|My niece and I heading out on an E-Mundo adventure.|
In late June, seemingly out of the blue, I started feeling quite well. Instead of feeling at-risk, easily exhausted and weighted-down, I began feeling more sturdy, resilient, durable and lighter on my feet. I could feel my entire body switch from fighting off a real or perceived bacterial load to using available energies to rebuild. My friends and family wondered what I attributed the remarkable improvement to. Honestly it is impossible to pick out one or two things I have been doing over the past nine months that led to feeling better. Here are some of the highlights of my self-care:
In December and January I went to Monterrey to get six weeks of IV antibiotics (after being on oral antibiotics for seven months straight). Wishing I could afford a Panchakarma retreat after my antibiotics, I made up a massage oil brew for my Vata constitution and began to practice self-massage as often as possible. Upon my doctor's recommendation I began to take supplemental iron for anemia and choline to help rebuild my nervous system. In late January I had a week-long stomach flu and while reintroducing solid food to my system I realized that I needed to cut out wheat, corn and oats from my diet. In February, after a experiencing a profound state of self-solidarity, I realized I needed to better align my external realities with my inner-self. This better alignment included braking up with my boyfriend of seven years and moving out of his house. Beyond the psychological and soulful benefits of the breakup, this also served to rule out any possibility of re-infection via sexual contact, which some doctors believe to be a real possibility for Lyme patients. In March and April, knowing the IV antibiotic I have been on several times over the past six years can cause gallstones, I did a parasite cleanse and two gallbladder/liver cleanses, which included eating 'dirt' (diatomaceous earth). As part of this cleansing effort and as a possible treatment for Lyme, I began using the 'Ultimate Zapper' which a friend loaned me. Also, trying to get my Globulin levels up, I took bee pollen and medicinal mushrooms. In May, after four months off of antibiotics and not feeling much progress, I began an herbal treatment protocol which included Lauricidin, Banderol and Cat's Claw. I also added Fish Oil with added DHA and EPA for my immune system, and collostrum (Transfer Factor LymePlus) All the while I have been taking Modifilan (brown seaweed) in the morning for detoxification. Since April I have been juicing and drinking lots of fresh greens and other vegetables and have been eating a mostly vegetarian diet. For exercise I have been practicing hatha yoga regularly, walking a few times a week as much as I've been able, rebounding and riding my E-Mundo as much as I can. Also in June I began to get much needed physical therapy for an impinged right shoulder which showed chronic degeneration in an MRI.
So what of all that actually helped me turn the corner? I think it ALL helped, but mostly it just felt like a divine intervention. Like my soul was simply ready to experience a recovery.
|My latest FB profile picture.|
But, now I am wondering if that recovery is going to turn out to be an eight-week wonderful (heavenly) blip in my Lyme time-line. A week and a half ago I biked to my dentist in downtown San Rafael for a filling in a gum-line cavity on a lower molar. She gave me a few too many Novocaine shots and after the numbness wore off my jaw felt like it had been punched. The jaw pain has mostly subsided (after 10 days) but the molar remain sensitive to chewing and to hot and cold. My dentist says that this is rare and may continue for weeks or months. Ever since the filling, I have been going downhill steadily. The feelings of resilience, returning strength and lightness have begun to wane day by day. Yesterday I experienced some seriously frightening migrating joint pains and today my brain feels off, clouded ... foggy.
My worst-case fear is that, considering that my entire jaw froze up due to my Lyme infection in 2006, some cyst-form (dormant) spirochetes have been activated by the Novocaine shots. This fear comes from knowing that even minor surgeries, as well as other stresses to the body, including air travel, can cause relapses of illness for Lyme patients.
Perhaps I should just refuse to have a relapse.
I will add grapefruit seed extract and maybe some oil of oregano to my treatment protocol, offer some heart-felt prayers to the Powers That Be and hope to knock out any infection that may be stirring in my jaw and teeth.