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CatLady18
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   Posted 2/17/2018 1:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

I just really need to vent. I am feeling like I'm on the brink of a nervous breakdown. I have been treating my Lyme with an incredibly small dose of Doxy for around 2 months now. I can only tolerate 100mg per day (even with 3 detox protocols every day), and any more than that and I feel too sick to be able to work or function. I am struggling financially, and have no choice but to continue working an EXTREMELY stressful job, and have to feel "well" enough to continue working to support myself and pay for medical treatments, which means taking too small a dose to see any improvement. The only reason I am able to continue working is because I'm able to work from home, literally from bed. I recently switched to the overnight shift in order to make more money, and have been struggling with horrible insomnia. Due to construction next door, and a noisy neighbor above, I have gone for 3 days in a row twice now with literally no sleep. My attempts to communicate with my neighbor and management have gone ignored. I have to ply myself with copious amounts of caffeine (and sheer willpower) to get through each work day. This is doing a number on my health, and I feel like I'm ready to collapse. I have no savings, and no ability to pay for a deposit on a new place/break my lease and pay for movers. I've asked to move to another unit and the only available ones face either the construction or the train. I'm taking over 150 billion probiotics daily, but have also developed candida symptoms, including a rash, itching, throat/eye burning, and burning when I urinate. I feel like I need time off, however, Short term disability was denied, and I financially can't afford to take it anyway. I just feel so lost and like I will never, ever get better. I also know I can't go on like this. I requested to be moved to another shift for less money, but less money means less access to treatments I need, and I have to get it approved which may take months. My birthday is on Sunday and I'm going to spend it crying in bed.

Thank you for listening.

Post Edited (CatLady18) : 2/17/2018 12:43:13 AM (GMT-7)


Girlie
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   Posted 2/17/2018 2:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh CatLady - I'm so sorry.


I'm wondering if a pulsed protocol would be better for you. But you'd need to go on at least one more (maybe two) antibiotics to do that.
Do you have a LLMD?


I found the pulsed approach was more tolerable than taking fewer abx daily.


or maybe switch to herbals? with them, you can gauge your response and lower the amount taken.

Have you had any improvements yet with the low dose of doxy? I'm concerned about the 100 mg per day - being too low and since you're only on the one...I wonder about resistance happening.

Can you get a room mate to share the rent? Even if it means sleeping on a couch in the living room.

Sending you hugs...and hoping things improve for you.
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Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14;Zithro July26-Aug24/14; Amox + Proben. Aug. 29/14;
added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif;
Nov./15 mino - to biaxi

The Dude Abides
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   Posted 2/17/2018 2:50 AM (GMT -6)   
My Dear CatLady18:

I'm so very sorry for your suffering. You're having an absolute awful time, and, with the lack of sleep, this just makes a bad situation far worse. In fact, with all you explained, I'd be surprised if you DIDN'T feel on the brink of a nervous breakdown!

It's a little past 3:00 AM where I am, so I hope you will forgive me for keeping this note brief. Since quitting my job about six weeks ago, I've let my sleep/wake cycles get all out-of-whack.

1. Do you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both?

Personally, I fall asleep fine - usually in 30-60 seconds. But, I often wake-up after 2-3 hours and struggle to get back to sleep. Eventually, I do, but then I end-up sleeping until the afternoon. Now that I don't have a job, I can do so, but it's still not ideal.

Based on research I was doing earlier this evening, it seems the proper dose for melatonin in aiding insomnia is 0.3 milligrams. news.mit.edu/2001/melatonin-1017 While I haven't yet used the following product, I do plan to order it and give it a try:

/www.amzn.com/B00CDABRUW

It's a 0.3 mg/300 mcg dose that's released over six hours.

2. You need to sleep!

I realize I'm stating the obvious, but you may need to escalate things, in order to get some rest. If that means complaining about your neighbor, perhaps you need to go on record and file a complaint with the Police Department. You could then provide a copy of the complaint to your apartment manager. Each time your neighbor get out-of-hand with the noise, you could file a new complaint.

In order for an apartment community to evict someone, they need to have documented evidence of infractions. If the apartment manager will not help you (my experience is they're usually not helpful), then you may need to do so yourself. I know that's probably the last thing you want to take-on, but that might be the thing that makes the difference between sleeping and not sleeping. The apartment manager might actually be happy to evict your neighbor, if you do all the work of documenting the noise violations. But, "noise" is a subjective term.

