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After Infusio – One Month Update

WOW, this month has gone by fast!

Last Monday, I had my one month follow-up appointment with Phil Battiade at Dr Boyer Cole’s office in San Anselmo.

Two months ago, when I had my initial consultation my brain felt scattered, and the drive left me completely exhausted.

This time, I felt like a completely different person! I had a clear head, and although driving 4 hours round trip in one day is tiring, it didn’t exhaust me.

During the quick 30 minute appointment, Phil ran a Global Diagnostics scan first, and then reviewed the results. This time, I knew what to expect, so I relaxed for the 8 minutes during the scan.

My results were mixed, which was as he expected.

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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.

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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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What’s Infusio?

**Update 4/16/2015** It was recently brought to my attention that my blog may not have been clear with regard to who was in charge of my care while at Infusio. My care was provided by Michael Wittstadt, who is the equivalent to and ND here in the US.

About two months ago, in the middle of a challenging Lyme treatment week, my husband mentioned to an acquaintance I’d been battling late stage Lyme disease. This acquaintance happened to know someone who’s late state Lyme disease was in remission. He said she’d tried numerous treatments and he graciously offered to ask what finally worked for her.

I say “happened” because I do not believe this conversation was a chance encounter, I believe it was God’s perfect timing. A few weeks later my husband received a very informative email, and I learned of a new treatment using stem cells. My most recent Lyme “roller coaster”, along with encouragement from my husband prompted me to research stem cell therapy, and other treatment options.

When I found out nasty Lyme, and co-infections were causing my random, intermittent health issues, I was determined to fully eradicate them. I never once believed they would affect me the rest of my life! I STILL believe that to be TRUE, however, after 2 1/2 years of treatment, and lots of prayers for healing, I’ve realized my body may need more intensive therapies to fully heal.

During my August appointment my doctor recommended a clinic called Infusio. He’d met with the founder and thought what they did sounded promising. Infuiso’s stem cell therapy uses your own stem cells, and that made me more comfortable with considering their clinic.

I’ve tried to avoid more intensive therapies, because they usually involve IV treatments, and those make me super nervous! God has been working on my “irrational fear issue” over the years, so I mustered the courage, and made an appointment with the founder Infusio.

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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


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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Cosmo Mom’s Lyme Story

One neat thing about starting a blog is I’ve been introduced to some new, and informative blogs. I found Brandi’s blog, Cosmo Mom with a Twist of Lyme shortly after I starting blogging. Her Lyme story highlights how much “Lyme denial” exists in the medical field. It’s disturbing that she knew she had been bitten, and still had several doctors tell her she couldn’t possibly have Lyme Disease.

She was diagnosed in 2011 and continues to be treated for Lyme and co-infections. Her blog has lots of information about Lyme Disease, and great stories about her family. She recently wrote about running her first 5K! I would appreciate if you took the time to read her story, and her blog.

Here’s Brandi’s Lyme Story