It's 6:24. I'm in my chair, ready to write a blog post. The only problem? I'm preoccupied. I can't think about cats or cuddling or Lyme or life. All I can think about is how my tongue feels like it's going to fall off. Yes...it's true. I am battling a horrific case of oral thrush (otherwise known as Candidiasis).
Now, if you've never had oral thrush, let me just say this: It's not fun. Your mouth feels like it's on fire. Your breath stinks. Eating is painful. And, it's a bear to get rid of.
How do I know?
-2 Rounds of Diflucan
-Umpteen courses of Nystatin
-Endless rounds of Citrus Seed Extract
-Weeks of oil pulling
-Several shots of Calendula Succus
-Salt water rinses, tongue scrapers, baking soda...
I still got it. I'm so discouraged, I'm even eating french fries with cheese (not currently, but I did last night). What's the point? Nothing helps anyway...(at least that's what I said to myself).
FYI: Please no lectures on how I really need to eat a protein filled, no carb, no dairy, no sugar, no dairy diet. I know this. Just having/promoting a momentary lapse in judgement.
Desperate, I start looking for new home remedies for thrush...things I haven't tried yet...stuff that won't interact with with my new Chinese Herbal GU concoction...things that won't cause sleeping sickness, or death, or hives, or stomach cancer.
Option #1--Gentian Violet. Often a pick for nursing mothers, it's a standard treatment for infants with oral thrush. Only drawbacks? Makes your mouth purple (for days) and supposedly contains Mercury (don't really need more heavy metals, do I?).
Option #2--Milk of Magnesia. Mix one Tablespoon M.O.M. with equal parts water. Swish, gargle, spit. It's supposed to be a miracle.
Option #3--CandidaEX (recommended by a friend). She SWEARS this is the only thing that helped her. I'm just concerned it will react negatively with the herbs I'm taking (which, by the way, are ALSO supposed to be eliminating this nonsense).
Eeny Meeny Miny Mo...
Off to Walgreen's to give M.O.M. a go.
Altered Today: Desperation, new cures