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Andrea,

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Sorry about your Dad....Are you going to be able to talk to him while he's at home??

He's totally incoherant right now so that's not a possibility. I don't know that anything will get better. He's pretty drugged up. I'll try calling in a couple days, maybe sooner. Doesn't mean I'll get ahold of anyone. I was calling him on the weekends mainly.

I'm sad and my emotions are on a roller coaster. Right this minute I'm doing ok. Hoping Mitch gets home at a decent time tonight.

I'm looking forward to hearing about your appointment on Saturday. :)

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Andrea - it's so normal to have that range of emotion!

I too am so excited to hear about RAchel's appointment. Let me know when he's ready to go "public", lol.

Well folks, I am officially AMALGAM FREE!!!!!! Just had the last one done a few minutes ago. I asked the dentist about chelation, but he suggested I wait 6 months to see how I feel and if I improve. I've been reading on the Internet about not starting chelation right after the removal, so that was something I already had in mind. He gave me the name of a doctor anyway, but I do think I'll wait a while. So until then, I'll continue with my pectasol and maybe add some other things, which are also good for candida.

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I've eaten ghee and had some really really bad reactions to it....WAY worse than what butter does. :blink:

I never did figure it out...now I'm thinking the ghee has to contain fungi/mycotoxins....moreso than other dairy products.

Huh, that's weird :huh: . Gotta be the mycotoxins then. I'm not sure why ghee would be worse than butter. It works better for me than butter.

Somewhere is bound to have a black candle. 40th birthday parties usually have that theme for over the hill. Black candles are the only ones used to break curses.

Oh yeah! I bought them for my husband when he turned 50 two weeks after we got married. Does that mean when you get black candles when you turn 40 or 50 that it breaks the curse of getting old :lol:. I wish! Oh no, no one got me black candles when I turned 40 :unsure: .

My dad has gone downhill fast.

Andrea, sorry to hear about your Dad (((((hugs))))). I hope he doesn't suffer :( .

I hate giving up nuts :angry: . I'm cleared for them, and did have some cashews the other day in Indian food, but I'm steering clear of nut butters. I don't think all that mold agrees with me.

I tried to find out about Aspergillus infection.....I dont know if it fits for me though. I'm sensitive to all molds so its probably more likely because of leaky gut. :(

I'm still gonna take the test but I'm thinking my immune system is probably fighting all molds so would likely come back high. I'm not sure if treating it would help in this situation.

I guess if my gut is leaky these fungi could have translocated and set up infection somewhere in my body. <_< Thats the thing about leaky gut...the pathogens get to travel around and wreak havoc. :(

I was wondering if I still had bad bacteria in my gut, why it wasn't showing up on BioSET? Dr. F explained to me today that he thought the BioSET showed stuff happening in your body, not your gut. So, when the leaky gut happens, the bacteria get into your bloodstream and body. The same thing could be happening with the Aspergillus. So, just because you are cleared of everything through BioSET doesn't mean you are out of the woods yet. My gut is still healing.

As far as my BioSET Files go, everything is still holding - all the clearings. I did have some D today, so I asked about coconut, as I had coconut milk today. Dr. F couldn't find anything with coconut to test. He flippantly said, "Nobody cares about coconut" :lol: . I'm ok for corn syrup now too :huh: . I guess that means my intestines are healing, but I'm not about to go out and drink a Coke, for cripes sake :lol: ! Maybe I just over did the homemade yogurt last night :ph34r: . It's so good, and I was hungry. It doesn't help that I'm PMSing and eating stuff I probably shouldn't :ph34r: .

Claire

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She said that cigarette makers put aspergillus into cigarettes for flavor and to make them more addictive. She said they put mold into the cigarettes purposely! :o

Wow, that's so insidious :angry: . I can't wait to tell my 15 year old stepson. He's always coming home smelling like smoke. He says he doesn't smoke, and that his friends do and his friends parents do. Whenever he gets sick, he's paranoid that he has cancer or something. I'm always telling him that smoking is one of the worst things he can do for his health.

My mom smoked during my pregnancy and she was a nurse :angry: . She said she didn't know "back then" it was bad for you <_< . I tell her that's why I'm so weird, cuz she smoked during my pregnancy :lol: .

