After watching the Pacific Fatigue Lab's webinar last week, I've decided to devote the next month to giving the HRM a full test. This will mean wearing it every day, all day, and stopping whatever I happen to be doing if my heart rate reaches a certain limit. When my heart rate falls back within acceptable limits, I can resume activity, but only as long as it stays below that limit. In my case, I'm starting off the month with the limit being 105 beats per minutes. That's six beats below my predicted AT based on the usual formula used for CFS patients.
If needed, I will adjust it even lower. At the end of the month, I'll review my monthly average and compare it to past monthly averages to see if the heart rate monitor helped improve my overall health rating and reduce the severity and frequency of crashes.
Having worn the HRM for the last two days, I can already tell it's not going to easy getting used to wearing this thing -- at least the chest strap part of it. I have a newfound respect for the discomfort women deal with in brassieres.
Daily Health Rating Average - August
Meanwhile, I've calculated my monthly average for the month of August and it was the lowest since before I started Equilibrant in April: 76.93. This is not a surprise, as I pushed it WAY too hard in August, with several family obligations. But September should be a very mellow month and I should be able to stay home and rest every weekend. If the monitoring is working, I would hope to see a measurable increase in my health rating at the end of September. Either way, I'll post the results here on my blog.
I also note that I've now been keeping a daily health log for a full year. It's incredible how quickly that year went by. Before I got sick, I could have never imagined having the patience to record so many details of my daily life every single day. It's just another example of how, having lost the health that I took for granted, I'll go to almost any length to try to get some of it back.
Month Avg. Rating. Notes
Nov. 75.85 Started D-Ribose, Co-Q10, Acetyl-l carnitine, Vit. D3, and
Dec. 80.39 Officially diagnosed; changed diet to low carb; added
ImmunoStim, NT Factor, and pro-biotics
Jan.'12 79.07 Added T3 thyroid, pregnenolone, and magnesium
Feb. 72.73 Added methylation protocol; crashed twice due to low
potassium and flu
Mar. 77.94 Added Famvir (antiviral) and Nystatin (for Candida); briefly
May 82.03 Started Equilibrant, titrating from 2 - 4 tablets per day.
June 78.52 Upped Equilibrant dosage to 5 tab/day; got a cold early in
month; ImmunoStim ran out and is on back order.
July 81.12 Upped Equilibrant dosage to 6 tab/day, plus back on
Aug. 76.93 Stressful month, with two deaths in family; Travelled out of
town twice and hosted a party at house