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CFS – My Chronic Fatigue – Can My 40% Improvement be Quantified?

March 27, 2008

Around Christmas time, I was feeling about 25% better.  This meant that I could do one or two things without collapsing altogether.  I was able to take a 20 minute walk, OR do the dishes, OR cook dinner without too much complaint.  This is stark contrast to where I began this journey last September, when I was unable to get dressed or evey comb my hair.

Since then, I’ve changed my diet, added some important supplements – NT Factor and D-Ribose and my sleep has greatly improved.  Indulgences of Christmas took me several weeks to get over –   re-dieting and paying greater attention to my goals.   In February and March, I’ve kept up with my supplements and gone a little wayward on my diet due to wildly flucuating PMS, but in general I’ve maintained my program. 

About 2 weeks ago, I took a 2.5 mile hike!  If that doesn’t scream out 40% better, I don’t what ;).   This past weekend was a Family Easter Party Event and I had fun!  Foremost in my mind was the comparison to my family’s christmas party where I was able to stand and talk and participate emotionally.  But after that party was over – I felt the need to collapse and recover.   This time, for the Easter party, I had more fun – easily standing and engaging in conversation (CFS sufferers find conversation very difficult and energy consuming).  I noted to my family that I had showered, dressed, gone to the grocery store, played at the party and still felt good!   I was sure tired when I got home, but it felt like a supreme accomplishment.    I’m pretty sure that the preparation for the Christmas Party required taking my shower the day before and laying out my clothes in advance to save on energy costs 😉

So there you have it, I can do Something, or Two Things, not including the energy expended for showering and getting dressed!  I can participate emotionally and converse and enjoy small portions of life without getting immediately overloaded. 

Just this past week, I went through another bout of PMS, and sugar was in my house once again – Arrgghh! it’s like a sickness that stuff!  Anyway, I’m back on the program again and paying attention to non-processed foods, extra veggies and salads and seriously considering sauerkraut juice ‘therapy’ a.k.a. flingin’ it up my butt once again.   It’s so weird…  when I have PMS I am just not in my right mind and I simply cannot control that sugary stuff –  I’ve conquered that in the past, but MAN I struggle.   I know now that I have to prepare for the onslaught of PMS insanity a week in advance and be deadset on not screwing up! (Stevia helps with this, and I’m out, let’s get some!)

I’m taking walks several times a week, usually for about 30 minutes, but haven’t crossed that magnificent 2.5 mile threshold again…. but I’m a’gonna!   I’ve noted previously in my blog that I’m starting Colonix Colon Cleansing again in April – that’s still gonna happen too!


Goal Setting for Summer Fun Among the Fatigued

March 18, 2008

I’m better than I ever could have imagined and still, no where near where I could be.  I hiked for 2.5 miles last week ! (I did come home and take a nap right after though *sighs*). That was so far beyond anything I could have hoped for years, and still, I could be feeling better yet if I could stick to a cleaner diet. 

It took me a bit of time to overcome the Christmas dietary delusions and I’m back to feeling like I can accomplish some things, but this wayward trend toward sugary things when I have p.m.s is truly my downfall.  It’s keeping me from getting “mo’ bettah” sooner.

So… my current goals:

  1. Get back to eating 5 full servings of veggies a day – currently consuming about 3.
  2. Get the ding dang sugar and processed foods out of my diet – ya looney pms crazed woman.
  3. Maintain an exercise schedule, currently taking 3 or 4 walks a week, with emphasis on increasing times.
  4. Boost up on supplements – I still forget to take them every day, and they help so much!
  5. Focus on the Future –  I need to get better so I can be normal AND get a job! 

The catalyst is that my neice is graduating from highschool in May and we have a trip planned.   I hope to include much more activity than previous (last 15 years?) vacations.  Previously, I could go on a trip – but the only thing that I would ever think about was when I could sit down, or where – truly my only thought.  But this fantabulous resort has a water park in florida weather and I want to play! 