I told her about how after I got sick I went through my bad break-up and I couldnt cope because of the illness and I resumed smoking....even more than a pack a day and I also wasnt eating much. She said I went back to the cigarettes for comfort. Yeah...thats pretty much what happened. :(

I really miss my comfort foods :( . It sucks not being able to have them. And when I do, I seem to pay for it, and then it's not worth it.

Anyhoo, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Seems like you've made the best of a bad situation. All this stuff you are learning and passing on to others, it's really helpful :) . I try to find some silver lining in all of it. All my health issues have been blessings in one way or another. I know my body won't tolerate anything but taking the best care of myself!

I'm sure the tobacco companies are involved in some way. <_<

Evil tobacco companies :angry: .

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Anyhoo, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Seems like you've made the best of a bad situation. All this stuff you are learning and passing on to others, it's really helpful :) . I try to find some silver lining in all of it. All my health issues have been blessings in one way or another.

Claire...so true. I love that line about making lemonade. :)

I dont know how I would deal if I didnt see the positive things to come out of this. There actually has been alot of positive changes in my life due to this illness...mostly changes within myself....I look at life differently and am more appreciative and compassionate . :)

I definately wasnt always considerate or helpful to others...thats one of the biggest changes to come out of this....and I'm glad. :)

It seems like getting sick would have made me focus more on myself but instead its opened my eyes to be more considerate and compassionate to others.....something that I was seriously lacking when I was healthy. :ph34r:

Yup...there is always a silver lining. I like the "sick" Rachel much better. :)

I was wondering if I still had bad bacteria in my gut, why it wasn't showing up on BioSET? Dr. F explained to me today that he thought the BioSET showed stuff happening in your body, not your gut. So, when the leaky gut happens, the bacteria get into your bloodstream and body. The same thing could be happening with the Aspergillus. So, just because you are cleared of everything through BioSET doesn't mean you are out of the woods yet. My gut is still healing.
I think BioSET can definately detect gut problems....afterall the gut is part of the body. This area (and the bacteria living within it) accounts for 70% of our immune system.....its definately a BIG part of our body. If the testing can detect problems in all other body systems....it would also detect problems in the gut. I have lots of things involving my gut show up in my testing.

I've been thinking and reading more about Aspergillus....I could it be one of my problems. I've read some different things that stick out in my mind.

One of the main things is that Aspergillus infections frequently occur in the sinuses. WOAH...this is where all of my symptoms began. :blink:

After my thyroid treatment all of symptoms involved swelling, pain and pressure in my nose and the area between my eyes and above my eyebrows. This was causing eye problems, headaches and alot of pain in the area. It hurt to touch it. Its only bearable now because I'm careful of what I eat and breathe...but the symptoms have never cleared. I still have swelling and pain.

I have always said that more than 95% of my symptoms are literally in my head. It ended up getting worse to where my ears, glands and other tissue in my face gets really painful and swollen....although noone can really see the swelling. :rolleyes:

Some of my first tests were centered on my sinus....I had a CT scan but it showed the sinus area to be clear....although there was some imflammation. There was no visible "sinus infection" despite all this pain. :huh:

So now I'm reading about the Aspergillus and thinking "Hmmmm"... <_<

Aspergillus is a group of moulds, which is found everywhere world-wide, especially in the autumn and winter in the Northern hemisphere. Moulds are also called filamentous fungi. Only a few of these moulds can cause illness in humans and animals. Most people are naturally immune and do not develop disease caused by Aspergillus.

However, when disease does occur, it takes several forms.

The types of diseases caused by Aspergillus are varied, ranging from an allergy-type illness to life-threatening generalised infections. Diseases caused by Aspergillus are called aspergillosis. The severity of aspergillosis is determined by various factors but one of the most important is the state of the immune system of the person.

Aspergillus sinusitis

Aspergillus disease can happen in the sinuses leading to Aspergillus sinusitis. Just as in the lungs, Aspergillus can cause the three diseases - allergic sinusitis, a fungal ball or invasive aspergillosis.

Allergic disease is asssociated with long standing symptoms of a runny blocked up nose, and may lead to nasal polyps. Surgical drainage, including removal of polyps, careful attention to treatment of bacterial infection, local steroids and/or short courses of oral steroids and antifungals applied locally are the approaches to therapy.

