Responding to sauna

Feeling awful in my last post was some major detox and likely herxing.  I think it was from doing sauna on top of my normal regimen.  I felt so awful that whole day, I didn’t even want to talk about it.   The headache was unbearable, every organ in my body ached and sometimes stabbed, my neck was stiff, the exhaustion was tremendous…joint pain, back pain, dizziness even to the point of nausea a couple times.  I studied for school for three hours, to no avail.  So I just chatted with folks online, and napped a little.  Yes the whole day…I spent in my bed.

Finally that evening I had a real good BM, and then things got better.  Feels strange to write about…but this is the way things work.  I was having cramps so bad that I thought I would vomit and go at the same time!  I wasn’t constipated…but I got rid of enough toxins in this BM that the headache left immediately, and I had more energy.

The same thing happened to me but to a milder degree last Saturday.  I had done sauna again on Friday…so it is no wonder.  I’m just a bit amazed.  I’m just bummered right now that the YMCA has the sauna taken apart this week.  ugh!!  So I’m paying for more membership in order to do this long enough.  Oh well, at the moment this seems like nothing.

See, I just got the email from my doc saying I’ve got my writing job and that I can start working.  Thank you LORD, so much!!!  Pray I will have the brains to write….lol…being so foggy and all.  It’s inspiration to get my papers for school done and helps with my argumentative paper.  And it’s a job that won’t kill me.  I have Easter break to start some stuff in…so I’m celebrating tonight.

I just got home from babysitting 3 kids.  I haven’t done that since early last semester, which was before I fell down real hard.  I’m exhausted…but I feel like even babysitting was progress.  Babysitting does tell me a lot about my fatigue and pain level, LOL.  Sweet kids, who don’t stop talking runnign up to you…and jumping on you to pile on kisses.  OW…but SOOOOO sweet.  I sang probably 15 hymns with them before bed too…LOL.

I have school tomorrow.  Then Easter break begins.  Nothing is due, and I get to school and have an hour to work on something so all is good there.  I’m ready to be done with the kefir thing…and want to meet with my teacher with a print out of my “Going Quackers” post.  It’s an instant argumentative paper, isn’t it??  So YAY overall…sweet sleep all.

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In battle

Last night I was really good and was in bed with lights out by 9:30!  I was soo sleepy and calm, I loved it.  But I gave up and the calm was gone after three hours of trying to sleep, and failing.  I got up and was on my computer till I knew I would fall asleep easily because I was too tired not to.  4am…  ugh.  Around 9 am Spot starts his high pitched squeak whimper.  I was out of it, didn’t even realize it was Spot till I’d been hearing it for 30+ minutes.  ugh…so I get up with this really brilliant headache and need to get ready to go to class.  I dragged myself today–I don’t have just a headache!  I’m so tired I just want to sleep now, but I want to try and save my sleep for tonight so I can sleep well and stay on a good schedule.

I felt like I’d won part of a lyme battle with Elayna’s help…but last night and today have been part two.  Not sure if I’m winning right now or not.  I succumbed to a sugar craving.  And at this point, I’ve put off doing school till I can’t anymore.  I want to keep my grades up…so I really need to get off and study.  Listening to some really nice piano music I recently discovered:  David Nevue .  Helping my headache for sure.

I’ll get my gumption back.  It’s just one of those days.   So, off to do schoolwork…

♥ Sauna

I got to do sauna for the second time ever today.  I love it.  It relaxes me so much and we are moving the toxins out. When I finally started sweating good I did a little mild stretching and also massaged acupressure points for my organs…then the sweat began POURING!  YES!!  I drank some water that I put minerals into with some cherry juice.

I’m actually going to bed….just thought I’d post.  The sauna makes me very sleepy and actually calms my mind.

I had a battle with the Lyme last night, and a good friend to let me know that I was under attack and told me what to do.  It doesn’t really matter how much you know…  the truth is you can rarely be your own doctor, so I’m thankful that God gives people to be there at just the right times.  Thank you Elayna…I think you kept me from crashing.  I’ll always remember to use the deep-freeze killer peas, thanks to you!

