Dear Hives

Dear Hives:

What are you thinking? Here I have been battling with you for over a year and you seem to be back with a vengeance. What the heck are you doing to me? Trying to get my attention? You have it!

Dear Kellie:

Please don’t yell at us. We are all about inflammation and yelling is just one more thing that gets us inflamed. We are trying to get your attention, yes. You seemed to get the message when you did that detox and you were taking such good care of yourself, eating no sugar, no chemicals, no coffee, nothing fun, taking care of your body—and you did that for just three weeks! What were you thinking? You’re 42 years old. You think that three weeks is enough to reinvent yourself?

Dear Hives:

I have been meaning to talk to you about the over-a-year thing. It’s a bit excessive, isn’t it? And you are preaching to the choir….I know, it comes down to a lack of discipline, right? I think I can stay on a track of eating purely but then I run out of time or energy or money or I get stressed or just busy…who has that much time to buy and cut up all those vegetables? And if I eat no gluten or yeast, what can I possibly eat? It’s getting cold now…how I can have frozen protein shakes every morning when it’s cold outside? It snowed in October, for heaven’s sake! Plus, my other supplements ran out so I had to pull out the oregano oil and all that does is remind me of fifth grade when Amy K  and I used to make English muffin pizzas and sprinkled oregano on the top as if that made us so worldly…

Dear Kellie:

The snow has nothing to do with us. Not our fault. We may be able to get pink puffy spots to show up randomly on your body but that’s about the limit of our special powers. We got this histamine thing going, but that is about it. We’re here to help you.

Dear Helping Hives:

Seriously? Just like a fever is good for the body, right? Feels good. Yeah.

Dear Kellie:

Yes!

Dear Hives:

I met with my women’s group last week—we are so good at asking challenging questions of each other. Somehow we can always see what is going on with each other, even when we can’t see it ourselves. When I told them about you, they said, “So, what are you itching to do?” What a great question! I have no idea…other than it probably has something to do with writing, that’s what I always wish I had more time to do.

Dear Kellie:

And so?

Dear Hives:

And so, I am going to try to write my way out of the hives. I think I may research more about you to find out how you work, what makes you tick…but on the other hand, if I don’t want to attract hives I have to stop thinking about you, and focus my vibration elsewhere. Law of attraction, right? Who are you again?

Dear Kellie:

You are slow, but you’re getting it.

Dear Hives:

I’m actually not getting it, but I’m getting sleepy…that darn Benadryl.

Dear Kellie:

That darn Benadryl!  We feel the same way! It takes the wind out of our sails!

Dear Hives:

Sorry. But you should know my goal is not just to take the wind from your sails, but to make you go away completely.

Dear Kellie:

Yes, we know. Isn’t that the point?

Dear Hives: 

Yes, it is. So, will you promise to give me some respite tonight and tomorrow? I am trying to do the right thing…doing the write thing. I am committed to eating properly, I made an appointment with my doctor to find out more about supplements, AND I am writing to inanimate objects!

Dear Kellie:

That you are. We are glad you listen to somebody, if not to us. Have a good night.