Healing Is A Process

I haven’t written for a while about my progress with Functional Medicine.

To be honest, I was starting to have doubts.  I mean, people have suffered with this disease (ME/CFS) for years without a cure, so what makes me think I’ll be any different?  b82872df49b88b86bfe76445f67be943

There have definitely been improvements, most remarkably with my gut.  Used to be that I would eat something, anything, and my stomach would swell followed by pain and discomfort and either diarrhea or constipation. That problem seems to be solved.  I still follow a gluten-free diet, but have been able to eat some dairy.

I am also able to be upright for longer periods of time before symptoms return, which means not as much time in bed.  My energy also seems to last a bit longer.  All good.

On the down side, I am experiencing a flood of traumatic memories, as well as increased pain in the body.  At times, I feel severely ill, or have crippling headaches.  I still can’t push myself without repercussions that set me back for days.

Hering’s Law of Cure is what my doctor keeps referring to.  Basically it states that healing occurs from top to bottom, from inside to out, major organs first and in reverse order of occurrence.  He encourages me to stay with the program, even though I feel overwhelmed at times.  d449ede1efe05795e0130562be827511

So, at this point, I’ve adopted an attitude of wait of see.  Better to try than not, I suppose.

Just don’t expect to see me in any marathons quite yet.

(First image:  pinterest.com, right image:
kindnessblog.com)

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Writer, avid reader, former educator, and proud grandmother, currently experiencing life through the lens of ME/CFS. Words are, and always have been, a lifeline. Some of the best adventures, I'm discovering, take place in the imagination.

2 thoughts on “Healing Is A Process

  1. sorry to follow you around like this. i used to want to be a scientist and inventor, and i still think about things sort of like that. and you post some of the most interesting stuff of anyone ive subscribed to– regularly.

    i dont generally think of us as people with absolute loads in common, but my mother (who is getting older) is constantly tearing me down with her concerns, my hand is in serious pain for days (ive been reading tons and i think its just tendonitis– but hey perhaps you thought that once too) and generally your blog is starting to feel like youre following me around 🙂 at least this week.

    i think your family is incredibly lucky to have such a thoughtful person in it. i read your “brother and sister” post and i wish i had an s.o. i was so close to and comfortable with. but i get that theres another aspect youd like.

    ive dated older women (i mean 10 years older, still younger than you) many times, and as some of the ones i knew enter pre-menopause, ive been watching their relationships (again, the wondering scientist.) ive watched relationships grow apart as the hormones that held them together for decades just give up– and a dear friend of mine in her 60s, i ask her about my theory and she says… “yeah, it happens (a lot.)”

    i realize that a lot of “drives” dont disappear from everyone, but feeling as close and comfortable as siblings? thats incredible at any age. im sure its not all great, but still.

    but my comment was going to be about this: “people have suffered with this disease (ME/CFS) for years without a cure, so what makes me think I’ll be any different? ”

    thats every disease, pre-cure. theres huge progress in awareness, theres another lovely person blogging about these im subscribed to (theyre learning python, and my pronoun choice is deliberate and purely for their sake.)

    thats every invention, pre-success. thats the airplane before the wright brothers. thats rabies and smallpox before the vaccines. thats paralysis before the treatments and neurological cures theyre working on right now, with serious progress made. there will almost surely be a cure someday. thinking it could be in your lifetime may be optimistic, but its far from nonsense. thinking a (good) treatment will exist is even more realistic. im not a sunshine and daisies guy. i dont believe the world is noble, like you im dedicated to finding problems and possibly solving (or at least exploring and documenting) a few things.

    you really do shine through in your writing and thoughtfulness. i dont know how i would be so thoughtful; i would probably just complain all the time. going through a few days of serious hand pain (will it get better? will it become unmanageable? will i have to write using only the other hand from now on?) is scary enough, honestly. ive been typing for decades, and handwriting was awful from the start. dont worry, i will do what i have to. i dont think im you or could stand what you stand, but it certainly adds a bit of local flavor and extra relevance to your blog this week. cheers. (i dont think its rsi-related, but im certainly using my “good hand” more.)

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    1. Love to hear from you! You responses demonstrate that someone is ‘listening’ to what this old bean has to say – wonderful. Sorry to hear about your hand – hubby had trouble with his and it turned out to be neck-related, is waiting on surgery. Our bodies are more fragile and complicated than we think. I am not a scientist, like you, but have always been fascinated with human nature, and I think that underlines my writing. I also like to turn things on their head and think about them from another perspective. The “Fumbler” post was a tongue in cheek shot at the smug call to “Follow your passion”, a saying that never quite sits well with me, as life (at least mine) has never been quite that simple. Cheers! Enjoying the chat.

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