SUP Saturday Rebellion

Lil' Red and FriendsPatience, recovery, and rehab…

I teach it. I preach it. I skipped it.

Lil’ Red’s whispers grew in my ear.  

Echoing, bellowing, 

“Let’s go to the river,” He shouted.

I ventured out for a short stand up paddle boarding session today.  Tie down straps did not work, the launch fees increased from 3 to 10 dollars.  The crowd started by 9AM when the grounds used to be ghostly until closer to 10:30.

My legs were shaky and my balance faulty.  There were no falls or splashes.  It was clear that I had skimped on my preparation.  My flexibility was surprisingly constrained when transitioning from kneeling to standing.  The muscles in both feet have been spoiled.  A few minutes later, I was back on shore.

It was nice to be back out on the water!

With new exercises in mind, I put Lil’ Red away for another day.

 

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Putting My Head in the Sand – hiding from lyme

My Last doctor’s appointment was a couple of months ago.  My cortisol was low.  My pregnenalone was non existent.  My brain was in meltdown mode.  I began using pregnenolone supplements.   The benefit was being able to finish sentences.  The anti-benefit was that the left side of my brain seemed to lose contact with the right side.  However amusing and adventurous it is to think “change radio station” then reach for the garage door opener, I knew the fun would have to come to an end.  When I forgot to turn my car off when filling up with gas, it became apparent that maybe I should stop the supplement.  What amazes me is that there are healthy people taking it just for a little memory boost.

I am back to talking like a fairly intelligent being and have stopped all supplements except Vitamin D and Lymphomyosot.  My vitamin D level was 37 while taking 10.000 IU daily.  I am trying different brands but still no joy.  At least it is up from 15.  The lymphomyosot keeps the lymph moving.  I am still dairy free and low sugar and gluten.

My blood pressure and cholesterol are up. (105/70 and 163) I think that is good. It just sounds so counter culture to declare that a positive. I do not get dizzy nearly as often and I have been able to stop adding salt to everything. I am pretty sure that it is more because of the weight that I have gained in the past 6 months rather than any miracle cure.  Whatever…

So, I decided to just ignore everything until next year.  The story I tell myself is that I just need time to recover and rebalance after all of the antibiotics.  The truth is more likely that I am just sick of going to doctors and taking pills.  Either way, it will be a nice little vacation.

I did get a cool new toy that seems to have gotten rid of neuropathy symptoms in my feet!!

“The Richway Amethyst BioMat Professional 7000MX is an amazing healing tool that has changed thousands of lives for the better.   It’s most important function is to produce far infrared rays of light that penetrate deeply into the body, warming all the cells and tissues evenly throughout.  These rays are produced by rows of amethyst crystals that cover the entire surface of the Bio Mat.”

 I found a used one with a full warranty from a licensed dealer and made the plunge.  It is a FDA approved medical device but like most things for sale, the hype around it is a bit much.  It did help me, so, I guess I will add to it.  Some people sleep on it, but I find far less than comfortable. You are laying on crystals, why would it be comfortable?  I have taken naps on it.  If nothing else, the BioMat is a giant hot pack that happens to have negative ions and and infrared rays.

 

 

Adrenal Fatigue – One year later

It has been about a year since test results showed that my cortisol and aldosterone levels were really low.  Click for first post on symptoms and causes.

I did not wish to wait until my next doctor’s visit to test again so I found the lab they used and requested a cortisol test.  If I retest aldosterone levels, it will have to wait for a regular MD visit and traditional lab work.

Drum rolllll:

Before

Before

After

After

Something seems to be working!!

I also did an AM blood sample that showed a level within the normal range.

For a few weeks prior to the test, I was not taking any adrenal support supplements.  I was still using an increased amount of salt in the form of Himalayan salt.

Round 2: Killing Lyme

Relaxed wildlife

Doctor’s office

I went back to my LLMD after a month off antibiotics.  Progress has been teasing, but I am not “there” yet.  He is not 100% on why, so we decided to adjust the treatment and go at it another way.  I am now on a Lyme/Bartonella protocol that is targeting cyst forms of the Lyme.  Apparently, Lyme bacteria come in different forms and can hide out in biofilm and/or cysts.  Different antibiotics and natural products tend to target different forms deferentially.  After the first week, I am feeling better.

