Posted 5/30/2010 10:52 AM (GMT -6)
Today is the day my life changed forever. It was five years ago on a Memorial day vacation when I went for a hike through the woods in the beautiful countryside of the upper peninsula of Michigan. Soon after returning to the cabin, I noticed a number of ticks, some nymph sized crawling through out my body. I recall thinking to myself I need to get them all off, up to twenty of them, or I my get Lyme disease. Little did I know at the time, my life was about to change forever. I had removed all the ticks; I thought, however after returning home from the holiday vacation in the shower the next morning I pulled an embedded tick from my butt-ox " lucky me". At this time I was uneducated about the risk, and was unaware about the medical community's utter ignorance about this disease. After wasting the next thirteen months going between my PCP, and numerous "specialists" including a ID, GI, and urologist tying to figure out my ever growing symptom list, I finally found a LLMD and was clinically diagnosed with in a few minutes of our first appointment with chronic Lyme disease. Unfortunately for me, my PCP, and the other so called specialist refused to treat me for Lyme disease because of a negative blood test. Now five years later, I have slowly worked my health, and life back to a manageable existence. I try not to blame the doctors that turned a cold shoulder to me, they simply are not educated properly, however I can not seem to stop blaming myself for not pushing the doctors early to give me the ABX so I could have avoided years of pain, and second guessing myself. Now that I am properly educated about this illness, all I hope to achieve is to be a advocate for others who are newly infected. If I can save even one person from living the torture that is chronic Lyme disease, I may be able to start enjoying this holiday again.
Happy Memorial day everyone....