In the spirit of enjoying life outside my condition and treatments, we just returned from a short weekend in Las Vegas. We stayed at a hotel with a kitchenette, so I could have some meals at the hotel room when I wasn’t feeling well enough to go out. On this trip I had 2 rough days (nice to have the kitchen those days), but I also had 2 good days, too. I rested at the hotel pool, went to see 2 shows, and we went out to dinner. It was a great trip and I am so very pleased we planned it.
This is now week #9 and the first week in which I am actually noticing changes in how I am feeling overall. I have fewer near-motionless days the couch and less time spent in the bathroom vomiting. I even have some good hours in which I can get my computer work done (I have kept my job and not taken a leave of absence from work through all these treatments). Of course, I still have those hours where I am just as sick as a few weeks ago, but now those time periods are only a few hours long instead of the entire day.
Yesterday was a big day for me as my intense bloating has dissipated a bit for the first time since treatments began. My abdominal bloating has been one of the oldest symptoms in my Tick-Borne Illness experience, so any relief in that area is most welcome.
My nausea is still ever present, but I have befriended fennel seeds which seem to provide me much natural relief. I carry little pouches of fennel seeds everywhere with me, so I am not caught in a vomiting situation in public far from a bathroom.
Recently I have had one new symptom: a black hairy oily tongue (see photo below). Yes, it does indeed sound unappealing and was even beginning to creep in between my teeth. After about a week of intense scrubbing and brushing with hydrogen peroxide, we have gotten this black mold mostly off. My acupuncture treatments also seem to be helping in this area.
To keep the candida at bay in my GI (gastro-intestinal) tract, I am practicing proper food combining and continuing with a focus on a very healthy and nutritious plant-based diet. Since I have such weak GI functioning, watching my food combining helps a bit with my bloating and stomach pain. Poor food combining can lead to indigestion, intestinal gas formation, fermentation, bloating, and putrefaction. Food combining means I eat the foods together which have a complementary decomposition time periods. Hence, I try to avoid eating large quantities of proteins and starches together in the same meal, avoid mixing fruits with other foods, etc. More on food combining here: http://www.alderbrooke.com/chart.php Also a vital aspect for me is to keep my portions small and eat more often throughout the day.
As I am getting a bit stronger overall with some good hours here and there, I am still focusing on some form of exercise or movement each day. Many days, it seems I am going through the motions, but overall I feel the balance between healthy rest and daily movement/exercise is critical for me.
Onwards and forwards I proceed!
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