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WalkingbyFaith
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   Posted 4/3/2018 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Today, I visited my happy place. It's a nice recreation park near my house. There's a park with multi-use recreation areas in the center surrounded by a lake surrounded by a long tree-lined walking trail. I used to go there a lot before I got sick. At some point I stopped going after I got sick. I've been living an hour away with a relative for the last year and a half, so I only come to town for doctor appointments or to run errands about once a week.

I was in town today and thought about visiting this place. So glad I did. The weather today was delicious - blue, sunny skies, warm 83 degrees, cool breeze, and everything just seemed so green and fresh. The air felt good and clean. I thoroughly enjoyed being outdoors taking in God's glorious creation while watching the ducks and ganders and seagulls wander by the lake. I managed to walk about 30 minutes even though my knees were stiff, and I had to walk slowly and sit down along the way. That 30 minutes in my happy place was medicine for my body, soul, and spirit.

Hope you guys can get to spend some time in your happy places and enjoy some glorious weather soon😊

goshawk
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   Posted 4/3/2018 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like you found the best medicine today......hope you have more days enjoying your happy place.

Take care, Jo

Girlie
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   Posted 4/3/2018 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
That sounds lovely, WBF


While it’s much colder here - I am noticing the longer days and a little bit warmer weather.

We have a beautiful lake about 20-30 minute drive from home that we frequent in the summer months to cool off.
We are also 5 minutes from the ocean beaches and like to go for walks there when the weather is good.

The change in the seasons affects me emotionally now as it signifies time marching on and I’m still not well.
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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 4/3/2018 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Girlie said...
The change in the seasons affects me emotionally now as it signifies time marching on and I’m still not well.


Each day is bringing you closer to your recovery, Girlie.

goshawk
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   Posted 4/3/2018 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Here 's what I figure..time is on our side

Every minute and every day we do get one step closer to recovery like The Dude Abides said.

Every day some researcher, patient, nurse, LLMD, Md, NP, LLND etc. is seeing people like us.

I know some of them are trying to figure out this puzzle and I am sure that one day they will.

Every day there is a chance for a breakthrough....yes, more and more time spent on treating and figuring out these infections.

Our day will come

sandyfeet
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   Posted 4/3/2018 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh WBF - thanks so much for this beautiful meditation! I am so glad you had a chance to spend some time in your happy place today!

The sun was shining today, some of my favourite spring bulbs have started tentatively blooming in my garden and I walked on the beach with my kids. Despite everything life was good today over here too.

Girle - "The change in the seasons affects me emotionally now as it signifies time marching on and I’m still not well." - This is a hard truth for me too. I was so convinced that I would be better by summer and now I'm trying to wrap my head around the idea that maybe this will just be my life going forward. I know in my heart that it's not but still it's hard working through it all. I'm so grateful to have this place to figure things out.

Goshawk - "Here's what I figure..time is on our side. Every minute and every day we do get one step closer to recovery". I hope this is so and Violets' post today was an inspirational reminder.

I wouldn't wish this path on anyone but it really has brought me so many blessings and being able to savour the smallest gifts is one of them. Thanks so much for this reminder today WBF.

"Our day will come" smile
Bulls eye rash August 2013
Started treating with Buhner herbs July 2017
Treating Borellia, Babesia and Bartonella as of November 2017

WalkingbyFaith
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   Posted 4/3/2018 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Girlie said...
The change in the seasons affects me emotionally now as it signifies time marching on and I’m still not well.


Oh, Girlie!! I feel your pain. I've been sick a long time, too.

Still, what struck me about that statement, too, is that I've always been emotional when seasons change. Long before I got sick. I think I've always been a nostalgic old soul. Just the look of the sky or the trees, or the feel of the air, or smells can trigger childhood memories of years gone by and loved ones long gone. I can remember how different things looked when I was a child and how much has changed. Part of me wishes things were put back the way they were back then. I get mournful sometimes. Other times, there's something fresh and hopeful in the changing seasons, especially spring. New life. New beginnings. New joys.

It's okay to mourn. Just keep hope alive, too.

astroman
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   Posted 4/3/2018 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
"blue, sunny skies, warm 83 degrees, cool breeze" wow, nice! rub it in!

trade ya?

Sideways blowing snow last twelve hours and will drop to 10F tonight. I thought it was April LOL.

