Monday, April 8, 2013

HAWMC Day 8: Grrrr-animals

All through April, I'm participating in WEGO Health's Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge. In addition to my usual posts, I'm going for 30 days of activisty content. Today's prompt: If your health condition was an animal, what would it be?

As a children's librarian with a flair for storytime, I spend a lot of my time with kids making animal sounds. We're pretty much constantly roaring like lions, chomping like alligators or hoo-hoo hee-heeing like monkeys.

But when it comes to my celiac, I'm not sure a ferocious roar or an annoying squeak really encompasses it. So what animal would celiac be?

Well, you can certainly compare it to a bear ... if just for the sounds that it makes. Seriously. Or maybe it's a snake, since it's slithery and hard to catch. Maybe an elephant, 'cause there's lots of poop. Or a billy goat, because it can mess with your mood and make you gruff, a sloth because sometimes it's all you can do to just LAY somewhere. You could compare it to a black widow, because all it takes is something tiny to knock you out. My illness is kangaroo-like, in that I constantly need to have a pouch (full of snacks, usually) pretty much attached to me. Or a goldfish, because once I'm glutened and the brain fog kicks in, my attention span is roughly negative two seconds.

I guess what it boils down to is that it's a zoo in here.

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