Kefir & Sauerkraut (Feb 2012)

2/17/12

I never thought I would be so grateful for Kefir and sauerkraut. After all, I never really ate sauerkraut until last week and rarely ate Kefir either. They are my new found friends that help to keep down the waves of nausea from my Lyme treatment. As I sit here, I only have slight pain in my wrists and hands a great relief from a couple of days ago.

The most difficult thing about this freakin’ disease is the unpredictability. I don’t know which days I will feel almost normal and thinking this thing ain’t half bad and which days I’ll be dragging myself through work, cursing my long commute because of the aching in my knees and pain in my hands (can’t someone else drive?) Or, sitting at my desk wondering which wave of nausea might send me scrambling out of my office to the rest room (so far none, thank goodness).

Let me just say, PMS combined with bad Lyme days are bad, bad. Seriously, some kind of bad joke someone?

Today, added a new green pill, Artemesiae. Sunday, adding the new meds sent me into days of nausea (or was that the PMS?). Today, 3 in, all still down and tummy pretty good. So what is the druggie on now? Azithromycin, amoxicillin, coptis, probiotics, L-Glutamate, Nattokinase, Artemisiae, adrenal tincture not to mention Selenium, Vitamin D, Fish Oil,Vitamin B and Calcium (taken in descending order if I can actually get them down). Accepting donations in the cup on the counter. (kidding, sort of). Am supposed to add Lyme tincture (was part of the Sunday melt down) and then a week of Flagyl (week on, week off). Can’t wait. Now you know why the kefir and sauerkraut are my new found friends.

So, as far as I can tell. I am really, really lucky. Blessed to have a Lyme literate doctor who caught my Lyme before it was seriously out of control. So far am blessed to have avoided the most severe symptoms and am hopeful that with my arsenal of drugs, it will stay that way. Oh, and I slept through the night two nights in a row, heaven.

2/23/12

I don’t want these bugs in my body. Just saying.

I think I need a sauerkraut-making school. First batch not ready. Doesn’t seem to be enough liquid. Took some cabbage off top. Smashed down the rest. Added a bit of filtered water. The carrots look gorgeous but are slimy on top. What the heck does that mean? Mixed info on-line. Going to check them again tomorrow. Purple cabbage seems like it is going well but not kraut yet. May have to go buy another jar of the expensive stuff while this stuff keeps fermenting. Honestly, a bit scared of it – how will I know if I create bad bugs rather than good bugs?

Extra: An awesome sauerkraut making video

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One thought on “Kefir & Sauerkraut (Feb 2012)

  1. I’m with you on kefir. I just recently started making it, and have had huge health benefits for my gut, which translates into both energy and sleep.

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