DAY 38 Back on Track

Yesterday I posted a much needed update regarding my treatment plan.  I feel as though I needed to do so in order to force myself to take accountability and start taking care of myself again.

Today I feel much better already.  I feel like my body was going through a bit of a tailspin yesterday being so overworked trying to detox from all the crap I had put into it for a few days.

As the day went on and I stuck to my healthy meals, lots of water and rest, with the addition of a detox bath and face mask, I started to feel progressively better.  Don’t get me wrong, I still felt like garbage and was more than ready for bed when the time came, but I think I can safely say I am back on track.  My skin eruptions even calmed down overnight.  (Crazy what sugar and gluten can do to our bodies!!)

My LLMD in the US got back to me this morning (isn’t she great?)  She has advised me that I am doing the right thing and to wait to see what the GI specialist has to say about my symptoms and obviously to stay away from sugar and keep on the probiotics.

*Sigh of relief*  Now I just have to keep it up until my next appointment with my new LLRN (Lyme Literate Registered Nurse?), which will be once my blood test results come in.

Today is a good day…I can feel it 🙂

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DETOX BATH

Why take a detox bath?  Oh so many reasons!  One of which being the fact that it eases headaches which are the plague that has followed me for the past 3.5 darn years.

Some benefits of Detox Baths:

Ease stress and relax the body

Relieve pain and muscle cramps

Help muscles and nerves function properly

Help prevent hardening of arteries and blood clots

Make insulin more effective

Relieve constipation

Eliminate toxins from the body

Everyone can benefit from a detox bath.  Especially if you suffer from Chronic Illness or Lyme Disease, detox baths can be great, BUT please go slow and check with your doctor before trying anything like this.  Detox baths have been known to cause a herx.  So please proceed with caution!!!

HERE IS ONE OF THE DETOX BATHS THAT I DO:

1 c 35% food grade *Hydrogen Peroxide 
1 c Epsom Salts
1 c Baking Soda
Tri-Salts (for drinking before and after the bath)
  1. Start to draw your bath, not TOO hot, but enough so that you will break a sweat.
  2. Drink 1 tsp tri salts in 2 cups of water before you get in the bath.  
  3. Pour yourself a large glass of water to sip while in the tub.  Also prep another glass of water with tri salts as above to drink after the bath.
  4. Add Baking Soda, *H2O2 and Epsom salts to your bath, allow to fill up all the way, and then swish around to make sure everything has dissolved.  (You want to be careful with the 35% *H2O2, as it can burn your skin if not diluted properly!)
  5. Get in the tub and immerse as much of your body as possible under water.  Be careful not to touch face or eyes with the water because of the *H2O2.  Set a timer for 10 minutes.
  6. If you are ok after 10 minutes, set the timer for another 10.
  7. Drain bath water and don’t get up until the water has completely drained.  Use this time to drink another 1 tsp tri salts in 2 cups of water.
  8. Once the bath has drained, slowly and carefully stand up.  Rinse off with soap and cool water.  You want to wash away all those toxins your body just worked so hard to sweat out.
  9. Relax for 15 minutes or take a short nap if you need to following your detox bath.  Be sure to continue to stay well hydrated!!!!

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Beet Potato Pie Juice

This is another recipe from Joe’s 101 Juice Recipes app.  This one is a little earthy but super tasty as well.

It contains high levels beta-carotene and Vitamin A.

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Ingredients:

1 Sweet Potato

1 Beetroot

2 Apples

1 1/2 inch Ginger

Wash all ingredients.  Peel sweet potato, beetroot, and ginger.  Juice, and serve over ice.  Cheers!

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DAY 12 Missing in Action

Oh my goodness…what a day.  I have been, as the young folk say, completely MIA.  (Missing in Action).  Oh, right, I am young folk, just FEEL like I’m 90.

My friend Button kept me company though.  🙂

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Anyways, Today was a reminder that I need to slow the heck down.  I really pushed it yesterday with my long walk and doing way too much around the house.  It’s hard sometimes when you have those moments where you feel like your old self and think you can do a million things at the pace of a racehorse and not suffer for it later.

I saw my LLND (Lyme Literate Naturopathic Doctor) today for the first time since returning from my LLMD and getting my diagnosis.  I had quite a few questions for him and he assured me that I am approaching this the right way.  I always feel better when I leave his office.

I asked him if I should be taking more supplements, herbals, vitamins and minerals.  I know there are a lot of people out there taking many many different things and I wanted to make sure I was doing the right thing (for my particular situation).  I also asked if there is more I should be doing to detox.