This week

Been talking to tons of Lymies on FB.  I love talking to you all!  LOL.

I’ve been late to my school classes.  It just isn’t my focus.  And I know it needs to be…I cna tell my grades are gona start to fall if I dont’ do some studying and I actually sit down and do that kefir paper! I got some surfaces nice and clean in my own room, which is acturally a major relief, and makes things  much more conducive to study.

Been reading a wonderful book that a neurodevelopmentalist and mentor-friend recommended to me:  “The Ultimate Stranger” by Dr. Delacato.  It is about a sensory approach to Autism.  I am not sure if I’m saying that right, but I’m abolutely loving it.  When my Lyme behaves in its neuro fashion I very often feel that I can relate to autistic kids.  Kind of makes sense since there is the Lyme-Autism overlap and even the proposition by Dr. Klinghardt that Autism is a form of congenital Lyme.  Everyone has sensory issues, and most everybody functions fairly normally with their issues.  We could all function better if we normalized the issues!  It is when those sensory issues have gone overboard that we see strange things….and for us Lymies, we even experience them.  My friend is so right when she says “sensory is sensory”.

LOL, I can’t help but analyze myself while I read this book.  I keep finding myself in the hypersensitive and white noise categories to varying degrees — depends on how toxic my system is.   Just last Sunday, the crowd of people at Cracker Barrel was so big, that was ok with me…but the NOISE.  I was ok, until the waitress was SCREAMING in our ears to just try to hear herself speaking.  Then I felt things just slip, I couldn’t tolerate the noise of allt he mixed voices anymore.  I sat there with my hands over my ears, only then could I distinctly focus enough to concentrate on the conversation at my table.  I was able to participate in the conversation, as long as I had my ears covered.  I told my folks why I had my hands over my ears and assured them I could hear them perfectly.  What I don’t like is when my grandparents begin talking about how on earth I’m going to find a husband, and all this stuff.  It makes you feel as if you were throwing some kind of “I’m so sick….look at me” guilt trip, and you just don’t want to hear them talk about you as if you aren’t hearing it!!  I was just covering my ears in order to survive…seriously the noise was so painful that I considered the social misconduct of covering my ears a lesser crime than bursting into tears.  I made it clear, by participating fully in the conversation they had begun without me, that I would be just fine…sometimes you just do things that others deem “strange” to get through those situations.  I was elated when half of the crowd left just as our food came 🙂  It relieved not just the physical stress of too much noise but also the social stress and the conversation that I didn’t want to be having about me.

Monday and today I’ve felt a little down.  Its ok…it’s one of those things you can ignore just fine when you’re with people or distracted, but just enough that you can’t handle any music that pulls at heartstrings.  LOL.  I want some of that mHBOT again!  🙂  Had some physical pain too…not anything I can’t handle.

Juice up a storm!

I’ve had a busy day with my grandparents.  It’s been a nice but exhausting day!

Got up after an ok night’s sleep.  It was one of those slow foggy mornings where I kept going to the wrong location to get something and by the time I’ve gotten there, I have no idea what I was looking for in the first place.  LOL 🙂  Tried to help with breakfast but was more in the way than anything else.  Then I put the roast together for dinner, and Nanna and I started planning for the veal dish for tomorrow’s lunch.

After that, I helped Nana put a shopping list together.  We wanted to put a nice salad together for dinner, and also I was begging to do a juice bar for everybody in the afternoon.  I was craving cucumber strawberry juice!  We went to Kroger and I went in and did the shopping.  I got home with Nanna and we put the food away.  I washed the produce that I was going to juice and spent a whole hour prepping and juicing.  I think I came out with a GALLON of juice.  A container or cucumber/strawberry, and container of carrot juice, another of apple, another of broccoli, and a tiny little cup of parsley juice.  People could mix and match.

One of my grandparent’s friends came over. This friend, Gary, and I made the salad after I had sat down for about 30 minutes.  I drank more of the juice than anybody, and Gary came in 2nd.  The others really didn’t take to it.  LOL, I wish everybody had been gung ho on the partaking!  Oh well, more juice for me tomorrow, right?

