I know it is LONG past due for a health type update from me… so where do I start? Guess I’ll just recap my whole story and try to keep it short and to the point. There are a lot of post on my blog explaining our journey, so if you want more details on a certain point, there is a good chance I have written more about it. Here is the link to all my posts about our lyme journey.
My health began declining right over the time I got married. I had some skin issues a few years before I got married and now know it had to do with my internal health. I got mono a week or 2 before my wedding. Talk about being a zombie bride, but I just thought it was stress and all that with a wedding. We didn’t find out it was mono until 2 mths later.
Then in the course of time, I had 2 miscarriages, and a LOT of research was started. Progesterone cream helped me carry 3 babies to term. But each was not without it’s struggles, and pain. Each baby had issues related to poor gut health, but I didn’t understand that at the time. Collin’s breath-holding spells, Jevan’s collic, and Rylen’s yeast rashes (they all actually had that). For me, after each baby was born, I had a harder time bouncing back. And I would have bad hip pain that got worse with each pregnancy, until the last one, it never really went away. And after Rylen I really just never got my energy back.
Thus began a new chapter in our life. A friend help me realize I was dealing with lyme in Aug ’10. A BIG disease with no clear-cut answer to get better. We began by changing our diet, confirming it was lyme, and beginning natural ways of dealing with the lyme spirochetes, candida, and ‘cleaning house’. We even tried antibiotics for a couple months, but I felt sooo nasty (not just physically, but emotionally) and we decided that was not the route for us.
We stuck with natural, herbal things, like tinctures, cleanses, and eating properly. I would make progress, then slide back again. It was discouraging a lot of days. I would have days of feeling good, then many days of not feeling good.
Then right before our 10th anniversary, in the middle of doing more intense cleanses, killing lyme, etc, God gave us an unexpected blessing!! I discovered I was carrying a new life… and all that I was doing to try and gain my health back, had to come to a screeching halt. Not to mention, I was not on my progesterone cream, and was scared to just jump on it. So we decided to see what God had in mind and what my body was capable of doing. In other words, had all that I had been doing since fall of ’10 been doing me any good?? (Seems a bit harsh, but it was what we felt God was asking of us.)
About a month later, I found out I also had adrenal fatigue and the lady who was helping me with that said she could not help until I was done nursing. In other words not for another 1.5-2 yrs!!! I felt pretty discouraged after that!!
My summer was ok, after I got over the 1st trimester ‘ughs’. I didn’t have lots of extra energy, but I had enough to get me through and do what I needed to do. But I was really dreading the hip pain. And up until July or so, I had been keeping it at a minimum. But knew the last trimester is the worse. I just really dreaded August-October. (I was due Oct 25th.)
Then, my friend who has helped me on my whole journey with lyme, told me about a new product she was on, in Aug, Plexus Slim. We were sorta at a point of being tired of trying new things, having things work for a while, spending $$ and not having long term results. So it took her a bit to convince me to try it. The main pull to try it was the fast relief, and the relief from pain that a lot of people were saying they had.
So we tried that first, and started the slim as soon as I got it, in mid Sept. Within a couple wks I was having minimal pain in my hips, sleeping so much better at night, and beginning to feel like I could cope with life and what it threw at me!!
By the 2nd week in Oct. I was like a person nesting, which I am sure it partly was!! But this was the first time I could actually do something about it, and with TONS of energy behind it!! And believe me… I was like a fireball!! (Umm, mean-grean-cleaning-machine!!) Since I had been so un-energetic for soooo long, I had many, MANY corners who needed cleaned out!! And now, I finally had energy to do something about it. My house was fairly smiling!!
And then so was I, when my baby decided to show up almost a wk early!! And in a BIG hurry!! He beat the midwife here. My post postpartum was much better than my other 3. I recovered much faster, had more energy and could cope with life. Even with all the changes of messed up nights, adjusting to a new baby routine, etc. I really dreaded those first months after I was due. I didn’t know how I was gonna handle it all. I knew my body would crash, and crash hard! But I NEVER did!! I was on a slow roller coaster ride Plthat didn’t have those highs with hard crashes. My life was just all even-ing out. I still had my days or even wks at a time where I felt sluggish, but nothing like I used to have.
And I know it was because I was detoxing, rebuilding my body and just healing from the inside out. I have been dealing with the candida, and rebuilding the good gut flora. I just feel soooo much better all over. I can face life again. I don’t get overwhelmed when my plate begins to get full. I sleep good at night, even though it is so chopped up, and I may lose many hrs of sleep. I will still wake feeling refreshed and ready for a new day. (Most times!! There are those moments…)
I just can’t stop thanking God enough!! My prayers have been answered and I can once again be the wife and mother He wants me to be.
(I will post more about Plexus, for those interested later. For now, you can check out my website here.)