For the sake of full disclosure, I must tell you that I write this post as I watch the Golden Globes. I think of all the awards shows, I’m most star struck by the Globes. And you know, as women, there are those times when in order to get everything done that must get done in a short 24 hour time period, we are blessed that we can multitask.
While muting the commercials.
I had a phoned in doctor’s appointment on Friday. Not phoned in as I really wasn’t emotionally present, but as in I wasn’t present at all and had an opportunity to conduct the meeting via speaker phone, which I just learned how to use 3 weeks ago. Because technically? I am semi-proficient. Fiddledaddy had to work unexpectedly that day, and he’s not comfortable with me driving the hour or so needed to get to Orlando by myself.
Me? I’m totally fine with it, because I envision myself flying down the freeway with the radio blaring music from the 70’s and 80’s archives. Which SOME radio stations now call THE OLDIES. Which frankly I just find offensive.
Anyhoo. All in good time.
I talked with my doctor about my progress, as I enter my 5th week of treatment. He was astounded. And noticeably surprised. Considering how long I’ve evidently had Lyme Disease, and how bad my symptoms have been, he did not expect that I would be experiencing this degree of improvement so quickly. Because even though 4 weeks of treatment does not sound quick, in the world of Lyme Disease, it is just a spit in the bucket.
Because it can take a year or more to tackle not only the disease, but also all of the co-infections.
Our plan is to continue on the treatment course I’m on for 4 more weeks, and then after some more testing, see if IV antibiotics and some other possible treatments are warranted.
And my doctor has asked me to come prepared to tape a short testimonial about how Lyme Disease has affected my life. I want to also add how treatment and healing are saving my life.
As I told my doctor, I’m a functioning human being now. Four weeks ago, I was not. I still have my issues, and I still feel this disease coursing through my body, but the hold is not as strong. And I am stronger.
A big part of the reason for the testimonial, is my doctor’s deep desire to get the word out about Lyme Disease, and how devastating it can be. Which is something that the general medical community, insurance companies, and the pharmaceutical monopolies are not will to admit. For political and financial reasons that I cannot even begin to fathom.
I find it interesting that I have spent years sidestepping most everything controversial in nature on this blog. Only to find myself right smack dab in the middle of fighting a disease that is embroiled in controversy. And I’m fighting it OUT LOUD.
Funny how God works.
But I know this. Because I’ve been so vocal about what I’m dealing with, at least one person that I know has gotten tested and tested POSITIVE for Lyme Disease and is now receiving treatment.
My morning prayers always end with “use me Lord”. When what I really have the urge to pray is, “Oh Lord, help me keep my mouth shut.”
So here’s to the next 4 weeks of treatment. “Lyme Disease”, (using my best Inigo Montoya impression) “PREPARE TO DIE.”
Have a fantastic week, everyone!