Dinner was really good.  I spent the whole day in the kitchen, and I have NOTHING done towards the veal for tomorrow.  I’m thinking that it’s not going to get done…I just want to go to bed and make it to church in the morning, and make the trip home, and have school next week.

After dinner, Gary did a little singing for us, some nice Irish tunes and a couple hymns.  That was a pleasure.  He and I talked about some health stuff–I can’t avoid it can I?  LOL.  Making my own little world huh?  And the nice thing was that Lyme didn’t even come into it by my doing.  That was a small side topic that didn’t even steal much time…the way it should be!!

Goodnight

~Exhausted with love

A Victory Dance

Yesterday I went and interviewed The Rush to see if their fitness plan might be good enough for me in order to get sauna.  It was WAY too loud and noisy and also too bashing of other health clubs for my taste.  Zoned me out.  Once I got home I grabbed my free pass for going to the YMCA to try their sauna.  I got my first sauna in yesterday, and I like that the Y is only walking distance form my house, and their program is the least expensive.  Spent 30-40 minutes, off/on in there, and sweat like crazy.  Got some good reading done too.  I was so tired, but actually didn’t get to sleep till 4 am.  I was very foggy brained, but not worried about it, cause I’d been pretty foggy all week long and I knew the sauna is for detoxing, and detox is retox…so drink enough water, don’t add any toxins, and just ride through.

Was woken up at 8:30 with a phone call from some folks I had given my name to about an interesting cellular retraining program.  looked interesting, and if I can learn enough about it to decide whether I want to try it or not without paying any money, I’ll go for it!  That was really interesting.

Then I got packed for the trip this weekend.  Lost track of time and was late to my first class.  A fellow student was dealing with some stress, and we were talking…it was a lab class so we could talk.

I got to my Medical Terms II class and we got our mid-term grades and absences info.  I was pleasantly surprised.  I have felt SOOOO  behind, getting that little slip of paper that says I’m doing fine is really an encouragement.  I realized in the middle of class that my brain was doing a lot better.  I was actually participating in class–something I haven’t done since last semester.  And I have a little more energy today.  I FEEL like dancing…have some pain but I feel like dancing or jogging or something.

I’m so thankful.  The week in Ga did me so much good to really get me on track.  First I got my footing back under me, and the window shades were lifted.  I got feeling good enough while down there to play HARD…so hard tha tI was sore for 3 dayd…and after being back home and my pain levels went down and haven’t been as bad as they were before.  And then today I have the wonderful surprise:  Praise the lord, I now have the confidence to speak up and participate in class again!  I didn’t know when that would come back!!

Well, I need to get going.  We are going to WV for the weekend.  I will use the 5 hours to get some homework done, but mostly to dance to some music, in sync with my brothers.  I hope I don’t wear myself out.  🙂  Have great weekend folks!!

Go on.

It’s been one of those days.  Nothing awful, just everything is run of the mill.  And the dizziness has kind of come back.  Just yesterday I was enjoying the realization that I was skipping down stairs like my usual self.  Not so today; thankfully, I didn’t feel unsteady the whole time.  It was just waves of dizziness that make you be more careful.  When you’ve been mostly dizzy to some degree for a while, and have it go away, if you have a hint of that come back you get afraid, naturally…  LOL, I need to learn to just roll with the punches and not be scared of spending a few more weeks dizzy, that makes things easier.  I’m rooting hard that this is just some die off.  Who knows?  It has been several days since HBOT and I’ve been cold today despite the warmer weather.

Today I took a tour of the hopeful-to-be-LEEDS-certified new building in town…  It was the fumes of new stuff in this building that made me feel weird. The whole place reeked of new construction fumes to my chemical sensitive self.  I had a hard time holding back a comment when they said “You don’t smell any fumes because…[we’re so green]” during the tour.  IDK exactly what it was, but it was during that tour that I had my first really noticable wave of dizziness since last week.  In a way its a godsend to remind me I MUST get down to the Y and start on getting that sauna regularly to get the formaldehyde out.

