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Donna and Susan I love the art work- I might have to post some of mine too!!

Oh YES!!!! Please do!!!

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Rachel--Thank you for your response. I'm going to do more checking into Lyme disease and see what I can find out. I'll definitely make sure to mention it to my naturopath when I see him.

Judy--Sorry that your doctor seems to be somewhat clueless. I've *definitely* encountered a lot of that over my years trying to get diagnosed.

Jin--I've never heard of Bacterial dysbiosis before--what exactly is that? I'm intrigued....

This thread is very informative--thanks to everyone for having a space where we can discuss these things and not feel so alone!

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Dear Lisa,

I understand where you are coming from for sure! It is so difficult. I have those days where you hope someone will put you out of your misery, but then you have a good day, and are glad you didn't! :lol: I am hoping I am finally getting somewhere. This can be so frustrating.

The bloating is a big issue with me, too. I have not been able to wear jeans or button my slack in I do not know how long. My lower stomach is very swollen. When I eat fruit, that is when the gurgling and irritation really begin. I had major problems yesterday. I also have reflux really bad when I eat too much fruit.

I am not sure which is worse, knowing you are sick and feeling like you are dying of an unknown illness, or knowing you could have a deadly disease no one wants to treat. All of the controversy is overwhelming. It is difficult to say what is truth at times. One thing you do know for certain. That is, that you are sick and not insane.

Dear Bev,

I tried the same with doctors. It did not work. An eejit is an eejit! :( The good-looking ones are usually the suckiest ones. However, the political arena has done well with the method I use! :lol: There is one problem with this method. What if all of the candidates were ugly? :lol: Then what am I going to do? :unsure:

Lord knows how bad my eyesight is. What if I have to watch the ugly politician on t.v.? I could go blind. Then I will have their ugly mug stuck in my head forever! I will go mad! :blink:

That is unreal about your family members having Lyme! It seems to be popping up in groups now. That is so odd. Whole families are becoming infected. This is almost an epidemic!

We all are hoping your appointment goes well this morning! It is important you get a good treatment plan going. If you are anything like me, you hardly slept before it. I always get nervous. You just do not know what to expect.

Dear Rachel,

Thank you for keeping your fingers crossed for me! I just need as much positive energy as possible! I hope to be able to do these tests. We will see! It is up to the doctor, and I hope she decides to go with IgeniX!

Dear Mia,

Thank you for your kind words! I hope your massage goes well tomorrow. I think I would be a bit uneasy, too. Anything new always is a little nerve-wrecking. It is good to hear you are feeling a little better now. Hopefully, that trend will continue. Also, it would be really cool if you posted some of your art!

Dear Judy,

I was pleasantly surprised by my doctor, I must say! I am not used to that, either! I still worry she will not go with IgeniX. She also mentioned there probably are LLMDs in Indianapolis. They just do not advertise. That would be great. Flying to New York for treatment is not possible financially.

Dear Donna,

I love Bob Ross! Him and his happy little trees! :) He was who I used to watch all of the time as a kid. He made it look so easy! I never did get to have his master paint set. :( I am a huge Norman Rockwell fan. His works are the best!

Being pear-shaped is so much fun, isn't it? I do not have cellulite so much, but I have nasty looking veins. I am happy to report I lost 6 pounds! However, unless those veins disappear, I am not wearing skirts or shorts! It looks too bad!

As far as my appointment goes, I was amazed at the outcome in a good way, for once!

Politicians are sneaky! Do not trust them, no matter what! I know, because my cousin is one! He is so full of crap!

Maybe I will just vote for myself. That will solve my dilemma of what to do in case all of the candidates are ugly! I know I can trust myself! :lol:

Dear Julie,

Bacterial dysbiosis is basically when your intestines' microflora are out of balance. This is good bacteria and bad bacteria, as well as yeast. These naturally are a part of your body's ecosystem. When we take antibiotics, steroids, birth control, eat sugar and starches, yeast candida can overpopulate. This causes you to be sick.

