A LYME PATIENT'S JOURNEY TOWARD HEALING
Nearly 5 months post-stem and wanted to let you know that I'm starting very part-time work from home! It's only about 15 hours per week, but at least it's something! This is the FIRST TIME I've been able to even keep appointments in the last 7-8 years due to being bed and couch bound with extreme fatigue and neurological issues most of the time.
I also cleaned my apartment from top to bottom yesterday without resting, went to a concert this week and could handle it, and went to an enormous Halloween ball event that covered 8 floors in downtown Detroit. I even danced. I didn't feel perfect, but I could DO it and had fun. I crashed the next day, though, but probably to be expected. This was not possible before. It has been very "roller coaster" with many days on the couch, but I'm seeing slow improvements.
Another strange thing: The thread-like spider veins around my ankles and stubborn broken capillaries around my nose have 80-90% disappeared. At one point in my life, I even tried laser treatment for those stupid broken capillaries and it never worked. This is not a priority and I certainly wasn't expecting cosmetic benefit with stem cells, but, ok, stems, I see you thought my nose needed improvement. Another Lyme patient told me that they thought this could be Bartonella-related, but who knows.
Future stem patients: Allow your body to take this time to rest. A lot will be going on in your body and it will be in massive over-haul mode. Be gentle to yourself and remind yourself that you are healing. Go to counseling and therapy to help with the mindset. Have a good integrative doctor on hand post-stem cells and during the healing process. Encourage yourself daily to do one little thing that might be out of your comfort zone even if that means to call an old friend, then congratulate yourself on that milestone. I know it's tough when you feel like hell.
Thank you, Infusio! It hasn't been easy with flaring symptoms and even new symptoms during the first few months, but I'm trusting in the process and seeing changes happening. It's a process. Thank you for your dedication in helping Lyme patients who were at their complete wits end. Thank you for this opportunity to heal. I have a long way to go, but I am seeing changes.