This is what he said as per my recollection (not word for word obviously):

“There is a difference between detoxing and supporting your detoxification systems (liver, kidneys, lymphatic).  Right now, as you are just embarking on your treatment protocol with the antibiotics, we need to make sure there are no “traffic blocks” in the detoxification systems.  The reason for this is so that when there is die off from the meds, it can be cleared out of your body quickly and efficiently without any “road blocks”.

Right now we are going to keep taking 4 out of 5 of the meds (Nystatin, azithromycin, doxycycline, and hydroxychloroquine) along with herbals (bab-2 and Cognease Detox), Binders (activated charcoal, Byron White Detox (with clay)), and Vitamins and Supplements (Green tea capsules, Multi vitamin, Biotin, Stress B Complex, Omega 3) plus two different probiotics for gut healing.  There is no need to overwhelm you or your body with too many things right now.  More is not always better at this point when it comes to supplementation.  The main goal right now is to kill the infections and get them OUT of your body.

Today we are adding Magnesium, a nighttime detoxifying binder, and an herbal tincture.

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We need to be into this protocol for a month or two and be able to assess how it is working for you.  This is when we would start to looking at rebuilding and adding IV therapy for kill off as well as vitamin absorption through the blood stream.

It was a great thing that you followed the MOULD PROTOCOL (I will need to write a whole new post on this, as it is very much related to my illness) because most if not all antibiotics contain some form of mould.  If on top of my untreated mould exposure, I would have tried to add these antibiotics, my body would likely reject them.

This is why a lot of people are on these meds for months and aren’t getting better, because of undiagnosed mould exposure and they have to end up going the herbal route.”

I thought that this was a great approach and I am very satisfied with doing things this way.  I am sure much more was said in my time with Dr. M, but I left this post too long and the information has since left me.  But I think I touched on the most important topics.

Today was a pretty brutal day.  I slept in until 11am and could barely get myself out of bed.  My mom arrived to drive me an hour away to the LLND and I was still asleep.  My body aches like crazy today and my limbs are weak and heavy.  I was so sick on the drive that I literally cried in the car because I didn’t know what to do with myself.  My body goes into this debilitated state where it feels like I have no energy to even hold myself up or move my tongue to speak.  My headache and nausea take over me and every bit of energy is completely depleted.  I had zero appetite and literally could do nothing but go to the doctor, and get back  home to curl up on the couch.

So today….I rest and hope for a better day tomorrow.

Trust me, most of my writing happens when I am having an “ok moment”, so it really is not all lollipops and rainbows.  I am right there with all of you that can barely get out of bed sometimes or feel like the world is crashing down.  I am truly suffering here and I am trying my best to show the more positive side of things rather than my horrible moments.  We all know we suffer from these horrible moments, but sometimes rather than only talk about those, I find it helps to search for and share solutions and preventative measures against these bad moments.

This post is a little long and boring, but I had to get a whole days worth in before I forget what happened tomorrow!

Happy Friday 🙂

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DAY 10 Today is a Good Day!

Today I woke up on the right side of the bed so to speak.  I changed the time of taking my activated charcoal and clay powders to 6am instead of the middle of the night and it works much better.  I went back to sleep after this and allowed myself some extra rest for repair this morning.  I woke up feeling more refreshed, although with a banging headache.

My fave pillow :)

My fave pillow 🙂

I brushed my tongue, oil pulled with coconut oil for 20 minutes and brushed my teeth with all natural clay toothpaste.  I am slowly sort of getting the hang of this.

There is just SO MUCH that can be done and I just need time to fall into a routine that works for me.  I am sure it different for everyone, as we all have individual diagnoses and symptoms that we are dealing with.

Back to my earlier post Attempt at Fighting a Triple Threat  It actually worked!!!  I took my meds and proceeded to sit very very still with my heating pad, my ginger tea, my peppermint essential oil products for headache and my feet immersed in a lavender epsom salt bath.

The second that I had any inkling of nausea, I dried my feet off and got my baking soda water from the fridge and drank the entire thing.  I honestly got through this really easily today…whereas almost every other time I have literally cried because it has been so bad.  I will be doing this again tonight when I take my meds!!

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My Side Effects Arsenal of products

I just got a knock on my door from UPS…hmmm…I forgot I ordered something?

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YES, I ordered this beauty from my RBC rewards points so it was “free” in a way.  LOVEEEEE her!!!  My new baby, can’t wait to use her!

So as you can see, today was a pretty great day, I cherish these days!!!

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More good days to come please!

🙂

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