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Learning To Do Less – Update On Me :)

Hello there! I promise I haven’t forgotten about my blog! I’ve had to scale back some things over the past couple months and focus on taking care of myself because I don’t want to get weak and have Lyme gain a stronghold again.  I’ve learned a lot about how important rest and routine is!

Since my blog a 100% “volunteer work” aka it doesn’t provide any monetary support to our home, it is one of the first things I have to put on the back burner, especially since I’m still working on completing my nutrition program.

After returning home in January from our 30 day road trip, I was feeling a bit “off.” This “off” feeling started about halfway into our trip. At the time, I didn’t think much of it. January was also an extremely busy month, it was all fun stuff, you can read more about how busy things were in this post.

The most bothersome part of my “off” feeling was a rash on my neck that WOULD NOT disappear. It started off as a very tiny patch and eventually spread until my entire neck was covered in large, red, splotches, that were extremely itchy, sometimes the itch kept me from sleeping! When it didn’t subside after two months, I started to get worried I was having a Lyme relapse, since one of my main symptoms was a neck rash. Continue reading


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My Late, One Year Update!

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! Continue reading


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Should I Work During Lyme Treatment?

This time of year always reminds me of my former job in the exciting, crazy, and stressful mortgage industry. Why you ask? Because two years ago this month, I was laid off illegally fired from my job of eleven years, maybe someday I’ll be brave enough to tell that story.

The topic of continuing to work during treatment is important to consider when you’ve been diagnosed with Lyme. When I was diagnosed, I found lots of stories of people not working and on disability. I never found anything that addressed working during treatment. Continuing to work while undergoing Lyme treatments can be difficult, but I personally don’t believe it’s impossible, and I know two people who’ve worked during treatment.

A few things my old job required was working within extremely tight deadlines, being an expert at multitasking, having excellent written, verbal, and problem solving skills, providing clear communication to clients, and supporting junior staff. I was able to do ALL of those things fairly easily before starting treatment, and I often found the fast paced environment of my job exciting.

All of that DRASTICALLY changed after I began Lyme treatment. Since my diagnosis in 2012, I’d considered quitting my job numerous times because many days it was VERY difficult to work. Even getting ready for work was hard!

Unfortunately, prioritizing my health and well-being instead of my job was problematic for someone like me who has hardworking, midwestern roots. And I will stereotype here and say in general, Midwesterner’s put an extremely high value our jobs and working hard. We feel bad letting people down and have a difficult time putting ourselves first. Quitting because your sick isn’t our nature!

I know many have to quit working before they even know they have Lyme; however, if you’re like me, and have been working prior to being diagnosed, this post is for you.

If you’re an employer or co-worker of someone with Lyme, I hope this post will shed some light on why that person suddenly seems “off,” and I hope this helps you understand what they are experiencing.

I’m going to keep this post really REAL, so let me start off saying this …….

The treatment for Lyme, in my opinion, is as difficult or harder than chemotherapy. The protocols will be intense. I met someone who’d had Cancer before Lyme, and she said Cancer treatments were much less intense than her Lyme treatments. This partly may be due to society having compassion for those with Cancer. People undergoing Cancer treatments are encouraged to stop working and focus on recovering.

With Lyme, it’s not the same. There is very little knowledge of what Lyme is, how it’s treated, how difficult treatments are, and how long it takes to get better. I say this not to start a Cancer vs. Lyme battle, they are both horrible! I bring this up because many have no idea about the intensity of Lyme treatment or how long it can take to get better.

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My 6 Month…Umm….I Mean 9 Month Infusio Update!

This was supposed to be a six month update, so, so sorry it is super late! I felt it was important to wait until I had a follow-up appointment with Infusio before sharing how I’ve been. And honestly, at the 6 month mark there wasn’t much to share.

I still have been feeling really good! After returning from vacation in mid-June, things have been extremely busy with school, harvesting fruit, and getting ready for the arrival of chickens! I’ve had a few 10 hour days of studying, working in the orchard, and/or working in the kitchen preserving fruit and I’ve handled it really well.

For this appointment, I had to travel to L.A., which is part of the reason it took so long for me to have a follow-up. I kept waiting for Phil to make a stop in Marin so I could see him there, and unfortunately his schedule hasn’t allowed him to be in that area.

During this appointment, I wasn’t able to see Phil in person, instead I met with  Sara Whitney, the naturopathic doctor who also practices in L.A. She was super nice and seemed extremely knowledgable. We ended up calling Phil via FaceTime to get his opinion of my scan.

My most recent scan was very interesting! It was definitely not as “pretty” as the scan I had one month after Germany.

The great news is no Lyme or co-infections showed up AT ALL!!

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After Infusio – Four and Five Month Update

It’s almost been five months since I returned from Infusio. Life has been busy but good! Since I’m almost a month overdue with my update, this post will be a combined four and five month update. Next month is a big milestone, 6 months post treatment!

I’m really enjoying my life without Lyme! This is the longest I’ve been symptom free in at least 10 years!! It is really nice not having to deal with weird symptoms, tons of medication, and supplements. I’m so grateful for my amazing Lyme doctor and that I had the opportunity to get treatment at Infusio!

