I can't believe that I have already finished week 2 of the CSP! It's been a little rough but I am beyond excited for when it's over and I have my health back. For anybody new to my blog here is my post about getting diagnosed with Lyme disease, and here is my post about week 1 of the Cowden support programme. Today I wanted to share and reflect upon week 2 of the programme and my experience through this whole journey. Week 2 has definitely had it's difficult moments but looking from a general sense, I am 100% seeing improvements in my health which is so so reassuring. I still have a long long way to go but I am feeling very hopeful with how things are going.
Throughout week 2, I wrote down each day how I was feeling so I could document this entire process. Here is what my week looked like...
Today wasn't too bad. I had the majority of the same symptoms as yesterday but not quite as strong. Still unpleasant but more bearable for sure. However, today I struggled to drink the about of water needed for the programme. I'm still trying to get used to drinking this much water and it's proving a little harder than anticipated.
I actually have a little energy this morning! HALLELUJAH! This meant I was able to get out of bed and go about some rather mundane tasks (Shower, Change the bedding e.t.c) that were simply thrilling...but needed to be done. I still have a subtle headache and my eyes are being a bit of an issue. I also seem to be having some issues with brain fog. By the afternoon my knee pain, nausea, extreme fatigue and headaches all returned.
Fatigue has been my most problematic and consistent symptom throughout my illness. Although still present and debilitating, it was better today than the past few weeks. I was able to get out of bed for a few hours which was a nice improvement. I also started taking the adrenal support medication, recommended in the programme for extreme fatigue so I am excited to see how that works for me. Besides that, I have only had a little joint and muscle pain and then my loving headache too. Not too bad! *I then proceeded to feel horrible just before I went to bed*
I woke this morning feeling the usual symptoms but not half as bad as they have been. Again, it is mainly the fatigue I am having issues with but I have been up and out of bed all morning so I would say that is a success! Unfortunately, by about 2pm I crashed and spent the remaining part of the day exhausted, in pain and just feeling like poop. It was nice to have spent the morning feeling okay, though.
I am definitely seeing improvements in my health. I managed to make it all the way until 4pm before I crawled into my bed! That has to be some sort of record for me lately. I even managed to get a few chores/errands done which was really nice.
The morning was a little rough, feeling exhausted and in pain, but I perked up by about 3pm. I was shattered by the time I went to bed but was struggling to fall asleep. Hoping this is just a one-off situation.
Woke up feeling extra exhausted and with a nasty headache but this all settled down within an hour. Managed to get out the house which was so so nice but had to pay for it a little later. Unfortunately, the sleeping issue returned. However, it wasn't quite so bad this time.
So there we have my week 2 experience with the CSP! As you can see, it's been a bit of a rollercoaster but I still feel very encouraged by results I am seeing. I just hope it is all worth it!
Until next week,