Posted on Feb 24, 2010 in Blog |

The Big News: I am not going on Rifampin yet. This is a big ‘Whew’ as it can completely deplete the body’s energy levels. I am doing another alternative form of treatment that the doctor and I agree will be quite effective. I am still having a strong response to the other antibiotics, showing clear signs of Bartonella die off (grossly, that includes migrating itching that looks like a tiger attacked me and even more grossly, lesions on my scalp). Dr. M promises me these will lessen. He has not broken a promise to me yet . . . . My thyroid is a bit wonky right now; in the past month, my reflexes have lessened again, my edema is worse, the energy level has lessened, and my body temperature is still low. So, we switched things around and will see how I respond. We had a local Lyme support group meeting the day before my appointment and it inspired me as well. Dan F., thank you for giving me the courage to get a Vitamix and try the green shakes. You are a walking testimonial to Dr M’s brilliance and your own tenacity and chemistry genius. Sherry K told me how to get down the apple cider vinegar. I love get-togethers that focus on the positive; on what’s working. That is SO important, a key element to healing. Stephen, however, has indeed started on the Rifampin. Today is Day 2. He will see Dr. M again next week . . . . he also has to get his wisdom teeth out in March. It’s just going to be a rough month for him. Please lift him up in prayer. Jeff goes back to Dr. M tomorrow. To write this down in just a few paragraphs makes it look so ho-hum, monthly appt, whatever. When I go to Dr. M, I almost get a ‘high.’ Every single day can be a struggle with this disease in some form. It can be as simple as not being able to reach below my knees, or as frustrating as having blurry vision, or as frightening as being so stiff in the morning...

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