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Loosening up and making mistakes

Saturday, March 31, 2012

I miss eating. I love eating. Before I got sick, I was a vegetarian. I ate at the local Indian restaurants a few times a week. I ate tasty salads with tons of ingredients, including hard boiled eggs. I cooked and ate Italian food (think eggplant parmigiana or pasta with tomato sauce). I loved cheese. I drank steamed milk, hold the coffee, many mornings. I liked to have a chocolate chip or peanut butter cookie fairly regularly.

When I got really sick, food became a major problem. After a year of diarrhea, shortly after finding out I had Lyme Disease, I went for food allergy testing. I needed a way to deal with the damage to my intestines. Once I figured out what I could and couldn’t eat, I was really strict about only eating foods that would not make me worse. I focused on getting enough protein and steamed vegetables. Eventually I added in cultured foods, like goats milk yogurt and kombucha, as well as intense probiotics. And I was able to handle being on antibiotics without making my digestive tract too much worse. It just didn’t get better. On a handful of occasions, I cheated from my strict protocol. And I paid the price.

The benefit of the strict diet was that 18 months of abdominal swelling finally became intermittent. I got less sick. My body started to respond to all the detox treatments. I hadn’t quite turned the boat around, but it stopped moving towards the waterfall. On the few occasions I cheated, the abdominal swelling came back with diarrhea. My joints and muscles and bones hurt for days. My head will feel like it might split in two. My teeth would hurt. I would suffer from more intense fatigue than usual. It could take up to a week to get over the infraction.

Once I stopped antibiotics and started using the coil machine, my digestive tract started to heal…rapidly. By the summer, I found myself wanting to go out more, to eat out more and cheating on my very strict diet. Since then, I’ve been going back and forth, sometimes maintaining the diet that keeps my tummy and intestines happy, sometimes doing things that hurt me. The interesting thing is that, each month, the reaction I have gets smaller. As of this past weekend, the reaction to eating all sorts of foods that irritate my intestines only lasted about 30 hours. Diarrhea, abdominal swelling, muscle and joint aches. Not so bad.

I’m not sure what I should do with my diet. There is something so nice about eating food, real food, with real flavor. There is something wonderful about eating a variety of healthy foods. And yet, I’m pretty sure I need to limit this irritation of my digestive tract.

So I’m very careful about some things that set me off big time: eggs (strictly prohibited), dairy and corn, nightshade veggies and red foods. But sometimes I can’t quite get it all right, so I do my best to consume an amount closer to a contaminant rather than a serving.

The conclusion I’ve come to is that I was absolutely right to be strict for so long. I think I can be more intelligent about how I reintroduce foods, but I might let myself make mistakes until I can eat normally again.

The next question is: what will my diet look like once I can really eat again?

Healing my gut

In addition to the diet, I used homeopathic challenges to desensitize my body to the allergens. They didn’t completely resolve the allergens. My guess is that the infections in my body cause the allergic response to continue.

First and foremost, I’ve been trying to get rid of the Lyme Disease infection to help calm my immune system, get it off overdrive. That process is still ongoing.

Second, I’ve tried to get rid the Candida infection. I used a variety of probiotics and I’ve coiled. Tonight, I’m stopping the Candida coiling. Tomorrow is the last day I’m taking 5LAC and moving back to 3LAC. I’m surmising from the fact that my gut seems to get irritated only when I eat allergenic foods that I can go back to a strong probiotic and no other treatments. This is one big experiment. I’m sure I’ll find out soon.

Finally, I’m tackling Bartonella. I know this infection hurts my digestive tract. So I’m hoping that when I get to the end of the Bartonella treatments, the food allergies will be essentially gone.

Grains

Grains are the final piece of the puzzle. I’ve been avoiding them for a long time because they feed the infections more efficiently than they feed me. As my infection load has diminished, I’ve started eating whole grains again. I’m having steel cut oats for breakfast (with extra protein on the side). I have brown rice occasionally. It seems to be going okay, but I’m not so sure.

