Recovering my energy for Christmas
Sorry about the long gap since the last update. I started getting really tired,
and found I could not kick the late nights (I was too tired to get to bed!). It
is incredibly annoying when everything should be going so well to be unable to even
write Christmas cards.
This year's theme for the cards was jokes (in previous years I drew penguins in
various silly situations, but I was out of new inspiration this year). I eventually
managed to compile enough jokes and print them out, and just before my colleague
went on her long holiday I got the work ones done. I also managed to get my overseas
ones (well, most of them) done in time. Then I ran out of energy.
Luckily I saw the acupuncturist on Tuesday (truth be told, I could have done with
an appointment last week, but I did not even have the energy to change the appointment).
He diagnosed dryness and fixed me up.
It still amazes me that such a seemingly simple problem can cause such havoc, but
in combination with the naturally dehydrated state of CF patients (and diabetics)
it can clearly be devastating. With this information, I could turn down the heating
in the house, drink more water and, once he had done his work, do physio. Actually,
with all the dryness my sputum had built up, and the last couple of days have seen
a large amount of coughing and physio. With the aid of no.9, it is becoming thin
again and just in time. In 5 hours I will be singing Midnight Mass.
The funniest part about all this is that the hospital would never give a diagnosis
like this, and would no doubt prescribe near useless antibiotics (my sputum colour
has barely darkened).
Meanwhile, following a suggestion on the CF forums, I suggested taking Oregano oil
to my acupuncturist (and herbalist). He did not recommend it, but gave me a photocopy
from one of his books on the matter. Among its many effects, it is listed as a remedy
for digestive upsets, respiratory problems, colds, flue and inflammations of the
throat. These are all major or common problems for CF sufferers. Unfortunately,
it is a dermal toxin, skin irritant and mucous membrane irritant. Since the primary
ways of taking the oil are by rubbing it on the skin or inhaling it these present
And with the update over, that leaves me to say:
M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S
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