Rage Against The Dying and Lyme Disease

 

rage against dying and lyme disease

I don't do well in the cold, my Lyme acts up and everything hurts. My body becomes so sensitive to the cold that even my hair hurts. Cold sensitivity is a symptom of Lyme Disease and for me, one of the worst.

Lyme hurts. It's a painful, frustrating, scary disease to have. But what seems to be the worst symptom of Lyme Disease is fear and blame.

You can't live fully in fear of pain.

You can't live in your pain, or in fear of it. You'll find yourself walking around with a binder full of reasons not to live the life you want. You are not living, when you are weighed down by something that has no cure.

No amount of medicine is going to fully take it away.  Instead of living FOR the disease, LIVE and know that when your hands are swollen, those annoying muscle spasms are getting on your last nerve for the day, or you are just tired, that you have a reason to have a little rest, an extra cup of coffee before your walk.

Find something that takes your mind off the pain. I find that when the pain is harsh, I go and spend time in my garden and the work takes my mind off the rest. And sometimes I mix up a nice cup of tea with a “special” tincture – some organic CBD oil and extra sugar. Then I go to sit in my favorite spot, wrapped up in a cozy blanket and let the CBD help me to feel less pain.

* CBD oil is a natural remedy that calms pain and anxiety. Hemp CBD has little to no THC which is what gets you “high”.  So for people looking to relieve pain without pharmaceutical drugs, CBD is a great option. Because Lyme Disease reacts negatively to many pharmaceutical drugs, many Lyme survivors are seeing great results with CBD which can be purchased in almost every state and country.  We love Joy Organics because I feel that the company takes pride in their organic product and are happy to answer any questions you might have. 

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Lucky Us

We are the lucky ones, those who know the answer to what is happening to us.  I have met so many people, who live completely terrified because they do not yet have a diagnosis and they are walking around with terrible symptoms.

I used to feel my heart beat sluggishly and in the middle of the night wonder if it would just eventually stop.  Would it hurt?  Would anyone know? Then I got my answer of what it was, a vavlve issue that is annoying but not deadly. The knowledge helped quell the fear.

Rage against the dying and Lyme

Whenever I get a little down about my future with Lyme Disease, I look to this poem by Dylan Thomas and find my will to fight harder for the life I want.

“Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at
close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise
men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no
lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the
last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a
green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who
caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on
its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near
death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be
gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father,
there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying
of the light.”

Eating for energy when diagnosed with Lyme disease


Lyme disease is a not-so-known disease that is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria that is transmitted through bites in human beings by infected black legged ticks. The symptoms of Lyme disease are known to be visible within a range of three to thirty days after the tick bites you for the first time.

There can be a wide range of symptoms. In many cases, Lyme disease leads to fatigue and flu-like symptoms. If treated early, Lyme Disease can be treated, but it is exhausting. However, if you are careful with what you eat and how many meals you take in a day, you can do wonders for your energy levels.

Foods for Energy to Fight Lyme Disease

Firstly, it is imperative that you avoid any food that facilitates the growth of the infectious bacteria (or bacteria in general) in your body. A list of such food items which you must absolutely avoid is given below.

  1. Diet rich in sugar

Lyme bacteria feed on sugar. If you eat food rich in sugar, you will help them multiply quickly in your body, and it’ll take longer for you to get better.

  1. Food rich in gluten

Food rich in gluten can also cause a problem if you already have the Lyme bacteria in your body, so it is best to have a gluten-free diet.

  1. Dairy products

Dairy products are rich in lactose and are hard to digest for some people. They can also be highly inflammatory, so it is best to avoid dairy products.

If you avoid these foods, Lyme bacteria will not have anything to feed on, and they won’t be able to multiply. Additionally, external drugs will kill the bacteria within your body so all the food that you eat will give the energy to your body and not the bacteria.

What CAN you eat?

Once you know what NOT to eat, we can move on to the food that would give you high levels of energy to fight the Lyme disease, and recover quickly. Below is a list of the types of food that will benefit you.

Food rich in Omega 3 fatty acids

Having salmon or oily fish that are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids can aid in regaining your energy levels immensely. However, you must go for the fresh ones that are caught in the wild and not the ones that are treated and might have pesticides, hormones, antibiotics or any other chemicals that can be harmful to your body.

Omega 3 rich foods are incredibly vital for your body and will provide tons of energy to you.

Fermented Vegetables

Gut flora plays a vital role in boosting your immune system. Therefore, having fermented vegetables or other traditionally made vegetables can enhance your gut flora. With this, you can ensure that your immune system is working at its best. You must note that an imbalance in the microbiome leads to several inflammatory diseases in the gut. So, including fermented vegetables in your diet can do wonders.

