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Fresh pickles and other new addictions

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Summer is always the best time for fresh produce. When I was a child, my mother would stop on the side of the road on Long Island and buy freshly picked corn to eat that evening. It’s a different kind of food than store bought corn stalks.

This summer, by some miracle, I’m eating a few more foods. I found yellow plums today, which I think are on my doctors list of foods I can add back in to my diet. I hope so, because I already ate one. Spectacular! They are locally grown and sold at the farmers’ market that opens down my block on Sundays.

The next really cool food that they started selling this year is fresh pickles! I’m addicted to the sours. I read the ingredients on all the fresh pickles. Only one variety has no sugar. These are sour dill pickles. Amazing. I’ve eaten two huge ones today. It’s a good thing I need to eat so much salt.

Cantaloupes are also on my list of goodies. I’ve had fresh cantaloupe every few days since I’ve been allowed to eat it. Watermelons were supposed to be on the list if not for my food allergies, but Mom thinks she may have seen yellow watermelon in the neighborhood. I can’t wait.

Then there are the dried mulberries. Those aren’t fresh and locally grown. But they taste like candy. I think I’m really getting addicted. I want to eat a handful every time I go into my kitchen. I had to email my doctor to get a sense of how many I’m supposed to eat in a day. It reminds me of when I was going through a hard time in my life and I used to grab a handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips every time I walked through the kitchen. I’m not stressed in the same way now, but I want those sweet little berries all day long.

Coiling

  • Bartonella, chest, 2 minutes; abdomen, 5 minutes
  • Babesia, chest, 10 minutes
  • Candida, chest, 2 minutes; abdomen, 10 minutes

Detox

Do pickles count?

  • homeopathic support
  • kombucha
  • juiced greens (3 cups worth)
  • skin brushing
  • rest

Body

It was super hot last night. I ended up sleeping on the couch so I could be in the room with the air conditioning. Before that, I was lying in bed with the overhead fan blowing above me. I felt overheated, but then my skin started to feel cool in a few spots. It was the fan blowing on my sweaty arm. I couldn’t sleep that way, so I put a towel on the couch and slept there. I needed the towel for the two big night sweats that came later.

My lower back was hurting a lot this morning. It lasted for a long time into the day. I found myself wanting to lie down well into the afternoon. I suppose I was tired, too.

My abdomen has been pretty swollen since I got up this morning. This evening, the skin on my abdomen is itchy. I don’t know if it’s one of the newly introduced foods or if it’s from the Lyme coiling last night. I may have to phase out the foods and start again. I’ll wait a few more days and see what happens.

I’ve got a red rash that comes and goes in my sternum and above it on my chest. It itches unbearably. Then it calms down and starts up again an hour or so later. I don’t know if I can put anything on it to soothe the skin or what else I might do. My heart symptoms are pretty minimum now. But I have a pain and itch in my spine right at the level of my heart.

This afternoon, I had some energy for a walk to the farmers’ market and to sweep my apartment. The walking caused pain in my left hip and down my left leg. I had to slow down my walking to accomodate it. I felt a bit achy and didn’t want to be on the computer, but walking around the apartment was okay. I’m in a good mood. I’m taking things slowly.

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