Shitmata

I feel joy using the Wahls Protocol. Not only is it embracing a new diet but also a new lifestyle of meditation and positivity. I’m having some trouble meditating while using Sativex because it contains far too much THC for me. It’s hard to stay focused. But the diet promoted by Terry Wahls has given me great control of my emotions. It seems, eating the right foods has chilled me out as well as reversing my symptoms of MS. I now suffer far less pain, brain fog and spasms. It’s been very empowering in ever increasing ways. By the end of February, I will have been using the Wahls Protocol for six months. I’m only slightly put out that I stopped keeping a diary of my eating habits and resulting side effects. Cannabis withdrawal came first. Now I can move on. I used to be unhappy about my illness but now I have new purpose. 

My sister has moved to the mountains of Pakistan with her partner. As an able bodied person, I’d be very jealous. Living in a challenging environment would have been right ‘up my street’. Now, I find I avoid difficult travel. The chairs in airports are uncomfortable and the food is worse. This will only worsen my symptoms and I’d spend too much holiday time sleeping instead of being awake and enjoying. It’s still far better to be safe and warm at home.

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This is the queue for the tunnel to escape the valley my sister lives in. Able bodied me would have loved it.

I thought Sativex would allow me to travel more easily. Unfortunately, it does not remedy the symptoms enough to ease my eye spasms. Currently, my whole view spins slightly all the time. It’s a bit like trying to move about on a ship in a stormy sea. When I’m tired it gets worse. The storm increases. I wanted to be able to drive, visit my parents and get out more. Sadly, making up a term to describe this symptom is the only entertainment it’s provided. Spazeract

Oh, one major thing the new diet has achieved is I no longer suffer Shitmatas. Six months ago, the only way I could tell I needed a crap was the shooting pains in my arms and hands. The Wahls Protocol has certainly made shitting an almost unconscious task. I’m absolutely thrilled.

Nerves are Whacked Out!

I assumed this cold had passed but, 3 weeks later, It’s still with me. Because my nervous system has taken a beating over the years, my nose it still running and I’m extremely dizzy. I felt good a few days ago so went to the hospital and had my blood tests. When I got home I suddenly began sneezing again. I’ve been sweating and sneezing since. Regardless, I’ve got my hairdresser, groceries arriving and the doctor phoning at around 4PM. Should be challenging but I feel I can handle everything. Got my Matcha Tea, mixed nuts and some winter berries for breakfast. I’ll eat well today to make sure I maintain good energy levels. I really don’t want to be a wreck this afternoon.

Today, I’m going to tell my doctor why I want to try different cannabinoid medicines. As I’ve said before, I want to change the cannabinoid ratio so I’m taking less THC and more CBD. I suffer awful dizziness from MS and I don’t need more from the current medicine. I’m sure she’ll understand.

Just a quick post today. I am THAT dizzy! Breakfast was chicken bone broth, mixed nuts, winter berries and Matcha Tea. Only the chicken is organic. It’s hard to be totally organic so I don’t pressure myself. I’m so dizzy so I’m going to take a nap.

All’s Well That Ends Well

I’m so tired today that I’m not leaving my house. I usually crutch around the woods, with husband and dogs, to access any physical improvement. There’s always some, most notably my ability to walk better. I seem to come on in leaps and bounds, walking more upright, faster and with better balance every week. However, I’ve been braving a ‘double whammy’ for the past two weeks.

My period started and also my sinuses were congested, dry, crusty and uncomfortable. Since reducing my Sativex doses, I’ve been braving painful period cramps. When I thought these two problems had passed, I crutched my way downhill 10-15 minutes, for lunch at the Tearooms. I noticed I was stronger and faster but felt a little fatigued from the cold I had suffered. My usual order of Green Tea, a mushroom omelette, 3 rashers of bacon and salad is always appreciated. One of the owners and I chatted about cannabis for a while and then I read my Kindle. I was clearly feeling the fatigue growing so just sat there, green tea in hand and Sheryl Crowe on my headphones.

While crutching back uphill, I stopped and rested every couple of minutes. I could really feel the fatigue growing and changed the music to Jack White. By the time I was home, I could only think of making a cup of tea, putting on my pyjamas and getting into bed. The dogs cuddled beside me while some white noise, in the form of a rainstorm, played on my headphones. I was very willing to lose 2 hours this way.