The good part is that I’ve gained 5 pounds since before Christmas. I’m back to a more comfortable weight. My skin doesn’t seem so thin. My bones don’t feel like they’re poking through. My nerves aren’t just below the surface just waiting to bump into something and light on fire. As promised by my Lyme-literate physician, as soon as I started to eat grains, I stabilized at a new weight.

Still, as I head into the Bartonella treatment, and the herxes start to get worse, I’m afraid I’ll have to lay off the carbs again to minimize the pain level. We’ll see.

Coiling

For the past several days, I’ve been doing the usual 24 minutes of Candida. Today is the last day for Candida treatment.

This week, I’ve been slowly building up Bartonella treatment. The basics are 5 minutes on my abdomen and 2 minutes on my chest. Since February, I’ve added 3 minutes total across three locations on my spine. Then on Monday I added a minute on the back of my head. Yesterday I added a minute to the top of my head.

Yesterday, I coiled the bottom half of my body for Lyme, 3 minutes in each location, as I’ve been doing for a while now.

Detox

I started yoga again today. After a few weeks in California, I found a place to do yoga. It might not be my long term studio, but I’m giving it a try this month.

Other than yoga, I’ve been doing more walking and slowly building up my leg muscles. I’ve been taking antioxidants, drinking kombucha and brushing my skin in the morning.

Body

I’m tiring myself out more…or I’m herxing more. I think it’s a combination of the two. I’m tired a lot. I’ve got bags under my eyes. My spine hurts every morning when I wake up, often for a few hours. My overall pain level is increasing, with more pain in my joints, more tightness in the muscles around my shoulders, neck and jaw. I’m getting daily headaches, though they don’t last more than an hour. My stools are a little looser than they’ve been when I’m not cheating, making me think that some toxins are heading out that way. I’ve been gassy when I’ve cheated on my diet this week (like last night). I’m a little more irritable and distant when my pain level goes up.

The reproductive system symptoms are intermittent. This is better than I expected. The breast pain and tenderness comes and goes. The breast swelling hasn’t gone away.

The good news is that I’m sleeping more deeply. I guess exhaustion will do that to you. I’m napping daily and resting through the night.

I’m trying to understand the new constellation of symptoms. Maybe their pattern will become apparent soon.

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Starting Bart

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I’ve been flirting with really tackling my Bartonella infection. I don’t like to do it because the place that seems most affected by the coiling treatments are my upper back/neck/head. The main reaction to the treatments are pain & numbness in my hands and diarrhea. Then my menstrual cycle gets all out of whack (as in vomiting on day 1 and other horrors). Who wants to deal with all that? Not me.

But the time has come. My digestive tract and my menstrual cycle are all screwed up anyway. I’ve already got the first symptoms of PMS (breast pain) two weeks before my next period. This menstrual cycle isn’t shaping up to be fun.

I’ve got a sketch in my mind about how to increase Bartonella treatments. In order to do it, I’m finishing up (or at least taking a break from) Candida treatments as of Monday April 1. That way I can use both coils to do Bartonella. At 832 Hz, Bartonella treatments require a higher frequency than Candida, Lyme or Babesia. The higher frequency causes the coil to get hot faster. With the other three infections, the frequency was low enough that I can do 24-27 minutes before the coil is too hot to use. With Bartonella, it will be closer to 15 minutes. Thus the need for two coils.

Eventually, I’ll have to cover my whole body during each coiling session. For now, as I build up, I’m doing the parts that are the most sensitive on me, hoping to reduce the infection load before I get to the rest of my body. As I mentioned, my upper back, neck and head seem to give me the strongest reaction. Prior to the build up, I had been coiling my abdomen and chest since the beginning of last summer, initially every other day then eventually every day. That was the minimum I needed to prevent the infection from getting active. At the end of February I started coiling my lower back and a week later I added in my central back, 1 minute in each location. I was trying to get a head start on the infection in my spine or spinal fluid as I gathered the courage to begin coiling in places where I would suffer.

