Ear carrots

I wear earplugs more often than not. It’s hard getting the ‘just right’ combo of fitting comfortably, blocking most noises & hearing conversation when I try to. We’re on a road trip and it’s been a challenge keeping track of which pocket is the temporary home for a variety of ear plugs when trying to hear my son over road noise. We agreed to stop for snacks n gas and I’d wait to put the plugs back in til we were back in the car listening to podcasts or audible blasting through the car stereo. My main goal was to use the restroom but the lines were stunning so I found my son browsing the chips, paid and went back towards restrooms with a plan to use the family/handicapped room if the door if it was open. I am definitely handicapped just usually don’t look it. The door was open so I went for it, still smiling to myself because the cashier ringing up my son’s chips seemed especially kind. Maybe it’s a northwest thing. As I shut the bathroom door I noticed my new super short haircut highlighted the giant neon orange carrot of an earplug still in my left ear. Niiiice look! I’m sure the cashier was trying to figure out if I was a danger to myself or others. Slipped the carrot into its pocket and tried to straighten my crazy car hair. Onward!

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Iodine: 90 percent improvement!

I feel like such an idiot. I’ve lost the better part of the last ten years of my life due to constant migraines and crushing fatigue. Thyroid meds gave a short lived boost (like so many other things; well approx 6 other things) and then back to pretty darn terrible. During the latest blood draw to check thyroid levels (maybe my 10th ever) the naturopath added a check for iodine levels. I was at 25% of recommended target levels. My ND recommended kelp snacks which seemed to not cut it so of course I googled. Been supplementing with iodine caps/tablets (favorite has tyrosine added) and the first day hours after taking first capsule, I cleaned my entire kitchen for the first time in, ever. That was about three weeks ago. I’ve since, among other things, taken my son camping twice. Last trip with his ADHD friend. Many other milestones. Excited for the possibility to get to live some normal life rather than limping along feeling like rip van winkle as the world passes by. Fingers Xd.

EDS Medical Medium Day 2

— update: this didn’t work for me. If you’re going to try juicing please check your urine Ph first- mine’s often more alkaline than the norm and juicing tips me to further alkaline & feeling much worse —

On second day juicing celery, had a 16oz in the morning and bit more in the evening. Added parsley (supposed to add cilantro but didn’t have handy): bit easier to drink than straight celery. Also read online it’s ok to store fresh veg juice in fridge for up to 3 days if using a canning jar: fill up with liquid til there’s convex bubble of it about to run over, then slap the lid on which should keep out most O2. Messy but trying it incase I’m ever too tired to juice. Which normally would be Every Day but still feeling good. Went out with my family which is a huge deal. Just a movie and wandering through mall to half price book store: big news in my world! Also no snoozing when trying to listen to Medical Medium audiobook. Progress for sure.

Medical medium EDS MCAD Fibro CFS

— update: this didn’t work for me. If you’re going to try juicing please check your urine Ph first- mine’s often more alkaline than the norm and juicing tips me to further alkaline & feeling much worse —

I coincidentally received a strong recommendation to read the book ‘Medical Medium’ within 24 hours of realizing Ehler Danlos syndrome is likely the umbrella over all the bizarre health issues in my family. I fell asleep about 10 times listening to the book on audible but managed to hear ‘Celery Juicing’ loud and clear. Luckily I had both celery and a juicer (well. Not luckily – because I’ve tried every DANG thing under the sun) so made & drank the 16oz celery juice. Planning to continue for 30 days and log. Today also had Berberine in system. Feeling better than yesterday and I guess that’s a good start.

Ehlers danlos syndrome

I’ve been digging out of low energy hole, and it has been one step forward two steps back. My massage therapist recently suggested looking into Ehlers Danlos syndrome as a possible explanation for all of my health anomalies – and my sons. Luckily I came across the RCCX blog and have some concrete next steps. I’m already taking LDN, ordered Berberine which will arrive tomorrow and have a Drs appointment scheduled to get better understanding of micrododing prednisone to help get out of a downward spiral. Hopeful for improvement.

— note: what helped most was eventually increasing thyroid meds! I was already taking t3 twice daily. Added old t4 out of desperation and felt SO much better. I’m still working out best pattern for me by how I’m feeling. Thyroid tests were all ‘ok’ per Docs- though 2 tests were lowest number or below range! Best info found to navigate this is online/YouTube by Steven Fowkes, or on site stopthethyroidmadness.

Onwards.

Ldn for ADHD, IBS, Fibromyalgia, Migraine, CFS, MCAD, MCAS

About 6 months ago my brilliant naturopath suggested I research low dose naltrexone or LDN as an optional tool in my healthcare. I gave it a try, and only in hindsight after letting prescription refill linger for 2 months did I realize what a huge positive impact it has had on my health. I restarted taking LDN daily about a month ago and had immediate improved energy, concentration and lessening of food sensitivities. I am attempting to get a prescription for my son (recently diagnosed with inattentive ADHD and MCAD) – it is an uphill battle. There is quite a bit of data online supporting LDN for pediatric chrons, PANDAS and autism behaviors. I am determined to find help for him. Thank goodness for the Internet.

/// Update regarding low dose naltrexone::: the medicine helped in so many ways, my favorite being ending shingles recurrences (10 plus outbreaks last year! Grr) However– since discovering iodine deficiency and supplementing that, I’ve dropped ldn and have even better results. Ldn did bridge the gap! ///

Mast Cell Management

I planned on writing weekly but I must get down on virtual paper : don’t forget the ketotifen!!!! Whenever consuming food over 100 calories within an hour- take ketotifen first or as soon into the eating as possible. This is for a meal or any snack over 100 calories, unless it’s liquid, or near liquid like yogurt, kefir, smoothie. I forgot to do this for last nights evening meal, and paid for it by eventually getting start of migraine today, probably 18 hour build up.

There are a couple types of mast Cell disease, a reactive anaphylactic type and a smoldering constant reaction. The latter sounds better and is less life threatening in terms of fatalities but it can destroy lives, for example by triggering constant migraines.

Ketotifen: it’s what’s for dinner.