Hello there! I am so sorry I’ve been missing in action on my blog for over a month! After returning home from a 30 day cross-country road trip on January 1st, I had a jam-packed January that included:
- A surprise visit from my best friend from Michigan
- A visit from my sister and her boyfriend
- A “family” reunion trip to Oahu, where we met up with friends that live around the U.S.
- Celebrating my husbands birthday in Oahu
I spent the month of February playing catch up on laundry (6 weeks of dirty laundry is no joke!), homework, my first therapeutic nutrition assignment (it was intense and I have five more to complete!), more homework, getting our income taxes done, more homework, getting prepped to list our previous home that we can finally sell, and MORE homework!
I wrote the first draft of this update at the beginning of our road trip in early December. I finally had a moment to review it for grammar and spelling errors. Thank you for your patience and here’s my one year update:
It’s December 2015 and I’ve made it past the one year mark since having treatment at Infusio. I still have ZERO Lyme or co-infection symptoms.
My official “anniversary” date was October 17, 2015. It was quite an uneventful day, I thought about having a party to celebrate but realized that was kind of silly! I’d rather focus on celebrating my wedding anniversary (October 16th) during that time of year 🙂
I’ve been thinking a lot about what to write in this update, especially since I don’t have many health related things to share; so in addition to an update on my health, I’d like to share some encouraging words I received from a friend a couple of months ago.
First, let me start with my overall health. “Stable” is the word that continues to pop into my head. It’s been nice to feel good almost ALL of the time! For years, I’d been used to having random issues flare up almost daily. Not having random things occur is really amazing, it is nice to feel “normal.” It has changed my life for the better!
I still experience shortness of breath, however I’ve realized this may not have been 100% related to Lyme or Babesia. Overall, it is better than before my treatment but some days I feel more winded than others. I have yet to be able to pinpoint what might be causing it to fluctuate.
When it comes to shortness of breath, I’ve always compared myself to my husband and a few months ago he suggested that may have been a mistake. He realized after a short backpacking trip with friends that he had more endurance during a 4 mile hike to camp. Everyone in the group was winded and he was barely breathing heavy!
I think he might have super lungs…..seriously! My husband participated in competitive swimming between the ages of 8 -18, and a few years ago he had a test to measure how efficiently his body uses oxygen. The fitness counselors said his body is above average in how it uses oxygen, which is great for him; but not so great if you are ME comparing your lung capacity to his!
I am still going to continue to work on increasing my lung capacity because I’d like to have more endurance when hiking, riding bikes, etc. I know deep breathing and Tabata type exercise can help so I’m going to focus on those things a bit more.
My digestion continues to improve! As I mentioned in my August update, I had not been very consistent about probiotic supplementation since returning from Germany because I was feeling good. The scan at my 6 month follow-up showed my stomach and small intestine were struggling a bit, even though I hadn’t noticed any issues. After that appointment, I restarted a therapeutic dose (100 billion a day) of probiotics and added in digestive enzymes. I’ve decided to continue these supplements long-term, especially since I’ve learned more about the importance of digestive enzymes in my nutrition program.
I do have to admit I’m a bit surprised I haven’t gotten pregnant yet, especially since Phil said the treatments should help with pregnancy. I still believe I will have children but I think my body is working a few things out before it is ready to carry a baby. I know I am healthier now and I expect to have a much healthier children WITHOUT Lyme! I do believe children are in my future and my husband and I are more than ready for them 🙂
My last day in Frankfurt, Michael suggested the Gowri Motha method of abdominal massage and referred me to a practitioner in California. Unfortunately, that practitioner is located about 150 miles from where I live. I did schedule an appointment with her but then she cancelled the day before our appointment and I never rescheduled. I have been periodically practicing Maya Abdominal Massage self-care, and from what I gather it is similar to the Gowri Motha’s method. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to make sure I practice abdominal massage on a regular basis.
I also know the MTHFR genetic mutation may make it more difficult for my body to hold a pregnancy. I recently decided to explore more about how MTHFR may be affecting me getting pregnant. I recently saw an ND that specializes in Nutrigenomics and MTHFR. It’s been very helpful to understand better how my methylation pathways work and affect my overall health, including how my body dealt (or didn’t deal) with Lyme disease. To my knowledge, Nutrigenomics is not an area that Infusio specializes in, and I personally think that for some with Lyme it may be a factor in their ability to fully recover from Lyme.
Another New Year’s resolution is working up the nerve to have my teeth cleaned. I’ve been a bit nervous about this since my last cleaning in November 2013 caused an immune response that led to a significant increase in my symptoms. Thankfully, I practice good dental hygiene and have never had a cavity but I know it’s important to get regular dental cleanings. When I do have a cleaning, I will be sure to take chorella, like Phil suggested, as it will help clear out anything that might get stirred up. I keep telling myself that my body is so much healthier and balanced than it was in 2013, so I really shouldn’t be nervous!
The last thing I want to share is some encouragement. A couple of months ago, a friend mentioned how much she admired my perseverance when it came regaining my health. She commented how many people don’t have the patience to “stick with things” or willingness to make major life changes to facilitate long term healing. I thought about what she said and realized it was true. It takes A LOT of perseverance to overcome Lyme or any other illness. IT IS NOT EASY! So if you are still in the middle overcoming Lyme, DON’T give up, you WILL overcome!
I often think about how I wanted my adult life progress, because let be honest, having Lyme disease and co-infections is not on anyone’s bucket list! I’m trying my best to be at peace with the path God has for me, and if I’m honest with myself, I am a better person because of the life lessons having Lyme has taught me.
As always, please contact me if you have questions. I will be posting updates from McKenzie, Robyn, and Emily this month!