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VCat – I didn’t think you were being alarmist at all… I really appreciate any heads up about things like that. In hindsight, there were what I thought were benign decisions I made or advice I followed that led to serious consequences for my health. Had I known what I was doing going into things, I could have avoided getting sick! Hindsight is 20/20 …

I hope your son gets better fast… and I hope he doesn’t have issues with yeast. 🙁 I’m worried about my daughter in that sense too. I’ve started noticing all the yeast friendly things we feed her now… That is good though because I’, cutting back on them. Thankfully, both my husband and I are anti-sugar in general, so that helps.

Oh, and don’t get too excited about the bread… I’d say I like it compared to coconut bread (which I can’t stand). 😀

Amanada! I feel like I can’t be of much help to you, but I did want you to know that I have been following your story and I am pulling for you. I so feel for you! Though I haven’t been there with yeast, I know what it feels like to be severely ill and have everywhere you turn be a deadend. Don’t give up hope! That is the most important part to getting better. I think what VeganCatLady emphasized about doing little bits at a time is a really great idea. If you make drastic changes, the consequences could be drastic. And with a drastically bad consequence, then you get knocked down and lose hope. But smaller changes mean smaller consequences if it does give you bad results, and it gives you time to analyze things for what works…

Using me as an example… my mono reactivated about 7 years ago. It first started when I could see my lymph node sticking out of my neck when I looked in the mirror. I went to the doctor who said “you can’t get mono twice” (total bull) and she prescribed me antibiotics. It got even worse, and soon another lymph node was sticking out. Two more rounds of antibiotics later, I thought I was dying. Every single lymph node in my neck was sticking out (like I had two big strings of beads under my skin down both sides of my neck, in additon to the golfball sized ones on either side of my throat), my throat was so swollen I couldn’t swallow food anymore (and the swelling was still increasing) and I was soooo exhausted. There literally isn’t a word to describe the exhaustion I felt. Plus, I was salivating so much that I had to chew on papertowels. Within five minutes of putting one in my mouth, it was soaked. There was so much mucus coming out of my nose that I filled up at least 2 plastic grocery bags full of tissues every day. It was absolutely awful. I went into the ER because of my swelling throat (on Christmas… yay, Merry Christmas), and the doctor basically said you have mono or cancer, but I really think it’s mono. He tested for mono and FINALLY the mono spot test came up positive (it had been negative before – another thing that drs say that’s bullsh*t… it will always be positive for the rest of your life if you have mono… not true). So THEN I was prescribed a heavy dose of prednisone that took 4 weeks to taper down from (wonder why I have yeast problems???). Well, it barely did anything, but finally after two weeks I could swallow food (I was consuming all my calories on meal replacement drinks). However, I was just about bed bound. Like, getting up out of bed just to walk 10 feet to go to the bathroom was so exhausting, I remember thinking about just not getting up to go to the bathroom… like just pissing myself was a better option. That’s how sick I was. And the doctors were no help. They couldn’t fix what was going on.

So… this continued. I desperately decided to try taking emergenC even though my doctor told me that 1000mg of vitamin C was too hard on the kidneys. I noticed almost immediately that the swelling in my lymph nodes just slightly went down even though I was second guessing myself as to whether it actually happened… after maybe a couple hours, it went back up. So I drank another dose. Same thing happened. I just kept doing that… I must have drank like 5 or 6 in a day. And you know what? It helped. I started noticing that it wasn’t swelling up as much after a day of that. It helped more than the prednisone had! It was THE ONLY thing that helped me climb up out of the hole. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a miracle cure. Two years later, I still couldn’t even walk briskly for five without my heart rate going up over 220 bpm (I had been training for a marathon prior to getting sick, so… yeah… big change). And there were other things – things like shopping trips made me crash and I’d have to sleep for days. I couldn’t shower standing up or I’d feel like I was going to faint. BUT, when all that made me depressed I reminded myself, at least I am not bedbound anymore. At least I am somewhat functional. And I kept at it, kept reading, kept taking vitamin C, tried to eat more veggies, proritized sleep and rest, went for very slow walks when I felt good etc… and now I’m not where I was before I got sick – but I can go walk the dog, or go for a light jog. I was able to hold down a job and go back to school. I got pregnant and had a baby. I can enjoy an active vacation (hiking in the mountains, skiing, etc). I am living a normal life.

So don’t give up! Give yourself a break if you are overwhelmed from trying new things or what have you, but don’t give up. You will find something that helps and you will get better! And when you do start seeing the positive trend, celebrate!

I’m rooting for you.