeine today so far. Didn't even exercise-bike yet. Been reading, and also binge-watching The Vampire Diaries.

But at the same time, have also been paying more attention than usual to when I get hungry and tired, so I can get a better idea of how to design my daily schedule. And measured some of my food portions, so I can get a more specific idea of exactly how much I need to eat in order to ward off hunger for whatever amount of time.

Had a 1/2 cup (measured with my measuring spoons) of cottage cheese with 2 official tablespoons of ground flaxseed (warning) and an unmeasured amount of black pepper around 6:30 AM.

When I finally got hungry again around 9:30 AM, I had an unmeasured amount of Grape Nuts cereal (and another bowl of that around 10:21 AM), despite the fact that I was worried that the carbs might make me tired. Fortunately, I didn't get anywhere near as tired from that as I feared I might.

Will probably soon get these measuring cups, since those will be faster to use than my smaller measuring spoons.


Still not feeling too tired to get anything done. Actually am already a bit hungry again, though, so I guess I could try to finish off that banana pineapple smoothie from yesterday, and see if I get unusually tired afterward.

Was thinking about modifying my Relative Scheduler script to try to figure out how I can store the schedule and other settings in files separate from the main script. I was always so impatient with the Python programming language that I never figured out how to do that yet!


Additions, August 8, 2017, 4:03 PM/4:16 PM EDT. Surprisingly, still feeling mostly fine and alert despite (or because of?) drinking that entire banana pineapple smoothie. I guess I must have slept well or something? Anyway, it's continuing to be a relaxing day.

And I got to make this great announcement. I hope someday I'll have enough money to do that sort of thing much more often.


Additions, August 9, 2017, 1:23 PM EDT. Slept sometime between 8:36 PM and 4:41 AM. Woke up thirsty and dry-eyed, but, plain water fixed that. Been doing remarkably well, even though the only thing I ate so far today was some BBQ potato chips. Also had my usual vitamins.

Been reading, and binge-watched The Vampire Diaries. At this rate, I might finish the entire series tomorrow or the next day.

I guess I better resume eating more healthily before I start having problems.

I might not update this as frequently if I keep feeling OK, so, if anyone is reading this, don't worry about me if I'm quiet for a while.


Addition, August 10, 2017, 7:27 AM EDT. Slept sometime between 10:55 PM and 7:11 AM. Not feeling so great today. So, unsurprisingly, it seems a peach/pear/banana smoothie and 2 packs of granola bars aren't enough by themselves to keep me feeling OK. Also didn't exercise-bike yesterday.

And didn't eat ground flaxseed (warning), cottage cheese, and didn't take Nature Made Stress B that day.

I still want to switch to a new B-complex vitamin since I am very unhappy that calcium was added to Stress B.


Additions, August 10, 2017, 10:38 AM/11:37 AM EDT. Started to perk up a bit before I even ate anything. Had 1/2 cup of cottage cheese, 2 measured tablespoons of ground flaxseed (warning), and some black pepper. And, most recently, some Grape Nuts cereal.

At 9:39 AM, finished watching the last episode of The Vampire Diaries. Looking forward to watching the spinoff series, The Originals, at some point, but, not in the mood for more TV yet.

Trying to improve the Relative Scheduler a bit. Then, maybe I'll return to my Puppy Linux Setup Kit.


Addition, August 11, 2017, 2:27 PM EDT. Yesterday, wasn't very energetic, and started feeling tired sometime after 4 PM, but, never felt tired enough to miss caffeine.

Slept sometime between 12:04 AM and 10:35 AM. Was a bit tired at first, but that soon wore off, even though I haven't exercise-biked yet, and all I ate so far was 1/2 cup of cottage cheese mixed with black pepper and 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed (warning).

Yesterday, finally acquired some new (to me) B complex vitamins - Nature's Bounty B-Complex with Folic Acid plus Vitamin C (125 Coated Tablets). Took that around 8:30 PM last night and 10:45 AM today. I think it might be helping me.

Mostly been reading, but fortunately, have been in the mood to work a bit on my Puppy Linux Setup Kit.


Addition, August 13, 2017, 3:37 PM EDT. On August 12, slept sometime between 12:09 AM and 7:17 AM, and on August 13, slept sometime between 2:23 AM and 10:48 AM.

Been getting thirsty and dry-eyed soon before and during sleep, which I think has been interfering with my sleep. But, haven't always been tired. My energy has been fluctuating, and sometimes I've felt pretty good. And exercise biking has been getting easier.

Been reading a lot, and I've been getting another component of the Puppy Linux Setup Kit done - the APSK (Apollia's Puppy Setup Kit) Simple App Installer.


Additions, August 14, 2017, 1:55 AM/2:04 AM EDT. My energy fluctuated throughout my day, but I guess I've been kind of tired overall. But somehow made good progress with the Simple App Installer anyway.

I tried putting some taller boxes on the edge of my bed to put my keyboard and mice on top of, and found out that makes it much more comfortable to use my computers and exercise bike at the same time.