3. Sleep aids

Short of getting your neighbor evicted and/or setting the construction site ablaze (which, for the record, I do NOT suggest, in case the FBI and/or NSA is reading this!), here are a few simple and powerful items that have helped me:

* Foam earplugs: bit.ly/2FaKLhM
* Sleep mask: amzn.to/2C4ggvs
* Blackout curtains: /thd.co/2BB3h3t
* White noise generator: amzn.to/2bMtXjS (or, you can use a cheap fan)

I tell you, the first three have made a WORLD of difference. I no longer have a white noise generator, as I run my ceiling fan on high and sometimes leave the door open to my bathroom and run the vent fan for extra background noise.

Well, it's 3:45 AM and I better close for now. Hopefully, I'll think of some other things, by the time I wake-up later this morning (okay, afternoon).

How about if I call you Sunday and sing "Happy Birthday"? It won't sound like Frank Sinatra, but they say it's the thought that counts. That also gives you time to get those earplugs!

Please keep moving forward, no matter how slow or pointless it may seem. Also, stay connected to others, as much as you can and as long as it's not draining. You don't need drama, lectures, or negativity. Keep posting here, as you know we all care about each other.

Best wishes,

The Dude

goshawk
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   Posted 2/17/2018 5:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi CatLady18,

Well one positive thing is you have us and we care about you. I understand how difficult things are for you fighting these infections. Overwhelming to say the least and my heart goes out to you.

When life gets to this point it can seem hard to figure out what to do next and how to solve the problems.

I would suggest working on one thing at a time. be it the sleep issues(very crucial to healing), work, treatment or the noisy neighbors.

These links may be of help to you:

/lymelightfoundation.org/about-lyme/resources-adults-lyme-disease/

lymediseasechallenge.org/financial-assistance/


Hope this helps and you take care, Jo

CatLady18
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   Posted 2/17/2018 5:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Girlie,

I can always count on you to reply. Thank you! My current doctor is a naturopath, but hasn't officially been ILADS trained. Next week, I will be meeting with an ILADS doctor, and I will bring up the pulsed approach. Can you explain more about building up a resistance to Doxy? For some reason, I don't do well with herbs. I had horrible herxes from Berberine and Allicin. Or I tend to see no effect from the herbs I can tolerate My body is very sensitive. Negative on a roommate, I think the added noise and shared space would make me even more stressed. I would also need a separate space with someone else there for HIPPA reasons when working from home, which I don't have.

Hello Dude,

Your reply and offering to sing me happy birthday are so sweet and made me smile. I remember you posted about wanting some time off from work, I see you made the decision to quit your job, congrats! Are you on any sort of disability right now? Funny thing, I'm also up at 3:30AM. I took the day off so I could sleep, but guess what, my neighbor is still at it. I took your advice and called police. They agreed to come out, but stated that they would not knock if there is no noise from the hallway. The issue is that we have pretty good insulation, so it's not volume noise, such as screaming or music that can be heard from outside, it's vibrational noise that can be felt more than it can be heard (thumping, pounding, stomping noises). It probably can only be heard by the person below him. I think management has taken a hands off approach because it typically happens during non quiet hours (which are my nighttime hours due to my backwards work schedule). Something has to change, that's all I know. I was 2 seconds away from going up there and confronting him, but was in a really bad place and didn't want to escalate things.

I have spent a lot of money trying to adapt my environment. I use a noise machine, ear plugs (just bought a new set with a higher db rating), wear 2 eye masks, take melatonin, diphendyramine, and sometimes trazadone/klonopin. I even bought a special headband with headphones in it to wear to bed that connects to a second white noise machine, and they still don't help with the thumping and walls/bed shaking that can still be felt. If it's quiet (which it hasn't been), I can fall asleep, but once woken up, it's hard to fall back asleep. The noise has been constant though, so I'm either not sleeping at all or dozing in and out of sleep, even with prescription sleep aids (out of desperation, I probably end up taking too much which can have the opposite effect). I have always been a light sleeper though, and since having Lyme I'm very sensitive to noise and poor sleep is also how it manifests. I'm taking a MUCH higher dosage of melatonin than what you recommended, I can try a tiny dosage to see if it makes a difference, but hard to say if anything will help with the current circumstances. Do report back if you try the time release melatonin. Hope you are enjoying your self-care time and road to healing, and thank you so much for the kind, supportive words. I am thankful to have found this group!

