Beat the Heat! Ten Ways to Survive the Summer with a Chonic Illness

I look forward to summer every year.  The sunshine, the leisure days, the popsicles and flip-flops!  But as soon as summer hits, I am unpleasantly reminded that summer is hot.  And heat is a mortal enemy for those with a chronic illness.  Heat exacerbates existing symptoms, and can bring with it it’s own set, for those who are particularly heat-sensitive.  It can increase pain, dizziness, nausea, palpitations, and fatigue.  It can be dangerous, causing fainting and heat strokes!

Yet, we don’t have to be idle victims of the heat.  By thinking proactively, we can develop a plan to beat the heat this summer!  So without further ado, here are ten ways to survive the heat this summer:

1. Air Conditioning

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The beauty of air-conditioning is that it can keep your environment at a consistent temperature.  Or by turning the knob back and forth you can make it colder, then hotter; back and forth to suit the whims of your body chemistry.  Putting in an AC unit, or purchasing a mobile one can be a bit of an expense, but it is thoroughly worth it.  If the funds can’t be found, however, you can see if your Doc can write a prescription for the AC unit.  Then it might be possible to write it off as a medical expense for taxes.

2. Ice Packs

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Keep your freezer stocked with ice packs at all times.  Whenever you go somewhere, be it to work, the doctor’s office, or to a graduation; bring a few ice packs in a small lunch cooler.  When it starts to get hot, you can put one on your neck and be instantly cooler.  You can use re-filled plastic water bottles in a pinch, but an ice pack will not ‘sweat’ as it melts.

To save on money, you could even make your own:

3. Strategically placed fans

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I always have a fan right by my head when I sleep.  If I get hot at night, I just have to reach over and switch it on.  I don’t even have to get up.  :)  If you can afford it, buy a few fans to distribute around your house.  Have one placed next to where you spend most of your time; such as the couch or at a desk.  Have one for the bathroom, and one (or even two) for the bedroom.  The advantage of fans over air conditioning, is that you can direct the artificial breeze to specific points of your body, whereas air conditioning blasts cold indiscriminately.  This is helpful for illnesses such as Lyme disease, where one half of your body can be raging hot at the same time as the other half being ice cold.

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Keeping a miniature fan in your purse for when you go out and about would be another great idea.  If you start to overheat in the middle of a store or when you’re waiting in a doctor’s office, you can simply pull out the fan and have instant relief.  :)

4. Cold Showers

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As soon as the weather goes over 85 degrees (Fahrenheit, not Celsius), I ditch hot showers and go for cold.  Or at least lukewarm.  :)  When it gets really hot, I’ll take three showers a day!  One in the morning, and then again in the afternoon, and right before bed.  This helps release all the hot air I’ve trapped in my body, and bring my temperature down.  Showering can take up a lot of spoons (see: spoon theory), but you can conserve energy by keeping two of the showers to just rinsing off and leave the scrubbing for one shower.  If standing is difficult, you could see about installing a bench or chair to relax as you rinse off.

5. Increase Water Intake!

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When it comes to how much water you should drink, the answer is always “More!”  Dehydration will bring on fatigue, nausea, and dizziness faster than you’d think.  With the sun and heat of summer time, our bodies need even more water than it normally does.  If you have trouble remembering to drink water, try an app for your phone or tablet that will remind you to drink water.  (such as what is suggested in this post)  I found it’s helpful to have a special cup for water that I can refill over and over again.  :)

6. Stay in the Shade and Wear a Hat!

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Staying out from under the sun will cut back on rising body temperatures.  Staying indoors can accomplish this, but if you choose to go out for a little league game, or to lounge at the beach, it’s important to protect yourself.  Sunscreen is great for protecting your skin, but a hat or umbrella can keep your temperature down as well.  So make sure that a hat and sunglasses makes it on your list of things to pack for fun events this summer!

7. Mist and Spray

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I have a spray bottle that I use at home whenever I get too hot.  Just a quick spritz on my head and face, and it feels so good!  You can carry a small one with you when you go places, or you could get a misting fan, and then you don’t have to add another thing to carry.  :)

8. Frozen Treats

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If your illness doesn’t allow for sugar in your diet, you can still have a number of frozen treats.  Bags of frozen fruit can be purchased for cheap at a grocery store, then whizzed in a blender with yogurt or milk.  Viola!  Frozen treat. :)  The same can be applied for green smoothies, simply freeze one of the ingredients (such as milk) in an ice cube tray before throwing it in the smoothie.  Iced tea is another way to cool down with something tasty.  :)

9. Plan Outings during the cooler hours

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Schedule doctor’s appointments in the morning or in the late afternoon, avoiding the peak hours for heat.  Save grocery shopping for after dinner, and take a nap in a cool room in the afternoon instead.  Being out and about during the peak hours can increase risk for a heat stroke.