I took a trip with hubby last year to florida and georgia.  On the beach in florida, I was able to sit in the sand and look at the gulf, but I wasn’t able to walk or swim.  In georgia, we stayed at a resort and I was able to swim in the pool, but only for 10 minutes, then I was wasted.  Swimming is one of my greatest pleasures in life –  I’m going to do everything in my power to be able to swim and have the “Fun” word.  I just want to be normal.

In April, I plan to go on colonix again, and get back to the strictest of diets – meat, veggies, water.  I’ll keep you posted……

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Moving into TwentyFive Percent Better with Chronic Fatigue

December 4, 2007

I started this Chronic Fatigue journey in September.  After 17 years of complete debilitation, suffering and lack of any zeal for life, I am awakening, enlivening, becoming whole.  I’m nearly in tears to think where I’ve come from and now where I stand, yes, stand! 

It was about a month ago that I began to see some real improvement in my CFS symptoms, I noticed I actually ‘wanted’ to do the dishes and attend to daily living matters.  Prior to this, everything – every single tiny motion was a forced struggle.  Simple things that normal people do, like brushing my hair or teeth, were a monumental task that required a pep-talk and dredging for inner motivation to accomplish.  I’m now proud to admit that wearing underwear, brushing my hair and teeth, showering are just a daily part of living – no pep talk required!

I’m no energy whirlwind by any means.  I still tire easily,  I can’t stand for more than 10 minutes.  But I’m coming from a place where I couldn’t stand on my feet at all.  There are things about having chronic fatigue syndrome that I didn’t even know I was missing.  Let me explain further.  I didn’t realize that my capacity for any emotional depth, perception, experience was entirely lacking.  All of a sudden, I can Feel!  When this first started happening, I thought it was my hormones going crazy or something, but then I realized, it’s emotional energy that I’ve found.  Amazing.  Who would have ever thought that being happy or sad or pissed off was tied to physiology? 

In this blog, I’ve often said that I’m filled with hope – now I’m filled with expectation.  I feel like I’m among the living once again.  I look forward to experiences, activities, adventures.  Now I am certain I can recover and regain most of what has been out of reach for so many years.  Thank you Chronic Fatigue Scientist and Researcher Guys!

TwentyFive Percent Better with Chronic Fatigue

For those of you looking to recover from this nastyass illness, these are the things that I did:

  1. Changed my diet:  I have blogged about my diet here, and have excluded all sugar, white flour, processed foods.  I’ve adopted a diet of mostly veggies, some chicken and beef.  Me no likey seafood.
  2. Cleansing program:  I did Colonix for 30 days, with no real visible results, although I’m sure it helped me.
  3. Nutritional Supplements:  I attribute at least 60% of my improvement so far to two nutritional aids – NT Factor and D-Ribose.  I’ve blogged about how these two supplements have been clinically proven to reduce chronic fatigue symptoms, by affecting mitochondria on the cellular level.  I can wholeheartedly attest to that truth.

I’m not the most disciplined person on the earth.  I still waver in my diet and eat crackers and pretzels and drink coffee – all naughties.  I don’t take my supplements religiously or even as often as directed.  While a 20 minute walk would be good for me on a daily basis, I usually save my energy for housecleaning (yes I’ve been cleaning my house!) or sexual delights with hubby.   I still can’t report that I sleep any better either.   It’s fair to say that my sleeping problems existed long before I was cfs weary.

And while I do engage in online marketing of various things (mostly toys), I’m not trying to sell you anything.  So freaking often on the net, when you read some blog that sounds promising, you get to the bottom to find that they’re just hawking some product.  I’m not –  I’m bound and determined simply to get the word out that improvement, feeling better exists.   Feel free to contact me.

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How Long ’til I get Better?

