Coiling for Lyme

Trying to cure one case of Lyme Disease

Taming Vagus

A while back, I figured out the connection between my vagus nerve and all of the worst symptoms of my menstrual cycle (see Surviving Vagus). I came up with an action plan that involved not triggering my vagus nerve at the onset of my cycle. The best plan, of course, is to get rid of the hair-trigger on the nerve, which will hopefully happen once the Bartonella infection is gone. […]

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Afterthoughts

Last night, after writing out all my thoughts about my symptoms, I had insomnia. It gave me time to think things through in the quiet of my mind without any distractions. I have two new ideas, somewhat related to each other, that will help me going forward. Fanning the Flames As I looked at all my symptoms, or the fact that I’m having a big symptom flare–especially in my joints […]

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Red Onions

With the ups and downs of the past week and a half, and a very sleepy woman writing this post, I want to focus on one small but significant breakthrough: red onions. Red onions aren’t something I eat everyday, nor were they high on the list of foods that I couldn’t eat but incessantly wished for. They are a pleasant treat, a crisp, biting, refreshing addition to a salad or […]

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Slip Sliding

When I went on my recent trip to the East Coast, I brought my tick-borne infections with me. The picture of what it’s like to have Lyme Disease et al. at this point in my healing process is complicated. In some ways, I’m more able-bodied than I thought I’d ever be again. In other ways, I find I can push my limitations, but I have to pay up later for […]

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Independence and Interdependence

Independence I’ve just returned from a trip to the East Coast. It was a fun and tiring trip. I spent the first week in Virginia with my sister and her family. We celebrated my nephew’s 4th birthday with a party of his friends and their families at a private airport with a public diner. One of the pilots who keeps his plane in an on-site hangar had small planes that […]

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Counting on One Finger

There are some lessons to learn over and over again. Each year for the past three years, I’ve tried to figure out how to coil for Bartonella in the most effective way possible. Each year I’ve come to a similar conclusion, though I’ve reached it in different ways. The conclusion is this: In my body, Bartonella is primarily an infection of my central nervous system, with some infection at the […]

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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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Unnerving

I had a major breakthrough in my understanding of Bartonella a few nights ago. I was talking to someone about my newest issue: chest pain. The person had some medical training and thought that I should look up autonomic nerve dysfunction. I’ve looked up things about the vagus nerve before, since I’ve observed that Bartonella flares and herxes tend to (over)stimulate my vagus nerve. (Surviving Vagus) I just hadn’t thought […]

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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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