Speaking to my professor this morning about my past two weeks of blood results and how I was doing on the new course of treatment.
You all know I had a very full on week last week on top of flare up’s and heightened symptoms. I knew that my body and mind would need some extra rest-bite this week but it seems that my white blood cells ( immune system ) has dropped too low. Of course it is always suppressed and lower than average due to the Lyme. My Lyme levels within my body are very high and with the other viruses I am also fighting my body has a massive battle on its hands. With all the extra toxins & stresses of last week they have put too much strain on my immune system. My liver was coping fine and was managing to flush out dead toxins just staying in normal range but with my immune system is struggling to fight all toxins the treatments were pulling out of my cells and organs. I have had to stop treatment. My body needs a rest, a rest from fighting so hard. With such strong treatments. So it’s back to my old friends herbs and plants to strengthen my system again and give my immune system a rest in hope that next week my white blood cell count has risen and my neutrophil levels increase.
Neutrophils are the largest family of white blood cells our body has. They are formed through stem cells and bone marrow. They account for 50-70 per cent of the body’s white blood cells.
They react to inflammation within the body and are the first of the white blood cell family to be recruited to the fight. The neutrophils feed on sugars and carbohydrates just as the Lyme bacteria do ( which is one reason why the immune system is always suppressed. It’s vital resources are forever being drained from them. ) Like my results showed this week my weight dropped slightly. Even though stress and the extra energy used for the events will have taken extra supplies, my immune system will have been snapping up all the supplies they could for their energy too. To fight for my body. Extremely difficult when symptoms make you feel utter rubbish. All you want to do is sleep and escape from the pain, discomfort! You just want a break.
Low counts of neutrophils known as neutropenia can mean the invidual is highly susceptible to further infections and illness.
So my professor has told me to really be careful. Stay away from people who was unwell, or even slightly unwell, keep warm, be careful in public and rest up. To avoid any bugs and infections on top of everything else. My body wouldn’t be able to fight them off effectively.
We are starting herbs to strengthen the immune system and that have anti-viral properties, along with a probiotic to help my digestive system. Parasites and bacteria love living in the digestive tract where they can steal all your nutrients and vitamins. Hopefully this probiotic will help flush out the bad bacteria in the gut and replace it with good bacteria.
I then am getting an inhaler to help my breathing my throat has been awful in the last few weeks. It’s sore and it’s very hard to swallow. I feel as if there is an elephant on my chest. Only ever getting half a breath and on every breath a cold breeze through my throat- like there is a hole. It gets worse at night. But I rush when talking just to get out what I am saying as fast as possible, it taking so much energy and causing pain.
After the wedding I couldn’t breath, I was laid in bed feeling so sick trying and hoping for sleep but wasn’t getting anywhere.
It’s the worst feeling. You are so zapped that you have no fight within you to panic. You simply just have to try and survive. Even though I am struggling to breath I can still breath so I will be ok, and that’s what you have to believe and refuse to panic. Panic would only heighten symptoms. Having an inhaler will give me some peace of mind that I will now be able to seek some relief.
The professor encouraged me to visit the doctors again to have my chest checked but said they would probably give me antibiotics which right now would not be right for my body.
I will just have to monitor my symptoms and as always take each day as it comes.
I really don’t feel like myself at the moment. I am feeling very irritable and short fused. My mind reacting to things in ways normal Sophie wouldn’t.
I am hoping this is just due to the flare up’s and not long term.
Although having to stop this form of treatment again for the second time has upset me a little. I have to keep faith and hope. Look to the future and keep myself motivated to fight.
I may smile, laugh and be able to pull myself together when needed but believe me it is not easy! It takes so much out of me and the pain I harbour is unbearable. Please know that break downs, lashing out, arguements and rants are my pain speaking - not me. I hope you never have to see these play out at their worst but please be aware I can’t always be the life and soul of the conversation and party.
Now, I am going to have to accept habitation and hope for healthy blood results next Monday.
Feeling sluggish and rubbish when you have woken up? Get boosting up on bananas the more the better - they will help settle your stomach, boosting digestion, they are a mood enhancer, they will give you the energy you need and keep you full. Buy my book for banana receipe ideas.
Wake up every morning and ATLEAST have one glass of lemon water before doing anything else! Ideally try to drink a litre of water. The lemon wakes up your digestive system ready for the day and has great cleansing properties.
Check your dairy and meat intake - dairy can sit in your system for up to seven days unable to digest properly. Meaning other foods also get neglected and nurtients aren't absorbed properly and you feel extremely bloated. Go and smell your food bin, your stomach will be in that state. Rotting foods in your belly - hmm nice.
DO NOT FEAR CARBS - THEY ARE NOT THE ENEMY! CARB UP!!
Bananas, Rice, Potatoes, Leafy Greens, Corn, Beans, Lentils etc PACK THEM IN GO MAD.
NEVER COUNT CALORIES - NEVER RESTRICT!! These restriction 'starvation' diets who tell you to only eat 500 calories a day then have a treat day - where you binge out and eat WAY too much, is simply messing up your metabolism and on your binge days yours body stores all the fat meaning you gain weight because it knows it is going to go back into starvation mode and needs to hold onto every little thing it can. HELLO WEIGHT GAIN.
Life is too short not to live it to the full, making yourself happy.