So another photo for me to reflect on and compare as time goes on (I started posting these on my Facebook page) so I can see improvements or regressions and see if I can track the triggers. I will say that stress is a horrible trigger, and the past few days Rick and I got a lot unexpectedly dumped in our lap from outside shenanigans (seriously, we've met kids better behaved and with a greater sense of right and wrong than what we've experienced by adults these few days), but we're already moving on as best we can.
So, here I am, looking far different than from yesterday's video (and thanks for the comments and suggestions..a separate web cam and microphone are on order.
Today we cut one antibiotic to half dose and cycle from the new one to another one, while one stays the same. This means the week could be rough with herx reactions, which are in a nutshell, when bacteria get overloaded and killed and release toxins faster than my body can handle. While it's horribly uncomfortable (I screamed once, to the amusement of the cats, last time it happened), but cycling drugs will hopefully result in mass bacterial confusion and they'll die, I will avoid a PICC line or pump, and I'll have even more good hours and more good days. It's a decent trade off.
Anyway. This may interest you or not, this photo journey I'm on now, but I challenge you to do it, too, whether you're sick or healthy. Do it for a year, take a shot every few days (regardless of how you feel) and look back and see. Humans are dynamic, wonderful things with a capacity to fight. It's an empowering feeling (for me) to have the bravery to show the bloated ugly. I don't have control of much, but this, I do.
I'm winning, regardless of what I feel like today.
Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing