Coiling for Lyme

Trying to cure one case of Lyme Disease

using the coil machine

Back on Track

These past few months have been all about returning to what I know works best for my body. These past few weeks have been about discerning which infections need treatment and how to fit that into each day. I’m coiling daily. I’m off all the herbs that I used to suppress the infections while I had visitors and couldn’t coil. Little by little I’m regaining my strength even as I […]

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Familiar Territory

In June, I visited Jackson Heights, the place where I grew up and where I lived as an adult for seven years before moving to California. I know the streets and the stores. I have friends there and recognize neighbors whom I knew more casually. I know how to get around. Despite the ways in which I was in familiar territory, many things were different. The post office is in […]

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More to Life than Lyme

During the year and a half that I was on antibiotics, I struggled to continue the projects I’d been doing. Backing up to the time after I stopped coiling, I began to slowly relapse and struggle with the projects I was doing. I was working on a novel and taking online writing classes. I was blogging. I was going for long walks and thinking about trying to increase the amount […]

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Returning to the Coil Machine

From November 2016 to April 2018, I was on antibiotics. I learned a lot from the experience. Among other things, I found that the Babesia infection never went into remission. With active Babesia, I find it very difficult to use the computer. Please pardon my absence for the past 15 months. If you wrote to me or tried to post a comment, rest assured that I will get to you […]

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Transition Zone

It’s been over a month since I stopped the Alfons Ven remedies. I had a plan, once I stopped, to see a doctor and go on antibiotics for a while. I had a plan, you see, because I’m as well as I expect to get before my ovaries stop producing eggs. So I’d like to try to get pregnant, but I’d like to do so without infecting my husband or […]

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Lyme Ideology

I am in a moment of transition. I promised myself that I would only use the coil machine for five years. It wasn’t a random number. Someone told me that I’d be “better,” as in “free of tick-borne infections” if I coiled for five years. The end of the fifth year is right around the corner. Five years also seemed like a long time (though I’d been out of work […]

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Long Term Consequences

Left Foot X-Ray

Last week, I donated blood to a research study. Despite all my frustrations with antibiotics and traditional medicine, I want to participate in finding a cure for chronic Lyme Disease and other tick-borne infections. The study is at Stanford University, part of a group that looks at chronic illness. I’m not sure what they expect to find, but I know that part of what I agreed to is to use […]

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Back to Basics

In my last blog, I talked about viruses. It was part of a side trip I took on my journey towards wellness. Although I sometimes think I have another infection, or several, that contributes to my symptoms, I learned once again that until I get rid of the three basic infections, nothing else will get me well. The first clue is that when I stopped coiling for all the viral […]

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Virus Hunter

I’ve learned a lot over the past two weeks. I started with the kind of despair that I often get with a Bartonella herx (though I didn’t realize what it was until it was over), which led me to reconsider the way that I’ve been trying to get through the extreme fatigue I’d been dealing with since August. (No wonder the despair didn’t need to be triggered by an infection.) […]

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Immune Privileged

I’ve had two weeks of lots to do and lots to think about. I went to the East Coast for a funeral and for my mother’s 80th birthday. The original plan was to visit my mother, but the trip started sooner than planned when there was a death in the family. By some magic, I pulled myself together and was able to function for the duration of the trip. Since […]

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