Yesterday I had another appointment. It was a week earlier than originally scheduled due to some family schedule conflicts. Since Lyme patients can be seen up to twice a week it wasn't a bad thing to go back earlier than expected. We have been making good progress with longer times between visits (to help with finances) so we tend to stretch them out a bit. As long as we are making good progress, all is well!
And, yes, we are making progress. That was great news for me since I felt like we had kind of hit a stand-still. Some days I felt a tad bit better, just enough to know things are working. And other days I thought, "nope, we have a ways to go." My practitioner reassured me that this is normal. It's like a roller coaster ride. The whole process will have its ups and downs. As for the ways I'm feeling now, headaches (nothing new, just always underlying), fatigue, weakness, palpitations, muscle/joint pain, she said it's also normal. She said it's like dealing with malaria. You get easily run down and just don't feel super great. But you get so used to it that it just becomes normal for you. Then when you have a good day, you think, "wow, I actually feel better", but, again, it's a roller coaster so that day of feeling better is often followed with several days of what has become your normal.
So, how do we know we are on the right track? While doing the muscle testing (something reviewed at each appointment), she was able to tell that my drainage system is becoming more open. This means that the bacteria/parasites are moving on. Hooray! We will continue to support the kidneys and liver, digestive system, and female organs for a bit longer. Then we will move on to the lymphatic system. This news was super exciting to me because some of the results of dealing with the bacteria and parasites like to show through the skin on my face. It's like having breakouts, but it's not like the teenage acne. It's different, red, sometimes swollen, bumpy...but nothing seems to help. It has gotten better over the last few months of treatments. However, it's one of the areas I feel has hit a stand still. She noticed it too. A lot of that is contributed to extra stress and anxiety. Since my last visit, 2 weeks ago, I moved (a 20 mile distance that kept me going back and forth for a couple of weeks as we prepped one house and left the other), lost an uncle (suddenly of a heart attack), and lost a dear sister-in-law to her year's long fight with cancer. To say that my body has been overly stressed and exhausted is an understatement.
We kept all of my doses the same. However, we did talk about upping my IS-BAB to 2 droppers (the goal) but decided to hold off because it can cause some of that sluggish feeling I've been having. When tested my body showed that it could handle the increase (which was good news), but since I'm still a bit sluggish we decided to hold off until my life settles down a bit more.
A little side note on the IS-BAB and why it may cause sluggishness: It helps the body go into repair mode. So at night, while sleeping, the body kicks into gear and begins repairing the body. Then, when it's time to wake up, it may take the body a little bit of time to get going. Once going it's usually ok. But since upping the dose could increase the sluggishness, now just wasn't the right time to push the body more.
We also added a temporary supplement called Calm. It's for extra stress relief and mood support. With all that's been going on the past couple of weeks, this was a supplement I was happy to add.
My next visit will be in 5 weeks (unless there is a need to go sooner). I'm excited for the upcoming visit because it likely will mean moving on to the next area of treatment. All in all, the visit was in perfect timing because it helped to reassure me that things are on the right track. Just because I don't always feel or notice the differences doesn't mean that my body isn't starting to heal.
And one more thing to note: the chart I shared here
that shows the phases, we are now nearing the end of phase 3! Another reason to celebrate success!