Dec 31, 2015

Happy New Year To You And A Prayer For The Days Ahead


We've come to the end of another year!  For many 2015 has been hard; filled with pain, terrible health, difficult relationships or financial hardships.  

You may be glad when the clock strikes midnight and a new year is ushered in or you may not even care.

But I have hope for the future and I couldn't let this day pass without sharing that hope and telling you how thankful I am to you for visiting my blog and sharing it with friends and family! 

My prayer for you is to have peace and healing for the new year ahead.

I pray that each of you will look forward to this new year with a renewed hope and a purpose to pursue better health and healthy relationships.  

I pray that you would pursue the Lord and make a relationship with Him a priority.

Happy New Year!

May the Lord bless you and keep you
May He make His face shine on you and be gracious to you;
May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.
(Numbers 6:24)


Dec 23, 2015

Holidays, Homeschooling & Ho Hum Health


Can you believe Christmas is here? Are you peaceful and enjoying the season or are you frazzled and stressed?

This time of year can be beautiful and exciting but it also can be busy, stressful, sad, and even frustrating.  If we're not careful we might make commitments and plans that will not only take our focus off the true meaning of the season but will also cause us to have a setback in our health.


How do we balance our health demands with the demands of the holidays?


Dec 15, 2015

My Favorite Online Homeschooling Encouragement

In my last post I shared how I came to use online homeschooling resources and found the encouragement and support that I needed.  If you missed it you can pop over here and read it (Finding Homeschool Help Don't Go-it-Alone.

It became a necessity for me to find help online because I was very ill with Lyme disease and I was struggling to keep up.  Honestly, I was ready to throw in the towel.

Instead, I found a few amazing homeschooling websites that changed everything for me, giving me the encouragement and direction to keep going.  I needed it even more when my kids became severely ill with chronic Lyme disease.

Dec 13, 2015

Finding Homeschool Help ~ Don't Go It Alone


Recently I was having a discussion with a friend who also homeschools her children.  She said homeschooling was really hard for her because she felt all alone and she felt she was groping in the dark, hoping that she was doing a good job.  She only wanted what was best for her children.

I asked her if she was part of a support group or if she uses any of the resources online and she said no.

I began to share with her some of the connections and resources I've used online and she was actually surprised.  She had no idea there was help online for homeschoolers.

This of course got me to thinking, I wonder how many other homeschool moms are groping in the dark, trying to figure out how to homeschool all alone.

Dec 3, 2015

Touching Ticks & Training A Puppy

Recently my family and I moved about 40 minutes North East from our home of almost 20 years.  We needed more space and we found a beautiful home with a lot more yard then we've ever had.

In the past when we went house hunting I was usually turned off by the amount of surrounding woods and declined most of the houses we looked at but for some reason with this house, we just knew it was to be our home.  No wooded areas but the house is surrounded by farm land.

I didn't feel threatened or anxious about the surrounding area and I even let my son make a fort in the back of the lot where there are a row of trees along with my newly inherited composting bin.

To top it off the previous owner had fed birds and squirrels right on the deck for years.

With all of my Lyme knowledge I knew this was a big no-no but up until last week I fed them too and enjoyed the gorgeous birds approaching to feed every morning! 

The problem is, these animals drop ticks and fleas presenting a high risk for exposure and infection right outside the door.

Nov 20, 2015

Giving Thanks Through The Struggle And Pain


Thanksgiving is next week, are you struggling to find things to be thankful for.  Do you feel like your life isn't going the way you had planned?  Do you feel like your body isn't cooperating and the pain is sometimes just too much to handle?  Are you wondering where you'll get the money to pay the medical bills much less a turkey?

I have a hard time being thankful, especially when I'm in pain.  This past year I've felt very thankful for the blessings, the healing and the changes that have taken place for us physically, financially and relationally. It's as if that dark cloud that was hovering down over us has finally lifted.

Nov 10, 2015

Learning To Be Thankful

I can hardly believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  I have been so busy I actually woke up this morning in a panic thinking it was next week.

The past few months have been filled with packing, buying a house, moving in, unpacking and getting settled.

It sure has been a whirlwind of activity.  As usual, I tend to think a lot about my experiences and even try to recognize life lessons and what God's doing in my life.

The older I get the more I find myself interested in personality types and human behavior.  It could be because I'm a mom. I'm fascinated over how completely different each child is even though they have the same parents and brought up in the same environment.  I've also been amazed at how men and women can be so completely different in their thinking and behavior.

I've found that people are either introverted or extroverted and can recognize behavioral choices and thought patterns that result.   I've also seen how some are naturally grateful and optimistic while others, uh hmmm, tend to be ungrateful and pessimistic.

I often find myself fitting the latter category and despite my best efforts to be positive and grateful I find myself falling hard back into my natural ways. I usually say I'm a realist and cautious but if I were to be honest I do complain.

Our family recently moved into a home that my husband and I just fell in love with when we first walked through.  Only a few short weeks after living in the house I found myself complaining. I don't know where to put things, there's too much to clean, will I ever get everything unpacked, I'm so exhausted, why do I always have to be in pain?

The basement leaked after a two day spurt of heavy rains from hurricane Patricia.  I grumpily called it flooding but my husband said it was leaking and he went to work to clean it up.  I even complained that the house is old, which is one of the things I wanted in a house.  I've always loved older homes, I think they have lots of character and that's exactly what we found here.  Here's the clincher, we prayed for this house and yet I still found things to complain about.

If you know your scriptures, you'll remember the Israelites also complained, relentlessly to the point of driving Moses crazy and making God angry.  Oohh, can we make God angry with our complaining?  I believe so.  He always loves us, just like we always love our children but when they're ungrateful and complain we as their parents most likely get angry with them.  We want them to be grateful.

With Thanksgiving fast approaching I'm reminded that God wants us to give thanks for all things, even the water in the basement, the grumpy kids and our chronic illness.

I've decided to be more proactive about being thankful, not just for Thanksgiving but that's a good reason to start.  Each time I'm tempted to complain or catch myself in the midst of complaining I'm going to instead give thanks. I'm going to remember the many blessings I do have and enjoy those blessings despite my circumstances. I might even pick up my gratitude journal and begin writing in that again.

How about you?  Are you a complainer?  What do you have to be thankful for that maybe you've forgotten.  Will you join me in making gratitude a way of life?


Oct 5, 2015

Our Family Is Moving and I'm Remembering When


Here I sit surrounded by boxes, packing tape and a great big mess.  Our family is moving about 20 miles north to a larger home.

Life is always changing isn't it?  Even without moving, new things are always happening whether it relates to our relationships, jobs, or just day to day experiences.

We're all very excited and looking forward to our new home but we have some mixed feelings too.  Something very strange happened to me as I was telling a complete stranger about our move.  Tears welled up in my eyes and I felt a little overcome with emotion.