I was tired and hungry and wanted to go in the kitchen and get something decent to eat.  Don’t want to rant…  It’s discouraging when you open the fridge and you realize you ate EVERYTHING that can possibly be juiced.  The celery is so ancient that I could barely stomach the 3 ribs of I ate of it yesterday.  I didn’t really want dairy, and I didn’t want grain even though I’m not trying to avoid it.  I just still feel like Prot…all I want is fruits and veggies!  I decided I’d make a loaf of bread with some fresh ground rye and spelt flour and the vegetable pulp from things I have juiced recently.  I don’t want good fiber going to waste, and since I’m in there making something I might as well make enough of something for everybody!  I was hungry when I went in there and was just pushing to make something while I was waiting for some eggs to boil so I could eat some eggs and toast.  That got so frustrating.  One brother had said he would help and kept changing what he would do to less and less.  I got sick of begging him to do stuff and just told him to leave.  My other brother wanted to help, and I tried for a while, but by then I was snappy hungry and chewed him out for messing up the eggs.  I do appreciate that he wanted to help but it’s frustrating that he really has no clue…and I didn’t have the patience to try.  Oh well…Maybe going in the kitchen to fix something when I’m is hungry AND expecting help is too much.  I put what I had partially put together for the bread away because I was too frustrated to care about finishing, and peeled the rest of the eggs that G couldn’t.  Dang, when you’re hungry a little eggs and toast is perfect.  LOL, by that time others were frustrated at me for being so grumpy….ugh.  I’m not perfect but it’s the hum drum of life sometimes.

I sound down…and yeah I kind of am.  Mostly just tired.  I don’t wanna be.  LOL.  I really should just go to bed.  Want to put a schedule together and hold some things on my own.  So I’ll get off of here and get a little bit productive!  🙂

Oh but first…maybe some fellow Lymies can contribute?  The other night, new moon….I slept GREAT.  Got sleepy early.  Went to bed and slept so nice.  But I got up in the middle of the night and was nice and warm.  I took the covers off and I felt freezing cold down my midline, from my chest all the way to the knees.  Just straight down the middle.  My clothes were DRENCHED with sweat there, and it was like my skin was just pouring water.  I’ve had nightsweats before where I wake up all hot or all cold and I’m sweaty all over, but nothing so focused, or so wet.  Typically I feel BETTER then next day if I can get myself warm enough to just generally sweat alittle while I sleep.  I think maybe I was herxing.  I had increased my antimicrobials and my kelp for the new moon kill.  I got up the next day and was in a good mood even if my brain was pretty much shot, and I felt like my body was just “very busy”.  Kind of interesting.

🙂  Yeah I’ve got the energy to work on a few things then hitting the sack at a reasonable hour!  And here’s a funny video thanks to Prof. Rahn and also Mrs. Peck :  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lF4qii8S3gw

Home Again

🙂  I got home on Sunday evening.  LOL, I love my crazy family.  I’m just trying to get an 11pm sound curfew passed, haha.

Went to school on Monday, felt alright…had enough energy to do what I need to do.  YAY.   I can tell how much school air really does affect me, it’s very draining.  Then I went around most of yesterday running errands.  I picked up my supplements, checked out the YMCA’s sauna info, ran around town with mom, and made dinner with a little help from my brothers.  I didn’t really eat breakfast.  I went to school, snacked on rice puffs while there and had a small bag of trail mix.  When I got home I made this amazing spinach/kale/carrot juice.  That filled me right on up for a while, it’s a nice blend!!  And then I had chili for dinner, which to me is just a decent filler, but not really what my body considers FOOD.  Maybe you’ll know what I mean if I say, it takes you just as much energy to digest it as it gives you energy…   I like the stuff that gives you more energy than it takes to be digested.  🙂  Anyway…it was still good.  Mom added CHOCOLATE to the chili in the last minute…that was crazy YUM.