CatLady18
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   Posted 2/17/2018 5:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I just saw your post, Jo, thank you for the words of encouragement and expressing your care and concern. It means a lot. I am going to read the links you posted tomorrow.

BabsBunny
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   Posted 2/17/2018 6:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I would try something other than doxycycline. It was a beast to my stomach and made me feel awful. I started my Lyme treatment with amoxicillin only. Yes, eventually you’ll need a combination, but a few months on amoxicillin made me feel better, and adding abx was very easy on it.
Lyme, Babesia, Bartonella. Symptoms began 5/2016, didn't start treatment until 9/2016. Slow but steady recovery.

*twitch twitch*

CatLady18
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   Posted 2/17/2018 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the recommendation, Babs. I will bring up Amoxicillin at my next doctor's appointment. I am open to exploring other options.

doors12
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   Posted 2/17/2018 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I would hope the LLND would have better routes than just the doxy. I have been having horrible sleep, waking at 1am, then 4am, last night I finally slept good- I used my 2 mg Lunesta and 3 Gaia sleep thru herbs pills. I hope it continues to work but thought I'd share.

Good advice in this thread. Don't be afraid to change things up and follow up with your Lyme doc (or get a new one) or consider any adjustments that can be made in other areas of your life eg work/housing to get you in a workable situation.

Work on one thing at a time, break it down into smaller pieces. Wishing you blessings,

Doors12
Positive test for lyme disease antibodies, brucella, babesia, bartonella, ehrlichia, mycoplasma 2015
Pancolitis Ulcerative Colitis (Mild to Moderate) dx in 2006 diagnosis changed to acute infectious colitis 2015
3/2014 heterozygous mthfr
Herbal treatment with addition of Alinia/tinidazole

The Dude Abides
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   Posted 2/18/2018 12:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, CatLady!

I was serious about singing you Happy Birthday! smile

Yes, after MUCH deliberation and angst, I finally quit my job. I was in Healthcare IT and also worked from home. Of course, leaving a "steady" (is anything really steady?) salary, healthcare benefits, retirement plan, a month of paid vacation, short-/long-term disability, and unlimited sick time was not easy. But, despite all that I was leaving, quitting still felt right. I felt it in my gut. For years.

I had grown to hate what the job had become, and, the general idiocy of Corporate America was just another layer of nonsense with which I was tired of dealing. So, in the end, the uncertainty of unemployment was less stressful than staying in a job that I felt was slowly killing me. The first two weeks was a bit challenging, but I now have very low stress. For now!

Also, no, I'm not on any sort of disability. I'm just living off cash that I saved. If things get bad, I have retirement funds that I can access, though I REALLY don't want to do so. At some point, I'll have to look for another "job," but I first need to figure-out what's wrong with me and how to get better.

Anyhoo...

As I've rented most of my life, I've lived in a lot of apartments across various cities and states. So, I completely understand about the vibrational noise from your neighbor. High frequencies are generally easier to mute, but low frequencies are a real bear. I've long thought that apartments should be built on some sort of dampening material that would reduce/isolate vibrations, and, thus, noise. Of course, that would cost more money and apartment communities don't want to spend any more than necessary. My cousin and his family used to live in an apartment building that had concrete between the floors. He would blast his home theater system and never get complaints. That's the way to go!

Do you know your upstairs neighbor? Perhaps talking to him face-to-face would be a better idea? Maybe not necessarily doing it alone with just the two of you, but maybe in the rental office with the office manager there? Or, having the manager in another room, just in case you need her/him. Generally speaking, I think most people will be more empathetic and understanding, if they're able to see the other person as a real person with challenges, rather than someone who either bangs on the ceiling/walls/floor and/or calls the Police.

I'm thinking back to when I was married. My wife worked an evening shift and had to sleep during the day. We had a downstairs neighbor that would play loud, thumping music. I was in college at the time and came home in the afternoon and my poor wife was nearly in tears from lack of sleep. I tried pounding my foot on the living room floor a bit, but the lady downstairs turned-up the music louder. So, I climbed-up on the arm of the sofa, leapt into the air (we were on the third floor and had vaulted ceilings), and my 185-pound body landed in the center of the living room floor (the best place to land, due to no load-bearing walls) with a boom that sounded like thunder and the entire place shook like something had crashed into the building.

Naturally, that accomplished nothing. Today, of course, I would handle it completely differently.

