How about the good news? The colitis is still under control. No flare ups which is amazing! Lydia and I are beginning to work towards lowering the dosage on several supplements I am taking. Of course I am nervous about this but I know my body has done a lot of healing and I believe it is ready to start the “weaning” process. I am actually pretty excited to not take a bazillion pills each day.
While I am thrilled with the colitis progress, I do have some unfortunate news to report. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you might remember my Frankenbutt. It is basically what started the ball rolling on my 19 month long colitis flare. You can go back and read the post linked above for the full version of events but in short, in November 2010, a grew an extra butt cheek. No joke. I had a growth below my tailbone that abscessed. It was literally like a baseball back there. Horrific.
I had it removed in April 2011 and the doctor have me a 60/40 chance of waving goodbye to my tail forever. Well, guess what? I fell into that 40% chance and early in December, I felt an unmistakable twinge of pain. I wasted no time getting things checked out and yes, my tail came back. And it hurt. A lot. As in, I could not sit down.
The good news is that we caught it early. My doctor shot it full of cortisone to try to shrink it and I have been taking detox baths like crazy. Lydia also got me started on some special enzymes that literally “eat” viruses and infections. The pills are kind of a pain because you have to time them around eating so carefully, but I do believe that they are helping. I can sit down again and although I still feel a small lump, it isn’t hot and red like it was in early December. I am cautiously optimistic that I can keep this under control. I do not want to have another surgery if I can help it. Plus, the more surgeries I have on that area, the more problems it can lead to.
Another unfortunate health occurrence came in the form of an abscessed tooth. Now this was no big surprise. I had a baby molar that needed to come out long ago but I kept putting it off. Since my body is so delicate right now, fighting off all kinds of toxins and whatnot, it gave up trying to keep this tooth in my mouth. So I had it pulled right before Christmas. No biggie – 90 seconds of agony and a pretty easy recovery. Plus it felt good not to have a defunct tooth in my mouth anymore!
My final health woe was focused on my hands. For the past 3 years, I have been releasing toxins in the form of a severe rash on certain parts of my right hand. (Between the fingers and along the entire left side of each finger). I get horrible blisters, fissures, and open, oozy wounds. It comes and goes depending on my health. Anyway, things got pretty bad in December but after talking with Lydia, I tried a few new-to-me home remedies.
First, I used one of my extra Kombucha SCOBYs and laid it on my hand. I left it there for about an hour then followed up with some Argan oil (more on that in a minute). This actually helped quite a bit! It relieved the itch and helped seal up some of the open sores.
I also started putting some Vitamin D drops and some fermented cod liver oil on my hands. I don’t think these treatments worked as quickly as the SCOBY did, but I do think that they have been helping in the long run.
Argan oil has been a blessing! Remember last month when I mentioned the eVitamins.com was going to send me one product monthly to review? Well, December brought a full sized bottle of Organic Argan Oil. I knew that Argan Oil was known for its extensive healing powers and after a little research, I discovered that it has been successfully used to treat eczema. While my skin issue is a little more complicated than eczema, the symptoms can been quite similar. So I gave it a try!
I have been using Argan Oil 3-4 times daily on my hands and there is significant improvement! While I still have scaly skin in places, the blisters and fissures are gone! I itch here and there but not like before. I am really grateful that eVitamins sent this product when they did! I am optimistic that it will keep working for the long term!
Well, that is about it for me! I am still dealing with this lingering virus that I caught before Christmas. To be honest, it kicked my butt. Hopefully the rest of January sees no “new” or recurring health issues. Until next month…
If you have missed any of my posts in this series, you can find them here:
Oh, and before I forget…Lydia is running a new eCourse this month.
The Sugar Detox and Weight Loss eCourse begins January 10th and is going to be an intense, but worthwhile 6 weeks! I highly suggest you consider it!
Also, don’t forget about the 7 Day Real Food Challenge! That starts January 6th and is free! It will be a lot of fun with some great giveaways!