Since returning home, I’ve talked to at least 25 people about my experience. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to talk with each person. It’s been wonderful to talk to others with Lyme.

They understand the frustration of dealing with an illness that has no specific treatment plan, and the uncertainty that comes along with feeling like you’re a human “guinea pig” or as Yolanda Foster tweeted “My life feels like a test nobody studied for…..” Each conversation has been such a blessing to me, and everyone has been so encouraging and friendly!

A few of the people I’ve spoken with will be going to Infusio this year. One of them is en route to Frankfurt today! These awesome Lyme warriors have agreed to let me “keep tabs” on their progress for at least their first year post treatment. I have a series of questions they will be answering pre-treatment and at certain post treatment “milestones.”  I’m hopeful my blog will be more than my Infusio story, and will be a place for many stories of healing and remission.

Okay back to my update!

I’ve still been making sleep a priority, and I’ve been averaging 9 hours most nights. I think it has really helped with my healing, which makes sense since our immune systems do so much work while we are sleeping. I am very surprised at how much more rested I feel just by getting an extra hour a night. I thought I was well rested getting 8 hours, but 9 hours feels even better!

I haven’t been having my daily cup of Nettle tea, and I’m trying to get back on track since it helps the body detox. I have continued with acupuncture and I do believe that has been super helpful during this time of re-modulation. My acupuncturist continues to be amazed by how much my body has changed.

My pulses are stronger, and have less signs of stagnation or deficiencies. My tongue continues to show things are improving and the signs of stagnation have disappeared. As I mentioned in my last update, Chinese medicine believes the tongue has many connections to meridians and internal organs. You can read more about tongue diagnosis here.

The occasional digestive issues are also getting better. I’m continuing a probiotic dose of 50 billion a day. I regularly drink bone broth and eat fermented foods. I keep reminding myself to be patient as my body heals, and remember that all the antibiotics were really hard on my digestive system.

Another thing I’m enjoying is my “clear” mind. There is a noticeable difference in how my brain feels. I know that my sound strange to those who’ve never had Lyme but those of you who’ve experienced minor to major Lyme brain can understand! It has been truly wonderful to not have brain fog, confusion, forgetfulness, word finding, and concentration issues. I don’t think I realized how many brain issues I experienced until I didn’t have them anymore! I just thought that was “normal!”

There is one thing that hasn’t improved, and that is my shortness of breath. As I mentioned in my previous update, it hasn’t worsened, however, it feels stagnant. I was hoping for a complete resolution, but I understand it may just be a permanent side effect, or possibly may not have been related to the Lyme and Babesia.  If that is the only “lingering” effect, I can’t complain.

I haven’t seen Phil for a follow-up appointment and I hope to see him the next time he’s in Marin. I’m really curious to see if the Global Diagnostics scan picks up any Lyme or co-infections.

In the mean time, I’m sharing this link to an informative 30 minute interview with Phil Battiade, the founder of Infusio. He explains how the Global Diagnostics works and give great info on thymus and stem cell therapy.

If you’d like to talk with me about my Infusio experience, please contact me. I’d love to talk with you!


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Take A Bite Out Of Lyme!

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The Take A Bite Out Of Lyme Challenge has gotten off to a great start! It’s so simple, anyone can participate!

Here’s how to help spread awareness about Lyme Disease.

Follow the three easy steps below and donate $10 to ILADS. Prefer not to take the bite? That’s okay too! Donate $100 to ILADS instead. All donations accepted here.

1. TAKE A BITE: Bite a lime and TAKE A PHOTO OR A  SHORT VIDEO of the act – the more sourpuss your face, the better (and funnier!).

2. SHARE A FACT: State ONE BRIEF FACT ABOUT LYME DISEASE, such as the facts provided below. You can say them in your video, write them on your photo, or include them in your post. Help spread the TRUE facts about Lyme Disease!

3. PASS IT ON: Keep the campaign going — CHALLENGE THREE OTHER PEOPLE – your friends, family, whomever! – to take a bite! Mention them in your video or if you do a photo tag them in your post.

Here the video of me taking a bite out of a lime!


 

Now it’s your turn! In addition to those I challenged in the video, I encourage anyone reading this post to take a bite too! Help bring more awareness about Lyme Disease!


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After Infusio – Three Month Update

I made it to a important post treatment milestone……90 days since Infusio!

From what I understand, within the first six months after treatment “side effects” can occur, but typically they occur in the first 90 days. These “side effects” can be minor fatigue, or severe flu-like symptoms.

Thankfully, the past three months have been fairly uneventful!

As I mentioned in my two month update, I was trying to rest more. Since then, I’ve embraced being more of a “sleeper.” I’ve been really good at getting 8 hours of sleep, and sometimes I squeeze in 8 1/2 to 9 hours! This means my head usually hits the pillow at 9:30 or 10:00 pm.

I prefer to be an early riser, rather than I late nighter. I used stay up late, and sleep in later; I found that since I began building our urban homestead, getting up early is really helpful. It gives me more daylight hours to get things done!

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