That said, I did a snowy woods walk two weeks ago in a melting foot of snow (calm, sunny and 30)and was screeched at under an eagle nest that I didnt see last year (lots around here). Nature is good. Gotta have it. My ocean is lake superior, looks nice, but cold.

A real ocean sounds great right now.

Post Edited (astroman) : 4/3/2018 7:42:35 PM (GMT-6)


The Dude Abides
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   Posted 4/3/2018 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
In my own life, one of the worst things I can do -- yet, I often do it, anyway -- is spend hour-after-hour, day-after-day marinating in all the "health" blogs, podcasts, YouTube lectures, and even this forum. My mind, and, thus, my body needs a break.

Today, where I live, it was around 73°F (22.8°C), sunny, and breezy. I have a small back deck, so I sat in the sun for a bit to charge my batteries. Finally, after several days of postponing it, I mustered-up enough determination to vacuum my living room.

First, however, I needed to empty the bin on my vacuum cleaner. In order to avoid making a mess, I went into the garage to do so. After emptying the vacuum bin, I noticed the garage really needed to be swept. So, I took the vacuum cleaner back inside, got my car keys, moved the car outside, and swept the garage.

As I pulled my car back into the garage, I noticed the interior really needed to be cleaned. So, I went back inside to get the vacuum cleaner and brought it back into the garage. I vacuumed the seats, floor mats, under the floor mats, under the seats, and the crevice between the seat and the center armrest. I found a quarter, along with dust, dirt, and some potato chip crumbs.

Then, I decided to wipe-down the dashboard, instrument cluster, and cupholders. While doing so, I played the stereo - several Sinatra tunes. Next, after completing that little bit of work, I planned to start the car and pull it forward a bit, so I could close the garage door.

But, the car wouldn't start! I forgot that the battery is a bit weak and needs to be replaced, so the three or four songs (plus amplifier and interior light) was enough to drain the battery.

Finally, after trying to reach my neighbor, I was able to connect with him and he brought over his car and some jumper cables and gave me a boost. From there, I went to Chipotle for a burrito bowl and then to the grocery store for a few items.

After all of this, I never did vacuum the living room. ha...

Despite how tired I'd been at the start, I ended the day feeling better than I have in a while.

For me, I've demonstrated to myself, many times, that staying out of my head for a day or two yields big dividends. Constant, extreme fatigue has been one of my major challenges for the past four-and-a-half years. But, sometimes, just a little momentum is all I need to get going. After that, I can "forget" about the fatigue and other issues, if only for a while. I may feel it tomorrow, but it was worth it for today.

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Post Edited (The Dude Abides) : 4/3/2018 10:21:22 PM (GMT-6)


Girlie
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   Posted 4/3/2018 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Great post, Dude!

That’s a productive day you had!

The biggest challenge for me is lifting my butt off this recliner and just starting something...then I’m on a roll.
I do not feel better sitting hour after hour in this chair... nor do I feel any worse doing something productive.

...but some days the hours go by and I accomplish nothing but feel sorry for myself.

(Well .... also welcome a few new forum members). tongue

I think this is why my husband spends hours in our garage building gas powered bikes.
It’s a distraction.
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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 4/3/2018 11:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Girlie. I just updated my last post, because I forgot to mention that the thing that started me on my way was my intent to vacuum my living room. One thing led to another, then another, then another. In the end, the living room never did get vacuumed. Maybe tomorrow. smile

I can relate to what you mean about the biggest challenge is just to get going. That happens to me, too. But, I don't beat-up myself about it. I hope you can find a way to give yourself a break, too. You're very active on this forum, so that's hardly accomplishing nothing! You invest a lot of yourself in others!

BookWyrm
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   Posted 4/4/2018 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know if yall have heard about the spoon theory but basically it is that each morning we wake up with so many "spoons". Each day might be a different number of these "spoons". Every task we do uses up some of these spoons. On a bad day maybe you wake up with 5, and you have to choose what to use them on-cooking/eating, getting showered and dressed, going to work/school, chores around the house, ect. So each day we have to prioritize what gets done with the limited number of spoons we have. While taking care of ourselves physically and keeping up with the other daily tasks is important we need to remember to take care of ourselves emotionally/mentally/spiritually as well. One of my favorite sayings is 'sometimes you have to make your own happy moments'. We need to remember to take time to find that happy place even if we use our spoons on it vs cleaning the dishes. The dishes will still be there, but that moment of happiness will linger and help you get through the bad days. If lyme has taught me 1 thing it is to find the joy in the smallest of things and to be thankful for them.
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