About Jason T. George

Husband. Dad. Founder and President of Narrowtrail Ministries. Itinerant Speaker. Host of The GRIZ Podcast. Owner/Operator of Home Touch-Ups, LLC. Lyme Warrior.

I’m Not a Victim. I’m a Warrior!

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021 – 8pm … 


I cannot even begin to put into words how utterly miserable I felt today. It wasn’t just the physical pain/symptoms that crushed me into dust. It was also the heaviness of my brain fog and the unsettling anxiety that came with it. Mentally I lost my ability to properly comprehend and organize information. I was finishing recording a podcast episode when I had to stop everything. 


Looking at the screen hurt. 


Reading hurt. 


Talking hurt. 


Listening hurt. 


Even praying in my head hurt. 


I was hit with a severe herxheimer reaction. 


A herxheimer reaction (AKA = “herx”) is an adverse response to toxins released by bacteria killed by your antibiotic or herbal treatment. With a herx … you’re basically killing Lyme spirochetes (or co-infections or parasites) faster than your body can eliminate them. The accumulation of all the toxins inside of your body can make your symptoms skyrocket until your body can eliminate all of that nasty junk through detoxing methods. Today’s herx was one of my worst. I was MISERABLE people!


My friends who also battle Lyme Disease (along with other tick-born co-infections and/or parasites) say that a severe herxeimer reaction can feel like death. They’re not being overly dramatic. Some of them have given birth to children and some of them have battled through cancer, and they’ve told me that the pain of Lyme Disease is worse … and (in my experience) the worst pain that Lyme Disease can throw at you is the pain of a severe herxheimer reaction. I have often used the phrase, “I feel like DEATH right now.” I don’t know how else to describe it. With a herx, symptoms can vary from person to person. For me, today’s herx brought on a yuck/flu-like feeling, migraine, brain fog, trouble articulating, chills, shakes, muscle twitching, fatigue, and a weird kind of tense/anxious feeling throughout my body.


A few years ago, I heard that the #1 cause of death related to Lyme Disease is suicide, and I can believe it. Overwhelmed, exhausted, and debilitated with chronic pain, mental anguish, and years of expensive treatments that don’t seem to work … people with late-stage chronic Lyme Disease completely lose the will to live because they believe that their life will never get better. They believe the lie that death must be better than the life their living. Often times they also believe that their death will alleviate their family of the burden that they believe they’ve become. 

This is what late-stage chronic Lyme Disease can do to a person who was once full of life, energy, love, joy, peace, and positivity. It’s sad. I hate it. It’s one of the most complex, misunderstood, and under-diagnosed diseases in the world. The majority of those in the Medical Community are of no help to those of us with late-stage chronic Lyme Disease. Most in the Medical Community won’t even recognize late-stage chronic Lyme Disease as a diagnosis and of course that means that your medical insurance won’t cover the treatments you desperately need. If you want to get well, it’s all out of pocket. You’re on your own, and it’s a long and difficult battle. There are no quick-fix, short-cuts, or magic pills. 


For me personally, I know that if I did not have a personal relationship with God through my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ … and if I did not have the love, support, and prayers of my wife, friends, and other Lyme Warriors … I don’t believe I’d make it. Most likely, I’d turn to illegal drugs to try and cope, and who knows what that would lead to … definitely not anything positive.


Over the past year, I’ve been learning how to better manage the horrible days (like today). Your mental game is a HUGE part of your personal survival, healing, and growth. On my worst days, I now remind myself that not everyday is as bad as today. I remind myself that over the years of battling chronic late-stage Lyme Disease there have been some good days with some amazing pain-free moments. There have been incredible moments of peace, joy, comfort, and laughter in this long and agonizing battle … and some incredible friendships have been formed, and some old friendships have been strengthened because of it. On my worst days … in my worst moments … I have to make myself mentally zoom-out of the moment and put it in proper perspective of the big picture. Today, during my very worst moment, I told myself, “Yes, this moment right here and right now is HORRIBLE, but not every day or every moment is like this. It’s just a severe herxheimer reaction, Jason. It’ll eventually pass. The clouds will part. The waves will die down. The sun will shine. You’ve made it through before. You’ll make it through again. You always make it through because you’re not a victim. You’re a warrior!”


YOU’RE NOT A VICTIM. YOU’RE A WARRIOR!


I often have to remind myself of that truth.