Antibiotics kill off all bacteria when you take them. They cannot tell the difference between bad bacteria (E. Coli, H. Pylori), and good bacteria (L. Acidophillus, L. Plantarum). Yeast is often kept in balance by the good bacteria. When it is destroyed by antibiotics, the yeast can grow out of control, being fed by our poor diets and environmental factors. This is why taking Probiotics is so helpful.

Sincerely,

NoGluGirl

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Jin, you are hilarious, in Manitoba we vote for the sexiest politician and Gary Doer won. I was at the premier's dinner, an annual big event to celebrate the premier and their political party and decided I should talk to him about Lyme. :ph34r::lol::lol: I swear there were a line of women off to the side giggling and waiting to talk to him but I didn't wait I went right over to sexy Gary; he seemed very startled that I would actually talk to him about a problem but then he was only expecting adoration. I found him slightly drunk and less than impressive.

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Oh- my cousin is graduating from high school and her party is this weekend. I emailed her mom to say I wasn't sure if I was coming and told her about Lyme and starting antibiotics this week. she emailed me back and told me my aunt, her mom and my cousin's son were all diagnosed with it this year. Let me tell you-

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I'm with Rachel, Lyme is an epidemic but even so how amazing to find your family with it also.

Yeah...these are all good things to clear out the toxins.

I agree that your body isnt ready for cilantro right now.

I'm glad that you're getting improvement from all the detox stuff. :D

About the charcoal....I'm gonna ask Dr. Amy about the constipation when I see her. Yup my appt. is this Sunday morning....bright and early.

I wish you could see Dr. Amy...or someone like her....I know you would like her.....you would probably like Dr. S too. :)

No...I dont think Dr. Huffy is gonna reimburse you. :angry:

I do rememeber how excited you were to see him...and how we all were anxiously awaiting your posts. Stupid Dr. :angry:

Can I send him a letter too??? :angry:

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I think overall we've had really good luck with LLMD's in this thread. :)

Thanks Rachel, I'm glad to know that there are good doc tors out there and if I wasn't seeing the kinds of improvements that I have been seeing happen I would consider coming to the states for treatment. The San Francisco Bay area has an appeal to me, I still have friends there from many years ago. :)

Perhaps we need a standard "YOU ARE A TERRIBLE DOCTOR" letter although we could have alternate endings, one being "and besides all that you weren't even cute to look at" :ph34r::lol: or "your cuteness is not enough, you are an idiot."

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I'm not taking garlic yet...I AM trying to add fresh garlic to my dinner...but I'm cooking it, so I'm thinking it's not beneficial that way. I'm going to try the one you mentioned...sounds good.

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Another beautiful painting. :)

I think garlic in any form is helpful.

Andrea, you are so great at being mom to us all. :wub:

I'm not really awake yet, can you tell? :P

And I do think I need an emoticon with a white tongue. :lol::P

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Dear Rinne,

ROFLMAO! :lol: I do not find drunk guys attractive either! You would think the guy would have watched his champagne intake a bit while at one of those events. It is a little difficult to have respect for someone if they get tipsy and end up mooning half of the province! :lol: None of the politicians here can be trusted. The politicians in Indiana are so crooked, the Mafia won't even come here and deal with them, because they are too dirty! :blink:

It is pretty bad when the government is so crooked, that cold-blooded killers won't mess with them! To be honest, I do not blame them. If I had to choose, I would have to pick the Mafia. Let's face it. At least with them, you get protection!

Dr. Huffy is so stupid! I would send him a fax with my middle finger sticking up at him. Or how about a photocopy of your butt, and then a note. The note would read "So you can kiss it!" :lol: That would be hilarious!

I like your new emoticon idea! I need one with a white tongue, too! It can be called Candida Smiley. That would be cute. Although, yeast is anything but!

My doctor did say I need to cut out the sugar. She said I could have some pure maple syrup or honey once a week. That would be alright. She understands the withdrawal issue. It sounds like she has been there!

Sincerely,

Jin

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Hi everyone!

