Now that I’m more mobile, as in I can walk a reasonable distance and still participate in the activity at the other end, I’m thinking about public transportation. Mostly, if I couldn’t walk somewhere during the past almost 5 years, my mother drove me. Lately, I’ve been able to drive myself around. But parking in NYC is no picnic.
Back when I first got sick (but tried to convince myself I was okay) I took the subway twice. Both times, I had chest constriction, trouble breathing, weakness in my legs, lightheadedness. It seemed like a panic attack, only I wasn’t afraid of the subway at all. I’d been taking for years when I was in high school and for a year and a half since I moved back to NYC. It was very strange.
Last year while on the Rocephin, I tried two more times to take the subway. Same set of problems. Only the leg weakness started first, followed by trouble breathing, then cardiac symptoms, a headache, lightheadedness and fatigue. I had no idea why. Both times, I was exhausted for the rest of the day.
One of the other Lyme patients I spoke to said he had to give up the subway since he got sick. That’s a bummer for anyone who lives in Manhattan, Queens or Brooklyn. He thought it might be the electromagnetic fields in the subway or the poor air quality: stale, full of steel dust and in many places moldy. I’m not sure which, but I stayed out of the subway.
The first week in January, I decided to test it again. This time, I got a ride to Manhattan and afterwards took the train back. I still had mild compression in my chest, but otherwise it wasn’t terrible. I won’t plan on doing it again for a while. Why trigger cardiac symptoms?
- Babesia, back of legs, 3 positions: butt+heels, calves+thighs, back of knees, 1 minute each location; back of ilium, 1 minute each side; 3 sections of spine, 1 minute each; shoulder blades, 1 minute each side; back of head, 1minute; top of head, 1 minute; liver, 10 minutes
- Babesia, spleen, 10 minutes
- Babesia, top of feet & ankle, 1 minute; shins together, 1 minute; knees together, 1 minute; front of thighs together, 1 minute; front of ilium, 1 minute each side; sides of ribs, 1 minute each side; front of shoulders, 1 minute each; sides of head, 1 minute each; chest, 10 minutes
- Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes; chest, 2 minutes
- Bartonella, abdomen, 5 minutes; chest 2 minutes
Today marked the return of the BioMat. Autumn was too warm. Then I was away for December. We were happy to reunite this afternoon. It was the perfect location for a post-yoga nap.
- skin brushing
- foot soak in epsom salt
- biomat (1 hour, level 2)
I’m doing remarkably well. All my complaints are minor. A headache that comes and goes. Floaters in my vision. Crunching in my shoulders. Fleeting joint pain.
I had a great time doing yoga today. I was able to do almost every pose. I pushed myself and was still able to walk home the long way. Granted I fell asleep as soon as I had lunch and was groggy for several hours after. In fact, my physical activity was done for the day once I got home. But no matter, I was happy to be active.
The yoga “work-out” gave me a picture of what I expect the next several months to be like. Exercise a few days a week where that is my sole activity for the day followed by tons of rest.