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Infusio – Day Nine

October 16, 2014 was my ninth day at Infusio and it was also my 15 wedding anniversary! What a way to celebrate 🙂 I’m glad we were able to spend the weekend in Paris and celebrate early!

I didn’t get any treatments yesterday because it was stem cell injection day. Today, I got lots of “goodies”, including a massage. Bodywork is part of the five steps to health at Infusio, and the treatment plan they recommended included a one massage for each week I was here.

After my treatments, I felt very tired and took a long nap. As I mentioned earlier, it was my 15th wedding anniversary, so we decided to celebrate perusing the Frankfurt’s Konstablerwache Farmer’s Market, and we went to a wonderful bakery called Konditorei Chocolaterie Jochen Optiz. I rarely eat sweets, but figured our anniversary was a good excuse to cheat!

One thing I’ve loved about Germany is they don’t allow GMO foods, so even if something isn’t organic, you still can avoid the GMO’s. Sweet things like cake, also have much less sugar than in the U.S., and you can taste something else beside sugar and/or artificial flavors.

Here’s the summary of my treatments for day nine, my total treatment time was four hours.  Continue reading


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Infusio – Day Eight – Stem Cell Injection Day!

Me and Dr. Kathrine

Me and Dr. Katrin Pesic after my injection.

Today I got my stem cell injection, yay!!!  The weather was beautiful and I didn’t have to leave at 6 am because I was the only patient going to the clinic.

Angela Rettig, the head of patient relations drove me to the clinic. It was fun to learn a bit more about her, Germany, and Infuiso during my drive. Angela helped Daniel and Philip open the clinic here in Frankfurt. I asked Angela more about the town of Bad Harzburg where the stem cell clinic is located.

She said it’s a saltwater spa and health resort town that hosts people recovering from surgery or other medical procedures. Angela said in Germany after having surgery, health insurance covers six weeks of rehabilitative care in clinics located in towns like Bad Harzburg. She said many people also vacation and camp in the area.

During our six-hour drive I learned a few things about Angela. She was raised by a single mom, loves Michael Buble, likes Whoppers, Latisse, and Glad Press and Seal Wrap. The last two items, Philp brings to her from the US because she can’t get them in Germany.

I shared with her I didn’t know much about Germany before arriving; and the only German words I knew before my arrival were Scheiße and Möpse. Both courtesy of a German friend who will remain nameless in this post, as to not cause embarrassment 🙂

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I Want Off The Lyme “Roller Coaster,” Please!

Stronger, by Mandisa; that’s the first song that played on my Songza station as I sat down to write this post. I don’t think it’s a coincidence either. It was God reminding me that with Him I am stronger than Lyme disease and Babesia!

One thing I promised myself when I started this blog is that I would “keep it real”. As much as I’d love to have anyone reading this believe my life is always fun with beekeeping, homesteading, etc., that unfortunately is not reality. A huge part of time and energy is spent trying to get Lyme disease and Babesia into permanent remission. Continue reading


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My Six Month Lyme “Roller Coaster”

Last September, after a year and half of ups and downs, I’d slowly reduced my Lyme treatment to all but one herbal Lyme tincture, and was feeling awesome! I was grateful that I would soon be able to close the book on this chapter of my life and move on to better things, like starting our family! Unfortunately, my celebration was premature.

The first indicators of my relapse happened during a trip to celebrate my wedding anniversary at Disneyland last October; and by November, many of my symptoms had returned. Although they weren’t as severe as they had been prior to my diagnosis, I couldn’t ignore the fact that I was no longer feeling “awesome”.  Continue reading


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The “Fun” of Traveling While Treating Lyme

 

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This picture is everything “Lyme related” I needed to pack for our trip. I felt compelled to share this, not because I’m complaining butI hope it will encourage EVERYONE to be vigilant about protecting yourself from ticks.

I don’t want anyone to ever have to deal with any of this! Believe me, you don’t want to experience this mess. Tick population is expected to increase as global warming intensifies, more ticks = more Lyme Disease. If you do get bit, see a Lyme Literate doctor immediately. They will treat you correctly and minimize the chance of developing last stage Lyme Disease.

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