Yesterday I spent a great deal of time on the phone with an ex of mine who has remained a good friend. She had spent a week in the hospital a few months ago because she lost her mind. She thought she was God and thought she could escape the locked ward with a plastic straw. When I checked her into the hospital, the intake nurse wanted to know what group home she lived in. The nurse couldn’t believe that one day she was a responsible UNIX geek and the next unable to remember her own name and address.
In her week’s stay, she endured an MRI, a CAT scan and a lumbar puncture (ouch!) When she left, the hospital didn’t tell her what was wrong, just that she had gotten better. With her release instructions was a prescription pad telling her to take Thiamine (that’s Vitamin B1). She later discovered that a few days before her release (after all the expensive tests, mind you) they started giving her vitamin B1… and she had gotten better.
My friend was curious, and being a computer geek she started researching this vitamin and its effects on the body. She started taking B1 pills daily and got better – and then she stopped – and it got worse. A lack of B1 can cause: fatigue, depression, irritability, attention deficit, memory lost, muscular weakness, and nerve damage. ADD has also been attributed (in a few places I’ve read) to a lack of B1. Malnutrition is one cause of vitamin B1 deficiency – and in this context malnutrition has nothing to do with the amount of food, but rather the types of food eaten.
Well, I’ve been saying lately that I have been so tired (and achy and depressed and having difficulty concentrating) so my friend encouraged me to go get some B1 and try it – and I did. I figured that $7 for 100 pills will not break the bank. Now, it may be too early to tell for sure, but I’m feeling better. This morning I did a load of laundry, emptied the dishwasher, and hauled 150 lbs of sand from my garage to the wanna-be pond, pulled a bunch of weeds then filled the cinder blocks (which make up the edge of the pond) with the sand all before 6:30 am. Two days ago, if I had dropped a piece of paper on the floor, I would have looked at it and said “I’ll get that later.” So, there has been a change.
So, why am I not getting enough vitamin B1? Well, in theory, I am. My questions are: “How or why is this being leached from my body?” and/or “Why am I not processing this vitamin like I should?” More research to do.