Thursday, July 17, 2014

LYME DISEASE




It's official: I have Lyme Disease! I'm pretty sure I know just when that varmint deer tick latched onto me, too: one late afternoon when I was out walking and, afraid I'd be late for Mass, made a shortcut through an overgrown thicket of sumac, beach roses, and New England coastal scrub that was no doubt lousy with insects.

These ticks are the size of a POPPY SEED, which, come on, who's going to notice one of those draining the blood out of your stomach? The foot-wide circular rash that developed, plus debilitating flu-like symptoms, I did notice.

The doctor at the local ER took one look and cheerfully announced, "Yup, that's Lyme." The folks at Addison Gilbert Hospital could not have been more helpful and kind, I'm on antibiotics for three weeks, and I am NOT going to re-read that New Yorker article of a few months ago. It's not a big deal. The chief thing that's come out of it is renewed and bottomless gratitude for my usual good health.


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9 comments:

  1. Hey Heather! I'm so excited that you're back that I haven't even read the blog article yet. I offered mass and holy communion this morning that you'd get better.
    So i'll go read the article now...

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  2. Good, you're on the mend. All i'll say is that antibiotics are great in this case but the kill biotics indiscriminately. So they are presently killing both bad and good bio-flora in your gut. So you should supplement the anti-biotics with stuff like organic (non-sugared yogurt) stuff that is high in nutrients . Fermented foods like sauerkraut (but not the fake store stuff if you can avoid it) help a lot. There is always a war going on in the gut between good and bad gut flora. When bad gut flora win out, such things as ADD, bi-polar etc. and mental illness in general can begin to set it. Thus the higher rates of mental illness among the poor who can't afford good food!
    I'm no doctor, just a guy with bi-polar who psychotropic drugs did not help, but instead made worse. So in desperation my wife found a diet that has mostly cured me.

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    1. What is your diet? I also have bipolar and am on many meds...

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    2. Check out my reply below Anna
      -Awesome name -God's Grandma!

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  3. My brother's widow's diagnosis of lyme disease was not that swift in coming. I'm glad that yours was figured out so fast. It's good that there is an antibiotic for lyme disease because I know from my sister-in-laws' experience, she suffered greatly till the doctors finally discovered the reason. Now may your healing be equally speedy.

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  4. Love that article (already read it somehow some days ago). This time around I was struck by the analogous nature of the God/man - man/animal relationship and the development of that into love of our neighbor -you know, the hard to love neighbor. The first time I spoke sincerely to a homeless man (and he was probably the 100th I'd spoken to, I'm ashamed to admit) I found an ocean of hurt and love in his eyes and words. I've been different since.

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  5. Sorry that happened. I too have recently got some unsettling news about my physical health that has me stressed out. And Paul, who commented above, I also have bipolar and am on a bunch of meds and would love to know your nutrition cure!

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    1. I don't have any special diet, Anna. I eat what is fresh and tastes good and I instinctively know I "need." And I'm a huge believer in a daily walk. I'm 62 and I take no meds whatsoever (other than antibiotics at the moment). Am very rarely sick. Just had a blood panel; everything normal. Perfect blood pressure. I think it's Chesterton who says the healthy person doesn't think much about his or her health. Of course I've been extraordinarily graced with good health. But that's kind of how it is with me.

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  6. The diet is called GAPS (gut and psychology syndrome). Developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell- McBride, a neuroscientist who gave birth to an autistic child and found, to her surprise, that medicine had no cure for autism. She began a quest for a cure that led to diet and food as a remedy for sickness, a point that is quite biblical, although I don't know if Dr Natasha has any religious affiliation. Anyway her child has almost no symptoms of autism and is considered a bit of a wonder. Turns out healing the gut can fix all sorts of maladies since a malfunctioning gut can and will eventually send poison (through improperly digested food that is basically rotting food) to the brain. The bad gut flora, which all guts have, take over rule of the gut since they overwhelm the good gut flora and thereby send toxins into the body. This is a terrible oversimplification, and if there are any people more knowledgeable on the subject, please chime in. Anyway, it has worked wonders for me and I take zero meds, thanks to God! My friends and family and work associates cannot believe the difference.
    I would recommend a good nutritionist or naturopath if possible to help you adjust the diet to any specific needs or concerns your body may have. But one warning: the fields are riddled with New Age types, many of whom mix science with pseudo-religion. Take your time and much care not to get help, which can be costly, from one of these mixed up types.
    God Bless you and I hope that helps. I am going to have a good time praying for you Anna!

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