Coiling for Lyme

Trying to cure one case of Lyme Disease

Let Me Eat Cake

At a recent Lyme Disease support group in my area, I learned about Galaxy Diagnostics. It is a company that has some kind of PCR amplification system specifically for testing blood for Bartonella, including all 17 strains that can infect human beings. I was intrigued.  I convinced my doctor to test me, since in the past I’ve had a series of inconclusive Bartonella antibody tests. I’ve been pretty sure that […]

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Scattered

I’ve been having my ups and downs for the past few weeks. It’s only this past weekend that I’ve started to feel normal again, and yet today, I’ve been fighting brain fog. After a few hours on the couch doing nothing, I remembered that I wrote notes about what needs to go in the next blog post and decided to try writing. So here goes. Over the past few weeks, […]

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Finishing that thought

Yesterday, I had to stop using the computer because it was making a migraine worse. By some magic (and a head massage from my husband) I woke up this morning with no pain in my head. All day, I’ve been feeling a little spot on the left side of my head throb, with mild to moderate pain that comes and goes. Still, that’s not so bad. If anything, I’m learning […]

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Up & Down & Up & Down & Up Again

The past two weeks have been full. We had a fumigator come to tent our house and kill termites. This required us to move our food (at a minimum) and a lot of other stuff (because I am so sensitive to chemical irritants) out of the house. Then we moved back in a few days later. We’ve also had invited guests and planned a few activities to celebrate my husband’s […]

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Kidney Cocktail

Over the past week, I’ve been zooming ahead with coiling for Bartonella. At first, it was a relief. The day after  I coiled my central nervous system three times in one day for the first time, I had so much energy. It felt like I woke up again after feeling tired for long enough that I was sure I was having a Babesia relapse. After the initial burst of energy, […]

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Perturbation Theory

Perturbation theory is a phrase that was kicking around in my mind after I wrote the last post about my evolving views of exercise and how it fits into a full recovery. I looked it up and realized that it was not quite what I thought, but that its actual meaning is as interesting as what I wanted it to mean. Below, you’ll find my analysis of what happens when […]

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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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