The Mrs has MS (Multiple Sclerosis), diagnosed over a decade ago. It is what it is. We deal with it.
I got an email from a former colleague who also happened to be the father of my son’s best friend from high school. He and his wife are staunch southern Baptists. “How was [the Mrs] doing?” he asked.
Using the dictation feature of my iPad, I dictated:
“OK, but she is currently suffering from an MS exacerbation.”
Just before hitting send, I decided to proofread the email and read the following:
“OK, but she is currently suffering from excess masturbation.”
True story. When I tried to read it back to my wife, every time I got to “suffering from” I would begin laughing so hard I had to start over. It must have taken me a half dozen attempts before it could read it all the way through.
Six months into the Wahls Protocol Diet.
The Mrs is now baking, doing laundry, cleaning house, and generally overdoing it. Burning through spoons at an alarming rate, yet feeling generally good enough to be bored and wanting to accomplish things. Her pain level is down and she takes fewer meds and less pain meds.
Saw hematologist today. Her blood work is the best he has ever seen for her.
Confession: We fell off the wagon for a few weeks. The consequences (negative) were immediate in terms of weight gain, water bloat, malaise. But we are both back on again now.
Bottom Line: If you are suffering from any form of autoimmune disease, please please consider Wahls Protocol.
In my reblogged post immediately before this, weggieboy referenced the Spoon Theory.
So sitting here in the ER with nothing else to do (if you have ever been in the ER, you know that it is not unlike Waiting for Godot), I read Spoon Theory and found it to be an excellent explanation of what it is like to live day-to-day with a chronic illness.
If you have a chronic illness and need to explain what it is like to others, or if you know someone with a chronic illness and want a better understanding of what they are dealing with, I recommend reading Spoon Theory.
41 days of the Wahls Protocol Diet
The Mrs continues to get stronger. No wheelchair, walker, or cane for weeks now. Clarity of thought improved and improving. Morale and outlook improved and improving. Reduced need for pain medication. Slow and persistent weight loss. Clothes bought a month ago are too large.
As for me … Slow and persistent weight loss. Clothes bought a month ago are too large. Generally improved feelings of health. Easier to walk on bad knee.
No hunger pangs.
See WP0 and The Wahls Protocol
WP Day 14
In the last two weeks Mrs has lost 20 pounds, I have lost 4+ (I don’t know what the ‘+’ is because my scale would say ‘0-ld’ until I got down to its limit).
Continue reading WP14
So a week & a half ago Mrs and I started on the Wahls Protocol Diet (http://terrywahls.com/about-the-wahls-protocol/).
Basically lots (9 cups a day) of leafy greens, highly colored fruits and berries, nuts, seeds, other hi-omega3 things, non-starch vegies, meat, fish, chicken. Almost too much food to consume. No wheat. No milk products. No eggs. No hunger.
Continue reading WP11
See WP0 and The Wahls Protocol
Seventh Day on the Wahls Protocol
Mrs and I have a combined weight loss of 8 – 10 pounds.
I suspect we are not eating enough, but we are stuffing ourselves and can only eat so much.
We need to eat more meat.
All in all we are feeling the same or better, loosing weight, allegedly getting better nutrition, and definitely not going hungry.