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Waiting for the storm

Saturday, August 27, 2011

My neighborhood is restless with anticipation. I went for a walk today. There were people doing last minute vegetable shopping (like me) in a small vegetable store which I have never seen so empty of produce. Mostly the customers were chatty and friendly, more so than usual. I think people had reached the point where they were as prepared as they were going to get and now it is time to wait.

The last hurricane I lived through was in New York in 1985, Hurricane Gloria. I was 10 years old. Mostly I remember not having to go to school for two days. I remember the heavy rains and the eery silence of the eye of the hurricane when my parents let my sister and me go down to the corner store with my dad.

Hurricane Irene is moving slowly enough that everyone has had more than ample time to prepare, at least up here in NYC. Decisions didn’t have to be rushed. There was enough time to plan and to execute the plans. The city and it’s people are prepared. Now we wait and listen to the rain, talk to our neighbors, call our families to check in and wait some more. The slowness of the day gave me enough space to buy flowers and have a symbol of the beauty of nature to gaze at while I wait out the storm.

In a certain way, the storm preparation of the city reminds me of what I go through each time I do a Lyme Disease coiling treatment. I know that about 2-3 days later, I’m going to get an incapacitating headache followed by a few days of tormenting pain. So I do my best to get everything done before the pain sets in. Then I wait, restless but not anxious, for the storm to arrive and pass through.

Coiling

I tried adding an extra 15 seconds of Babesia treatment on my shoulders. I feel it today. I can only assume that there is a pretty massive infection in my shoulder blades because, once again, after coiling the region for Babesia, my arms hurt all day. My plan, for now, is to do my shoulders every 2-3 days until I can tolerate it daily. No need to incapacitate myself with treatments for one infection when I have so much going on.

I’m not convinced the Lyme Herx is over, but I’m trying to start coiling every 7-10 days for Lyme. So I’m coiling tonight as soon as I’m done writing. (This is 7 days since the last treatment.)

  • Lyme, lower back, 5 minutes
  • 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
  • walk outside for fresh air

Body

Medium night sweat. 8 hours sleep.

I woke up with pain from my fingertips to my shoulder blades. It took a few hours for that to die down enough for me to have a dull ache that I could work with.

This is the rash that makes my chest itch like it's on fire.

My chest rash is driving me insane with the itching. So I took a photo of it. It was hard to get the lighting right to get a somewhat accurate impression of what it looks like in the mirror. (Flash washes out all the color, no flash makes it too yellow because of the lighting in my bathroom where I used the mirror to aim the camera at my sternum.) I can’t really tell if it is from food sensitivities, or maybe just made worse by them. It could be from the homeopathic remedy (which I think is causing the sustained loose bowels).

The itchiness died down when I was outside. Now that I’m in my warmer apartment, it’s flaring up again. Of course, I’ve had carrot juice since I got home. I’m not sure if the juiced greens will be palatable without any carrot juice, but I’m just about ready to give it a try. Anything to get rid of the itch.

It itches more at night, every night. I’ve taken to sleeping without a shirt because the fabric touching my skin irritates the rash more. It becomes impossible to sleep.

Looking at the photo, I’m getting a little grossed out. Don’t stare too long, you’ll get the wrong impression about me…  😉 .

Other than that, my symptoms have been muscular today. My quadriceps and biceps have the sharpest pain. My calves are sore. My shoulder muscles feel tense. My back muscles are achy, too.

In this weather, my joints are popping and crackling a lot. They aren’t too stiff, but there is a moderate level of pain in most of my joints (none come to mind that don’t hurt).

My bowels are still loose. My head aches a little, with extra pain in my right eye. I have floaters in my vision. I’m itchy everywhere, not just my rash, the pin-prickly sensations on my skin are worst on my forearms and abdomen. Urinary hesitation is still going strong (is that made temporarily worse by the homeopathic remedy?). Swollen lymph nodes in my lower back on either side of my sacrum.

Fortunately my pain level doesn’t have me knocked out. Instead I’m able to wander around getting candles and flashlights ready, stocking up on water, listening to the news and buying flowers. I guess I’m in a good mood.

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