Sundog –noun 1. parhelion. 2. a small or incomplete rainbow.

Some New Hope

Had another phone appointment yesterday with Dr. Buscher our CFS/MCS specialist. Seemed time to consult him since Jeremy and I had tried everything we could think of doing on our own but to no avail.

It didn’t take Dr. Buscher long to figure out what is very likely happening to us. This year has seen a particularly wet and warm winter/spring which has mold numbers very high. In people with low health, mold can actually take residence in your sinuses and other parts of the body. This leads to all kinds of trouble.

The molds release toxins and then these toxins are in you. No having to inhale them in a sick building or ways to prevent exposure – its already inside. Add to this a bodily reaction to the mold infection taking root in you and causing your immune system to ramp up – inflammation, swollen glands, low fevers, brain fog, memory problems, greater fatigue than normal, and body aches all abound.

We had a mold sinus infection for several months in 2006 and in comparing symptoms it is nearly exact to what we are going through now.

He has us rinsing our sinuses twice a day with oregano oil very diluted which wowie does it burn. This should pass as the sinus tissue begins to heal with the lessening of the infection.

We will also be starting a nasal glutathione spray soon as I can get it made/shipped from the compounding pharmacy as its not something you’ll find at the local drug store.

Dr. Buscher said we should be having noticeable improvements within 2-3 weeks. Fingers crossed!

Its such a relief to have an avenue of recovery planned.

Words hardly express how frightening and overwhelming it can be to see the fragile strings of your life snapping one by one while you are desperately trying to stop your life from dissolving more each day.


13 responses

  1. Good! Glad to hear you have some answers and help is on the way!!

    You may have also just helped answer why I have felt so crummy for many months…since winter began and windows been shut. We live in a crummy rental right now, but looks like we may just get a house built after all (some things in the work after hiring a builder initially that was not a good thing.)

    Anyway…I was wondering, do you guys take glutathione regularly at all as a supplement? I’ve been reading about it and supposedly it helps cfs/mcs/fibro. Wondering if you know anything about this?

    I hope you feel better soon. Don’t ever give up! You’ll make it and we are all routing for you and saying extra prayers too.


    June 3, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    • Hi Kimberly! πŸ™‚

      That is totally awesome I may have been able to give you a clue to what has been ailing you! Makes the energy to write very worthwhile. Thank you for telling me!

      We haven’t ever taken glutathione but we have done many of its precursors to help our bodies build it themselves. Also some of the foods we used to eat helped with it – like oats! I do miss our daily bowl of oatmeal. My mom used to have a bowl of oats each day for well over 15 years and I always marveled at how she always enjoyed them. Now I understand. πŸ™‚

      I’ve read a lot about glutathione but its been sort of a mixed bag for supplementing it. Seems it is difficult to get it in the system orally which leaves most easy options out. Either way, it hasn’t popped up on any suggestions by our doc though I really should ask him about it next visit. He did suggest using this nasal spray for MCS stuff from car exhaust and such now that we’ll have it.

      I hope you feel better soon too and that your house goes smooth! Crummy builders were our bane and eventual downfall. Make sure to hire licensed and bonded people, it really makes a HUGE difference if you have any problems with them. Though that does differ state to state.

      Thank you Kimberly. It was very nice hearing from you tonight. Good boost to the moral. πŸ™‚ Bear hugs, Lisa

      June 3, 2010 at 10:18 pm

  2. Snez

    Your doc sounds like a keeper.:)

    Great to hear that he is trying to get to the bottom of your health concerns.

    Sinus issues are a real bother. I have had my share of infections and stuff in my sinuses. Have done the endless rounds of rinses with saline water. Was so desperate at one point that I even snorted garlic juice up my nasal passages. Yikes!! never again ;(

    lots of healing hugs, πŸ™‚

    June 4, 2010 at 12:33 am

    • Ouch! Jeremy’s dad did the same thing Snez, garlic for a bad cold he couldn’t shake for weeks. He described it “the world turned red” because of how much pain it was. Can’t say I’ve seen red with the oregano but it can take a lot of will power to keep the current rinse going sometimes.

      Same back at ya! πŸ˜€

      June 5, 2010 at 10:53 pm

  3. kolowesi

    There’s a new-ish fungus, cryptococcus gatti, and if I remember, it came from Victoria Island or Vancouver area. I wonder if that’s gotten to your area.

