I have so much to say. So much so that this post may be disorganized and jump around a bit. You have been warned.
First off: The anniversary of my blog has just passed without any acknowledgment on my part. So here it is: When I started this blog a year ago, I was just beginning my Lyme journey. I had just been diagnosed with Lyme and had been told that I would recover within six months.
It’s taken longer than that and I still have a bit to go. There’s been a lot of ups and downs, but it’s clear that the tide has turned in this war! I know for sure I will be the victor, but I still have a few battles to go.
A big thank you to all of my followers and whoever else stumbled across my posts. I have been thoroughly encouraged by your comments, and I hope I have been an encouragement in return! :) The experience has been fun and has provoked a lot of growth on my part.
Item number two on the agenda: I just turned twenty-one! I think this will be a great year. If all goes well, this will be the year I recover from Lyme and put this stinkin’ six-year illness behind me for good! I’m working on a bucket list again, and I’ll have to share with you all as I cross things off.
Finally, number three: I have an update from my recent doctor’s appointment. I went in expecting good news, but it ended up being a pretty disappointing day. We had run all of the sensitive Lyme tests through Igenex again, and I’m very clearly showing that I still have active Lyme disease. :/ Furthermore, my joints are still flaring up and are pretty painful. Whenever I go off my pills this gets worse, pointing to the fact that the little beasties are still definitely there.
After reviewing the tests and my symptoms, my doctor has pushed my recovery date back six long months. :( As you can imagine, I was quite disappointed by this news. I was under the impression that I had two months left . . . Still, I can’t complain. It’s less than a year and I am going to recover.
We are making changes to my treatment. I’m going back on Doxy and adding Flagelel. The Flagelel will go after the cyst-form of Lyme. It’s a pretty powerful pill that wipes me out, makes me dizzy, and eliminates my appetite. But I only have to take it two days a week, and I love food and already eat when I’m not hungry, so that won’t be a problem.
The Doxy I am more concerned about. Doxy is an incredibly powerful antibiotic; it can be very hard on the stomach and can increase dizziness. My doc warned me that I will definitely herx on the Doxy for at least two weeks.
In addition, my doc wants me to add some strength training to my routine. Now I know that sounds like it’s not a big deal, but. . . it is. I’ve been taking a yoga class two days a week, and it is one of the most painful things I have had to willingly do.
My body is broken and all the broken pieces hate exercising. I am not looking forward to pushing it further, but in the interest of getting better as soon as possible, I’ll do it and I’ll do it well.
My Doc wants me to take a genetic test thing that maps my genome. The purpose is to see if I have a genetic predisposition that is hampering my ability to detox from the Lyme, but I’m excited because the company says it will trace my lineage! :) I think it would be fun to see what countries my ancestors are from–if there are any surprises in there.
So that’s the update from the appointment. Disappointing, yes. But if the Doc is right, I’ll still be better by August!
Which is just in time for something BIG and WONDERFUL! This Fall I will be fulfilling one of my childhood dreams—and I’ll be telling you all what it is very soon. :) Look for it in my next few posts!
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