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Hands

Monday, July 4, 2011

It seems my Lyme Herx is still moving along the familiar pattern. First the headaches (light sensitivity, floaters, etc) come then they start to calm down. Then the spine pain with paraspinal muscles in a knot. Then the muscles calm down and the spine still bothers me. Then it moves towards my joints. Then it gets worse in my limbs.

That’s where I am today. My hands and arms are bothering me. I woke up with them feeling kind of numb and immediately achy. I took a nap and woke to them feeling pain from the inside but a dulled response to external stimulation. My finger joints feel pretty bad, sharp pains and all. And my typing is not great.

That being said, I used them quite a bit this morning. I juiced (yay!) and I wrote yesterday’s blog post. Then when I napped, they were in bad shape. Oh well. At least I can use them.

When my hands have been the worst, the only thing I can do is watch dvds or listen to the radio. You’d be surprised how almost everything a person does requires the hands. Even setting up the dvd can be a nightmare. Going for a walk requires locking the door, not easy when the keys keep leaping from my butterfingers.

When I wasn’t resting my hands, I was able to use them today. I was smart enough to put my nephew in his stroller to go for a walk because my hands could maneuver that more easily than carry him in my arms. Probably a good idea since the weather was in the upper 80s (deg F) and humid. Later in the day, I was able to carry him without difficulty. As with many Lyme generated symptoms, the hand pain comes and goes, lasting varying lengths of time, disappearing and coming back unpredictably.

I’m not looking forward to waking up in the night to this pain, or tomorrow morning either.

Farinata

On a more upbeat note, my sister made farinata tonight. It is so delicious. It’s a baked item made from chick pea flour. She made two different ones. The first, which I savored for dinner, was with summer squash and feta cheese. It was soft and gooey and almost like an omelet in texture but not in taste.

The second was with cashew nuts. We baked it a little longer and it was crunchy and almost like a wheat based baked item. So tasty. That’s tomorrow’s lunch!

Monsters

Yesterday, I got to play with a three-year-old boy at one of the barbecues. He had been eyeing me for a half hour or so, as he did with all the strangers. He said hello and went about his business, playing with his parents and the people he already knew.

He was standing outside the bathroom looking at something on the wall with his father when I stepped out. He pointed at me and said, “Monster!” I took the bait. I put up my hands, wiggled my fingers, and made a soft growling noise.

This promptly turned into a game of hide and seek, with his dad helping him hide from then seek out the monster.

Eventually, I had to sit down for a moment. He came over to me and declared that he was the monster. So I pretended to get really scared. Really scared. So scared that I ended up hiding on the floor behind the couch under a pillow while he stood on the couch roaring down at me. He thought it was hilarious. So did I. I had to keep from laughing to maintain the obviously pretend fear. It was a good laugh for him. When I left, it was a great laugh for me.

Coiling

Trying to get on track. I did Candida in the morning. I’ll do Babesia tonight. Hopefully tomorrow, I’ll get in a Bartonella session.

  • Babesia, chest, 10 minutes; knees/elbows, 1 minute
  • Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes; chest, 2 minutes; face, 2 minutes

Detox

  • homeopathic support
  • kombucha
  • juiced greens
  • skin brushing
  • lemon water
  • nap

Body

What exactly is my body up to? I slept for over 10 hours last night with only 1 bathroom break to cool down from a night sweat. My back was in terrible pain this morning. It ached so much. So much. And it was stiff. Plus my arms were having the strange sensation I described above. When I first got up, I couldn’t imagine I’d be able to play with my nephew at all today. I opted for the afternoon shift.

A long shower helped ease the back pain and stiffness. On a side note, I’ve only been drinking kombucha for three days and already it seems I lost slightly less hair than the shower 3 days ago. Not sure if it’s wishful thinking, or if the whole kidney issue is starting to resolve between the kombucha and the renavive.

Anyway, my back still hurt a bit after lunch, along with a minor, tired ache in my arms. So I decided to take my nephew for a walk in the hot weather. He fell asleep to a short explanation of the significance of Independence Day and the ideals set out in the document that have, over time, been called on as we reduce the more overt forms of oppression officially sanctioned by US society. My back finally warmed up…and I went dashing back to the house with very loose stools.

We had a nap in separate locations. Mine made the rest of my day go better. Despite waking up with strange arm problems, I was good to go for playing, walking, diaper changing, etc., for the rest of the day.

Other bits and pieces: Floaters in my vision on and off during the day. A mild headache after dinner, getting worse and leaking into my neck tonight. Minor pain in all my joints. Some crackling noises in my left shoulder. Lots of itching. And as I head to bed, severe knee pain.

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