    Sounds like some great ideas to try, and I’m so glad you figured it out. Sinus infex can really take it out of you.

    Feel better soon!


    June 4, 2010 at 9:21 am

    • Hi Kelly! I read about that one, sounded pretty darn scary! Didn’t sound like it was around here, but after this spring who knows.

      Giant hugs Kelly, I’m glad you stopped by! πŸ˜€

      June 5, 2010 at 10:55 pm

  4. jennifer

    how is it going with keeping your sleeping bags and tent mold free?

    when i lived in the tent myself, i made sure to dry my bag in the HOTTEST dryer possible (yes, laundromat) to kill mold spores… and if things got really bad, i added Borax and/or Zephyron solution (liquid mold killer) to the wash.

    mold is one of my worst allergies – i get desperately depressed and very very tired. the trade off of using the Zephyron or risking some scent from a dryer was better for me than inhaling mold.

    fingers crossed that Dr Buscher has nailed it… and relief is on its way!



    June 5, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    • Hola Jennifer! πŸ™‚

      The tent… its time for another washing of the walls to help with the mold problem. Did one about two months ago and usually that keeps them good until Fall but not this year.

      Our bedding stays mold free now that we have a heat source with the canning jars. We don’t spend enough time out of bed in any given day to make it a problem with mold. Thank goodness for that. πŸ™‚

      I think we are getting a lot of mold just from the woods around us. There are mushrooms growing all over the place and tons of visible mold on the rotting leaves and branches on the ground. heh, would be nice to clean all that up but I suspect it would be far too big of a job. lol I can just see us out in the woods and deep cleaning for mold – as if people don’t think we are crazy enough already! ^.^

      big hugs! πŸ™‚

      June 5, 2010 at 11:00 pm

  5. jennifer

    hi! πŸ™‚

    forgot to mention… when i was dealing with mold, i discovered a homeopathic spray that was called “Pacific Northwest Mold Mix” or something similar. it helped. i gather they formulated it from the most common spores to our area. if you google around, you should find it.

    i was on a beach, so the mold was less – sand doesn’t really encourage mold growth and the almost constant winds brought direct ocean air.

    sigh. i’ve known of people who moved to Snowflake, Arizona – way way way up at altitude – to avoid these things.


    June 7, 2010 at 9:12 am

    • Hola!

      Dr. Buscher was recommending the same sort of homeopathic stuff too. We talked about it and decided it would be good to start by dealing with the sinus infection then try that afterward if things didn’t clear all the way for us or we were still having trouble.

      Oh a beach.. that would be ideal. We always feel so good when we can get that amount of fresh air. Haven’t been able to get to one since moving here to Olympia from Port Angeles, I miss it a lot.

      I can completely identify with moving to some place like Arizona for mold avoidance, its been on my mind a lot lately. If we had some way of making it work, I really think we’d do it.

      Thanks for popping back by! Big hugs, Lisa

      June 7, 2010 at 12:30 pm

  6. jennifer

    hey lisa & j ~

    dropped by to say i hope you two are doing alright ~ i’ve noticed you’ve been non-blogging for the last 3 weeks, and i sure hope things didn’t get worse for you.

    may those sinus infections cease, and may that darn mold issue banish itself.

    thinking of you,

    June 23, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    • Hi Jen πŸ™‚

      We are still on the health roller coaster. Starting to get a few more ups to go along with all the downs but they don’t stick around very long yet.

      Still… a small period of feeling a bit more energy once or twice a day is a very welcome change. πŸ™‚

      Thank you very much for asking Jen. πŸ™‚ I hope our sunny weather today is seeing you since you’re a bit further north!

      Lots of hugs, Lisa

      June 23, 2010 at 5:40 pm

  7. jennifer

    hi lisa! πŸ™‚

    it is gloriously sunny up here above the strait – i could see your mountains so clearly this morning as i biked to acupuncture.

    sorry to hear progress has been slow ~ but glad to hear even microscopic changes are occuring. all the little bits add up.

    when i was in a really rough patch, i read and savoured ‘The Alchemy of Illness’ by Kat Duff – an incredible deep, rich book of CFS, dreams, healing and reflections.

    to better days ahead,
    take exquisite care,
    jen πŸ™‚

    June 24, 2010 at 3:49 pm

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