If you believe you’re a victim and you allow yourself to fall in the deep dark pit of self-pity, you’re body, mind, and spirit are never going to heal and grow. I’m convinced that you have to develop a warrior’s mentality to succeed at anything in this broken world. 
As I type this, I’m feeling much better than I was earlier today.


The clouds have parted. The waves have died down. The sun is shining. I made it through.I always make it through.Because I’m not a victim. I’m a warrior!I hope that in some way this encourages you in whatever battle you may be facing right now. Remember … when it gets really bad … zoom-out of the moment and put it in proper perspective of the big picture. Talk yourself through it. Do not allow a victim-mentality to form. Do not allow yourself to fall into the deep dark pit of self-pity. Develop a warrior’s mentality. Keep learning how to overcome your enemy. Keep battling-on and don’t forget to help others along the way.

*Also, for those of you who are interested, here is my updated/current treatment protocol …

1 Capsule of Vital Plan’s Brain Boost (Lion’s Mane, Cat’s Claw, Bacon, Ashwagandha, Ginkgo Biloba).

1 Capsule of Vital Plan’s Mitochondrial Support (Vit. C, Vit. E, L-Glutathione, NAC, Alpha Lipoic Acid, CoQ10, Mixed Tocopherols).

1 Capsule of Vital Plan’s Prevention Plus (Multiple Vitamins and Supplements).

1/2 Capsule of Vital Plan’s Adaptogen Recovery (Chinese Skullcap, Cordyceps, Reishi Mushroom, Rehmannia).

2 Capsules of Migratone.

Omega 3 Fish Oil.

Digestive Enzymes with Prebiotics and Probiotics.

Vitamin D (5000 IU).

Magnesium.

Vitamin C .

CBD Oil (50mg).

Venlaflaxine ER 75mg.

Burbur Pinella (20 drops in water as needed for brain fog).

Trazodone 100mg before bed.

Chlorella (for binding/detoxing).

Anti-Parasite Essential Oils.

Cellcore BioMolecular Oxygen.

4 Sprays of ACZ Nano Extra Strength (for detoxing and immune support).

Activate Charcoal (as needed for binding/detoxing).

Ibuprofen 800mg (as needed for migraines).

Liposomal Glutathione.

Clonazepam .12mg to .25mg (as needed, but I try to use CBD instead).

CBD Clinic – Pain Relief Ointment on Sore Muscles/Joints.

Organic Coffee Enemas (as needed for detoxing).

Epsom Salt Baths (at least every other day for detoxing).

Alka Seltzer Gold with Lemon Water (for herxing)

Essential Oil Roller (Frankincense, Copaiba, Chamomile, Lavender, Eucalyptus) for Migraine Relief … I put on forehead, temples, behind ears, and on neck.

Daily Scripture Reading.

Daily Prayer and Meditation.

Daily Journaling.

Weekly Men’s Support Group via Zoom.

Weekly listen to Helpful Podcast or Audio Books.

Weekly listen to Encouraging Music.

Text/Talk to my wife, a friend, a counselor, a fellow Lyme-Warrior when I’m super anxious, depressed, discouraged, or just overwhelmed with all of it.

Daily Exercise/Movement (Nothing intense. Yesterday I could only do a 3/4 mile walk with my dog).

7 to 8 hours of sleep per night.

At lunch time I lay down on the floor and rest for about 20 to 30 minutes. I can never fall asleep so I just rest deeply, pray, mediate, etc.

I eat 95% Organic Food … I’m also Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Very Very Very Little Sugar, and no Artificial Sweeteners … I also avoid Pork and Raw Sushi (potential for parasites with those) … oh, and I also avoid processed foods, beans, most nuts, nightshades, potato chips and corn chips.

Fresh Organic Celery Juice (several times per week).

Currently trying out DNRS (Dynamic Neural Retraining System).

Chiropractor – At least once per month.

FYI … I just stopped taking Melia Supreme, Morinda Supreme, and Mimosa Supreme. I was using those powerful herbal supplements to target parasites, but I need a break from them after this latest herx! You have to listen to your body. Sometimes you need to pulse, break, reduce dosage, whatever.

FYI … I was doing Infrared Sauna at least once per week at a local Spa. That got shutdown due to COVID. I’m going to purchase my own infrared sauna soon. I need to be sweating more for proper detoxing and the heat feels amazing. I’m purchasing a Sunlighten.