With stuff that takes thought, I tend to slow down or stop, but that's not a problem with easy things like reading, listening to music, or watching YouTube videos. Perhaps once I get more used to it, I'll be able to program while I exercise bike. It will probably be easier when I'm less tired.

Surprisingly, I think I've mostly been exercise biking toward the end of my day rather than soon after I wake up. I'm so tired I find it hard to judge if my most recent ride (about an hour ago) made me any less tired, but, getting less tired wasn't my immediate goal anyway. I just like to exercise-bike at least a tiny amount every day. For me, it's so much nicer than going on walks or going to a public swimming pool.


Additions, August 14, 2017, 9:16 AM/9:27 AM EDT. Slept sometime between 3:38 AM and 8 AM. Got thirsty and a bit dry-eyed again, even though I ate an entire cantaloupe before sleep, and my right eye is gooey now.

Made the mistake yesterday of trying to use up my remaining cow's milk quickly by having a glass of milk with strawberry Breakfast Essentials powder. Also ate a couple of baklavas and probably enough donut holes to add up to 1 donut. And probably not enough other, healthier food.

Getting these 4 large smoothie glasses with lids to try to make smoothies more convenient. My current glass (possibly the only one in the house) is too small, and I don't want to have to use my mug, or the 2 only non-paper bowls in the house, on smoothie storage.

I was tempted to get some large beer mugs instead because they have handles, but, I thought a lid might be more useful.

I hope I can finish the Simple App Installer but I might be too tired today.


Addition, August 14, 2017, 10:15 AM EDT. Once I finally got up, I noticed I actually feel like my body has surplus energy, and I feel younger and healthier. But, my brain is still tired and needs more sleep. But, maybe after I finally eat something, I'll wake up more. It's just hard to get motivated to even get out of bed at all.

Unfortunately, I have reasons to stay awake for a while. Feeling tempted by caffeine since it would be quite useful at the moment, but, not sure if I have any half and half. For me, tea isn't even worth drinking without half and half.


Addition, August 14, 2017, 11:55 PM EDT. Managed to avoid caffeine. Slept briefly sometime between 5:10 PM and 7:19 PM, and have been much less tired most of the time since then, except for when I first woke up, and I'm also getting sleepy again now.

Got these 4 large smoothie glasses with lids. They're very tall, heavy, and sturdy-seeming. And fortunately, my glass straws are tall enough to work fine in them, with about an inch of straw peeking over the top of the glass.

My so-far favorite smoothie, banana + canned pineapple (which uses an entire 20 ounce can of unsweetened pineapple), didn't fit perfectly in one glass, since there was a little left over when the glass was filled to the brim. But, it definitely holds more than my original glass, and I expect it will work perfectly for smoothies made with smaller cans of fruit.

I also like the lids. Now, I don't have to use saran wrap to store the leftovers in my fridge.

So, I'm completely satisfied with these glasses with lids and my separately-purchased glass straws.


Addition, August 15, 2017, 11:09 AM EDT. Slept sometime between 1:34 AM and 9:00 AM. Woke up feeling tired, but that wore off around maybe a half hour later, and I'm feeling fine now. But when I first woke up, still being so tired worried me, since I felt like I didn't sleep very well and got too thirsty again.

Found this interesting article - Marching to a different beat: ADHD and circadian rhythms.


And I also thought this was interesting - Caffeine does not entrain the circadian clock but improves daytime alertness in blind patients with non-24-hour rhythms. Except I think I'm probably not understanding a lot of it because much of the scientific jargon is confusing to me.

Anyway, that study appears to be about just 3 blind men who are referred to as "S33", "S84", and "S85". Even that confused me at first - why couldn't that article refer to the subjects by fake normal names?

How strange it is that science, which is supposed to increase our knowledge, is often traditionally written about in such needlessly obfuscatory ways. I'm not blaming the authors (who I'm guessing probably have little choice but to conform to the "normal" way of doing things, or else get their articles rejected). Instead, I'm blaming the academic or scientific culture which encourages or possibly even requires such bad writing.

It would probably be much better for the world in general if the top goal of scientific writing were to communicate clearly, rather than to merely seem impressively "scientific" by being confusing.

I wonder if I'll ever understand science well enough to be able to translate interesting-looking articles like that one into plain English. Not that it's all difficult to understand.


Quote:

"Alertness and mood changes were not consistent across participants (Table 1); caffeine improved alertness and cheerfulness in S33, and S84 and S85 rated themselves calmer during caffeine treatment (Table 1)."

One reason this strikes me as interesting is because I just read on this page about ADHD that:

"Stimulant medications have a paradoxical effect on children and adults with ADHD. While taking stimulants would cause most of us to become hyperactive, they have the opposite effect on those with ADHD. While stimulants can cause children with this disorder to have difficulty sleeping and can cause them to feel uncomfortable, it actually quiets their hyperactivity and improves their attention."

