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Completely switching gears now. I’ve had some e-mails asking me how my dietary changes are affecting my R.A. I have to tell you in all honesty, that the last week has been one of the more difficult weeks I’ve experienced since all of this began. The inflammation is increasing, and more joints are affected. I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I’ve been awfully disheartened by my lack of progress.
However, and this is a big however, as Fiddledaddy keeps reminding me, this is a marathon, not a sprint. I didn’t get this way over night, and healing will take as long as it takes. I had a wonderful conversation with Barbara Allen, the author of “Conquering Arthritis” this week. She spent 2 hours talking to me about my test results from the Alcat Food Sensitivities test. The information was wonderful, and she helped me to see some things that I had missed. For the next 6 months, I will be concentrating on only eating from the list of Acceptable Foods, in which I have no intolerance to.
There are other things I need to watch as well. There are some environmental chemicals that I need to avoid. For example, nickel sulfate, which is present in the metal of a good deal of jewelry. I’m not a jewelry wearer, but my watch has a metal backing that is in direct contact with my skin. When my daughters learned of this, their eyes lit up, as they imagined themselves rifling through my jewelry box, and laying claim to all manner of rings and necklaces.
“Oh poor mom, CAN I HAVE YOUR JEWELRY????”
I’m also having to put on two pair of reading glasses to read the itty bitty print on all ingredients of my make-up, shampoo, and beauty products.
I am very excited about a meeting I have on Monday with a doctor in Orlando. He runs a center for natural and integrative medicine, specializing in immune system disorders and autoimmune diseases. I really feel like I need someone who is more of a naturalist, who has a lot of experience dealing with R.A. and Lyme disease patients. Finding this doctor has done quite a lot for my morale. I’ll let you all know how that goes.
Thank you again and again for your continued prayers and support! Have a wonderful weekend!