I started coiling my upper back on March 21, for 30 seconds. I had done that intermittently on previous occasions since the beginning of February. This time, my arms only bothered me for about 10 minutes when I woke up the next day. So on March 22, I coiled my upper back for 1 minute. I’ve done that every day until today. I’ve been feeling it every morning. Tingling, pain, coldness in my arms, shoulder to fingertips. And I keep coiling because I need to get this under control.

I sucked up my fear and added the back of my head to the Bartonella coiling routine today. I’m a little nervous about what the morning will bring. Hopefully it will be nothing more than diarrhea (which already started as loose stools today before I coiled).

Over the next few days, I expect to do nothing more than what I’ve already started for Bartonella. By next week, I’ll work out the full body coiling plan. At that point, I’ll add in the body parts as quickly as I can handle the reactions.

Coiling

Yesterday

  • Lyme, 3 minutes each on: back of legs in 3 locations, front of legs in 4 locations (covering every inch of my legs), sacrum, each ilium front, each ilium back, each hip/outer thigh, lower abdomen, upper abodomen
  • Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes; chest, 2 minutes; 1 minute each on each side of head, each shoulder, upper back, middle back, lower back, lower abdomen, each hip, knees, feet.
  • Bartonella, abdomen, 5 minutes; chest, 2 minutes; 1 minutes each on upper back, middle back, lower back

Today

  • Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes; chest, 2 minutes; 1 minute each on each side of head, each shoulder, upper back, middle back, lower back, lower abdomen, each hip, knees, feet.
  • Bartonella, abdomen, 5 minutes; chest, 2 minutes; 1 minutes each on upper back, middle back, lower back, back of head

Detox

As I get my routine together in California, I’m trying to get my detox routine back on track. Mostly, I’ve been taking antioxidants, drinking kombucha and skin brushing. I can tell I need to do more as the Bartonella herxes get worse. I’ve got diatomaceous earth with me but I haven’t wanted to use it. (Call it a gut feeling because I have no rationale other than a temporary aversion.)

Body

I walked a lot yesterday. I’m estimating 3 miles in 2 excursions from looking on a map this morning. I overdid it by a lot. I spent the rest of the day horizontal. Today, I spent the day sleeping in, taking a nap, watching tv, generally horizontal and resting.

My digestive tract is recovering from eating out over the weekend. It is a bit tender and my stools are loose. I’ve got a permanent lump in my throat that makes me feel like I have something stuck that needs to be swallowed, but there is nothing there. Also from eating out over the weekend, I’ve had muscle and bone pain.

My back is bothering me. I think the Lyme herxes are still morphing, taking a longer time to come on (or the first stages are less noticeable) and being intensely painful and debilitating for only a few hours. I’m getting Lyme smelling urine more often.  Then I’m tired a portion of each day. Hmm. This illness is nothing if not constantly changing and unpredictable.

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Life Happens

Friday, March 23, 2012

Life happens…and I’m so glad it does! It’s been quite a while since I’ve simultaneously had the time and the energy to sit down and write.

When last I wrote, it was the day before I set up my dad’s new computer and fixed a problem on my own. By the time I was done with both, my arms hurt too much to blog.

The next day my sister and her family came for a visit. It was fabulous to celebrate my nephew’s birthday and hang out with them for a few days. I got to play in the park with my nephew and be around family.

After that, I had a week to recover while packing for a month and a half in northern California.  I decided I wanted to spend the spring with my boyfriend and to see what life is like in this part of the world. I figured I was going to be coiling and detoxing, getting lots of rest and hopefully starting to do more exercise. Why do it alone when I want to be with Joe?

I had a few days in and out of bed after all the excitement of my sister and her family. I got an acupuncture treatment to get me back in balance before I left. I continued to coil daily and did the best I could with detox treatments. I went to a yoga class. And I packed.

Packing requires a lot of thinking for a trip this long while I’m still in the midst of curing myself of Lyme Disease. I ordered a variety of supplements and hard to find protein powders and had them sent ahead of me. I figured out what I’m doing with my medications (which I’m no longer on, but just in case…) I found a used coil machine that I can have for a while.