10.  Save Hot Tasks for cool hours.

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Tasks that will heat up the house should be saved for early morning or later evening.  Running a dishwasher, cooking, vacuuming; any activity that produces heat will heat up the house and is better left to a time when it won’t overwhelm the temperature.  Tasks that heat you up, such as a hot shower, hand-washing dishes, mopping, or exercise, should be done in the cool hours as well.  This will save yourself the discomfort of overheating your body.

Well there you have it!  You can now stay cool during the heat of the summer.  :)  If you have any tips to add to the list, comment below!

Blessings,

~LymeDiseaseWarrior

lymelightfight@gmail.com

9 Must-Have Apps for a Chronic Illness

A chronic illness is never easy to manage, but with today’s modern technology, we have a little help.  Below I have listed several apps that I have used and found useful.  Look through the list and see if there’s something here that could make your life easier; and if you don’t see one that should be on the list, comment or email me and I’ll try it out.  :)

1. Water Your Body

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I loved this app.  It has a simple interface, you select the container size you normally drink water from then just tap on the icon every time you drink water.  When you start, it asks for your weight and gives you an exact amount of water you should be drinking every day based on your size.  If you aren’t drinking enough, it will send you little reminders that pop up on your phone telling you to drink water.  :)  And you get to track your progress from a daily or week to week basis.  And did I mention you can change it from liters to ounces?  Handy for us American folks.  :)

2. CVS Pharmacy App

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This app has saved my life many times over.  Okay, it hasn’t literally saved my life, but it has made it a lot easier!  I have all my medications at my fingertips.  When I need to refill prescriptions, I just tap-tap-tap and in a couple days they are ready for pick up!  :)  Before using the app, you have to have an account set up online and you have to use their pharmacy (obviously. . .).  What’s really handy is when you go to a doctor’s office and the nurse asks for a list of your medications.  You can just open the app and hand over your phone!  For someone like me who has as ton of meds, this app eliminates the awkward spelling bee between you and the nurse.  Plus, if you don’t like making phone calls, you can use the app to order your meds. :)

3. Medisafe Medication Reminder

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I wish I had this app when I started taking pills for Lyme disease last year.  I was really bad at remembering to take my pills when I started out.  I’ve gotten better about it since then, but having an app like Medisafe makes it even easier!  So easy, that I now only miss my pills if I consciously choose not to take them (oops. . . )  Like any other pill reminder app, Medisafe pops up with little reminders whenever it’s time to take your medications.  But the nice thing about medisafe is that each individual pill pops up on your phone, and you can hit “snooze”, “take”, or “skip”.  Snooze is nice if you’re in the middle of something and want to take them a little later, as the app will remind you again.  And if you take some but skip others, medisafe will keep track of what you’ve skipped.

When you open the app itself, it has a little pill box with four corners in it for morning, afternoon, evening and night.  I can add in all my pills, including the name, dosage, and food instructions. My favorite part: I can customize each pill to it’s shape and color!  Each pill I add appears in my pill box. :)  Once I’ve added all my pills, I don’t even have to touch the app.  It takes a load off my back without being intrusive to my life.

4. Google Maps

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I DON’T HAVE A SENSE OF DIRECTION.  And sometimes I forget where I was going.  If you don’t know, Google Maps is basically a GPS for your phone, but it works better than the GPS you might buy at a store.  I use it ALL the time to tell me where I’m going.  It is particularly helpful when I’m hitching a ride from somebody and they ask me how to get back to my house, and I suddenly blank.  Instead of the awkwardness that follows, I just pull out my phone and say, “this thing can tell you better than me.”  :)

5. Period Tracker

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Okay ladies, I know we’ve all experienced this.  We’re waiting in the exam room and the nurse asks us, “When did you have your last period?” *awkward pause*  I can’t remember.  And now I don’t have to!  Furthermore, I can keep track of when it’s coming in the future.  Which can help explain symptoms that appear before hand.  So I don’t get all panicked that my joints hurt a ton more, because I can look at my tracker app and know that, hey!  That’s why my joints hurt!  One thing that sets Period Tracker apart from other period tracker apps is that period tracker lets you keep track of your symptoms daily AND you can add notes.  :)  I haven’t figured out why I’d want to keep track of this information, but for someone else who may be monitoring thyroid symptoms, etc.  this may be a useful feature.  :)