My dog Remi and I on a recent 2-mile hike.

Jason T. George is not a medical professional. The content of BattlingLyme.com is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, and treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read, seen, or heard from Jason T. George.

A Little Bit of Progress

This past week I had a few better days for which I’m extremely grateful to God. I was even able to do some exercising/hiking this past week! Here’s a quick overview …

Tuesday – Did upper body weight training. Had some upper left abdomen pain that went into lower ribs. Later in the morning – hit with head pains and fatigue. Had some good moments in the evening where my head felt clearer and my system felt calmer.

Wednesday – Worked in home office. Symptoms were low/manageable.

Thursday – In the morning had some muscle twitching in legs. Later in the morning had some mild lower left rib pain into upper stomach. Noticed less headaches, brain fog, dizziness, tense/anxious feeling, fatigue.

Friday – Did some jumping jacks … 6 sets of 50. Then did some weight training on biceps. Later in the day I did some weight training on chest. I also did a 2-mile hike with my dog at the park. That’s definite progress. Later on in the day, had some fatigue come over me and also felt off. Went out on a dinner date with my wife then came home and enjoyed a movie together. I deviated from my diet at dinner … french fries dipped in blue cheese dressing, wings, some gluten-free pizza with pepperoni and cheese. It was soooo good!

Saturday – In the late morning I felt a bit rough … fatigue, forehead pressure with some brain fog … mild left stomach pressure … and felt tense. Later in the day, I just felt yuck. It’s probably from deviating from my diet – last night’s dinner.

Sunday – Felt pretty good for the first part of day. Took my dog for another 2-mile hike at the park. In the early afternoon I also walked about a mile in my neighborhood. It was really cold and I didn’t bundle up to keep my body warm like I should have. Later in the evening, I felt pretty rough, like I overdid it with all the hiking/walking … toxic feeling, head pressure, brain fog, memory issues.

Today – Pretty fatigued, head pressure, brain fog, low energy, just feeling off. Working through it as best I can.

Things that helped this past week …

  • Burbur Pinella for brain fog.
  • CBD drops.
  • Vital Plan Brain Boost (less headaches and brain fog this past week).
  • Organic Coffee Enema to detox and alleviate left stomach pain.
  • Epsom Salt Baths for detox.
  • Talking to a friend over the phone about how I’m doing.
  • Prayer/Meditation.
  • Lots of water.
  • Sleep.
  • Fresh air and sunlight … walking out in the woods.

Jason T. George is not a medical professional. The content of BattlingLyme.com is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, and treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read, seen, or heard from Jason T. George.

Checking-In … 1-14-21

What do I have to be thankful for?

  • I had peace last night while laying in bed with my dog listening to worship music. Even in the midst of my pain, I had peace in my heart.
  • My dog made me smile and laugh a little.
  • I slept well last night.
  • God’s love for me never ceases, nor changes.
  • This suffering that I’m enduring, it’s a trial – it will pass – I will make it through – God is with me through all of it.

What is my current protocol?

  • Multi Vitamin
  • D-3
  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil
  • Turmeric Curcumin
  • Magnesium
  • Migratone with COQ10
  • Physica HPA (Axis) LF
  • Digestive Enzymes with pre and probiotics
  • Prescription Venlaflaxine – 75mg
  • ACZ Nano Extra Strength – Advanced Cellular Zeolite
  • Burbur Pinella (20 drops)
  • BLt – Targeted Microbial Support (2 to 3 drops right now)
  • Immusist (2 to 3 drops right now)
  • Molecular Oxygen (2 to 3 drops right now)
  • Mimosa Supreme (1 day a week)
  • Melia Supreme (2 days a week)
  • Morinda Supreme (2 days a week)
  • Prescription Clonazepam .15mg as needed
  • Nuun – Immunity Support Tablets
  • Epsom Salt Baths daily for detox
  • Organic Coffee Enema at least ever other day (with essential oil mix and molecular oxygen) for detox
  • Prescription 800mg Ibuprofen (as needed – I try not to take this everyday)
  • Chlorella
  • DesBio Comprehensive Detox Kit
  • Eat organic.
  • Avoid dairy, gluten, soy, legumes, corn, and sugar.
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners and processed foods.
  • Avoid showers.
  • Lite movement/exercise.
  • Scripture/Prayer/Meditation/Worship – daily
  • Topical essential oil mix for headaches

Currently reading It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst.

