In my seventh year of CAP, I am once again emerging from the fog. It is seventeen months since I began, for the second time, to attempt to climb out of the hideous hell-hole of M.S.
Cesare's struggle with his aching back made me realize that my neck does not have paralysing pain any more. After months and months of not being able to move my head, then graduating to most-time, then part-time, pain, my neck is very close to normal. That was my final area of great pain from the abx going after the involved areas of my body's infection.
For about sixteen months, I have been taking my Rifampin during the night, after taking my other evening abx around 9 PM. This evening routine enabled me to sleep through part of the worst. My AM abx has made me pretty sluggish, if not flat, many, if not most, days. I have cut my flagyl from two to one (night) per day, and take one 200 mg caffeine per day (morning). This week, with the State Fair coming, I have managed to be up and around working, albeit not at lightning speed, all day each day. This is a big improvement. The big change is that also this week, I have taken ALL my abx during the day and have still been working. A few months before I stopped abx the first time, I had begun this routine. I have not been able to do it for a year and a half.
As we have always said, this is a long, slow process. Certainly it is. My mind is definitely better, too. Not as it used to be, but not the swamp it was five years ago.
From a numb right leg - like a post - I now have an almost normal leg that BENDS. I now wonder what will happen if/when I am not taking five abx every day. I will not push it and stop this time. Caution is ever present in my mind, but there is no doubt that I have crossed a line.
We have had "thermal hot water" for a couple of months, and also now have twenty-two solar panels in our front yard. We live in the country. We are not hooked up yet, having only finished the installation last Friday. In our state, there is a federal rebate of 30% and a state rebate of 35% for every dollar invested in this important auxiliary power. We are excited about it. It is a "sell-all" program, meaning that we sell all electricity generated (for about 21 cents and buy all of ours back for about 7 cents per kilowatt hour). Obviously, NC is pushing alternative power hard, because our state has to buy about 98% of the fuel to generate power.