December 6, 2007
you do the math
okay, class. put aside the science of chronic illness for today; right now, we are going to focus on the math. i just picked up my prescription for natural thyroid hormone and, along with it, a helpful brochure on how to titrate (that's chemistry and we'll handle that another day) my dose and maximize the drug's effect. i will add to this my daily numbers. ready?
i have to take my temperature 3 hours after awakening, 3 times per day, 3 hours apart for 5 days and average each day. my temperature should be a bit above 37 degrees celsius but will more likely be close to 35 degrees. i should start with 1-7.5 mcg capsules, 2 times per day and build up in divided doses of 15 mcg's to anywhere from 125 to 225 mcg's. the drug has to be taken 1 hour before eating or 2 hours after and 12 hours apart. i should be careful not to let my blood sugar drop and should many small meals per day. for each meal, i should eat 3 parts of protein to 1 part unrefined carbohydrates. i should eat between 60 and 70 grams of protein per day. i should avoid drinking water 1/2 hour before, during or after food. i should drink at least 6 glasses of water per day. add to the thyroid pills, 1 to 4 -12.5 mg capsules of io-plex daily with food, for 3 to 6 weeks. add 1-250 mcg capsule of chromium per day. take 1 capsule twice daily of guggulipid. take 1 to 4 capsules of ashwaganda. take 5oo mg of tyrosine 3 times per day with meals. take 1 multi-vitamin per day. and 1 capsule of 1000 or 2000 mcg b-12 per day.
need a breather? c'mon, you can do it! keep going...
for nausea, i take 6 nux vomica granules 15 minutes before or 1/2 hour after food. i take 3 vitamin d pills 3 times per day with food. 2 types of calcium 4 times per day with food. 1 cup of chinese tea 2 times a day, 1 hour after food. 2 neck stretches 1 time per hour. foot exercises 10 reps, 3 times per day. 5 different hand exercises, 10 reps, 3 times per day. 45 minutes of stretching, 1 time per day. 20 minutes of walking when possible. meditate for 15 minutes, 2 times per day. and it's all finished off with 10 mg of melatonin, 45 minutes before bedtime and 9 hours of rest.
more or less.
now. here is your homework:
if one sick person leaves their bed at 9:15 am and has to do 10 repetitions, 3 times per day of 12 different stretches and needs 6 small meals; and the another sick person leaves their bed at 7:30 am and has 2 appointments with specialists --each of whom tends to be between 30 and 70 minutes late-- who are 11 km's apart... when will they ever meet for coffee?
do i have any high-level mathematicians reading this? can we get a formula for dosing, exercising and time management, please? for now, i will drink my new vanilla tea and switch to physics: a body at rest tends to stay at rest.