Anyway, besides speaking to him face-to-face, you could always write him a letter. That way, you'd have time to get your thoughts on paper in a precise way, explain your situation, and ask for his help. He couldn't argue with a letter. Plus, it would give him time to absorb the information and think about it.

The other thing I was thinking about it perhaps you can get your Human Resources people at work involved in your request for a shift change. Perhaps having your Doctor write a letter and explain that it's required. Once you start involving your Doctor, Human Resources, and, perhaps, any other advocacy groups, maybe that will grease the wheels for you. My point, of course, is get people to help you. Don't do things all on your own, if you can help it. You need to reserve as much as your mental, physical, and emotional energy as possible.

With regard to sleep, it seems you were already waaay ahead of me. So, good for you in being so informed. But, of course, all that knowledge isn't helping much, given the construction noise, upstairs vibrational noise, the flipped work schedule, Lyme, and originally being a light sleeper, anyway. The deck is stacked against you, so that's why we need to get things reshuffled in your favor.

As for the hormone Melatonin, yes, I believe you're likely taking far too much. Based on what I've read by Richard Wurtman, MD, the proper dose is 0.3 mg. From what I've read, taking large doses of Melatonin can have the opposite effect of what's intended. Our Pineal Glands secrete small doses of Melatonin.

/en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Wurtman
/smartdrugsmarts.com/episodes/episode-140-melatonin

Dr. Wurtman created a product called "Sleep Answer" that looked pretty cool. It's a "capsule-in-capsule" that delivers two doses of Melatonin at different times. The outer capsule releases the first 0.3 mg dose of Melatonin at bedtime. Then, three to four hours later, the inner capsule releases a 0.6 dose of Melatonin

/www.healthydirections.com/sleep-answer
amzn.to/2oeTNlZ

But, the product has "FD&C Blue Lake #2" and I try to avoid all artificial colors and flavors. The amount is likely low, but, still. If the Life Extension brand of time-release Melatonin doesn't work, I may try Dr. Wurtman's product.

It's currently 1:07 AM EST, so, technically, it's Sunday here. So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Sincerely,
The Dude

Spanish
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   Posted 2/18/2018 1:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi cat lady. Im so sorry that you are suffering. I too have had a terrible time trying to gt some sleep but thankfully feel i have it under control now.

Melotonin, didnt work for me... it made me very drowsy but i found I would still just lie there waiting to hear a noise and worrying how I would cope the next day if I got no sleep. Then in the morning I would be extra groggy from the medication on top of not having had any sleep.It was a vicious circle.

All the sleep meds seemed to have the same result, then i realised. I didnt need something to make me sleepy as I was already shattered.

It was anxiety keeping me awake and the worry about the next noise or the next day. I got a doctor to prescribe me some diazepam and managed to get a good nights sleep for the first time in months.

Everything seemed so much easier with a bit of decent sleep. After a few days of this I felt much better and managed to break the cycle.

You have to be very careful with diazepam as it it very addictive but it helped me wonders.. now i sleep easily without it and just knowing its there as an emergency really helps.

I hope you feel better soon

Post Edited (Spanish) : 2/18/2018 12:22:25 AM (GMT-7)


Girlie
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   Posted 2/18/2018 2:23 AM (GMT -6)   
CatLady18 said...
Hi Girlie,

I can always count on you to reply. Thank you! My current doctor is a naturopath, but hasn't officially been ILADS trained. Next week, I will be meeting with an ILADS doctor, and I will bring up the pulsed approach. Can you explain more about building up a resistance to Doxy? For some reason, I don't do well with herbs. I had horrible herxes from Berberine and Allicin. Or I tend to see no effect from the herbs I can tolerate My body is very sensitive. Negative on a roommate, I think the added noise and shared space would make me even more stressed. I would also need a separate space with someone else there for HIPPA reasons when working from home, which I don't have.



One of the reasons that the LLMD's prescribe two or more abx at once is so the bacteria doesn't become resistant to the abx.
And maybe trying something other than doxy with a second antibiotic. There are many choices...not all LLMD's prescribe doxy.

you could try minocycline instead (in the tetracycline class, like doxy)

...and then add a second antibiotic.

