Friday, January 10, 2014

One month progress - with starting over

So far, much better.

Not quite the dramatic uptick I saw last time... but I'm also starting out ever-so slower.

I'm currently still at :

half-dose of Opticleanse daily
ALA tablet, one per day
2 methylfolate L-5-MTHF - ES (10 mg) daily

Have added in one sublingual methyl B12 (when I remember it,  need to figure out a better option to make it easier to remembeer)

as well as

1 dropper of Vitamin D oil

Current Symptoms/Severity:

Dizziness spells are slightly less frequent - maybe 1-2 a week over the 20 or so. Still pretty severe when they come... but thankfully over within a couple of minutes.

Fuzzy-headedness is still improving. But plenty of room for more improvement.

Leg pain is mild, but never ending.

Left shoulder pain that radiates down my arm - almost gone.

Back pain still gone.

All over-ache (feels like flu) - still present, but not something that I'm not used to. Some episodes lately where it's been slightly worse.

Severe muscle-based exhaustion - probably at about 75% of 'normal' energy level for about two hours a day now... and down to only about 50% the rest of the time. Starting to try to focus the few bursts of energy I get into actual housework as best I can. No stamina, but I'm used to that.

Tingly/not-quite-right-sensation/mild numbness - seems to be limited to my arms and legs and my face. Funny... it almost always was my right-side before.... and always the whole side... now it's more equally distributed on left and right side, but just the bottom half of my legs, bottom half of my arms - and on both sides of my face. Mild - but annoying.

Had some trouble with my left ankle. - this is now gone (woot!).

Left breast - still cycling... not too bad lately, but due to worsen soon.

Swollen lymph nodes - still swollen. WIll have to remember to discuss with my next Integrative MD appointment.

Next steps:

Add in the other (missing) 5mg of Methylfolate.

Add in the NAC

Add in Vitamin C (need to investigate the 'better' forms to consider taking).

Friday, January 03, 2014

More adventures in online dating in your 40's

It's funny the work we'll go to - to avoid certain subjects.

Two cases in point.

I am doing everything in my power to not call attention to the fact that I'm a grandmother.

1. my grandson is my son's fiance's son... even if it comes up in the conversation three times.

2. I am his dad's mother... yeah. I know. Still makes me grandma... but I don't have to use that 'word' - lol

Time enough in the future to talk about grandkids... but they really don't have to be things discussed on the first date... even if you are talking about already existing kids. I'm thinking that's for future date conversations... lol.

Dentures.

I wear dentures. I'm not really ashamed of wearing dentures and if asked... I'll admit to them. But who on earth asks if you are wearing dentures unless you've already been discussing the topic with them? I can bet guys on their first dates sure won't.

But here I am after a denture-atastrophy... (dog chewed them up). Trying to figure out how to delay our first official real date (not the meet for coffee thing) because my dentures are destroyed and it'll be two weeks before I can get fitted with new ones (a minimum of two weeks).

And I don't even want to bring up the subject that I wear dentures. Because while I'm sure he would be understanding that I'm too embarrassed to be out in public toothless... I really don't need him picturing me that way.

These things have to do with timing. I won't lie about them. I won't deny them. But I don't think they need to 'come up' all that soon. Soon enough after you find out if you really like each other, first.

So, what did I do ?

I took a dremel sander to the dentures I have and after two hours have now ground them down to the point where I think I can at least appear in public. sigh. They're not really functional. But, I think I can wear them to the office and to a movie and get away with it. Might need something to numb my gag reflex a little better... but, just maybe I can survive a couple of hours with them in?

I'm trying today. I'll see if I can last two hours. If so, then maybe I don't have to admit that I am avoiding our next date because my dog ate my teeth... good news is that it's such a bad excuse, that it's unlikely he'll think I'm lying about it.