Setbacks, Orange Medicine, & Hope

December 13, 2017

I’m so sorry you didn’t hear from me last week. I’ve been battling increased pain, nausea, headaches and fatigue. It got bad enough that I had to miss pilates and swing dance class. Then it got so bad that I started spending lots of time in bed during the day.

Compared to where I was a year ago it hasn’t been that bad, but it’s really difficult to feel ill again after doing so well for several months. I had finally stopped thinking of myself as the fragile sick girl, which has made the worsening symptoms even more demoralizing. Many of these days I’ve felt discouraged, aimless and lonely.

But today I have more hope. I feel like we’ve gained some clarity about what’s going on and how to move forward. The first step was just accepting the situation. I had to finally admit that I was going downhill and that I needed to rest more and figure out what was going on.

I asked friends to pray and experimented with spending more time outdoors and sleeping in the van. It became clear that I felt worse in the apartment. I really don’t think our apartment has a bad mold issue but it seems that my system got sensitized to something in the apartment. So, we’re looking at moving into a different apartment in the same complex while I try to get my reactivity back down.

We also talked to our friend Sara Mattson who has been down the mold illness road before and she suggested it might be the right time for me to try Cholestyramine, a medication that binds to mycotoxins in the body. My doctor prescribed it back in March but I never took it. I made such astounding progress with mold avoidance that I decided not to worry about detox treatments. But it makes sense that exercising (and starting to lose weight) has probably mobilized toxins that are still inside me and that mopping those up would help.

So, I started on the medication last night… and guess what?! I saw almost immediate results! After my first dose, I got an awful headache that lasted about an hour but then I started to feel much, much better. I didn’t expect such a quick response! It was so nice to have the that reassurance that we’re on the right track! I’m also doing infrared sauna treatments at a local spa to help with the detoxing. I’ve come so far and I’m not about to give up just before I reach the finish line. I’m still shooting for a 100% recovery!


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24 Comments

  • MamΓ‘ y PapΓ‘

    That’s our girl! We love you hija πŸ€—
    MamÑ y PapÑ ❀️

    December 13, 2017 at 2:23 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Aww… I love you and miss you both! 😘

      December 13, 2017 at 4:28 pm Reply
  • Marita Wilson

    I’ve been praying for you and thinking of you. I’m so glad that the orange medicine is working! Love you!

    December 13, 2017 at 3:22 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Thank you so much Marita! That means a lot! πŸ’•

      December 13, 2017 at 4:29 pm Reply
  • Alyssa

    So glad that in the hard situations you have the ability to step back and see the big picture. Praying for you πŸ™‚

    December 13, 2017 at 6:38 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Thank you Alyssa!πŸ™‚

      December 15, 2017 at 12:27 pm Reply
  • Chris Barratt

    Ana, I’m so sorry for this recent setback. That’s got to be really hard. And Romona looks really sad about it too!! (Precious little thing). But I know God’s got this!! He always has and will continue. I’m going to pray you guys find another apartment that agrees with you. With no sensitivities!!!!!! You hang in there and keep on with that orange stuff!! I’m grateful that’s working!! You’re on the right track!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    December 13, 2017 at 7:46 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Thank you so much for this kind comment Chris and for your ongoing prayers. I need them! πŸ’•

      December 15, 2017 at 12:28 pm Reply
  • Ruth Meyer

    Hope you can stay in the same apartment complex. Moving down hallways is a lot easier than moving to other states. Praying for you, Ana, especially in this colder months. I’m amazed at how far you have come since this journey started, and even your setbacks are much smaller steps than they have been. πŸ™‚

    December 13, 2017 at 8:19 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      You’re definitely right, Ruth. Thank you for praying! I really appreciate it. πŸ’•

      December 15, 2017 at 12:28 pm Reply
  • Alex

    Yay for orange medicine! We are continuing to pray for clarity and forward progress!

    December 13, 2017 at 9:48 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Thank you so so so so much Alex!

      December 15, 2017 at 12:29 pm Reply
  • Katherine Forster

    Aww, I’m sorry you’re feeling worse; but that’s wonderful that the medicine is so obviously helping! I’ll keep praying!

    December 13, 2017 at 9:48 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Thank you so much Katherine! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

      December 15, 2017 at 12:29 pm Reply
  • Hailey

    I am so happy the medicine helped so quickly! Praying that you can find a new apartment quickly.

    December 14, 2017 at 8:04 am Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Thank you so much Hailey!

      December 15, 2017 at 12:30 pm Reply
  • ashley nicole

    Yay! What a huge praise that the medication is helping! We’re praying for 100% healing, friend πŸ™‚ Stay strong <3

    December 14, 2017 at 11:37 am Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Thank you very much Ashley! I appreciate the prayers!

      December 15, 2017 at 12:30 pm Reply
  • Bethany Rose

    Oh, I’m sorry to hear you’re not doing well, Ana! πŸ™ I don’t know if you’ve been on that before, but it can really get you nauseous. 😐 You might want to add in some enzymes. We use DGL.

    December 14, 2017 at 3:48 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Yeah, I tried it briefly when we were in Death Valley and had trouble. But this time I seem to be tolerating quite well. Thanks for the tips!

      December 15, 2017 at 12:33 pm Reply
  • Ana Ducasa

    Ana, I continue to pray for your %100 recovery!

    December 14, 2017 at 4:07 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Thank you so much Ana! πŸ’•

      December 15, 2017 at 12:33 pm Reply
  • Jen

    I’m so sorry about this setback. I’m glad the csm is helping and that you have some insight as to what’s going on. I started reacting to my new apartment after several weeks too. Praying you can move into another unit that is safer for you!

    December 15, 2017 at 9:18 am Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Thank you so much for praying Jen! πŸ’•

      December 15, 2017 at 12:34 pm Reply

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