I have been treated for Bartonella infection, which affected my brain tissue, for approx 1 1/2 years now due to a very serious cat bite at work, leading to emergency surgery, PICC line, etc.....Doxy is the drug of choice. Initially I was told that I may have to be on the antibiotic for about 3 years. about 5 months ago the doctor said we may try to wean off this Spring. Recently, during an emotional upheaval in my life, I forgot to take my meds for 2 1/2 days. The symptoms started to return....droopy face, spinning head, garbled language skills, exhaustion, etc......I am wondering if anyone else has been treated for Bartonella and has similar responses. Being on Doxy for the rest of my life isn't a big deal, but I don't understand why the symptoms return so soon after not taking the meds. Not certain how long the docs will actually be willing to give me the Doxy with all the issues in medical care right now.....Any advice or input would be appreciated.