And this page says:

"Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant, and is the most commonly used drug in the world, with as many as 90 percent of adults using caffeine every day." [...] "Caffeine is most commonly used to overcome sleepiness and increase productivity; in some people with ADHD, its thought to combat common symptoms like distractibility and inattention in the same way that stimulant medications do."


I'm too alert at the moment to really miss caffeine, but I am still quite curious about it, and also intrigued that circadian rhythms seem to possibly have something to do with ADHD, and that caffeine can affect different people in such different ways.

I wonder if the fact that caffeine makes me more alert, energetic, and more cheerful rather than calmer means I can't possibly have ADHD, despite my ADHD-like ability to hyperfocus.


Addition, August 15, 2017, 4:34 PM EDT. Started to feel more tired than I'd like, so I started to try to figure out where in my room I buried my remaining caffeinated tea. I mistakenly assumed it was in the two inaccessible large boxes in the corner, but, after I dug those out, I figured out my tea was in a quite easily-reached pillowcase near my bed.

By then, my room was such a mess, I preferred to clean rather than drink tea. Also exercise-biked a bit, partly to try to make myself feel more awake, and partly to see if the large boxes I dug out were better than my usual boxes that I put my keyboards and mice on top of while exercise biking. (No, because my usual boxes are taller, and that helps me more than additional "desk" space.)

Drank a glass of milk with strawberry Breakfast Essentials powder, since my jug of milk is expiring and I don't want to waste it. Will be buying smaller amounts of milk in the future.

I guess I feel more alert now, and my room is improved too. Still missing caffeinated tea, though. Very tempted to go back to drinking my former usual black tea and seeing how that goes, since I'm wondering if it somehow might possibly work out better for me than green tea did.


Addition, August 15, 2017, 5:25 PM EDT. Instead of my usual former black tea, I made a cup of this Earl Grey black tea grown in South Carolina. Started drinking that at about 4:57 PM. I think I do feel a bit more normal already.

Hopefully I won't regret this. :-) But, at the moment, I feel pretty good about this. I'm reluctant to resume drinking it daily, but, perhaps I'll have another cup several days from now, or perhaps not - will have to see how I feel.


Addition, August 15, 2017, 6:09 PM EDT. Still very happy with my caffeine high. :-)

And I found this very interesting article: Out of sync with the world: Depressed people suffer with 'broken body clocks'

Quote:

"In a normal brain, the pattern of gene activity at a given time of the day is so distinctive that the authors could use it to accurately estimate the hour of death of the brain donor.

However, in severely depressed patients, the circadian clock was so disrupted that a patients day pattern of gene activity could look like a night pattern, and vice versa.

Lead author Dr Jun Li, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Genetics at University of Michigan Medical School, in the U.S., described how the approach allowed the researchers to accurately back-predict the hour of the day when each non-depressed individual died - literally plotting them out on a 24-hour clock by noting which genes were active at the time they died.

They looked at 12,000 gene transcripts isolated from six regions of 55 brains from people who did not have depression. This provided a detailed understanding of how gene activity varied throughout the day in the brain regions studied.

However, when the team tried to do the same in the brains of 34 depressed people, the gene activity was off by hours. The cells looked as if it were an entirely different time of day.

Dr Li said: There really was a moment of discovery.

It was when we realised that many of the genes that show 24-hour cycles in the normal individuals were well-known circadian rhythm genes - and when we saw that the people with depression were not synchronised to the usual solar day in terms of this gene activity.

Its as if they were living in a different time zone than the one they died in."

End of quote.


Addition, August 15, 2017, 9:07 PM EDT. Starting around maybe 8 PM, already started getting kind of sleepy again. But, that caffeine high was fun while it lasted.

Around the same time, was very slightly headachy, but I already felt like I was verging on a headache before I drank caffeine. Feeling better now.

Even though I'm kind of tired again, I still feel somehow like I'm more back to normal. But I guess my idea of normal has probably been distorted by years of caffeine usage. I've been caffeinated probably more often than not ever since I was a child, and especially from the year 2000 onward, which I believe is probably when I started drinking caffeinated tea daily rather than sporadically.


Even though I'm tired, I think I feel like it's taking less willpower than usual to keep doing things other than just lying in bed looking at my computer or typing.

Maybe if I have just the right amount of caffeine at the right times, and keep trying to eat more nutritiously and exercise, maybe some caffeine will do me more good than harm? That's what I hope.

Also, perhaps if my body still is possibly having trouble with too much Vitamin D and calcium from taking possibly too much Vitamin D in supplement form months ago, perhaps caffeine's reputed ability to interfere with the absorption of some nutrients might actually help me.


As of 8:46 PM, feeling less tired. Maybe the potato cakes and the bread from my 2 Arby's roast beef snack-sized "slider" sandwiches I had around 7 PM made me tired for a while, and there wasn't enough caffeine in my system to stop that from happening?

Anyway, so far, I'm feeling like a bit of caffeine wasn't a bad idea, but I definitely think I should be wary and avoi