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Progress and Maintenance

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Yesterday’s Herx reaction wasn’t too painful. There was the initial pressure in my chest (which lasted through most of today) that was heavy at first and got milder as time progressed. Then my pre-existing headache was joined by some pretty intense pain in my eyes. I didn’t take anything for it, no pills, just lots of water. I slept for ten and a half hours last night, and probably could have slept longer but for a welcome phone call.

Today, I’ve been very tired. My eyes are bloodshot and itchy. They have puffy blue bags underneath. My pains have been my regular Lyme symptoms, only worse than usual: pain in the muscles and bones in my arms, back, and hips. My coordination is slightly off (so is my typing but I’m correcting as I go). I’m moving in slow motion. My jaw hurts a little and as the night continues, the eye pain is returning along with an earache on the right side.

I did some minor detoxification support, drinking kombucha tea (which is a redundant expression since the cha in kombucha means tea) and adding lemon juice to the many glasses of water I drank. I also went for a walk to get my blood circulating.

I used the coil for Candida again today. I have a feeling that I can get on top of that overgrowth fairly quickly to make the Lyme killing less hard on my body. I’m not sure if any of the Herx symptoms could be attributed to coiling for Candida.

My main project today was to set up the printer my mother gave me for my birthday. It’s been sitting around for more than 2 weeks in a big box in my hallway. Since I’m moving in slow motion, it took a long time to get it out of the box, set up the wires, understand how to load the paper, download the drivers, insert the ink drum and get started. I felt less than my usual confidence in putting things together. Still, it eventually worked. Thank goodness Mac products are designed to be intuitively easy.

This brings me to the title of this post. The printer represents Progress for two reasons. First, it is part of my desire to become a novelist, and printing efficiently on two sides is a personal (if not professional) requirement. But in the grander scheme of things, setting up the printer is something I have to do once, not every month or every week or every day. After it is done, I have moved forward in my goals or desires. Other things in this category include cleaning out a closet, writing in my novel, doing my taxes, knitting, etc.

The other category is Maintenance. These are things I have to do repeatedly to keep up with my life and not fall further behind. Simple examples: washing dishes, paying bills, submitting insurance forms, sweeping, returning emails, changing the cat litter, etc.

Maintenance activities could potentially take up all my time. So I sometimes have to prioritize Progress for the sake of my soul…and let everything else slip. On good days, if I do Progress first, I have enough energy for Maintenance. But it never works the other way around.

Go figure.

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