My own personal break through

I had a very exciting thing happen recently…
Last Saturday my family arrived in Prague (parents, siblings, nieces and nephews) for a Christmas visit. It has been very exciting to have them all here and I’m so glad to be able to share my first Christmas in Prague with all of them. But, that wasn’t the really exciting thing…
After they got in we went out to dinner at a Czech restaurant. My husband ordered a bunch of Czech things for everyone to share and I ordered a plain salad. After eating the salad I was still feeling hungry and was smelling all the wonderful  Czech food in front of me and since I knew I didn’t have anything to do the next day and was feeling pretty good I decided to try some of it….well, I ended up trying a few bits of all of it – I had some of the Svickova (a meat and gravy dish), some of the peppery potato soup, some of the pigs knee, some of the steak tartare, etc. I knew for sure that it had things in it I shouldn’t have and I expected that I wouldn’t feel great afterwards but I went for it anyway. After getting home I took all my vitamins right away and my probiotics and drank lots of water….and guess what? I felt fine. I went to bed thinking that I would probably wake up feeling not so good…but, in the morning I felt fine, in fact that whole day and the day after it I felt fine! I was so excited! That was the first time in over a year that I had eaten things that I knew I shouldn’t without having any reactions at all!!! It was a monumental day for me. It was really encouraging to know that I must be doing something right and that all these vitamins and minerals I’m taking must be working. hooray!!

Health to you and yours –
Beth

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I’m back :)

So, wow, it’s been a really long time. I have been very disconnected from the site lately and for that I apologize. But, I’m back now and all caught up – I just finished responding to all the emails from the site and reading through all the threads on the forum that I was so behind on. I missed you all and it was good to catch up on the forum a bit and hear how people are doing and what they are learning and experiencing in regard to chemical sensitivities.
So, here’s the update on me…my husband and I spent three weeks in the states around thanksgiving and it was truly a wonderful time to reconnect with friends and family and just be in a familiar place again. I also got a chance to go back to my doctor in the states again and that was also helpful. Like I shared before in my last entry I was having some problems with my libido and I was able to really have a very helpful talk with him about this. After some muscle testing he figured out that it was mostly an emotional issue – mostly due to the fact that I have been really wanting to start having children and my husband isn’t ready and we don’t have the finances to really make that step right now. He put me on a homeopathic remedy that is suppose to help with emotional issues and things like that and then spent a long time praying with me (he’s a believer and a close family friend) – it was really a wonderful experience and I have been feeling SOOO much better in that area.
As for the hives…after discussing it we both agreed that we need to give my body more time on the supplements before really ruling out that they will help with the hives – maybe my body just needs more time to repair itself before the hives really start to go away. I’m willing to wait a bit longer and keep taking everything and see how it goes. We also briefly about the possibility that my hives are non-histamine related, basically that they aren’t a histamine reaction to something but are more of a hormonal/emotional reaction…he basically just said that he has heard that this can happen but has never dealt with a patient where that was the case so he’ll have to do some more research on it. It’s something I also plan to research more. So, the hives are still bothering me and still a confusing concern, but they do seem to be a little better and I’m hopeful that with time we will figure them out as well. All my other symptoms are gone now and I’ve been able to enjoy much more freedom and variety.
I am a little worried about how things will go over Christmas though as all of my family (six adults not counting my husband and I and three children) is coming to Prague to visit us for Christmas – they aren’t all staying with us but we will have my brother and his wife and baby staying with us for part of the three weeks they are all here and I’m sure with everyone here we will be out seeing the sites and eating out more…so, we’ll see how that goes.
Well, I think that’s about it for now.

Health to you and yours –
Beth

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