I’m lucky enough to have a bunch of friends who want to talk to me. I’m wishing for the part of the Herx where I just want to lie around and sleep ends so that I can call each one of them and see a few of them. There are emails I want to send, sharing my thoughts and experiences (about things other than Lyme). There is a novel I love waiting for me to continue writing it.
This is the hard part of healing that my naturopath warned me about the second or third time I saw him. I have enough energy on enough days that I can feel desire for my life to restart full-throttle. But in between those days, there is still a lot of physical healing to take place.
Over the past month or so, I toned down a little on the treatments. I still did them, but I didn’t increase the coiling time as rapidly as my body can handle when I’m getting adequate rest. That’s because I needed to be able to function at a higher level, temporarily. It’s tempting to continue at that snail’s pace and be able to do more other things.
Today, post-nap, I decided not to succumb to temptation. For the next month or two, I’ll get back on my original program of increasing the coiling sessions, as much as I can tolerate without liver symptoms.
The plan as I’ve now formulated it is to work on Bartonella to reach 5 minutes every other day, and 2 minutes on Babesia every other day, by the time I next coil for Lyme. Then, I’m thinking about increasing the coiling sessions for Lyme by 30 seconds each time instead of 15 second increments.
The Bartonella goal should be easy, assuming I don’t Herx terribly after tonight when I reach 4 minutes and 45 seconds. The Babesia one is more tricky and it doesn’t start until after I reach the Bartonella goal.
I may revise this. I may discover I’m getting too aggressive for my body to tolerate. On the other hand, I want to hit these infections as much as possible before autumn.
The downside to my plan will be a lot more days Herxing and Herxes that get a lot uglier. Still, that’s why I’ve set up my life to focus on getting my health back. It’s my number one priority. So it’s time to get more aggressive.
Well, as mentioned, I increased Bartonella tonight.
- Bartonella, abdomen, 4 minutes 45 seconds
- Babesia, chest, 1 minute
- Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes
Detoxing is obviously the key to being able to do aggressive treatments.
- homeopathic support
- juiced greens
- skin brushing
- BioMat/infrared heat
- castor oil pack on liver
- adequate rest (sleeping in, daytime nap, reclining as long as needed)
I read that arugula and dandelion greens are good detoxifying agents in their juiced forms. (I like arugula whole as well.) Today my juice included arugula. That will continue for a few days. After that, I’ll try wild dandelion which I found today at the local vegetable store.
(For those of you who live outside NYC, there are small stores that only sell fresh fruit and vegetables, much fresher than what you find at a grocery store, and often random items that are only available in season.)
Today was another tired day in the Herx progression. I needed to rest a lot and sleep extra. I had many disturbing dream sequences, as though the Lyme toxins are in my central nervous system causing distortions that need to be worked out. On that note, my spinal column started hurting today. When I woke up in the morning, the limbs on the right side of my body were asleep (the thing where the sensation diminishes and when it returns it comes with pins and needles).
I had a few other symptoms: hand and finger pain, earache in right ear, floaters in my field of vision, a headache the second half of the day, some stiffness in my hips and shoulders, left shoulder popping, some pain in my knees, a lump in my throat all day with difficulty swallowing pills, and some compression in my chest the rest of the day after climbing one set of stairs.
I’m waiting out the fatigue so I can get back to my desired activities.