The sky teased us with the promise of rain a couple of times but nothing came of it. We still have a fire watch up here. So dry the grass is turning brown.
It is difficult for people to understand how much I have disassociated from my body over the last two decades. The more you focus on the pain the worse it is, you know? It is the way I have learned to cope with livng in constant pain (and exhaustion). My way of keeping life as pleasant as possible and not falling into depression. It's my survival mechanism.
After all, when you are told by different doctors (even went to the dentist over the swollen neck but my teeth were fine) that there is really nothing they can do and you just have to live with it...and it will probably get worse, if anything...and the pharmaceutical company discontinued the one pain pill many years ago that I could take and not get bad side effects (so long ago I can't remember the name of it--LOL!)...my best route has been to ignore my body as much as possible. If something new pops up that I can't even ignore (like joints/leg swelling up or any new sharp shooting pains)...well, then I get it checked out if it doesn't go away. Which I have. And got some help (swollen leg) but no answers...and the same diagnosis--not sure, nothing to be done, and it will probably get worse.
This is why I am so thrilled to have my new Osteopath, Dr. Kessler, and my Zoom consultations with Elliot. Between them they are a godsend for me. They are open-minded, willing to try new ideas, and they listen to me and even make me work to remember more. (I had forgotten about having psittacosis, mystery bites leaving red circles on my legs when I was young, living in a duplex above a family who let their cats loose outside and the terrible flea infestation that came up the carpet into my apartment and how they bit my legs...many things I never bothered to remember--lol!) Yes, I have had many opportunities to catch Lymes and/or Bartonella. More than I thought--LOL!
Anyways, Elliot is investigating more on natural supplements for Bartonella (wants to make sure they won't interfere with my BP medication or the Lymes supplements) and will let me know. Sounded like he might have a couple of things to add. I have started out sooo slowly that I was taking about 1/8 to 1/4 of what he wants me to work up to with the tincture, citrate, and thiamine. That's all on me. I can have bad reactions, so I add new things slowly and increase slowly. But that's why I haven't seen much of a reaction yet. Which is good, though. Yah--so far so good.
I was extra slow because I had appointments and places to go--but now I don't have anything lined up until my CT scan on the Wednesday the 23rd. So I have a little over two weeks to increase the doses and not worry about diarrhea or any other bad reaction keeping me from an appointment--LOL! I'm already taking all three of those without issue now--so I plan to get up to 3/4 of the doses or maybe even full doses (depending on any reactions) by the end of the two weeks.
And Dr. Kessler...she did blood tests and such to check as to how I am doing with the changes and supplements and I will have the CT scan and another urine test...and we'll take it from there. She thought Lymes and/or Bartonella were a possibilty also. I think she's more focused right now with finding out why I have blood in my urine.
So, that's what's happening with me and doctors--LOL!
At least something is happening, right? ;)
On Thursday Leah showed up with the boys in the later afternoon to drop off the coconut coir packages (for retaining moisture, I guess)...
Leah picked me up yesterday and we went plant shopping at Baker Nursery. Was hot! 96? Around there. But so nice to be able to be out and about. First time for me in public (that wasn't a clinic) since long before the pandemic. Probably a couple of years. Forgot to take pictures...too busy looking at all the plants and picking out which ones to take home. :)
Then we stopped by McFamily's to drop off Leah's plants and pick up Ian. Headed to my place to plant all the babies.
It was hot and Ian was a little grumpy at first, but then he got into it.