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Friends are worth their weight in gold

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

I got to hang out with two different friends today, one from high school and one from my earliest childhood. With the first one we took stock of how much our lives have progressed over the past year. For both of us, there were big struggles in 2011, and we are now on much better paths.

For me part of the struggle was figuring out how to use the coil machine effectively and achieve my goal of completely conquering Lyme and the other infections I have. Part of it was reconfiguring my social structure as I head into having my health and my life back on track. Neither has been easy. There have been days when I felt horrible either from my diseases or from the herxes that inevitably come as I destroy them. There have been days when I felt horrible because I’m stepping out into the world again and nothing goes as planned. On the other hand, I’ve had some pretty wonderful days along the way, low pain, good connections with people, a sense of joy in my heart. I’m starting to see my path more clearly, both for my health and for my life. It’s pretty great.

With my childhood friend, I got to laugh super hard. She has three children and works in a school. She told me hilarious stories as we ate dinner. She’s very excited for where my life is going (and about my trip to California), so I had more time to celebrate the good stuff.

I was smiling when I stopped by my parents’ apartment and still smiling when I skyped with my boyfriend at home. Days like today are so important with a long term illness. Refueling after a gruesome day yesterday that left me empty long before bedtime. I know it’s going to be difficult for a while until the infections are back under control and while I take steps to eradicate them. Yet it’s golden to celebrate the good days, the successes, the wonderment I have at the friends and family who have been with me along this journey.

Acupuncture

Yesterday’s treatment turned out really well. This morning, in addition to the reduced inflammation in my abdomen, my bowels finally calmed down. (No effort, not loose, not hard.) I also found that I wasn’t exhausted all day and that my pain level was significantly less than Monday and Tuesday.

Meanwhile, I got to thinking about my kidneys, which aren’t happy yet. My blood pressure is still low, but not as bad as yesterday. My lips are chapped. I’m very thirsty and craving salt. I can’t believe how these symptoms come on so rapidly. I guess I’ll have to do a more to keep them in good condition as Lyme season begins in earnest.

Coiling

  • Candida, chest, 2 minutes; abdomen, 10 minutes
  • Bartonella, chest, 2 minutes; abdomen, 5 minutes
  • Lyme, chest, 3 minutes; sides of ribcage + arms, 3 minutes each; shoulder fronts, 2 minutes each; shoulder blades, 2 minutes each; sacrum, 2 minutes

Detox

  • skin brushing
  • lots of water
  • kombucha
  • diatomaceous earth
  • laughter
  • 3 short, brisk walks

Body

I didn’t sleep well last night. I couldn’t tell if it was a mild herx from Lyme coiling yesterday or something else entirely.  I tossed and turned a lot. I got cold then hot (no night sweat) then cold again.

Today was a moderate pain day. Pain was more in the central part of my body: ribs, hips, spine, head. The spine pain started during the night in one of the vertebra around the level of my heart. I’ve had a mild, dull headache tonight with some ear pain and floaters in my vision.

I’m still having problems with my left leg, with my knee the worst of the pain that extends from the top to the bottom. I can still walk without slowing down too much, but after a short amount, it becomes difficult.

All in all not so bad, certainly better than Sunday to Tuesday.

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