Well, I tried a coffee enema today ... had to use espresso beans as it was the only non-decaf coffee I had in the house ... bought it by accident, so now I have a use for it! :lol: It IS organic.

I didn't know you are supposed to hold it for 15 minutes ... I did for just a few, maybe 3? That was probably a good way to ease into it anyway and see how I react. Tomorrow I'll hold for longer. Had no trouble at all with a whole quart. :ph34r:

Rachel, does yours have a hard plastic tip? I read to use a soft tip, but mine is hard.

My stomach is more settled now than it has been in months ... of course, I haven't eaten yet today ... first took Questran because it's supposed to absorb bile, which the coffee enema releases ... then remembered at 9:01 that I had a meeting with Chloe's teachers at 9:00!

Fortunately I'm only 3 minutes from the school ... definately wasn't dressed properly for a teacher meeting, but I told them I was sorry, I forgot, and this is just what I had on! They said no problem, half the teachers were dressed worse than me today because of field trips! :lol: Just then, I saw one of those teachers ... they weren't just being nice!

So, when I got back I took my probiotics, now I need to go eat and take my meds.

I JUST SPENT MEGA BUCKS TODAY WITH GI SPECIALIST WHO ...SAID "I CAN'T HAVE LYME CAUSE I HAVE 'D' AND ONLY LYME'S PATIENTS HAVE THE CONSTIPATION"... :ph34r:

Hmmm, I must not have Lyme then. <_<

I really think it is important to pay attention to how food tastes to us.

I fully agree. Even chocolate cravings can be explained. Now if you were craving fruit flavored Skittles, there would be no reason for that except maybe low blood sugar! :ph34r: But most cravings can be explained. Wonder what I need that berries have?

"The only way out....is the way through."

It took me awhile to fully comprehend the meaning of these words....

This is also true for the mental part of this. The only way out of this disease is through the treatment. It should be our mantra.

I vote for the best-looking! :lol:

That's one way to do it! I was so glad Al Gore wasn't elected ... I always felt like I was watching the news when he spoke. It's so "delivered" that it sounds like he should be a newscaster.

We need to get Lynne (tiredofdoctors) on this thread

Yeah. She was on my list to send my Lyme appt. update to ... she spoke of getting tested and said many of her friends thought she had it .... I still think she should be tested. If it were "only gluten" she'd be more on her road to recovery than she is .... Are you reading, Lynne? We just want you to get better. :wub:

Off to my Lyme appt in 15 minutes.

were all diagnosed with it this year. Let me tell you-

Is that crazy or what? so now there are 4 known Lymies in my family!

Very crazy!!! Anxiously awaiting the news from your appt.!!

I think people probably assume we are all the crazy Lymies from the OMG thread.... :lol::lol:

It really is an epidemic though....and not just in this thread. :P

:lol::lol: Gluten intolerance and Lyme Disease together definately make you more crazy than either disease alone!!! ;)

I agree. I also am starting to think that many people who have Lyme go though life with just a few aches and pains like I used to and never know they're sick. None of my symptoms were severe and I was healthier than most people my age. People would ask how I did it all.

It's a complete overwhelming of the immune system that seems to bring us down. Makes me wonder if it's better to treat when the symptoms are minor so that you get rid of the infection faster and perhaps with less herxing, or if you just wait till you are really sick to treat the Lyme.

I will do some kind of herbal protocol for life and will work on detoxing continuously (sauna every day, occasional coffee enemas, supplements, etc.) so that it doesn't relapse.

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Perhaps we need a standard "YOU ARE A TERRIBLE DOCTOR" letter although we could have alternate endings, one being "and besides all that you weren't even cute to look at" :ph34r::lol: or "your cuteness is not enough, you are an idiot."

:lol: I love it!

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I am blissfully ignoring all talk of coffee enemas. :ph34r:

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I am blissfully ignoring all talk of coffee enemas. :ph34r:

You would like it. This is the first time in months my stomach hasn't hurt ... and I did eat ... a big bowl of berries with lots of whipped cream (I made it myself, no sugar). I had to have a lot of fat to take with the Mepron ... a plain bowl of berries would have been my first choice.

