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Cat Therapy

Monday, July 11, 2011

I have a friend (who is actually more like a sister) staying with me for a few weeks. I’m very much enjoying sharing my apartment with another person, especially someone I like so much. In part, it breaks the isolation of living alone while dealing with a long term illness. In part, it’s so nice to have a relationship that lasted longer than a decade and to become instantly close when we’re together.

My friend brought along her cat. This cat lived with me for about a year, the year before I became disabled. We’re buddies. He’s a long haired black cat with a playful attitude. After losing both my cats in the past year, it’s fun to have a furry friend hanging around my apartment, joining me when I wake up, and cuddling spontaneously.

I’m reminded often how important it is for me to connect with people in ways that aren’t about Lyme disease, to have some friends who won’t be able to take care of me in any particular way, but who truly love me just the same. Not all of them understand what to do or know what to say, but they spend time with me anyway. I like that. They’ve been an important part of my healing process and of remembering who I am in the world.

Coiling

Since I coiled for Lyme yesterday, I’m not adding anything new to the Bartonella regimen until Friday at the earliest. I want to see what this Lyme Herx looks like first. (Plus, I’m guaranteed to get a Bartonella headache, and who wants that while watching the Harry Potter finale?)

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

Detox

Mom juiced for me today. I’m very lucky!

I went to yoga today for the first time since before I visited my sister. My favorite teacher was there. I was having some trouble with my wrists at the beginning, but that cleared up during the class. I got a sharp, knifelike pain in my lower back, left side of my sacrum, that shot down my left leg, while doing a pose I’ve done many times before (low lunge) with no difficulty. I had to be careful for a while, but by the end of class, the pain was long gone. However, I had a headache towards the end. It went away when I was walking home from the class.

It was around 90 deg F in Jackson Heights today. In the yoga class, I was sweating up a storm. I imagined all the toxins pouring out as I breathed in fresh air.

  • homeopathic support
  • kombucha
  • juiced greens
  • skin brushing
  • yoga

Body

I had a big night sweat last night. My hair got all wet. It was gross.

My spine is already starting to bother me. My hands and wrists hurt pretty badly (before yoga and again this evening). My hips and knees and shoulders and neck are achy. My joints are definitely sore in an acute way.

I have another rash on my chest. I even developed a hive tonight. I’m pretty sure it’s a heat rash, but I have no way to verify.

My headache is mild. I have floaters in my vision. I had light sensitivity when I was outside today.

But my mood is great. So I’m enjoying life.

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