(Getting my IV today. Mom drove me to Grand Rapids today and surprised me with a PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE during my break in between treatments! Mmmm….thanks, Mom!! :-) Totally made my day!
I’m SO pleased to say that tonight is the best I’ve felt in a REALLY long time!! I actually have energy and want to get up DO STUFF! But I know that when these moments come it’s best for me to LAY LOW….I’ve learned a million times over the past 8 years that I crash pretty hard when I go crazy with “energy moments”. But I AM taking this as VERY encouraging and CONFIRMATION that I’m on the right track and right schedule. I don’t think I can pin point it to any ONE thing…but I really believe EVERYTHING I’m doing right now is playing a VERY vital role in my recovery. I’ve been told by several people who have recovered from Lyme Disease….that when you get 100% better….whatever schedule you are on….stay on that for AT LEAST another 3-6 months to make sure that you’re not going to relapse. Even if this “feeling good” lasts only another hour or two….I can already tell that when I DO feel 100% again it’s going to be HARD to keep doing all of this because I’m going to want to JUMP right back into working and social life and running/exercising and church activities and school and everything that I miss SO dearly. But….if you’re reading this…and you remember…PLEASE remind me to STAY the course and to STAY focused on COMPLETELY knocking out Lyme. Because when I have energy again….Oh you better believe it’s going to be, “Watch Out World!”
One of the Specialists I see at the Born Clinic (Arkady) told me today….”Monica, you’re getting better. You’re making improvement! You’re on the right track. DON’T CHANGE ONE THING IN YOUR SCHEDULE. Don’t add in extra activities. Don’t get stressed out. Just KEEP doing EXACTLY what you’re doing and you will KEEP getting better. You’ll be able to get back to normal life again….but right now, your entire life needs to be focused on just RECOVERING from Lyme.” Good advice, Arkady! Thank you! I needed that. :-) I know my tendency will be to want to jump back into activities ASAP…..but until I’m FULLY 100% in the clear….I really can’t. I’ve made that mistake before and it always turns into me crashing…REALLY hard…and sometimes, dangerously hard.
It was a little bit harder to stay on my “90 DAY FIGHT LYME” game plan today because we left the house at 8AM this morning and didn’t get back until after 6PM. I DID pack all my Reliv Shakes in the car…my food…all my vitamins/medicine….but somehow, it’s always easy to get behind when you’re away from home and on the road for 3+ hours…even if I have my entire TWO BOXES FULL of oils and shakes and vitamins and medicine with me. I’m still trying to catch up on my schedule tonight…but if I don’t, it won’t be the end of the world I guess. ;-) I’m just trying to stay AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE to completing each day at 100%.
I first had an IV at the Born Clinic which is a Nutritional IV and also a Glutathione IV….. They had to poke me THREE times before they found the vein. UGH! Hate getting poked…you’d think I’d be brave by now after 8 years of being poked on a regular basis. But I STILL wince and close my eyes and have to look away. :-P It was okay, tho! :-) And I DO like all the nurses there….just have small veins that are hard to find sometimes. The Nutritional IV really helps saturate my body with needed vitamins, minerals, amino acids etc….2 years ago when I first came to the Born Clinic I was SO malnourished from malabsorption that I REALLY think those IV’s helped keep me alive. (Not kidding) The Glutathione is naturally found in the body and helps MAJORLY with detox. I seem to recover from the blood treatments MUCH better when I can get a Glutatione IV the next day. It helps my body process all the die-off from the Lyme Disease in the UBI.
My next treatment was seeing Jordan, the Specialist at the Born Clinic who does Zyto Scanning/P3Pro/PFG Treatments. He is incredibly knowledgeable and has helped A LOT of Lyme patients with phenomenal results. He is the one over-seeing my daily PFG protocol. He does a scan of my body (usually takes up to a few hours) to see where my levels are at and what forms of the Lyme are currently manifesting themselves and need to be targeted. He then takes the scan and turns it into a daily program which takes me 2-5 or even more hours per day. My Lyme count was still high today….but overall, the scan today showed that I have made significant improvement already with the at-home treatment which is REALLY encouraging AND exciting!!! It can be HARD to lay down (or sit) for hours on end each day hooked up to this machine….but I know it’s helping a lot and without all the damaging side effects of strong medicine. That being said, I may still have to go on more rounds of specific Lyme medications…I’ll see what my Doctor says at my appointment next week. Right now my gut is getting a MUCH needed break from Lyme Meds and the PFG seems to be working better than the medicine anyways. Thankfully, even if I do have to go back on the medicine…because of the PFG….I shouldn’t need such LARGE and LONG amounts of antibiotics and I think it’ll make the antibiotics work better.
Next up was seeing Arkady…the Massage/Acupuncturist at the Born Clinic. He is SO amazing!! I ALWAYS feel better after seeing him. He has been practicing for 30+ years and has worked with a lot of Lyme patients. A very common thing among Lymies is a MAJOR overload of toxins constantly hitting your kidneys/liver/colon/spleen/lymph system etc. Because of all of the craziness Lyme causes in the body those organs start shutting down to a certain degree, get clogged up etc… Through EXTREMELY gentle “Medical Massage” techniques Arkady is able to open up and drain the different organs that are in stress which in turn helps them function SO much better. It’s amazing how much better a person who’s detox organs are clogged from toxins/stress on the body FEELS after a medical massage/acupuncture session. This form of medicine has historical evidence dating back THOUSANDS of years and more recently many MD’s are finding the incredible health benefits of it. Today Arkady was happy to tell me that I was doing REALLY well and that the only organ which was clogged was my Liver. That’s HUGE because last November my body was in pretty rough shape when I saw him. PROOF once again that the PFG, Reliv Shakes, Blood Treatments, Infrared Sauna Treatments, daily Dry Brushing for Lymph Drainage, Daily Epsom salt baths for detox ETC ETC ETC IS WORKING!!!!! Praise the Lord!!!! I’m not doing this crazy routine for nothing!!! YAY!!!
This morning I really didn’t feel that great…and even at the Born Clinic today I didn’t feel super good….but on the way home it was like my body just re-started or something and I’ve felt better than I have in a LONG time this whole evening at home. I can’t tell you all HOW VERY encouraging that is to me. <3
Please forgive me for kinda disappearing off the radar in returning texts, e-mails, phone calls, etc….I DO want to keep in touch with all of my friends….but right now, I also feel like the biggest blessing to myself and my family and all my friends is for me to get better. So my daily “get well schedule” is my first and foremost goal each day. I’ll definitely write and call as I have energy and time, tho! Thanks SO much for your encouragement! <3
Here’s to feeling like day 6 of 90 was EXTREMELY Successful and that even though I know hard days are ahead as I keep fighting….the good moments, evenings and days will slowly replace the bad ones!
Keeping the Fight Strong,