I'm trying to figure out what the heck is going on with my immune system. I've posted this on a couple groups I'm on so I apologize if you see this more than once.
I had my son at home 8 weeks ago. I'm on my 4th cold since his birth (the first started 2 days post-partum). This current one has been the worst so far. Sinuses, fever, sore throat, cough and this morning, TWO cold sores, one on each side of my upper lip.
I lost a bit of blood with his birth due to a sticky placenta and a tear that involved a blood vessel. I know that being anemic can weaken your immune system, but by 2 wks PP my hemoglobin had gone from 6.9 to 9.6 with the help of Floravital, Vit C and encapsulated placenta. I figure by now it has to be close to, if not, normal. I've continued to take Floravital on and off and Vitamin C (usually about 3 - 9 grams per day, depending, more during the other colds).
With this current bout of germs, I took almost 30 grams of Sodium Ascorbate the first day (Sunday) and did NOT reach bowel tolerance. It eased up my symptoms a bit, but yesterday I didn't take as much and I got worse. Since midnight last night I've taken 44 GRAMS and have not reached bowel tolerance yet. I plan to take 8 grams every 3-4 hrs until something gives. I don't know what else to do.
I'm tired of being sick. All of this illness is on top of a really horrible recovery from the birth involving untreated tears and muscle and nerve damage that are requiring physical therapy.
I can't figure out what the hell is going on w/my immune system. I am never, ever this sick. I get maybe one or two colds throughout the year max, and rarely as severe as this.
Help - what can I do to strengthen/balance my immune system? My diet is really clean of my allergens (corn, wheat, soy, dairy, most fruits), now removing eggs which seems to be helping us both (baby isn't spitting up as much!). It's not pollen allergy season here so that's not playing a role yet.
I'll eat/do/take whatever to keep myself from getting sick (and to keep the baby from getting sick). I just want to be back to normal enough so I can at the very least parent my children. I feel like a horrible parent because I've been so debilitated by the birth recovery and back to back illness I really can't do anything w/them and am relying on partner a TON with the older two which is great, but he's not their mom (or their dad even). And it's stressful on him b/c he's looking for work and between the kids and me and doctors appointments it really impacts his ability to focus (though I don't know what we would have done if he hadn't lost his job - weird thing to be grateful for).
I appreciate any thoughts/ideas you have.
Oh, and is Olive Leaf Extract safe for breastfeeding? I was thinking of taking some to address the damn cold sores, but wasn't sure if it was "safe".