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Disclaimer: I went through the Integrative Lyme Disease treatment program at Infusio, Frankfurt from the 23rd October to the 3rd of November 2017. During this time, I kept a journal of my experience and I am now sharing this with you here. Please keep in mind that this is my personal experience. The treatments and therapies I had were based on what was best for me as an individual. Therefore, if you have been to Infusio, Frankfurt or are planning to go, your experience may differ from mine.
Thursday 26th October- Day 4 of Lyme Disease Treatment
I struggled to fall asleep last night and woke up at around 3 am thinking it was morning. Although I eventually managed to fall back to sleep, my sleep was therefore disturbed. When I finally woke up, I was tired. Though it was nothing in comparison to the previous day. I did feel better in myself and– dare I say it– actually felt quite well (for me).
It Helps To Have The Support of Stem Cell Buddies
All of the patients were picked up together today (with partners/family being brought to the clinic later in the morning). This worked out well as it gave us all a chance to have a little chat about how we were doing. I found out that almost everyone had felt more emotional at times– with some feeling that way yesterday too (as I did).
I wasn’t the only one to find the third day of treatment difficult. It was reassuring to know I wasn’t alone in my experience. We were in this together.
Starting Treatments on Day 4
Today, Nadine put in my IV needle and I had a chat with her about how I was feeling yesterday and this morning. The staff at Infusio are so compassionate and understanding. I was reassured that how I was feeling was perfectly normal. This helped to put my mind at ease.
Today’s Iv tREATMENTS
Today I had a few different IVs:
- Dioxychlor: a natural antibiotic that supplies oxygen to the cells. This may help to eliminate toxins, bacteria, parasites, viruses and yeast.
- Iron: to help treat my anaemia.
- Choline: helps to improve concentration and reduce brain fog. This IV can make you feel emotional (it’s not surprising to cry shortly after) but I felt really calm and relaxed.
- Procaine: this is used to reduce pain. It is a large IV that is administered slowly over a couple of hours. I found I felt better in myself following this IV but ironically my pain actually increased afterwards. My pain had been very low in the past couple of days (even yesterday when I felt really unwell) but I had increased shoulder and back pain after this IV.
During my treatments, I felt well enough to do a little bit of reading and to listen to music. This was the first time I felt up to doing this, which is positive.
Chat With Dr Bijan
I had a chat with Dr Bijan and told him about my response to the procaine IV. I think my body is reacting a bit differently to what’s often expected. Obviously, the procaine IV usually decreases pain. And, often people feel a bit rubbish following the detox IVs that I had yesterday.
My body, however, seemed to really like the detox IVs and I was feeling much better. I was told to remember this as it would be helpful for any follow-ups. We also chatted about how the choline IV will be helpful for reducing my anxiety. I was given tablets to help with this too and these would help to calm my mind and stop it darting from thought-to-thought.
In addition to the IVs, I had my usual daily thymus shot in my hip (for immune modulation). For some reason, this shot was completely painless when given on my left side but it stung when administered on my right. So I definitely favoured having it done on the left!
I went on the laser bed for 6 minutes today. I didn’t sweat anywhere near as much as I did yesterday.
I also spent some time in the lymphatic drainage suit while I had my IVs. I called it the ‘space trousers’. The lymphatic system is the body’s drainage system; waste from cells (as well as nutrients) are passed through the lymph system. Sometimes, this needs a helping hand and some support.
I had to remove my joggers and put on a pair of cloth trousers. Then, I slipped my legs into the ‘space trousers’ and was zipped in. The suit is attached to a machine, which uses a pneumatic compression system. This suit is inflated to create pressure at specific points in the legs and abdomen.
I’m not going to lie, it’s not the best experience in the world and could be pretty uncomfortable at times. However, I do think my body benefitted from this treatment. I think the reason it responded well to this and the detox IVs is that detox is something my body naturally struggles with.
How I Felt Following Treatment at Infusio
I was feeling pretty good after my treatments today. When I phoned my mum, she immediately knew I was feeling well from how I sounded on the phone. I was feeling the best I had all week, so Ross and I took advantage of that. We went out to a restaurant up the street called Ginkgo where I had the most amazing vegan burger.
As soon as I finished eating, I knew I had to leave and get back to the apartment for a lie-down. The tiredness was hitting and I was starting to feel a little unwell from sitting upright. It was brilliant that I had made it out though!
I felt content, happy and positive today. A nice contrast to yesterday! Today, I learned that I am getting my stem cells on Wednesday 1st of November and I think this gave me something positive to focus on. It’s so exciting!
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