Sep 26, 2016

The Impossible Request for Lyme Treatment

Lyme Treatment
I've written several posts about what you should do if you get a tick bite but reading those posts and printing off my Tick Treatment Guidelines aren't very helpful when you're sitting across from a doctor who tells you that he's been treating people for an umpteen number of years and he's never had a problem with anyone getting sick from a tick bite.

You might find your doctor giving you only one or two Doxycycline pills, assuring you that this will take care of any possible infection.

Sep 19, 2016

How Gardening Has Been Good For My Lyme

Gardening, Health, Lyme
In October of last year our family moved to a home with established gardens and flower beds around the perimeter of the lot. I've always loved planting flowers outside and I adored my herb garden.

Before getting sick with Lyme I had learned to use our previous home's small yard to plant as much as I could but once I got sick with Lyme my garden turned into just a few potted tomato plants.

Last fall when we moved to our new home my health declined and I began to get pretty sick again.

I wasn't physically able to weed or winterize the garden but I thought I might be able to tackle it in the spring.

In the Spring I tried to go out for a short time every morning. I tackled small portions of the yard each day and to be honest, when I was finished I could barely move. I was in so much pain and vowed to never go out there again. I even declared that I was going to plant grass seed and never have a garden again.

Sep 12, 2016

Lyme Disease, Living with Joy and Dreaming Again

Lyme, Joy, Dreaming
In the fall of 2009 I was finally diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease and co-infections after a long, frustrating two years visiting different doctors, trying to get a diagnosis for my declining health.

While I still have pain off and on, most days I don't feel so much like a Lymie,  especially since many of my friends have similar aches and pains. I'm not going to say we're getting older but you know, it happens.

When I was first diagnosed I agreed to high doses of antibiotics. I acted out of fear and ignorance, I thought this was the only way I would regain my health.

Honestly, after the initial period where I felt like I was dying, antibiotics did help me to feel better. For example, my brain fog and extreme fatigue went away. After 2 years, my legs started feeling better instead of throbbing and feeling like they were cast in concrete.

While the antibiotics helped they also did a lot of damage and every time I tried to wean off them I relapsed. They kept my immune system depleted and basically stripped my gut of all the beneficial bacteria.

Sep 7, 2016

Reminding Myself About Life Through Unexpected Loss

death, heaven, memory of Becka
I’ve always known that life here on earth is short which makes each and every life extremely valuable.

Our family was touched by this reality recently when our dear friends suddenly lost their 31-year-old daughter in a tragic car accident.

The devastating news came, the feelings of hopelessness and loss, the questions why and then the urge to do something, something productive and helpful. You can't fix anything or change what happened but I needed to do something to support, love and serve our friends.

During the past few weeks, I've watched as God’s grace was poured out over the family & those who loved this young woman.