A LYME PATIENT'S JOURNEY TOWARD HEALING
I was at the Infusio every day for 4-5 hours which is exhausting since even getting up and showered is exhausting for me. We had one "free day" between the two weeks, and we arrived with a spare day before treatment and left with two extra days so that I could recover from the procedure. There were a few days that I had enough energy to rest when I got back from the clinic and we were able to enjoy a nice meal or visit Griffith Observatory. Brandon is vegan, so he was in love with all of the vegan options available in L.A. (and so was I)!
Some highlights from the experience so far, aside from the clinic and getting treated there:
Uber and Lyft! What a handy way to get to and from the clinic every day! Uber and Lyft are everywhere in L.A. and so easy to use. I thoroughly enjoyed my conversations with my drivers and met so many interesting people from around the world. One driver kissed my hand for formerly teaching English as a Second Language. Another driver was a retired internationally-known photographer --looked him up later. All are now educated on Lyme and stem-cells.
Griffith Observatory: One of our Lyft drivers suggested to visit Griffith Observatory for a low-key "thing to do" if I had energy. Well, I wouldn't say it was "low-key" for a Lyme patient since the drive up the "mountain" was twisty and not exactly fun for people with vertigo. The crowd there also felt a bit like Disneyland - even on a Thursday. It was neuro-sensory overload, but I would say it was worth the discomfort for the view and picture opportunities.
Manhattan Beach: This beach was also recommended to visit by one of our Uber or Lyft drivers since we were told it was more of a mellow beach than the beach at Santa Monica. It was located just south of Santa Monica. This was our big excursion on our free day to snap a few pics and to sit at the pier. I was too tired to walk around or to spend the whole day there, so it was perfect just to sit.
Great Mexican Vegan Restaurants: With Brandon being vegan and with me having a Paleo diet, the options were plenty in L.A. There are seriously more vegan options there in three square blocks than in all of metro-Detroit. I was feeling well enough to go out to eat a few nights and we found a couple of remarkable Mexican vegan/organic restaurants. The first one was the swanky Toca Madera with a Day of the Dead/Sugarskull theme which is apparently a celebrity hang-out. And the second was the open-air Gracias Madre restaurant with a gorgeous patio. Photos below are from Toca Madera's bathroom and back eating area.
West Hollywood: We stayed in West Hollywood (WEHO) for the first week, right on the Sunset strip with a Trader Joe's within a 5-minute walk. So many cool little shops there (or so Brandon tells me, since he was the one exploring). We ventured straight into the heart of touristy Hollywood (about a 20 minute drive) on my free day before treatment, and left as soon as we stepped foot outside of the Uber vehicle. Unless you like to be accosted by tour bus guides and mobs of people, this isn't a recommendation, especially for neuro-sensitive people. At the very most, we can say we saw it. We also saw a Jack Sparrow peddler.
The Cut: Brandon also wants me to include where he got his beard trimmed. He went to a place called The Cut which was voted as one of L.A.'s top 10 barber shops. It also featured heavily tattooed men and buffalo heads. Here he is post-beard trim and engaging in pool-boy duties. I really could not have done this trip without this sweet boy.