A LYME PATIENT'S JOURNEY TOWARD HEALING
Well, here I am, 100 days post stems from Infusio! I can't believe it has been 3.5 months already! The end of the "100 days" only marks the first 3-4 months where the stem cells are replicating and the body is trying to adjust. After this period, the stems are supposed to really get to work and it takes approximately one year or so to see the full results of what the healing stems can do for my immune system battling Lyme disease and co-infections. There's about an 85% success rate and I'm still holding on to that!
I haven't made a post in a while because I have been trying to focus on activities that I can handle aside from the Internet. It is definitely a mind-shift to get out of the "sick patient" mode when you still feel sick, but I believe it is so critical for healing. More on that later... So where am I at now? Here is a run-down of the last 3.5 months:
100 Days Stem-Cell Replicating Re-Cap
My Global Diagnostics scan at my follow-up showed that my body is still working hard and processing, and Dr. Kim said that my stems are most likely still replicating based on that. The scan also showed that lymph drainage seems to be sluggish and my gut and adrenals might need extra support (big red flag there on my adrenals). Sure enough, my saliva cortisol test from my local integrative doctor came back high at all 4 points throughout the day. The scan also seemed to reveal that my immune system is working better and inflammation is down!
All-in-all, I would say the "100 day", 3-4 month replicating period has been a period of up and down symptoms with a shift in energy and mind-set. I'm ready for the stem cells to really get to work and I'm embracing the process. Patience is key.
I've been reading a wonderful book recommended by a patient in my stem cell patient cohort. The book is How to Heal Yourself When No One Else Can, by Amy Scher and essentially, it's about how to clear emotional and energy blockages when going through a deep healing process. The author was also a Lyme patient and went through a stem cell treatment program as well. The book reinforces the concept of trusting the process, letting go, and shifting the mind toward peace and acceptance so that healing can begin. And guess what? I noticed that I can actually read a book and remember what I'm reading!
In between embracing healing, guided meditation, yoga, and making kale smoothies, I have been finding some energy to get into a few things that I love. I signed up for an Argentine tango class and I'm engaging in some photography again! While I have only been to one introductory tango class and the energy to do photography outings is limited, I am feeling the windows of desire to do these things -- something that I didn't feel before due to being so sick. Below are some of my photographs from an outing visiting the historic, art deco Fisher Building in downtown Detroit, my hometown that I never truly got to explore. It was an outing that I wasn't able to do prior to this treatment. Bring on more life, my little stemmies!