The fungal ball caused by Aspergillus happens in a similar way to an aspergilloma. In those with normal immune systems, stuffiness of the nose, chronic headache or discomfort in the face is common. Drainage of the sinus, by surgery, usually cures the problem, unless the Aspergillus has entered the sinuses deep inside the skull. Then antifungal drugs and surgery is usually successful.

When patients have damaged immune systems - if, for example they have had leukaemia or have had a bone marrow transplant - Aspergillus sinusitis is more serious. In these cases the sinusitis is a form of invasive aspergillosis. The symptoms include fever, facial pain, nasal discharge and headaches. The diagnosis is made by finding the fungus in fluid or tissue from the sinuses and with scans. Surgery is done in most cases as it is important to find out what is exactly wrong and is often helpful in eradicating the fungus. Treatment with powerful antifungal medicines is essential. Choices of treatment include amphotericin B, caspofungin, voriconazole or itraconazole. Response may be better to amphotericin B than voriconazole or itraconazole; the role of caspofungin is uncertain, as there is little experience.

Interestingly I have nasal polyps. :blink:

They flare up and become painful when I eat the moldy foods or breathe things that are bothersome to me. The Dr. at HN saw them on a day when they were flared up and said that they were huge and swollen and that my whole nasal passageway was inflamed. This is what happens and its quite painful. :(

Also I have the symptoms of stuffy nose, face pain and chronic headache..I have swelling as well. All of these symptoms are intensified by eating the moldy foods. <_<

The stuffy nose is the only one which goes away completely if I avoid bad things...the other symptoms are always there. The stuffy nose can come back immediately after eating or breathing something that affects me.

There is more than just Candida

Candida is a much used general term. Usually it refers to Candida albicans. Yet there are many more species like Candida parapsilosis, or glabrata. Sometimes symptoms can also be caused by moulds like Aspergillus niger or Geotrichum (milkmould). It is essential therefore to know which of these many possibilities is the cause of the problem, and that is why an accurate analysis is needed before treatment should begin.

Nystatin apparently does not enter the bloodstream but does kill candida and other fungi in the gastrointestinal tract. Diflucan (fluconazole) enters the bloodstream. Some say it can make sinus problems worse, and even be hard on the liver. Apparently Diflucan will kill Candida and some other fungi in the sinuses, but it does not kill aspergillus, a more dangerous fungus often found in the sinus. Killing the other fungi can allow aspergillus to multiply.

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Maybe this is why Diflucin did nothing for me??? My symtpoms are definately in my face and sinus area primarily....nothing I have taken has helped thus far. <_<

I do have symptoms elsewhere but they are mild in comparison.

I would think that if I had an Aspergillus infection in my sinus....it would produce mycotoxins like all other fungi do. Some Aspergillus produce Alflatoxin....which is carciogenic. :huh:

It seems like this kind of fungal infection could weaken my immune system enough to let candida get out of control and cause leaky gut. The toxins from these two fungi could definately impair my liver a great deal. <_<

It says that Aspergillus is more dangerous than Candida. I wonder if this could be why my symptoms are so severe?? :unsure:

Symptoms of mold hypersensitivity can be worsened by eating foods, such as cheeses, that are processed with fungi. Other foods like mushrooms, which have gills that attract viruses, fungi, and other invaders, dried fruits, and foods containing yeast, soy sauce; which obtains its unique flavor from Aspergillus, or vinegar can also produce allergic symptoms. Avoid these foods if you suspect any mold allergies, or have suffered from prolonged exposure to toxigenic molds, and have yourself checked for leaky gut syndrome by a knowledgeable physician.

Aspergillus could definately be a toxigenic mold to which I've have prolonged exposure. It could explain my hypersensitivity to molds.

All of the foods to avoid are the ones that give me the WORST reactions. :o

Foods to Avoid

- NO dried fruit; raisons, apricots, prunes, figs, etc.

I cant eat ANY of these....especially raisins.

- NO aged cheese of any kind - Some cheeses are acceptable if milk is tolerable, e.g., cottage cheese, mozzarella, provolone, ricotta and farmer's cheese.

No cheese is ok....I've tried them all...even the farmers cheese.

- NO mushrooms or fungi whatsoever, such as truffles, even avoid sprouts.

Definately no mushrooms and I do react to sprouts. :blink:

- NO Leftovers- Eat within 24 hours, unless frozen (microwave frozen food to thaw quickly)

All of my foods have to be very fresh or I react.

