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Dipping my feet in the ocean

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Yesterday was a relaxing day with a friend, followed by an evening at the beach. It was a beautiful October day, not to cold, somewhat windy and restless.

We got to Jones Beach shortly before the sunset. There was enough time to dip our feet in the water. It was icy cold and foamy. The wind was carrying sand that stung our faces. The sky was so beautiful that it looked like a painting of a fantasy, clear at the horizon, pink fading into the blue of the night sky, streaks of light visible through perfect, puffy clouds. My lips tasted of salt from the imperceptible droplets blowing in the wind. Fantastic.

I’ve been itching to go to the beach since I spoke to a fellow Lyme disease combatant who told me about grounding. In a basic sense, it is about getting in sync with the energy of the earth. She warned me that I might have a strong physical reaction if I got into the ocean, or even put my feet in the sand. I have much to learn about earthing, but it got me thinking that I haven’t been to a beach in a few years.

The last time was when I was in Italy with my mother and sister. I didn’t get my feet wet. I couldn’t walk that well on the sand and I was pretty worn out from the exertion of the trip and all the delicious allergenic foods I was eating.

Jones Beach was wide and nearly deserted. It was so healing to be in a natural environment. We opened the windows as we crossed the marshes at the end of Wantagh State Parkway. As soon as I smelled the salty, ocean air, my knees started to hurt. My bones started to ache. And I was convinced it was psychosomatic or just bad timing since I’d been feeling achy in my back all day. But as I breathed in the ocean air, it cleared up.

Walking in the sand felt wonderful. My feet hurt for the first few waves; my joints don’t love cold water. But it passed. I lifted each foot into the wind so that it was colder than the wet sand and the wide shallow edges of the wave that drifted out towards my feet. Then the water felt pleasant. I stomped the trails of foam that were left behind. I was suddenly energized.

I understood for a few minutes why many books about dealing with chronic and long term disease say to visit nature and recharge. Now I whole-heartedly agree and recommend it.

Saturday

Coiling

  • Tinea versicolor, chest rash, 3 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, sacrum, 2 minutes
  • Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes; chest, 2 minutes

Detox

  • skin brushing
  • nap
  • BioMat (1 hour, level 3)
  • diatomaceous earth
  • grounding my feet in sand and ocean water

Body

My back was killing me. All up and down my spine. Every vertebra hurt for a few hours in the morning. They were aching a bit the rest of the day. When they started to calm down, I noticed my sacrum was bothering me with a warm pain (the other pain was sharp and had no temperature associated with it).

I had a headache, sharp on the left side for part of the day. My joints hurt a little for much of the day and with more intensity for the few minutes before I got to the beach.

I was struggling with nausea much of the day. I wonder if it’s part of the Herx or part of the tail end of the florinef withdrawal…or worse, a signal that my blood pressure is teetering on the edge of too low. Nausea is the first sign, before lightheadedness or whiteouts when I stand. I’m monitoring it, not driving, taking plenty of time to rest and checking in with the cardiologist later this week.

Sunday (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, sacrum, 2 minutes
  • Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes; chest, 2 minutes

Detox

  • skin brushing
  • nap
  • diatomaceous earth
  • fresh air (at the Flushing Bay Marina)

Body

Again this morning, I had back pain. It’s worst first thing when I wake up and for several hours after that. I also had the Bartonella-style pain in the soles of my feet when I first stood up in the morning.

Other than bone pain, in my back, ribs, hips, knees and arms, I was okay today. I had a headache on and off. Tonight, it has settled in my right eye and the upper right side of my head. I’ve had a lot of floaters in my vision, too.

Still, for autumn and Herxing, this isn’t horrible. It’s distracting. It’s tiring. But not horrible. Not as bad as I expected.

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2 comments

  1. I’d love the miracle cupcake recipe! Congrats on your marriage, and prayers for your recovery. šŸ™‚


    • Hi Kim,

      Thanks for your good wishes.

      I’m assuming you’re asking about the recipe I mentioned later in one of the wedding posts. I don’t recommend it anymore, but given that my sister made it from experimenting with multiple different recipes, it was pretty amazing that it came together at all. Unfortunately, they were pretty gross within 48 hours. Now I think the best recipes are in the book, The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking.

      All the best,
      Rose



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