Monday, April 11, 2011

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy

I've had a really busy couple of weeks, and I'm always amazed at how easily time can get away from me when I'm not sitting in bed watching reruns.  It's a good thing; I'm not complaining!  But my blog can sometimes get neglected.

I've been down in Southern California getting treatment for residual Lyme symptoms.  I feel like I'm in a weird space where I'm so so much healthier than I was a year ago.  I feel so much better and am able to engage in my life finally.  And yet, I'm still not back to where I was before I got pregnant.  I know that there are so many in the Lyme community who would trade everything to be at 85-90% of normal.  And I know how fortunate I am to be there.  But (and maybe I'm selfish), I want more.

I scheduled the hyperbaric oxygen therapy a few months ago, before I started doing heavy metal chelation.  I was still dizzy then.  Amazingly, the chelation has been the answer for my dizziness.  I got sick after getting a flu shot, and apparently the mercury was just enough to tip my body over the edge.  My doctor said that normally he wouldn't even treat a patient with the slightly elevated levels like mine.  But we both know how sensitive I am to meds, and we thought it was possible that I might just be more sensitive to low levels of heavy metals than an average person.  Given how well the chelation has worked, I'd say it's a good theory.

My hyperbaric schedule has been two one-hour sessions per day, four hours apart in what Kellen calls my "spaceship."  It's demanding.  I've watched over half a season of House.  But I do feel better.

I'm home for two weeks because I had a few scheduled things I needed to be back for, and then we are back down for another three weeks of therapy.  I'm hoping to get long-lasting results, to finally find myself back to 100% health.  It's been a long road and a long-time coming.

In other news, I'm currently in the middle of development of the Life After the Fire organization website.  Lots of resources, articles, and a community for fire survivors.  I'm hoping to have it done mid-May.  And I'm starting an internet marketing consulting company that focuses on brand and company positioning on the internet in addition to web design and online marketing strategies.  I'm actually working from my office right now.  I think these are all signs of my improving health.  It's been almost a three-year detour, but I do see my life starting to come back to something resembling my previous life.

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