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Update Day #31

Hey, COVID you’re ‘cramping’ my style!

Last night I endure several prolonged agonising minutes of the most excruciating cramp in my left leg calf muscle. It was as if someone was trying to rip the muscle from the bone, as I slept. I scared the beejesus out of my partner, who wondered what the hell was going on as I writhed in agony.

Doing their best to rub the offending muscle did little to help, which was eased eventually by gulping down almost half a litre of fizzy Nestle water. Thanks Nestle.

Of course, this morning I asked people on twitter what or why we get cramps, and what I could eat/drink to ease it and or stop cramp from happening in the first place. And all said the same thing. More potassium. Or, to be more to the point, eat more bananas (amongst other foods).

And therein lies the why I probably got such a bad cramp to begin with. I went and used the last of my bananas, yesterday (all 3 of them) making a banana bread for my partner by way of a treat, as they love my version with a teaspoon of cinnamon in. Coupled with the fact we’ve been having trouble getting the number asked for—I usually try to order 7, you know, one for each day of the week. But we have only been getting sent 4-5 if we’re lucky. And the wait time between orders is way longer than a week anyway.

It seems the lack of bananas and taking diuretic pills to make me, eh, well, you know what. Which, I read, lowers my potassium levels so that I need to be eating way more than just one banana a day.

A quick google search tells me I need to be eating oily fish, beans and lentils, leafy greens and veggies, and nuts, more nuts, I like nuts especially almonds.

So guess who was online amending our next grocery request, adding everything I could think of and then some.

If you have any advice, let me know, will you. Thanks!

Stay safe out there, people, and eat your leafy greens, and happy easter.


4 replies on “Update Day #31”

You can also simply add magnesium to your diet and order som vitamins Alexandra 😉

As I am on pills I have to check with the doctor about taking any supplements. I can’t even eat grapefruit believe it or not as they interact with one of my drugs, nor can I eat curry or chilli peppers. So I will call my pharmacist this week and see what she says, as she knows my prescription.

It was awful, Margot, and I would wish it on anyone, anytime soon. As a result of googling, I’m pretty certain I will stock-up on a lot more variety of items containing potassium from here on in. And had tuna at lunch and have some almonds set aside for later.

The things we learn while on lockdown.

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