Then, before I knew it, I was on a plane to San Jose. Whoa. And I’m here, enjoying sunshine, clean air, walks outside, sitting in the garden. All the good stuff.

Before I really got myself settled in, we went up to a mountain for Joe to ski and me to see beautiful snow. It was wonderful. Then my parents arrived, staying here for a few days before going to a conference in San Francisco.

Now I’m starting to find my rhythm. I’ve been coiling daily all along. I’ve been working out how to eat right and making a few mistakes. (My food allergens still give me diarrhea. Psyllium husks still resolve it.) Other than the antioxidants, I’m working on getting my detox protocol back on track. It’s a work in progress.

This is a far cry from what I thought I’d be doing this time last year. Coiling has really taken me out of the cycle of illness. I still have a fair number of limitations. I still have a lot to work out to get my body functioning properly. I’m still dead tired for part of almost every day. And yet, I’m not strapped to my bed or trapped in my apartment anymore.

Life is happening. After 5 years on hold, life is finally happening!

Coiling

Other than two days when I arrived in California last week, when I couldn’t coil because the directions for putting the machine together didn’t arrive with the machine, I’ve been coiling daily. The basic coiling protocol has been Candida and Bartonella, both daily, and then Lyme over the course of a week.

Candida is 10 minutes on my abdomen, 2 minutes on my chest, then 1 minute on: each side of my head, each shoulder, 3 sections of my spine, each hip, my lower abdomen, my knees and my feet. It’s a total of 24 minutes.

Bartonella was 5 minutes on my abdomen, 2 minutes on my chest and 1 minute each on my lower and central spine. Over the past few days, I’ve added in first 30 seconds then a minute on my upper spine. It gives me a mild reaction: numbness in my arms the following morning. But each day it’s a little less.

The Lyme protocol is the same, only I’m not very consistent about what order I do it in or how many minutes on a given day. I’ve done the full protocol over 2 days or over 5 days. As long as I cover myself from head to toe each week, I assume that’s good enough.

Body

Herxing is not as bad this time. The most intense of the herxes come from coiling my head and spine for Lyme. Now they take 2-3 days to arrive. I get headaches and light sensitivity, lower back pain, loose stools, Lyme-smelling urine and worse than normal fatigue. But it only lasts 2 days. Much easier than before.

DON’T EAT EGGS!

Will I never learn? I have to remember to ask every time I eat out. It’s crappy. I accidentally ingested some overprocessed powdered eggs in January without knowing it. I attributed my reaction (which was a fairly mild egg reaction for me) to the fact that I’d eaten several allergens that day and the previous two. But now I’m realizing that when my eyes get itchy from food, it’s most likely eggs.

While I was still in NY, I accidentally had aioli. Well, I actually ate in on purpose thinking it was lemon and oil, not lemon and egg. I was shot. It started with a feeling of pressure and swelling inside the back of my head. Then itchy eyes. Then the same feeling of pressure in my spine. About 90 minutes later, I had a headache and shooting pains in my limbs. The pain came and went, was pretty intense and followed one nerve bundle at a time. I was pretty screwed up for two days. (Thus the need for an acupuncture treatment which got me past the worst of it.)

I worry about nerve damage. For about a week afterwards, the left side of my jaw was sensitive to everything, heat, cold, pressure. It was like spontaneously developing cavities or something. I hated it. But that, too, resolved.

Other than regularly tired, my main complaint is pain in my hands. If I could just get rid of the pain in my hands and arms (hmm, that started right after the eggs…) I would be ready to stop complaining altogether.

Anyway, the other food allergens that snuck in, corn, dairy, wheat, have given me diarrhea. Not my favorite thing, but not the end of the world.

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Why would you write about that?

Thursday, March 1, 2012

I love when people send me candid reactions to my blog. One of my friends read a post about the horrendous gas that VSL#3 causes and couldn’t believe that I would broadcast this information on the internet, in a place where people can find my real name and what I look like.