- NO Breads. Malted means moldy. Dough conditioners are moldy. Sourdough or sourdough starter is the worst. (Sometimes labeled yeast-free) Bread develops surface mold within a day. Some tortillas, biscuits, muffins, cakes and cookies are usually yeast free, yet high in sugar content. You can buy sprouted bread with no yeast (Not sourdough) at the health food store.

Yeah...I cant have any of these yummies. :(

- NO Sauerkraut. It has been fermented.

Holy cow...one spoonful of Saurkraut gave me a massive reaction that had me in tears. :blink:

- NO Tomato Products; Juice, sauce, paste, ketchup, etc., are made from moldy tomatoes.

I can olny eat fresh tomatoes that are not too ripe.

- NO Beer - The darker the beer, the more mold it contains.

Ummm....definately not!

- NO Wine & Wine Vinegar - White wine is least moldy; clear vinegar may be tolerated.

Nope...I'm scared of vinegar. :ph34r:

- NO liquor - Vodka, tequila, clear rums are least moldy.

NO ALCOHOL

- Be careful of multi-B Vitamins - Many contain either yeast or mold (Rice hulls are moldy). Some are

alright. Check with manufacturer. See note below on Aspergillus fermentation process.

B-Vitamins kill me....even when foods are enriched with viatmins I react very strongly.

- NO cider or fruit juice (juice contains mold as it is made with old fruit).

Never tried cider but all fruit juice causes symptoms

- NO Pickled and smoked meats and fish, including processed delicatessen foods, sausages, salami, bologna, frankfurters, corned beef and pickled tongue.

Major reactions to these foods....same as with the saurkraut.

- NO eggs

EGGS! :o

- NO melons, except watermelon if very fresh and eaten same day.

I dont eat any melons....not even watermelon. :(

PRODUCTS OF ASPERGILLUS FERMENTATION:

SOY SAUCE- FLAVORED WITH ASPERGILLUS

I havent eaten soy sauce since getting sick.

CHOCOLATE - ANYTHING MADE WITH CHOCOLATE LIQUEUR IS DEEMED UNSAFE DUE TO THE FUNGAL CONTENT.

OMG...this answers alot....I react to anything with chocolate liquor. :o

I eat ice cream bars that have a chocloate coating....I have to remove the coating in order to be able to eat it without reacting. The coating has liquor...same with chocolate chips I've tried and reacted to.

TEA (BLACK)

I hate tea so I've never tried it. Good thing! :P

MALT EXTRACT (MOST CEREALS)

I obviously dont eat anything malted.

LACTAID (MILK ADDITIVE)

Dont know about this one.

SOME VITAMINS - Selected brands ARE SAFE; MOST ARE NOT DUE TO THEIR FUNGAL PROPERTIES

Havent found a safe vitamin yet. <_<

CITRIC ACID (A VERY COMMON FOOD ADDITIVE; NOT DERIVED FROM CITRUS FRUIT)

Another OMG moment when I found this out! Severe reactions.

SOFT DRINKS (Citric acid is made with the aspergillus fermentation process)

I think I cant have soft drinks for many many reasons....aside from just the mold. :(

FRUIT JUICE (COMMERCIAL-OFTEN MADE FROM MOLDY FRUIT; MANY CONTAIN MOLD ENZYMES ADDED IN PROCESSING)

I've read that apple juice is the worst of all. Interestingly I got massive symptoms from sparkling apple juice.

DIGESTIVE ENZYMES (PANCREATIC ARE ALRIGHT), OTHERS ARE NOT

I havent had any that didnt get me sicker.

CHOLESTEROL LOWERING ENZYMES

??? :unsure:

ACIDOPHILUS WITH F.O.S. (Acidophilus has very healing effects and promotes natural anti-fungals in the body, however, artificially produced F.O.S. is made with the aspergillus fermentation process. If you would like natural F.O.S., you can consume watermelon seeds and reap the same nutritional benefits without any aspergillus fermentation).

Ok....my probiotics and the Kefir I reacted to both had FOS in them. <_<

Soooo...all of this has me highly suspicious that this Aspergillus infection could really be *something*. Whatever it is....its definately in my sinuses....but I always thought it was candida. :unsure:

If its Aspergillus....none of the stuff I've taken would have helped and it could explain why so many things actually made me worse instead of better. <_<

Now I really really wanna take this test ASAP.

