October 2013


MMJ Patient Alexis’ Update:

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It’s fall and the trees are changing colors. Our closets, however, are bright green with healthy vegetative mother strains. Our last harvest was in early July and lasted until October. Every cycle, the cannabis quality increases and the house fills with the pungent aroma of rich citrus. Aaron and I just moved to Hayward, a half-hour outside of San Francisco. I need to be closer to my infectious disease doctor, Dr. Steven Harris in Redwood City, CA, so that when the time is right, I can commence my next round of antibiotics. Conveniently, the rest of my doctors are each now within a thirty-minute drive of me.


I attended a Lyme Conference in February, at which the most successful doctors treating Lyme in the country lectured about the latest relevant beliefs and treatment methods. Because the CDC refuses to recognize Late Stage Lyme disease, this is the only way for me to get information I trust. They explained that one of the most important things to understand is that Lyme hides behind all other infections and other health complications that require the attention of the immune system. Only after everything else has been abated, can you begin to actually fight the Lyme infection. I am working on locating and conquering all of my overlying health complications. The first one I have identified is TMJ.


I am seeing Dr. Sandor Hites, DDS in Berkeley, CA where he oversees homeopathic treatments that are not covered by insurance to remove the necrosis (bone death) from my four wisdom teeth sites. I experienced my fourth and final oral surgery, in which my doctor removed the necrosis from the last of four sites. Bone death causes extreme sharp shooting pain down from my shoulders into my arms, which is classified as a form of TMJ.


It is crucial to see a chiropractor in conjunction with your dentist when treating TMJ. I made an appointment to see a chiropractor, Dr. Bloink down in Los Gatos, CA who was recommended by my infectious disease doctor. While sitting across from him, I shared my story trying desperately to highlight what I believed were the necessary details.


“You suffered from a birth trauma,” Dr. Bloink responded, looking down to write more notes. “I should be able to fix your light sensitivity right now.”


Aaron and I look at each other through squinted eyes. Did he just diagnose me with “birth trauma,” without even touching me?


“Go ahead and lie down on your back,” The doctor motioned to his massage table. Whenever I see one of these, I wish my bed at home also had a hole for my face. The doctor sits behind me and pushes on different parts of my skull and around my eyes. The pressure was intense. I had to remind myself to keep breathing.


“This will never hurt this bad again.” Dr. Bloink donned, a blue rubber glove and, with his non-gloved hand, opened, his door and jutted his head out.


“Can I have some help in here?” He looked back to me. “This is going to relieve a lot of the pressure behind your eyes.”


The polite lady, Lisa, who works his front desk, entered the examining room and took a seat above my head.


“Can you give me an occiput?” Dr. Bloink asked.


She gently lifted my head and placed one hand underneath the base of my skull and the palm of her other hand on top of my forehead. Her hands smelt faintly of lavender.


“Go ahead and open your mouth. This might hurt but it will only hurt this one time,” Dr. Bloink took two fingers of his gloved hand and pushed up on the outskirts of the roof of my mouth. My eyes immediately became teary from the pressure and the pain made me clench my fists. But I was determined to allow him to do what had to be done. I tried to relax my mouth and my neck and focused on my breathing.


“Close your jaw but don’t bite down,” He moved his fingers to the outside of my upper jaw and pushed there also. The pain was excruciating but, after a moment, he suggested, “Okay sit up now and look out the window.”


I sat straight up and looked into the slits of the dark wooden blinds. I was able to just look into them. No squinting. No instant pain. I looked over at Aaron, as his eyes began to tear; and a huge smile blossomed on my face.


I glanced at Dr. Bloink, “I haven’t been able to do that for two years.” I was able to breathe easier and to hear more clearly and loudly. It was as if someone had just detailed the inside of my skull.


Over the last few months I continue to see Dr. Bloink about twice a week and per his recommendation, I have seen a new dentist who makes night guards and a nutritionist. I am focusing on strengthening my core from the inside out. I do not take supplements at random waiting to see if they affect my health in some indirect way. Dr. Bloink prescribes me supplements to remedy specific organs. I feel what is happening in my body and for the first time since I was finally diagnosed, I understand why and what I am taking and what it will do for my body. I still need to medicate with cannabis daily to maintain a normal life but I can see my path ahead of me and I am headed in the right direction.


Before I was struck with Lyme, I thought that diseases were only for the elderly or people with poor diets. Sadly, it turns out they’re for anyone. They aren’t racist or sexist or ageist. What I have also learned, however, is that disease does not have to be the end of my story. I do not believe that an illness is a reason to give up on goals that seem out of reach. I am studying to take the GMAT so that, when I am feeling well enough, I can attend business school. I refuse to live as if my life is on pause.


As I start the next chapter in my life, I listen to what my body is telling me. I do not believe for a second that those of us residing in chronic pain were meant to endure for nothing. I find motivation and a will to live knowing that we are paving the way so that future generations will have a better answer.


Happy Halloween to all and Thank you UnitedPatientsGroup.com for supporting the cause and increasing awareness!

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