Long time, no write! Since my last post, my husband has returned from his detachment and is only home for a few more weeks before we send him off for his lengthy deployment of up to 8 months. To be honest, it's caused a lot of emotions to rise, mostly fear and sadness of the time I won't get to spend with him. However, I'm trying to keep positive with the mindset that this will probably be the last TRUE selfish, alone time I get...because life will just happen. Before I know it, I'll be knee deep in a career (yoga and nutrition), with a normal marriage (sans navy), and a mother (but NOT anytime soon hehe). And as I preach, life is your perspective of it.
ANYway, I wanted to give a little update on my detoxification process of this parasite I mentioned in my blog three weeks ago. I officially started all the treatment last Monday, so September 3rd... and as I typed that, I realized it's only been a week and I have loads to discuss. I've been doing a lot of research in forums and as many reputable sources I can find to understand what to expect on this journey. Also, I just wanted to have more clarity on what exactly I have and how common it is.
So, firstly, if you listen to podcasts, I am going to recommend this one (start listening around 45 minutes):
ReWild Yourself: Parasites By Daniel Vitalis
This one inspired me to look into this issue more as they stated only 1 of 3 people are diagnosed with a parasite, yet the odds of having one are so much greater. It can come from something as simple as someone not washing their hands after preparing your meal, or flushing the toilet and it getting on your toothbrush. The sad thing in all of this though is that most doctors will not test for a parasite, unless you specifically mention that you were out of the country! Though my symptoms started from my Caribbean cruise, it's very possible it came after or before from everyday life. So far this experience has been a little rough... here are some of the symptoms that are expected to be experienced:
I mentioned my flood of emotions in the beginning of this post but I have no doubt they are heightened because of the tinctures I'm using which are killing these "bad guys" inside of me. The side effects experienced are the body's way of ridding these said bad guys. Of all the symptoms, I'm experiencing, the disturbance of my mood has been the biggest change I have noticed. I'm hoping this is due the to fact that this parasite has greatly affected my hormones. Just the other day someone asked how I was and I started to cry for no reason lol! Another symptom I'm experiencing is skin hives and bumps on my body. I also have some pretty gnarly digestion issues, as well. On the fourth day, I woke up feeling so sick and extremely sore! Despite all of this, my bloating is pretty minimum which I have never been able to say!! This is surprising as it's a symptom listed above, so perhaps with time this will change.
From what I have read, the completion of this treatment will take 2-3 months and should be done 1-2x a year. I'm hopeful that I will experience a positive to change to my health by the end of the year, but I will most definitely keep you posted!