6. Keep (by Google)

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This, combined with Google Calender, is what I call ‘my brain.’  If somebody asks me something I should know or tells me something I should remember, I say “Hold on, I have to open my brain.”  I keep a list of blog post ideas, questions to ask my boyfriend, things to remember to tell my doc at my next appointment, and a big long list of tasks of everything I need to do.  Keep makes it easy to keep everything organized by color-coding, and different format options.  You can write notes, make a checklist, or even pin pictures.  And you can simply touch and drag to rearrange the notes.  I think the main reason I love Keep is that it saves automatically as you write.  So if your finger slips and you exit a note prematurely, you can just open it up and start where you left off. That sets it apart from the notepad app that came with my phone, I lost a number of blog posts I’d started planning out all because I didn’t hit ‘save’ before exiting.  Keep doesn’t do that. :)

7. Daily Yoga App

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I suck at exercising.  I suck at motivating myself to exercise.  And I suck at remembering to exercise.  Enter: Daily Yoga App!  After downloading the main app, you can choose from a wide range of plugins that feature sitting routines, lying poses, etc.  (I’m fond of the ones that don’t involve standing.)  When you click on a routine, it tells you how long it’s going to last (usually 15-30 mins) and then it goes through each pose one by one with voice instructions and a video to see how it’s done.  The speaker has an accent, but it’s not too hard to understand.  The only point of caution I have for this App is that the guy showing the moves is, um, more flexible than I ever will be.  So don’t hurt yourself trying to follow him as he does a perfect split and puts his chest on the floor, okay?  :)  Only do as much as you can do and only stretch as far as you feel comfortable.  If it hurts, don’t do it!  :)

8. Google Calendar

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I should have listed this after Keep.  Oh well.  I LOVE Google Calendar.  It is the second part of my brain, Keep being the first.  I put in all the events of my busy life and it sends me reminders when they are happening soon!  I can even set multiple reminders and have them set for earlier times.  If I put in the wrong start time for an event, I can just touch and drag it down the calendar to a later time.  No more over-booking and scheduling conflicts!  When someone asks if I’m available I can simply pull out my phone and pull up my calendar to check before I commit.  :)  And as soon as I’ve checked and I commit to the event, I tap it in right there and then so I don’t even have to remember it for five seconds.  Beautiful.  An absent-minded person’s dream!  ^_^  And you can sync it to your Google Calendar on the computer, so you literally have it available all the time. :)

9. Solitaire by Mobility Ware

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Useful for waiting in doctor’s offices, because I often don’t remember to grab a book.  What I like about Solitaire by Mobility Ware is that it has the option of a ‘winning deal’, which means that if you play the cards right it IS possible to win.  :)  I suppose you could use any game, really, but make sure you have at least one game!  I once had to wait for over three hours for an appointment to which I had arrived on time!

Well, that’s my list.  If you have an app you like to use and notice that it’s missing from the list, go ahead and comment below or shoot me an email.  If I get enough suggestions, I might have to write another post!  :D

UPDATE:  I should have mentioned before, but all of these apps were ones that I downloaded free through the Google Play Store on my phone.   They may or may not be available for free on your particular model/service plan. :)

Blessings,

~LymeDiseaseWarrior

P.S. Questions?  Comments?  Stories to share?  You can email me at: lymelightfight@gmail.com :)

Updates Galore!

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In my last post I announced the eventual fulfillment of my childhood dream: going to Thailand on a mission trip!  :)  Well, since April 1st I’ve had a garage sale/bake sale and received multiple donations.  All totaled together, I’ve raised enough to cover the cost of the airfare–about $1,200.  :D  Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed, whether it be financial or prayers, I greatly appreciate all your support.  :)  I now have until August 1st to raise the rest of the money, about $800.  I’ll be having another garage sale/bake sale soon (it’s not on the calendar yet).  Until then, or if you can’t make it out to the sale, you can donate through my donation page on Fundly: https://fundly.com/thailand-mission-s-trip.  Note:  You’ll see on the page a lower amount than what has been raised, due to the fact that some donations were given through my church.  I will update the page soon to reflect the full amount. :)

