Coiling for Lyme

Trying to cure one case of Lyme Disease

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Instructions on using the coil machine.

Playing with children

After that very long meditation on Lyme and fertility yesterday, I found myself playing for several hours with my cousin’s two very young children. One is 8 months old, the other is just under 2 years old. I enjoyed them. I got down on the floor and hung out with them, letting them get used to me since we haven’t seen each other in quite a while. I joined them […]

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Women and Lyme Disease

Every month, during my menstrual cycle, I’m reminded of what Lyme disease has done to my body and what it has done to the trajectory of my life. Menstrual Problems For years (specifically 2002-2010) my menses were horrible. As I mentioned yesterday, in addition to killer cramps and headaches, I had vomiting, diarrhea, weakness all over my body–especially my legs–that made it nearly impossible for me to stand up, chills […]

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Tonight I filed my taxes. Given my current financial situation, it was pretty straightforward to do it online. I brought in a small enough amount that I didn’t even have to pay to e-file. I recently read an article in Mother Jones about how the tax prep industry targets low-income communities of color to overcharge people who don’t realize how simple it is to file for themselves. (It isn’t on […]

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Buffalo Mozzarella

Every now and then, my mother picks up fresh buffalo mozzarella imported from Italy. It has tons of calories (fat) and lots of protein.  I’m not allergic to it the way I am with cow dairy. And it tastes like heaven. I went to Italy almost a year ago. I ate so well. I ate some things that I’m allergic to (and paid for it) and some things that cause […]

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Happy feet

Hot, itchy, happy feet. I went for the detoxifying, ionizing footbath today. At one level, it meant sticking my feet in hot water for 25 minutes while the water turned rust-colored. Apparently, the first think the bath pulls out is iron. I watched my feet for a while then knitted until the timer went off. Then I stared at them again. I saw a lot of foam, which supposedly means […]

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Chest pains

Not a heart attack. There is a very specific kind of pain that I’ve had since just after the time when I’m sure I was bitten by a tick in 2001. It starts out as a sharp pain, like the underwire of a bra is digging into my ribs. (This was confusing back when I wore underwire.) Then it spreads along one or two ribs and gets focused on the […]

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Bright lights, big screen

I was checking out my friend Craig’s blog today and found a post about f.lux. It is a program that changes the color temperature of a computer screen depending on the time of day. Craig and f.lux explain all the details of why this is helpful for human eyes. I decided to download it. Immediately, it was easier for me to look at the screen. I usually fiddle around with […]

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Restless and Lethargic

I’m still sitting out the Herx. All day I’ve been feeling like I can’t move, can’t get up, can’t get started. At the same time, I’m bored and can’t settle down. I’m not really sure where all the hours went. This is what I dread. I hate waiting it out. I tried sending a few emails to see if I could focus. I tried reading for a little while. Nothing […]

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Rethinking and revising

When doing science at the most basic level, the idea is to make observations. Try different conditions one at a time, make more observations, then form a hypothesis. Once the hypothesis is made, generate a series of tests (an experiment) to confirm or modify a hypothesis. Everyone likes to skip the first part, including me. But when the experiment is on my body, I have to slow down and rethink […]

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