The big news today is all about digestion. I’m continuing to work on the candida issue and I’m still trying to figure out food sensitivities.
First, on the candida front, I’ve increased my daily intake of 5 LAC to two packets a day. It’s part of my candida program, using probiotics that eat yeast. I’m thinking I’ll be at this dose for the next 3 months or so. I started out on 3 LAC, 1 packet a day for several months, then bumped ut up to 2 packets a day for several months. For the past two months, I’ve been taking 1 packet a day of 5 LAC, which is stronger than 3 LAC. The goal is to slowly get rid of the excess candida without having a huge detox reaction.
So I’m onto the next phase. My body is doing better than when I started the 3LAC and coiling for candida. Still, as the Lyme Herxes get worse, I’m not excited about also tackling candida a little harder. But that’s the trouble when a woman’s got so many different infections to deal with.
I’m getting concerned about the pickles. How horrible would it be if cucumbers landed on my bad food list? They don’t seem to bother me in juice form. It might just be the skins that are provoking me.
Why is this on my mind? Well, the rash in my chest is getting hotter and itchier every day. The swelling in my abdomen isn’t going down, and my intestines are still irritated. That makes me think I’ve got some food in my diet that is bothering me.
I think it’s the pickles because I crave them. I find myself cutting one up before I’ve decided I want to eat one. After the experience with mulberries, where I craved them just as much only to find I’m allergic to them, I’m thinking I need to dial down my pickle consumption rate. I’m not giving up on the $22 of pickles I bought, but I’m going to ration them to 1/2 pickle every other day. We’ll see if that helps.
There was one other problem. I had an apple today. It was green, maybe a crispin. As my naturopath suggested, I peeled it to reduce my reaction to it. I’m not sure if I reacted. Right after I ate it, I drank from my new batch of kombucha. I have to admit, it was tastier, bubblier and less vinegary than I expected. But back to what I was saying, I got heartburn shortly thereafter. I don’t know if it was the apple or the kombucha. My digestive tract is very touchy today…and all that was before the second dose of 5 LAC.
I’m extra hungry, too. And I tried a new vegetable that I don’t know the name of. It seems like a big, round, green summer squash that my mother and I purchased on a whim from a Desi vegetable market in the neighborhood. Who knows if that had anything irritating in it?
This happens to me every now and then. Everything catches up to me at once. I find myself wanting to increase coiling times on all the infections. I’m adding more to the candida protocol. I’m eating all sorts of things that I should be trying one at a time to figure out.
Part of me says to slow down and treat these like experiments. Good idea. But the other part is ready to dive in and try things and treat infections with the zest I’ve felt for life this summer.
- Bartonella, chest, 2 minutes; abdomen, 5 minutes
- Babesia, shoulder blades, 15 seconds each; ilium, 1 minute each side; knees/elbows, 1 minute; liver, 5 minutes; chest, 5 minutes
- Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes; chest, 2 minutes
The new kombucha came out well. I’m brewing the next batch now.
- skin brushing
- walk outside
- juiced greens
Things are a little out of whack today. Only 6.5 hours of sleep. I didn’t wake up with a night sweat, but I was damp in the morning. I expected it to be worse because the pre-hurricane weather is so humid. This just goes to show that my night sweats are about what’s happening inside my body, not out in the atmosphere.
Hand pain this morning, pretty intense. Mild chest pain in the area of my heart (which lasted several hours). Then hunger. More hunger than usual, earlier than usual. Lots of digestive disturbances all day: hard then loose stools, heartburn, cravings, swollen abdomen.
I needed a nap. I slept for 1.5 hours. Then I stayed in bed longer and rested for quite a while.
I had attention for food and kitchen activities that I’ve been putting off for at least a week. By the time I was done, I wanted to go for a walk (this was 7pm when I finally got dressed). So I went out into the restless night of people waiting for a storm to hit. The atmosphere was still back then. Now I hear the wind. When I was outside, I cooled off a lot and the rash on my chest died down. Well, it was still red and bumpy, but not so hot and itchy. As bedtime approaches, the skin is getting irritated again.
My pain level, other than in my chest, was more manageable today. My headache was nearly gone (was that from the Welchol?) most of the day. This evening, it’s starting to creep up again. Looks like the Herx moved to the tired stage with less pain.
I’ve still got floaters in my vision. And the urinary hesitation is coming back again. Hmmm.
One good piece of news: I have a new neighbor. She laughs a lot. I found myself quite happy to meet her today and interact across the hall a few times.