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The other thing that has happened since my last post is that I had another appointment with my LLMD!  She is so wonderful.  ^_^  And as a rare treat, she wasn’t running behind this time!!  O.O  The most important points from the appointment are:

- I have POTS.  (Postural Orthastatic Tachycardia Syndrome)  Which has something to do with my blood pressure going wacky when I’m standing or sitting up.  Which explains my dizziness.  And now that I know why I’m dizzy, I can do something about it!  :D  I’ve done a little researching into POTS and it seems increasing my fluids is supposed to help.  Also, if I feel really dizzy, I just lay down for a while and then I feel much better.  :)

-I have a genetic mutation making it more difficult for my body to get rid of Lyme, especially in my joints.  Basically, I took this genetic test that mapped my entire genome.  My doc and I went over the results, and I have a number of mutations that affect my ability to detox, to flush toxins out of my body.  One particular mutation affects my ability to reduce inflammation in my joints, which accounts for the lingering joint pain.  So!  I’m getting put on a bunch of new supplements geared towards helping my body detox and building up my joints.  Among them are zinc, manganese, and a bunch of other things I don’t remember. 

-So!  All in all, I’m back on track when it comes to recovery.  Hopefully these added supplements will help me keep the current goal of getting better by August.  At the very least, I should be sooooo close to recovery by the time of my Thailand trip in October, that I will not be hindered in anyway to fully participate on this trip.  :D

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Finally, it IS Lyme Disease Awareness Month!  So!  I have been preparing a special project for you, my followers, and everyone else on the internet!  ^_^  It’s almost done.  I may even finish it tonight.  And when I do, I will post it for y’all to enjoy.  :)

Blessings,

~LymeDiseaseWarrior

P.S.  Questions?  Stories to share?  Comment below or send me an email: lymelightfight@gmail.com

Thailand: The Realization of a Dream

In my last post, I announced that something ‘big’ was coming.  And indeed, it is very big.

I am going to Thailand.  THAILAND.  I’m on a team with six other individuals from my church!  We depart in October for two weeks.  :)  We will be teaching English language workshops at a christian camp in northern Thailand.

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In my “Wishes” post back in September of last year and in my “I’m Like a Little Kid Again” post back in November, you’ll find that going to Thailand has been a dream of mine for a very, very long time.  Indeed, since I was nine years old I dreamed of going to Thailand on a mission’s trip, spreading the Gospel and helping the missionaries my church supports there.  I read every book the children’s department of my library had on Thailand.  I even went so far as to make several attempts to teach myself the Thai language!  :D

When I became old enough to go on the trips with my church, I couldn’t.  I had caught Lyme disease and I could no longer entertain plans of international travel.  Heh, I could barely keep my head above water for normal life.  But a year and a half ago, I finally received my diagnosis of Lyme and started on treatment of high doses of antibiotics.  It was a rough time with many ups and downs, but here I am a year and a half later and I’m nearly fully recovered.  I have only a few months left.  Just in time too, because the trip is THIS October!  :D  I am so close to 100% now that even if my recovery date is pushed back again past the trip, I will still be able to go and fully participate in everything.  Lyme will not be holding me back this time!

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In order to go, though, I need to raise the funds for the trip.  In total, I need $2,000; this will cover airfare, travel expenses, food, lodging, etc.  I have to have raised half of that (1,000) by May 1st, in order to purchase my ticket. I’ll need the total sum by August 1st.  If you would like to donate, please check out my Fundly page!  Follow this link:  http://www.fundly.com/thailand-mission-s-trip

All the funds will go directly to my church, who is handling the finances of this trip.  If for any reason this trip is canceled, (by some unforeseen tragedy or political crisis, etc.)  the money will be kept in a fund at my church for future church mission’s trips.

I will be posting updates as we prepare for the trip, and of course I’ll post about the trip when I go!  :D  If you have any questions, please comment here or send me an email: lymelightfight@gmail.com

That’s all for now.  :)  I’m so excited I can’t contain it.  I’m tearing up just as I write this post. . . .  I can’t wait to go and to tell you all about it!

Blessings,

~Beth

 

 

Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  :(

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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.

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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!  ;)

Blessings,

~LymeDiseaseWarrior

P.S.  Need/want to contact me?  Shoot me an email:

lymelightfight@gmail.com

i feel small.

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This week I’m on Artemesinin to combat Babesiosis, another illness I picked up with Lyme.  I only have to take it twice a day for four days, and then I get a two week break.  Today is my second day, and already I can tell there is a huge difference between herxing with Lyme and herxing with Babesia.

