I woke up feeling very sluggish today. It’s a good thing I was off from work but I still had to take my son to the doctor. I was able to walk the dogs but felt like I had cotton in my head. We had a doctor’s appointment for my son because he has had some abnormal labs and he has the same defective genes that I do.
I take him to the same functional medicine doctor that I see. Today we reviewed his NutrEval test which measures nutrient deficiencies, gut dysbiosis, metabolism, heavy metal toxicity and fatty acid status.
The doctor believes that I have chronic Lyme disease based on some genetic tests I did and what’s going on with my nutrient deficiencies and metabolic issues. My son is showing the same pattern as me but because he’s younger he has more reserves so isn’t in as bad as shape as I am. The doctor wants to do a more extensive test for Lyme in both of us. She believes our immune systems aren’t making antibodies to the Lyme. WTF??
I don’t ever remember being bitten by a tick so didn’t think that this could be a root cause of my issues. Apparently you can contract it in other ways too. I’ll have to do more research on this.
Apparently if I had Lyme before I was pregnant with my son I could have passed it on to him. Talk about mother guilt…..geez. Even if it’s not Lyme, something is going on with my son. He’s not absorbing vitamins and minerals, he has methylation issues, he’s having trouble with blood sugar regulation and his thyroid is off. His TPO antibodies are at 5 which worries me because they shouldn’t be there. I don’t want him to have to go through anything that I am so if we can find the root cause now and deal with it while he’s 13 I’m really hoping we can get him to a healthy place.
Of course trying to get a 13 year old to understand all this may be a bit much to ask. Getting him to comply with diet restrictions, meds and supplements will be a huge challenge. Luckily Xbox bribes work really well with him.
The kabocha squash seems to be doing ok although I’m not sure if it played into me being sluggish or if the big drop in temperature here is messing with me. I know that every time the weather changes from warm to cooler I have some symptoms. The symptoms can be more fatigue, brain fog, super dry skin or upset GI system. Once again, it’s so hard for to tell what’s causing what. If you throw Lyme disease into the mix I’m thinking that I’m going to be reacting to lots of different things.
I’ve pulled out the big food reactors, am on LDN, taking supplements, herbals, homeopathic remedies, so what else? I need to eat and need more variety. If I am reacting to a food and I don’t eat it often then I’m hoping it will minimize any damage. So far none of the foods have created a consistent reaction. It’s usually a one day reaction which makes me think that it’s not the food and is an outside factor. If I’m eating that food more than one day and I don’t have the reaction on all of the days I’m thinking it’s ok. I could be wrong but that’s what I’m going with for now.
Today I am craving some foods with more texture that isn’t protein. I’d love some nut butter or a paleo muffin but I am committed to sticking to reintroducing foods on a schedule. It’s giving my GI system a chance to rest and repair.
I’ve been eating more protein when I’m hungry but it’s just not satisfying that mouth feel of creamy or doughy. UGH. Bacon is another thing I’m craving so I bought a few packages of sugar free paleo approved bacon today and will satisfy that craving tomorrow morning.
We are having company over tonight but I’m not concerned about the food. They are good friends who are used to my “strange” eating habits. Since it’s at my house it’s easy to control the food. Drinking alcohol is off my radar for now too. I’ll have some hot tea while they drink their wine. Not the most fun but I’m focused on the end game of getting healthy.
How do you get through difficult situations?
Pre breakfast-2 tbsp collagen and colostrum
Lunch-buffalo/pumpkin meatballs, kabocha squash and spinach
Dinner-chicken, kabocha squash and spinach