A Long Hard Year for Everyone

2020 has certainly been a difficult year so far. For the entire world. I haven’t been able to post since before that even began, as I have been on a downward spiral with these illnesses, and have been clawing onto the edges trying not to fall off if you know what I mean. I’ve also been busy taking care of this miraculous toddler that I continue to say is everything we didn’t realize we needed before she arrived. But I hope to fix that and post even more regularly than before. I plan to write several posts on good days, and schedule them to automatically post on days I can’t get here. I feel it is incredibly important to chronicle this journey so that others can benefit from my experience. To that end, I am also currently on a rather experimental treatment, and many people are interested in knowing how those of us trying it do with it and how we fare. And this seems like a good place to share that progress.

Currently, I don’t have much of an update on the chicken situation. We had purchased a lovely flock of 16 German bielfelder hens about 2 years ago. They were truly fantastic foragers, did a great job keeping our yard clean of ticks, and miraculously, for the first time since we had to give up roosters, they weren’t just quick fox food. We figured our good luck wouldn’t last and it didn’t. After two years where we only lost one hen, we suddenly began losing multiple birds a day earlier this year. Countless hours were spent with someone standing in the woods waiting to get a shot at the predator. But, they can be so hard to outsmart. Early this summer, we were left with only 1 full grown hen. and a few juveniles we had ordered. We no longer have enough birds to keep the property tick free, and one egg a day isn’t much. But, my partner did manage to finally get a predator. A coyote. (we don’t seem to have a pack, just a pair that is now a single)for a few weeks, it was quiet, but now the other one is back, and we have lost two of our young birds too.
I understand my town has a new Supervisor. I need to go down and speak with him, but I have been so sick I haven’t managed to do that yet. Sure would help if we could keep a rooster or two and raise our own birds, and have better protection from the predators.

The bugs. There is so much to say about the bugs. I had been using Stephen Buhner’s recommended herbal protocols for my infections, but I just seemed to be slowly sliding backwards. Especially dizziness and relentless fatigue, pain, weakness, and stomach issues. (previously, I did intense oral and IV antibiotics for 1 year) It felt sort of like a cartoon where I’d constantly be trying to peddle a bike upstream in a river, comically getting nowhere. It was very frustrating. Then my General Practitioner who didn’t treat Tick Born Illness but at least did no harm and had been willing to do supportive things like order blood testing, and even giving me methylated b12 injections, announced she was leaving her practice. This all happened in the first few months of the Pandemic, and all in combination was incredibly discouraging.
Luckily, I have some dear family, who is helping me see a new Lyme Literate Nurse Practitioner(LLNP). My first LLMD knew his antibiotics and likely saved my life, but he didn’t know about herbs at all. She is fully knowledgabe and well versed in both antibiotics and herbs. As an Integrated NP, she looks at the entire body and the entire illness picture not just tiny individual parts of it. I’m about two months into a totally new treatment plan, and once again I have Hope. I really think there may finally be an end to this endless misery, on multiple different fronts. I’ll tell you more about what good hands I am in now, and what we’re doing in future posts. But, to prove how awesome she is, she took my huge binder full of 8 years worth of bloodwork, and when she went through it, she found things EVERYONE ELSE had missed. (I put this in caps as there were so many others its alarming) and discovered that when I was originally found to have Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, a tick born rickettsial infection, the same exact test showed that I not only had that, but an additional rickettsia. Right there on the same test! And I had had that test done by an infectious disease doctor at a teaching hospital in the hopes of getting better care when it was read in a totally incomplete, half-assed fashion. (She did confirmatory bloodwork (and the most thorough blood work I have ever experienced, and I’ve had alot) and it’s true. Lucky me, I have not just one but 2 rickettsias!! Another gross bug to add to my long list. But, now I know, and we can move on and kill them too!!! So, that’s what we’re doing. I’ll be back soon to tell you more about the specifics and my new and improved protocols.

More information coming soon.

Japanese knotweed in flower

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