It really hit home this week that I’m a terrible patient! Although I have been plugging away for years trying to get healthier, I haven’t been doing all that I could, and should, be doing.
The main thing is that I don’t follow any specific diet, even though I tell everyone else to eat clean and eliminate sugar, gluten and dairy and test for any other food sensitivities. Improving your diet will go a long way towards boosting your immune system so that your body can fight infection. That, along with reducing stress; getting good quality sleep; and doing what exercise you are able to, all should go hand in hand with any treatment protocols you are following. Even if you are not on any treatment protocols at the moment, these changes will help.
I always suggest to people to keep a daily journal so that you can scope out any issues with food fairly quickly. You don’t want to stop everything all at once as you may not have an issue with some of the things that bother others. As is the case with just about everything Tick-borne disease related, however, we are not created equal when it comes to food sensitivities. Although I always recommend it, I don’t do it myself. Numerous times I have purchased a book to do just that. I have even put it in a handy location right beside my bed so I could write in it before I go to sleep. It doesn’t seem to work.
Nothing seems to work!
Why am I such a poor patient? I don’t want to remain sick the rest of my life. I want to get better. I really do! What’s going on?
Is there something preventing me from following through on all the things I should be doing?
Perhaps that is why some of us remain ill. We are our own worst enemies. We are not following all of the great advice that is now readily available on social media, and elsewhere. We are not doing what we should be doing.
I know I am personally afraid of the dreaded “Herx”. I don’t want to feel worse before I feel better. I am able to function at a reasonable level now and don’t want to end up back in bed like I was before.
This is something I have to personally wrap my head around and maybe it’s time I chat with someone that can help me figure it all out. It’s not a bad thing to speak to a professional. Actually most of us should have someone that we can talk to as there are a lot of issues that could be holding us back.
Don’t be afraid to reach out to others. Speak about your concerns, worries, pain, and overall well-being. It will help, as long as you trust that person and that person is open to all that is going on with you. You may have to check out a few but it will be worth the effort.
Don’t bottle it up! Like I do!
Be a better patient!
And, yes, I’m speaking to myself!