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Blastocystis hominis (BLASS-toe-SIS-tiss HOM-in-iss)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Blastocystis hominis (BLASS-toe-SIS-tiss HOM-in-iss) - well that's a big scary word isn't it!?

My latest test results are in so I had a follow-up consult with the Doc today.

My stool test results came back showing that I have a parasite called Blastocystis hominis
(BLASS-toe-SIS-tiss HOM-in-iss). Short back story: this little parasite showed up in 2008 when I did the same type of test and we treated for it - with all natural supplements. It never died but we never knew until now when New Doc found it. (sigh)

The problem is, it damages the intestine and does not allow the body to absorb nutrients from food. Plus, in some cases it can cause weight gain, fatigue and food cravings - the list continues. Most times people don't even know they have this parasites and just live normal lives. Doc says mine has been with me for a number of years - eeewwwww.

New plan of action: due to the natural remedies not killing it in 2008 we are going with antibiotics and then a month long journey on two other natural supplements to rebuild the system. Doc doesn't normally go with antibiotics but with this parasite not being killed the first time around he believes it's our only option. I'll also stay the course with the current supplements I'm on for another 3.5 months.

My blood and urine test results also came back and are all within normal ranges - healthy! That's good news. Doc was a little surprised that my ranges were normal with the parasite waging war against my system but was happy to see it anyway.

Doc is happy with how things are progressing and says my body is repairing itself faster than he would have thought. He believes my metabolism has started to repair itself already. In August I'll take another adrenal test (saliva) to make sure we are on track.

He was concerned that I was still anxious about the weight loss not happening fast enough but I set him at ease. Sure I weigh myself once a week and I hope the scale moves downward but it doesn't cause a brain tweak should it not. I'm doin alright! All in good time - all in good time.


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BARBARASDIET 6/21/2010 3:15PM

    You are fortunate to get the diagnosis so that it can be treated and dealt with!

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JENNYBETHIN 6/19/2010 1:44PM

    Well, at least you know part of what's wrong now, and it should get better. You'll see more consistent results now.

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DIVALOUNGER 6/18/2010 1:53PM

    Good luck! Glad you have more clarity, sorry about the cost!

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AMAZONMOMX2 6/17/2010 8:39PM

    Good luck with all of that. I can relate to the hospital/medical costs, I have a stack of bills on my desk about ready to obscure the view of my monitor! I don't know if it will make you feel better, but there is a show on Animal Planet that is called "Monsters Inside Me" about parasites and their people and some are pretty dang scary! I'll look for you on there! Take care!

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Yes, I'd like that and a HALF a bag of chips

Friday, June 11, 2010

Today I decided to eat out for lunch and I decided to go to my favorite Mexican place.
Before my health journey I would order a super burrito ... it's large enough for three meals and oh so yummy. These days I order a simple taco, skip the rice and ask for a small amount of black beans and tomato on top of the protein choice of the day - I equally skip cheese and sour cream. I spice it up with their hot sauce that will singe your nose hairs.

My guilty pleasure are their chips - I'm not to the place were I can skip them but today I decided I would ask for a half an order. My special order taco isn't too much of stretch for them but that request for half order of chips kinda sent them over the edge. He had already rang up my order and when I ask that he hold back half the chips I got the blank look emoticon. He looked at me, then the chips and then the cash register. I smiled and reassured him that a half an order would be just fine and I was willing to pay the $1 for the half order. Still the stare but he dumped the chips and came back with half.

In the past I would always order the chips and promise myself that I would eat just half and have the other half "later." Later always came in 5 minutes.

Today I got what I wanted, enjoyed it and felt fantastic. Lunch was fabulous!

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TSEWARD 6/14/2010 3:19PM

    Awesome! Such a fantastic feeling to take control and make one's own choices, even when you get the blank stare. I say fooey on him. Great work! I haven't had any woo hoo moments lately, so I will enjoy yours...
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DESERTFLOWER8 6/12/2010 9:54AM

    sounds like you may be going to my favorite mexican place..the one that starts with a c and ends with an e!! and delivers a mighty delicious monster burrito at 900 or so calories! congrats on your success...it feels so good to finally be in charge, doesn't it??

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KITHKINCAID 6/11/2010 10:50PM

    Haha - this is GREAT! It's like my battle yesterday with the cookie. I say so what if people look at you funny. We should be looking at them funny for bringing us such INSANE portion sizes in the first place. You should never feel bad for asking for what you want and getting it! Good for you!

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PEGGO45 6/11/2010 8:46PM

    that's great.... progress..... 1/2 of the chips is a great emoticon

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Internal vs. External Approval

Monday, June 07, 2010

It has become more clear to me that there is an internal and external component to this weight loss journey.

The internal, for me, is finding a place of peace within my heart, mind and soul. To except who it is that I was, am and will grow to be. Find the strength and courage to continue down a path that will lead to health and well being even when it feels I'm on the path alone. Finding the will to go it alone and to celebrate my own victories no matter how big or small. Internally I must know and recognize that I am fabulous and capable of doing great and wonderful things ... for myself AND the world.

I felt utterly alone this weekend even in a sea of people and a party of friends. I took notice of that and I was saddened but resolved at the realization. I was raised to be a strong, independent, loving, and giving woman and I believe I've succeeded on every level. I don't ask much of those around me and maybe that's my down fall - if you ask for little you'll receive just that - little in return.

This brings me to the External. The external is when we, or rather I, go searching for the external approval or that small "way to go kid." Again this weekend I looked around for that, the approval or the reassurance from the outside that I am fabulous and have accomplished fabulous things. When it didn't come I felt my heart harden just a little bit.