It's not like we have to move because of a job change but we outgrew our tiny home long ago just as I began to get really sick with what I later found out was Chronic Lyme Disease.  

This home, this tiny home that was much too big when we first moved here over 18 years ago, has my heart.

You see, we moved here when my oldest daughter was two and my 2nd daughter would make her presence three months later.

As I pack each day a flood of memories and emotions keep overtaking me.  I've raised four children here, I've lost two.  I moved here not knowing my Savior but found him shortly after while sitting on the floor with my girls as they played and I read my Bible. 

I'm remembering the little feet that ran through the house.  Bringing three of my babies home from the hospital. The knock-knock jokes, the bed-time prayers, the middle of the night cuddles when bad dreams interrupted sleep, the transitions from childhood to young adulthood.

I remember the many neighborhood children coming to my house to play and the troubled teen who just needed an adult to talk to.  

I remember what I was doing when major news events were announced over the radio or television and I remember so clearly that morning of 9/11, during my very first year of homeschooling, only to be so thankful my children were here with me.

We've had such good times here and some bad times. We've made such wonderful friends along the way and lost dear loved ones as their journey in life ended.

This is where I learned to be a mommy, a wife, a homemaker. I learned to homeschool my children.  This is where we accomplished the great task of meeting graduation requirements for my two older daughters despite their obstacles with chronic Lyme.  

This is where I became incredibly sick with Lyme disease, I honesty thought I was going to die.  This is where my children also became severely ill with Lyme, where I cared for their every need, and prayed to God that He would heal them.  This is where we've been finding that healing.

This is where I conquered my fears and found hope, that no matter what difficulties arise my Lord will always be with me; to walk with me, to carry me and to strengthen me no matter what comes my way.

The great thing about my Lord is that He goes with me wherever I go!  I can't wait to see what new experiences, friends, and changes He has in store as we make this move.

What changes are happening in your life?  Are you embracing them or struggling?  



Sep 13, 2015

Where Does Your Fear Come From And What Are You Doing About It? (Our Journey With Neurological Lyme)

One of the more embarrassing symptoms of Neurological Lyme is the sudden onset of anxiety and fear.

Sometimes, sheer panic attacks can rise out of nowhere in an otherwise self controlled person.

It seems that even in a society where neurological disorders abound, its symptoms; anxiety, depression and mood disorders are not tolerated very well by others and many times criticized within Christian circles as a lack of faith.

Fear can be a very normal and natural response to protect ourselves.  Sometimes it can be because we're not trusting God but it is very possible that fear can be present because of a physical problem.

Sep 4, 2015

My Favorite Lyme Friendly Cleaning Tool - The Shark Sonic Duo

The Shark Sonic Duo
Years ago when I became ill with chronic Lyme Disease, we had to make choices that would help us run our home with as much ease as we could.

I was not physically capable of doing simple things like mopping the floor or scrubbing the bathroom tub.

In the beginning of my illness my husband hired a wonderful friend to come in once or twice a month to help with the deep cleaning but that only lasted a short time.

I finally realized how important it was for me to buy products that would make it easier for my family to do the every day jobs that needed to be done.

Many times this has meant spending more money than I normally would.  This hasn't always been easy for me because I've always been a penny pinching kind of woman.

I'm really quite excited about two purchases that I've made over the past year and wanted to tell you about them.

Aug 29, 2015

The Day In And Day Out Of Homeschooling

Have you started your homeschool yet?  I'm kind of old school, I like to begin our homeschool after Labor Day, so we have 1 more week.

Have you ever noticed that when school starts everyone's excited but that it only lasts for a few days and then real life sets in.

It's so easy to allow the day in and out of homeschooling stress you out especially when you have chronic illness.

It's hard to plan and stay on track when you don't know how you'll feel each day.
  
My health is probably the best it's been in 8 years and after graduating my two oldest daughters, I'll only be homeschooling my youngest two.  

My daughter is 15 and will be a Sophomore and little man is 8 and entering the 3rd grade.

This year should be a breeze right?  After all, a few short years ago I was homeschooling four and very ill with chronic Lyme disease.

Aug 23, 2015

Living The Busy Lyme Life

Sorry, I've been kind of quiet on my blog lately.  Summer is almost at an end and for a Lymie I've been pretty busy.
This is the time of year I'm focused on getting ready for the fall, fitting in last minute doctors appointments and check-ups, purchasing the children's fall clothes and finalizing our plans for the upcoming homeschool year.

Besides trying to keep up with the best of them, the past few months have been kind of hard on me.  I've been having pain off and on so everything I've needed to do seems to take twice as long.  I don't know why I've been having this cyclical pain but some days it's pretty hard.


Aug 16, 2015

How I Planned My Monthly Menu In Minutes

Menu planning! Do you love it or hate?  Do you even bother to plan out your meals?

There are some really great reasons why you should, especially if you have limited energy due to a chronic illness.

I used to sit faithfully at the kitchen table planning out a months worth of meals,  This was long before everyone was using the Internet and Pinterest hadn't even been thought of.  Yes, I'm admitting that I'm that old.

I diligently sat and wrote down all of our favorite meals for each season.  I included page numbers and titles of the recipe books I may have needed.  I looked through countless magazines looking for the yummiest but most nutritious meals I could make.  I even went as far as making a weekly grocery list that corresponded with my menu plan.

During busy seasons I may have only planned a week at a time but sometimes I would come up with several months since I was already surrounded by my planning supplies.

You may absolutely hate menu planning and that's OK.  I can't say that I love it, but there are some benefits and I bet you already know them.  I heard a young girl speaking on the radio while I was driving to work explaining how she helps her Mom save money by planning their menu.

It's true, taking the time to plan your meals can actually save you time and money.  You won't dread dinner time because you'll already know what you're making.  You won't need to order carry out or swing by the grocery store to pick up frozen dinners.

Having a plan gives you peace of mind and extra time. You can even make some dinners ahead of time, like on your good days, and then you'll have them ready to pop in the oven on those busy days or when you're not feeling well enough to cook.  Get your kids involved too, mine always love helping to prepare their favorite meals.

Somehow I got out of the habit of planning my meals, especially when I was very sick.  Lately, I've found myself asking each of my 4 kids what I should make and that became my meal plan.  It became a problem when my 8 year old only requests spaghetti.

Early on in my Lyme treatment I required a very strict diet. I eliminated all sugar and carbs to help cut down on inflammation and to prevent Candida from the high doses of antibiotics.  This took a lot more planning.  I didn't want to make two separate meals so I did some digging and research in order to find meals and snacks that were nutritious but met my dietary restrictions.

Once I finished this diet and slowly began to eat a less restrictive diet I got lazy.  I try to make nutritious meals for my family.  I do my best to fill up the kitchen with fresh, local or organic produce, fruit, nuts and seeds, and healthy snacks.  I buy local meat and have my milk delivered from a farm.