When I herxed with Lyme, my symptoms were mostly physical.  I felt more nauseous, more dizzy, more tired.  The babesia herx is worse, even though I don’t necessarily feel physically worse.  My joints hurt mildly more and I am more prone to a headache or two; I’m definitely more tired.  The tough part is that the babesia herx plays with my head.  It makes me feel small, and the world is big and scary.  Have you ever had a moment when you felt anxious about something?  That’s how I feel all day.  But I don’t have a reason, and it doesn’t go away.  It’s exhausting.  My senses pick up every little sound, light, and motion and my brain just fires it all off at once.  I’m overwhelmed by all the sights, smells, and especially sounds.  I went to class this morning and had such a hard time focusing; there was more than once when I just wanted to jump up and run out of the room or crawl under my desk and hide.  I went to my yoga class after that and had several moments when I was struggling to keep back tears; not because I had a reason to be sad, but because that sad emotion had gripped me and I couldn’t shake it.

It makes me cranky and snappy.  It makes me feel like I hate everything and all the people ever.  My class this morning was all about talking to people, and it was very hard not to snap at everyone and frown the whole time.  Walking on campus I couldn’t stop thinking “I don’t want to be here.  I hate people.”  over and over.

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There is never a quiet moment inside during this herx.  At the same time as listening to the teacher, I’m hearing everything outside the room, I’m hearing every time someone shifts in their seat or whispers.  A repetitive song is stuck in my head, and my thoughts run a mile a minute.  Every sound is just as loud as the other sounds; I can’t focus on one of them.  The colors in the room are too bright; the lights are too bright; the window is too bright; the powerpoint is too bright.  I struggle to focus on the powerpoint but the other lights compete for my attention and it hurts.

I feel small.  And alone.  Even when I’m with people.  And I can’t decide if I want to be alone or if I want to be with people.  I think I want to be alone, but I want people too–just people who are understanding and quiet and gentle.  If you could see my soul right now it would be bruised and weak; I need to be handled gently and approached quietly.

And the people in the class who I liked last week suddenly seem scary today.  Everyone is bigger and smarter and important and I am small.  Tiny.  If only I were invisible.

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And I try not to show it.  I try to keep it all in and just look fine on the outside, like nothing is different.  It’s not that I don’t want to talk about it or that I don’t trust anybody, it’s just that I’ve only been back here for a year and during that year I spent most of my time at home.  My close friends aren’t here, and I’m trying to develop friendships here again but it’s a slow process since I’m only just now getting better.  And I don’t want to bother anyone.  I don’t want to make someone else sad.  And it’s tough too because I know that most people haven’t gone through this experience.  I don’t want to open up to someone and have them think I’m crazy just because they haven’t been through something like this and they just don’t understand.  :(  That’s the last thing I need.

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When I make eye contact with people I wonder if they can see the agony I am in.  If only someone knew and could remember and could just comfort me a little.  Maybe a pat on the back or a friendly hug.  I just need to be reminded that everything is okay and I’m okay and this won’t last forever.

I always try to end my posts on a positive note, so here goes:  I won’t feel as bad tomorrow.  Or the next day.  Or the next.   And then I won’t have to take these pills for another two weeks.  I’ll have a break.  The herxing is always worst the first couple days, but it settles down.  And I can do this.  I will do this.

~LymeDiseaseWarrior

I’m Not Exhausted!!!

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I felt like Rosie the Riveter today!!!

For the first time in five+ years, I have come to the end of an entirely busy day and I DON’T FEEL EXHAUSTED!!!! :D  I exercised, homeschooled two boys, drove to the park and ran around with them for an hour, drove back, finished school, and then I taught them how to peel potatoes etc. to make dinner.  And after all that–I’m not tired at all!!!  :D  My mind is racing!  I feel the need to do more!!  :D

This just stands as an example of the rapid healing of by body!  My recovery is going so quickly now in comparison to before, I can hardly believe it.  My symptoms are practically non-existent.  The only thing I’m really having to deal with right now is widespread pain.  The pain in my body is at an elevated level right now; between a 6 and an 8 on a scale of one-ten on most days.  This is due to the exercising which I’ve been doing every day, and is necessary to my recovery.  But even then, I feel so much better after exercising that the pain is completely bearable.  Plus I’ve been dealing with pain for five years and have gotten used to it, and with the absence of other symptoms I can definitely handle it. :)

Life is just so getting so much better!  I can’t even imagine what this year has in store!!!!!

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