Donna,

YAY!!! I'm so happy that you're done!! :D

Its got to be a big relief for you....CONGRATS!!! :)

I think no matter what the root cause turns out to be in your case....getting those amalgam out was a huge step in the right direction. :)

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I had a bad day today. :(

I had to go to that meeting for work.....there was two people from each store that had to go. I was totally in a good mood and happy to see some friends from other stores. Noone was wearing anything that was bothersome to me....and then the guy from my own store showed up.

Hes the only person in my store who wears a ton of freakin Bounce on his clothes. Of course he sat right next to me. :(

OMG...I was totally dying. The meeting was 2 hours and by the end I was in alot of pain, my skin was burning, my eyes were burning, my nose was raw and I could taste the stupid Bounce in my mouth.....and I'm still not recovered!! :angry:

It basically sucked...a total nightmare to be stuck sitting next to the only person wearing one of the worst things I react to.

Stupid Bounce. :angry:

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It seems like getting sick would have made me focus more on myself but instead its opened my eyes to be more considerate and compassionate to others.....something that I was seriously lacking when I was healthy. :ph34r:

Rachel, I've found this out too about myself. And others as well. I noticed that the only people who brought me flowers and food after my surgery were other women who had similar surgeries or other surgeries. Even my friend who was hit by a car and has been doing some serious recovery went out of her way to bring me flowers. Even one woman I met on the internet sent me flowers from California! She tried to disguise that it was her who sent them, but I finally figured it out ;). She had had my similar surgery too. I was so touched...

I think BioSET can definately detect gut problems....afterall the gut is part of the body. This area (and the bacteria living within it) accounts for 70% of our immune system.....its definately a BIG part of our body. If the testing can detect problems in all other body systems....it would also detect problems in the gut. I have lots of things involving my gut show up in my testing.

I agree, but I've been cleared for everything! Seriously. Nothing shows up on BioSET anymore for me :huh: . So, it can't treat everything, cuz obviously I'm still dealing with my issues, but I'm getting better. The herbs I'm taking for the bacterial dysbiosis are working. I just gotta watch what I eat so I don't "feed the animals".

I finally figured out that Dr. F has a regular column in the magazine "Alternative Medicine" called "Ask the Doctor". Here's one on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

I believe the true source of CFS is one or more pathogenic microbes, including viruses, bacteria, or protozoa that enter the body during an acute illness that often resembles the flu. The pathogenic microbes can damage a cell

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He's totally incoherant right now so that's not a possibility. I don't know that anything will get better. He's pretty drugged up. I'll try calling in a couple days, maybe sooner. Doesn't mean I'll get ahold of anyone. I was calling him on the weekends mainly.

I'm sad and my emotions are on a roller coaster. Right this minute I'm doing ok. Hoping Mitch gets home at a decent time tonight. quote

Andrea: I too am sorry your /Dad has to go through this stage of his life, am very sure it is hard for him as well as rest of the family. My dad died @ age 57 of liver and kidney cancer but he was able to stay home all the time. Day beore his passing he thought I was Mom, I realised that and answerd his questions as well as could, did not try to straighten him out. He had smoked about 40 of those years. Glad you all went to visit him while he knew you, that will be a comfort to you. Lean on GOD for strength thru this hard time. Love, evie

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Andrea: I too am sorry your /Dad has to go through this stage of his life, am very sure it is hard for him as well as rest of the family. My dad died @ age 57 of liver and kidney cancer but he was able to stay home all the time. Day beore his passing he thought I was Mom, I realised that and answerd his questions as well as could, did not try to straighten him out. He had smoked about 40 of those years. Glad you all went to visit him while he knew you, that will be a comfort to you. Lean on GOD for strength thru this hard time. Love, evie

Thanks Evie. :)

My dad smoked for many years as well. He quit about 20 years ago. His birthday is next month, he'll be 79 if he hangs on that long. You must have been so young when you lost your dad. Of course, my dad is an older dad. He was 38 when I was born.

Rachel,

I hope this bounce episode doesn't stick with you. That is unbelievable! Don't people in your store know better?

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Thanks everyone...ha, I don't know about brave, but I figured it couldn't hurt to reduce the burden on my body in any way I can.