So, I am working hard to feed my family well but I haven't been making a menu and I noticed that I was dreading dinner time.  I found myself sighing every afternoon before I have to leave for work and frustrated that I had no idea what I wanted to make for dinner or what my daughter could make.

A few weeks ago while my son was playing Lego's at the Library, I decided to look online for a menu.  Usually menus made by others don't really suit our tastes but I happened upon one that I could live with.

I can download it in Microsoft Word and tweak it a little and then print it out and place it on my fridge. Whala!  It took less than 5 minutes and I had a monthly menu.  Perfect!

My thanks goes out to Erica over at Confessions Of A Homeschooler for doing all the hard work for an old Mom like me and helping me to get back on track making meal planning a breeze.



Jul 31, 2015

Getting Ready For Another Homeschool Year

What I'm changing to make our year great!


We're rapidly approaching another school year and for many of us that means another year of homeschooling through our own chronic illness or that of our child's.

How do you eagerly approach a year that you know is going to bring a lot of hard work, stress and possibly conflict? For some, it brings about increased symptoms from our illness.

I'm pretty sure it's safe to say that none of us would look forward to that kind of year. 

So, as homeschool Moms who are either working through a chronic illness or helping to care for a chronically ill child, there are some important things you could do before school starts.

Here's what I've been doing this summer as time and health allow.

1.  I'm Changing My Attitude
Our homeschool is greatly influenced by our attitude. One of my very favorite authors is the late Zig Ziglar. His famous quote, "Quit Your Stinkin' Thinkin" is also one of my favorites. I'm not naturally a positive person and have to say this to myself often.

We may find ourselves approaching our homeschool with dread, telling ourselves that it will be hard and miserable, listing all the reasons we're messing up our children. 

A better approach would be to enter in with a positive attitude and gratefulness that we have the awesome privilege of teaching and learning right along with our children, knowing that we have God's help.

I love how my friend approaches her day in the morning, she happily greets her boys with, "Good morning, we get to homeschool today!"  Now I'm usually not quite that chipper in the morning but I'm determined to greet our mornings with the best smile I can and a cheerful "good morning!"

2.  I'm Changing My Environment
I'm a book and a paper-a-holic and I tend to be surrounded with books and articles that I want to read, am currently reading or those that I want my children to read.  That can get pretty messy if I'm not careful.

This summer I've been working on clearing out and cleaning up my school bookshelves, my desk, my piles and my files.  

I've been tossing things that can no longer be used, putting up for sale things that hopefully someone else wants and giving away things that are still usable but not worthy of selling.

I'm also working on the areas of our home that have collected clutter and areas that require a lot of my attention.  

I'm trying to get as organized as possible before school starts so that I can focus on school and not the clutter.

When I was at my sickest, this sometimes meant putting a pile of stuff in a box and hiding it somewhere until I could get to it. Don't stress, just do what you can and enlist the help of your family or a good friend.

3.  I'm Changing My Plan
As I plan for school this year, I'm thinking about the things that worked in the past and the things that brought about the most melt-downs. I have 15 years of experience with four children but I'm always open to changing and looking for ways to make our days run more smoothly.

If this is your first year homeschooling, don't worry if you have growing pains, that's completely normal. You'll be learning to work with your children, identifying their learning styles and setting boundaries.  

They will have a learning period as well, besides their schoolwork, they may need to learn to deschool if they've been in the public or private school setting. This can take the whole year but don't throw in the towel.  

Work on building your relationship and setting up a good system that works for your family.

If you've been homeschooling for awhile, be flexible and willing to change what doesn't work. Think about what caused your homeschool to be stressed or what just didn't work well and come up with a few solutions. You may have to do this periodically throughout your school year.

A vital part of my plan are the schedules I've put in place for how our day will run, when we'll have group studies and a flexible chore schedule.  

Having structure, even when we may be having a bad health day is so important and helps our family stay on course.

4.  I'm Changing Controls
It doesn't matter how long I've walked with the Lord, it seems to be a constant exercise for me to give up control and put it back where it belongs, in God's hands.

He has called me to homeschool and He promises to help and be there every step of the way.  

I have quite a history with the Lord and I know, but often forget, that when He has control over my homeschool it works much better. Does that mean my days will be rosy and my children will do all their chores without my asking and never argue? Not a chance. We all have free will.

What it does mean, is that I don't have to stress over what I'm doing each day or worried about the 10th sick day in a row or how in the world will we ever finish school.  

I don't even have to worry that I don't know how to teach a topic or that my child's not getting it. When I stop during those times and seek the Lord through prayer He always leads and guides me and provides the help I need.

Despite my older girls missing chunks of their academic years in Middle and High School, they both did very well and successfully graduated. How did that happen you say?

We learned to skip the fluff and focus on the material that was most needed and required.

Learning will continue for the rest of their lives. My goal is to teach my children how to learn, how to think, how to find out anything that they want to know and most importantly to love learning.

So, now that you've seen a few of the steps I'm taking to make this year great, what steps will you take to ensure that your upcoming year will please the Lord and be successful?  I'd love to hear your ideas.



Jul 26, 2015

Babesiosis - The Most Tenacious Co-Infection To Lyme Disease

BABESIOSIS
Babesiosis, most often referred to as Babesia, is considered one of the most tenacious and dangerous co-infections to Lyme Disease and is now one of the most common tick-borne co-infections.

WHAT IS BABESIA
Babesia is caused by harmful parasitic microorganisms known as piroplasms.  It is very much like malaria and infects the red blood cells.

STRAINS
There are more than one hundred strains of Babesia, mostly affecting the animal population.  Only three strains have been found to affect people.  Those strains are Babesia microti, Babesia WA-1 (Babesia duncani) and Babesia divergens (found in Europe).

SYMPTOMS
Babesia can sometimes present in such a mild way that it goes undetected.  However, when it is contracted by someone with multiple infections or an already compromised immune system it can become severe. Babesia can be fatal especially to those without their spleen.

Babesia is often misdiagnosed because doctors typically look for hemolytic anemia, jaundice, low platelet count, congestive heart failure and renal failure.

If doctors suspect Babesia they typically only test for strains that they believe are endemic to their specific area when in fact multiple strains of Babesia are found across the United States.

Babesia infections can cause the above symptoms but can also include any of the following:
*  Fatigue, Malaise, Weakness, Fever
*  Headaches (migraine-like and persistent)
*  Shaking Chills
*  Excessive Sweating (many times at night)
*  Decreased Appetite
*  Spleen and/or Liver Enlargement
*  Capillary Angiomas
*  Ear Ringing
*  Blurry Vision
*  Anxiety
*  Nausea
*  Hormone Imbalance
*  Vasculitis (red skin with white patches)
*  Jaw/Head/Neck Pain (stiffness & sometimes severe pain)
*  Severe Muscle Pains (especially large muscle groups)
*  Unexplained Cough
*  Shortness of Breath
*  Air Hunger.
*  Lab abnormalities that may include low white blood count, low platelet counts, mild elevation of liver enzymes, and elevated "sed rate".