I started this blog partly as lab notebook for myself and partly to share the full experience of healing from Lyme Disease and the other problems it has caused. In many respects, it has worked wonders. I know I have to write, so I remember to do all the detox activities, remember to coiling, and spend time thinking about my health almost every day. These three things are important. As I’ve been improving, I’ve been tempted to skip out on all sorts of things. So the blog helps me. A lot.

Meanwhile, I check my site statistics to find out if anyone is looking at this vast amount of text. Recently, another blogger started to use a coil machine and found my blog. For more information about coil machines, try Doug Coil Machine Resources, a well researched basic primer by someone who thought she had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I was excited to find that others with Lyme Disease are putting their experiences and information out there, making it easier for all of us to get access to information.

One of my favorite site stats tells me what people were searching for when they came upon my blog. I find some that link to the posts I’m most proud of (try searching google for “women and lyme” or “coiling for lyme”) and some that surprise me (like  “cracking jaw pain bartonella” or “urine smells like turkey” or “candida herxheimer smelly gas”).

I’ve gone through so many unpleasant, (as well as bizarre and disgusting) experiences since I’ve had Lyme Disease. I didn’t know what I had when I started. I looked up my symptoms and found a lot of incoherent (or obscene) web pages. So I thought I would find out what I could, share my research and experiences, and hopefully help someone out there discover that they aren’t alone in the nightmarish problems they have to live through.

So on the day that you decide you want to tackle your Candida problem, I’ve got some suggestions (start slowly, make sure to detox your intestines and liver along the way, don’t eat sugar while taking massive amounts of probiotics) and some warnings (you will need a candle burning full time because the gas caused by a Candida die off is noxious and copious, expect some big, ugly zits). Still, they’re only my suggestions, with a very small sample size of one person, but one person who pays attention to everything.

Coiling

  • Bartonella, abdomen, 5 minutes; chest, 2 minutes; lower back, 1 minute; central back, 1 minute
  • Candida, abdomen 10 minutes; chest, 2 minutes; one minute each: each side of head+each hand, each shoulder, spine in 3 places+elbows, each hip, knees, feet, lower abdomen/pubic bone

Detox

I’ve decided to record the fact that I take a lot of antioxidants every day. It’s the one thing I do most faithfully, but forget to mention. My antioxidants include: lots of vitamin C, normal amounts of vitamin E, green tea extract, alpha lipoic acid and a few others.

The other thing to note is that I’m back to taking Renavive twice a day because I had my very last silver amalgam filling out today. Yippee! No more mercury!!! (Now that’s a big step in detoxing.)

  • antioxidants
  • skin brushing
  • kombucha
  • two, short brisk walks

Body

I’m a bit achy in my joints from coiling the bottom half of my body for Lyme last night. I spent the first half of the day lying down, long enough to give me strength to go for a walk to and from the dentist. I’ve been tired again since I got home. I’m trying not to overdo it, but the limit of what I can do changes from day to day.

VSL#3- I’ve been on it for over a week. The gas is not as bad as yesterday or the day before, both in quantity and pungency. My abdomen is still swollen, hard and tender. New pimples are appearing. One thing at a time.

My other symptoms: pain in my jaw, pain in my shoulders and neck, floaters in my vision, pain in my hips, breast pain.

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Even the bad days aren’t as bad

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Yesterday was a wash. Between yoga and coiling the top half of my body for Lyme, I was knocked out. Every time I sat up or stood up, all I wanted to do was lie down. And when I was lying down, I mostly wanted to read. My mind was too active to sleep during the day. And when I wasn’t distracted by a really good book, I noticed I was in pain. Mostly it was my joints (all of them), my back and a mild headache. My appetite was low and so was my blood pressure. I was thirsty and dehydrated all day, no matter what I drank. And I had a big craving for kale (so I ate an entire head, steamed).