There are still a lot of options for you, CatLady...don't worry.
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Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14;Zithro July26-Aug24/14; Amox + Proben. Aug. 29/14;
added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif;
Nov./15 mino - to biaxi

Girlie
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   Posted 2/18/2018 2:26 AM (GMT -6)   
smile cool tongue HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! smile cool tongue
Moderator, Lyme Forum
Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14;Zithro July26-Aug24/14; Amox + Proben. Aug. 29/14;
added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif;
Nov./15 mino - to biaxi

CatLady18
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   Posted 2/18/2018 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jo,

I reviewed the links you sent me, thank you so much for including those! I found a program that I may actually qualify for and am going to apply for a grant. I was fortunate enough to get partial reimbursement for my tests through Lyme-TAP. Anyone else facing financial hardship, reach out to Lyme-TAP, they are great and can help cover the costs of testing.

Doors12,

Thank you for the reply. Agreed that breaking it down into small pieces is what I needed, feels much less overwhelming that way. I will have to look into Gaia sleep pills (is it called sleepthru?), and plan on asking my doctor for another prescription sleeping pill in the event of an emergency, which I know is unhealthy, but so is not sleeping. I'm glad you seem to have found something that works for you.

Dude!

You are so thoughtful, supportive, and funny, and I really appreciate the time you take to communicate that through your responses. Thank you for the birthday wishes, and you have such a lovely singing voice, haha.

I am so glad you decided to give up security for happiness/health, and are taking the necessary time away from work to focus on your health and recovery. It's a big and scary step to take, but it sounds like it was time and you knew it in your soul (and you had the resources to walk away). I am starting to feel that way about not only my job but the field that I'm in, for different reasons. The work itself is soul-sucking and emotionally taxing, with very little financial reward or trade off, and the burnout further lends itself to physical harm. I would say 80% of my coworkers have developed or are managing some sort of chronic health condition. With savings, I'd leave in a heartbeat, so enjoy your well-earned self-care time. You clearly worked hard and contributed a lot to get to that point, and now you get to reap the rewards.

I really enjoyed your human cannon ball story. I had all kinds of fantasies of you going up to the unit above my neighbor and throwing yourself on the floor at 5AM repeatedly. The part that pisses me off even more is that I gave him the benefit of the doubt that he probably doesn't know how loud he is, and will absolutely make an effort once he is better informed. Wrong. I tried the friendly neighbor letter route and it got me absolutely nowhere. I got literally no sleep the night before last and clear into early yesterday evening. He was having some kind of sex marathon, which seemed to be happening every 2 hours or so. The birthday plans I did have were canceled. Management actually placed a noise reminder on every unit on his floor and claimed to email my neighbor specifically, to no avail. As a last resort, I finally left a very firm (threatening) letter on his door, and voila, I finally slept last night! I must've scared the crap out of him because he came down to talk to management (claiming ignorance) and expressed a desire to work things out with me. He left a note on my door introducing himself and provided his phone number recommending I text him whenever he's too loud. So far, so good, he is clearly making an effort and what do you know, he has magically figured out how to walk without causing an earthquake. What a difference sleep makes, who knew. I will definitely use your idea and get as many people involved if the situation returns.

Hola Spanish,

Okay, yes, you are describing my experience with melatonin. The grogginess, minimal effectiveness, and anticipating the next loud noise. I'm going to tinker with my dosage and see if that helps. I'm so glad diazepam worked for you though and got you over the hump. Are you saying that you don't need anything for sleep now?

Girlie,

Okay, thank you for the reminder that there are still a lot of other options out there that I haven't explored yet. I really hope my next doctor is informed enough to be willing to try other approaches with me. My insurance fought on just the doxy alone, so I think that doctor was reluctant to add more antibiotics (I have decided I will need to pay out-of-pocket for meds).

Thank you for always being here to support all the members on this board, we appreciate your contributions, and thank you sooo much for the birthday wishes!!!

The Dude Abides
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   Posted 2/19/2018 2:38 AM (GMT -6)   
CatLady!

Hey, if you give me the signal, I'll enable my e-mail and you can send me your phone number. You can bet your boots (and, your cat(s)) that I would call and sing "Happy Birthday"! smile

Thanks so very much for your kind and generous words. I do like to write, care about others, and love to make people laugh. Often, I don't feel like I have much to contribute on this forum, aside from a little encouragement or comic relief. Most of the folks here have much more technical knowledge about Lyme Disease, antibiotic regimens, herbal protocols, detoxing, supplements, and so much more. I've been thinking about "retiring" from this forum (again), but I need to give it some additional thought.