Babesia exasperates typical Lyme symptoms as well as increases depression, anxiety, and mood swings.  Left untreated, Babesia can cause severe disability as well as severe psychological disorders.

People with Babesia infections should avoid immune suppressing drugs such as steroids.  The immune system is what will help to fight off the infection.

TRANSMISSION
Babesia spreads the same way Lyme disease does because it's also transmitted by ticks, deer, and mice.  It can be transmitted from person to person, from mother to unborn baby and has become a problem in the American Blood Supply.  CDC Source: US Blood Supply Vulnerable To Parasitic Infection Spread By Ticks

Babesia is found throughout the United States and around the world.  Babesia WA-1 Duncani is also found on the East Coast despite doctor's believing it is only a West Coast disease.

TESTING
Testing is problematic because only specific strains of Babesia are looked for.  If infected by a different strain tests will come up negative.  Many times a Babesia test will also come up negative if Lyme is the primary infection at the time or if the infection is mild.  Blood smears are only reliable for the first two weeks of the infection.

More accurate tests include:
Immunoflourescent Antibody Assay (IFA)
Nucleic Acid Based Diagnostic Test (PCR and FISH)

For more information on testing please visit IGeneX and Imugen Labs

Energetic Testing may also be useful in diagnosing Babesia infections.

TREATMENT
If you suspect you have Babesia, it is necessary to seek out a Lyme Literate MD or ND.  They can guide you to the appropriate testing, diagnosis and treatment.  Standard antibiotic treatments for Lyme will not work to treat Babesia.  Anti-parasitic medication along with specific antibiotics are necessary.  Doctors are finding that multiple treatment options are best for treating Babesia because standard treatments using Mepron and Azithromycin no longer work the way they once did.

Homeopathic and natural treatment modalities are also showing promise in treating Babesia infections.


FURTHER STUDY
Lyme Disease.org  Co-Infections
Pangaea Clinic of Naturapathic Medicine Babesia Coinfection and Treatment of Lyme
Good Bye Lyme.com Why You Need These Herbs For Fighting Drug-resistant Babesia
Buhner Healing Lyme Protocols for Babesia
Psychology Today Babesia The Malaria Disease In Your Yard

SOURCES:
Why Can't I Get Better, Dr. Richard Horowitz
The Lyme Disease Solution, Kenneth B. Singleton, M.D., M.P.H


Disclaimer:  I am not a doctor and what I have stated here is only my opinion based on my research.  Seek out a knowledgeable Lyme Literate Physician who can better help you.  Visit ILADS


Jul 19, 2015

Restoring Your Health From Lyme Disease


If you have Lyme Disease or other tick-borne infections you know how quickly your health can deteriorate.

For some it happens overnight after an initial tick-bite.  For others, like myself, it can happen over the course of months as symptoms gradually appear and eventually debilitate you.

The fight to restore your health will be much harder the longer infections are present and untreated.

Tick-borne infections can essentially affect every body system and every organ while completely evading detection.

Here are some important things you can do to regain your health.

1. Find A LLMD
The most important step when dealing with tick-borne diseases is to find a Lyme Literate MD or ND (Naturapath).

Preferably find a doctor trained or educated through ILADS but at the very least someone who believes that chronic Lyme exists, knows about co-infections and understands the complexities of tick-borne infections.

A quick way to know if you have the right doctor is to ask them if they follow CDC guidelines for diagnosing and treating tick-borne infections.  If they do you will most likely be misdiagnosed and improperly treated.

A LLMD will help you address areas of your health that could prevent you from getting well such as mold exposure, heavy metal toxicity and candida.

Find a doctor here: ILADS Physician Referral

2. Learn About Tick-borne Infections.
Many people with tick-borne infections lose their cognitive abilities which makes reading and comprehending almost impossible.  If you find this is a problem for you, find an advocate, someone who can help you make sense of what you're going through.

Take them with you to your doctor's visits so they can take notes and ask questions for you.

3. Change Your Lifestyle
You cannot heal from a chronic disease without making changes in your life.  If your diet is poor your body will not heal.  If you're drinking or smoking you are compromising your health and will not heal.

Eliminate stress, simplify your life, eat healthy and get plenty of rest.

You may be too weak or fatigued to exercise but try to at least do some gentle stretching and when you're able add in a reasonable exercise program.

4.  Don't Buy The Snake Oil
In the Lyme Disease community many are severely ill.  All of us are desperate to do, try and buy anything that may help alleviate the pain and the debilitating symptoms.

In my 6 plus years of treatment for myself and my family, I've realized that slow and steady truly does win the race.

Over the years I've watched what others were doing and I realized that while they may feel better initially, most of the time their symptoms returned and they were left with a ton of debt.

Use wisdom when choosing a treatment protocol, do your own research, consult with your doctor and ask what other Lymies are doing.  

Remember though, no two Lymies are the same.  There are many complicated reasons why we each respond differently to the same protocol.  

Your doctor should be able to help you wade through the many legitimate options.

5.  Find Support
Everyone needs a friend but those who are chronically ill really need a good support system. 

The burden of caring for and encouraging someone who is always sick can be too much for our loved ones and close friends.

Give your caregiver permission to take breaks.  Find a support group where you can open up and share about what you're going through.  It's important to be heard and understood.  

Something very healing happens when you find out that you're not the only one having those horrible symptoms especially when many of us have been told that our symptoms are all in our head or that they are just stress related.

We can help our loved ones understand us by sharing with them what our struggles are and telling them how they can best help.

When pain is your life, it's easy to fall into discouragement and give up hope.  Having tick-borne diseases can be a very long and emotional battle.

I know all too well that discouragement.  I'm a Lyme sufferer, my husband and children are as well.  

It's always a struggle and if we're not all feeling terrible, there's always someone here who is.

Don't give up!  Find a reason to live and to fight for your health.  Find a reason to hope again.

If you need help, please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  Get help right away.  It's worth it.

*** Since writing this post, our family has come out on the other side of Lyme disease.  You really can be a Lyme Thriver.  Keep up the good fight and don't lose hope!



Jul 12, 2015

Good News / Bad News Lyme Check-Up

Here we are approaching the end of our first year of treatment for Lyme Disease and Coinfections with our newest doctor.

It was quite an interesting experience at first and the doctor's methods were very different than anything we had ever experienced in the past.

I had heard of muscle testing before but never auricular energy testing.  Honestly, I doubted much of what this doctor was doing until we began seeing major improvements.

Before that, the only thing I had to go on was the highest recommendation from several people at church whose teen and college age children were treated successfully for tick-borne diseases.