You KNOW you want to try it. :lol:

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I told her about the Lyme. She is not an LLMD, but says she was surprised there were any in New York due to the strict laws. My doctor, to my amazement, is aware of the antibody tests not being very accurate, and how the Western Blots do not always show anything. I also mentioned my Thyroid. I had bloodwork for a CBC, anemia, and my Thyroid. I was stuck twice! :lol:

I then asked her if she would be willing to do the Lyme testing. She said she would like to check out the lab first. I told her about IgeniX. She is going to get back to me. If she approves, she will help me get the bloodwork done! :) Keep your fingers crossed for me! Thank you guys for supporting me, and caring, too. It means so much! :wub:

This sounds promising. I'll wait for updates for her using Igenex as well as how the rest of your tests turn out.

Oh- my cousin is graduating from high school and her party is this weekend. I emailed her mom to say I wasn't sure if I was coming and told her about Lyme and starting antibiotics this week. she emailed me back and told me my aunt, her mom and my cousin's son were all diagnosed with it this year. Let me tell you-

My aunt (who is in her late 60's but looks about 50) is the most beautifully coiffed, dressed, elegant woman you will EVER see. I am 100% sure she has NEVER set foot in anything more wild than her backyard or a patch of grass!!!!!!!!!!!! Is that crazy or what? so now there are 4 known Lymies in my family!

Wow! They say lyme is pretty prevalent in the NE US.

Waiting for your appointment post......still catching up though so maybe you've posted already. :P

:lol:

Yeah.....but I think I said I'm almost going to bed now. :P

Sheeeesh....I need more sleep. :ph34r:

You said almost before 10:30 and posted befor midnight. I gave you the benefit of the doubt for 1/2 hour. :P

Yes, you do need more sleep. Kinda hard to get away from this computer though isn't it? :P

I think people probably assume we are all the crazy Lymies from the OMG thread.... :lol::lol:

It really is an epidemic though....and not just in this thread. :P

How true.

Donna and Susan I love the art work- I might have to post some of mine too!!

You are artistic too! Boy, I think I'm the odd one out on this one as well. :rolleyes:

This thread is very informative--thanks to everyone for having a space where we can discuss these things and not feel so alone!

That's what we are all here for. The size of the thread may be daunting but there is a lot of talk and figuring things out. :D

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Yeah. She was on my list to send my Lyme appt. update to ... she spoke of getting tested and said many of her friends thought she had it .... I still think she should be tested. If it were "only gluten" she'd be more on her road to recovery than she is .... Are you reading, Lynne? We just want you to get better. :wub:

It would be good for her to be tested......yes indeed. I'm beginning to think everyone should be tested if the are sick. Just one more test to rule things in or out.

Donna,

Your new picture is nice too. :D I like seeing all these nice pictures.

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This thread is very informative--thanks to everyone for having a space where we can discuss these things and not feel so alone!

Glad to have you here. :)

It has helped me enormously and I feel that much of that has been the laughter.

With Jin as our resident comic there is no shortage of that, :ph34r: and the rest of us are rather silly too. :lol:

Dear Rinne,

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I like your new emoticon idea! I need one with a white tongue, too! It can be called Candida Smiley. That would be cute. Although, yeast is anything but!

My doctor did say I need to cut out the sugar. She said I could have some pure maple syrup or honey once a week. That would be alright. She understands the withdrawal issue. It sounds like she has been there!

Sincerely,

Jin

I totally get the withdrawal :(:lol: I went for two days without a rinne bar and then lost it yesterday and ate more than 5, I lose track after that many :o but I had a really good excuse. :rolleyes: I met with a new friend who is a chocolatier and she made a special chocolate drink without dairy for me SO I had to have some and once I had some of that, well.....

Today I am back to the perimeter of the candida diet, no sugar, no fruit and I'm making some Taheebo tea which is great for candida.