After taking 8,000 I.U. of sub-lingual D3 every day for several months my level was still only 36 (goal 60-80).  So, he told to increase to 10,000 for now.  I will also change brands to see if that helps at all.

As a side note, I listened to the recording of my visit and I am  a bad patient.  Poor guy was trying to figure out the puzzle and I answered his questions worse than a politician.  He must have been wondering if I had even heard the questions.

Supportive treatment changes (by me, not ordered)

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Back Above Board!!!

Inspired by surviving the cookie weekend, and 2 days to recover, I decided to take Lil’ Red out for a lazy SUP trip. I slowly paddled out about fifteen minutes and let the current do most of the work on the way back.

It was fantastic to be back out on the water, and equally fantastic to have 2 days to couch surf as needed to recover.

 

Back To Earth

I happen to know someone that is very passionate about walking barefoot in the grass.  He may be on to something!

While scouring the internet for Lyme’s Disease information, I came across a site that discussed Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt’s views on electromagnetic fields and microwave radiation.  He advises his patients to eliminate as much as they can afford.  It involves taking all wireless phones and internet out of the house.  Using protective, shielding paint on your home and wearing special clothes.  His certainty that these measures are necessary for recovery led me to at least check it out.

There is a book about Earthing.  It proposes that humans have traditionally spent time in direct contact with the earth and we are less healthy for our modern disconnect.  The author describes research results and anecdotal stories of the benefits of becoming reconnected and grounding ourselves.  He describes some of science behind his theory and it intrigued me.  I have not had the energy to spend much time outside, so…I experimented on myself.

Test 1:

Himalayan Salt Lamp

Himalayan Salt Crystal Lamps

Click for site and more info

I actually ordered a lamp awhile ago.  I thought it was pretty.  There was not a lot of scientific thought behind the purchase.  It is supposed to help purify the air and decrease the effect of “electro-smog”.  I plugged it in and about 4 hours later, I began to get a nasty headache. The air did seem fresher in the room it was in.  It took a couple of weeks for me to turn it on again.  I have not had another nasty headache but do not leave it plugged in for the endless hours that some suggest.

Test 2:

Earthing Sheet

I ordered a sheet.  It seems more like a confession than a declaration to admit it.  I have used it inconsistently since it arrived.   I was hoping to use the grounding stick that leads to ground outside, but one of the connectors I need was not included.  So, what I have to do is test an outlet (tester provided) and stick a plug into just the ground.  At first, I noticed some random twitching or tingling.  I tend to have random twitches anyway, so I am not sure if it was the sheet or just me paying attention.  The manufacturer does state that it may take months to see a significant difference.  I will keep trying it and let you all know if there is some great epiphany.  One of my patients told me that she bought one used from a neighbor that had a pacemaker and thought it was not a good idea to use it.  The patient told me that her husband had fabulous results with his varicose veins.

UPDATE:  I stopped using the sheet after waking to with weird symptoms a couple of times.  It may have just been strange dreams and sleeping in awkward positions, but it stopped happening when I stopped using the sheet.  It also may have been better if it was grounded outside, directly to the earth.

Test 3: 

Shieldite PendantsShieldite - Circle in a Circle Pendant

Shieldite products are supposed to help protect you from electromagnetic fields.  I saw one that would make an interesting necklace and made the plunge.  My work computer runs off a WIFI signal and the days that I have worn the pendent, it ran much slower.  It did help if I put the necklace in my pant’s pocket but only if I was standing while using the laptop.  If I had the laptop down on my desk, it would run slow.  So, I am not sure if it is helping me at all, but it certainly seems to block some of the signals.

UPDATE:  I have not been using it.  I am not very sensitive to EMFs, so maybe I am not sensitive to blocking them.

Bottom Line:

Jury is still out.  I have no idea if they are of any health benefit.  The air seems fresher with the lamp and it is pretty.  The signals seems slower with the pendant.  Sleep is about the same with the sheet and no big changes noted from that at this point.

I will try to walk barefoot in the grass more!