This morning I have a tightness/pressure in my forehead with some brain fog and an overall feeling of malaise/weakness/fatigue. Some nausea plagues me too. Today I’m trying to NOT give attention to my symptoms. Just going to move on past them and try to stay positive and grateful. I have a lot of office work to get done today.

“The only easy day was yesterday.” – Navy SEALS Motto

“If you’re going through Hell, keep going!” – Winston Churchill.

“I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” – God

Jason T. George is not a medical professional. The content of BattlingLyme.com is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, and treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read, seen, or heard from Jason T. George.

Today Sucks

Today sucks.

I’ve been trying my best to work at my desk and everything is an absolute struggle. At one point, I just laid on the floor in agony … Stomach pain. Rib pain. Nausea. Fatigue. Pounding headache. Brain fog. Flu-like feeling. Stress/anxiety.

Am I ever going to get better?

What am I doing wrong?

Why won’t my body heal from this?

Where are You, God?

Why do You sit passively by and allowing me to suffer like this for so long?

When do You plan on answering my prayers for healing?

STORMS DON’T LAST FOREVER!

This morning a major storm hit our area due to Tropical Storm Isaias. There was major rain, high winds, and flash flooding. Our power went out and several roads were shut down in our area due to the massive flooding. We were also under a Tornado Warning for about a hour. At 7am we all went to the basement to be safe (myself, my wife, our 3 kids, and our chocolate lab Remi). It was all a bit scary and definitely frustrating, and our home received some water damage, but oh well. No big deal. Insurance will take care of that. It could’ve been much worse.

The good news is … the storm passed. They always do.

BECAUSE STORMS DON’T LAST FOREVER!

Right now, as I sit here in my home office typing this blog, I look out the window and see the radiant sun breaking through the clouds to reveal stunning blue sky. All is calm.

BECAUSE STORMS DON’T LAST FOREVER!

I have to keep reminding myself of that fact because I’ve been in the midst of a pretty bad storm for about 4 weeks now. It’s some sort of relapse or flare-up. This has happened before. It’s nasty and discouraging at times.

This morning when I woke up, there was immediate pain/pressure around my left temple area. Daily headaches have been pounding on me. A few hours later, nausea and fatigue decide to pay me a visit even though I actually slept great last night.

Stop right there. … You know what? I have to stop focusing on what’s wrong with me. I slept great last night and I’m actually extremely thankful for that … for good sleep, because so many people who are battling Lyme Disease and co-infections have horrible/unrelenting insomnia. I’ve been there. It’s absolutely miserable. You’re utterly fatigued all day and then when it’s finally time to sleep … YOU CAN’T.

“Just shoot me people!” 🙄

With my health issues, I’m definitely not where I want to be, but I’m not feeling quite as bad as I was 3 weeks ago. There’s been some progress/improvement – and that’s what I really need to focus on. It could be so much worse (SOOOOO MUCH WORSE). I need to do better at focusing on the good things … I.E. = over the last week … I’ve been able to work my job for about 6 hours per day … I’ve been able to do some lite exercising (road biking and weight training) … I’ve been able to read a few chapters in books … I’ve been able to walk my dog and wrestle with him … I was able to go out on a date with my wife (dinner and shopping) … I’ve been able to watch some TV shows with my wife at night … I’ve been able to eat pretty normal (my appetite is back without horrible stomach pains) … I’ve been able to enjoy a small amount of bourbon at night with no issues… I’ve been able to talk to some friends on the phone (without major brain fog hindering me) … and a few times, I laughed … I actually had some moments of genuine, from the gut, laughter (I love to laugh).

Just typing out those good things that I’ve recently been able to experience makes me feel a little bit better about my current situation and it gives me motivation and hope to keep pressing on.

Heavenly Father, see me through this. Please continue to bring healing to my body, brain, and memory. Lead me in the path of healing and wholeness. Strengthen my inner man as I continue to fight this battle. Give me a right perspective of this trial and somehow use it for good to help others. I can’t do this without You. Amen.

Psalm 5:1-2 “Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to You do I pray.”

By the way, today I began a new treatment protocol … The Restore Kit by Vital Plan. Hopefully it will bring more healing/relief. We shall see. I’ve also been reading the book BITTEN by Kris Newby (The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons). It’s absolutely chilling! She’s a great writer.

