Words can be devastating! They can hurt, wound and destroy. Words carelessly spoken to someone with Lyme disease can devastate an already devastated person.
Budgeting your energy is not the same thing as managing your time. While we all need to manage our time wisely those of us with chronic illness don’t have the luxury of knowing exactly how much usable time we’ll have in a given day. That’s why I prefer to budget my energy each day.
Physical exercise is important to everyone but it is vitally important to those who have Lyme disease. You might know this intellectually but quite honestly you’re probably so miserable with your Lyme symptoms that exercising is the last thing on your mind. Maybe you want to get started but you have no idea how or what to do. Maybe you hated exercising before Lyme and you have no desire to start now.
I have been so deeply touched over the past few weeks by the many private messages I’ve been getting checking in on me and asking how I’m feeling. I’m convinced I have the best blog readers around!
There’s so much going in my life and with my health that I thought I would sit down and write a quick post update. If you’re not subscribed to my newsletters, do that when you’re finished reading because I may send periodic updates through email.
I believe the last health update I gave discussed my annual physical and how my doctor was concerned that I have MS. I have an appointment with a neurologist at the end of July and I will need to have a cardiologist appointment as well.
In the meantime, I found out I’m positive for MTHFR, Two copies of the gene mutation C677T. I’m in the process of writing a blog post about that. Basically, I can’t methylate, or break down, Folic Acid. This causes a domino effect in one’s health and if the gene is switched on then you have to take steps to get the specific supplements and nutrition that can help you feel your best. As I’ve been learning about this and implementing these steps I’m gaining energy and stamina. Great news for someone who likes to keep busy.
I continue to get adjustments with my chiropractor on a regular basis. For a few months, I had myofascial therapy & lymphatic drainage. I’ve been getting physical therapy since May for a shoulder injury and I just recently started getting dry needling in order to break up the trigger points surrounding my shoulder and down arm which is preventing my shoulder from healing. I was a bit nervous about this but the results have been quick and impressive.
My friend Yve with The Health Track did BioEnergetic Testing with a hair and nail sample for me and discovered that I’ve been going through a Bartonella and Epstein Barr Virus relapse which explains why I’ve been fatigued, having serious feet and leg pain, and that classic fibromyalgia-but-it’s-really Bartonella pain. I also need to readdress heavy metals and as I focus on the MTHFR protocol I will also be addressing vascular issues that have been showing up consistently.
My daughters gave me permission to share a short update on them as well. They’re all doing well and are super busy.
My eldest just passed her National Exam and became a Medical Assistant after a year and a half of school. She worked really hard and handled school and work like a pro. She’s been painting again and every once in awhile will play the piano even though I haven’t had in tuned in quite awhile.
My second -born daughter is working at a large Animal Hospital, working 10-hour shifts and 40 hour work weeks. As a homeschool girl, she loved animals and reptiles and her dream was always to work with them in some way. Her demanding schedule and busy lifestyle occasionally cause symptoms to come back but she’s been able to keep them from getting too bad.
My youngest daughter just turned 17 and she’s doing great. She knows that exercising and eating a diet full of fresh veggies and fruit along with lots of good proteins and very specific carbs will keep her symptoms away! She avoids all dairy, gluten, and sugar. She loves exercising and is looking forward to her Senior year of High School where she will be getting dual-credit by doing her last few homeschool classes in college. We live in an area with a very large homeschool community and many of these kids attend the local college for their Senior year.
My little man, who turned 10 this Spring, is busy learning Minecraft and playing sports. He absolutely loves playing basketball. Last week he attended Vacation Bible School and memorized more Bible verses in one week than I can in a month. He’s doing very well with his health despite the fact that he and his dad love to sneak away for ice cream and pancake breakfasts. His only remaining symptom is a Bartonella pain that he gets in his shin. It’s usually cyclical and lasts for a few days.
We’ve all been on a 6-month return with our alternative doctor. The girls haven’t been taking their remedies for quite some time even though most of them only need to be taken once a week. I recently had my 17-year old get back on hers because she will be going away to camp and I want to ensure that if she gets bit by any bugs or ticks that she’ll be protected. I also purchased Ledum for her to take along.
Over the next few months, I’ll be super busy picking out curriculum and classes for our homeschool next year. I can hardly believe it will be my 17th year home educating my children. My daughter will be a senior and my son will skip ahead to 6th grade. Hopefully, next year I’ll have more time to blog about our homeschooling adventures, especially more specifics about homeschooling when we were all so sick.
This past month I have been spending quite a bit of time learning about homeopathy. While everyone has their opinion about how to treat chronic tick-borne infections, my family has pretty strong opinions as well as experience with antibiotics, herbs, and homeopathy.
Given the choice, we would all choose homeopathy over harsh medications and nasty tasting herbs any day. I still love working with herbs but I’ve become more fascinated with homeopathy as I have seen my family’s health restored, my children happy and thriving.
I’m thankful for the peace I’ve gained from knowing that I never have to fear another tick bite again.
How are you and those in your family doing? Feel free to comment below or send me a private message. As my blog grows it becomes a little more difficult to respond right away but I will continue to read and respond to each message as I can.
Steps You Can Take to Keep Your Marriage Strong
Recently, I read an article that stated nearly half of all Americans live with chronic illness of some sort. Astonishingly, over 75% of marriages that are affected by chronic illness end in divorce. Spouses who are caregivers are 6 times more likely to suffer from depression.
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Whenever I’m with friends the subject of supplements frequently comes up. I love comparing what my other Lyme friends are taking and sharing what I’ve found that works. Just as I do with my friends, I thought I’d share my very favorite supplements.
A detox bath is one of the easiest ways to pull toxins from your body and to help you feel better when you’re sick, especially if you have Lyme disease.
Detox baths are especially helpful for getting through a Herxheimer which is when your body has an overload of dead bacteria and toxins from the onslaught of Lyme disease and co-infections.