Yesterday I finished my 10th Pulse (Friday, November 15th). Again, this was a regular 5-day pulse of Tinidazole (500 mg/2x a day).
It was a fairly easy pulse with some of the usual fatigue (mild, but still noticeable) as well as some of the psychological effects I have noticed in past pulses…. My mood tends to be a bit down, pessimistic. I was very surprised on Friday (the last day of the pulse) to have a series of “mini-meltdowns”. . . common for people with autism, but I generally don’t have them as I have learned what my triggers are and how to avoid them.
I continue with all B-vitamins, some basic minerals, and fat-soluble vitamins (A-D-E-K). And am still taking most, if not all the other recommended supplements recommended for the CAP.
I continue to take TUDCA to protect my liver. And I am still taking the proteolytic enzymes (Nattokinase, Serrapeptase, and Lumbrokinase). I take these enzymes for a number of reasons: to help dissolve thickened skin (excess collage/similar to scar tissue), to fight inflammation, to decrease pain/soreness. . . reduce inflammation. These are all experimental.
This past month I’ve been dealing with an excess of oxalates. This is is hard to do on a Ketogenic diet, but it was not the veggies I was consuming that had high oxalates, but the dark chocolate I was eating to excess (!)
My experiments with fermented vegetables continue, and am really enjoying my homemade kimchi.
This has been a tough month for my family. We had to put down our dog, Borzou. He was 17, and loved member of our pack. I did not think I was that close to him, but I have found myself crying a bit. I hear him and see him out of the corner of my eye.
Scleroderma: Excess collagen continues to degrade and disappear. I notice it mostly in my hands because I see them often. Small blood vessels are appearing in palms/fingers… and skin color is more white. I see old callouses (weird) still appearing…. It’s as if they have been “locked” in the excess collage (like an insect in amber). Truly this is a slow process, but I continuously remind myself that in January of this year my whole body was hardening and quite inflexible…. And now, it is much, much softer and movements flow more easily …. Definitely not as jerky (Frankenstein walking!)
Ankylosing Spondylitis: I have twinges of pain in lower back, deep in buttocks, and down the sciatic track…. These are fleeting, and do not impact daily living. I have slight stiffness in ankles and wrists, but this quickly dissipates after moving around in the morning.
Psoriasis (on elbows only): The infected/inflamed areas are still shrinking. Every month there is a small but noticeable reduction in the thick, silvery plaques. Nice.