Sixteen Clementines

It is a dreary, rainy day in California today. I love it! It was this way yesterday too. I had been feeling a little home sick lately and now suddenly I have damp Louisiana weather–the in between cold, lonely drizzle outside. It’s superb. It’s so anti-California. Feels like home to me.

When I stepped out into the rain for our morning walk, I was expecting to make it quick since that what’s you do on days like this-stay indoors. But Monty seemed so happy frolicking around and it felt pretty good hanging around out there, that I just let him get wet and play in the mud and people laughed as they walked by. I’ve always let Monty get messy if he really wants to. There’s no real problem with it..dirt washes off! So we got dirty.

Mud.
Mud.

Health-wise I have been improving since the whole too weak to move crash, slowly but surely. My naturpath doctor received some blood work two weeks ago that confirmed I still have lyme disease, as well as two co-infections (one is Bartonella, aka as cat scratch fever..what the hay?!) and one parasite in my gut. All right!! This is good news though because they were definitive results and allowed us to move forward with a treatment plan. Since she is a naturpath she doesn’t use antibiotics to treat things, so combating the lyme this go around will be a little more complex. I could go into the details but I don’t even understand them entirely and it’s pretty boring anyway. It’s a crazy coincidence that my doctor studied a while with one of the top lyme specialists in Northern California, so we’ve got that working for us. If we can’t get it under control with her care, she’ll send me to him.

I forgot to mention that part of seeing the naturpath is going on a major detox where you avoid gluten, dairy, corn and you drink this protein shake all the time which actually tastes decent! After 6 years of convincing me to go gluten-free, my sister can now rest easy knowing I’ve made the step. For now anyway :) The diet actually isn’t so difficult to adhere to but that’s because my sister keeps the house stocked with stuff I can eat and pretty much brings me dinner every night. You may ask yourself, what do you eat? The answer is yams. I eat a lot of yams. Kidding. Well, I did eat a lot of yams in the beginning. But the point is to mostly eat fruits, vegetables, and a lot of protein. So that’s what I’ve been doing. Yesterday I ate sixteen clementines. For real. I can only eat at least four at a time. They’re just so small and addicting. I don’t know that I’ve been able to tell exactly what difference the diet is making since there are so many variables right now, but I do know it’s nice to feel good about what goes into your body. I admit I never felt great mentally after stuffing my face with fudge sickles at 2 am. Mmmm fudge sickles. That sounds so good right now.

Since I’m pretty obsessed with the Holidays and Christmas in particular, I told Amelie and Keegan that since I’m a sick kid they have to grant me a wish like the Make-A-Wish-Foundation advertises in the commercials. (On top of housing, feeding, and caring for me, of course.) My wish was for a real Christmas tree and the day after Thanksgiving, we did it! She’s a real beauty. If she had a name it would be Anastasia. We’ll hang small milk bones on the bottom so that Monty will tug at those and not the real ornaments. There’s nothing like the smell of a real Christmas tree. It’s like Winter, Happiness, Warmth and Love all wrapped up in a smell. On top of that I’ll be blaring Christmas jams and watching Elf on repeat which my brother-in-law is really excited about. What can I say, I’ve always loved Christmas.

Apart from yuletide, I’ve been watching Woody Allen movies, taking pictures of people’s windows, and writing things late night I still don’t entirely understand. I still need to watch Crimes and Misdemeanors which I hear is one of the best..but Annie Hall is so ridiculously lovable it’s been hard to forget.  I loved Manhattan too but it made me nostalgic for Annie Hall. I liked Melinda and Melinda a lot and also Alice. Husbands and Wives may have been a little too neurotic, and Midnight in Paris was the best! I really loved that one, and Owen Wilson’s character. Too good. Tonight I’ll watch Play It Again, Sam and then maybe I’ll get back into reading. Somehow I kind of stopped. Anyhow, I keep taking Monty on walks around our complex and I love seeing people’s windows from the outside. The blinds are always closed but people put little decorative pieces to view from the outside, and I like seeing them. I don’t really know why. So I started photographing them. I also realize it ups my “creeper” level a few notches, but I can’t help it.

