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

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