Rachel, this is all very interesting because most of my problems are also in my sinuses (and digestive of course). I know I've said it before, but I had a sinus infection for nearly 3 years and was on antibiotics nearly that entire time...nothing seemed to help, and I tried a lot of stuff. The only relief I got was when I ate only meat and veggies for 3 months and when I did the anti-candida/yeast rotation diet for 6 months, and this last year or so has been pretty good too since cutting out dairy and gluten.

I wonder why no eggs, lol?

Today's exciting appointment....my allergist to see if I can discontinue my allergy shots cuz I've been having allergic reactions to them. :(

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Today's exciting appointment....my allergist to see if I can discontinue my allergy shots cuz I've been having allergic reactions to them. :(

Hope all goes well and that you'll be able to get off of them.

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Rachel, this is all very interesting because most of my problems are also in my sinuses (and digestive of course). I know I've said it before, but I had a sinus infection for nearly 3 years and was on antibiotics nearly that entire time...nothing seemed to help, and I tried a lot of stuff. The only relief I got was when I ate only meat and veggies for 3 months and when I did the anti-candida/yeast rotation diet for 6 months, and this last year or so has been pretty good too since cutting out dairy and gluten.

Donna,

I'm thinking I may have had some fungal problems for a long time before I really got sick....like Anna said. She said the circumstances of mercury, stress, radiation, antibiotics...all happenning at once could have just allowed the fungi to totally proliferate. Both Candida and Aspergillus are highly opportunistic.

It would not be surprising to me at all if I have fungal infection in my sinuses....since the Candida treatments dont help it....it makes me think it might not be Candida afterall. <_< But I probably still have the candida overgrowth causing leaky gut as well. :(

The more I think about it...the more likely it seems. I dont think I would get so extremely hypersensitive to molds if I werent being constantly exposed to some very toxigenic fungi. I know its not in the homes I'm in.....I've always said the symptoms stay with me no matter where I'm at. Makes sense if the fungi growth is inside of me. :blink:

I wonder why no eggs, lol?

Donna, that list which said no eggs wasnt for a candida diet.

It was foods to avoid if you're hypersensitive to molds/mycotoxins. The eggs apparantly do have alot of mycotoxin....so yeah....I dont think my problem with eggs has gone away. :( The headaches I had must have been from the eggs....I had ALOT of swelling in my sinus area and temples which always seems to happen with eggs. BUMMER.

I go to BioSET tonight. I hope I learn more. :)

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I just wanted to point out how insane it is that this forum is 829 pages long.... wow.

Yeah.... apparantly there's alot to talk about "When gluten-free isnt enough.". :blink:

Who knew??? :huh:

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Just got a call from my mom who got a call from a friend in Arizona yesterday I think. My dad has gone downhill fast. I just talked to him Saturday and he sounded fine aside from his voice not being very good. I think it was Monday night that he lost it and got violent, then after that weepy. They had to call the paramedics twice. He's in hospice care and they are trying to get his meds evened out to send him back home to die. He's been pulled off dialysis. Doctors have determined it will do no further good. Death is imminent. He's totally incoherant. I'm hoping his wife will call at some point but she's under a great deal of stress and is not doing well with this either.

Dear AndreaB,

I am so sorry to hear of your pain. This must be so excruciating. We are all here for you as you have been here for us! Anytime you need to talk, just write. We all will listen. Everyone has been in this situation at least once. This is definitely a time when friends need to be together. In spirit and heart, we all are with you, crying tears. When this happens, as awful as it is, much of the time you just want to be over, despite the dread coming along with it. You just are anxious for it to come so you won't have to dread it anymore.

Sincerely,

NoGluGirl

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Huh, that's weird :huh: . Gotta be the mycotoxins then. I'm not sure why ghee would be worse than butter. It works better for me than butter.

Oh yeah! I bought them for my husband when he turned 50 two weeks after we got married. Does that mean when you get black candles when you turn 40 or 50 that it breaks the curse of getting old :lol:. I wish! Oh no, no one got me black candles when I turned 40 :unsure: .

Andrea, sorry to hear about your Dad (((((hugs))))). I hope he doesn't suffer :( .

I hate giving up nuts :angry: . I'm cleared for them, and did have some cashews the other day in Indian food, but I'm steering clear of nut butters. I don't think all that mold agrees with me.

