Life with Sensory Processing Disorder

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Aha Moment

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately doing bead work. Christmas is coming and I need some extra money, so I’m ramping up my productivity to see if I can sell some things online before the holidays. I had the most profound aha moment the other day.

I was going to create a specific piece (have a list of things I want to make eg; bracelet, ring, necklace) – usually I pick up a bead and just know what to do with it, what goes with it, I have an immediate vision, and go with the flow – I swear sometimes I feel possessed, my husband says it is my creative talent – and this item was no exception. I had no plan to work with this particular cabochon, but I saw it, picked it up, and just started working with it, in an unexpected way. Anyway I found myself stuck at one point. It needed more work… yet I didn’t like it… I wasn’t sure how to proceed. I thought I had it right, but something odd happened. I flipped it on its side and wow – off again, new vision and it worked out well, better than expected. I never thought to use it on its side. It made me think how many times do I get stumped in life and *if only I would look at things from a different angle, I might approach things differently* -must remember when feeling stuck or when SPD is getting me down! Anyway, working on final edging of my piece, will post it in the near future.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Magnesium - Part II

The combination of drinking Calm (easily digestible magnesium supplement) and Qi Gong, has been doing wonders for me - I've been drinking Calm twice a day for about a month now. I keep waiting for the effects of Calm to stop working, but it has helped many issues so far. My husband has said for him drinking Calm has helped him sleep, stopped his restless leg syndrome, makes headaches go away, and we have read it can help prevent seizures (he has Epilepsy). For me it has done some things I never expected. For instance I have suffered on and off for years with Plantar Fasciitis - I do stretching for it daily, use massagers, get foot massages, take Ibuprophen, wear shoe insert supports, etc. and it never completely goes away and has actually got worse over the years. After taking Calm for a few days my foot pain went away completely. I remember waking up and getting out of bed and feeling like dancing since my feet felt so good and pain-free! I do get sleepy within 1/2 hour of drinking Calm, it has made headaches go away, helps me feel good and I seem to have more energy (but that could be a combo of it & the Qi Gong I've been doing), eliminated acid reflux, regulated bathroom issues from probiotic I take, lessened PMS/PMDD, and helps regulate my blood sugar. My knees have been hurting me for the past few years and I had to use the railing to go downstairs and sometimes would walk diagonal on our narrow stairs - just felt like my bad knee (hurt years ago in car accident, never had surgery I was supposed to) would go out. Since drinking Calm twice daily my knees haven't been hurting at all and I've been able to walk up & down the stairs daily normally without the rail and go straight up and down.

My husband and I have both said it is a miracle drink and can't believe all the things is has helped - I was very skeptical and still keep waiting for it to stop working/my body to adapt. I don't mean to sound like a commercial for Calm, but I am so happy with all that it has helped and enjoy drinking it more than coffee or tea. If you do a search on magnesium, it is required by the body for over 300 enzyme systems that regulate diverse biochemical reactions in the body including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation. Magnesium is included in saline drips at hospitals, is used to treat many ailments, and the majority of US citizens are deficient. If I recall correctly, the RDA for a man is approx. 400-450mg and 320-360mg for a woman. *Consult your doctor for more info, dosing, side effects, interactions

We have since purchased a larger container twice the size of the first and will continue to take it. Another (cheaper) source of magnesium, though also used as a laxative so use much lesser amounts, is Epsom Salts (magnesium sulfate), which you drink mixed with water a/o juice or you can bathe in it and your body will absorb it. You can also find magnesium in spinach, nuts, and beans naturally. There are also magnesium supplements available in pill & oil form. I've read you can apply the oil to the bottoms of your feet or anywhere on your body for absorption. I may try this also.

You can find Calm at and use coupon code MOD625 to get $5 off your first purchase, or $10 off your first purchase over $40!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Movie Review

Perfume - The Story of a Murderer

*Warning - spoilers ahead...

I’ve wanted to see this movie for years, ever since reading about it and the main character having extreme olfactory sense. With my sense of smell being the most hypersensitive of my senses and of anyone I’ve ever known or read about, I am drawn to books & movies exploring this topic even if works of fiction. I noticed it was OOP (out of print) and I knew I could rent it via Amazon, but I really wanted a copy after viewing the trailer - I knew I would like it, I collect strange OOP movies, and don’t like to watch movies on my computer. I searched all of our local 2nd hand shops for a copy of the DVD for years, with no luck. It is available online used for $69+, but I wasn’t willing to pay that much for it. Unfortunately it is not out on Blu-ray -seemed like it would look amazing due to the trailer/cinematography. I read many of the reviews without spoilers and noticed several arguments whether or not the main character had Autism/Asperger’s/ASD, so it sparked my interest even more. I’ve seen some call it a masterpiece, wonderful, the most underrated movie, brilliant, etc. I’ve also seen other reviews saying it was horrible, disgusting, twisted, dark, etc. Usually if a movie has a very distinct love/hate following, I will like it. I enjoy movies that provoke a response, feelings, thinking. After finding a reasonably priced DVD, my husband purchased it as a gift for me (yay me!).

This movie resonated deeply with me on many levels – and I’m not talking about the murder part. Objectively, it was beautifully filmed, I loved the music, it was an interesting story, disturbing yet captivating. I identified with the main character’s sense of being a loner, of not knowing what love is, of not being heard or seen, being abandoned, being obsessed with something to the point of nothing else matters until you master it, knowing you will never be like others. I can see why many thought he had ASD. Obviously I identify with his extreme sense of smell. While mine is strong and I can smell things others can’t, smells hurt & burn me where as they didn’t seem to affect him as such. Even when I like a smell, which is very rare (fresh cut grass, peppermint, lemon, water, dirt), I can only tolerate it for a short period before it starts hurting me.

In the film, when he chose the longer path to Gras that took him up the mountains, the farthest away from society and discovered the cave with no smell, I actually cried. I so often wish I could find such a solace. I’ve read that in the book he stayed there for 7 years, which wasn’t thoroughly portrayed in the movie – you knew from his beard growth he’d been there awhile but I don’t believe they mentioned how long.

This movie was depressing and dark, but I did like it very much. Yes, there were multiple murders and even an orgy. Some of it was gross, though not very explicit. The movie made me sad, because I could relate to him (not the murders), and because someone (though fictional) with my same hypersensitivity, ended their sadness by their own hand. He could have been great, successful, even loved, had someone truly cared, educated, guided him. People failed him and he made bad choices. Either way, I thought it was a good movie and I am so glad I finally got to see it and obtain a copy.