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In my previous post I shared my experience with my first two rounds, in this post I'll be sharing the third and fourth.
Round 3: May 3, 4, 5 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). 12.5mg DMSA every 4 hours around the clock
I began my chelation medication on Thursday 11pm. Friday I felt okay. I start to see a pattern. Saturday I turn into the Wicked Witch of the West. I feel like my husband is picking on me but in reality he's being completely understanding and waiting on me hand and foot, cooking my meals and bringing them to me in bed. I have to stay off my computer because I find myself getting agitated and wanting to blast people but recognizing perhaps I'm taking things the wrong way. Sunday I was less of a basket case but my energy was extremely low. I felt unsure as to whether I could withstand my upcoming birthday party. That made me cry because I don't have anyone who can help me. I'm determined to have only GAPS foods at my party so that Matthew doesn't feel deprived. By the way, this was my 50th birthday, the only birthday party I've ever had in my entire life, and I did not want to miss it.
The main problem is that I'm losing Saturday and most of Sunday. That would be fine if I didn't have a blog, if I didn't have to manage my husband's accounting for his businesses, pay our personal bills, cook meals, clean house, have a party coming up, etc.
During the week I am looking on Amazon and find there are two books that people have written to share their experiences with mercury chelation. The Kindle book I bought – (*Amazon affiliate link) The Mercury Diaries says that the author finds his body metabolizes the medication more quickly so he is not keeping a constant amount going. He had terrible, terrible experiences with the mercury redistribution, much worse than I've experienced. It occurs to me that I may need to adjust my dosing.
Round 4: May 10, 11, 12 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). 12.5mg DMSA every 3 hours around the clock
I began my chelation medication on Thursday 11pm. I decided to change my schedule to every 3 hours, but since I don't have my alarm clock set up I start out with every four hours. 11pm, 3am and 7am. I planned to start the 3 hour dosing at 10am Friday morning but got distracted and my husband reminded me at 10:20 about my dose. I decided to just continue taking my dose at 20 after the hour. My dosing schedule is:
Remember if I miss a dose, I have to stop the round.
I have a gut feeling that this protocol is going to be a big healing step for me, so I am trying very hard to stick with the schedule. It helps that I have my cell phone set up for all these alarms. There are actually more alarms going off all day long… this is what a typical Friday, Saturday and Sunday looks like:
- 7:00am Thyroid medication
- 7:20am DMSA
- 8:00am Adrenal support
- 10:20am DMSA
- Noon Thyroid medication, adrenal support, 1st temperature
- 1:20pm DMSA
- 3pm 2nd temperature
- 4:00pm Adrenal support
- 4:20pm DMSA
- 5pm Thyroid medication
- 6:00pm 3rd temperature
- 7:20pm DMSA
- 10:20pm DMSA
- 1:20am DMSA
- 4:20am DMSA
It's close to 4pm on Saturday. I have not felt much effect of the medication today as I did on previous Saturdays. It seems that my body was metabolizing the medication more quickly and I must have been having mercury redistribution in between each dose.
Apparently rounds are usually ended in the evening so that the mercury redistribution that occurs will happen during the night and not while a person has to be up and awake. It seems like I am sleeping very well on the days I am chelating but not so good on the other nights. I am anxious to see how Sunday night for this round goes. Will the mercury redistribution be harder on me?
So far it seems that every three hours is better for my body. I won't know the full extent of this round until I make it through my work week. Next weekend is my birthday. I still have a lot to do to prepare but I am optimistic that I am going to have a fun party and enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
UPDATE: Monday morning. I ended my round with the 10:20pm dose. I slept very restfully all night long and feel okay today. Whew. I will be skipping chelation next weekend.
If you are still with me, thanks for reading through to the end. I would sure love to hear from you in the comments if you have any questions or want to share your experience with chelating.
This link provides a quick overview of the protocol I'm following: Oral Mercury Chelation – General Guidelines.
The 1st post in this series is here: Andrew Cutler Chelation Protocol Part 1
The 2nd post in this series by clicking here: My Experience with the Cutler Chelation Protocol Part 2