Still, I didn’t have a blinding headache, which is a huge improvement on my life. I didn’t have severe neurological pain in my limbs. I didn’t have the extreme low blood pressure symptoms (nausea, white-outs, dizziness). I didn’t have diarrhea. I wasn’t on the verge of tears all day. And I could concentrate on a book, which is also a big improvement. I lost the momentum I had on the weekend house project, but I’ll get back to it.

Today, I’m still herxing. I was pretty tired and had to lie down for most of the morning. By around 2pm, I had enough energy to shower and do laundry. Then I was done for the day. I took a quick nap before dinner. Not enough energy to do anything else at all. My joints are still achy. I’ve got floaters in my vision. I had ringing in my ear tonight for a while.

Tonight I do the second half of the Lyme coiling for the week. The bottom half of my body hasn’t generated as much herxing thus far.

I’m pretty sure all the improvement is because my body can handle the toxins better. My impression is that more and more Lyme bacteria are coming out of cyst form. The herx felt worse this week, even though I didn’t have any kidney pain. It also came on faster than last week.

Compared to this time last year, my bad days are much more tolerable…not yet enjoyable, but not miserable either.

VSL#3 update

Surprisingly, my intestines are starting to settle down. I’m not quite as bloated. My bowel movements aren’t quite so urgent. The gas attacks aren’t quite so noxious or copious. It seems that day by day, the probiotics are resetting the microbial environment to one that is healthier for my body.

Tuesday

Coiling

  • Bartonella, abdomen, 5 minutes; chest, 2 minutes; lower back, 1 minute
  • Candida, abdomen 10 minutes; chest, 2 minutes; one minute each: each side of head+each hand, each shoulder, spine in 3 places+elbows, each hip, knees, feet, lower abdomen/pubic bone

Detox

  • kombucha
  • water
  • plenty of rest

Wednesday (today)

Coiling

I bumped up an extra minute on Bartonella. So far it hasn’t seemed to bad. But I’m trying to increase slowly enough that it doesn’t interfere with the Lyme herxes.

  • Bartonella, abdomen, 5 minutes; chest, 2 minutes; lower back, 1 minute; central back, 1 minute
  • Candida, abdomen 10 minutes; chest, 2 minutes; one minute each: each side of head+each hand, each shoulder, spine in 3 places+elbows, each hip, knees, feet, lower abdomen/pubic bone
  • Lyme, 3 minutes on the 3 sections of the backs of my legs: butt+heels, calves+thighs, back of knees; 3 minutes each on the front of my feet, my shins, my knees and the fronts of my thighs; 3 minutes on my sacrum; ilium front, 3 minutes each side; ilium back, 3 minutes each side; side of legs/hips, 3 minutes each

Detox

  • skin brushing
  • kombucha
  • lots of water
  • rest

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No Magic Bullets

Monday, February 27, 2012

I got an email last night from someone I met when I was getting IV Rocephin just over a year ago. He said he hadn’t seen me in the IV room for a long time, then asked if I had any “magic bullets” for those still taking IV antibiotics.

I’m not against antibiotics. I think they are very useful, especially for people who aren’t incapacitated by their infections and for people who aren’t ready to head off the map of mainstream and alternative medicine to the coil machine. I haven’t written back yet, but I’m struck by the question of a magic bullet.

When I was on antibiotics, I made slow but definite progress. Until I stopped making progress and was starting to have old symptoms reappear as badly as before. It seemed I had reached the treadmill stage where I would have to alternate among antibiotics to keep the symptoms at bay. I was still very incapacitated and had stopped improving much after the initial progress from Rocephin. All the antibiotics had destroyed my gut flora, taxed my detoxification routes and made it harder for my body to start rebuilding from the damage caused by Lyme and other infections.

Using a coil machine is no magic bullet. In addition to the amount of time I have to use it  on a daily basis, I don’t have clear instructions on how to make it fully clear my infections. I have clues from other users who have been successful in getting better (better than I am so far) as well as those who have actually gotten rid their infections. I’m in charge, no doctor or specialist to help, and I can only get as well as I can figure out how to make the machine effective…and how to do the other work of rebuilding my body.