Hang in there people, and remember … STORMS DON’T LAST FOREVER!

Still Battling,

Jason

Disclaimer: Jason T. George is not a medical professional. The content of BattlingLyme.com is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, and treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read, seen, or heard from Jason T. George.

The Mountain Bike Ride was a Bad Idea!

I’ve repeatedly read that when you’re feeling better, be careful and don’t do too much or you can trigger a “flare-up” or “setback” or “relapse” or whatever in the heck you choose to call it. That’s what I’ve done. I’ve been down hard all week. I hate it. I was making such good progress. I was feeling more and more like my normal self. Then, this past Sunday, I decided to go on a mountain bike ride. Because of my health issues, I haven’t mountain biked in over a year. I told myself to only do half of the trail. I didn’t listen. I ended up doing the whole thing (9 miles). It was too much for me. It’s the longest and most intense cardio I’ve done in over a year. Strangely enough, I felt pretty good afterwards and found myself on my phone joking around with my sister and some friends.

Later that evening I still felt pretty good. I had no real issues that I can recall, but everything drastically changed the next morning while I was driving my youngest daughter to her soccer training. Like an approaching hurricane, the symptoms came on mild but steadily increased to a force that completely wiped me out … head pressure, nausea, brain fog, dizziness, fatigue, muscle twitching, weakness, trouble articulating, and then that feeling of TOTAL YUCK!

By early afternoon, I was in bed utterly exhausted and overwhelmed. My anxiety was messing with me. I was battling to take control of my thoughts. I talked to a friend on the phone who also struggles with Lyme Disease issues and he asked me if I thought this was going to be one of those short setbacks that clears up in a day or two or something more major. I told him I had no clue. Too early to tell.

Today is Friday, and I’m still not able to work. Yesterday I tried to do some work for a few hours, but it again floored me. This sucks! But this is where I’m at right now. This is all part of the journey. Live and learn.

Yesterday one of the lymph nodes in my neck was swollen and hurting. That tells me body is obviously fighting something nasty. Is it Lyme? EBV? A co-infection? Or something else? I have no clue. My Lyme Specialist told me to detox and increase my magnesium. He also told me not to mountain bike that much. Thanks doc. Great advice (sarcasm).

I was supposed to go to the beach this weekend with my wife and daughter, and hangout with some friends. Not happening right now. Back on the couch, struggling to even type this.

So that’s the latest with me. Hang in there. You’re not alone.

Still battling,

Jason

Two Good Weeks and then Wham!

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about my Lyme battle, and today is a good day to do that. I’m at home, trying to finish-up some bookkeeping and filing for my business, but that’s not going so well because this morning I feel like a Mac truck ran me over. Right now it’s difficult for me to do anything productive. Even thinking hurts. I’m experiencing wave after wave of head pressure, nausea, brain fog, fatigue, chest pain, back pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, and that nasty flu-like YUCK feeling. I probably left something out. It’s just not a good day.

It’s incredibly frustrating to me because a few weeks ago I was doing so much better …

On March 12, I went back to see my Lyme Specialist, Greg Lee at The Lyme Research and Healing Center in Frederick, MD. We did about four hours of scans/tests, and the results indicated that I have an infection in my spinal fluid and it’s causing inflammation … looks like parasites (specifically Tapeworms). I also have other “issues” going on but that was the big one that needs immediate attention.

After the scan/testing, we did some acupuncture, cupping, and hydrogen therapy. Then Greg laid out a whole new treatment protocol of herbal remedies, supplements, and essential oils. All of this was extremely costly (around $2k … and of course, insurance didn’t cover a dime). It’s hard for me to spend that kind of money on myself, but I really had no choice. I wasn’t making any real progress self-treating and I have to get healthy for my family, friends, work, ministry, etc.

What price do you put on your personal health?

After beginning the new protocol back in mid March, I actually began feeling major improvements in my overall health. I was thrilled! I thought to myself, “Finally, something is working! Thank You God!” My wife and kids even noticed a difference in me and some of my friends began telling me how much healthier I looked.

I enjoyed two of the best weeks I’ve had in well over a year … less brain fog, nausea, intestinal pain, headaches, joint pains, facial twitching, anxiety, etc. I was totally feeling more like my “normal self.” It was awesome … and then … WHAM!I got knocked down (again)!

