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

Still Kickin’

Nearly another month and still not doing well.

Jeremy is slowly (very slowly) seeing improvements with the twice daily nasal rinsing using oregano oil, salt, baking soda, and water. The glutathione nasal spray is also helping to heal his sinus infection. Its very slow improvement, a little more energy some days and a small bit more functional, but any improvement is good.

I too saw some improvement off and on this last month but then last week started to take a quick turn for the worse again. My small bits of energy have all but disappeared, daily sinus headaches again, lots of full body nerve pain, low grade fevers, sinuses swelling more each day, and a few other returning symptoms.

Called the doctor again yesterday – we agreed its time for antibiotics. Some who read this blog may wonder why we waited on them instead of going the more normal route here in America and jumping right to a 4-6 week antibiotic course.

When popping a pill for treatment, the medication does not go only to the spot needed. Instead it hits the intestinal track where it is then absorbed into the blood stream through the intestinal lining. There are a few problems with this plan when dealing with an infection at a spot of the body which does not receive as much blood flow as for example, the lungs do.

If the infected area does not have a high blood flow then the amount of medicine it receives will be much smaller and healing will be slower because of this. Also with antibiotics, taking them orally means they do a lot of damage to your intestinal flora. The human body is very dependent on the flora and fauna in our digestion tracks to aid in digesting food and helping our immune system keep bad things in check – like candida yeast.

When one takes an antibiotic, its not only killing the problem you take it for but also our cohabitants inside of us – basically going on a killing spree directed at an important part of your immune system while at the same time throwing a kegger party for the nasties.

I am going to be taking a slightly different approach with my antibiotics, a much safer approach considering the location. Instead of taking a pill a few times a day, I will be using a gizmo which turns the specially made antibiotic into a mist and is then breathed in through the nose via a nasal nebulizer. This greatly isolates the area being treated and will keep a vast majority of the medicine right where it is needed – my sinus passages.

It will still be a course of treatment lasting 4 weeks but the impact it will have on my overall health will be minimal compared to the bottle of pills you pick up at the local pharmacy.

In addition to this, I will begin using an antibiotic ointment for my nose tonight and continue this for about five days. As well, when all the antibiotics are done I will start a long treatment of an antifungal also with the nebulizer. This part of the treatment is expected to take a minimum of 4 weeks but very likely a while longer as the fungal part of the infection is much more stubborn than the bacterial.

Sadly, the antibiotic treatment will aid the fungal infection’s growth (just as it would in the gut with candida) by killing the good bacteria in my sinuses along with the bad, and is the reason for the aggressive antifungal use after the antibiotics.

It is very tiring to think I’ve had variations of this infection since very early March and am just starting a new course of treatment promising to last a minimum of two more months.

I suspect my initial sinus infection in March was bacterial and mostly (or even entirely) cleared up via natural methods. Then the mold levels rose dramatically in the environment around me in April when the weather warmed and became very wet, which quickly allowed a mold infection to begin in my still recovering sinuses. Then with enough time and my immune system being very worn out, another bacterial infection was able to take hold in the last couple of weeks while I was successfully treating the fungal/mold infection.

Hopefully hitting these infections hard with these antibiotics and stronger antifungals will do the trick, letting me again start to have more energy and finally feel better.

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7 responses

  1. Living in the woods you’re exposed to so many pollens. I have trouble here in Florida with the pollens just short times out with my mask. I so wish you could find an inside place free of the other things that bother your systems, too.

    Pulling for you!

    June 29, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    • Hi Pris!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      I hope you’re no where near the coast as the oil spill stuff sounds so scary for health!!

      I agree about a place inside. All this mold stuff the last few months has me thinking the same thing. Fingers crossed that something really great happens to let it be possible soon! 😀

      Many hugs, Lisa

      June 29, 2010 at 4:05 pm

  2. You and Jeremy both continue to be in my thoughts, Lisa. Hoping you feel better soon with your new treatment approaches. Hugs!

    June 29, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    • Hello Laurel!

      I was just thinking of you not more than a hour ago!

      Thanks for the hugs and hope!

      Lots of hugs and hope for some good health coming your way too. 🙂 Lisa

      June 29, 2010 at 4:07 pm

  3. Snez

    Hi Lisa,

    Sounds like a you’ve got a good course of action to get rid of your sinus infection.

    Never heard of nebulised antibiotics but it is something to keep in mind if I can’t shift a sinus infection in the future (not that I’m keen to have one).

    many hugs to help with the process 🙂

    June 29, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    • Snez!! 🙂

      I have a foggy memory of hearing about nebulised antibiotics before yesterday… but its so foggy as to pretty much not even exist. lol

      Thanks for popping by and the hugs! 😀

      Lisa

      June 30, 2010 at 7:06 pm

  4. Tiny update for everyone reading this far:

    Tried out the nebulized antibiotics for the first time tonight. Smell like mildly rotten eggs that I’m to be sniffing several minutes twice a day. Could be worse. Very sticky feeling too, like I was putting some corn syrup up my nose! Getting some light side effects but nothing too bad, certainly less than I normally do with taking an antibiotic pill. Also, the swelling in my sinuses seems to be slightly less after using it which is very hopeful!

    Also tried the nasal ointment yesterday – for the first and last time. A few hours after using it I began to have some neurological side effects that were greatly effecting my ability to navigate around camp without running into things or falling over. Doesn’t seem worth the risk to my permanent health to keep using it, especially as it took half of today before I was almost fully ok from it again.

    June 30, 2010 at 7:09 pm

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