October 24, 2007

pumpkin pie

Woe, I’ve been feeling goopy all day.  For the past three days, I’ve been semi-unable to continue my cleansing program.  I mean, I’ve stayed on my diet, I just haven’t been sleeping well, and then there’s been a colonix problem.   A week or so ago,  the colonix pills made me nauseous.  That difficulty seems to have gotten worse.  I aint’ blaming the colonix – I’m blaming my ding dang gallbladder.

 Last year, about this time, I was on the doorstep of the hospital for gallbladder tantrums.  I was in constant pain, unable to eat anything at all.  I was fasting on water & apple juice.  I didn’t improve until I did a gallbladder flush – basically ya set yourself up to ‘go’.  This preparation takes about 5 days.  But it worked!  It totally cured my gallbladder problems and I didn’t need to spend $30,000 on stupid surgery.  And I could eat anything again.  Link: How to do a gallbladder flush. That’s just one website, there are hundreds if you do a search.  So now, rather than continuing on the colonix program, I think I’m gonna have to do another flushyland so I can get back to normal.   I’m going to have to complete that flushybiz in order to be able to take my regular supplements again too.  Everything is making me wretchify, lol, I like that word.

Last night, I made one of my favorite treats – No Sugar Pumpkin Pie – using stevia as a sweetener.  It’s totally on the diet.  Just follow the pumpkin pie recipe on the can, and don’t add sugar, I used 7 packets of stevia stuff.  It turns out gloriously if you’ve been off of sugar – it’s like food of the gods.   But, I don’t use any piecrust.. it’s just pumpkin custard really, I just have a rich and indulgent imagination.  Anyway, this was the last straw for the gallbladder camel.  I couldn’t sleep, the cinnamon spices in that stuff has me still groaning in maladjustment. My poor little tummy feels like it’s been in a battle zone and will accept no solace. sadness.

When will I feel better?  I already know the answer.  It’s gonna be about 9 months until I feel like a normal person.  I’m pretty sure that normal people can be defined as those that can shower, get dressed, go to the store, buy groceries, come back home & make dinner – all without needing to rest or take a nap.  I’m past one month now – 8 to go!

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A Half Day of Work – The Aftermath

October 15, 2007

Exhausted bear from

I had a new landscape client meeting last Saturday.  Typically when I have a meeting in the morning, I don’t sleep the night before.  This happened on Saturday too.  So already at half mast, I trudged off to my meeting and things went well.  I measured her deck, her gardens, her yard for my upcoming garden design and then hubby took me to the Whole Foods Market.  I struggled through the store, but I did pick up some Quinoa pasta which I love and it’s on my diet.  That store too, is positively filled with a million yummy things that I can’t eat – sadness.Sunday was a good day, I attended to my hubby’s needs and otherwise goofed off in splendor. 

But today has been one severe Ouch.  I woke dead tired.  I’m on a colonix 30 day cleansing program and only just now at 5pm have I gained enough energy to mix & slurp the morning powder drink.  That is the sum total of my accomplishments today = mixed one gooey fiber drink.   I hurt all over from bending & stretching to get that lady’s measurements on Saturday.  I’m exhausted from not having slept on Friday night – still.  I want to go back to bed.  I never let myself do that though,  I let myself sit on the couch instead.  If I did go to bed, I’d wake up at some terrible hour like 1am and then I wouldn’t be able to make any noise and I’d end up needing food.  Can’t make food while hubby is sleepings.

Usually  I like to work on my little marketing webpages.  Today I just don’t have the energy.  I’m hoping my little webpages will make enough money for my Christmas shopping.   Deep down, I don’t really think they will, but for some reason I enjoy deluding myself.   It’s good for me to think that I’m being productive somehow.  It’s easy to get caught up in all of the “You can work at home and make money!” websites that you find.  I think it really translates to: “Carrie can work at home in her pajamas, take naps, feel miserable and still make less money than ever imagined possible!”   Maybe I could write an e-book on “How To Not Make Money” and market it for $29.95!  I seem to excel at that 🙂

For those of you curious enough, here are my at home marketing sites.   Think I can make $30 by Christmas?

