Hello beautiful people! I need to start off by thanking each and every one of you who have been following my story, asking how I am doing, praying for me, and wishing me well. The kindness that I have experienced throughout this journey from complete strangers stuns me. I have been so humbled by this experience, and mean it when I say that I am thankful for each and every one of you. I honestly have a newfound faith in humanity that I thought was long gone a few years ago after being so badly burned by healthcare professionals, crappy friendships, and even those who I share blood with. I think getting sick really opens ones eyes to what is really important and helps you prioritize relationships. I have met some really incredible people on this journey who I plan to stay friends with for many, many years. I have bonds and friendships with people I have never met because of this journey, and that is truly amazing to me. To those of you that have stuck with me through this whole endeavor from start to finish, I hope I have made it clear how much I love and cherish you. I hope that my story can help others spiritually, physically, and emotionally; I know how isolating chronic illness can be and want to be there for whoever I can. So please, if you know someone that is suffering, please connect me with them. If you are suffering yourself, and have not introduced yourself to me, please do so! I love to connect with people through emails, texts, social media, etc. Okay…enough gushing. I just had to get all of that out. I feel so blessed and needed to let you all know that you are appreciated.
How am I doing?
I am currently on day #37 post-treatment. WOW. Where did July go? Throughout this month, I have had ups and downs. My dad put my recovery in such a great way: “it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” I think a lot of people don’t understand that when it comes to Lyme. Many think that you take a round of doxy and you’re better. And to those that see success with that, I am SO happy for you. Truly. But for others, it is not that simple. We try every trick in the book and sometimes things stick for a few weeks and then we flare again, or sometimes we see no difference at all. I am happy to say that I have seen many improvements so far. I have had enough energy to not only go to work for a full day, but also come home and do a gentle yoga flow and make dinner on my good days. And finally I can say that my good days outweigh the bad. Whaaaat?! That’s right. I would say I’m at about 75% when it comes to energy. SO amazing. I am still going to bed early and making sure I get plenty of sleep. Sleep is SO important when it comes to getting those embryonic stem cells to regenerate and rejuvenate. We will get into rituals (bedtime and morning) in a separate post. Maybe next week 🙂 My sinuses have been totally awesome- no more brick feeling on my face, which I’ve had for almost three years. That being said, headaches have been less as well! I still get hormonal headaches and ones tied to TMJ, but not that awful dull headache that I would get at least once a day. My appetite has been great, no nausea at all, which is also such a great change.
Do I still have some improvements to make? Totally. My brain is still not where I’d like it to be, and I sometimes have pain randomly, especially in my joints. I have days where my energy is about 40%, and it generally has no rhyme or reason to how much I’m sleeping. BUT- I am only 37 days in! I have about 9-12 months of regeneration to do. This is just the beginning.
I am still on a pretty strict regimen when it comes to my diet, supplements, and the like. And I am TOTALLY okay with that.
I think that’s all I have! If you have any questions, please let me know! I would love to answer and help however I can! I appreciate you all!!