I worked on my iSearch paper with about 80% futility for an hour or two….  I like kefir but now I’m bored to death with it, and to me “kefir” says all that needs said.  I couldn’t think much to put out some sentences to tell what the studied health benefits even are.  And citing sources in MLA style is a complete pain, so please don’t add that to the pain I’ve already got!  Eh, I’ll get used to it….it is my first MLA paper with sources, ever.

I was exhausted at 8:30 or so but worked on that paper.  Finally got to bed around 10:30….It was so nice to be sleepy and near drifting off at a reasonable hour!!  I did a little freewriting before falling asleep, which was kind of interesting.  When I freewrite, I see just how abstractly I think and why putting a scholarly paper together really doesn’t make much sense.  🙂  I’ll write one word that to me conveys the whole thought, maybe a phrase, and it’s those words put together that make the whole picture.  It’s like the lists of words you find on some search websites, with some big and others little.  It you read them all, it makes sense even though there is little to no grammatical structure.  That’s how my mind works.  I had the lights out by 11 and I think I slept really well.  Just didn’t want to get up this  morning.

Have to be at school at 1pm for class.  I LOVE my teacher in that class, but the class subject itself bores me to death.  If you get to interact then it’s not bad at all…and my teacher likes active class participation.  It is really business common sense stuff that I think everybody would have down pat after a single day in the medical office anyway.  Maybe there are a few exceptions. After all, it took 2 lymies (I was one of them!) to get one thing faxed last week, and we both “knew” how to run the machine…  So maybe there is a need for these classes.  🙂  LOL.

Well, I’m gonna get a few things accomplished.  Get a square meal, do some stretches, read my class work.  Maybe take a walk with a bit of a jog in there….who knows?  And yes, I just want to eat fruit.   Isn’t that just so weird???  I feel like Prot.  Maybe I’m on “energy soup” withdrawal!  🙂  I just about cleared the fridge out of all veggies yesterday except beets and celery.  Now I’m mentally digging through the freezer.  hmmm…ok I’ve got an idea for a nice fruit shake.  And today the celery is gonna get gone with the almond butter…CRUNCH!!  LOL I guess the nausea is really gone!!  Woohoo.

Somebody wanna come over and do a little dancing with me??  I can just see Heather and me going crazy in the kitchen fixing up our raw food concoctions, with techno music going and dancing across the kitchen with a bag of salad and some celery ribs….

Good week

Saturday I’m just having a calm day at Ariel’s house, whose family is hosting me.  I had played really hard with the kids yesterday and, man, am I sore today!  But I have already done a little Yoga and I have taken a nice walk today with a small jogging spurt (passed 2 mailboxes, haha).  My plans for gettign back home have changed slightly, but its all good.  I’m already mising everyone down here!  🙂  Enjoying what’s left and eager to complete the rest of the semester.

Friday I was feeling alright.  My friend who was going to babysit my LLMD’s kids (who I know really well and love as if they were cousins or siblings!) is a Lymie too and had gotten into a rough die-off.  I had said I could babysit, and he took me up on it.  Had a wonderful day with the kids even though I completely wore myself out 3 times that day, LOL.

Thursday I was soooo exhausted.  I felt so tired and detoxy/die offy.  I pushed through the day.  I also didn’t really want my week of getting to help out at the clinic to stop, LOL.  I helped out what I could.

I caught an open spot to see the DTCM at the clinic and he gave me a 30 minute acupuncture session.  It was so nice of him.  I was so tense and had so much trying to release…that even though some of the needles had been in for 20 minutes…a lot wanted to stay in!  That greatly reduced the pain that had seemed to skyrocket overnight, and also helped my brain function.  He used a good red light on my head around my ears to help my body deal with the dizziness.  It worked pretty deeply I think to help kill off some things…at first I felt like I was literally rising out of my body and then like I was 3 feet in front of my actual position.  This quickly resolved and I felt more grounded than I had all day…and my step was definitely a little more confident.  Seeing the DTCM did me a ton of good, and he’s really nice and stays enthusiastic about what he’s learning!