Include green and leafy Vegetables in your Diet

There is no doubt that green and leafy vegetables are great to include in the diet because of the high amount of antioxidants, flavonoids, and carotenoids that they have in them. Therefore, they can help immensely against any cellular damage. Some of the green and leafy vegetables that you can include are collard greens, kale, and spinach. These are great for helping against the joint pain that is a common symptom of Lyme disease.

You can make your diet interesting by cooking exciting meals including the foods mentioned above like:

  • Clear soups with vegetables
  • Smoked salmon with salad
  • Spinach soup with some fatty fish
  • Organic green salad, etc.

If you feel that your food intake and diet are not able to give proper nutrients that your body requires, you can always take some external supplements that will give your body an additional boost that is much needed if you have Lyme disease.

Lastly, trust your body! If a particular kind of recommended food item is making you nauseous or causing uneasiness, you can ditch it. Switch to other alternatives or consult a doctor. With perseverance and right balance of great food and medicinal treatment, you are sure to defeat Lyme disease.

References

Authors Bio – Mitravinda is a Nutritionist at DietChart with a doctoral degree in Food Science and Nutrition. She is a teacher, researcher and an author. Her passion for the subject prompted her to start writing. She blogs on various nutrition-related topics such as diet chart for weight loss, diet chart for weight loss in 7 days, how to remove dark circles in 2 days etc. Through her blogs, she wishes to help people gain a deeper understanding about the relationship between nutrition and health.

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Combating The Most Frustrating Symptom Of Lyme For Writers – Forgetting our Grammar

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Brain damage or old age, I’m not sure which one. But I’ve noticed that my spelling has gone drastically downhill. I recently discovered Grammarly, a grammar and spelling editor, and I have to say that I have rediscovered my love of writing.

Lyme does affect your cognitive functions.

One of the more frustrating issues that have plagued me with Lyme Disease is the mental deterioration. I was warned by my doctors and other people with Lyme Disease that this was an issue. I do my best to combat it, but it’s there. Daily I see little things that have changed. My spelling, which was once quite impressive, is now frustratingly bad. I look at words that I once was a champion at spelling and now wonder if it is right or I just can’t see the error.

A fellow blogger, Darren Rowse from ProBlogger, suggested giving Grammarly a try. Insisting that once I gave it a try that I’d feel more confident in my writing and grammar again. Hesitantly I gave it a look and just wasn’t sure it was for me. Even more, I wasn’t sure I wanted to pay for something that is already installed with my writing programs already.

But it was free and I had nothing to lose by giving it a try.

I’m so thankful for that advice, and I am now saying that this is the one tool that I don’t want to live without. I never knew how much I needed a proofreader until I found Grammarly.

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Grammarly showed me how to step up my writing.

I’m a decent writer. I love the art of masterfully placing the right words and creating a collage of creativity through my storytelling.

Lyme Disease threatened to take that away. There were moments I wanted to walk away from writing, away from blogging about the most basic of things, because I was so frustrated with seeing something I’d posted with a huge grammar or spelling error that had slipped through SpellCheck without a blink of a cursor. Each mistake made me feel less and less confident that I was capable of proceeding with what I love.

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I began taking B12 injections, upping my herbal doses of cognition enhancers. It helped, but it wasn’t enough to ease my fear and calm my upset.

After a few weeks of using Grammarly, I’ve realized how much better I’ve felt about my time spent writing. Not just for writing longer pieces, Grammarly is also working with my professional emails through Outlook. I love it.

I'm not alone!

Here’s my little secret: Sometimes I even copy other blogs and articles into Word so I can send them through Grammarly and I feel so much better because I’m not the only one who has been struggling with errors. Everyone does it!

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I loved Grammarly so much after using them that I’ve suggested it to my husband and friends as well as to my blogging pals. Give it a try. Use it for a month. If you don’t feel like it has improved your writing, then stop. But I urge you if you want to feel more confident in your ability as a writer, try Grammarly.

I’ve read many reviews. In fact, I usually look for reviews for products before purchasing them. The ones that mean something to me are the ones that add value to something that applies to me. No, Grammarly won’t fix your brain. It won’t repair the deterioration or make you funnier in group settings. But for me, I feel like it is one more thing that I can use to help me feel like there isn’t one more thing being taken away from me by a disease that just won’t stop.

I’ve reached out to Grammarly, and because I honestly love them so much, I’ve offered to affiliate with them so I can bring their product to you directly. I hope you’ll give them a try and see if it makes a difference for you too.

Let me know what you think.