Preparing for Battle

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I brought the requisite Smashed Potatoes to our family gathering, as well as rabbit food a salad.  The potatoes were organic, and I simply added real butter, sauteed garlic, salt and pepper, so I was able to actually eat them.  Guilt and allergen free.

I had to stay away from the turkey, since it’s on my more severe food intolerance list, but I did stray a bit and ate Trish’s dressing and a sliver of my MIL’s pumpkin pie.  That was the best meal I’ve enjoyed in quite a while.

A discussion of the pumpkin pie later with my children prompted me to recount a childhood story about how my Siamese cat, Tinkerbell, once leaped up onto the kitchen counter and ate all of the whipped cream off of one of my mother’s prized pumpkin pies.

Of course the question was posed, “Did it make her sick?” To which I delighted in answering, “No, but it gave her the scoots for 3 days.  And we still ate the pie.”

This was when I had the pleasure of watching my germophobe 9 year old while her eyes roll to the back of her head, before she blacked out.

Those would be her father’s genes, btw.  And I never tire of exploiting that fact.

I so love family get togethers.  We missed both Thanksgiving and Christmas last year, due to the plague which held our family hostage through the holiday season.  It is that same plague that likely kick started my Lyme symptoms in January.

Physically, this was one of the most difficult weekends I’ve had since all of this began.  I was warned that it would get worse before it got better.  The worse has begun.  On the bright side, I learned that I have the ability to dye my hair using only one hand.

How many people can put that on their resume?

It is my belief that the Lyme die-off is already occurring.  Especially since my Vitamin D levels are up (from 14 to 52), and my white blood count is nice and high.  This indicates that my body has already started fighting.  Also, the acupuncture helps open everything up, and break up the inflammation.  I’m just finishing a 5 day treatment of antibiotics, to help me battle some old Parovirus and Cytomegalovirus antibodies that are still causing havoc.

I was warned that I might start to experience what is called the Herxheimer Reaction.  It’s a normal reaction (a die-off) during a detoxification of the body.  

I ain’t skeerd.  Because I know what I’m doing battle with now.  In fact, despite all the discomfort and pain, my spirits have never been better.  I’m going to get through this.

I cannot even begin to count the number of e-mails and contacts I’ve made from people suffering from similar symptoms.  And they have shared that Lyme Disease has not been something that was even on the table.

I would have been considered low risk for Lyme Disease, yet I have it.  In spades.  I am absolutely no medical expert, especially since I’m in the infant stages of learning about this disease and the treatment.  But, the only advice I would give is to listen to your instincts.  And then find a doctor that will have an open mind and not be afraid to look outside of the box.

And then get a second opinion if you’re not comfortable.  And for the love of all that is good, get a second opinion before you let anyone cut into you.

I learned that one the hard way.

Because I’m hearing from so many people who either suspect Lyme or have been diagnosed, I’m working on putting together a page devoted to my Lyme journey, and opening it up to readers to share their journey as well.  I’ve learned so much simply from open dialogue.

We’re on our last week of homeschool before we break for December.  I’m pretty sure that I’m more excited about that than the children.  There is much to do this next month, much to be grateful for, and much to celebrate.

Have a fantastic Monday, everyone!  And thank you SO MUCH for all of your words of encouragement over the weekend.  I was blown away by your comments after my diagnosis.  You cannot even know how healing that is and how much I appreciate each one of you.

November 29, 2010

9 Responses to Preparing for Battle

  • I’m with the 9 year old on the pie! Would not have taken one bite, thank you! I’m glad you are in battle mode as well, keep it up, you will be better you are a winner!

  • He shall say: “Hear, Israel: Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not panic or be terrified by them. For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” Deuteronomy 20:3-4

    What could be more encouraging than knowing that God will go with you and fight for you.

    Praying for you!

  • So happy for you that your spirits are high and you have hope and determination as you fight this battle.
    Awesome!

  • I am so glad that your spirits (and white blood cell count) are up. Knowing your “enemy” is half the battle, and now you are on your way to victory. I am praying for you everyday, and He will give you His strength to fight this. God bless you and your family.

    We also take most of December off from our homeschooling. Sure makes the holidays more enjoyable. 🙂

  • I am so glad you have found answers and I am praying for you daily! Joshua 1:9 is the scripture I am praying for you. Blessings from Texas, Marie

  • BLECH about the pumpkin pie… and I’m not even a germophobe!
    And I know I’m all the way in Texas, but it’s great to hear that you finally know what you’re battling – and that it has an end!

  • Love your attitude. So glad your eyes are on the goal.

    Hugs,
    Kat

  • DeeDee, I am soooooooo happy for you!! Woo hoo! I’ve been offline for a number of days, I’ll have to go back and catch up. I am SO glad and thankful your spirits are up.

    We are also heading into our last week/day of school before we break for December. That is if Momma’s voice returns…..

  • Um yeah, that pumpkin pie would have been in the trash. I am a total germaphobe and drive my kids crazy when they are working in the kitchen. Since I had surgery two weeks ago that has been more than usual lately!

    Glad to hear that you have a definite diagnosis and now can work towards healing. Your positive attitude is half the battle. Praying for God’s blessings on you and your family 🙂 Glad you were able to eat some good stuff and have a good Thanksgiving!