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My Full Time Job

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

After learning how to use the various machines at the gym, I had a huge shift in perspective.

Ever since last week when I realized I needed to start the Bartonella eradication cycle and bone building process, I’ve been irritated by how much time I need to spend on coiling, additional detox routines and going to the gym. I was annoyed when I realized I have to coil twice a day now that Babesia is back.

Today I was feeling pretty bad. Light headed. A feeling of pressure and constriction in my chest. I got winded climbing the stairs in my house. I’m super tired. I thought about rescheduling my lesson at the gym. I really wanted to.

But at 1:59, I entered the gym and told myself that today is the day. I knew not to overexert myself because my heart was already bothering me. All I had to do was learn how to use the machines and get a sense of how many repetitions I should aim for before I change the amount of weight I’m lifting.

The plan I’m doing is based on the one that Dr. Burrascano recommended in his most recent edition of Advanced Topics in Lyme Disease. I’m using weight machines to guide my movements and starting with the lowest weight setting on each machine until I determine and increase my abilities. The plan is to do some warming up (either yoga, walking or stationary bicycle), then spend about 20-30 minutes on the machines. The machines I chose, in consultation with a personal trainer, build up the muscles around the joints in the various parts of my body, as well as the muscles in my core. This is strikingly similar to what I’ve seen in physical therapy offices, only I’m doing my whole body, not just one part.

Anyway, I imagined I’ll be doing this kind of exercise for a half hour to start (including warm-up) and building up to an hour. I’ll start with once a week until I get through the Lyme flare, then work up to two then three times per week.

Anyway, I was feeling pretty bad so after my lesson, I didn’t go back and actually do a bunch of reps on the machines. Instead I headed for the sauna. While I was sitting, sweating and attempting to read, I had my shift in perspective.

I started calculating the time I need to do exercise. Then I added in the sauna time, which for the foreseeable future is two days on and one day off. Then I added in the time I need for coiling every day. Then I added in the various little things I do for my body (like skin brushing or putting lavender oil on the tinea infection that isn’t going away so easily this time). Then I realized I need to start juicing in addition to preparing fresh veggies to eat every day. It’s a lot. And that’s before the 10 hours of sleep a night plus a nap on most days.

For the past week, I’ve been trying to rush through all this body stuff so I can move on to other things (like figuring out a new medical insurance scheme now that I moved). I’m not getting much done. In fact, I’m exhausted and in pain. That’s when it hit me.

For the past 4 months or so, I’ve been on a vacation from doing health activities full time. I moved. I planned a wedding (even though my now-husband did 80% of the work). I went on a honeymoon. I still had to pay attention to my health. I still had to coil. But summer is this magical time of reduced symptoms. I had my bad days and all, but I was able to cheat a little on my diet and body routines and get away with it.

For many people, autumn means back to school. For me it means back to my full time job: healing from Lyme and the other tick-borne diseases I’m infected with.

I can’t yet say that I’m looking forward to all the health oriented activities, the symptoms and the exhaustion. But by shifting my perspective so that I know that the health stuff is the top priority, I’ve calmed down. I don’t feel so antsy about all the other things I wanted to do. They have to wait while I focus on getting my body to the next level, closer to health, closer to healing.

Coiling

I’m doing Bartonella every three days. Today I coiled my upper body as usual.

I also coiled for Babesia twice today, morning and evening. I’ve modified my Babesia protocol slightly to better cover all my bones.

Babesia, morning session, front of body (570 Hz), 23 minutes total:

  • each side of head, 1 minute
  • each side of ribcage, 1 minute
  • lower abdomen, 1 minute
  • each ilium front, 1 minute
  • each hip/outer thigh, 1 minute
  • front of legs: thighs, knees, shins, feet, 1 minute per
  • abdomen (over spleen or liver) 10 minutes

Babesia evening session, back of body, 23 minutes total:

  • top of head, 1 minute
  • back of head, 1 minute
  • each shoulder blade, 1 minute
  • spine: upper, middle, lower, 1 minute each
  • each ilium back, 1 minute
  • back of legs: butt+ feet, thighs, back of knees, calves, 1 minute each
  • chest (over heart and sternum), 10 minutes

Detox

I’ve decided I have to reinstitute the detox section of my blog to hold myself accountable to my intentions.

  • skin brushing
  • sauna
  • nap
  • biomat
  • antioxidants
  • kombucha

Body

As mentioned above, the exhaustion is killing me. I can tell my blood pressure is low today with the lightheadedness, feeling cold in my extremities, getting winded easily, pressure in my chest. I had a hard time staying asleep last night, waking every two hours or so. I had a big night sweat.

My joints are achy. I have a mild headache. My right ear hurts, and there is a dull ache throughout the right side of my body. I’m having a hard time typing, making way more mistakes than usual (though I’ve been correcting them as I go). My abdomen is still swollen. The kidney pain today is moderate, but I have other back pain. Generally, I feel pretty sick all over again.

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