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The past month has been rough on me. It started with going to visit my husband’s grandparents back in October, then eating poorly in general, then visiting my grandparents, then more eating poorly in general. Things came to a head a little over a week ago when I spent my Friday night eating cookies and getting drunk at a bachlorette party. I felt so sick and the breakout I got was AWFUL. My husband told me that I looked like I got attacked by a swarm of bees. Thanks….but he wasn’t wrong.
Besides the acne, I was also extremely fatigued and experiencing night anxiety. I used to get really bad anxiety at night, fearing there was someone else in my room (besides my roommate). After going off the pill and doing an elimination diet, this type of night anxiety was basically eliminated. But while I was eating poorly, every night I would go to bed feeling extremely anxious and guilty about what I’m doing with my life and how I’m harming my body by not eating well. After that bachlorette party, it was time to get back on board. Even over Thanksgiving.
I’ve been eating extremely cleanly for a week now, and I almost immediately began to feel better. I noticed the anxiety clear up, my acne begin to heal, and after a few days my energy came back enough for me to do a little cleaning and begin working on my blog, even finally publish a free ebook for anyone that signs up for my newsletter. And now I’m writing again! The work I did this past month to support my liver and kidneys really is helping, I just need to give it the right tools to thrive. Next week I will be starting a metal detox program, after the past two months of prepping my body for it. I’m hoping to see good results from this.
This past month we also continued research into my husband’s Lyme disease. He began to feel really crummy – extreme fatigue, inability to concentrate or even read or play video games, increased clumsiness – and wanted to start a protocol as soon as possible. After considering all of our options, we concluded that an essential oil protocol would be the best choice. We started him on a blend of oils designed to help the body heal as well as break down biofilms and reach the Lyme bacteria. We are going slowly, and we did see some strong herxing (detox reaction) in him in the form of fatigue, finger and leg pain, and various neurological symptoms. But it is helping and he has been feeling great the past few days. I am very hopefully that the protocol we’ve picked will help him.
I am so thankful for how the past two months have gone. So many people are chronically ill for years before they get treatment, and yet we were able to find out what is wrong with us and begin treatment quickly. I’m thankful for Dr. Megan Birt, who created my protocol. I’m thankful for my friends who lent me books about hypothyroidism and sent me resources about Lyme disease. I’m thankful that we have access to good food, supplements, and essential oils. I’m thankful that we are able to heal our bodies without breaking the bank. Above all, I am thankful for my husband. He may not always understand what I’m going through, but he has never left my side and I love him more fiercely that I could ever say. I could not do this without him.
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