Progress Report

I’m still waiting for my test results to come back, telling me whether or not I have Lyme Disease, or some other widespread inflammatory infection that will likely be named after me, because it’s so weird and rare.

And causes spontaneous bouts of insanity, because really, I have days when I’m losing my grip on sanity.  Sort of like today.  When I found the phone in the fridge.

Or else it could be my kids putting their heads together and plotting to get me a well deserved vacation in an institution.

As far as meds go, I did wean myself off of the Oxycodone at night.  I’ve been off of it for about 2 weeks.  In its stead, I’m relying on Aleve and Melatonin to bring relief from the pain, and aid me in actually sleeping.  I’ll just admit to you that I miss the Oxycodone.

One of the reasons I needed to get off of it, besides my fear of withdrawal and how I don’t look so good in prison garb, is that Oxycodone is an opiate that would likely affect the treatment plan that I will likely be prescribed next week.

Dr. K. is not concerned that I’m taking 50 mg. of Tramadol during the day.  It does bother me a little though, considering that I get a little wiggy along about 4:00 each day.  But then, that could be the side affect of homeschooling 3 high spirited children.

I’ve been amazingly good about staying the course regarding my diet.  Considering that it’s, well, me.  For the last 2 months, I’ve been a vegetarian, save for the use of eggs, and occasional fish.  And the more research that I’m exposed to regarding the use of nutrition when healing disease, the easier this transition has been for me.

I wish I could tell you that my drastic diet change has improved my inflammation, but I have seen no improvement there yet.  However, I will tell you that I’m not getting worse.  And I actually feel better, digestively speaking.  And of course, there’s the weight loss.  Which is just icing on the cake.

Cake. Sometimes I miss cake.

Fiddledaddy found an author that has written a cookbook on eating raw food called Raw Food Made Easy by Jennifer Cornbleet.  She also has a DVD that has been extremely helpful as I learn how to incorporate more organic raw foods and juices into my diet.  My goal is to get to an 80% organic raw food intake.  There are clinics that ascribe to this nutritional diet, plus supplement therapy, when treating diseases like terminal cancer, and they have seen amazing results.  This type of diet gives the body the fuel that it needs to powerfully heal itself.  From all types of disease, like arthritis, heart disease, and cancer.

It’s absolutely amazing research.  But little is known about it in the medical community because nutrition just isn’t taught in medical school.  And of course, there is no money to be made by the pharmaceutical companies.  We watched a documentary the other night called “Food Matters” that literally left me speechless.

I highly recommend it for anyone wishing to seek alternative treatment when taking control of their health.

Lastly, I’ve discovered the joys of Sushi.  Never thought I’d ever say that.  The Sushi rolls that we’ve been making are comprised of your basic seaweed sheets, using Miso, and then adding wonderful fresh vegetables such as carrots, avocado, bean sprouts, cucumber, and bell pepper, for example.  We also add a ranch dressing, made from soaked cashews.  This has become my favorite meal.  My girls are crazy about it as well.  We got the idea and recipe from Raw Food Made Easy, and just added our spin on it.

I’m trying to stay positive, and really am hoping and praying for answers when I see Dr. K. in Orlando next week.  One of the biggest stumbling blocks to my healing I’m sure has been my own attitude.  I’ve had big chunks of time when I’ve lost hope.  But I’ve been reading through the Book of Matthew with the girls for their Bible time, and am reminded how Jesus heals simply through faith.

I also remind myself that in this disease, God is using me.  And because of this disease, I’ve had conversations with the most amazing people that are also struggling.  I’ve learned so much just by listening.

So, that’s where my focus is rooted right now.  Not so much in the day to day struggle, but in what God is teaching me through all of this.  And goodness knows, I am a stubborn pupil, but I’ve no doubt I’ll come out stronger when I get to the other side of all of this.

And I pinky swear, I’ll never again gripe about going to the gym ever again.  🙂

November 16, 2010

8 Responses to Progress Report

  • I do hope you get answers and relief.

    Also, the raw foods research is fascinating. I don’t think I could convince my 76-year-old, potato-chip-lovin’ mother to shift her diet to 80 percent organic and raw, but I wonder if she would experience relief from arthritis pain if she did?

  • Love your attitude. Hope you get answers soon.

    Hugs,
    Kat

  • Question — I have been looking into “healthier eating” for a while now and seem to always get stumped on the cost of it. Have you been able to change your diet without increasing your food budget? And if so, I would LOVE to hear how (you know unless your food budget was huge to begin with :-P)

  • We are in the process of changing how we eat as well, much the same diet, only it is for my son’s ADHD. I am hoping it works. Good luck!!

  • I was just watching a guy on Christian TV, I think it was “Homekeepers” talking about a raw diet the other day. He is the inventor of the Hallelujah Diet and swears that it healed him from a stroke. I had heard of it before, it sounds alot like what you are talking about. I don’t think I could do it completely, but I am thinking about giving it a try. Good luck with the change. I hope it helps!

  • I love your humor and ability to laugh at what ever situation you seem to find yourself in. Bravo for the stick to it, with the diet and to keep life somewhat at the norm level. Praying you find answers soon.

  • Continuing to pray for you, dear.

    Nate’s Mom

  • Please tell me that a raw foods diet allows for at least small quantities of Chocovine.