Over the last two weeks, I’ve been experiencing some sort of major flare-up. It’s bad … and I have no idea what I’ve done done to trigger this. The last several days have especially been bad. I talked with some friends who’ve battled late-stage Lyme Disease much longer than me, and they told me that what I’m experiencing is totally normal when you’re on the road to recovery. I guess that’s good news, but not very comforting when you feel like death is at the door.

It’s a hellacious battle to stay positive and hopeful when suffering with various chronic issues/pain. This morning I made myself get out of the house and go for a two-mile walk in my neighborhood. I prayed as I walked. The warm sun felt good. If I didn’t have God in my life and a few good friends, I don’t know where I’d be. It would NOT be a good place. Many times you feel so utterly alone in this battle with late-stage Lyme Disease and chronic pain. The worst thing you can do is bottle it all up and isolate. God and good friends are crucial.

So yes, once again, I’ve been knocked down, but I’m not knocked out. I will rise … and I will press on … doing whatever it takes to heal my body from this monster.

You have to do the same. Remember, it’s always too soon to give up. Lean hard on God and a few good friends. Reach out to a professional therapist if you need to. Don’t bottle it up and isolate.

Battling with you,

Jason

The Roller Coaster of Lyme Disease!

Sunday, March 8, 2020 – 10:18AM …

As I type this, I am absolutely miserable. The last few days have been way worse than usual … symptoms have increased and intensified … headaches, neck pain, joint pain, nausea, loss of appetite, brain fog, anxiety, and debilitating fatigue (the kind where you feel like someone shot you with a tranquilizer). I keep telling myself, “You’ve been here before. You know what to do. Just ride the storm. This isn’t permanent. It’ll pass.”

Honestly … this gets so old! Lyme Disease is a roller coaster that I NEVER volunteered to be on and it won’t let me off!

Lyme Disease is a roller coaster that I NEVER volunteered to be on and it won’t let me off!

I loathe when I have a few decent days, and then plummet back down into the pit of misery. The few decent days always get my hopes up that I’m on the path to recovery, and then that hope eventually fades like a mirage in the desert. That’s what I mean by Lyme Disease being a roller coaster. It’s up and down. Recovery is not linear. If you have it, then you know what I’m talking about.

Yesterday I talked with a few of my Lyme friends about how I’m feeling. That always helps me. Bottling it up makes me irritable or anxious or depressed or all three of those. Many of my Lyme friends are also having a harder time than usual. My friend Jessica Donaldson believes it’s because of the “super moon” that is upon us.

I know that sounds cooky, but from my personal experience, I do believe there’s something to it. Over the last year, I’ve noticed that I typically feel worse during during a full moon or new moon.

But why? … What’s up with that?

Here’s one explanation that I came across that fits my situation …

Parasites. They are the main culprits for the flare-up. We may not like to think about it, but inside of our bodies, most of us have worms, unwanted parasites that we are not even aware of. If not addressed properly, a parasite infection can hinder the healing and it can even lead to other serious health problems. Around a full moon, not only the Lyme patients will feel worse, but also those who have parasites, because during this time, the parasites’ activity peaks, causing us, the host, to feel unwell. The parasites are active during the full moon too as it is their mating season. Every couple of weeks, the parasites and bacterias hatch and form new babies. To be more precise, the spirochetes have a reproductive cycle each 28-30 days, which coincides with the full moon cycle. The flare up is due to the fact that during this period of time the spirochetes are far more active. As for the co-infections, they have a 3 to 5 days cycle, which explains the ups and downs on the symptoms experienced by patients.

Source: https://a-zlyme.com/full-moon-and-lyme-disease/

On top of battling Lyme, I recently found out that I tested positive for SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth). Over the last 5 months that has been the main source of my excruciating left abdomen pain, increased headaches, increased brain fog, unusual looking diarrhea (I’ll spare you the pics), increased anxiety, loss of appetite, and major weight loss (30 pounds people).

To treat SIBO, I recently began taking two powerful homeopathic meds: Bacteria Tox and DysBiocide.

HOLY WATER BUFFALO! Dude, I ended up coming off of the Dysbiocide, because the combination was too much at once. It was causing some serious die-off (herx reaction). That … plus the super moon thing … I was praying for Jesus to come back immediately!

