Archives for the month of: August, 2008


it has been a good week and today is a good, good end. it has all the makings of a lovely day: rain, bacon and an egg for breakfast, meeting a dear friend for conversation, working with vector files, formatting text for a newsletter.  my heart is full of gratitude.

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oh life! in a shocking turn of events, it turns out that i don’t have MS, I have Lyme Disease. What?

Believe me, I’m as shocked as you are. I’m also really excited because Lyme (even in its chronic stages of spinal cord degeneration) is treatable. For a whole lot of information, check out this page. for a really creepy introduction to chronic lyme misdanosies, watch this movie trailer.

there’s a lot i could say. i’m really grateful that i was led to this doctor who found Lyme where other doctors have missed it. i’m really glad i was on this crazy anti-yeast diet because yeast is often a contributing factor to Lyme.  i’m really grateful i didn’t take steroids when everyone said i should:

“Another critical point that needs to be highlighted is that Lyme ignorant physicians often administer medication that is contraindicated in patients with Lyme disease. The therapy most often prescribed that is extremely contraindicated is the use of steroidal anti-inflammatories; usually the glucocorticosteroids (such as prednisone). Lyme patients suffer with many painful inflammatory symptoms. MDs, not knowing that the patient has Lyme disease, think it is appropriate to treat these patients with steroids to reduce the pain and inflammation. Unfortunately, steroidal therapy is very deleterious to Lyme patients because it suppresses the patient’s immune system causing it to tolerate the presence of Borrelia instead of attacking and killing it. This harmful treatment significantly diminishes the prognosis of Lyme patients; it prolongs the course of the disease and makes it more severe in the long run.”

i’m just grateful to be on the path towards healing. thank you all for being my friends through this.  now, go eat some venison and eat some limes in celebration of my better-than-MS diagnosis.  and thank God with me.

to learn a little about love, check out this movie and read this article.

i got some msg-free chinese food the other day. i ate the fortune cookie and this was what was inside:

“You will soon emerge victorious from the maze you’ve been traveling in”

Nice, huh?

read the insightful interview here. linked from comment magazine.

click the image at left to view Dove’s film on fake beauty.  this is a screen capture halfway through the transformation with the left eye looking normal and the right one pulled open.  freaky, huh?

roomie pad thai dinner. patio party with new friends. opening ceremonies & chinese food. olivia. michelle. jackie. curry. patrick swayze. regan dancing. church. lunch w host parents. slow boat to china. harvest. laundry. rest.

this morning on the way to work i was thinking about how sugar is metabolized and i thought, hmm, wonder what sugars are better or worse than others. i know aspartame causes holes in your central nervous system, but i didn’t know how scary high fructose corn syrup is. wow, crazy. also, splenda has more in common with DDT than sugar. enjoy your coke zero!

i know this is depressing. just eat real sugar instead, or better, raw honey, or even better: stevia, this crazy sweet-tasting herb that’s really calorie-free and doesn’t raise glucose levels.

ahem:
– out of work early
– vitamin d therapy
– phonecalls with 5 dear friends
– jazz in the garden
– ethiopian feast
– sleeping in
– rendezvous with Gabe, Jane & Kate at a fabulous store. i complimented them on their bangs–and their bags.
– office space party
– dresser assembly
– church
– bbq at the pastor’s house, complete with 4-wheeler, rope swing, pool, and new friends
– healing prayer (two varieties)

yay! i’m so glad i got to hang out with all of you wonderful friends!

in response to me telling her that my no-dairy diet allows me to have 2 kinds of fresh cheese:
“you can have fresh mozzarella?!? that’s like saying ‘No dancing for you–except for the hip hop club!'”

in response to me thanking her for slapping my leg and killing a mosquito who was sucking my blood:
“the slap of a friend is better than the kiss of a mosquito”

isn’t she a funny girl? check out more of her brilliance here.