Hi guys. I was wondering if it would be OK if I hang out with you guys. I like this forum and can relate so well to many of the topics. I don't have Fibro and honestly I don't think I have a clue what the pain is like. I do have Lyme and the fun things that go with it - especially fatigue, malaise, and brain fog. Like most of you I've known for a long time that something was wrong. I was beginning to think I had Chronic Fatigue that would never be diagnosed. My persistence and support from my ARNP led me to a great Fatigue/Fibro doc who has seen enough Lyme to figure it out.
A little about
me - I'm Rich, 58 - we live in western WA and it's not raining today.
We are a blended family with kids and grandkids.
I worked until Dec. when I finally just crashed from the fatigue, mental fog, and just not being able to handle any more med side effects. Spent a few days in the hospital. The Lyme was just confirmed as CDC positive and at least we can treat the causes now.
I think I'm taking the same journey as many of you - due to cognitive function and psych problems (anxiety, depression) it'll be months before I can maybe return to work. If I can, it may be at a less demanding position. So does it just take a while for all this to sink in?
To show how bad my denial is - last Thurs I had a major Herx reaction. Short term memory was bad, I couldn't follow a conversation unless I gave it my full attention, and I was confused. I still won't drive cause I feel impaired. And while all that was going on, I was like, OK, so how am I going to rehab mentally and physically and get back to work.
So I'm trying to find my way thru the Valley of Denial. I assume that this is one of those things where Time will work it's magic and I'll be able to accept what's happening?
Anyways, good to meet you. And thanks for letting me get all of this out.
Lyme, anxitey, depression, chronic C. Pnuemoniae