Before switching to Dr. S., five out of six of us had been treated with an aggressive antibiotic protocol for years.  We had also been given anti-fungals, anti-malarials and were told to take probiotics, Saccharomyces, and a box-load of other supplements.  We were constantly detoxing, gluten free, sugar free and fun free.  Not really fun free, but for the kids being on such a strict diet was a bit of a downer.

We were really very sick with Lyme, Coinfections and then Candida from all the antibiotics.  Life was hard and it was even harder to stay positive and encouraged when we weren't getting better and our doctor had no idea what else to do.

I was desperate to get better and to get my children better, they had lost so much of their childhood.  This led us in a new direction and off antibiotics.

Now, instead of antibiotics we're spraying anywhere from 15-27 homeopathic/nutritional supplements in our mouths three times a day.  

Sometimes when we're sitting at the table getting ready to take our sprays, we make eye contact and the race begins to see who can finish theirs first.  I mean, after 8 years of this madness you kind of have to make the best of it.

Last week, the girls and I had our check-ups, we go about every eight weeks.  My oldest is showing that most of her infections are almost gone.  She still has some infections showing but it seems her bigger issue has to do with her blood sugar.  

At the recommendation of a good friend we decided to start her on a new product in addition to what she's doing.  This product addresses her blood sugar, heals her gut and gives her the energy she so desperately needs.

So far we're seeing positive results and she's been up out of bed since starting, but it's only been a week.  If she continues to do well, I'll be certain to tell you all about it.

My sunshine girl is doing much better. She still gets fatigued but not as often and it's usually when her schedule is really full, she's going to bed late or she's not eating well.  She is doing much better than she was so the doctor reduced her remedies and doesn't need to see her for at least 4 months.

My baby girl, who isn't a baby by the way and already taller than me, had some return of symptoms.  We were sure it was because she was feeling so good she wasn't taking her remedies when she was supposed to.  Imagine my surprise to hear the doc say she has Lyme again, as in she got Lyme again.

I'm actually not really that surprised since we've been doing a lot more outside activities.  She's been outdoors a lot with friends and with the youth group at church.  It seems they're always doing things in the woods, fields or down at the creek.  

Of course I demand the kids look for ticks but honestly, nymph ticks are almost impossible to see.

My little man is doing great.  He had a Zyto scan done and was first treated for Mycoplasma and then Borrellia (Lyme).  He hasn't complained of any pain.

My checkup went well but there are still some issues to deal with.  I had to go on an antibiotic in May for an infection I got in my finger after I had nerve testing, so once again I'm dealing with Candida.  

I haven't been feeling well, joint pain, leg & feet pain, tics, and some memory problems.  Most of these symptoms could be from the Candida.  My leg pain was so bad that I wasn't sleeping well at night. After a few days on my adjusted protocol I began to feel so much better.

So that's our update.  I'm really thankful we're being treated in a way that isn't damaging our immune system like antibiotics were.  

We're working on strengthening our immunity and our bodies so that it can do the work needed to get rid of these infections.

My oldest is not as strong and still has to regain her health in order to get back into life, but it looks like we're finally on the right path.  

The rest of us have seen positive improvements and are really thankful that while we know we are not as healthy as we want to be, we are able to be busy doing things we love.



Jul 4, 2015

When Exercise Hurts But You Know You Should


Exercise is essential for good health and a strong body.  Everyone knows it's good for you, but what do you do when you're too fatigued or it just hurts too much?

Before getting chronic Lyme Disease I loved to exercise.  I loved how I felt afterwards and the benefits of having a strong healthy body.

Jun 30, 2015

CoInfections and Lyme Disease

Most people are unaware of the many infections they are exposed to when they get a tick bite.

Generally, they are only concerned with the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease but the reality is they are also at risk for getting many other infections.

Unfortunately, most doctors are not aware of these co-infections either and may misdiagnose symptoms as something else.

Jun 26, 2015

The Essentials of Lyme Disease Protection Webinar

I just finished listening to probably one of the best webinars on The Essentials of Lyme Disease Protection put together by Howard County Lyme Awareness.  Kandace Dickover is the founder of the Howard County Lyme Awareness Group and Mr. Bob Oley, who gave this presentation, is a Public Health Consultant and a Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Prevention Expert.  You can find his complete bio over at the Howard County Lyme Awareness site, the link is below.

I highly recommend taking the time to listen to this most informative webinar.  Mr. Oley shares information about the different ticks, the infections they carry and how to protect yourself, your loved ones and your pets.  He also shares the best repellents, how to use them and how to treat your yard.

You're never wasting time when you're investing in educating yourself in order to protect yourself and your loved ones from tick-borne infections.

Grab some paper, a pen and settle in.  You'll be so thankful you did.


Visit Howard County Lyme Awareness https://hclyme.wordpress.com/


Jun 24, 2015

Don't Take This For Lyme

Two Pills OR Two Weeks Of Antibiotics


Here we are, well into tick season and I've already spoken to quite a number of people about what to do to prevent chronic Lyme Disease.

Their circumstances have been different but their encounters with their doctors, rather similar.  

Some found a tick on them while others didn't but began having symptoms that would indicate an early Lyme infection.

If you've been exposed to ticks and begin having unusual symptoms including diarrhea or vomiting, always suspect tick-borne diseases. 

Several of the people I talked to had that tale-tell sign of a classic bulls-eye rash and another only had a rash that kind of, sort of looked like a bulls-eye and appeared after a bite.

Regardless of their individual situation they were all either offered 2 Doxycycline pills, a total of 200 mg, or they were offered 14 days worth.  

Only one was offered 21 days and in all cases their doctors believed that their treatment protocol would take care of the problem.

Why are our doctors not being told that these treatment protocols can give a false assurance of a cure that isn't possible with such a short course of antibiotics?

While it's not known what dosage or duration of antibiotics will actually treat an early Lyme infection, it is known that short courses and low doses do not work.  Refer to the ILADS New Treatment Guidelines.

These protocols have potentially made hundreds of thousands of people sick and for the rest of their lives. Two of which live in my house.  

My two daughters could have had their infections cured in the very beginning if only their pediatrician was educated to understand how tick-borne infections work and what it takes to keep them from becoming a chronic illness.

Lyme bacteria, Borrelia Burgdorferi, have a life cycle of 4 weeks. Lyme is known to form biofilms around clusters of the bacteria in order to protect itself from the treatment of antibiotics.

Two pills will do absolutely one thing, it will cause your Lyme blood test to be negative and possibly drive the bacteria deeper into your system. That's all!

The tests for Lyme are grossly inaccurate as it is. There are over 300 strains of Borrelia in the world, 100 strains in the U.S. and the tests only look for antibodies to one strain.  


Antibodies are not detectable before the 4 week mark of the initial infection and after the 4 week mark the patient becomes chronically ill.

