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Massage Therapy

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I went to see a massage therapist yesterday. It was my first massage in two years. The previous ones generally left me in significant pain for a week or more, so I was reluctant to try again.

This time, I went to someone my mom’s friend recommended. (If you live in Queens, use the contact page to ask me for her information.) She was great. She was thoughtful, filled with questions, had gentle hands, and was willing to work slowly with my body to get it to yield. Not everything she did was painful, though there were some spots that I didn’t know would be tender, specifically the tendons around my hips and my shoulders.

When I walked out, I could feel some kind of reorganization in my hips, allowing me to walk with less effort. My shoulders finally relaxed after this weekend, so I decided not to do any computer work.

Immediately after the massage, I was awake and alert. Maybe two hours later, the fatigue came back, but the physical tiredness was accompanied by an overactive mind. I couldn’t settle down until very late last night. I assume something was moving.

When I talked to the massage therapist, she suggested I come no more often than once a month. She thinks that the massage she gives is good for helping me detox more and to reduce strain on my musculoskeletal system. But it is also taxing for my body to keep up with everything I put it through while fighting the tick-borne infections and repairing itself. I appreciated her thinking and can tell I’d like to go back, in part because I didn’t get the impression that she’s milking me to get a new steady client.

Today I’m recovering. I’m trying to slow down. I just finished a restless nap that I didn’t want to end because my body is tired but my mind is still all over the place. This is a less painful aftermath than the previous massages, for sure. I’m still struggling with my body, though. And before I blame it on the massage, I’m remembering that now that my body is off the florinef, all the systems affected by it need to find their new functional synergy.

The red dot

Yesterday, a red mark appeared on the underside of my right forearm. It is about 2.5 mm in diameter, dark red, right at the surface of my skin. It doesn’t look or feel like a bruise.

It wasn’t there before I showered, but it was there when I next noticed my arm 2 hours later. I don’t know what the mark is from. But it’s kinda freakin’ me out…

Tuesday

Coiling

Day 2 in the Lyme plan cycle. This time it’s my lower abdomen and hip area. I coiled these areas quite a bit. I think this will be the full plan for this day. Other days, I’m still working up to a full coiling program.

  • Babesia, ilium, 1 minute each side; knees/elbows, 1 minute; liver, 5 minutes; chest, 5 minutes; shoulder blades, 30 seconds each; shoulders, 30 seconds; feet, 1 minute; central back, 1 minute; lower back, 1 minute; upper back, 1 minute
  • Lyme, lower abdomen (over bladder), 3 minutes; ilium, 3 mins each side; hips/outer thighs, 3 mins each;  sacrum, 2 minutes
  • Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes; chest, 2 minutes

Detox

  • skin brushing
  • massage
  • diatomaceous earth

Body

I woke up with Bartonella style foot pain which I noticed when I first stood up.

My ears canals hurt all day. I had floaters in my  vision. Moderate headache on and off all day.

My chest itched and my urine was cloudy. (The chest itch drove me nuts when I was getting the massage, even though the therapist didn’t touch it.)

Fatigue, fatigue, fatigue, and mental restlessness.

Wednesday (today)

Coiling

  • Bartonella, abdomen, 5 minutes; chest, 2 minutes
  • Babesia, ilium, 1 minute each side; knees/elbows, 1 minute; liver, 5 minutes; chest, 5 minutes; shoulder blades, 30 seconds each; shoulders, 30 seconds; feet, 1 minute; central back, 1 minute; low back, 1 minute; upper back, 1 minute
  • Lyme, upper abdomen, 3 minutes; chest and arms, 3 minutes; front of shoulders, 2 minute each; back of shoulders, 2 minute each; sides of ribs and under arms, 2 minutes each; sacrum, 2 minutes
  • Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes; chest, 2 minutes

Detox

  • skin brushing
  • nap
  • diatomaceous earth

Body

I didn’t sleep enough (less than 6 hours). My muscles are tired and achy. I mostly want to lie down and rest today. As I’m writing, I’m thinking this could be part of Herxing from the more extensive Lyme protocol, especially because I have a headache coming on and I find I cannot think about what to eat for dinner.

My digestive tract is disturbed. Lots of noises and gas and discomfort. I wonder if this is part of detoxing, where the toxins exit through the digestive tract, or if I unknowingly ate something that doesn’t agree with me.

My ears still hurt. My bones hurt. I have floaters in my vision. My right eye hurts. My pain level is higher today, but that isn’t what’s knocking me out. I am waiting out the fatigue and the overactive mind.

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