Much needed Lyme update..
It’s been over a month now since I last posted about my health. I’ve been on an anti-biotic (horrible stuff I may add), my diet has completely changed, my medication has altered my mood, but meditation and taking out a little time every few days to do something I love has somehow kept me sane. I’ll get to all this in detail.
Firstly, before I move further, I’m still a “Probable Lyme” patient – I’m waiting on the results of some new blood tests to know more. Results are still a few weeks away.
The antibiotic gave a nasty herxheimer reaction – I went through immense body ache, headaches – it was all happening together and all vey very excruciating and sent me down a spiral of feeling very low. I kept myself afloat because I knew I had to fight this plus I was warned of the hell I’m about to step into – trust me, nothing helps more than a bit of pre-warning in such a situation. But boy o’ boy.. the dizziness is insane – it’s like you’re high and constantly swaying (considering I’ve never gotten drunk, I felt highly inexperienced!).
On a nicer note – I will soon be starting around 12 different vitamins and mineral supplements to help me regain whatever has depleted.
As a probable Lyme patient, you soon realise how important a clean diet it. No gluten, no dairy and strictly no sugar. Apparently, sugar is food for Lyme – you don’t want to be providing a disease with its diet of choice – you need to give your body what it needs to strengthen its immune system. Although I don’t have a sweet tooth, but I crave just a tiny winy bit of sweetness – trust me, it’s immensely difficult. One thing is to reduce sugar out of choice, the other is for it to disappear completely! As for gluten, that was pretty much non-existent in my diet any way, so now consciously not having it at all wasn’t so difficult. Dairy doesn’t interact too well with the anti-biotic, plus I believe dairy eventually transforms to sugar in your body too.. more food for the Lyme!
Fresh vegetables tossed up in some gluten free pasta or quinoa, regular Indian food (pulses, vegetables & idli sometimes! – yum!), loads of water – in fact warm water and lime is great, green tea, a probiotic, chia seeds, flax seeds, fish, dry chicken with salad and ofcourse fruits which are not too high in sugar… so there is plenty to eat.. and what makes me feel good is that it’s good stuff.
Meditation & a little bit of something I love
Over the years, I’ve been a bit on and off with my meditation routine – terrible stuff I know, but in the past 3 weeks, I’ve gotten right back into it, I’m regular and it has definitely helped me with my mental strength. I’m certainly not out of the mood fluctuations, but 20-30mins spent every day bringing myself together through meditation has helped me. The pain in the legs, the joints, the swelling, the fever.. it’s a struggle and I’m no superwoman but I believe I owe it to myself to be dedicated on this path.
It’s important for me to remember that the medicine will do its job, the good food will help me, the Dr’s guidance will keep me on a trusted path, but if my mind is not focused then none of the above will work.
I absolutely love singing and I seem to be able to remember lyrics (Indian music only.. somehow, although I think in English, I was born in London.. but songs need to be in Hindi/Punjabi/Urdu/Tamil/Malayalam.. basically Indian!.. can I just add Arabic to that list?!). So yep, I love to sing, which is why I decided to get the vocal chords going again – I don’t practice every day, just when I have the strength considering I do get shortness of breath and this, along with my Om chanting before meditation I believe will somewhere help exercise the lungs..and hopefully strengthen them. At some point, if I’m feeling brave, I’ll probably post a short sound byte..ummm…maybe..possibly..!
Okay this ended up being a lot longer than I thought – and I just want to say thank you to everyone who has reached out – the friends who hear me out.. the ones who have visited Temples and said a prayer for me.. the ones who insist on going to the Drs with me.. the family that’s constantly showering support.. it means a lot.
Hopefully my next post will be a non-Lyme one.. watch this space