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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

New Therapy Pet

The day I went in to the hospital to have my first dose of the Invanz, we saw a sign on the way home. It read free Main Coon Kittens and we turned around to go back. My mom's always wanted a Maine Coon cat and I've wanted a chinchilla since my Hamster died a month ago. This would be better and cheaper then a Chinchilla.   We discovered it was a litter of 2 boys and 2 girls, pure bred, Maine Coon kittens. I fell in love immediately with the first female, the other female was the runt, and I took her into my arms naming her Pippin. She was docile and soft and so loving to me. The first day and night she slept, and then she woke up. Shes been exploring and jumping and playing and keeping me up at night since. I'm allergic to cats but not bad, but this one sleeps right near my head and aggravates my allergies. There's no way I'm returning her, shes mine and I love her, so I will suffer through to keep her with lack of sleep and headaches and a stuffy nose. As she gets bigger I will brush her daily and get her spayed and declawed. Shes already treated for fleas and ticks and I'm keeping her indoors so I'll put a Hepa filter in my room and change my sheets weekly and ask my PCP for some more Nasonex. This is a very sweet kitten, and such good therapy to have something to baby.

Detoxing Madness

I've found that detoxing is as important as treating with this disease. I do a few things recently:

In the morning I make a drink and combine a few different steps by putting magnesium/calcium powder which fizzes and dissolves, flavored (to flavor of choice) Vitamin C 1,000 to 5,000 (1-5 packets) mg powder packet, 13 drops of Liver Life, 10 Drops of Burbur for kidneys, and drink it with a straw.

After lunch I prepare a cold Green Tea drink, one to two tea bags to a small amount of hot water, add some honey, let steep for 2 or 3 minutes. Then add cold water and ice cubes and make sure to drink at least 32 oz. a day. I drink this while I soak my feet in a hot 'lavender' Epsom salt foot bath for 30 minutes. You only need about a cup of salt to a 2 or 3 Gallon foot bath.

In the late afternoon I add 10 more drops of Burbur, 13 drops of liver life, and every 3 days I add 10 drops of Algas for metal detoxing to regular water. I'm about to start Pinelli for brain cleansing, which will be added with Burbur and Liver life. Also Red Root is for Lymphatic drainage, I will be drinking that with the other tinctures soon, but I'm starting one at a time slowly because I'm aware that some people respond differently to detoxing and can herx pretty bad.

With all this detoxing I'm laying on the biomat half pad a few times a week too. That is a heat and amethyst pad that works great for Lyme and relaxation. I lay on it for about an hour in the peace and quiet.

I have a good schedule going and I'm glad for it.

Switch of Infusion Antibiotic

My last Lyme appointment went really well, we decided there was notable improvement but we also decided, thanks to insurance coverage reasons, that I should start an every day infusion of the next level up. It's in the same family as Rocephin but it's a bit more powerful and expensive. The Insurance company approved this with the thought that I would get better with this final punch but we are unsure how the approval of the next month of med.s will go. I believe its called Invanz. Since switching, which I believe its been less than a week, I have been super tired. I've had headaches, I'm just really under the weather. I was told I need to keep on the diet 100% and I haven't been able to yet but I need to. I've been doing major detoxing which I will talk about in another post, and hoping that would help with the switch. Currently I'm trying to be patient and see if we can get me back to running and skiing.

Probiotic Protection

It is really important as a Lyme person or anyone else have stomach changes or irregular pain to know that Probiotics make a big difference. Every brand, every type, every dose can be different. I took a Probiotic called PB8 that was 8 billion units and still I needed to take 3 or 4 every night at least an hour away from antibiotics. We switched that brand to another one of a higher unit from Puritan's Pride and they did not work for me.

I started having symptoms of Candida Overgrowth AKA Internal Yeast Infection. It was a mess. This was back in April. More recently I have been taking a refrigerated 85 billion unit one called Raw Probiotic. This has helped my stomach tremendously, especially since I have irregular bowel movements thanks to the IV antibiotics, which are tough on the stomach. My pain level in my stomach has minimized and I have reduced nausea most of the time.

I went for a week where I hadn't taken Probiotics because I was out of them and they needed to be ordered (expensive little boogers). My stomach got so mad and the pain was incredible. Lets just say the pain was unique and there was so much nausea and vomiting, even more burping.

I now have been told to take more then one type of Probiotic and switch it up to keep the body's resistance down and keep the stomach healthy. I take both RawProbiotics and PB8 back and forth and at the same time. Probiotics definitely protect and its important to invest in them and keep on top of them.  If you forget them, then forget your stomach ever being normal again.