I was wondering if I still had bad bacteria in my gut, why it wasn't showing up on BioSET? Dr. F explained to me today that he thought the BioSET showed stuff happening in your body, not your gut. So, when the leaky gut happens, the bacteria get into your bloodstream and body. The same thing could be happening with the Aspergillus. So, just because you are cleared of everything through BioSET doesn't mean you are out of the woods yet. My gut is still healing.

As far as my BioSET Files go, everything is still holding - all the clearings. I did have some D today, so I asked about coconut, as I had coconut milk today. Dr. F couldn't find anything with coconut to test. He flippantly said, "Nobody cares about coconut" :lol: . I'm ok for corn syrup now too :huh: . I guess that means my intestines are healing, but I'm not about to go out and drink a Coke, for cripes sake :lol: ! Maybe I just over did the homemade yogurt last night :ph34r: . It's so good, and I was hungry. It doesn't help that I'm PMSing and eating stuff I probably shouldn't :ph34r: .

Claire

Dear Claire,

LOL! I don't think the black candles break the curse of getting old! However, if you chanted first and then had some of them, maybe it could! Really, Charmed is the most accurate portrayal there is of my faith. There are all kinds of curses. Contrary to popular belief, age is a state of mind in my opinion. I believe you can make yourself old by saying you are. That is not good to do. My grandmother did that, and now she has Alzheimer's. It is like that awful self-fulfilling prophecy we studied in Psychology.

Sincerely,

NoGluGirl

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He's totally incoherant right now so that's not a possibility. I don't know that anything will get better. He's pretty drugged up. I'll try calling in a couple days, maybe sooner. Doesn't mean I'll get ahold of anyone. I was calling him on the weekends mainly.

I'm sad and my emotions are on a roller coaster. Right this minute I'm doing ok. Hoping Mitch gets home at a decent time tonight.

Andrea, I'm so sorry--it must be awfully hard for you right now.

Any possibility you can just pack up the kids and drive down to say goodbye to him? I know it's a long trip.

{{{{HUGS}}}}

Alison

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Andrea, Just wanted you to know your still in my prayers and cking here to see if any more news.

It's just so hard to be where you are.

HOpe all our hugs and prayers give you some comfort.

love judy

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Thanks Judy.

Alison,

I've thought of driving but aside from the distance, my fathers house isn't very kid friendly. I didn't even see his wife when we were there. Her daughter lives nearby. I haven't talked to her directly although I'm thinking of trying to call tonight. My children are not exactly calm so I don't think I could handle everyone by myself. Seth is at the age where he is into everything and I'd spend all my time chasing him around. If I just took him I might be able to do it, but my mom is sick so she couldn't take the other two. All of us going down doesn't seem to be much of an option either as Mitch would have to take at least one week off without pay. It's also costly to rent a hotel room for the duration.

I really wouldn't mind going down there and spending the time with him though, even if he doesn't know I'm there.

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Hi Again Andrea,

I don't know your situation very well but is there any way you can go alone and Mitch stay home a day maybe and just just drive over and see your dad even tho he is not coherent at this time?

Don't know what is more improtant to you seeing him now or going back for a funeral and of course we have no way of knowing when that would be.

Guess you'll just have to figure what you need to do that will make you feel better. I agree, taking all the kids will probably give you to quality quiet time with your dad, awake or not..

gosh, so sad for you Andrea.

judy

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Judy,

Seth would need to be with me since he's still nursing. Arizona is a 3 day drive one way for one driver. If we all drove straight through we could do it in half the time. The kids would survive if they had to. We'd still have to deal with 1 week of work though. :)

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Hmmm, I thought my leaky gut was in my large intestines :huh:, cuz that's where I feel the pain. I'll have to think about this one some more. Makes sense though. I think I had the small intestine damage from the ibuprofen I've taken over the years. Antibiotics didn't help either :angry:.

I'm pretty sure leaky gut always occurs in the small intestine....this is where digestion occurs. The large intestine is the last part of our digestive system.

The large intestine consists of the following parts:

cecum

ascending colon

transverse colon

descending colon

sigmoid colon

rectum

anal canal

anus

Leaky gut happens when there is damage to the intestinal lining of the small intestine. This is where Celiac villi damage is found also...in the small intestine.

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