Dog. In a Sweater. YES.
Dog. In a Sweater. YES.
Batman? Is that you?
Batman. He lives.
Cups.
Cups.
That cat.
That cat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15 thoughts on “Sixteen Clementines

  1. Not to be a negative-nancy here, but be careful with how much fruit you’re eating. Especially due to the fact that you have Lyme and co-infection(s), you’re at risk for candida overgrowth (which feeds on sugar!!) But really, good luck with the diet. I’ve been gluten free, dairy free, soy free, for quite some time now due to health issues and allergies. I was also just diagnosed with Anaplasma (a lyme co-infection) and a “new” type of protozoa/bacteria/parasite called protomyxzoa rheumatica via Dr. Fry’s lab in Arizona. You might find it interesting to read about, especially since my doc has suspected Bartonella/coinfections in me and treated without success for almost a year now.

    On another note, I also enjoy being a major creeper and peering into neighbor’s windows. One of my neighbors has an impressive window display of Britney Spears Russian nesting dolls that I love to admire. Try not to get too jealous : )

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  2. My little sister is a Clementine addict. She can eat a whole bag in one sitting. Sometimes I jump on that crazy train, but only sometimes.

    Elf is awesome. My mom keeps it on repeat all through December. Glad things are looking up for you!

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  3. omg…..cat scratch fever! I had that a few years back and it knocked me on my butt for six months. Then one day I was all better. Then a year later I got sick and was finally diagnosed with fibro. Weird…..I thought I was the only one!

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  4. I tried the Paleo diet a few weeks ago but I’ve since fallen off the wagon…. good luck with your changes and I hope your health greatly improves! PS your dog is beautiful :)

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  5. Oh my god I had a phase in college where all I ate was oranges and clementines for like 2 weeks… then i got drunk one night and all I vomited up was oranges and capt Morgan… needless to say I don’t drink Capt. any more and it took a little prompting to get me back to eating oranges… not sure why I felt the need to tell you that story.. i guess it is to prompt you not to drink while shoving your face with clementines… it can lead to traumatizing experiences. Happy to hear you are on the upswing! Hope you and Monty are having fun!

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  6. Great post!! I’m glad to hear you are making progress (it gives hope to me for sure!!). Dairy was a huge source of inflammation for me too. I’m glad to see that Monty is doing well too. Looking forward to more posts about holiday cheer and dogs in sweaters.

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  7. I am so intrigued to here you have Bartonella. My vet just told me he is really struggling with that and it took him 3 months to be diagnosed. You have one hell of a naturopath. I suffer from Fibromyalgia which can be quite debilitating some days. I got cat scratch fever in the 90’s and thought I was cured but not to long after that I developed fibromyalgia. He told me he was told they will find that 90% of autoimmune diseases will eventually be diagnosed as cat scratch fever which is extremely hopeful to me. I plan on getting tested as soon as my move is over….there may be hope for you yet sweetie and I wish you all the best…keep me posted!!
    Lisa

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  8. First, love the window photos! Second, the milkbone idea thank you! This will be my rottie, Thora’s, first xmas & I was worried about our tree. Third, you are a trooper. It is nice to hear someone trying to not go on pills and go healthy. Good for you! I am glad I found your blog!

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  9. Glad to here that you are feeling a bit better and working towards solving some solvable problems! I was put onto a gluten, dairy, etc free diet last year, and although I hated it as first (I was big on pasta and cheese and milk….) I really love it now. It does make things more difficult at times, especially when it comes to eating out, but after a couple of months I really noticed the difference (and I notice it even more if I eat something I shouldn’t!) and I actually now eat hugely better than before, because I was forced to get creative to find alternatives to the foods I used to love (I have created a pretty awesome Lasagne alternative which is gluten, dairy, and tomato free, although it does get you some funny looks from people “well what IS in it?”lol). I hope you have the same success with it.

    And yay for Monty and mud puddles :) it’s so funny watching dogs having fun in the dirt

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