As I said at the beginning of this blog post, I am absolutely miserable right now, but trying to stay positive. It’s not easy during these times in the pit. For some guidance and encouragement in my battle with Lyme, I’ve been reading through the book, THE HEALER WITHIN by Holly Chameli. She has recovered from Chronic Lyme, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Autoimmune Disease. Yesterday, I highlighted this quote because I TOTALLY relate …

A chronic and debilitating illness can feel like being buried alive. You do not technically have a terminal disease, but you feel like you are in the midst of dying every single day. The losses are many. Obviously, the pain of feeling sick every day is enormous, but so too is the sense of total loss when you can no longer be the parent you once were, maintain a career, socialize with friends and family, or simply grocery shop. Yes, you are living, but you may feel dead inside. Keeping your head above water during the healing process is certainly challenging, but you must stay positive. How do you do this?

THE HEALER WITHING by Holly Chameli – Page 141.

She then goes on to give advice on how to stay positive … that’s the chapter I’m into right now. So I’ll have to get back to you.

2:38pm …

At lunch time, I finally got my butt off the couch, took 4 Advil for my head and neck pain, and then drove to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription for my SIBO. After that, I ate a burrito bowl from Chipotle (white rice, chicken, a little bit of mild salsa, and guac). About 30 minutes later, I began to feel some improvement.

Thank You, God

I went to Walmart and picked up a few needed items, and then hit Starbucks for a small coffee. Then I came home, cleaned up the kitchen, and vacuumed the house. Now I’m finishing up this blog post, then I’m going for a short walk in the neighborhood to soak up some sun. My brain fog has even cleared up. Again, thank You, God! I have been praying all day for some much needed relief. Not sure how long this will last.

Hang in there my Lyme friends. You are NOT alone in this battle. I know it is EXTREMELY difficult. I know there are days when you feel like you are going to have a complete breakdown or worse. Again, you are NOT alone. I encourage you to reach out to other Lyme friends or a Lyme Support Group or a Lyme Counselor/Therapist. I also encourage you to keep crying out to God and seek Him by reading the Bible. Lately, I keep meditating on Psalm 103 and praying through it. Check it out. It’s a good one.

Battling with you,

Jason

On Friday night, my wife and I went out on a long-overdue date. As you can probably tell from the pic, I was not feeling well, but did my best to focus on her.

Chronic Lyme Disease – 13 Things That Help Me Feel Better!

This past week was definitely a better week for me than the week before. Yes, my symptoms were still there, but they weren’t as intense. I was actually able to work on a paint job for 5 days. That is a tremendous answer to prayer. No, it was not a pain-free 5 days, but it was better than usual.

So what’s helping me feel better? …

1Diet/Nutrition … I’ve been maintaining a strict/healthy diet and that means less inflammation/pain. I avoid sugar, gluten, and dairy. I’ve also been avoiding fried foods, artificial sweeteners, vegetable oils, beans, and alcohol. I eat as organic as I possibly can. If I eat sugar, it’s less than 12g.

2Sleep … I’ve been consistently going to bed at a decent hour to make sure I’m getting plenty of uninterrupted sleep. Last night I was in bed at 9pm (on a Saturday night). I don’t even care. For me to have uninterrupted sleep, I sometimes have to sleep in the guest bedroom. I hate doing that as a married man, but uninterrupted sleep is absolutely vital to my health and ability to work my job which enable me to make money for my family’s needs and wants.

3Supplements … I’ve been extremely consistent with taking my vitamins, supplements, and meds. I take many of them 2 to 3 times per day … Vitamin C, Magnesium, Turmeric Curcumin, Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12, Omega 3 Fish Oil, Cordyceps, Ashwaganda, Lithium Synergy, 5-HTP, GABA, Cat’s Claw, Burbur Pinella, Resveratrol, L-Glutathione, Chlorella, Real NAD Plus, Feverview, and CoQ10.

4Hydrate … I literally drink about a gallon of water per day (Spring Water or Filtered or Alkaline).

5Avoiding Stress/Conflict … That means I avoid certain people, conversations, debates, arguments, etc. Even on social media. Especially on social media. You can have it. As for me, “Ain’t nobody got time for dat!”

