Coiling for Lyme

Trying to cure one case of Lyme Disease

Herx reactions

Tipping Point

As I’ve battled each of the chronic infections with the coil machine, I’ve reached a point when the herxes start to diminish. Usually, at that point, I coil more per session or more frequently (from once per week to once each three days, or from once per day to twice or thrice per day). The herx gets worse initially. Then it diminishes. In the cases of Lyme and Babesia, I […]

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Familiar Territory

I spent the last week or two worrying. First, I was worried that I wasn’t getting all the Bartonella symptoms I’d been expecting. I started to wonder if my new protocol wasn’t working. Then I had a crazy pain in my chest that wouldn’t go away. It was different from my usual chest pain. I went to see a cardiologist because I was so worried. Finally, there was the usual […]

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Disarmed

Coiling progress is such a strange concept. The better I do at it, the worse I feel. Until I feel better and make it worse all over again. I can’t quite believe that I’ve left behind my winter honeymoon. I feel worse. In some ways, it’s as simple as that. In other ways, it is the returning nightmare that makes me wonder if I’ll ever get to the end. I’ve […]

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Bring on the Funk

About two weeks ago, I started coiling again. I have to say that I really liked taking a break while I’m at home. The days are so long. I can do lots of things. I feel freer. And mostly, I can imagine what it will be like when I no longer have to coil (or at least coil regularly). There were some downsides. The last week in January, I could […]

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Fabulously 40

Forty years old. It’s an accomplishment. When I was in my 20s, 40 seemed old. In my 30s, my outlook started to change. For a few years in my early 30s, I wasn’t sure if I’d live to see 40. A review of my thirties might explain why I feel more triumphant about surviving than disappointed at what I haven’t accomplished yet (which some of my friends have expressed as […]

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Multiple Modalities

As I prepare for what I hope will be the final show-down against Bartonella, I’ve actually stopped coiling for a bit. Or rather, I stopped to travel at the end of December, and since returning home, I haven’t started again yet. I think about Bartonella a lot. I think about how long I’ve likely had it. I think about the symptoms over the years. I think about which antibiotics had […]

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2015: The Year of Bartonella

I’ve recently returned from a Christmas trip to visit my sister’s family. As usual, the visits are markers of how much I’ve healed. This time, I carried my almost 40 lb. nephew up and down the stairs. I remember when he was an infant, 3 1/2 years ago, I struggled to climb the stairs on my own. I was so unstable on my feet, I was afraid to carry him […]

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In Praise of Thoroughness

Kidneys As I reported last time, it took four years of coiling to discover my right kidney. You may laugh. It was there all along. I never, ever thought about it as a place to coil. My kidneys are where the toxins go out. I tried to be nice to them, to drink lots of water, sometimes with fresh lemon juice, to take supplements that tonify them as well as […]

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The Missing Piece

It’s been a few weeks since my last update, and I’ve been trying to concentrate enough to write for over 10 days. My herxes have changed a little because of how often I’m coiling and for which infections. I have more brain fog than I’ve had in a while, and a different kind of tiredness. I can go out and do things, but my mind feels unfocused. I don’t need […]

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After a Quiet Month

I’ve spent a lot of the past five weeks in bed or, more precisely, lying down in various places around the house. I was too sick with bronchitis to coil for the tick-borne infections, which meant I had a lot more time on my hands then I’m used to. I did my best to entertain myself watching episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and reading Conn Iggulden’s Conqueror series […]

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