Well, guys, I’m feeling pretty cocky today. Yes, I tolerated one spray of Stevia in my nose. Living large now. Ha. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out my previous post).
If you’ve been reading along, you know I’ve had a mold relapse that includes the settling of a difficult to treat mold colony, called MARCoNS in my nasal passages. For people who actually tolerate medication, this colony is eradicated via a prescription nasal spray. People like me who get sick from even being in the vicinity of medication attempt to treat it with a nose spray called Xlear, which is basically Stevia.
Well, one single spray has been putting me down in a major way. My doctor thinks it’s because mold illness has thrown my immune system out of wack, and recommended high dose vitamin C infusions to calm it down.
I’ve done these infusions in the past and haven’t noticed a big difference in the way I feel. Given that, and the fact they are expensive and time consuming, I put them on the back burner.
However, replaying the tape, we realized I was doing the infusions the last time I was being treated for MARCoNS. During that time, I was tolerating 8 sprays of Xlear per day. So now, my doctor is wondering if the infusions were actually doing something in the background even though I wasn’t feeling much of anything.
Who knows for sure? At any rate, I had been sitting on my hands doing nothing to deal with MARCoNS, and I was feeling terrible, so I figured I’d give infusions another try. I didn’t have much to lose save a few hours and a few bucks. Ok, many bucks, but desperate times…..
That was yesterday afternoon. Then I got brave and decided to take one spray of Xlear before bed.
Low and behold, I woke up feeling the best I have in weeks. The Xlear didn’t make me sick, my brain feels more clear and my fatigue is improved, along with my overall outlook on life. Feeling a little better makes me realize just how horribly I’ve been feeling.
I’m pretty sure this is not a placebo effect, as I didn’t have much faith the infusion would do much for me based on past experience. I also know this is not an overnight cure and isn’t likely to last. (BTW, that’s not pessimism, it’s just the reality of knowing how life with chronic illness goes. Good days. Bad days. Wash. Rinse. Repeat).
I’m tempted to try two sprays of Xlear tonight, but I don’t want to push it. Experience tells me to keep it slow and steady. I’m in a hurry to get this MARCoNS infection in the rearview, but I also know this is one of those situations where I need to slow down to speed up. It’s annoying, but sometimes it’s the only way.
So, one spray tonight. Then we will see. I need to work my way back up to eight sprays per day, so I have a ways to go.
I’ll get there.
P.S. If you are wondering about my infusion: The prescription my doctor ordered is:
15 Grams Vitamin C, 2000 mg Glutathione, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium.
It goes without saying (although I seem to be saying it), I am not a medical professional and this isn’t medical advice. My doctor says this is right for me at this time, but if you think IV infusions could help you, please consult with your doctror.