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You KNOW you want to try it. :lol:

ROTFLMAO

I have wondered about a number of people on this board who are don't seem to recover with just the gluten free diet. I think it is very interesting that one of my brothers got ill at the same time as me and simply by going gluten free recovered.

The problem is compounded by the number of health care professionals, conventional and alternative, who don't seem to understand that Lyme is as unique to each person as fingerprints and that although there may be certain patterns to the way it manifests in each person it is unique.

I know, from my own experience, that substantial improvements are possible using simple methods of detoxing and I think that should be the first step anyone takes once they are ill. I think it is critical to unload the body's burden of toxicity and then see what happens. I feel like my wellness is beginning to reassert itself.

That isn't to say that I feel well, I am still having pain but it seems I have tipped over into a renewed confidence in my body and I know I lost that last year.

I feel for those of you who are just in the midst of your pain and don't seem to see a way out. I know that many of the things I tried last year brought me little immediate relief and that made it hard to keep at it because given my personality..... :rolleyes: I think well I've already had the chocolate drink.... :lol: and what difference does it make anyways? Then I could go to well it really makes little difference if I live or die. :(

I know now that each of the things I have done has helped and I understand there is not just one pill or one solution to this illness. I think now an inner revolution has to take place, our whole being must engage in the desire to live and to be well.

For me that is the magic of this thread, that we have found and continue to find eachother and that we support eachother's desire for wellness.

:wub: :wub: :wub:

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Rinne--that's exactly it. It's very frustrating to try things to feel better and not seeing immediate relief and therefore getting discouraged. I get so upset sometimes because I feel like going gluten free, and then soy free, and then dairy free, is a big enough sacrifice, and I STILL don't feel better. I am feeling pretty bad today, and these bad days are pretty much every day now, and I'm just fed up. I'm tired of being nauseous and having diarrhea every single day for months on end. I've been seeing doctors for three years now without much relief, and boy am I frustrated.

I'm really hoping this naturopath can help put me on the right path (no pun intended :) )

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Julie, you are where I was last fall. Now I am starting to have some good days ... not as often as I'd like (which would be every day), but I take ANY good day now!

And, as Rinne said, it's a lifestyle of giving your body what it needs as far as nutrients, and to give your body help in detoxing. I will keep the nutritional and detoxing part as long as I live.

I was already doing nutrition and detox before I started Lyme treatment. I guess that is how I knew I really needed the abx. It's my nature to prefer natural treatments, but I knew I was beyond that point. Even now, two-thirds of what I do/take is for nutrition and detox.

It's a slow road to health, but once you repair the damage done to your body, you will start the process of healing. It will take as much time as it took to get ill.

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For me that is the magic of this thread, that we have found and continue to find eachother and that we support eachother's desire for wellness.

:wub: :wub: :wub:

Well stated, as usual Rinne.

5 Rinne bars! :o If I could eat them I'd be pretty tempted to eat a lot too I'm sure. :rolleyes:

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5 Rinne bars! :o If I could eat them I'd be pretty tempted to eat a lot too I'm sure. :rolleyes:

Okay, Rinne, don't you think it's time to make something that tastes good, that we want to Rachel, and that is good for us????

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I'm tired of being nauseous and having diarrhea every single day for months on end. I've been seeing doctors for three years now without much relief, and boy am I frustrated.

I'm really hoping this naturopath can help put me on the right path (no pun intended :) )

That's been the story of many here, except me. :ph34r:

I'm hoping the naturopath is a good one too. :D

It's a slow road to health, but once you repair the damage done to your body, you will start the process of healing. It will take as much time as it took to get ill.

True.

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Hi Julie :D ,

I didn't realize that you had such ongoing problems. I have almost identical symptoms to yours--Dx Celiac, did fine on the gluten-free diet for a few months, then developed sensitivites to many other foods (dairy, soy, legumes, tapioca, coconut, corn)

I have periods now where I'm ok for a few weeks, then something will trigger a period of D, nausea and lightheadness. I do have specific symptoms related to gluten, but I get sick sometimes when I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I haven't been glutened. I also still have neuropathy on my left side, especially in my face.