The coil machine is helping me make steady progress again. Of course, every time I see an improvement, it makes me realize how sick I’ve been, how long I’ve been sick, and how low my expectations of daily functioning have become. Nevertheless, I’m making steady progress that I can see from month to month.

The coil machine doesn’t help me get around the fact that it is difficult or impossible to kill bacteria and other tick-borne microbes in their dormant states. I’m preparing for seasonal Lyme flares as well as relapses of the other illnesses, both of which will require coiling again after I eventually stop.

The coil machine by itself isn’t enough. It is as important to detox when using the coil machine as it is when taking antibiotics. This is especially true since I don’t know how big each herx is going to be, how long it will last and which symptoms I’ll have. (Maybe that’s true of antibiotics, too…) It’s also important to rebuild all the tissues and nutrient stores that have been depleted during the years of untreated and antibiotic-treated Lyme Disease. Without rebuilding my body, the coil would become a burden rather than a help because my body was so weak and so toxic for so long.

Having listed all the difficulties, I’m more than pleased, excited sometimes, that I started using a coil machine as my way of getting rid of Lyme Disease. After a few months off antibiotics with just the initial coiling, my digestive tract started to work better. I’m still doing clean up and rebuilding in my intestines, but my stomach is much, much better. Even my food allergies cause fewer symptoms than before.

More striking is the difference in my muscle strength. It is amazing to be walking so well and so much. It is amazing to be able to go up and down the stairs without extreme concentration and effort. It’s wonderful to have my balance back when I walk or stand. It’s nice to be able to open jars. It’s great to be able to use a computer for an hour (or even two) before I have to deal with intense joint, muscle and nerve pain in my arms and neck. My concentration has improved. The number of days per month lost to headaches has gone down dramatically. I’m sleeping better. I have more of an appetite. I’m interested in life again. It’s pretty amazing the difference a year makes.

I’m not out of the woods. I’m still dealing with pain, sometimes at a debilitating level. I’m still dealing with heavy fatigue that put me in bed for the whole day, especially after mild exercise (like a yoga class) or from Lyme herxes. I still have problems with my menstrual cycle. The food allergies, headaches and physical limitations aren’t completely gone.

Yet the key is that I’m continuing to heal, to see improvement and to have more of my life back. I stopped seeing that on antibiotics. So I haven’t found a magic bullet, but I have found the yellow brick road.

Coiling

Since I’m wiped out the day after yoga and the day after coiling my upper body, I’m condensing the two to see if I can only lose one day this week.

  • Bartonella, abdomen, 5 minutes; chest, 2 minutes; sacrum, 1 minute
  • Candida, abdomen 10 minutes; chest, 2 minutes; one minute each: each side of head+each hand, each shoulder, spine in 3 places+elbows, each hip, knees, feet, lower abdomen/pubic bone
  • Lyme, chest, 3 minutes; sides of ribcage + arms, 3 minutes each; shoulder fronts, 2 minutes each; shoulder blades, 2 minutes each; bladder/lower abdomen, 3 minutes; upper abdomen, 3 minutes; upper back, 3 minutes; central back, 3 minutes; lower back/sacrum, 5 minutes; crown of head, 3 minutes; back of head, 3 minutes; sides of head, 3 minutes each

Detox

  • skin brushing
  • yoga
  • nap (1 hour)
  • biomat (1 hour level 4)
  • juiced greens
  • kombucha

Body

I got a rash on the back of my hands last night after I finished typing. Itchy, dry, rough, red and spotted. I’m not sure what it’s from. My solution was to put sweet almond oil on it overnight. I used Weleda almond oil for my face. It’s supposedly hypoallergenic and very mild, so I thought I would try to sooth my hands. The rash is still there but less inflamed today.

I went to yoga and came back exhausted. I forced myself to make a few phone calls during business hours, so I’m still overtired after my nap.

Both before and after yoga, I’ve been dealing with very loud and tight joints: jaw, shoulders, hips, knees, ankles. My neck, lower back and hands are in moderate pain. I’ve got floaters in my eyes.

