Thursday, January 22, 2009

Bartonella treatment

Once I returned from Rome I treated babesia/erlichia a couple more times. I also treated Lyme just to try to help with some of the symptoms I was having that may have simply been the flu. That flu was a bugger! It was a solid two weeks of relentless illness. Finally, it let up and I steadily got better with no apparent Lyme flare. This was a respiratory flu, so I am certain that it was not the Lyme Disease acting up.

But, I give myself no rest .... as soon as it started clearing and before I was 100% over it, I began treating bartonella. It knocked my socks off! I did not do what I had been doing .... starting at 25% and working up. I figured I had felt so well in Rome that I would jump right into treating at 100%. Whoa!

I believe bart to be a very old infection for me. I was bitten many times as a child and have Lyme and bart symptoms that I can trace back to my childhood. The three times I was very ill from Lyme prior to getting sick again five years ago, I had Lyme and bart symptoms. The babesia symptoms did not start until I was bitten again five years ago.

The babesia really seemed to make the Lyme more difficult to manage as the other three times I was disabled by it, I was able to overcome it without medical intervention in only a matter of a few months each time. The babesia was the one I couldn't stop treating for a moment without it coming roaring back. Mepron and I were close friends, and as soon as I got off it to prepare for Germany, I crashed.

However, the babs treatment with the photons went well. I eased into it and kept on it. I went to Rome in the middle of treatment, which is why I needed the tonic to hold me over until I got back.

The bart on the other hand, I seem to have been able to live with it long term more easily. My body adapted to having it. My oldest symptoms are fatigue, but not the same as with Lyme .... this fatigue comes and goes and is worse in the morning .... and fibromyalgia pain in my upper back ... also sore throat. These symptoms all flared badly when I began treating the bart.

Another unexpected flare was various emotions that I had back in Middle School and High School. It was like the bart and the feelings went together. This is not the first time this has happened to me, but for some reason this time it caught me by surprise.

I will have my 5th bart treatment today. I hope it's not as tough as the 4th. :)

I've started doing two other things along with the photon treatment. One is a better diet. I'm eating more raw fruits and vegetables with every meal and am juicing at least once per day. This seemed to cause some discomfort in the beginning, so I was sure to take some Zeolite and do other detox rituals that have helped me in the past during this adventure.

The other thing I've added is massage. I've found a guy who is trained in all kinds of massage including cranio-sacral and lymphatic drainage. The first time I went to him was when I was just feeling a little relief from the flu. He said my lymph was slightly clogged. The next day I was very sore where he had done most of his work.

The second time I went in he said that area felt much better and that my body didn't seem to be begging for his help to drain the lymph. He worked more on my back/neck/shoulders where I have gotten pain dating back to high school. I have memories in high school and college of feeling like my sweaters and coats were too heavy .... this has flared again with bart treatment.

The massage therapist said there were a lot of toxins in there that the muscles didn't know what to do with. He could feel these pockets, and so could I when he found one. That was yesterday ..... today, I felt tired and unmotivated all morning, and the area he worked on is sore. He said there is a lot more work to do in that area, one time is not going to get it like it did the lymph (not that the lymph is drained, but it's moving .... the exercise helps that tremendously).

Even though the bart treatment has been difficult, I have been functional, though I rest more. Today I took it easy this morning, then went to the gym, met hubby at Starbucks (okay, diet isn't perfect!), went to the grocery, and am getting ready to cook dinner before I drive kids around.

I feel like I have reached a different point in my treatment. I feel like now I'm helping my body to "decompensate" .... it has been compensating for being ill for years and now needs to find ways to function normally. I am sleeping about 9 hours per night (cutting back on sleep meds), I take time to relax every day, I work out, I eat right, I photon twice per week, I use my Mercola tanning lights (I can't really say I'm tanning as I don't look tan since I'm only using it for vitamin D and don't actually get dark), and I am still saying "no" to adding new things to my schedule. Overall, I am seeing improvement as time goes on.

The photon treatment is not an overnight cure, but in my book, it's been a miracle cure for me.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Wishing you all a healthy New Year

For Christmas we took the six goofy kids to Rome for 12 days for a friend's ordination. It was wonderful. It was a beautiful thing to see 49 young men give their lives to serving God. It was also a treat to be at a priest's first Mass.

We had an intimate Christmas Eve Mass with the Pope and 60,000 other people .... the lights to make St. Peter's bright enough for TV made it all that much more intimate.

It was an opportunity of a lifetime and I enjoyed in immensely, even with the rock concert atmosphere with people pushing to try to touch the Holy Father as he walked down the aisle.

We also got to go to see St. Peter's tomb under the main altar in St. Peter's. Wow, if you ever have the chance to take the Scavi tour, do it. It was a highlight of the trip. You will need to get tickets for it months in advance.

It was kind of a tomb tour, come to think of it, LOL. We also saw St. Paul's tomb under St. Paul's. St. Agnes, Raphael, St. John XXIII's incorrupt body (means it did not rot), and all the tombs of the popes under St. Peter's at the Vatican. In fact, we had Mass by St. Peter's tomb surrounded by all the other popes including Pope John Paul II. We visited the Catacombs where the early Christians were buried and used to have Mass before Christianity was legal in Rome.

We went to St. Benedict's Cave and had the unique opportunity to have Mass in the cave. We went to Assisi, beautiful, but two sick kids on the bus, both of them mine, yikes. In Assisi, we saw two more tombs, that of St. Francis and that of St. Clare. St. Clare is incorrupt and you can see her body in a glass coffin.

Of course, in seeing all these tombs, we also saw beautiful Cathedrals, Basilicas and Churches. It's quite spectacular to be standing in a building where you are as tall as the baseboards (St. Peter's). The artwork in all these churches is breathtaking. They didn't put churches up in a couple years like they do now, it took decades to finish the works of beauty.

There's one thing you do a lot of in Rome (besides eating) - walking! I had two days of symptom flare coinciding with menstruation, so that was relatively normal. I still went on the tours those days, but had to take more rests than normal. I started drinking tonic water thinking it was most likely the babesia flaring, and that seemed to help.

The rest of the trip you would have thought I had never been sick ... no pain .... no trouble keeping up.

Our kids were not the only ones to get the stomach virus .... about half the group ended up with it, including me. I woke up the day we were leaving at 3AM. It made for a fun trip home and way more time in the airplane bathroom than I'd have liked. When we were waiting to board our plane, I lied down on the floor at the Rome airport .... a floor that apparently never gets cleaned .... but I was too weak to sit in the metal chairs. A lady offered my some Tylenol and mentioned that she and her family had come down with the flu the day before ... not the stomach virus, but the flu. I was not too excited to find out that we were seated directly behind them on the way home .... of course, she was probably not too excited to see she was directly in front of me. So, as I was getting over the stomach thing, I got the flu.

On the bright side, at least my body is recognizing when these invaders are present and is fighting them. But right now these two bugs back to back have sapped my energy. I'm fortunate that I didn't catch them while touring Rome or I would have missed an incredible trip. I look forward to getting back to treating coinfections with the Bionic once I get done fighting these viruses.

Overall, I'm still seeing improvement. I had a message from my doctor when I returned that my thyroid numbers indicated I needed less T3, so I got to cut back on one of my thyroid meds.

I hope all of you have a blessed, healthy New Year.