10 Things I Couldn’t Live Without

Again, part of the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge. Today’s prompt:

10 Things I Couldn’t Live Without. Write a list of the 10 things you need (or love) most.

I’m going to assume that a lot of the basics — food, shelter, clothing, family and friends, access to basic health care — are covered. Not because I don’t want to write about those, but because — in a writing challenge with a lot of participants — I assume it’s more interesting for others to read if my answers are more unique. ;)

  1. The Casey and Linus dogs:
    Photo of small gray dog and small beige dog on couch.

    Cookies? Don't you want to give us cookies?

    They are cuddly and remind me to eat my vegetables.
  2. My Vibrams:
    Vibram FiveFingers KomodoSport LS

    These and all the other pairs.

    You knew these were going to make the list, right? Especially now that I wear them everywhere. (PS — I chose this pic over the others because these happen to be the ones I’m wearing today.)
  3. My yoga mat:
    Person holding a black yoga mat.

    You can tell I have a mostly home practice by how I don't keep my mat in its bag.

    Yes, it is one of “those” black mats. Based on past history, I would have destroyed 3 “standard” PVC mats in the time I have owned this one.
  4. Speaking of which, this yoga pose:
    Low Lunge Pose

    Hi and welcome to my iliopsoas.

    Both for running and for general my-pelvis-hates-me issues.
  5. Also triangle, for much the same reasons:
    Person in triangle pose.

    And whatever that muscle is on the outside of my back hip.

    Together, they are voted Most Helpful for Not Having My Hips Seize Up on Me.
  6. Sports bras:
    Person wearing black sports bra.

    Hey, every other item was getting its own pic.

    Because not all boobs play nicely with running, headstands, and prayer twists. Especially not prayer twists.
  7. Heating pads of all types, but especially this one that ties around my waist:
    Microwave heating pad tied at lower back.

    It is nice when I don't need to be plugged into the wall.

  8. My menstrual cup:
    Holding a black menstrual cup.

    Sadly, this is the one that split on me. But I am too lazy to get my current cup just to take another picture.

    First, mine holds nearly twice as much as a tampon, which limits the number of times I need to zoom to the bathroom. Second, because being able to measure my menstrual flow — in an objective measurement like millilitres — is what finally got my doctors to take me seriously. Finally, because I could not survive in this world if I was the only one who wanted my menstrual products to come in black. :D
  9. In quite a literal sense, my birth control:
    Dial pack of birth control pills.

    Even if the new ones are causing nausea right now.

    When I’m on it, my hemoglobin numbers are within spitting distance of normal (mildly anemic to just barely moderately anemic). Without it, the numbers get scary.
  10. Finally, pain meds:
    Prescription bottle and two white pills.

    There was almost a Linusface in this shot, but then he left.

    Even though I use the OTC NSAIDs more often, I feel like I need these more. Because when I take a naproxen, it hurts, yes. But by the time I reach for anything opiate, I have reached a state of quiet (or not so quiet) desperation.

Wow. I should find something awesome to add here so the post doesn’t end on such a dire note, even if it is true. On second thought, you know what? Sometimes, that is life.


I'm here. I like stuff. Some other stuff, I like less.

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11 comments on “10 Things I Couldn’t Live Without
  1. kerryalina says:

    “Finally, because I could not survive in this world if I was the only one who wanted my menstrual products to come in black.” – I literally laughed out loud at this :)

  2. Rebekah Jaunty says:

    Do you have any recommendations for good sports bras? I have a Moving Comfort bra I mostly like, but it’s falling apart and hard to wriggle into.

    • Tori says:

      Not really, unfortunately. I have this one from Freya. It’s quite supportive, but the underwires are rather stiff and unyielding, which is not so hot for sports that require motion… which is most of them.

      I keep looking at the wire free version of the Freya and continue to hear good things about Shock Absorber, but $60 plus shipping and shipping and shipping is a lot to spend when I don’t have any local stores that carry them in my size. (And most places do offer free return shipping — but not necessarily free out-again shipping if I want to exchange.)

      Until then, I mainly get by on off-the-rack Champion sports bras from Target. For yoga, I can get away with one. For running, I double layer them in different sizes (one to fit my ribcage, one to fit my bust).

      • Rebekah Jaunty says:

        Thanks! I may try double-layering—- you could probably get three or four ‘basic’ sports bra for the price of ordering a specialty bra that might not even fit. My Moving Comfort was around $60, and it’s good at what it does… but after many months of being my only sports bra, it looks pretty nasty. Considering how seldom I work out, that’s grim news.

  3. whollyword says:

    Oooh, I knew the iliopsoas stretch (because my pelvis is also a hater) but not the triangle. I’m making a note of that pose.

    • Tori says:

      I am also a fan of triangle for the whole of my back. If I concern myself less with reaching far down and more with being able to rotate my torso (not just my neck) to look upward more comfortably, the result is actually a gentle twist that releases a lot of tension throughout my spine. (This post has a video that shows a self-correction that’s been helpful to me.)

  4. LOL@ #8. I remember chatting with a friend one time and she said how shocked she was when she first got her period that it was not BLUE as they had showed in commericals on the telly! Your #8 reminded me of that for some reason!

  5. Sarah says:

    As a fellow endo suffered I feel a lot of your choices. What brand is the tie on heating pad? I’d like to have a non plug in.

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