Tomorrow will have been two weeks since I found out that the Epstein Barr Virus is active in my body.
My doctor told me I’d need to have another blood test after two weeks in order to see if the virus indicators are rising, stabilizing, or lowering. This will help him better assess whether I’m nearing the end of the virus or if it’s getting started.
Looking at the results from yesterday, they are much higher than they were in the first set of tests. Almost twice as high.
Fortunately I haven’t felt any side effects, chronic fatigue, or had one of my dreaded zombie days!
There are a few things I’ve done or attempted to do to help me during this time. I list them below:
- Reduce stress and tension
- Eat less sugar (no more sports drinks for me!)
- Eat complex carbohydrates and whole bread, as opposed to white rice, bread, etc.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Hydrate more
- Sleep 7-8 hours each night
- Have snacks in order to avoid having glucose problems throughout the day
Some of these things I was already doing, but I’m much more disciplined now than I was before. I’ve also realized that I cannot go for long periods of time without eating. I must have five meals a day (three big meals, snacks in between each) or my glucose gets all funky.
On Saturday I made the mistake of not eating anything from 9AM until 4PM. By the time I had lunch I was already sweating profusely, and felt sleepy and weak.
Needless to say the lifestyle change has been good in helping me have normal or near-normal energy levels.
I have some questions for my doctor tomorrow (like when I should see him again or any important things to avoid) but otherwise things are on course.
Who knows how long the virus will remain active for but until then, I’ll give it everything I have.
If you have Epstein Barr or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and would like to ask any questions, chat about it, or simply share your story, feel free to message me on Twitter :)