6 Prayer … Every morning and throughout my day I’m constantly calling on God for healing, strength, energy, clarity of mind, peace, etc. Mornings are typically the roughest part of my day, and I often feel like there’s NO WAY I can possibly make it through my work day. Honestly, most people wouldn’t even go to work feeling the way that I do. I cling to Philippians 4:13 … “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

7Talk Therapy … I’ve recently talked with two different therapists/counselors who have personally battled Lyme Disease. They’re way further along the road to healing than I am. I also regularly talk with and listen to friends who are battling Lyme Disease. It really helps. Bottling things up and trying to face it on my own was making me feel much worse. Don’t isolate. Don’t bottle up.

8Frequent Breaks … I take extended lunch breaks to rest in my work truck after I eat lunch (a benefit of owning my own company). When I get home from work in the evening, I also lay on the floor for 30-minutes and allow my two dogs (Remi and Ruger) to sniff and lick all over me … then they typically nestle up beside me. I love it and need it.

9Bind and Detox … Several times a week I take Activated Charcoal tablets to bind-up toxins … and I also do hot epsom salt baths … and at least once per week, I go to the local spa for a 30-minute session in the infrared sauna.

10Don’t Overdo It … I push myself, but not too much … I’m learning to listen to my body and know my limits with this disease so I don’t overdo it. Like the other day … I was at work and I really wanted to finish an area that I was painting, but I could feel my brain fog coming on strong with a frontal headache. My lower left abdomen pain also began to increase. I knew right then and there it was time to clean-up, pack-up, and call it a day. My body was saying, “Enough! Time to rest!”

11Keep Learning … I’m constantly reading books, articles, and blogs … or listening to podcasts or audio books … that help me improve/heal physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually! Today I began reading The Healer Within by Holly Chameli. She’s recovered from Chronic Lyme, CFS, and Autuimmune Disease. Her story is inspiring me and giving me hope.

12Have a Yoda … I pay big bucks out of pocket (insurance won’t cover a dime) to see a top Lyme Disease Specialist who listens to me, runs various tests on me, advises me, and prescribes various holistic/naturopathic treatments that help heal me. His name is Greg Lee and he’s with the Lyme Research and Healing Center in Frederick, MD.

13Move … You have to keep physically active. That looks different for all of us depending upon what stage we’re at in the healing journey. If all you can do is walk out to your mailbox and walk back, do it. Then the next week, walk to your neighbor’s mailbox. Do some sort of physical activity and keep increasing it week by week, but don’t overdo it. There will be some days (or weeks) where you’re flaring-up or having a bad herx reaction, and all you need to do is rest/sleep/recover. Dude, I get it. Been there. Done that. Got the T-Shirt!

As I said, this past week was definitely a better week for me, but I realize that tomorrow I could wake-up and experience a major relapse. That’s how it goes sometimes. Nevertheless, I will continue to keep doing these 13 things in my battle to heal.

Battling With You,

Jason

Today my daughter Gabrielle and I took Remi to a local park to play and then we went to Starbucks for a treat. Watching her laugh at Remi while he lapped-up a pupacino was therapeutic.

Jason T. George is not a medical professional. The content of BattlingLyme.com is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, and treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read, seen, or heard from Jason T. George.

A Better Day for Me!

Nausea and head pressure were messing with me this morning. I took Elle to school, cleaned up, and loaded up the truck for work. I had to go back and paint ceilings and then begin painting the trim … lots of trim (floor trim, chair rail, crown molding, etc.) I thought I’d be done with this job by the end of today. Wishful thinking. This job has been more work than I anticipated. I definitely underbid it. Oh well. Live and learn.

As I focused on painting, the less I focused on my pain, and that actually helped. By 12pm, I needed an extended lunch break to rest my body. My neck and mid-back were killing me. I drove to Chipotle … ate another burrito bowl of white rice, double chicken, and guac. Then I stopped and got a small Starbucks coffee. In the afternoon, I felt pretty good while painting, but by 4pm my body was telling me to stop for the day. I began having some head pressure with brain fog and my left abdomen began to ache. So I cleaned up and went home.

For dinner, I ate some broiled wild caught flounder with green beans and baked french fries. I took my meds, vitamins, and supplements … and now I’m chilling on the couch watching Netflix … a good documentary called The Magic Pill.

Today I found out that my recent stool test came back “normal.” I’m still waiting on the results from my SIBO test. Something has been wrong with my stomach and intestines for months and we can’t figure it out. At times, the pain has been absolutely excruciating.

Overall, it was a better day for me. Thank You, Lord.

Battling with you,

Jason