Then I helped my doc with a couple more appointments, and then we went to lunch.  Got back from that and had my appointment with him.  What he had tested for me and had me taking earlier in the week s was still working quite well, and he made the discovery of formaldehyde toxicity!  He said that has a lot to do with my organ pain.  We’ll see.  So I’m hoping really hard to get to follow doctor’s orders and get in regular sauna treatments for 30 days.  You have to sweat it out.   He also got me on a couple more supplements to help my body detox and reduce the inflammation.  Sauna is a good Lyme therapy.  🙂 I’m excited to get it out of my system!!  It will certainly reduce the amount of stuff my body has to filter through as I continue on my journey to getting well.  I want to say good bye to all the horrible and constant organ pain…

Continued helping out at the clinic.  Once the day ended I saw the massage therapist for an ionic footbath, which also is helpful for detoxing the body.  She and I talked the whole time, it was really nice.  On the way back I got to say hello to a patient that I remembered from the year before, and she was doing really well.  Once we were done with this the therapist lady told me that she was going to go and see Jenny, who had taken the week off due to a death in her immediate family.  My doc, who had given me my ride to the clinic, had gone on to a meeting he had and wasn’t going to be  back for a couple hours.  I had time to go with the therapist and give Jenny a hug and still get back in time to have hyperbaric treatment.  So I did just that.  I got back and hopped in the chamber with my leftover lunch…not something you normally do, but I was famished and hoping to get in just 1 hour of hyperbaric.  Thankfully I got in for an hour and 3/4….When my doc got back to take me home I was sound asleep in there.  It was great.  I got home and slept like baby yet again.

Wednesday I was feeling pretty decent during the morning, and had slept like a baby the night before.  That was the first time in forever that I slept so well.  🙂  Was so glad to wake up feeling good.  Around 11 or so I began having some brain fog/confusion and dizziness.  I just took things a little easier instead of working so hard helping out at the clinic.  My friend was working at the clinic that day so we got to have a little fun working together.

Got to go to lunch with 2 fellow Lymies and our doc…that was really good!  We got to talk about the crazy things we don’t say normally because people will think we’re crazy…  I think perhaps these lunch meeting can give the doc better information in general than in the typical private appointment.  We Lymies hung around a little bit because we didn’t have a schedule to particularly keep up with.  I was so great getting to see them!!  I was still a little foggy after lunch so I knew it wasn’t anything about being hungry.

That was a really busy day, but I had an appointment with the massage therapist for foot reflexology.  This did a lot of good, helped me relax and think more clearly and reduced my overall pain levels.  She is really sweet, and we already had a good relationship from her being the one running the chamber.

At the end of the day the nutritionist had made some raw “energy soup” for everybody.  I ended up drinking about 6 oz of it, which is a lot if you’re not used to it.  At first it tasted really bad, but it grew on me….that happens on things that my body really needs.  I got to sit down and have a nice conversation with both the DTCM and the nutritionist.  🙂

After my LLMD was done with his appointments he went to a meeting with some people and let me get in the chamber for a couple hours.  WOW….I got out and I was thinking so clearly that I didn’t want to go to bed.  I think it, in combination with the supplements, I was already having some die off.  So I had clarity of thought, but I couldn’t get my brain to slow down.  I was at home and trying to go to sleep at 11:30 and knew then that it just wasn’t slowing down.  I wanted it to slow down.  I was tired by then and wanted to sleep.  Around 1 AM I was so tired of trying and felt like if my brain kept up I would just burn out.  Maybe around 2 AM I finally fell asleep.

What Can I Say??

Put in reverse chronological order to be in keeping with blogging format….LOL.

Tuesday morning I got up way early to get ready for a long day.  Went to this interesting place where people go to learn to eat raw food.  It was like a health pep rally, and I must admit a shot of wheat grass juice and “energy soup” do give you some nice get up and go.  My doc had a speaking engagement there.  It was cool.

