Okay, I've done a really bad job at keeping this updated, but it's been a roller coaster these past few months, and I feel like I've slept through at least 75% of January.
In a nutshell, here's my current progress with the DesBio Series Therapy for EBV.
FINISHED WITH ROUND THREE! Yeah!
If you don't remember (or haven't read the previous treatment blog update), a quick reminder that when I took vial 5 before Christmas I "accidentally" took the entire vial instead of the half-vials I had taken up to that point, and since I herxed very little from the full vial, I went ahead and finished the third round taking a full vial every 5 days.
Vials 8-10 were all very similar:
Mild EBV herxing: fatigue, but not nearly as bad as EBV fatigue usually is; lack of appetite for the first day or so after vials 8 and 9 but vial 10 I really didn't seem to herx much as far as the EBV symptoms go (vial 10 is the least concentrated dose, so that also makes sense).
I had an appointment with my doctor a couple weeks ago and I was given the go-ahead to do round 4 of the DesBio for EBV at full vial dosage AND normal frequency, meaning every 3 days instead of every 5 days. I'll be taking this round (hopefully my final round of the EBV series) backwards, from vials 10-1, and hopefully we won't have to do a fifth round for the EBV. The reduction in herxes throughout round 3 is an excellent indicator that we're getting the EBV buggers outta there! I've actually taken vial 10 already, and will be taking vial 9 today, but I don't want to update on those just yet because I've been having some major herxes from other things (the LDA injections I've mentioned before, I think, but I haven't expounded on them too much yet--I eventually will, I promise, but just know that I'm in the 30% of people who herx severely from them instead of the 70% who get instant relief for a while. This is always fun to discover--I've never been one to stick with the norm ;-) ).
Note: We likely will be starting the DesBio series for Bartonella within a couple of weeks. I'm actually kind of terrified about this series, to be honest, because as the EBV has been killed off, my Bart symptoms have become much more hyper-drive-ish (technical term) and thinking about the herxes is just too much to handle right now, so I'll stop talking about it and take it one moment at a time. The one thing I always have peace about (even when I'm lying in bed crying in pain or [insert symptom here]) is that God has me on the right path, with the right doctor, doing the right treatments in the ways my body can tolerate them.
Stay tuned for further adventures in treatment land.
This is the space where I plan on giving updates specifically related to the treatments I'm doing at any given time. Having this all on one page will ideally make it easier to locate treatment-related information without sifting through my archives, although if you're looking for a specific keyword or want to read about a specific protocol, the search function on the site can help with that!