So turns out I have Lyme Disease. My primary care Dr. didn’t feel like my bloodwork indicated that a thyroid issue could be causing all my symptoms so he tested me for Lyme. He called last Wednesday to say it was positive. Sucks. Then we left Thursday for Los Angeles for my sister-in-law’s wedding. We just got back late last night. It was the most loving, beautiful wedding I’ve ever been to. Downside however is now I have two jet-lagged children & a house full of luggage to unpack.
But back to the Lyme…I wasn’t planning on really saying anything. It makes me uncomfortable to bring up. Like “Hey, this chicken is amazing, oh & did you know I have Lyme Disease? Yeah, you know, that sickness you get from a tick? Isn’t that AWESOME?”
In fact, I haven’t even told a lot of my friends & family because of that reason but this trip combined with my first week of antibiotics my a$$ is officially kicked. I need to take a week off the blog. I can’t even tell you how much I HATE (HATE!!) to say those words. This blog is my passion & the thought of sticking it on the back burner makes me sick (well, I guess that’s not quite accurate). But reality is I’m struggling. Lyme Disease is an evil little bugger because the symptons range from joint pain, to extreme fatigue to memory loss & confusion. I’m really dealing with the neurological effects this week.
Obviously my girls are my first job so everything after that has to get dropped for a bit so I can rest. Things are really starting to take off for LPM, this is coming at an awful time but if I keep pushing myself I’m not going to get better & everything/everyone will suffer. I need to do what’s best for my family & that’s get better. GRR! STUPID STUPID TICK!
So yeah, I really didn’t want to say anything but since you won’t see any posts for the rest of the week I thought it was best to fess up before your imginations started running away with you.
Speaking of let’s see if I can answer some of the questions about Lyme that you might have…
It’s a tick-borne illness (deer tick) & since I’m not much of an outdoorsmen I think it’s safe to assume it came from my dogs. They usually have Frontline but honestly, I don’t remember to put it on them exactly every 30 days. I’m not even sure if it protects against deer ticks anyway. 85% of people with Lyme Disease figure it because of a red, bullseye rash you get at the infection site. I never had a rash or any clue whatsoever that something had bit me. Because of my Dr’s diligence however we caught it early & after 3-4 weeks of antibiotics most people make a full recovery without any reoccurences. I just started my antibiotics 5 days ago & so far only feel worse. But then again I’m sure the ridiculously full plate we’ve had over the last week hasn’t helped.
So that’s that. Please no fussing, it’s probably not a big deal. Unfortunetely right now however it feels like a huge deal so I’m going to take a little break. I just keep telling myself it’s like using sick days. Yeah, that’s it, sick days…