I can’t ever recall taking a nap after breakfast before yesterday. Sure, I’ve done it after having insomnia but last night I slept and still needed a nap after breakfast. I also took a nap after lunch and still felt like I had been run over until about 7:00 PM.
Here’s what happened – I had planned to increase my ALA dose this round by 25 mg and at the last minute decided to increase by only one quarter tablet or 12.5 mg up to 62.5 mg. That’s what I did on Monday my first day of the round. It was a holiday but still harder than I expected and I was very glad I chose the smaller increase.
We had some visitors and I really struggled through that. Ever try to pretend you don’t have the flu? It’s kind of like that.
Tuesday morning I inadvertently used half tablets instead of quarter tablets and ended up boosting my ALA to 75 mg. When I noticed the error, I thought, “no problem, I always adapt pretty quickly, I’ll keep going with 75!” and I did adapt, Tuesday was mostly better than Monday. I felt reasonably well until a half an hour before the end of each dose period. The last half-hour got harder and harder until I was crashing hard during those last half-hours in the afternoon on Wednesday.
Then came yesterday, my first day off-round and I was flattened like never before. So I’m thinking of increasing my Isocort from 8 pellets to 10. Can’t decide whether to do that Monday through Thursday or every day of the week. I’m leaning towards every day… your thoughts?
For a while, before chelation, I used to use 10 pellets on weekends only (because they are more active for me) and it worked well. So my general impression is that it’s okay to vary adrenal support with activity/stress level.
Yesterday I also started carnitine (tartrate) which I’m very excited about. I think it gave me a little boost which I felt clearly in the evening after my fatigue storm had passed. also discovered that my wife was feeling unusually cold and a little jittery a day after I increased her iodine. She has Hashimoto’s thyroiditis so I did some research in the iodine crisis book and online and realized that I had misunderstood the selenium issue. She needed more, not less, so I increased her to 400 mcg yesterday and 600 mcg today and decreased the iodine. in a few days, will try increasing the iodine again back to 12.5 mg.
Also lowered her B12’s. I think she got jittery because she switched from under the tongue to upper lip which gives an enormous increase in melt time.
Here are my notes from the round:
Round 11 – 50 mg DMSA, 75 mg ALA every three hours, total chelation days to date: 28.5
- Monday, May 27: new brand of ALA (Source Naturals), started with 62.5 mg ALA . Hard day, my body knows whenever I increase the dosage even when it is a measly 12.5 mg! feeling slow and thick, pressure in the head as if I were about to get a headache.
- Tuesday, May 28: Accidentally increased to 75 mg ALA, so I will stick with it. Feeling better than yesterday even though I increased the dose. maybe this is a good trick for dose increases? Still slow mentally, difficult to work.
- Wednesday, May 29: Hard day, hard crashes in the afternoon and early evening before each dose.
- Thursday, May 30 (first day off-round): Crushing fatigue, slow thinking. Naps after breakfast and lunch. Increased cortisol to 10 pellets. Started carnitine at 125 mg after first nap at 9 AM.