Coffee World: A Place For Coffee Lovers

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Colonix Colon Cleansing

October 7, 2007

colonix  I started using Colonix – a colon cleansing product, this past Friday.  I am enthused so far.  For those of you unfamiliar with colon cleansing, typically the cleansing of the colon is aided by a psyllium and bentonite clay drink in the morning.  This product also includes a parasite cleanse pill and a senna (laxative) tea.  There are four separate things to do each day: 1. take the paranil pills 2. wait 15 minutes, then drink the psyllium/bentonite powder shaken with water or juice 3. at night, drink the tea (pay attention to your steeping time – this stuff is powerful!).  Drink 64oz of water a day. (Drinking enough water is the key to making this program work – it’s a must!)

Today is my third day, I’m feeling good.  I had a headache yesterday, but that could be due to other factors.  So far, from all the other colonix blogs that I’ve read, I’m experiencing all the same things that other bloggers have.   This is a 30 day program for me.  I’ll be updating this same post with my experiences.  (That way, since my family reads this blog, I won’t gross them out with tales or tails of the wormies I find.  Ewwww!)

I’m a little concerned about what the parasite cleanse may bring.  Not only is this extremely gross to discuss, but it’s a harrowing thought that I might have wormies inside of me.  From all the blogs that I’ve read, it’s not uncommon – yes, even in the u.s.a! (Given the amount of suspect cheeseburgers that I’ve eaten in my life, and the fact that in the past I’ve used some northern lakes as a direct water source, I’m gettin nervous.)

If you’re interested in trying a colon cleansing program (you can purchase the materials & do it yourself for less expense) or purchasing a cleansing product, my advice is to change your diet at least a week in advance.  It’s my supposition that the people that suffer the most adverse reactions to colon cleansing are the people with a diet that is already questionable.  Their reactions include: headaches, gas, bloating, feeling terrible, etc.  It would help them to prepare beforehand with a diet that includes many more servings of vegetables and much less sugar, processed food, white flour and bread.   It’s kind of difficult to be trying to cleanse your colon while you’re eating pizza.  🙂  Also, if you’re addicted to sugar, and you’re planning on a complete change, quit sugar first.  Otherwise, you’ll have all kinds of reactions and think it’s this program, when it’s most likely the effects of sugar withdrawal.

Psyllium & Bentonite Recipe:

Colonix also recommends not drinking coffee.  To stop drinking coffee by itself could cause those same reactions in people.

Anyway, I feel good.  I’ll update more as the program continues.

Update for 10/09/07:  My fifth colon cleansing day.  Not much to report.  I’m continuing with the program easily.  I haven’t had any wild moments yet.  Although yesterday, I was nauseous for a bit after drinking the powder.  I find that a bit odd, because I like the taste of the fiber – it’s a little licorice tastey.  Many other colonix people have commented on two things: 1. they can’t get the powder to mix – that’s easy just put it in tupperware or a lidded jar & shake it for 15 seconds.  and 2. they don’t like the taste.  After having to drink sauerkraut juice for breakfast at one point in my life, this stuff is like having a tasty milk shake!  Otherwise everything so far has been normal.  I have a bit of trouble making sure I drink 64 oz. of water a day, but I remedy that by drinking bottles of water – I need four 16 oz. and I carry them all around with me to keep count.

Update for 10/12/07: Today is my eighth colon cleansing day.  I got up late (finally slept!) so today there isn’t anything to report – I still have to slurp up da powder drinky. 🙂   Yesterday was a big cleansing day, very fruitful.  If you’ve visited the Colonix website, my answer so far is no, I haven’t had any wild moments like that.  Colonix so far has improved my digestion, but there haven’t been any extra consequences or burdens from the product.  It’s life as usual, I don’t feel under duress, actually I feel better.  I’m very careful with my diet though – mostly steamed vegies.  I like this product and I’m considering doing another month.  And no, I don’t sell it.  It is expensive though, but with the parasite cleanse, I think it’s worth it.  I definitely have a fear of wormies!  I’ll check in again & note any wild happenings.