Many chronically ill Lyme patients report being treated with 14 days or 21 days of antibiotics and state that their symptoms may have gone away for a time. They report symptoms recurring weeks, months and sometimes even years later. Many times their symptoms came back so slowly that they didn't make the connection.

What To Do?


ILADS Recommendations

If you find yourself in a situation where you need to get antibiotics for a tick-bite please insist on a minimum of 28 day course. If you have a bulls-eye or any other symptoms that you think are related to Lyme, you may need to request 6-12 weeks of antibiotics.

Any rash caused by a tick bite could be caused by the Borrellia bacteria and treatment needs to be started as soon as possible.

Once you're close to finishing your antibiotic, notice how you're feeling and whether or not all of your symptoms have resolved. If they haven't or you're not sure, you can ask your doctor for a few more weeks.  

This can be difficult and many doctors will refuse to prescribe more antibiotics.  It may be necessary to find an ILADS trained physician or a Naturapath who can help you regain your health and prevent tick-borne diseases from causing chronic illness.

Another word of caution, I've had a number of people tell me that their doctor explained that their symptoms from Lyme will hang around for up to a few months after their short course of antibiotics is finished. They said it takes time until all of the dead bacteria resolve from the body.

Unfortunately they believed their doctor, continued to have unexplained symptoms and eventually were diagnosed with things like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, MS, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome when in fact they may still have a Lyme infection.

Alternative Care

Another option if you can't get the needed course of antibiotics would be to find an alternative care practitioner or herbalist. We have found our greatest healing came through these treatment types. The benefit of natural treatment is that it supports your immune system while taking care of any possible infections.

Why You Should Treat Every Tick

These aren't your Grandma's ticks! These aren't even the same infections most of us were at risk of getting when we were growing up. Things have changed and more bacterial, viral and parasitic infections are being found in ticks, fleas, mosquitoes and biting flies then ever before.

Please do your research, especially if you're the outdoorsy type. Browse around my website, click the links for my favorite websites & resources and you'll learn all you need to know about vector-borne illnesses and how to protect yourself. 

It's better to guard yourself with knowledge before you're sitting in the doctor's office wondering what to do.  

Even when you have the facts it can still be difficult to impossible to get your doctor's cooperation.

In a nutshell, the recommendations are to get 28 days of antibiotics for each tick-bite and 6-12 weeks if there are any symptoms as a result of a tick bite.

Be Lyme smart and prevent chronic illness.




No claims are made as to how our treatment protocol may or may not help you individually or whether or not it would be useful for your unique health condition.  This blog post is not intended to be an endorsement of any specific product or treatment but rather a source of information for your own personal research.

Jun 17, 2015

What Price Will You Pay For Your Health?

What would you pay for great health?  What about just good health?  Most of us take our health for granted when we feel great and everything is working properly, I know I did even when I was working hard to stay fit and eat right.

Americans typically pay a lot of money for health insurance and may even still have co-pays when visiting a doctor. Quite frankly if we're paying that kind of money we expect to get good care and an accurate diagnosis.


Jun 12, 2015

What Are You Looking At?

Your Focus Makes All The Difference

I’ve delivered 4 babies but only had 1 really great labor and delivery nurse.  She assisted me when I was giving birth to my third daughter, 15 years ago.  I had false labor for weeks and a few embarrassing visits to the hospital only to find that it wasn't time yet.

Jun 8, 2015

Our Homeschool Graduation

As you know we recently graduated our second daughter from our homeschool.  A lot of people ask what a homeschool graduation even looks likes.  Honestly, every homeschool graduation will look completely different just as every homeschool will look different.


Jun 4, 2015

Making It To Graduation - Despite Chronic Illness


Just a few short weeks ago my husband and I graduated our second daughter and homeschooler.  We've been homeschooling for 15 years.

We've graduated two children so far and have two more to go.  I can hardly believe these years have passed by so quickly and yet I remember the days going by oh so slowly.

In some ways it doesn't seem like it was that long ago when my sweet little girls were sitting beside me learning to read, playing dress-up and discovering new things.

We sure have gone through a lot in the past 15 years. Those of you who frequent my blog know that we've had chronic Lyme Disease and other tick-borne infections for at least the past 8 years. 

You could say that we've homeschooled through sickness and health but not in that order.

You can't meet a milestone like this one without a lot of reflection, mixed emotion, regret and even trying to reach a few pats on the back.

As I reflected on my daughter's life and on homeschooling her, I couldn't be more thankful that we made it until the end.  

I'm so proud of how hard she worked despite being very sick with tick-borne diseases since the age of 12. That's a pretty big deal!

I can see how God always helped us in our greatest times of need. Each time I presented to Him my biggest challenges, my overwhelmed heart, fluctuating emotions, exhaustion, frustration and complete lack of wisdom, He always came through!

Does this mean homeschooling has been a breeze or that I haven't struggled? No way! Have I wanted to quit? Sometimes every day! Have I had to work hard?  Absolutely but it's been worth it.

Homeschooling is hard work whether or not you have chronic illness, but if you do you'll need to make some adjustments.


With 15 years of experience I feel a little seasoned! I have learned some things along the way, mostly from my own mistakes but also from things I learned to do right. While you're hanging out here on my blog I'll share them with you.

1.  Remind Yourself Daily That God is Faithful
Regardless of what your burden is, God is and always will be faithful. You can trust Him to guide you for every detail in your life including homeschooling, parenting advice and help with medical or health needs. 

James 1:5 "But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously without reproach and it will be given to him."

Be sure to spend time with Him each day reading scripture and praying. Don't forget to include your children.  

Each morning we gathered around the kitchen table and had what I called, "table time". We read scripture, discussed it and prayed.

2.  Don't Make Homeschooling Harder Than It Has To Be
Don't try to imitate the public school system, you'll only increase your burden.  

For years studies have shown the decline of the public school system as well as the success rate of homeschooled children.  

Homeschooled children statistically test higher and do better in college regardless of their parent's education level or their homeschooling methods.  (National Home Education Research InstituteAcademic Statistics on Homeschooling, New Nationwide Study Confirms Homeschool Academic Achievement)

Homeschooling younger children should be interactive, hands on and include a lot of exploration. 

Homeschooling older children should include a lot of discussion, opportunities to engage the culture and explore future career options.  

Don't forget to surround your children with people who have life experiences and be sure to engage them in conversation. Take advantage of Grandparents, friends and even doctor's and nurses when you have your appointments.

Providing these experiences can be hard if Mom doesn't feel well and even more difficult when your child is struggling with chronic illness, but with some effort you can make it work.  

Do some research and find the right resources for your child. Join a co-op or connect with other homeschool families.  You can provide them with a rich learning environment and opportunities to explore new things when they're well enough.

Don't forget to make good use of the Internet, videos and the library. We've traveled around the world and watched live cam for popular tourist sites, we went on virtual tours and explored new things all on the computer from our own home.  I have Internet protection installed on all our computers and devices and monitor the websites we visit but still monitor computer use.

