Thursday, November 4, 2010

I'm still here

Just wanted to check in and say that I'm doing well. The weather has cooled down so I'm just enjoying life at the moment. I've been working a lot, like 16 hours day for my husband and his business. Things are good though! Sure I feel my heart rates are up, but with it being cooler I'm like 75% better. I don't have the shortness of breath or the "I feel like I'm dying" feeling.

I always forget that fall/winter I am actually somewhat normal feeling. :)

Here's a quick update on what I've been doing though. I started following the McComb's Diet plan about 3-4 weeks ago which is supposed to be for candida. You are probably think...OMG has Birdlady lost her mind!? Yes I am doing a candida diet even though I've made fun of them before haha. You can read about the diet at the doctor's own website, which is much different than most "candida" diets. I realize that I was mostly following the plan any way but had to cut out a few more things (all sugar, all dairy, all nuts).

At first, I really didn't want to do it because I knew I'd have to be on my feet more to cook every meal. You also have to get rid of butter which I've never done before. It's really hard to eat some foods without butter like squash, potatoes, rice etc. In addition to this diet, I've also stopped supping with salt. I lost 4 pounds in a week. I'm so sick of POTS patients being told to use salt like it's even doing a damn thing for us? DUMB!

In addition to the diet, I am also taking THorne Research Formula SF722 which is 10-Undecenoic Acid. I take 5 Gelcaps 3 times a day away from food. I have no idea if it's doing anything, but I'm just going to stick with it.

Overall I've lost 7 pounds now. I am absolutely LOVING it! I am finally back in the 120's which I haven't seen for a long time now. Now if I could get my heart to chill out when I try to do leg exercises, I'd be soo happy.../sigh I still cannot exercise and I have to keep myself cool at all times. If I am going out to a store, I wear tank tops underneath my coat so I can cool down fast if I start to overheat. So far this has been working really well. Some days I just wear shorts around the house to stay as cold as possible.

This post is all over the place, but I just wanted to let everyone know I'm doing well!


Ashley said...

That's so great that you are feeling better and able to work so much! Do you attribute this to the diet?

Also, I did hop over to the website from your link and noticed that he talks a lot about sweating. Do you do this as well? I would LOVE to go sit in a sauna and sweat, but my heartrate would be Through. The. Roof.

I have also noticed when I take anti-inflammatory products like cell food, greens first drink and monavie I notice a difference after several weeks. When I take advil I notice right away symptom reduction. Obviously, mine has something to do with inflammation and probably toxic overload.

Thanks for posting and again so happy you are doing better! :)


Birdlady said...

Ashley, thanks SO much for commenting! I completely forgot to say that I absolutely DO NOT sweat on the program. My husband made a post on their forum about this because I knew I couldn't do it either. The doctor replied back and said if I couldn't do it due to heat intolerance then don't worry about it.

I'm feeling better just because it's cooler outside. I know that sounds kind of stupid, but the warm weather is what sets me off. As long as I can keep myself cool, I am normally OK. However, my tilt test table which was done in a freezing cold room still showed a huge response to standing. I haven't taken my HR while standing lately, but I know it's probably still in the 130's. It's just that I don't notice it right now.