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Learning to move

Monday, June 20, 2011

I’m still having a good time with my sister and nephew. My nephew gets cuter and cuddlier every day. Today we were hanging out on the floor (he on a brightly colored mat that has objects hanging over it for him to reach for or swing at) when he started squirming around. I offered him a teething ring at some point and he turned his head to put it in his mouth. Then he decided to roll onto his side. We were both surprised. He laughed and laughed and landed on his back again. The I encouraged him the same way to do it again. He practiced over and over.

It reminded me of what it was like as I was getting strong enough to sit on the floor and get myself back up. I hadn’t been walking without significant assistance for over a year, maybe two. I was using a cane to walk at that point. But for some reason, I needed to get down on the floor. Okay, but how do I get back up? Many of my muscles had atrophied to some degree, and the ones that were left didn’t take neurological commands that well. So it was quite a feat. I got myself on all fours, leaned back onto my feet and somehow pushed my legs into a straight position. It was awkward. I lost my balance. I didn’t want anyone to see me like that.

I practiced and was eventually able to get myself up and down. Of course, it made a much bigger difference for me to reduce my Lyme bacterial load, which made my nerves work better, then I could deal with the musculature later. (Still working on building muscle strength and stamina.)

Watching how fast little Thomas develops makes me think of how my healing has happened in leaps, with long periods of minimal improvement (and sometimes regression) in between. It makes me feel hopeful about getting through this to the point where I’m back to being myself.

Coiling

I coiled extra for Babesia yesterday. I’m keeping the new shoulder treatment in the daily regimen. My energy was better today than yesterday, even if I did need my usual afternoon nap with my nephew. However, my hand joints were hurting a bit more. I’m assuming it’s from needing to do a Lyme treatment (maybe tomorrow or maybe Thursday). The hand pain I had when I was coiling my shoulders a lot was a more global pain, less focused in my joints.

  • Bartonella, abdomen, 5 minutes; chest, 2 minutes
  • Babesia, chest, 5 minutes; abdomen, 5 minutes; ilium, 1 minute each side; knees/elbows, 1 minute; shoulders, 15 seconds each
  • Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes; chest, 2 minutes; face, 2 minutes

Detox

Heroically, I made the effort to juice greens today. It took until 9pm to get myself together, but I got to drink them.

  • homeopathic support
  • juiced greens
  • artichokes (1.5 jumbo, fresh, grilled by Helen the master griller)
  • skin brushing
  • BioMat (only 10-20 minutes)
  • nap

Body

I had a night sweat again last night. Seems I have them often. Otherwise I would attribute it to the additional Babesia coiling time on my shoulders.

I’ve been hungry all day. Nothing seems to satisfy my appetite. I’m craving a chocolate chip cookie or other wheat based baked good. I even considered procuring ingredients to make egg-free cookies this weekend, but I thought better of it. The wheat will make my joints hurt for days. Not gonna do that to myself…

My joints are bothering me more. The pain is sharp in quality but not so intense that it stops me from moving around and using my limbs. The pain is in my hands and knees and wrists and left shoulder and hips and feet. Essentially all over.

I had low back pain this morning. It was resolved with a shower.

I’m still pretty tired. I have a moderate amount of energy with moments of heavy fatigue in between.

As the night progresses, I’m getting a headache and eye pain.

One other thing, I’m starting to have breast pain. I’m hoping that’s because I’m about to ovulate (which should have happened today, but I didn’t feel it). Otherwise it’s advanced notice that I’m going to have a doozey of a menstrual cycle this month. If it doesn’t resolve by tomorrow, I’m going to have to start using the mustard seeds my acupuncturist gave me for my shen men point to stimulate dopamine to calm my vagus nerve. We’ll see if I can prevent a repeat of the horrible drama I went through at the beginning of June.

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