3.  Be Flexible and Willing To Change
It's so important to be flexible and willing to change even if that means throwing those workbooks in a box and doing something new. I had to do this with my sweet girl who just had terrible melt-downs every day when we sat down to do school.

I knew it was important to love my child and not demand that she be obedient and sit still to work through her book. I needed to figure out what was best for her even though I had spent good money on this curriculum.  

The whole world opened up to her when those books went into that box and sat in the corner of the room while she learned using hands on activities and games.

This experience took me out the "box" early on and away from traditional schooling which helped so much when we later found ourselves needing to adjust to the needs they had with Lyme Disease.

You can guide your child through the years to learn no matter what your circumstances. Make it interesting and as enjoyable as you can. Who said school had to be boring and monotonous? 

4.  Ask For Help
We all need help from time to time. Why is it so hard to ask? The thing we fear most is that the other person may say no. It really is OK if that's the answer you get, sometimes we'll be the ones to say no.

Asking for help also includes using homeschool co-ops, group or online classes and don't forget your local community college for dual High School credit.

So, regardless of the answer you're afraid you might get, ask for help when you need it. Whether it's for tutoring, milk from the grocery store or just a little break because you really need it, ask!


5.  Take It One Day At A Time But Homeschool With The End In Mind
Oh this is so important!  If you wake up every day and tell yourself, "Woes me, I have 12 more years to go, whew! how will I ever make it?", you're going to stress yourself out and you'll frustrate your children.

On the other hand, if you wake up every day and plan to do the very best you can with each day, then you'll be able to accomplish what you really need to for each day.  

At the same time, you need to plan ahead and be sure you're going to give your children a well balanced education covering the subjects they need and preparing them for graduation and for life.

Don't forget, you'll never be able to teach everything but you can teach your child how to learn anything they want!

6.  Don't Go It Alone
Homeschooling is a group effort.  You need support. Your spouse, a fellow homeschooler, co-ops, Mom's groups and even those homeschoolers you meet online can all be great support. I've benefited from many different types of support at different times in our homeschooling journey.

I love online webinars and downloadable audios that I can listen to while cleaning or making dinner. Many curriculum fairs offer seminars and homeschool speakers who have successfully homeschooled their children.

Wherever you find your support make it a priority to have a support system. 

As a homeschool mom, you should continue learning and you may find yourself in my shoes, having to learn how to teach kids who all of the sudden have special needs with their illness.

7.   Accept Your Limitations
Regardless of whether you are the one with chronic illness or your child is, you have to take into account what you and your child are actually capable of.

If your child is overtaken by chronic pain, migraines or even psychological disorders you cannot expect that they will be able to complete their school work like a healthy child. You'll need to allow for time off, extra time for assignments and even more help to get through the good days.

It's a constant temptation to want them to do double work on healthy days but that's not reasonable. A well balanced homeschool allows for social time, outside activities, physical exercise and even fun.

8.  Don't Forget the Encouragement 
Finally, be sure to encourage your child and yourself. It's so hard for them to be down, it's hard to miss out on time with friends, being able to do what everyone else is doing and very discouraging to know that they're falling behind in school every time they can't lift their head up of the pillow.

It can be very discouraging in a home when one or more family members are in pain or are not feeling well.

Do what you can to keep your spirits lifted and a smile on your face.

We love jokes and anything that will make us laugh. Laughter has brought a much needed reprieve into our home especially when things can feel pretty bleak.  

Thankfully, God has blessed our home with a few jokers and we end up with a good belly laugh almost every day.  Laughing is good medicine by the way.

Don't forget, if God called you to homeschool then this is your job and He will help you every step of the way.  I leave you with tight hugs and those words we all want to hear, "You Can Do This!"



May 30, 2015

Testing for Lyme Disease

Lyme disease may be one of the most overlooked and misdiagnosed diseases of our time.  There are so many reasons for this it may make your head swim.

To begin with, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease produce such a multitude of symptoms which mimic a very long list of other diseases & disorders.  Check out this symptoms list.  

This can cause your doctor to run the rabbit trail and you the patient running from doctor to doctor.

If you think you may have Lyme and especially if you have late stage Lyme the costs for testing & treating it can be so exorbitant it typically throws one into a state of denial or an immense amount of debt.

To make matters even more complicated the standard testing and diagnostics are completely unreliable.

While these issues are a huge part of the problem, I believe the bigger reason this disease remains so obscure is because there are two greatly opposing opinions regarding Lyme disease in the medical world which essentially confuses the patient and many doctors alike.

Two Sides of Lyme

When you begin to research Lyme disease you will find conflicting information. 

One standard protocol is from the IDSA (Infectious Diseases Society of America) and the 2nd from ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society).

IDSA and ILADS guidelines both stress that tick-borne diseases need to be determined through clinical judgment however, the CDC puts even greater restrictions on what that means.

The IDSA does not support the fact that Lyme can become a chronic disease so doctors are not trained to look for or even suspect Lyme or the many co-infections involved in tick-borne infections.  

Many will completely dismiss their patients' concerns even when that patient requests the doctor explore further.

Some doctors are willing to write a prescription for an acute infection but they are not giving high enough doses or for the length of time needed to completely cure the disease while it's in the early stages.

Two Tier Testing

The IDSA restricts the diagnosis of Lyme based on the CDC's criteria requiring two-tier testing using the ELISA and Western Blot blood tests. 

The CDC's website states: "This surveillance case definition was developed for national reporting of Lyme disease; it is not intended to be used in clinical diagnosis."  

Despite this they will not recognize a Lyme infection unless it has passed the two-tier testing.  Scientific literature proves that this testing is highly unreliable.

The Western Blot

The ELISA & Western Blot tests for antibodies rather than the organisms themselves.

The Western Blot tests for two sets of antibodies; the IgM which tests for early antibodies and are produced within the first 4 weeks of an exposure to a disease, and the IgG which tests for antibodies that refer to a later response to the infection.

The CDC Western Blot IgG antibodies are 18, 23, 28, 30, 39, 41, 45, 58, 66, 93 kDa.  They require 5 of these bands be positive out of the 10 tested.  However they are not testing for some of the Lyme specific IgG antibodies.  Lyme specific antibodies are 23, 31, 34, 39, 83-93 kDa.  Notice bands 31, 34, and 83-92 are missed.

The IgM Western Blot tests for bands 23 kDa, 39 kDa, 41 kDa and two out of the three are required for a positive IgM test.

Testing acute (or early) Lyme is unreliable because the body doesn't make enough detectable antibodies until after 4 weeks.  By this time, without treatment, you have most assuredly become chronic.

Keep in mind that many people don't get early symptoms from their tick bite.  

Symptoms can slowly appear over the course of weeks, months or even years.  

Many people don't even see a tick so any symptoms they do get they may not recognize as being caused by Lyme.

