I'm sure that there must be others that understand the dilemma of medicinal compliance. It is so difficult to make sure that you take this one at 8, 12 and 4 and this one doesn't make my stomach hurt if I take it right before I go to bed. Then there's one that each day I have to add another one drop to my regiment. Example: Today I take the Detox stuff at 8 drops in the morning and 8 drops in the evening and the Borrelia drops 7 drops in the morning and 7 drops in the evening. Tomorrow ... it's 9 and 9 and 8 and 8. And the Cortef is 2 tablets at 8, 1 tablet at 12 and 1/2 tab at 4. It really is a lot to remember. Not to mention if the meds make you feel kind of puny and you herx, you don't wanna take anything at all. But, I have a goal to be 100% compliant for at least one month. I'm 2 weeks in and have done everything just right. How do I do it?
Well, I'm an excel spreadsheet lover.
On the left hand boxes, I type in every single supplement or medicine that I have to take. When necessary, I create the name three times and put next to it 8am, noon, 4pm. At the top of the spreadsheet, I type in the days of the week. So let's say that on Tuesday, I need to take 2 Vitamin B's. So I find the little box that corresponds with Tuesday and Vitamin B and type in 2. That way I always know what I need to take. Anything that I don't have to take that day, I mark it out in a grey color. An example of something I might not take today that I might take tomorrow would be if I were getting a B12 shot, I wouldn't be taking the B12 sublingualy. Another example is that I haven't started the drops for Babesia or Bartonella yet, so they are all in grey.
Underneath I add in anything else that is pertinent. This is if I got an IV or HBOT or something like that and what day. Another thing is if I added something to my regiment that day. For example if I felt a UTI coming on and took Mannose Powder. It's not something I'd normally use, but I would want to keep track that I used it. Last week I felt I was coming down with something so I took extra Vitamin C and a few days of Bio Chlor Dox.
The chart helps me stay compliant and it helps me know exactly what I've taken and what I need to take. I also use this same chart to help me keep track of symptoms. On the 2nd tab, I write down on the left hand side the symptoms I've been experiencing. Headaches, Chills, Sore Throat, Twitching, Difficulty Breathing, Fatigue, etc. I have about 20 symptoms on the list, but add if any new ones come up. At the top, I have the days of the week. I label each symptom daily whether it was 0 (never occurred) to 10 (unbearable). I use different colors for each number so I know at a glance whether I felt little, mild, moderate, severe or unbearable for the symptom. So if I see a "RED" box, I know that whatever symptom that was -- it was unbearable. If my box is teal, I know I had some mild symptoms of whatever is in teal. It sounds complicated, but it really has helped me track my symptoms.
It is easier for me to see --- Oh I had a stuffy nose for 7 days this week, but it was a "mild" symptom. As opposed to having a stuffy nose for 7 days that was unbearable. If I told you that I had lower back pain for 17 out of the last 21 days, you might winch. But if I told you that on average, that back pain was mild and I only had a couple of moderate pain days -- it doesn't sound as bad. One day I may have 15 to 20 symptoms that are mild to moderate and the next I may only have 5 to 7 symptoms but they are more severe. Which is more disturbing? I have yet to decide. What I do know is that to have two days in a row of unbearable fatigue is just that - unbearable - and I will crash.
Week 1: I had 5 symptoms that at least one day rated 6 or more. My worst problems that rated 6 or more were stuffy nose, chills, headache, lower back pain and nausea.
Week 2: I had 6 symptoms that at least one day rated 6 or more. My worst problems that rated 6 or more were ear pulsing, throat bumps, headaches, sore throat, jaw pain and fatigue.
To compare the two weeks: There were about the same number of problems although they were slightly different. Week 1 I had not started the detox drops. I also had not started the Cortef yet. Week 2, I had begun both Diflucan and the Detox drops. We attribute ALL of the symptoms to the Diflucan and yeast die off.
Week 3: I had 10 symptoms that at least one day rated 6 or more. My worst problems that rated 6 or more were itching, chills, headache, fatigue, sore throat, left knee pain, numbness, twitching, leg pain and difficulty breathing.
To compare the third week to the 1st two weeks: I had a lot more symptoms this third week that on at least one day rated 6 or higher. Most of those 6 or higher numbers were 6 to 8 in ranking. Fatigue kicked my butt two days in a row by ranking 9 and 10. During this third week, I started the borrelia drops AND the cortef. I was continuing the detox drops and the diflucan. It's hard to say which symptoms are correlated to which medicines, but if I had to guess ---
Itching, Headache, Sore Throat are Diflucan related
And the rest minus the fatigue are Detox and Borrelia drop related.
Fatigue is probably Cortef related.
Just my guess. Also on my chart I leave notes about sleep. I need to know how many interuptions I have during the night, how long was my sleep and how I felt when I woke up. Did I feel rested, tired, fatigued? Did I wake up only once or was it 5 or 10 times? Did I sleep less than 5 h ours or did I sleep for 10 plus hours? Last night for example: I was so fatigued that I collapsed in bed at 8pm (this was after taking a two hour nap on the couch between 2 and 4 unexpectedly).
I didn't wake up again until 4am, but I fell back to sleep and woke up again at 7:45 (and got out of the bed because I woke up feeling very rested). So I almost got 12 hours of sleep, with only one interruption and woke up feeling rested. Considering that yesterday's fatigue level was at a 10, I needed that essentially uninterrupted 12 hours of sleep. Yet a few nights ago, I couldn't fall asleep easily. My sleep interruptions were more than 8 and I only had about 4 hours total of sleep. How do you think I felt the next day? Terrible.
Well I've babbled on enough about my wonderful excel spreadsheet. It really is a wonderful tool to use for medicine compliance, symptom chart and sleep patterns.