Walking in to each functional medicine appointment, I don’t necessarily have a clear idea of what I expect to happen, but I do have a general feeling about how I think each conversation is going to go. For instance, I was absolutely certain that my first follow up appointment with the nutritionist (you know, the one after only 30 days on my super restrictive diet) was going to result in the reintegration of all the eliminated foods. Elimination diet rookie mistake…
Today marks the start of my second round of anti-fungal medication, so I wanted to provide a quick functional medicine update.
The technical definition, according to Google: “(of food or drink) without sugar or a similar substance having been added.”
It’s not a difficult word, right? Without sugar. Un-sweetened. Not hard.
But yet here I am, livid over the fact that the “unsweetened” almond milk lattes I’ve been somewhat addicted to were made with sweetened almond milk for the past few weeks.
The candida dieoff is still very real. Poor Zack has listened to me say “I just don’t feel good” at least 200 times today, and every time he reminds me that it’s actually really good that I feel so crappy. This anti-fungal + supplement combination is working! Is it possible to be both thankful and really cranky at the same time?
So. It’s finally happening. The candida is finally dying. VICTORY.
Today was my second follow up appointment with my functional medicine doctor, and third appointment with the nutritionist. Both seem really really impressed by how well my skin has responded to our dietary changes and other interventions. The general consensus is that mostly scarring is left, and unless I want to pay for dermatological treatments to speed up the process, the body will slowly repair the skin on its own.
I will write a more complete post when I receive the results of my blood work, as the doctor sent me to retest my candida, mycoplasma, and vitamin d levels. She suspects that my mycoplasma levels may have rebounded since my round of antibiotics because I’ve been unable to take a deep breath for the past two(ish) weeks. We have a plan in place to address this concern, but we’re waiting on the test results. When I receive my results, I’ll give you the full run down!
Alright. It’s been 154 days since I’ve had sugar, alcohol, gluten, legumes, dairy and a whole plethora of other foods/drinks.
But, that’s not the focus of this post. Instead, I want to talk about something else that I haven’t done for the past 154 days. Something that I’d like to never do again, ever.