Appointment Update

2 Days past my appointment on Monday and I am already feeling so much better. I woke up Tuesday morning with my face looking a lot less puffy and a much better sense of well-being. I no longer feel that my body is in crisis mode, which is a nice feeling.

Today, Wednesday, I will just say that…um, my kidneys are working again! This is such a huge relief.  What is tough is that there is still so much water retention. My socks leave dents in my ankles or calves at the end of the day, and I swear Eastern Washington is eying my butt right now with envy

thinking it has solved it’s drought problem….. Anybody know how I can make a donation? 😉

Anyway, I am hopeful as the layers unfold that there will be a days of complete health.

Appointment Update

I am back in Washington now and a little tired after a long but enjoyable and productive weekend.

I decided to head for Idaho on Saturday so I didn’t have to drive two days in a row. This was a smart decision and I was able to relax Sunday and spend some leisurely time with my dog.

Today I had my appointment with Dr Smith and I am so glad I went. Turns out that feeling I had that my body was in distress (plus the symptoms) was right. I had a viral infection in my lower intestine, a different viral infection in my left kidney (it was only functioning at 30%), and a liver virus. These plus my MTHFR defect were causing a lot of back up and havoc. Got treated and now should be able to detox better. Apparently some things are treated in layers and this is not uncommon, which I already had some understanding of. I do feel rather Shrek-ish though….you know, “layers”.
Okay enough corny humour.

The good news is that Borellia, Bartonella and Babesia were no longer causing problems. Yay!
I still need to go for a recheck in 6 weeks and I am optimistic. Maybe I will be 15 pounds lighter if all the fluid starts dropping off 😉 been waiting for that one for a long time. A girl can dream.

Embrace The Crawl

A repost from almost exactly one year ago

My Color Is Lyme

There are places we go inside ourselves when life disappoints us…lets us down…beats us up.  When life is unbearable we explore different outlets so we can deal with it, we turn to apathy (dwelt there), we get angry (done that), we get depressed (yep), we pity ourselves (sigh, yes), we just give up on the future (totally). We can also dwell in the past reliving “the good times”, or dwell in regret, or (especially with myself) grieving lost years.

   A chronic illness will eat away at you like nothing else can; It will eat your body, eat at your mind, eat your emotions, eat your relationships, eat your spiritual life. Unless you have lived in this reality it is hard to explain the devastation.

Before I continue on I must  preempt by saying it is important to accept your illness and not be in denial. Denial is not a…

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For those wondering about Dr. Smith and Lymestop

lymeoutlyndsey

Hi folks! There are a lot of you out there asking questions about Dr. Smith and his Lymestop treatment. I just received the message below from a fellow Lyme patient and thought you would be interested in joining this group for more information.

“I started a Facebook group for LymeStop support and information with Dr. Smith’s blessing. I’m hoping those of you who are considering it, or who have already done it, will join. Just look for “LymeStop Support and Information” on Facebook and ask to join. We are a group of patients of Dr. Smith, and potential patients. We’re also discussing other magnetic therapies. Dr. Smith has and his office staff are NOT members of the group, so everyone can speak freely. Please check us out and join. I was hoping Lyndsey would join too, as we could use more people who’ve done the treatment a while ago, not…

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Sorry Again, I Have Lyme

shelby's LIFE WITH LYME

  A week or so ago, I invited a friend to dinner.  We hadn’t seen each other in quite a while and I wanted to catch up on their life.  When the day of the set appointment arrived however, I had to cancel; my Lyme was flaring up and I couldn’t safely get out of the house and drive, let alone keep up an intelligent conversation with another human being.
“Sorry, I have Lyme.” It’s a true reason for not being able to do something, although many people do not understand how complicated the disease can get and how Lyme can get in the way of life so very often.
  I rescheduled with my friend, hoping that the next date would bring sunny skies and less pain. Unfortunately, that day was worse; I couldn’t even get out of bed all afternoon.
“Sorry again, I have Lyme.”  I tried explaining…

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A Time to Heal……

Re-blogging this amazing post

Just Living LIke This with LYME

clockWhen you get immersed in a chronically ill community, you meet so many amazing warriors fighting for breath, for life, for their families with such courage and conviction. You grab on for the ride with their highs and lows and celebrate their successes, no matter how small or large.

In fact, when you are immersed in any tight-knit community, you ride the waves of this life with its highs and lows, crying, praying, and celebrating with joy their successes. The longer you are in it, you cannot escape its ebbs and flows through good and bad.

As I was reading this scripture last night in Ecclesiastes, I can resonate living through many of these seasons in my own weathered life and watched them pass through for those in my Lyme circle and close family and friends.

Today marks a change of season and I am struck by the reminder that seasons…

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