You may or may not have noticed that my blog has been just a bit pitiful lately. For those of you who may be wondering why, I thought I’d provide an explanation…
I think I’ll just blame it on my sister. She and I have spent our lives doing things together—sharing a room, sharing a car, going to college together, etc., etc. Unfortunately, it seems that in recent years we have taken our sharing too far. About three years ago, she discovered she had hypothyroidism. About the same time, I found that my thyroid was also an underachiever. Thanks to God’s goodness and the wonders of modern medicine, that revelation was hardly life-changing. With periodic blood tests and a daily pill, the problem can pretty much be corrected.
Ah… but we still felt like junk. As many of you learned through Niki’s recent post, she had become quite ill and eventually discovered that Lyme disease was to blame. If you know anything about Lyme, you’re aware that overcoming it is anything but simple.
You probably know where I’m going with this by now, right?
For years, I’ve struggled with fatigue and other minor health complaints. Niki kept saying, “You have Lyme disease. You need to get tested.” [Side note: As a teen, I was bitten by a deer tick that tested positive for Lyme. A doctor prescribed a round of antibiotics as a precaution, but I was never tested to see if I'd actually been infected.]
Anyhoo, given the number of years that had passed since the tick incident, I simply didn’t think my symptoms could be connected to Lyme. “I’d be dead by now,” I reasoned. But then, my body began working harder to persuade me with muscle pain and twitches, joint pain and stiffness, mental fog and slight issues with memory, and extreme fatigue. Over the past year, I’ve had tendonitis in my arm and hand, plantar fasciitis, hip bursitis, and stubborn bronchitis. My doctor tested me for lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and a few other things, but all he discovered was that there was inflammation in my body for some unknown reason.
When I started feeling a pinprick sensation on the soles of my feet when I got out of bed in the morning, I began to suspect that Niki was right after all. The blood tests agreed.
So that’s the reason why my blog has been so lame lately. Some days or weeks are better than others, but in general, if I have enough energy to take care of Evangelle and keep the house clean, I’m doing well. As much as I would like to put more time into blogging, it’s really just better for me and my family if I go to bed instead!
Lord willing, I’ll be able to get in to see a doctor who specializes in treating Lyme disease at the beginning of the year. Until then, I’m trying to improve the way I feel with my diet (gluten & dairy free) and lots and lots of supplements.
I thought I’d write this post for two reasons:
- To explain why my blogging will probably continue at an irregular pace
- To let people know that Lyme disease is far more common than many doctors believe
From what I understand, Lyme mimics a number of other diseases, and as a result, people often go undiagnosed for years. I personally know around 10 people who are dealing with Lyme disease and many of them had to go through a number of trials before discovering what was making them so sick.
My general practitioner didn’t want to test me for Lyme since he believed the disease was rare, so I went through my sister’s doctor instead. Niki and I both had our testing done through IGeneX, Inc., a lab specializing in Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.
The evil creatures
Make that 3 reasons:
3. To encourage people to take guarding against tick bites seriously!
Where my family lived in Northwest Indiana, tick bites were a common occurrence, and we thought little of them. Our feelings on the matter have changed considerably! Tick-borne illnesses are on the rise in many states, so take care of yourself and your children by watching out for the evil villains.
Learn more about guarding against tick bites HERE.
In summary, God is good, things could be much worse, and I know He’ll use this particular challenge in my life to help me trust in and rely upon Him more fully.