Testing chronic or late stage Lyme also poses problems in that antibodies tend to decline over time.  The body's immunities are also compromised from the disease and therefore antibodies are not always present, resulting in a false negative test.


ILADS Physicians

Thankfully, ILADS physicians do not rely on testing alone, however if you have a positive test they will most definitely accept it.  

During your evaluation with an ILADS physician, you will be given a medical history questionnaire which will probe issues concerning your health, symptoms and lifestyle as well as potential exposure to the ticks that transmit the disease.   

Recent Lyme studies are showing that Lyme can be spread through vectors other then deer tick.


This questionnaire is specific to the many symptoms of Lyme disease as well as co-infections.

ILADS physicians will review any labs you have had done.  They will most likely order tests through a specialized lab if you have symptoms without a positive Western Blot. 

These physicians recognize that if a patient tests positive to any one of the Lyme specific bands on their antibody test, they are indeed positive especially if they have a history of tick bite or a lifestyle conducive to contracting the disease.

Keep in mind that only about 40% percent of infected patients ever recall having been bitten by a tick.


Labs

While it is possible to get a positive antibody test through a regular lab there are specialty labs where testing is more sensitive and therefore more accurate.  IGeneX, Stony Brook and MDL are three.

There are at least 5 subspecies of Borrelia burgdorferi, over 100 different strains of Borrelia in the United States and 300 around the world.  Most standard labs are only testing for one.

Specialty labs also offer different types of testing such as urine and PCR as well as testing for co-infections.  Many are offering testing the ticks themselves.

My family and I have been tested through standard labs as well as specialty labs.  

We were also recently tested by our newest doctor using Auricular Testing methods and are now using homeopathic remedies to regain our health after years of antibiotics and anti-malarials.

While antibiotics are very effective with an acute infection if given at high enough doses and for a long enough duration, it isn't always wise to choose antibiotic therapy for a chronic infection.

Treatment can take years and cause side effects as well as other health issues so each person must decide for themselves along with the advice of an experienced physician.

Antibiotics and anti-malarials have most certainly helped me regain much of my health from Lyme and co-infections but at the same time they compromised other aspects of my health.  

I also found that every time I weaned off my medications I would relapse, making me dependent upon them.


What To Do

Finding a knowledgeable physician is the wisest first step.  Most of the time word of mouth is the best way.  You can also check for Lyme Literate doctors through the links on my front page.

Remember that Lyme is not the only disease you will contract when you are bitten by a tick.  There are many co-infections to consider and sometimes you could get a co-infection and not Lyme. 

You'll need to also consider the existing health issues you may already have.  These things can make healing impossible without proper treatment.

A Lyme infection causes inflammation and will also set off an immune response which can cause many other problems and can affect virtually any system in your body.  Your health can become even more compromised the longer you carry the infection.

Dr. Richard I. Horowitz, an ILADS MD has put together a questionnaire that could help you determine whether or not you should pursue Lyme testing.  You can find that here Horowitz Lyme-MSIDS Questionnaire

For more information about labs see below:
IGeneX  800-832-3200

To explore a more natural approach to testing and healing please see the link for the doctor we have found to be so helpful. Alternative Medicine Center

I hope this is informative and helpful.  By educating yourself you will be able to get a proper diagnosis and treatment if you suspect that you or a loved one has Lyme disease.



May 25, 2015

"Don't Forget About Me"

This poem is dedicated to my beautiful daughter who has watched the world go on while she lies in bed too fatigued to go about her 20 year old life.

I'm definitely not a poet but as my Momma heart grieves for this child, these words flowed from me this morning and I thought I'd share this for her and anyone else stuck behind.




May 22, 2015

Lyme Links & Resources


For your convenience I've put together a Links & Resources list so that you can easily find the information needed regarding Lyme Disease.

This list of links and resources is under construction. I will be adding to it so be sure to bookmark the page and check back often.  Thank you for your patience.


Click on any of the links below and you'll be taken to these wonderful informational websites. These websites can help to educate you so that you'll be able to get the diagnosis, testing or treatment that you need.  

Tick-borne Diseases Questionaire

If you suspect that you or a loved one has Lyme, start here with Dr. Richard Horowitz's Questionaire


Lyme Websites

ILADS Treatment Guidelines
ILADS, International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society
You Can Get Better, Dr. Horowitz
Lyme Disease Association
Lyme Disease.Org
Lyme Prevention

The Importance of Proper Treatment
Lyme Disease, What It Is and Why You Should Care

Tick Identification

Lyme Disease Protection


Lyme Disease Misdiagnosis

Misdiagnosing Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease and Children

Children's Lyme Disease Network
Kids And Lyme Disease, How It Affects Their Learning
Lyme Disease.org  Pediatric Tick-borne Disease Specialists
LymeNet Neurological Neurological Manifestations of Lyme Disease in Children
Lyme Disease Association Tick-Borne Disease in Children and Adolescents 
Gordon Medical Associates  Children At Risk for Lyme Disease
IGENIX.com  The Psychological Effects of Lyme Disease
Psychology Today  Lyme Disease: The Great Imitator, Pamela Weintraub


PANS & PANDAS

Lyme Disease & Neuropsychiatic Symptoms

Neuropsychiatric Presentations of Lyme Disease
High Anxiety (Neurological Lyme Disease Part Three)
Neuropsychiatric Lyme Disease-Dr. Suruchi Chandra


Lyme Disease and Pregnancy

Lyme Disease And Pregnancy
Mothers May Pass Lyme Disease To Children In The Womb
Symptoms of Lyme Disease In Babies

Lyme Diagnosis


Lyme Testing

Lyme Research Alliance - Lyme Testing Information
IGENIX
STONYBROOK
MEDICAL DIAGNOSTICS LAB


Tick Testing

Igenix Tick Tests
TickReport Tick Testing
Clongen Labs
Stony Brook Lyme Disease Testing

Treating Lyme with Herbs

Buhner's Healing Lyme website

Alternative Treatment for Lyme


Co-infections

The Role of Co-infections, Daniel Cameron, MD
Treatment of Lyme and Associated Tickborne Diseases, Dr. Richard Horowitz

Other Helps


Reading List

Why Can't I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease, Dr. Richard Horowitz
The Lyme Disease Solution, Dr. Kenneth B. Singleton
Healing Lyme, Natural Healing and Prevention of Lyme Borrelliosis and It's Co-infections, Stephen Buhner
The Top 10 Lyme Disease Treatments, Bryan Rosner
Cure Unknown, Inside the Lyme Epidemic, Pamela Weintraub
Book: The Anti Anxiety Food Solution by Trudy Scott

Documentaries & Educational Seminars

Under Our Skin, Andy Abrahams Wilson
Videos by Dr. Horowitz - You Can Get Better
How Lyme Disease and Its Treatments Work, Envita