After changing the dressing twice a week for weeks – using Bactroban under the dressing for the last 3 or 4 dressing changes – my arm is really starting to look better. I’m hoping that by Friday, we can restart trying to use the Grip-Lok so that I feel more comfortable at night sleeping. I’m just terrified I’m going to rip out my PICC line in my sleep so I wake up more often than normal.
This is “week 4” of my treatment plan. This is heavy detox week. Although it has the potential to make me feel better, it also has the potential to make me feel worse and because I didn’t “take care” of my body yesterday by attending a work training – today has been pretty bad. I’m overtly exhausted. I woke up with a sore throat, cough, stuffy and runny nose – and I was sneezing. I “catch” things very quickly. If I’m going to catch something, generally it is within the first 24 hours of being exposed. Sometimes it’s even faster than that. Then if I don’t realize that I’m coming down with a little something, it turns into a big something. To prepare my body, I took my “magical” Bio Chlor Dox drops before I even went into the training. I hoped that would be enough to keep my body from turning against me.
So when I woke up this morning with those symptoms including a low grade temp, I recognized it immediately. I went to my handy dandy drops and typically I can take 5 drops in the morning and 5 drops in the evening at onset of symptoms and be good, but after my normal 5 drops dose I still felt pretty horrible. So two hours later I took 5 more drops. Now the thing is I *can* take 10 drops 3 times daily, but because the drops can give a herx reaction – I chose a lower dose. It’s easier for my body and still has somewhat the same effect. I’ll probably take 5 more drops at lunch and then 5 drops at dinner and 5 drops at bed. The most I’ve taken in one day of these drops in ages. But I can tell if I don’t nip this in the bud at the start that I will get pneumonia, bronchitis, ear infections, sinus infection or a combination of the above.
My body aches – it’s not the “flu” aches – but a “herx/detox” ache. I’m just ready to scream in many ways because a day of “normal” caused me to have major problems today (and likely the rest of the week). I was hoping that I’d realize how much progress I’d made by attending the training, but alas instead I learned that I’m still not ready and will likely be saying, “I’m sorry I can’t” for a while to come.