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  • Trust, or Lack Thereof

    My LLMD and I think I have an stomach ulcer. I’ve stopped Lyme treatment for the next month to let my stomach heal. I was on antibiotics for ten days – hope it was long enough to take out the H. Pylori, which is the cause of most ulcers.

    Isn’t it amazing how just a few short years ago, doctors were certain that ulcers were caused by stress and poor diet? Now everybody knows it’s a bacteria, not something the patient did.

    The scientists who discovered this were originally literally laughed out of medical conferences where they tried to present their findings. It took decades for the Medical Establishment to accept the change in spite of hard scientific evidence.

    By the way, the guys who figured this out won the Nobel Price this past October. The 2005 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

    My H. Pylori didn’t show up in the generic test I was given two years ago. This past February, my LLMD ran a three part test that showed I have a rare type of H. Pylori. Basically, I suffered severe stomach distress for two years because someone didn’t think to run a more effective test.

    This information leads me to two disturbing questions:

    • Which medical theories being used on me today will be considered laughable (or tragic) in a few years?
    • How many people needlessly suffer because their doctors do not know about (or are not willing to use) more sensitive lab tests?

    Grateful

    Oh sure, I could spend an entire post telling you how my first experience with antibiotics went, how the Herxes plastered me to the couch with the most extreme fatigue I’ve ever felt, along with a scattering of sharp, needling pains all over my body and other assorted new symptoms. Or how I had to stop temporarily because my LLMD is worried about me having a stomach ulcer.

    But I’d rather just post this link about an amazing whale rescue last December, in which the 50 ton, female Humpback whale thanked her rescuers by nuzzling them, one by one, before she swam off.

    Ain’t the world full of marvels? Enjoy!

    Whale Thanks Rescuers

    Starting Treatment Today

    I’m finally feeling well enough to start taking my antibiotics today. Well, almost well enough. I woke with a nasty migraine at 5 AM. Meds got rid of most of it, so I decided not to abandon my plan to start treatment today.

    I spent a couple of hours last night trying to wrap my head around what meds I need to take when. This with food, this without. No dairy, but yes Acidophilus. Half an hour before or after a meal, but two hours before or after antibiotics. It feels like hard math and makes my brain hurt, but I finally got a checklist I may be able to follow.

    Without the list, I would be completely lost today.

    I took my first dose a half hour ago. I’m very fatigued, and already feeling the familiar “ten-ton weight on my shoulders” sensation that I get with heavy meds. I’m gonna have to lie down. I’ll keep you posted.

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