I had a test for bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) on Monday at the gastro, the results aren't in yet. I'm fully expecting them to be negative, as most of my tests are.

I do plan to be tested for Lyme, since it seems to be so prevalent, and I've always lived in states where the odds of contracting Lyme are higher. At this point, I'm not turning down a test for anything!

I'm so glad you've joined us --you already know what a great group of people are to be found here. Keep reading and asking questions--or just let off a little steam when necessary :P

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--or just let off a little steam when necessary :P

Let off steam? Can we let off steam?! :ph34r:

Let me just say it's much easier being a mother hen to you guys then to my children. (insert pulling hair out emoticon).

I have been very moody and easily angered as of late.

I did make another appointment for the dentist......June 3rd

of 2008. :D Removals then would be around Sept-Nov I'm hoping. Need to get it done before the weather gets bad as it's a 6 hour drive in good weather. Plan on weaning the little guy next Sept so that will fit in nicely.

Also found out we need to pay for 1/2 of one of "the boys" wisdom teeth removal. Told Mitch's ex that we can't pay anything til the end of summer. That money would have gotten Talitha in for some treatments. :( Said boy that is having wisdom teeth taken care of graduates next week. We have yet to find out whether he's going to be able to scrounge up any more tickets. We haven't mentioned it to T for a few weeks so we are hoping she'll forget about it because she probably won't be able to go. I have my doubts about him coming up with 5 more tickets, but we'll see.

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Rinne--that's exactly it. It's very frustrating to try things to feel better and not seeing immediate relief and therefore getting discouraged. I get so upset sometimes because I feel like going gluten free, and then soy free, and then dairy free, is a big enough sacrifice, and I STILL don't feel better. I am feeling pretty bad today, and these bad days are pretty much every day now, and I'm just fed up. I'm tired of being nauseous and having diarrhea every single day for months on end. I've been seeing doctors for three years now without much relief, and boy am I frustrated.

I'm really hoping this naturopath can help put me on the right path (no pun intended :) )

Julie, I really hope so too. :) Three years is a very long time to be so ill.

A year and a half ago when I melted (lost 40 pounds very rapidly) and had complete gastric distress I initially identified my illness as digestive but after going gluten free and then dairy and soy free and still not feeling better I began to see a different pattern.

I had had a rash just over four years ago and with it anxiety attacks, night sweats and flu like symptoms, at that time I didn't think anything about the rash and attributed the night sweats to menopause and then it all went away so I didn't think about it. Several months later I had deep bone pain in my hip for about seven months and then it went away but by then I was having chest pain and back pain. I had those checked out and was given a clean bill of health by my doctor but I knew I wasn't really okay. Then the dizziness and heart palpitations started and the shadows at the corners of my eyes as if a bird was flying by and strange electric sensations in my head. Probably about two years ago I started to feel nauseaus regularly and then that developed into the complete gastric crisis.

Sorry, long paragraph.

In some ways I was fortunate because the consequences of eating anything risky for me were so awful I was self-disciplined by that. :lol:

Carla is right about nutrition playing an enormous part in our recovery. I learned that my B12 levels were low enough to be causing some of my neurological problems and have supplemented with shots and a sublingual. My ability to deal with stress has really been enhanced by this and I am not having the dizziness or birds.

The birds went away before the B12 though and they went away when I started using Himalayan salt which is loaded with minerals and good iodine and conventional diets do not provide enough of them.

Okay, Rinne, don't you think it's time to make something that tastes good, that we want to Rachel, and that is good for us????

Are you throwing down the gauntlet? :P

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Let off steam? Can we let off steam?! :ph34r:

Let me just say it's much easier being a mother hen to you guys then to my children. (insert pulling hair out emoticon).

I have been very moody and easily angered as of late.

