Friday, February 17, 2012

Lyme Disease

This week marks the beginning of a Journey that I’ve done every thing in my power to avoid,  A week ago I found out I had Lyme Disease.  At this time they don’t know exactly how long I’ve had the disease.  My CD 57 test came back at a whopping 54…a person who is in good standings tests at 300.  The CD 57 test is only known to be able to detect Lyme and how much it has taken over your immune system/body…  I guess it could be worse… but I sure wish I could say I was still at 300.

It’s nice to finally have an answer as to why I’m always so tired, why I always feel like 8 hours of sleep feels like zero hours of sleep.  It’s also nice to know where all of these pains come from on a daily basis.  Answers are great…  but whenever you find out that you have a disease that the government is trying to hide, to leave unnoticed, uncured, and unheard…it’s quite scary.

All I can do right now is pray and they find a cure, pray that I won’t have to suffer with this for the rest of my life, and pray that I’m able to witness life 5 years up the road.  I pray that in 5 years my life will be changed for the best and not the worst.  I have a great family to help me through this and a man that is so caring and supportive as well.

If you don’t know much about Lyme (which I’m sure you don’t), you should take the time out to watch the film, “Under Our Skin”…it’s an eye-opening film on Lyme and how screwed up our healthcare system and government really is…its also an eye-opener to how serious the disease really is.

My symptoms as of right now:

  • Severe Joint Pain (especially my left arm and hips)
  • My left arm is becoming weaker by the day and I struggle to raise it or straighten it…or even pick something up
  • Nausea
  • Stiff and Sore Neck
  • Shoulder pain
  • Back pain
  • Pain in my feet & Ankles