Meanwhile, the VSL#3 is still causing tremendous amounts of gas. I’m pretty sure there is a war between the probiotics and the Candida colonies. I can’t figure out where all the fecal matter is coming from. My abdomen is pretty bloated and hard. I get gas cramps which relieve themselves in short order. Then I get cramps shortly before I have to defecate. These are temporary, so I’m not complaining, just keeping track.

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A Cute Little Girl

Sunday, February 26, 2012

I’ve had an 8mm projector and two bags of reels sitting in my apartment for the past 4 years, inherited from my aunt when she went into an assisted living apartment. I didn’t know what was on them until today. Aside from the 1962 St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Park, there were 5 reels of me at around 18 months of age.

What a picture of health, curiosity and zest for living. I’ve never seen these silent movies before. I was pretty cute. I liked running around. I picked up rocks and moved them. I carried a big Snoopy around (the size of most of my body). I moved a reclining sunchair up and down to see how it worked, despite the fact that it was much bigger than I was. I splashed around in the bay near where we spent the summer. I even played hide and seek with whoever was holding the camera.

I can’t quite imagine being as healthy and unencumbered as the little girl I was watching on the screen. But I’m so glad to see that I was that carefree once upon a time.

VSL#3 Update

My intestines are definitely going through something. All these probiotics are generating a tremendous amount of fecal matter. I feel overstuffed all the time. I’m thinking about slowing  down to 1 pill twice a day until my body catches up. The gas has diminished but still exploded out 3 or 4 times today. My abdomen is distended and hard. I can feel how full my colon is when I lean forward. I’m even getting uncomfortable sitting here. (I’d better go again before I go to sleep…)

Meanwhile, I’m having some pretty typical Candida die-off symptoms in my skin. In particular, I’m getting acne in new places: my temples and my hairline behind my ears.

Saturday

Coiling

  • Bartonella, abdomen, 5 minutes; chest, 2 minutes; sacrum, 1 minute
  • Candida, abdomen 10 minutes; chest, 2 minutes; one minute each: each side of head+each hand, each shoulder, spine in 3 places+elbows, each hip, knees, feet, lower abdomen/pubic bone

Detox

  • skin brushing
  • kombucha
  • juiced greens
  • house cleaning
  • biomat (1 hour level 3)
  • rest

Body

I woke up refreshed after spending all day Friday in bed. So I proceeded to knock myself out by cleaning my apartment. By the end of the mopping (2nd time I’ve done it myself this month after not being able to do it for almost 5 years), my back was killing me. I was exhausted and had to spend an hour or two lying down.

After my wonderful cleaning job, I took out the 8mm projector. It smelled like mildew. I ended up cleaning white mold off the plastic handle. Then I convinced myself I was going to die from toxic mold. Nice, right? So I washed myself up. And cleaned the area around the projector this morning. No symptoms last night.

Sunday (today)

Coiling

  • Bartonella, abdomen, 5 minutes; chest, 2 minutes; sacrum, 1 minute
  • Candida, abdomen 10 minutes; chest, 2 minutes; one minute each: each side of head+each hand, each shoulder, spine in 3 places+elbows, each hip, knees, feet, lower abdomen/pubic bone

Detox

I washed with Selson Blue today because I was totally freaked out about the mold exposure. I know that it doesn’t work on all types of mold, but I figured that this type grew on the plastic handle but not the metal part of the projector casing. I’ve got my fingers crossed.

  • skin brushing
  • kombucha
  • full body & hair wash with selson blue

Body

I woke up with moderate back pain this morning. I seem to be getting through the herxes rapidly when I rest enough. I got pretty tired at around 3pm and have been more low energy the rest of the day/evening. I’ve had some joint pain, mostly in my hips today.

Tonight I have a big headache. My trachea is irritated. Even if the mold isn’t causing an infection, it is bothering me. So I put away the machine and cleaned up around it, attempting to sterilize the area. I’m hoping that I wake up tomorrow refreshed enough to enjoy yoga.

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