Yes, I was fortunate to have saved enough to allow me to leave my Corporate Masters. I'd been saving for several years, as I was worried about losing my job, after my company was purchased by another company. That eventually settled-down, but then I started hating the new company and what they were doing. Or, rather, what they were not doing. So, I kept saving, hoping I could eventually quit. Months turned into years, and, eventually, we were bought by yet another company. By the time I finally hit the Eject button, I'd saved about 22 months of living expenses - more or less, depending on how I spend.

Then, of course, four days after quitting, I had a mishap with the world's sharpest and most dangerous potato peeler (in my own opinion) and sliced-open the end of my index finger. After about a half-hour of failed attempts to stop the bleeding, my girlfriend drove me to the Emergency Room and I got stitches. Thus far, between the ER co-pay and my deductible, that incident has cost me a little over $400. I've yet to receive the co-insurance bill from my primary care doctor for removing the stitches.

That's just my luck. When my ship comes-in, I'll be at the airport.

It really sounds like we had some similarities in our jobs. At the end, I frequently described my job as "soul-sucking." Also, I was beyond burned-out. In fact, going back to ANY "job" will be difficult, as I'm too old, too tired, and just not interested shoveling crap anymore.

Another interesting comment you made was about the large majority of your colleagues developing or managing various chronic health conditions. That speaks volumes! Years ago, we had about 12 people on our Help Desk, plus remote workers that would assist from their home office. Over the years, that number dropped to just four people in total. Two were Technical (me and one other person) and the other two were Clinical. Over the past year, the guy that I trained as my backup started developing health issues and had been missing more-and-more work. As you alluded, I don't think that's a coincidence.

I'm glad you enjoyed my Human Cannonball story! I would HAPPILY bribe the occupant of the apartment above your neighbor to let me perform cannonballs starting at 3:00 AM and repeating every 15 minutes (just enough time for your neighbor to fall asleep again) until 5:30 AM. Stopping at 5:30 AM might allow him to get just deep enough into sleep for him to be completely miserable the whole day, versus keeping him up all night and allowing him to be "tired-but-wired." It's no wonder sleep deprivation is used as torture.

I really commend you on all the steps you'd already taken with your neighbor, with regard to giving him the benefit of the doubt and sending him the "friendly neighbor letter." Clearly, you're an insightful young lady and adept in dealing with people and conflicts. It seems you really went out-of-your way to reach a resolution. Unfortunately, some people mistake courtesy with weakness. But, you obviously clarified things with your firm letter. I'm so glad you were finally able to get some much-needed and well-deserved sleep.

I may need to ask you to write a letter for me, as I have an upstairs neighbor that stomps-around like Godzilla. Fortunately, she travels a lot, so it's not as frequent as it used to be. When her Mom and Sister come to visit, though, that's a challenge. The worst part is their wearing hard heels on the kitchen and bathroom floors (no carpet) - it sounds like their herding cattle through the place.

Speaking of which...

Your neighbor's sex marathon gave me a laugh. If it was happening about every two hours, he must have a lot of stamina. I bet his arms will be sore tomorrow! turn

Best Wishes,
The Dude

Girlie
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   Posted 2/19/2018 3:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Catlady - I’m curious - how many cats do you have?


Dude - You make me laugh!

Btw - You DO have lots to contribute - I really enjoy reading your thoughtful posts !!
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Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14;Zithro July26-Aug24/14; Amox + Proben. Aug. 29/14;
added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif;
Nov./15 mino - to biaxi

Post Edited (Girlie) : 2/19/2018 2:18:40 AM (GMT-7)


Serfr
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   Posted 2/19/2018 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Catlady,
I have an orange furry cat. I feed, play with, clean its box, but it ignores me. If I pet it just once, it cleans itself for a half hour then ralphs up a furrball. But I shower everyday! My wife sits down to watch tv and it jumps in her lap. I must be the slave.
Tried abx and iv abx for 2 years, now trying herbs; Chronic Tonic (bottled) CSA formula, JK, Houttunia, Andrographis, Cats Claw
Symptoms Aug 2013-
Extreme fatigue, dizziness, head pressure, 1 seizure, ringing ears, crawling sensations everywhere, throat pain, groin pain, very cold hands/feet, joint pain, sole pain, body/muscle spasms, teeth/gum pain, constipation, depression, panic attacks

Girlie
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   Posted 2/19/2018 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Serfr said...
Hi Catlady,
I have an orange furry cat. I feed, play with, clean its box, but it ignores me. If I pet it just once, it cleans itself for a half hour then ralphs up a furrball. But I shower everyday! My wife sits down to watch tv and it jumps in her lap. I must be the slave.


