I am stressing like mad. I didn’t want to focus on the stress today though. Everyone is finishing and shutting up shop for Christmas.
Patients are leaving Breakspear to enjoy Christmas with their loved ones. A break from the reality of painful treatment after treatment. Hurdle after hurdle.
Work and offices are closing.
The fun should now be starting but the reality is that the rush of buying last minute gifts and Christmas and food shopping is what is on our minds.
Before all you lovely family events begin I hoped to give you a little weekly update as Sunday will be more of a chilled Christmas themed blog being Christmas Eve.
This week, as always has been a busy one.
My bloods have upset me a little.
My white blood cell count had dropped but just normal! 4.1 when the norm is between 4-11. The drop is most probably because I have had a throat and chest infection.
My liver is doing well for me - my ATL level has come down the 30 which means my nasty’s are being flushed out. I am still having garlic, lemons and apple cider vinegar to aid my liver.
I have my apples everyday as the toxins stick to the apples and then they are flushed out by the liver & body. I top them always with cinnamon for anti-inflammatory support . So I am doing all I can to keep that healthy.
I am keeping my carbohydrates low and protein levels high.
I have decreased the amount of grapes I have as they are high in carbohydrates and I want to get my carbohydrates from my potatoes and pastas.
Also fructose the sugars in fruit are natural sugars and don’t go through the stomach for absorbtion and digestion the liver uses them to digest and feed the energy to the muscles.
Glucose - often coming from refined sources does go to the stomach to be digested, have the toxins removed and is absorbed by the body for energy. That is if the body gets it.
I have colon tablets to cleanse the colon, probiotics and now enzyme tablets. As the bacteria hide in your stomach and intestine walls. It’s important to flush out the bad and replace them with the good so you get the energy not the bacteria. The enzymes are important for digesting and absorbing the nurtrients. And with my low core body temperature I need extra enzyme support as my body won’t be producing the amount I need naturally.
I have decreased the amount of rice I have! As white rice especially is very refined and has a very,very high glucose level. Potatoes are slightly lower in glucose but still very high.
All is good on that side of things! I am managing to balance my foods better. Like I have explained before I find it odd not always having carbohydrates on my plate. But I have managed to get my levels from 60g over to around 5g over a day and my protein from 50-54g under per day to just 3g-5g under per day. My fats have stayed consist, I was always more or less bang on with though, being roughly 3g over or under per day. I can never get it perfect but I am have really tried so, so hard to balance everything so much more.
My weight only increased by 0.4kg this week but that may have been due to illness.
It’s good I haven’t gone backwards though! As with illness I normally always drop in weight. But I increased, even if it was only slightly.
I was so over joyed last week at having the first set of bloods with NO red flags.
I was winning. The Lyme wasn’t taking from me and my system was able to keep it at bay.
On getting my results yesterday my platelet count and red blood cell count were low. Under normal. They have never been under normal.
On further research it seems that because I am not feeding the Lyme the glucose it needs for energy. It is now beginning to feed on my minerals. Especially magnesium & manganese. Although Lyme is one of the first infections not to feed on iron it doesn’t mean my co-infections are feeding on it too.
Lyme also stops the immune system from responding to iron, meaning it is seen as a pathogen and not absorbed by the body. The Lyme knows that iron along with other minerals help oxygen be carried around the body to feed cells with energy and aid repair. When the Lyme breaks down the cells, and with my protein intake being up’ed allowing more cell repair to take place. It has to find a way to fight back.
So is suppressing not only my immune system but not my oxygen supply.
It often upsets me when people say you look better and I almost feel guilty for not feeling it.
I have said often to my Mum that I don’t feel me anymore, I am confused.. I feel far from well. I don’t even know how I get through the day most of the time.
Yet others say I look better and wonder what I am moaning about.
With less oxygen applied to my cells and brain is it any wonder I feel ‘not with it’ .
I think the big blow is I thought I had cracked it - de-coded the mystery, but as always Lyme is one step ahead of me.
They let me think I was winning before finding a new way to make me feel like I am dying a little more.
There is no holiday or break from this game and battle.
I woke up this morning, shocked unable to get a proper breath, and swallow. My chest has been awful today, my head is clammy and my throat is swollen and sore. The chefs although being told NO OILS decided not to listen and now I am paying the price.
Somehow still breathing - I’m not sure how.
How I will conquer my Lyme this time I really have no clue.
I need to keep my magnesium up with my nuts and leafy greens as low magnesium is an issue in itself but the Lyme will continue to get the food it needs to thrive and change my cell’s codes, messing up my system further.
They say your body is your temple treat it with kindness. They never teach you how to treat a body that is a constant war zone..
Will you wake up, or won’t you?
You did all you could - that’s all you can do. Nobody teaches us the lessons this disease and illness requires the knowledge of. After all, Lyme bacteria make their own rules..
On a brighter note, Michelle Donelan- the MP for Chippinhem who had a lucky escape with Lyme is hoping to attend the conference as my guest, along with Ben Wallace.
She was inspired by my personal story and wants to come and support myself and our business of residential & holiday park homes in the fight against Lyme.
Our residents along with park owners need educating on this hidden epidemic and with all the promoting we do for outdoor activities on our parks. Warning signs and posters raising awareness need to be coming into play.
We need to be the leading business on a subject that if not pinpointed soon could be a extremely big problem throughout the whole world.
Thank you for reading... let’s get cracking on the to do list!
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.