I question over and over, why keep giving if what you receive in the end is another hand stretching out for a little more please? How can it be that the very gift of love and support go without return? How is it the very thing you crave from others is what you give them but not always to yourself? Better yet, why search for the external approval at all? Why look to others when what you have within?

A lot of people in my world let me down this weekend and I'm not sure how to deal with those emotions quit yet. I do know that much love and support was given by my SP friends and for that I am eternally grateful.

Internal vs. External Approval - I think we all need both but I struggle with it today.

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MANLEYSANDY 6/10/2010 7:35PM

    It is funny how alone someone can feel even when they are surrounded by people. Being alone and lonely are two different animals aren't they? This is a very familiar feeling for me...

I am sorry you were let down, I left a comment on someone elses blog early today about how often I am amazed at how often people, even the ones closest to me, disappoint me. But since we are all human, then I guess from time to time we have to forgive are being just that...

Thank you for sharing, and I hope by doing so it provided you clarity and comfort...we are all here for you!!!

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BAYBELIEVER 6/9/2010 10:10AM

    Way to put it out there. I always treat others the way I would like to be treated. Maybe that is selfish, but it seems right to me on one level. And when it is not returned it can be sad. As for the "way to go"s, I am still waiting for those too. It is early in my journey and I shouldn't even expect it yet. But I hope for the day it will happen and someone will say what a great job I am doing. But it won't happen this week, so it still has to be about me and about what I know I am doing. I just looked at all your pics and see the differences in them. I think you look amazing and are doing a great job! Maybe it would help to post a picture of yourself at your heaviest so you can see, side by side, what a fantastic journey you are on!

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DESERTFLOWER8 6/8/2010 12:58AM

    OMG KT..You have me in tears...both for your struggle and for mine..cos they are one and the same..this really hits home..and hits deep... :(

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ABBEYCHARLIE 6/7/2010 7:15PM

    Great blog. I bet a lot of folks can relate.

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5K Race - an amazing experience!

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Today was the day . . . I was up at 5:33 a.m. getting ready. We left the house at 7:15 a.m. so I could get my timing chip and get the feel for the race. I was completely out of my comfort zone but I just went with the flow.

I had decided before leaving the house I would take my jacket - the route is known for a cold breeze due to being right on the bay but to be honest, I wasn't worried about the cold. I was worried that my tummy would just be out there for all to see - my outfit is form fitting. HOWEVER, once we pulled up and I got out the car and witnessed the sea of women I tossed my jacket back into the car and didn't look back!

It was so amazing to see that many women in all different shapes, sizes and fitness levels all in one place with a common goal and no judgments about one another. I walked around, somewhat in a daze to take it all in. A woman from my gym stopped me and we giggled for a minute and I learned she was running the half marathon and she learned I was competing in the 5K. I'm sure we'll have stories to share next we see each other at the gym.

The half marathon runners took off at 8:00 a.m. and we 5K ladies took off at 8:30 a.m. My nerves were off the charts. When it was time my body just took off. I jogged and I felt fabulous! I had envisioned only walking the race but with all the energy of the crowd my body wouldn't be stopped. I found my pace and ended up jogging much of the course.

I was thankful for not having my jacket too - it was HOT! I was sticky and sweaty about a half mile in. Oh, and I didn't give a hoot about my tummy, I was too proud of myself!

Did I mention the amazing feeling I was experiencing. I was taking in so much that I forgot to turn my MP3 player on until mile one was complete. I just kept thinking, "these women are amazing and I'm here, I'm actually here jogging and walking with them!"

Here are a few pictures that captured my moments:
7:15 a.m., leaving the house for the race

The runners at the starting point

Me at the starting line

Me at the finish

My medal

To be frank that last bit of the race I was ready to collapse but I finished with a sprint - I had to finish big. Once I crossed the finish line I started to cry. I couldn't help it - my emotions just bubbled over. I cried out of joy and pride. I had done it!

My official time: 49 minutes 34 seconds
A personal best by 4 minutes!

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DIVALOUNGER 6/7/2010 6:59PM

    Congrats!!!! Goooooooooood for you! Pat yourself on the back for that one! emoticon

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MANLEYSANDY 6/7/2010 1:07PM

    Congrats! You should be very proud! emoticon

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DESERTFLOWER8 6/5/2010 4:17PM

    OMG, you almost have ME in tears!! I am so happy, excited, proud, and thrilled for you!!! I can really put myself in your shoes and just imagine how it felt..what a VICTORY!!!! Be proud , my dear..be VERY proud!!! P.S. I think you look smokin' in your form fitting running clothes..I'm just sayin' emoticon

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Sore, Stiff and Bloated ...

Friday, June 04, 2010

Stiff, Sore and Bloated - I'm not off to a good start today. How can I make it better?

My last two workouts have been over the top so I'm sore. I feel muscles that have been dormant way to long. Solution, keep gently stretching and tonight take an epsom salt hot soke. Those two things together should help with the soreness and some of the stiffness.
Tomorrow, after the 5K, I am going to have a massage too - a special treat!

I need to keep moving today, being at rest won't help with the stiffness. The key is to take it slow and easy.

Bloated, hate this feeling. The weather here is muggy and I did the math - my TOM is coming next week. So starts the bloating and temporary weight gain, yup I'm already up in numbers. I plan on staying hydrated, taking in more than my usual 64 oz. in a day.

I recognize this as all normal and with my plan of action there is no drama a brewing in my head. Today, I won't be sidetracked mentally because my body is reacting to uncomfortable changes.

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HAYHON 6/5/2010 2:00PM

  Hope today is better for you - what a nice way to treat yourself after a 5K.

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