Lemons 'n Lyme

When life gives you lemons, use them to beat Lyme


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Picc Line vs. Port-a-Cath

I get loads of questions asking me about picc lines and port-a-caths so I decided to just make a video talking all about them! I discuss what they’re for, the differences, how to prepare and recovery from the placement procedure of each, long term care tips, and just some overall tips & tricks.

I hope this video is helpful for some of you!


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MIA much?

So, it’s been awhile. As you all are fully aware.

Lyme + IV + school= NO time (actually it equals exhaustion and no energy to blog),

Anyway, I’m here to provide an update on my life! I finally finished finals so I am done with school the semester. I am so excited to be heading home for a month where I’ll be able to relax, spend time with the family, and focus on healing.

 

 

Let’s start with treatment/Lyme stuff first, shall we?

I’m still on IV abx, on two different ones, actually. Plus a million oral abx. I see my doctor Monday and something has got to change, I’m on too many drugs! I hate it. The month or two before Thanksgiving it felt like the IV was helping and I was finally getting somewhere. But since Thanksgiving I have been dead! By dead, I mean exhausted and symptoms I haven’t had since I first got really sick (since before I started treatment!) have come out. It’s kind of scary. There are things I was experiencing two years ago that were frightening to me and once I started treatment completely went away. I thought I had beat those off. Now they are back and I’m ON treatment. It’s frustrating to say the least.

I have been doing a lot of research (as most Lymies do), specifically with regards to more natural and holistic approaches to treatment. I honestly believe antibiotics themselves can’t cure Lyme and are only a piece of the puzzle. I’m hoping to develop a game plan over break on how to attack Lyme. It’s all just very exhausting (on top of already being super exhausted!).

When I saw my LLMD over Thanksgiving break we did mold testing and virus testing so I am looking forward to hearing what the results of those tests when I see my doc on Monday. My LLMD hasn’t been happy with progress and is wondering if there is something else getting in the way of treatment (like mold toxicity). I kind of hope there is so that we can address that and move on.

 

Okay, next is diet:

I’ve been an advocate of paleo. I mean, part of the reason I started this blog was to share recipes. But I’ve started to transition into a raw diet. I’ve read and heard personal stories about the healing effects of a raw diet. A month ago I met a lady who evaded chemo for her breast cancer by using a completely holistic approach and specifically by juicing and eating raw. I’ve read many accounts online, as well. I also have recently met a Lymie who went raw as a last ditch effort because nothing else was working and she was able to get of antibiotics! I’m aiming to be about 75% raw (for now) as I do think there is a place for some animal protein and fish in one’s diet. I guess you could say I am going to be paleo-raw because I still will not be eating legumes, soy, or many grains (just buckwheat and occasionally rice). I will try to get some recipes up over break and I promise to keep you guys updated about how it is going! OH, I have also been juicing daily. So far I am at one big green juice a day. I know I need to juice even more then that but 1) It’s expensive to buy all those veggies and I’m a college student not working and 2) it’s a time and energy thing for me at this point. But mainly number 1 (you guys can donate to my juicing fund if you want 😉 ).

I kind of feel like I’m turning into a hippy…. I’m juicing, I’m eating almost raw vegan, and I’ve been doing some yoga (since it’s all I have the energy for). Ha!

 

Um, so what else? Random stuff:

Over the past 6 months I have met some AMAZING people with Lyme. I’m so blessed to have them in my life and to have gotten to know them. I appreciate all of their support and every one of my readers support, as well! You all are awesome.

I may be MIA on here but I am very active on my instagram (@lemonsnlyme). So, if you miss me I would head over there and follow me!

I really am hoping to post more over break so if there is anything you guys are interested in hearing about, let me know!

 

Last but not least… HOW ARE YOU GUYS DOING?! Leave a comment or shoot me an email and give me a little update about you’re life. I do genuinely care and I also love to hear from you all.

We are going to end this post with a picture of a cute puppy I got to puppy sit… because puppies are cute and will always cheer you up!

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21 Day Sugar Detox and Basic Paleo Stuffed Peppers

In about mid-July Sam over at Canada Girl Eats Paleo mentioned doing the 21-Day Sugar Detox starting in August. Well, I decided to join. And It’s August. I got on board a day late… aka everyone started yesterday and I started today. I’m slow like that sometimes. Anyway, I decided to post my basic stuffed peppers recipe as a “YAY 21 DAY SUGAR DETOX!” present for you all ;). 

This is the recipe my mom and aunt cooked up for me and put in my freezer to help me survive the first month of IV. I know there are about a billion stuffed pepper recipes out there but this recipe is very basic and a good base to add your own flare to.

Now, if you think my food photography is bad, check out why you never let other people (coughMOMcough) take pics of your food for you:

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Unfortunately, this is the only picture I have of all the done peppers since I was enjoying a nap during the cooking and placing in the freezer process.

Many stuffed pepper recipes call for rice or quinoa for the filling but we’re going to use cauliflower rice. Bomb, right? Yeah.

Ingredients:

4 bell peppers (red and orange)

1 lbs. ground turkey

1 small head of cauliflower

2-3 carrots

1 onion

Olive oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

3-5 heads of garlic

 

Preheat oven to 350.

Cut the tops off your bell peppers and scoop the ribs and seeds out. Set aside.

Chop up your carrots and onion into small pieces.

Begin cooking your ground turkey over medium-medium high heat until browned.

While meat is cooking, saute the carrots and onions until soft. Put the carrots and onion in a big bowl.

Chop up your cauliflower and place it in a food processor. Pulse until broken down and looks like rice.

Peel and chop the garlic. Lightly coat a frying pan with olive oil and saute the garlic and cauliflower together for about 5-7 minutes.

Mix everything into one big bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Stuff mixtures into the peppers and place them in a baking dish. Fill baking dish with 1/2-1 inch of water. Bake for about 45 minutes until peppers are soft when poked with a fork.

Easy peasy and super basic. Eat up!

**NOTE: Many recipes use tomatoes or tomato sauce, which I’m not eating at the moment. These would certainly taste great with some sautéed tomatoes mixed in or some tomato sauce if you want to go the easy route.

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It kind of looks like a pumpkin… 🙂

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opened up and delicious!

 


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The First Week

It has officially been a week since I got my picc line placed for IV antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease. I was scared out of my mind to get it in, but now that it is there I have adjusted pretty well.

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I had to go to the hospital to get the line placed, but my nurses were amazing and so nice! The one putting my line in made me laugh the whole time (through all my tears). My arm was really sore for the first few days and I slept a ton for the first couple days, too. I do daily infusions which only take about 30 minutes total- so not a total day sucker, which is great (silver linings here people!). 

My mom and aunt flew out to be with me for the first week and I can’t thank them enough! It was so helpful to have them around. My mom helped me with infusions and wrote up a whole sheet of directions so I can just look at that to do the infusions. It’s posted right on my fridge! They also cooked up probably 3 weeks worth of meals for me so I don’t have to stress about that as I adjust to the picc line and if I have some herx reactions. They made my meatloaf recipe, a paleo lasagna (more like a paleo hash since I don’t eat cheese so things didn’t stick together well), and stuffed peppers (I’ll be posting that simple recipe soon). They also made paleo zucchini bread from a recipe I found online. That recipe needs some tweeking so I’m hoping to make it again at some point myself and I’ll post that if it turns out good.

Don’t worry, I won’t stop posting just because I have food made for me already. I’m still planning out a few recipes (baked goods!) I’d like to try when I have time and energy. And i will keep you all posted Lyme-wise, as well.

Bear with me through this hectic time!

But, I want to hear from you! How are things going in your life? What is some experience you’ve really struggled with going through?

HAPPY FRIDAY!