Tired, Worn Out And Need Vitamins

by Sherry Riter in Bella {a dog's story}  ,Family,Health

“Bella! Bella! Wake up!!!”

“Huh? What? What do you want? Can’t you tell I was sleeping and I’m tired?” are the thoughts Bella conveyed with her one eyed glance that she could barely focus on me.

Bella Red Toy Poodle Wink

“The sun is going to set in just a minute! I can tell the sky will be orange and pink today. I thought you might enjoy watching it with me. Don’t you want to watch?” I asked Bella.

“You’ve got to be kidding! THAT’s why you woke me up? You just want me to see a sunset” Bella’s accusing stare suggested.

“Yes! I want you to see the sunset! It is totally beautiful! Don’t go back to sleep because it is going to set in just a minute,” I implored.

Bella Red Toy Poodle

Tired, Worn Out And Need Vitamins

Several things changed dramatically in the last few months, but I just want to tell you about two right now.

Number One

Bella used to stay in Alyssa’s large bathroom during the day while I was at work. There was plenty of room for her to play, a place for her to piddle on the piddle pad and her bed fit in there nicely too. Most of the day Bella sleeps anyway, so having her confined to the bathroom instead of roaming free was the only way we could ensure that she wasn’t going to get into anything she shouldn’t since Bella is known for this bad behavior.

A couple weeks after we moved, I decided that it was time for Bella to roam free during the day. So on a Saturday, I put the baby gate on the door of the guest bathroom where she had been confined, but I left about a foot of space open at the bottom. I needed to do a few errands that day, so I told her goodbye and then headed off to get gas and pick up a few things from storage.

When I got back home, Bella was still in the bathroom. After being home for about thirty minutes, I left again to buy some groceries. This time I was gone for about an hour. Surely she would be out the bathroom when I got home. Nope. Bella was stretched out on her fluffy bed in the bathroom when I walked in, however, I could tell that she had piddled on the piddle pad by the back door. Yay! Success!

Since that time I have let Bella run loose. We keep Alyssa’s bedroom and my bathroom door closed, but other than those two rooms, she has full run of the place. Not only do I think she is happier, but I also think she is healthier. She gets to run, bark, bask in the sunshine and investigate the nooks and crannies. Also, Bella has a better sleep cycle. Because of the extra exercise she gets during the day, Bella is ready for an earlier bedtime.

Number Two

Because I have a grain allergy and can’t eat or touch grain anymore, I have not been able to find a good vitamin that is also grain free. Did you know that most vitamins either have wheat fillers in the tablets or are derived from corn?

Well, at first I kept taking my vitamins because I thought it was stupid to think that a wheat filler could cause any problems for me.


I was wrong. Acting ignorantly didn’t help me at all. My face kept breaking out and swelling, so I quit taking my vitamins. Ya’ll, I NEED vitamins. I’m nearly (cough, cough) 50 years old and my body just doesn’t produce everything it needs.

This truth was never more apparent than it is now. After I got home from work on Friday, I was really tired. By 6:30 p.m. I was sound asleep and I didn’t get up until 11:00 a.m. Saturday. It is DEFINITELY time for some vitamins!

I’ve searched and searched and searched for vitamins. Even though the ingredients do not say, “Wheat filler” or “Derived from corn,” it can still be true. So the only way to find out is to call the company that produces the vitamin and ask them a billion questions.

I thought I had really hit pay dirt when I found Pure Encapsulations because they offer Hypo-allergenic Nutritional Supplements that “are free of wheat, gluten, preservatives and hydrogenated oils.” I found the multivitamin, read the ingredients and then pulled up the more in-depth information page. Throughout the whole thing it says corn! I was so disheartened!

Well, I still need vitamins and haven’t found any yet that are grain free and not derived from a grain, so my tiredness will probably persist. I won’t give up looking for a vitamin because I am tired, worn out and need vitamins!

Right now, however, Bella and I are enjoying the orange and pink sunset. Yep, even Bella is enjoying it.

Bella Red Toy Poodle Sunset

Isn’t she just the cutest little red dog you’ve ever seen?

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 katherine January 6, 2013 at 10:16 am

She is the cutest little red dog ever. Here are a couple of vitamin suppliers for you xo


2 Sherry Riter January 6, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Thank you Katherine. I’ll call them to make sure that the B vitamins don’t come from corn. That seems to be the cause of most of the origins of the corn. Thanks again!!!


3 Skip_D January 6, 2013 at 2:46 pm

hmmmmmmm… vitamins… I may need to try that… & good luck finding truly a grain-free variety!

yes, Bella is adorable! they just don’t come any cuter! 😀


4 Sherry Riter January 6, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Awwww Saying that Bella is the cutest is definitely the right answer! 😉 😛


5 Kathy Morelli, LPC (@KathyAMorelli) January 6, 2013 at 3:18 pm

What a cute doggie! She is adorable!


6 Sherry Riter January 6, 2013 at 7:49 pm

I know! 😛 LOL Thank you Kathy!!! 😀


7 Colleen Ann Guest January 6, 2013 at 3:50 pm

You’ll always have to do your due diligence and make your phone calls regardless of what other people recommend. You are the one in charge of your own health and safety! But I use Sundown and Solgar. I do NOT use all of their products as some of them DO contain corn. But I have called and gotten the batch numbers for products that do not use any grains in their production for the supplements I use. I don’t take a multi, but only take the ones I know my body needs – in my case I take lots of Vitamin C, magnesium, and zinc. BEWARE – just because one bottle of a particular supplement doesn’t have corn (or grain) doesn’t mean they all don’t. I found that out by calling Sundown. One of their Vitamin Cs has corn, another does not – you have to get the batch numbers! Best of luck in your searches – I KNOW you can do this! I live it too and I’m still here!


8 Sherry Riter January 6, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Ugh!!!!!! That’s depressing! LOL Well, it is really aggravating too! Sheesh! LOL I have no idea why I’m laughing. I guess it is easier to laugh than cry. 😀 😛 Well, I just ate a really delicious dinner, so that might be the source of my euphoria. LOL


9 Tanya Halligan January 6, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Yes she is the cutest and she looks so comfy snuggled in there


10 Sherry Riter January 6, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Thank you Tanya! {{{hugsss}}} 😀


11 Young Werther January 7, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Bella’s definitely a cutie!
I keep forgetting to take my vitamins and supplements despite the bottles staring at me every morning.


12 Sherry Riter January 7, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Thank you!

You do forget? Maybe if you put them in your breakfast plate, you won’t be able to miss them! 😀


13 Scott Costantino January 11, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Here are a couple links to vitamins that may help you. They are isotonic and not in pill form so there are no fillers. I take the Multivitamin and Activated-B along with a few others. These links will show you the ingredients in a tab at the bottom of the page. I hope something here may be able to help you.


Please let me know.


14 Sherry Riter January 11, 2013 at 4:28 pm

I’ll investigate them. Thank you!!


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