Bambi’s Lyme Story

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I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease in the early Spring of 2005, I was diagnosed by my family practitioner with Lyme Disease. I was given a prescription of Oral Doxycyline. I was very ill, bedridden for a month and the pain in my knees had me begging my husband to cut off my legs. After getting very sick from the medication doing its job, I finally began to feel better. In the early summer of that year my husband and myself bought a new home. We had lived in town during the years that we raised our girls and found a wonderful, secluded property about 10 miles away. In late summer (2005) I went back to my family practitioner and told him I felt “Lymey” He did not send me for a blood test, instead wanted to try a few alternate therapies. I “thought” I knew what I needed and found the “Tick Born Disease Center” in Philipsburg, NJ.

They did the correct tests and they came back positive for lyme along with a several Co-Infections. I was put on intravenous doxy and other medications all at my cost. About 3 weeks into the intravenous treatments, I suffered an aneurism followed by a stroke. The hospital continued my treatments while I lay in an induced coma for a month. My hospital stay in intensive care lasted a month and a half. Due to the Lyme and the Stroke, I lost a wonderful career and had to apply for Social Security Disability. During this time I was collecting unemployment. Luckily, for me, our government took a dive and I was able to collect unemployment right up till the time my disability was approved.

We were very close to losing our dream home. Except for the arthritis pain, I lived a fairly uneventful life. On February 16, 2009, I went to my family practioner complaining of extreme knee pain. He sent me for an x-ray and bloodwork. On my return visit on the 24th, the x-ray showed nothing wrong, the bloodwork showed Lyme. Apparently the IV did not work. I was prescribed 100 MG Doxycyline twice a day for 30 days. Since that time I had been on oral doxycycline 5 more times. The last time, the Spring(2010) I was on doxycyline for 4 months when I just couldn’t stand the yeast anymore and went on an herbal protocol. Within just a few weeks, I was able to walk without the use of my cane, a week later I actually walked 1 mile to the local strawberry patch, picked strawberries and walked home. I was elated.

Unfortunately this new found energy was short lived, I was re-infected just a few weeks later. I tend to flare in the Spring but last winter 2010, was the worst so far. The pain had been overwhelming, I spent most of December moving from my bed in the morning to the sofa (heating pad in tow). To top this off, a dental appt. with my lyme literate dentist had revealed that the lyme had infiltrated my gums and I had to have mostly all of my teeth removed. I went to my appt. with the oral surgeon on March 3rd 2010 to have them all extracted. Because of my weakened immune system and the risk of infection I was prescribed Doxycycline, good to fight infection but not good when you are in remission from Chronic Lyme Disease. My doctor and herbalist both told me what I already knew, that taking the antibiotic will bring me out of remission. So on top of the pain from the surgery I had to endure a herxhiemer. It was hell, and all these years I thought I was already living it! On the morning of June 15, 2011, I woke to find a fully engorged tick in my bed, I knew immediately I had been infected again. First thing I did was roll over and punch my husband. Ticks don’t like him, they simply use him as transportation to get to me.

Went to my doctor and herbalist, transdermal screening detected Lyme and the co-infection bartonella, 21 days of doxy then I began the herbals. this was the 2nd time I’ve had to fight Bartonella, for me, this has been the worst co-infection to fight. I went back on the herbals for about 5 months and have been in remission since. It is now Nov. 30, 2011, I’ve gotten used to the daily regimen of cleaning my gums and inserting the dentures. Still enjoying remission. Insurance covers neither the screening or the herbs but the herbs have been the only thing since my diagnosis in 2005 that has gotten me to this point. It took me a long time to get used to driving again and refused to drive any highway up until this past Autumn when my mom and I traveled to Boston. It was a huge accomplishment for me. I no longer fear the highway. My only fear now, is Ticks.

In late summer (2005) I went back to my family practitioner and told him I felt “Lymey” He did not send me for a blood test, instead wanted to try a few alternate therapies. I “thought” I knew what I needed and found the “Tick Born Disease Center” in Philipsburg, NJ. They did the correct tests and they came back positive for lyme along with a several Co-Infections. I was put on intravenous doxy and other medications all at my cost. About 3 weeks into the intravenous treatments, I suffered an aneurism followed by a stroke.

The hospital continued my treatments while I lay in an induced coma for a month. My hospital stay in intensive care lasted a month and a half. Due to the Lyme and the Stroke, I lost a wonderful career and had to apply for Social Security Disability. During this time I was collecting unemployment. Luckily, for me, our government took a dive and I was able to collect unemployment right up till the time my disability was approved. We were very close to losing our dream home. Except for the arthritis pain, I lived a fairly uneventful life.

On February 16, 2009, I went to my family practioner complaining of extreme knee pain. He sent me for an x-ray and bloodwork. On my return visit on the 24th, the x-ray showed nothing wrong, the bloodwork showed Lyme. Apparently the IV did not work. I was prescribed 100 MG Doxycyline twice a day for 30 days. Since that time I had been on oral doxycycline 5 more times. The last time, the Spring(2010) I was on doxycyline for 4 months when I just couldn’t stand the yeast anymore and went on an herbal protocol. Within just a few weeks, I was able to walk without the use of my cane, a week later I actually walked 1 mile to the local strawberry patch, picked strawberries and walked home. I was elated. Unfortunately this new found energy was short lived, I was re-infected just a few weeks later.

I tend to flare in the Spring but last winter 2010, was the worst so far. The pain had been overwhelming, I spent most of December moving from my bed in the morning to the sofa (heating pad in tow). To top this off, a dental appt. with my lyme literate dentist had revealed that the lyme had infiltrated my gums and I had to have mostly all of my teeth removed. I went to my appt. with the oral surgeon on March 3rd 2010 to have them all extracted. Because of my weakened immune system and the risk of infection I was prescribed Doxycycline, good to fight infection but not good when you are in remission from Chronic Lyme Disease. My doctor and herbalist both told me what I already knew, that taking the antibiotic will bring me out of remission. So on top of the pain from the surgery I had to endure a herxhiemer. It was hell, and all these years I thought I was already living it!

On the morning of June 15, 2011, I woke to find a fully engorged tick in my bed, I knew immediately I had been infected again. First thing I did was roll over and punch my husband. Ticks don’t like him, they simply use him as transportation to get to me. Went to my doctor and herbalist, transdermal screening detected Lyme and the co-infection bartonella, 21 days of doxy then I began the herbals. this was the 2nd time I’ve had to fight Bartonella, for me, this has been the worst co-infection to fight. I went back on the herbals for about 5 months and have been in remission since. It is now Nov. 30, 2011, I’ve gotten used to the daily regimen of cleaning my gums and inserting the dentures. Still enjoying remission. Insurance covers neither the screening or the herbs but the herbs have been the only thing since my diagnosis in 2005 that has gotten me to this point. It took me a long time to get used to driving again and refused to drive any highway up until this past Autumn when my mom and I traveled to Boston. It was a huge accomplishment for me. I no longer fear the highway. My only fear now, is Ticks.





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