Greetings and salutations! How was your Halloween? Mine gave me pneumonia. And while we have much to discuss (The Fair, cultural appropriation, the fact that Americans must be a nation of giant children as it is impossible to find cough medicine above natural remedy strength that isn't laden with high fructose corn syrup...), but for now I'd just like to ask a few health-related questions from ya'll.
As some of you may remember, last spring I suffered from a number of unexplained and ephemeral health problems, at first seemingly unrelated; ranging from constant colds, to infections, to some more disturbing afflictions, one after another.
Since at the time we had neither money, nor health insurance, I made do with books and home remedies, as well as little (a lot of, actually) help from our friends, mostly in the form of massage, Jin Shin and herbal remedies.
For each ailment, I found a remedy. The individual problems though, appeared part of a bigger whole; as soon as one was extinguished, another appeared. In addition to all the different sicknesses I was constantly exhausted for no apparent reason.
Eventually I figured that most likely my immune system was weakened by an excess of candida, something I have a propensity towards, as well as some good old-fashioned stress. I took more time to meditate and exercise, gave up all sugar, white flour and caffeine and adhered to my otherwise already healthy food habits. For a time the symptoms all but disappeared. 'Till now that is.
I know, I know, thanks to the miracle of my husband's fancy new medical insurance there's a diagnosis this time: pneumonia, right? But I'm not convinced. I'm not doubting that I have it, but in addition to it, I have a bunch of other issues attacking my body. First I had something like the common cold, passed onto me by C., only when he got better, I got worse. Much, much worse.
In addition to lung and respiratory troubles, have an eye-infection in both eyes, an outbreak of eczema up and down my arms, and six cold sores in and around my mouth. "Not to worry." the doctor said, "The antibiotics will take care of all that."
Antibiotics, however, are one of the greatest promoters of yeast in the body. In addition to killing whatever bacteria is causing what ails you, they have a nasty habit of destroying all the friendly bacteria as well, after which yeast is free to roam. And while they would take care of the pneumonia, they would not take care of how I got the pneumonia in the first place. In fact, they would leave my already compromised immune system even more susceptible to bacteria and viruses.
So, my question for you (in case you were wondering what all this was leading towards) is whether you guys have any ideas for strengthening one's immune system? Tried and true remedies? Insights on fighting candida? How do you keep healthy? And most importantly: how the hell do you get rid of cold sores?!?!? I don't ever remember having them for more than a few days, or more than one at a time.
I can tell you though, that the best remedy (in the absence of breast milk, apparently) for an eye infection is ordinary black tea, diluted and used like eye drops.
And not to worry, "traditional" medicine enthusiasts, if worst comes to worst, I'll totally down those antibiotics. I can scarcely take another week of the boredom that is laying in bed, mentally dull and dripping with snot. In the mean time, I'm off to pretend vitamin C pills are Halloween candies and get messed up on controlled substances also known as cough syrup.
I hope to return with a more riveting and less self-involved topic and look forward to any and all health-related advice you have to give. At the very least you should have the decency to entertain me with heart-wrenching tales about your own sickbed adventures.