I need more cannabinoids to function today. The efforts of yesterday have left me feeling washed out, feeling more pain in my feet and hands. I’ll stay in today and see how I feel tomorrow. I fully expect to be able to crutch around the woods with the dogs. Today I’ll write a letter to my doctor. I want to combine Sativex with a new, synthetic CBD oil. Sativex is 50/50 THC and CBD and I’m planning on changing the ratio of cannabinoids in my medicine. I desire less THC so I’ll be less high for my daily functions. As my doctor has little understanding, if any, of cannabinoids, I feel the need to express my needs to her. At the moment she seems confused as to why I require 2 cannabis medications instead of one. Instead of 2 sprays of Sativex, I want to try 1 spray combined with 1 drop of the new oil so I can reduce my dose of THC. I’m sure the current dose of THC is holding me back. I’d like to be able to drive and read more easily. Not too much to ask, I hope. We’ll see.

As a total distraction, we rescued a hedgehog from our garden the other night. We observed it for two nights while we were finding facts and rescue details. We thought the dogs must have frightened it off as we didn’t see it for another 2 nights. Trevor, my husband, kept searching every evening as we were both concerned for it’s welfare. I hurriedly purchased a hedgehog house but we soon found that it was probably underweight. We were half defeated when we heard Domino barking and we knew we had a garden visitor again. Bringing it indoors, we found it to be 400 grams underweight. It would never have made it through the winter so it spent the night in our little downstairs toilet. We left it with some dog food and a hot water bottle with old t-shirts. The next morning, we found it nestled in the t-shirts while the rest of the room was covered in dog food and hedgehog poo. Trevor took it to a rescue center and donated some cash and the hedgehog house. We assumed it had accessed our garden by swimming across the pond. We’ve found that they are good swimmers. It’s warm and happy now. All’s well that ends well.

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Our Border Terrier Domino.

What a mess!

What a mess!

A Much Nicer Place

I live in a village in England called Meriden. It’s the historic center of England but as some coastline has been lost, the actual center is in a field a few miles away. On a more serious note, one of England’s best organic butchers is just 5 minutes drive away. Phil made me some gluten free sausages and I’ve just taken a few out of the freezer for lunch. A kale salad on the side will go perfect.

One of my dogs suffers seizures and he’s on a Paleo diet too. Both dogs are, of course, and a special pet mince is provided by our butcher. I had a look at the protein content of the tins of dog meat from the supermarket and was shocked that it was only 9%. Embracing a Paleo diet has been made so easy as my husband has taken it onboard too. He’s lost weight and is far more productive. He’s turned out to be an amazing cook too. He’s even using neuro-plasticity to improve his rock climbing technique, using thought as well as muscle memory to achieve harder moves.

I’m of to another butcher to get some minced/ground beef for the pooches. I can’t drive to the organic butchers as I’m suffering the aftermath of a cold so, I’m mixing some of my Bone Broth in until I’m driving again. I’m crutching down into the village twice per week to build muscle strength plus a walk in the woods at weekends. It’s so nice to finally have some balance back again. Just a month ago, I would have to use a walker and it would not happen twice per week, if at all.

It’s now 12:46 and I’ve been down to the village, got cash, delivered items to the charity shop and had my blood pressure tested at the pharmacy. I got some dental floss too and popped next door for some minced beef. After a quick rest and a cup of tea, I’ll prepare those sausages for lunch. Oh and, I mopped the side door passage on my return too. I’m really loving this diet!

My blood pressure, when very relaxed or meditating, is normally 90/60. Low blood pressure is a gift of genetics passed on from my mother. I’m careful not to have the bath too hot or stand up too quickly from it. After walking down into Meriden center it was 117/78. I’m happy with that.

I write this blog for two main reasons. To share experiences with whomever is interested and as a sort of diary for myself. It saves me typing it out twice and keeps everything more real for me.

I had previously stated that I started the Wahls Protocol diet on August 13th. It wasn’t. It was the 22nd. I had more energy just 24 hours later. I was using 30ml of Sativex per week prior to the diet change. Within 2 weeks, my dose had dropped so significantly that the same amount would last a month. Now, I can make one 10ml bottle last the same time. That’s a 1/12 reduction in medication in about 10 weeks. It’s really quite amazing. I have far less pain, better balance, vastly better cognition and more energy. I’m calmer than I’ve ever been, like I’m permanently high. I’m a little high because of the Sativex but the world definitely feels a much nicer place.

Web addresses for Paleo Diets and the Wahls Protcol

Dr Terry Wahls (the Wahls Way)

Dr Terry Wahls TEDx talk which put me on the road to recovery.

The Paleo Mom for recipes and much more.