Once that was done, we went to the clinic to do the work for the day.  I was so brain foggy throughout the day that it was strange, but at least I felt decent.  Had a good lunch.  Got in the chamber and, well, the world became perfect while I was in there.  It is amazing how much oxygen affects your mood.  this is only mHBOT too….not to say it is any lesser than doing HBOT in an oxygen-rich hard chamber.  This time I sang a little bit with my music, and danced a bit.  It made the lady who put me in the chamber completely crack up.  Then I calmed down and just did a little bit of KI method energy work that Mrs. M had shown me.  That was amazing, and I was wafting in and out of a nice sleep while I could feel my body being enlivened by the more decent oxygen concentration.  When the lady came to let me out of the chamber, I stuck my phone up to the window so she could see the time easily.  I had been the assistant attending the chambers a year ago, so I knew she had to note the time.  It was so funny, I remembered that but forgot to take the canula off!!! 🙂  And yes, I swear I was only breath concentrate room air!  I got out and even felt like hugging the grumpy office manager!!!  LOL  It wasn’t long before I could see I was thinking more clearly.

I ended up not showing that Neural Therapy would be useful for me today.  Which is fine, my doc plans on checking again to see if  I couldn’t use it again before I leave and is going to check that I’m on the right thing for longer term to get through the rest of the semester.

Got to help out more today, fetching more stuff, bringing patients back, helping my doc test a little bit, and just offering a little help to the staff.  I did a lot of standing around too, but that’s ok…I was in a bit of a daze until the HBO 🙂

I’m looking forward to the rest of my week!!  This is a bit of a mountaintop that I really needed to see.  Thank you Lord!! Goodnight! 🙂

Monday I was woken up by a phone call to tell me when I could come in for my appointments.  I got up and helped my friend, Ariel, to get ideas for meal planning for the Blood Type diet.  I think this diet shows some promise.  I am spontaneously sensitive to:  tomatoes, corn, flounder, trout, orange, any and all dairy, etc.  My allergies can be very stange, there one day non-existant the next.  The common factor about all of these allergies is contained in the Blood Type Diet.  Being Type A, all the foods I remember having had at least one reaction to were on the Avoid or “Neutral” List….about 90% of them on the avoid list.  This showed me that I really must do GF-CF w/ BT diet as soon as is reasonable!  I had speed-read/skimmed the book only last week.  The Blood Type Diet has been recommended to me by more than 4 people in a very short time, I read the book, now I’m designing a menu for it!  What is God telling me???  🙂 hehe.  He’s good.

Then Ariel was so sweet and brought me to the clinic for my mild hyperbaric oxygen treatment (mHBOT) and the appt with my LLMD.  mHBOT really seems to do wonders for me.  I was freezing cold all day but when I was in the chamber I warmed up, and the purplish tinge in my nailbeds went to pink and I warmed up nicely.  I was resting, listening to music in there, had a small nap, then just was sudeenly had enough energy to really want to do a few yoga stretches.  I did that really small style, being in this long tube….that was great though.  I got out feeling more mental clarity and actually a human temperature.  Then I said hello to my DTCM friend who was free during lunch hour and talked with him until my appointment with my LLMD.  The DTCM is pretty cool…and loves to tell me about his latest discoveries.  I also loved hearing about his vacation to China!!!  Wow.

LOL, obviously this clinic is pretty integrative, utilizing I think the best of both worlds conventional and “alternative”… 2 MDs, a  Traditional Chinese Trained Dr., Nutritionists, massage therapist and reflexology, an IV room with a really great RN keeping everybody in there on track, and an NP.  🙂 .

So I had my appointment with my LLMD.  I think that went really well.  He put me on some simple but really good supplements.  By the time I got to my appointment I was freezing cold again to the touch but felt that I was burning up in my core.  And I was still nauseous…aqlong with everything else.  I was so glad to just have the time to get help.  I posed a bit of a challenge by not being my normal testable self for muscle testing, my LLMD had to get a “surrogate.”  I can explain this sometime  🙂  It works, GREAT!  Basically it came down to some highly bioavailable minerals, Kelp, a thing to help my body get rid of toxins, B-Complex, B-12, and of course a couple of good herbal antibiotics.  Most of this is building the body up to be able to fight for itself.  The herbal antibiotics are rasonable on the immune system and not so hard to detox.  I started on it when I got home, and I could tell thatI felt a little better on Tusday morning even though I was still running on a sleep deficit.  Does it really matter what did it?  the supplements, or the mHBOT or people who can actually help listening to me….I think it was a combination of it all.  🙂 .

