Field Trip Friday ~ The Recycling Center

Truth be told, we didn’t go here on a Friday, we actually went this past Tuesday.  I think as long as we are talking about a true field trip, it qualifies.

We met up with a few other families in our homeschool group and went to Urban Corps. You can read more about the whole program at the link, but in short, it is a charter school where the young adults run the recycling center program while learning life skills and English.

The kids were mainly interested in seeing the recycling equipment, which unfortunately wasn’t up and running for the tour.  We supplemented by watching videos on YouTube when we arrived home.  Still, we did see some cool stuff, and all the kids were able to bring home a succulent plant from their rooftop garden.


Looking down the solar tubes, which serve as lighting for some of the classrooms.  Of course, Poppy and a couple other kids thought they looked like Super Mario tubes!

Looking down the solar tubes, which serve as lighting for some of the classrooms. Of course, Poppy and a couple other kids thought they looked like Super Mario tubes!

Each of the kids were able to take home a succulent plant - they grow well in the Southern CA drought conditions.

Each of the kids were able to take home a succulent plant – they grow well in the Southern CA drought conditions.

The Cure

A number of years ago, I went to see the band “The Cure” in concert.  It is a fact that has been verified by the ticket stub that I still have, and people that went with me telling me that I was there.

I have no recollection of this concert.  At. All.

Once we discovered that one of the major components of Lyme Disease is big time brain fog, it became clear why this concert, and many other parts of my life, have been forgotten or buried.  Or, the Lyme bacteria simply ate my memories.  Kidding.  Sort of.

BrainFogSince I have started treatment, I have had several things pop into my mind that I haven’t thought of in years.  Completely random things, like the fact that it was scorching hot the day of my high school graduation.  Oh, and I remembered that a group of friends did a surprise birthday party for me on my 16th birthday at a local restaurant in my hometown.  I even remember the people that were there.  Before treatment… I would have stared through you or asked you what birthday party you were talking about.

Before I started Lyme treatment a few months ago, I had taken over a year to get my body ready so treatment could be as successful as possible.  I went gluten free.  I learned as much as I could about detox protocols.  Went to bed earlier each night.  Adopted an attitude of gratitude.  Cut back on sugar.  I also got my hormones balanced (under the direction of a doctor) and went on methylation support.

My body started to tell me that it was time to treat.  I have written posts about it in the past. My headaches were increasing again, with the occasional migraine.  I was also having VERY sensitive skin that would burn when it was touched.  Also, occasional foot pain (classic Bartonella).

The treatment started out a little rough, and I was on sick dog diet for a few weeks.  But, after getting over the worst of that, I have realized that my mind started to come back. Thoughts are clear, and the things I can remember are vivid.  Good treatment combined with good detox have been a winning formula for me.  (And NO antibiotics!)

I have thought about how I will know that Lyme and co-infections are in remission, since that is a question many ask – “how do you know you are in remission?”  For me, I think it is going to be remembering the Cure concert.

CranioSacral Therapy

When we first moved to San Diego, I met a woman that does different types of massage therapy on chronically ill patients.  She does not have a studio, she actually comes to the patient’s home so the patient can relax without having to drive after.  Because Ivan was in so much pain in his belly – and has been for years – she started coming every couple weeks.  This has helped him so much, and when schedules were too busy during the holidays and he didn’t have his sessions for a couple months, the pain came roaring back.

Yesterday was massage day, and she ended up staying for a few hours and did a craniosacral massage on all of us.  It was wonderful!

From the Upledger Institute website:

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.

By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:

  • Migraine Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Colic
  • Autism
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Infantile Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems
  • Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Post-Surgical Dysfunction


I cannot speak for Poppy and Ivan, but I felt so relaxed after my session.  Besides feeling relaxed, my normally freezing cold feet were toasty warm.  Lisa, the massage therapist, had me focus on pushing warmth toward my feet with every breath as she did the CST technique.

Poppy goes through periods of lots of vocal and physical stims/tics, and he has had them the last few days.  After his session, he was so quiet and calm.

I’m looking forward to Lisa’s next visit with us.  Everything we do is a step closer to our Lyme being in remission and living in full health, and I feel blessed that we are finding so many things that are helping us achieve this goal.

Day of Happy Hearts!

Yesterday was a pretty exceptional day.  Had a nice morning with the family.  Poppy and I did our PT exercises, then I headed off to lunch with some a group of “Autism moms” that I met through a group.  We definitely shared some laughs, and I really connected with a couple of the women.

When I arrived at home, we had an early dinner, and headed to the beach so we could relax in the sun for a bit, then watch the sunset.  It is pretty awesome to be able to head to the beach at 6:00 at night and still catch some sunshine!  There were also many groups of people doing beach fires/BBQ’s, surfing, volleyball, football, and frisbee.

When we arrived home, Poppy said that he had the “best day ever.”  My heart is full!





Field Trip Friday – The Playground

For this week’s FTF, we decided to incorporate Poppy’s daily PT exercises into a trip to the park down the road from our house.  Since he dislocated his knee in August (the second time), he has been going to physical therapy at a clinic once a week, and we have exercises to do each day at home.

Since this incident, he has been very nervous that this knee will dislocate again, and has been hesitant to go to the playground.  Last week we met up with friends, and that helped him keep his mind off of his nervousness.

This week, I thought I would show him that the exercises he does at home each day can all be done on playground equipment.  I had the idea that maybe this would help him regain some confidence, since we used to be at the playground constantly.

It seemed to work, and I am so proud of him being able to do this:

After all that exercise, he relaxed on his favorite – the swings – before we headed home.