Update for 10/15/07:  Today is my 11th day.  I have real trouble remembering to drink the senna tea at night.  The senna tea is the laxative component to this program and I notice that I do need it.   It’s funny – the reason that I need a detox program like colonix is that I have brain fog and forget everything.   lol, I forget to drink the ding dang tea!  stoopid stoopid stoopid.  I’ll try harder.   Otherwise, I still haven’t had any wild moments.  This program has been incorporated into my daily life without any difficulties.   I also forget to take all my supplements.  I’m feeling like a real ding dong lately.  Oh well,  onward, forward,  things will get better – they must!

Update for 10/18/07:  Today is my 14th day.  Not much to report again.  I’ve noticed this on all the other colon cleansing blogs too.  Pretty much the doldrums of reports until something dramatic happens.  Nothing dramatic so far.  No wormies, no reactions – just pluggin’ along.  I’ve read some pretty wild colon cleansing blogs, where people mention using chopsticks and other tools to investigate.  I’m just not one of those people.  They also mention seeing ‘grains of rice’ when they’ve consumed no rice.   Haven’t seen any rice yet.  My digestion is good, and I’m pretty much drinking the tea every other day, only for the reason that I forget.  I also forget to take my supplements still.  me = peabrain.   I’ll definately check in if something crazy happens.  I’m not really eating enough to have alot of activity.  I’m only having a salad at night.  Apparently other people eat three meals a day & have more things to note.  Oh well, I’m doin what I can.  

 Update for 10/21/07: 17 days.  I had a good day today, I finally slept again.  I barely notice that I’m on a cleansing program, not much to report.  I’d love to tell some dramatic stories, or even show ghastly pictures, but nothin so far.  The only thing that I notice is that I’m very thirsty at night if I haven’t completed my water intake for the day. I’ll keep in touch.

Update for 10/26/07: I’ve lapsed in this program. The 21st was my last day of slurping powdering drink & pills. That’s because I’ve been having trouble with nausea.  It’s not the program, it’s my gallbladder.  Since monday, today’s friday, I have had the dry heaves in the morning 3 times. This happened a couple of times last week too, but I didn’t much about it. I’m gonna try with the pills & powder again today & see if I get nauseous again. I think I was eating too much raw food for my tummy in the form of salads.  I wrote a blog about it, how long til I get better, my current bloggy.  Anyway, I’m still pluggin along..  I really would have thought I’d have much more dramatic results from this program.  Maybe it really does take 60 days.  Hope my gallbladder lasts.

10/30/07 Update: 26 days.  I’m supposed to be nearly done with this program, but I’m not.  I missed a bunch of days last week.  I think I found the reason why my gallbladder was so upset.  I had stevia pumpkin custard the other day (it’s the same recipe as pumpkin pie, but no crust, no sugar – I use stevia instead, it’s almost on my diet.. shhh…).  The spice mix I used had ginger in it.  I’ve known since I was a child never to eat ginger.  I didn’t know that having a slice of this pie was gonna make me wish I was dead.   I’m better now, my tummy isn’t so sensitive.  I’ve been back on the slurpy mix and the paranil pills with no troubles.  Still forgetting the tea, me dopey.  I figure I’ll be on this program for another 10 days still, or at least until I run out of the pills & slurp.  Here are two of the wildest cleansing blogs I’ve read: 

The second one is hilarious. Still nothing wild to report. At least for me, there’s still no sense that I’m on a cleansing program – no bathroom emergencies, no gas, no headaches, no bloating. I have lost 20lbs though. That’s the diet probably, not the colonix.



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