My appointment with my doctor could not have gone better this morning. We discussed all of my options, then settled on a course of treatment that we both were comfortable with, all while I sat in his office clutching a hot Cafe Mocha from Whole Foods Market. That was perhaps the first Cafe Mocha I’ve had in 6 months or so.
It was everything I’d hoped it would be.
I left armed with 4 prescriptions, 3 of which were for antibiotics, and one for Nystatin. I came home and printed up a blank calendar, and charted when I have to take what, and how much, and OH MY WORD, I’m glad I excelled in math.
Instead of bombarding my system with heavy doses of antibiotics, I will be easing into them slowly, in increments of three days. I will gradually increase until I have achieved the full dose. The idea behind easing into the increased dose, is that I will likely feel the affects of the Lyme die-off, this is called the Herxheimer Reaction, as my body detoxes.
This is the “you will feel worse before you feel better” scenario. And it’s a good thing.
The plan is to stay on the oral antibiotics for about a month, to see how my body tolerates treatment. Then likely I will be ready for intravenous antibiotics. My doctor thinks that I might feel pretty rotten for about 3 weeks, but then by the 4th week, I’ll notice improvement. And I have specific herbs that will help me with the side affects.
I’m not at all afraid. I was just so excited to get started with the treatment. I feel like I’m finally moving forward.
Yesterday I took my girls to the dentist for our semi-annual teeth cleaning. My hygienist looked at my crutches and knee brace and asked me what was happening with me medically. I gave her the condensed version. Then, thankfully, she told me that I needed to wait until I see my doctor prior to a cleaning. And then she explained.
When you have your teeth cleaned, all whole lot of bacteria is released into your system. And if you are having immune problems of any kind, that bacteria will settle into any weakened areas of your body. And believe me, when they clean my teeth, a whole bunch of bacteria is loosed into my innermost being. From experience, and the use of the dental jackhammer to loosen the unsightly plaque, she knew that it would be best to wait.
I had not even thought about that being an issue. I’m glad she was vigilant and checked into my medical history. I discussed it with my doctor today, and he said that I would be good to go in about 2 weeks, as I’ll be nicely saturated with antibiotics.
Jackhammer away. My girls emerged from their cleaning all smiles, and no cavities. I’m almost afraid to say this out loud, but (lowers voice to a whisper) I’ve never had a cavity. In my life.
I KNOW! It’s not that I take such great care of my teeth. It has to be my mother’s genes. She didn’t get a cavity until later in life. And since we were both raised on iced tea so sweet that the spoon stood straight up in the glass, I would say it’s more of a dental miracle that I haven’t experienced the dreaded filling.
And btw, I’ve given up the iced tea, and the only sweeteners that I rely on are Stevia and Agave Nectar.
My spirits are good, and I feel that I’m off to a good start. Thank you to all of my cheerleaders and prayer warriors! I’m going to beat this thing.