Monday, June 15, 2009

Darn those cravings

So I was looking up things to boost my Iron levels. For those who dont know my Iron levels are aweful, Normal is 23 points, and I have been ranging between 9.5 and 11 points, and thats with taking Iron supplements everyday!
Anyhow I was on the computer getting suggestions and one site was taking about the disorder Pica, and how it is a sign of Iron- deficiency. Im sure many know that I also have a horrible case of Pica, thats where you crave non-food items, in my case it's chewing ice, chalk and Ajax. However the smell of dirt and other gritty things also go into that category, it's just that Chalk and Ajax are the strongest cravings for me. It was SO FUNNY reading people talk about there cravings because I could totally relate, there was a lady who said she carried around a bag of Tide in her purse so that she could smell it whenever she needed.
For me everytime I go to WalMart or Target I stock up on Ajax and always have to go over to the summer section and look at the chalk. I love all the different variaties of chalk, I havent bought any, but then again we already have chalk at home, and yes I've tried it. I just figured it was better not have any more temptation laying around, Id hate to get to the point where I was like "Hey kids that's mommy's chalk, you have your own, dont play with my chalk"
Oh and another odd thing about chalk is that the church has this chalk and it's super smooth feeling not grainy like sidewalk chalk, and it doesnt seem nearly as great as sidewalk chalk, I crave the grainy chalk! And it's funny that whenever I am wishing that I was eating chalk I always think that white chalk would be best because it doesnt have artificial colors...then I think are you serious? Who cares about added colorings when its chalk you want to eat!
Anyhow if you ever want a good laugh (or maybe it wouldnt be funny if you've never felt the craving) but check out any website that talks about the condition Pica, and has testimonials from people, they are pretty funny.


Kathy said...

Wow, I never had Pica when I was pregnant. I have heard a lot of people say they have though.

I loved your post. Funny! I am glad you are refraining from eating the Ajax.

Bash's said...

This is hilarious!! When I was a kid, I loved to eat dirt and chalk did sound delicious. Must have had my own issues with iron.
So, to answer your question.... Wicked is the story of the Wicked Witch of the West. I really think you would like it. I loved it. It's bizarre at some points, but it's a great side story to the Wizard of Oz.