Serfr - that’s funny - sounds like a few cats I’ve known..they certainly have their favorite hooman.

I LOVE redhead cats - my faves.
Moderator, Lyme Forum
Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14;Zithro July26-Aug24/14; Amox + Proben. Aug. 29/14;
added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif;
Nov./15 mino - to biaxi

The Dude Abides
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Date Joined May 2017
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   Posted 2/19/2018 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Girlie said...
I LOVE redhead cats - my faves.


How about this one? bit.ly/2HrFTpo

Girlie
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   Posted 2/19/2018 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
The Dude Abides said...
Girlie said...
I LOVE redhead cats - my faves.


How about this one? bit.ly/2HrFTpo



Oh Dude tongue I thought I was going to see a picture of an orange cat (should know better if it's coming from you!!!)

I laghed out loud when I saw that 'redhead' You always make me giggle.
Moderator, Lyme Forum
Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14;Zithro July26-Aug24/14; Amox + Proben. Aug. 29/14;
added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif;
Nov./15 mino - to biaxi

The Dude Abides
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   Posted 2/19/2018 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Girlie said...
The Dude Abides said...
Girlie said...
I LOVE redhead cats - my faves.


How about this one? bit.ly/2HrFTpo


Oh Dude tongue I thought I was going to see a picture of an orange cat (should know better if it's coming from you!!!)

I laughed out loud when I saw that 'redhead' You always make me giggle.


You know my motto: "Make 'em laugh!" /youtu.be/SND3v0i9uhE?t=49s

CatLady18
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Total Posts : 86
   Posted 2/20/2018 12:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dude!

It doesn't look like I have the ability to email you. I feel torn when meaningful members express a desire to leave the boards. On one hand, I want people to take care of themselves above all else (and I also assume the desire to leave is for good reason), but on the other hand, member contributions such as yours will be sorely missed and really make a difference in someone's day when they're struggling. This forum is a lifeline for so many of us, and comic relief is just as therapeutic as medical interventions.

You can request my letter-writing skills against those heel-wearing stompers any day of the week, I don't play around. The good news is the unit above my obnoxious neighbor is vacant, so cannonball away! I was debating whether to move in there just to get some sweet revenge. I honestly don't even want to live under him though since sound also travels up.

Girlie,

I'm not officially crazy cat lady status... yet. I actually only have 1 very dog-like giant tabby cat (leash trained and all). He is my pride and joy and somehow did not acquire any of the *****iness prone to his species. He is so laid back and happy all the time. He is winding down though, going on 16 and is fighting kidney disease. Are you an animal lover?

Serfr,

Thanks for sharing your funny (and typical) cat story. Is your ginger cat a tabby? I have seen some very feisty red-headed kitties out there. It sounds like you get to do all the unpleasant stuff, while your wife reaps the rewards, how rude.

Girlie
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   Posted 2/20/2018 2:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I am an animal lover.... and cats are my faves.


I have to say that the criteria for the name "CatLady" is not based on the numbers - here is the Urban Dictionary definition: tongue




cat lady
a woman that finds too much happiness in her cats. This often results in the following actions.
-Dressing up her cats
-Taking videos and pictures of them
-Telling other people stuff about her cats that they do not care about
-Thinking that her cats are really intuitive
-Wearing clothes with cats on them
-Owning things with cats on them
-Not being lonely because she has her cats!

Note: A cat lady may smell like cat pee but this is not required
Moderator, Lyme Forum
Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14;Zithro July26-Aug24/14; Amox + Proben. Aug. 29/14;
added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif;
Nov./15 mino - to biaxi

CatLady18
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Date Joined Oct 2017
Total Posts : 86
   Posted 2/20/2018 4:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Busted, I meet all the criteria for a cat lady! I don't dress up my cat, but I definitely would if I had some snazzy outfits for him. I also did make a shirt that reads "I love (heart) _____ (cat's name)." I can't say I have the cat pee smell down. It looks like I selected the appropriate user name. Are you a cat lady, Girlie? Tell me about your beasts.

CatLady18
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Date Joined Oct 2017
Total Posts : 86
   Posted 2/20/2018 4:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Oops, I lied, he wore a bowtie in his Christmas photo.

I'm legitimately a CAT LADY!
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