Have you heard of Candida overgrowth? We all know about yeast infections, I’m sure. It can happen in the GI tract when the gut microbiome becomes imbalanced. It’s probably more common than most people are aware of, particularly since the average person eats way too much sugar and cereal grains. Yeast thrives on sugar. I first learned about this from a woman who had been fighting Candida for most of her life. Her symptoms were so severe that she had to stop working and was pretty much incapacitated, yet not a single doctor could figure out wtf was wrong with her. Sounds typical, right? Many many years later, after studying holistic nutrition and putting it into practice, she’s doing great and has written multiple cookbooks for the anti-Candida diet.
I’ve tried every fucking special diet there is. Vegan, Low FODMAP, Auto-immune protocol, Paleo, Ketogenic, Gluten-free, low fiber, low residue, Specific Carbohydrate diet, you name it. I have found that what I eat absolutely does make a difference in how bad my symptoms are. Unfortunately, it’s not a magic fix. Even when I’m behaving myself, things still get out of control because Crohn’s doesn’t give a shit (actually it gives tons of shits if I’m being literal).
I’ve read about a process that purportedly happens as bacterial and fungal overgrowth begin to die off. It’s aptly named die-off syndrome or a Herxheimer reaction. It can happen to people being treated for Lyme Disease and also SIBO or Candida. I don’t have any experience with this personally. Until now.
I have candida circulating through my blood, likely from frequent dialysis while on a shit ton of steroids. I’ve never had a fungal infection before. The fever that came with it was something else.
That sucked. I’ve got another eight days of IV caspofungin to go before I’m hopefully free of candidemia. During my first week, every day was a little worse than the day before it. Yesterday was echo day and I was feeling so awful that I was bracing myself for some bad news. My blood pressure was very very low and I couldn’t sit up at all. I’ve been super nauseated, freezing cold and sweating at the same time, and my rear end is a ring of fire. It’s like normal Kara crap multiplied by a factor of infinite fuck-all.
My echo turned out ‘okay’. My LVEF is no worse than it was. I thought about it for a while and wondered why the fuck I’m feeling like a sticky shit sack, especially since before this I was already mostly dead. Then I remembered the only thing different is that I’ve been on caspofungin for seven days. It makes sense, I guess. The drug itself may be causing untoward side effects or it’s a die-off thang.
Besides my body being a mushroom factory, the most exciting things that have happened in the past seven were a surprise cardioversion after a long run of ventricular tachycardia and a herniated disc between T5&6 that happened during a violent sneezing fit. Add that to pleuritis and I’ve convinced myself that breathing is optional. Ya know, until my vision starts to go dark. Waaaaaaaah. I didn’t claim that excitement and fun are mutually exclusive.
I’m not doing a very good job of replying to comments. Most of the time I come up with a monosyllabic noise type word in response, having nothing to do with the comment I’m replying to. Dudes, I’m so sorry. I’m way behind on blog reading, too. I still love you all. My brain is just fried. Grab your dipping sauce of choice and dig in. It’s not as though I’m using the damn thing.