Thursday, February 12, 2009

83rd день

Liquid Dinner

I'm going to try to summarize this past week's medical blunder in as concise a way as possible.

Several days ago, I noticed something wrong with my mouth. Have you ever had a "white coating" on your tongue? Well, I had some white areas in the inner cheeks of my mouth.

So, like any 21st century lunatic, I did some digging on the Internet. Aha! This must be a mild case of thrush! Or maybe some other kind of fungal infection that I hear so much about on the 'net. Never mind that I don't fall into any of the "high risk" groups that generally get thrush - newborn babies, people undergoing chemo or using steroid drugs, etc.

But those warning signs didn't stop my quest to heal myself. I proceeded, on the assumption that I did have thrush. I read up about "natural" ways to treat it. They seemed awfully safe. Heck, some of the information was meant to be applied to babies! How much safer did I want it to be?

To make a longer story shorter, I started rinsing with grapefruit seed extract (a natural anti-fungal/anti-microbial) & water, sea salt & water and even a little baking soda & water. The trouble is ... the problem kept getting worse!

Not only did the situation look worse, it felt worse. I went from no pain at all, to discomfort, to a level of pain that was severe enough to make me not feel like eating. It even hurt to rest my head against the pillow at night.

So I finally broke down and went to go see my dentist. What did she find? A particularly virulent form of thrush? Some other bizarre fungal infection rarely seen outside of the jungles of Borneo? Nope. I had chemical burns ... from the grapefruit seed extract and the sea salt rinses!

The prescription: change toothpaste, rinse only with a water-hydrogen peroxide mixture and stop using the other stuff that was burning my mouth!

My dentist believes I may have been had an allergic reaction to my (natural) toothpaste. That's likely what cause the mild irritation (the white patches in my mouth). Go figure ...


9:30 am


+ a coffee protein shake - 3 oz of organic heavy cream, 2 oz of purified water, 2 scoops of natural vanilla whey protein powder, 1 heaping tsp of instant coffee, 1/4 teaspoon of pure stevia powder and 1/4 teaspoon of Also Salt

2:00 pm

+ a coffee protein shake - 4 oz of organic heavy cream, 2 oz of purified water, 2 scoops of natural vanilla whey protein powder, 1 heaping tsp of instant coffee, 1/4 teaspoon of pure stevia powder and 1/4 teaspoon of Also Salt

5:00 pm

+ a cup of instant coffee with a few ounces of low-fat milk and a pinch of pure stevia

7:45 pm (pictured above)

+ "pumpkin pie" shake - (3 home-pasteurized organic omega-3 eggs, 4 oz of organic canned pumpkin, 2 oz of organic sour cream, 1/4 tsp of organic pumpkin spice blend, 3 packets of Organic Stevia + FOS and 1/2 teaspoon of Also Salt)

Note: I'm a little out of it. I forgot to add the protein powder tonight! Still, I'm sure I scored at least 20 grams of protein (with the eggs, etc.) in this little ditty.


More to come ... I hope.

4 comments:

NewVision said...

Glad you got it taken care of. Hope you eventually felt like eating something.

Harry said...

Thank you, Jo.

I'm just going to drink my nutrition today. Allow my mouth to heal and rest a bit.

Tomorrow's another day. :)

4athomej said...

OUCH...and that's all I have to say about that...

Harry said...

Ouch is right! Luckily, I'm a quick healer. :)