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Flow, Energy, Massage, Acupuncture, Loss

Posted on Aug 15, 2015 in Blog |

Flow. I bet some of you thought this might be about yoga. Wrong. When I hear about a close friend experiencing a medical crisis, I go into full forward motion. I do anything and everything I can to motivate and coordinate people into helping the person in need. I may not be able to do everything, but I can find people who can fill in the blanks. The difficulty I have in this is that I tend to bring that anxious energy and fear into my own body and I store it there. I don’t let it just FLOW through me as I learned in Somatic Experiencing therapy. I think I need a refresher course. When I go to the doctor’s office for a test, I get tense. My muscles are tight and I don’t even realize it. I try to make small talk with the emotionless tech but by the end, I’m still tense and anxious upon leaving. When I get a massage, I can sometimes get emotional. It’s like a total cleansing. Getting all the bad juju out in an hour. When I get acupuncture, I usually feel invigorated and relaxed. I feel enlightened, actually and I can usually come home and write rather easily and freely. Today, I did all of the above. And I am completely exhausted. I sucked in all the negative energy with my friend Bambi’s stroke updates. I didn’t let the energy FLOW through. I caught, but didn’t release. I tried deep breathing at the doctor’s office, but I’m still emotionally and physically processing what is happening. This was totally unexpected and I feel like I’ve been thrown off kilter. It takes me awhile to get my balance back. The massage was fantastic, first time with this person, first massage by a man (yes it was weird, but he is amazing) and he got into my muscles and fascia really deeply. My physical therapist has to use a steel tool to break my fascia apart from my muscles. And as I got more relaxed, I could feel my emotions from the week starting to surface. But I was ok so far. And...

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Blood Clots, Strokes and Bambi

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 in Blog |

The past few weeks, I have been coming into Starbucks with my laptop and earbuds, listening to Joni Mitchell, Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige and other strong women belting our their pain and strength and determination. I’ve been determined to finish my Lyme Savvy manuscript and to start on my third book, a Healing Journal that I can sell as a companion piece to Lyme Savvy. This effort has been quite successful thus far. The Lyme Savvy manuscript is in final edits with the co-author right now. And I am about half way done with the Healing Journal. I thought I might be able to knock out the rest of it in the next few weeks. I was on a roll. Yesterday morning, I packed up my laptop and left Starbucks for my three-month post DVT (blood clot) check up with my vascular surgeon. I fully expected him to say, “All is well.” Yeah, not quite. I have GSV Superficial Thrombophlebitis which evidently is a precursor condition that creates a perfect storm condition for blood clots and strokes. All in all, it’s not a big deal. I will have a procedure done in his office where they make an incision in the groin and go in and laser shut the vein, thus preventing any possibility of another DVT. Today, I am going in to get the right leg checked to make sure it’s just one vein we are talking about. How does this relate to Lyme, Bartonella, or Protozoa? Lyme, Bartonella, and Protozoa cause a chronic inflammatory condition in the patient’s body. Everything is inflamed. Wherever the immune system is the weakest is where the disease will tend to attack first. So when people ask if this is Lyme related, I answer yes because if I didn’t have the chronic inflammation, this probably would not have happened. And this leads me to my second point. Yesterday, a very dear friend of ours, Bambi Albert, suffered a major stroke and is in the hospital. Bambi is a primary component in the war against Lyme Disease. She is outspoken, hilarious, blunt, compassionate, and willing to help others at any...

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