I was only 18 months when I swallowed a bottle of furniture polish my sister opened for me. :/ Of course I don't blame her anymore than I do for my broken left foot when I was 8. Those are my earliest memories as a child....being rushed to the ER and having my stomach pumped out. Before age 2 I fell into barbed wire and split my chinny chin chin open and had stitches. Age 2 I fell off the back of the sofa onto a floor with a concrete foundation playing cowboys and Indians with my sister and broke my arm (do you see the pattern...keep reading), then proceeded to fall down the steps in that same house with that same cast on my arm...all the way down! (no she didn't push me!) I was around 2 when Mom left my sister (her again!) in the car and ran into the house for something....Mary put the car in neutral and jumped out (she was only 3!) and I was in the back seat as the car rolled into the street! Thank the Lord we had a whole lot less people living on this earth back then! In third grade my sister and I were playing cowboys and Indians again....you'd of thought I would have learned my lesson when I was 2!....but I didn't and she chased me around a tree and I broke my left foot and multiple toes.
When I was 13 I found a lump under my right arm, the size of an egg. I showed my mom and of course we all know what she thought. Cancer. I was very sick. We spent 4-6 months going from doctor to doctor. I'm sure it was then that my dislike (that's putting it mildly) for doctors began. I heard repeatedly....it's all in her head. Right. I missed a good quarter of school. The kids in school voted on who was sicker, me or Mary Ellen Ruffing. They voted me. In 11th grade Mary Ellen Ruffing died of Leukemia. :( If that doesn't put life's gravity into perspective I don't know what does.
Thankfully Mom wasn't a quitter and she finally took me to an old doctor in town. He knew immediately what was wrong. I had the Epstein-Barr Virus....mono...herpes virus....just like chicken pox/shingles. I remember him telling Mom that I could of picked it up off a glass in the cafeteria....it's a very contagious virus. In fact nearly 90-95% of the population has the virus. It never leaves the body. For some it stays dormant and for others it is very opportunistic and comes out of dormancy to attack...yet again. And again!
Of course in all this I also was infected with tick borne disease; Lyme, Babesia, Ehrlichiosis and Bartonella. Healing from that seems like it was a piece of cake compared to other things I've battled. But of course we know it wasn't....it took years, but by God's grace I did heal.
This summer, I began searching for health reasons why I'd often feel EVERY nerve in my body vibrate. I'd ask Hubs if he could feel the bed vibrating....he said no, he didn't put the quarter in! ;) The worst was when it was just my brain vibrating. Disturbing. It would wake me at night. Vibrating. I thought maybe I was developing MS. Something had to be wrong....you don't just feel all your nerves vibrate. I searched and found that EBV affects the nervous system among many others...it's also the reason for the horrible rash on my chest this past year.
The lightbulb went on! CLICK!!!! EBV!!!! I had it when I was 13 and was tested positive again in college when it was reactivated and I had to drop out of a semester.
EBV had reared its ugly head during my very stressful year in 2016 (Hubs had 3 surgeries in 4 months, we had our daughter's wedding, and I packed and purged and said good bye to all I ever knew in Maryland as we drove to Texas and Hubs retired) and it has pretty much stayed active since. Especially last year when I went off the WFPB diet (whole food plant based). I gave it an opportunity to attack and it did!
I've gone to 5 primary care providers here in Texas trying to find someone I can work with. FIVE! I FINALLY found one!!! I saw on the internet that she wrote an article on EBV! FINALLY someone to address the root of my problems! She listened to me and knew immediately that I had EBV and it was active. After 2 weeks on an anti-viral I was back to my old self!
My head is clear, no more brain fog, no vibrating, no rashes, no aches and pains, lots of energy! I'm so grateful that I found Zana! She is very much my tribe! A little weird but passionate about helping people.
I'm working HARD to keep my immune system up. I take a slew of supplements everyday. It gets a bit cumbersome but necessary.
The plan now is that every time I travel and am under a lot of stress, and am exposed to sickness, start the anti-viral ASAP and it should lessen the severity of the illness....and hopefully no more pneumonia and upper respiratory infections! And hopefully I can bounce back much quicker!
I believe eating a Whole Food Plant Based diet will give my body all the antioxidants and phyto-nutrients to assist in keeping me in prime condition. I do believe the year of experimenting with meat, dairy, etc set me back and made me vulnerable.
Knowledge is power!!!
"Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine thy food." Hypocrites.