During my appointment we just skimmed over the saliva sample test, and “oddly enough, beet and apple showed up as a stressor” to my system.  I just sat there like “guilty as charged” LOL.   Yeah, I had been juicing raw beets and apples with carrot.  My body was fine with the carrot but the beets and apple were too much!  I think I should have known, LOL, but I liked the 4-6 hours of energy that I had after drinking th carrot/apple/beet juice.  You can have too much of a good thing, hehe.

My LLMD’s assistant had needed to go out of town, so I asked if I could help out, to cut costs and such for myself and because I knew everybody was familiar with me and my LLMD knows me pretty well.  I did intern at his clinic for 6 weeks only a year ago.  So yay, he graciously let me help out however I could.  I’m no Jenny!!!  🙂  But I was able to help patients in little ways, and be the “gopher” for a bunch of stuff.   Occasionally, the biggest help is giving a staff member a big hug and an offer to help with anything you can.

Since I’m friends with my doc, he was glad to take me to where I was staying, but he had dinner with another patient and then a Bible study after work.  That was really neat.  We ate dinner at this authentic Irish pub, and I think the patient was really nice.  My soup was sooooo good and the music and atmosphere.  I feel like it really activated my ScotsIrish genes!

Then we went to the Bible study at the M’s house.  It was on Chapters 23 and 24 of the Westminster Confession of Faith.  I had a reaction to a fragrance, bless Mrs. M’s heart!!    LOL, my doc took the few minutes after the study was over to do an allergy elimination technique that reversed the reaction to the fragrance.  I have a long-standing allergy to perfumes due to exposure to super-concentrated scents as a child, when we used the strong fragrance oils to make our soap.  Just one NAET treatment I think really did a lot of deep good.  NAET usually needs done several times to fully eliminate the allergy, so I look forward to seeing how much further another NAET for fragrance oils will take me.

So seriously, after yesterday I felt like I really do have the best LLMD in the WORLD.  Things aren’t perfect…LOL, we all have reality to deal with and everyone makes mistakes.  Really, getting better doesn’t much depend on your doc, it depends mostly on God and your submitting to His loving will and your determination to take responsibility for your health in order to get better.  My position is a little unique, considering that I ultimately want to be a physician myself.  This very much makes my LLMD my mentor for more than just Lyme…I see some book in his car or on his bookshelf and he lets me borrow it.  It’s the good old-fashioned sense of apprenticeship.  So, I’m very happy with where I am and who I’ve got to help me out, even if things get a little helter skelter if you’re not there in person, LOL.  You have to admit how hard it must be to keep up with all your patients over a distance and really not seeing them often enough to have a good evaluation of progress!!!

Sunday was interesting, LOL that is all I have to say.  Church was wonderful and God gave me a wonderful ability to concentrate on the sermon unlike I’d had in a while.  Just wish I hadn’t tried to do choir practice.  But when I left choir practice to try and calm my stomach, I saw a good friend of mine.  His face of surprise at seeing me was a million bucks!!  I was still nauseous from running across campus on Friday to the test, so nauseous.  But I was with friends, and laughing.  I prefer nausea and laughter rather than tears and nausea.  I laughed so hard once I had to just lay across the kitchen island…Yeah it can really be this way.  When i went to bed that night I felt so lonely it was ridiculous, and obviously had nothign to do with reality.  I was with friends…My WEEK of help was tomorrow.  I told myself all the good things, to put my trust in God and His guiding hand, but still felt so lost.  Perhaps this was an emotional release, and perhaps it prepared me for getting things rolling again. That one made zero logical sense….LOL.

really getting better doesn’t much depend on your doc, it depends on you and your determination to get better.

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