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

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.