I have not been a very consistent blogger in quite a while. A lot has happened since my last post. First, a general update:
I am continuing to plan my upcoming summer wedding. We are getting down to just 4 months now! My fiance and I got a little behind with all of it and have yet to actually invite anyone, or do many other wedding-related things we really need to get done.
I am still working full-time at the front desk in a bustling healthcare company. I am doing really quite well and have earned the respect of my coworkers and those above me. I have been asked to step in to a higher role during the interim of that person’s absence. I am currently training for the position and am excited to stretch my wings when I get the chance to take over for the time being.
In my usual fashion, I decided that planning a wedding and working full time wasn’t keeping me busy enough, so I’ve gone back to school to finish my Bachelor’s degree. I’m attending 100% online and am only taking the introductory course as of yet. My word I’m so busy now that I almost regret it–why didn’t I wait until after I was married? But it’s too late to drop now, so I’ll just have to continue burning the candle at both ends for a few more weeks until I finish this class.
Now, for a health update: I am cautiously optimistic. Optimistic because I am working full-time, taking a college class, and planning my wedding and I’m still able to function and do well at these pursuits. Cautiously because I’m not quite out of the woods yet and I fear a return of my symptoms in the future.
As of right now I’m am only experiencing minor to moderate arthritic joint pain whenever it’s about to rain, or I’m PMSing, or I’m coming down with a cold. Otherwise, I typically don’t experience joint pain on a daily basis now. Still dealing with a touch of nausea here and there, but that may be linked to my diet slipping back to unhealthfulness here and there. (Pizza tastes so good)
I’m not on any medications of any kind right now. No antibiotics, antivirals, anti-fungals, nothing. I’ve also cut back my vitamin and supplement intake to just a daily multivitamin. That’s right, I’m only having to swallow one pill-like object a day. Considering the great number of things I used to take, I am thrilled with just having to take one. In about two months, my doctor will have me pulse on a bunch of antibiotics for about ten days and then see her again. I’m to watch for symptoms until then, with fingers crossed that nothing bad happens.
I attribute my current success to three major factors: 1) I’ve been going to the gym twice a week to train with the most wonderful trainer in the world for an hour. This has increased my stamina and range of motion to no end! And it has reduced my pain levels to barely anything on most days. 2) I visited a chiropractor twice a week for weeks, along with a full body hour massage at least 4 times. Both of these helped correct my posture and workout my tight muscles, further reducing my pain levels. 3) By far above all other factors, the main reason I am doing so well is due to the love, support, and encouragement I receive on a daily basis from my fiance. That man is never-ending with his praise and admonition; I could accomplish anything with him at my side–I can certainly beat Lyme! He will run out and fetch anything, at any time of day, if he feels that it would help me recover or will improve my comfort. He keeps me optimistic and positive, and celebrates every accomplishment. He’s there for me when I have a setback or a bad day, never making me feel guilty for my needs, always making me feel safe, loved, and appreciated. I would have never made it so far in my life and health at this point if it hadn’t been for this man, God’s biggest blessing in my life. <3
Thank you for reading my update, and for following along on my health journey. Please continue to pray for healing, specifically that I will continue to get better without symptoms returning and Lyme relapsing.
And for my fellow Lymies out there, hang in there. Life after Lyme is so worth it. I know it can be hard to remember at times, but life actually can be lived pain free, focusing on the beauty of a day instead of it’s problems. I’m here if you need someone to chat with; I have a lot of experience dealing with different symptoms and would be happy to share advice or just a listening ear. You can reach me at email@example.com.