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Slow down to remember what I know

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I know a lot. As I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve explained some of the things that I know make it easier to live with and recover from Lyme Disease. But sometimes I forget.

I slowed down enough today to think about the headaches and diarrhea. I wondered what I should do to mitigate them. I don’t take drugs or herbs that are pain killers or anti-diarrhea medications. So what should I do? I asked myself.

It occurred to me that if someone called me for advice, I would know exactly what to do. The problem is that I’ve been so busy living and not paying proper attention to my body that I temporarily forgot what I know.

For the headaches, which I think are part of the Lyme Herx that takes place in my cerebrospinal fluid, I could take welchol. In the past, that helped a lot. I’ll try it again the next time a migraine seems to be coming on. The welchol seems to pull neurotoxins out of my system and get rid of neurological symptoms like the type of headaches I’ve been getting (with light sensitivity and eye pain).

For diarrhea that lasted more than two days, I used to take psyllium husks with bentonite clay to slow down the activity of my intestines. I’m not sure the diarrhea is from Herxing, so I’m going to skip the bentonite clay and stick to the psyllium husks. We’ll see if that makes tomorrow a little easier.

Living as fully as possible this summer is tricky. I don’t want to be sick anymore. I want a vacation from illness. Unfortunately, that isn’t how it works. So I’m left trying to balance what I want to do with what I need to do, all with limited energy and an unpleasant amount of pain.

Given all that, I’ve been having a good time. And today was a perfect occasion to slow down and remember what I already know.

Slowing down, sort of

I did laundry today. I rested a bunch. I did a little work on the computer composing emails. In the evening, I went for a walk around the block (just to get some fresh air). Right before I got to my door, lightening struck nearby, thunder roared, hail came pelting down, then it poured. I got pretty wet. It was fun.

Tomorrow, with some rest under my belt, I’m hoping to do a little more housework, a little more email, and a few phone calls.

Coiling

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

Detox

  • skin brushing
  • kombucha
  • juiced greens

Body

No night sweat. Had a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep. Lots of physical discomfort and too many thoughts floating around. That’s how I knew that I needed to slow down today.

All day, I’ve been suffering from ENT symptoms: ear canal pain, popping in my ears, sore throat, swollen glands, stuffy sinuses, itchy eyes.

Pain continues to haunt the lower half of my back. My joints are achy with the changeable humid weather.

Then the usual: diarrhea, urinary hesitation, sternum rash.

On a positive note, I’m hardly losing my hair when I shower. The amount I lost in the shower this morning is maybe a tenth of what I lost each shower before I started the Renavive.

I was tired today as I tried to get my mind to calm down.

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One comment

  1. Isn’t it funny how it’s much easier to have the answers for someone else? Objectivity counts for a lot. But in the end, there’s no one we know better than ourselves and I think you hit it right when you “slowed down to remember.”

    Have you ever kept a dream journal? Sometimes, even though you write down a dream, you have no recollection of it later when you are re-reading it. It’s almost as if someone else wrote in your journal. I wonder if this blog is like that for you. Do you ever go back and re-read your posts and find things you’ve forgotten that end up being helpful?



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