I did make another appointment for the dentist......June 3rd

of 2008. :D Removals then would be around Sept-Nov I'm hoping. Need to get it done before the weather gets bad as it's a 6 hour drive in good weather. Plan on weaning the little guy next Sept so that will fit in nicely.

Also found out we need to pay for 1/2 of one of "the boys" wisdom teeth removal. Told Mitch's ex that we can't pay anything til the end of summer. That money would have gotten Talitha in for some treatments. :( Said boy that is having wisdom teeth taken care of graduates next week. We have yet to find out whether he's going to be able to scrounge up any more tickets. We haven't mentioned it to T for a few weeks so we are hoping she'll forget about it because she probably won't be able to go. I have my doubts about him coming up with 5 more tickets, but we'll see.

Let off all the steam you want, Andrea ;) Sorry that it's been so trying lately. :(

Yea--tickets to graduations are hard to come by--the high school my boys went to (and I worked for) would only dole out 4 for each family. Then you had to give a list of who you wanted extra tickets for, and what their relationship was to the graduate--no kidding! What a production.... <_<

I agree, best not to tell T until you know for sure so she won't be disappointed. ;)

Bummer about the wisdom teeth money--it's always something! :angry:

Just a guess, but I'll bet you didn't have much of a problem getting that June 08 appointment :lol:

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Just a guess, but I'll bet you didn't have much of a problem getting that June 08 appointment :lol:

:lol::lol:

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Dear Bev,

I tried the same with doctors. It did not work. An eejit is an eejit! :( The good-looking ones are usually the suckiest ones. However, the political arena has done well with the method I use! :lol: There is one problem with this method. What if all of the candidates were ugly? :lol: Then what am I going to do? :unsure:

Lord knows how bad my eyesight is. What if I have to watch the ugly politician on t.v.? I could go blind. Then I will have their ugly mug stuck in my head forever! I will go mad! :blink:

Ok....drum roll please.......I would like to announce three new candidates for president in the 2008 election. Please vote for one vice president and one president from the following based on looks alone. If you know someone even more "really, really, really good-looking" please feel free to write them in. As we all know that intelligence, moral fiber :P and the ability to lead have nothing to do with being a president.

The candidates are:

Matthew McConaughey

Johnny Depp

Josh Hartnett

Benicio del Toro

Daniel Radcliffe

Sting

Heath Ledger

Jake Gyllenhall (not together!) :P (or maybe..... :rolleyes: )

Colin Farrell

Colin Firth (citizenship does not matter)

OK now for the serious stuff.

I survived my appointment and did not die of fright. Kurt came with me which was great as there was a whole lot of scientificness and scientificating goiing on!

The bottom line, my Igenix results:

Lyme IgM Western blot

Igenix IgM result positive

CDC result positive

18 +

22 -

**23-25 IND

28 -

30 +

31 -

34 -

39 +

41 +

45 -

58 -

66 +

73 -

83-93 +

Lyme IgG Western blot

Igenix result: Positive

CDC Negative

18 -

22-

23-25 -

28 -

30 -

31 IND

34 IND

39 +

41 ++

45 -

58 ++

66 +

73 -

83-93 -

No Lyme found in small intestinal biopsy.

So starting antibiotics and diflucan this week. Obviously more treatment details of you want to PM me I'll email you.

I left feeling good (well- exhausted but good) and Kurt said he felt very confident about this doc. Just woke up from a two hour nap and am still EXHAUSTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Let off steam? Can we let off steam?! :ph34r: ....

Yes you can, sorry it has been rough lately. :(

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Benicio del Toro

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He has my vote. :lol:

Beverly, thanks for posting your results, I am so glad you have clear answers. :wub:

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Bev--Wow, great appointment! Talk about getting answers :D

I read earlier about all the members of your family that have Lyme also--wild. Sounds like you have your work cut out for you--but you know what you're fighting!!!!! :rolleyes:

As for a looks-based president, I would have to move my vote to the country music arena :lol:

Toby Keith

Kenny Chesney

Marty Stuart

Josh Gracin

Any and all combinations of the above :P

Ok, and Matthew McConaughey, too B)

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