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Lab Notebook

Thursday, March 17, 2011

You might wonder why I write with such specificity what I coil, how I detox and what my body is up to. I thought I’d share my reasons tonight.

First, this is my lab notebook. As I’ve mentioned before, I see this as an experiment. The first part of any experiment is making observations. That’s where the blog comes in. I write down what I do and what the relevant observations are (usually symptoms) that might have resulted from what I’ve done. I won’t have a clear picture until I go back and tally them up and see what happens and what changes over time. From one day to the next, I can’t keep straight how I feel and how it changes. So I put them in here.

Second, there are some things I would rather not do even though I know they’re important. Take skin brushing, for example. Every single day, I want to skip it. I don’t like the way it feels, especially when I’m Herxing and my nerves are hypersensitive. But I know that I’m going to write down what I did and didn’t do that day and that by nighttime, I’ll wish I did. So knowing that I’m keeping a record helps me keep with the program.

Third, writing it all down helps me think about what I need to do and how often. When I started with the coil, I thought I should take a bath every day or every other day. As I was writing about how agonizing some baths were and how much I enjoyed taking other ones, I realized I didn’t need to fight with myself to take them daily. I can go by what my body is asking for.

Finally, I wish there were a few more people who shared their daily experiences of using a coil machine and what else they did. So I made mine to let other people see how I’m thinking through my treatment and what it does to me.

All that being said, the least favorite part of my day is thinking about all the things on my body that hurt.

Coiling

I need to deal with this pain in my left hip/thigh, so I’m coiling the area for Lyme for the next few days to see if I can knock it out. If I can’t, it could be coming from irritation of the nerves in my back, in which case I’ll coil my back next time I do a torso Lyme attack.

  • Lyme, hip/upper thigh, 3 minutes each side
  • Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes

Detox

I detoxed my apartment today. Someone came to help me clean. She did the bathroom, bedroom, main room and hallway. I worked on the kitchen. The dust and cat fur levels have dropped almost to zero. It’s nice breathing in here tonight. Meanwhile, I set up my juicer. I have enough juice for tomorrow, so I won’t report on its use for a few days.

  • homeopathic support
  • kombucha
  • juiced greens
  • lemon water
  • skin brushing
  • infrared heat (1 hour, medium)
  • castor oil pack on liver

Body

Still feeling the Lyme Herx. I woke up with intense spine pain, hand and foot pain, and muscle pain in my back. I felt pretty crappy this morning. I only slept 8 hours. I woke up a few times, but no night sweats.

I was up and doing things around the apartment for an hour, then landed on my back until 11am. I was just too achy to get much more than that done.

I spent a while working on my kitchen. My back was killing me. I wanted to lie down but I didn’t want to get in the way of the woman who was moving my furniture and cleaning all the crevices. My hands have been hurting a lot. I discovered that with some kinds of pain, it hurts just as much to stay still as to use the body part. So I kept going even though my fingers were killing me.

All day, I’ve had that sharp pain in my left hip/upper thigh. It changes in intensity over the day. It has started to appear in a milder form on the right side.

I’m continuing to have break-outs. This time, they’re on my butt-cheeks. In the grand scheme of things, that’s not a bad place for them. Not too many viewers.

Tonight, I’ve been tired with continued back pain. I have a headache. My throat hurts and ears ache. I keep feeling like there is something in my throat. My glands are slightly swollen. So I assume the Herx is moving out a bit at a time. I’m about to lie down and call it quits for the night.

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