Monday, January 23, 2012

A Quick Health Update

I just took a peek at the side bar of this blog and it stood out to me in the blog archive section that there was not a single post for the year 2010.  Every once in a while something like that jumps out at me and gives me a big realization of what my illness has taken from me.  I also took a look at my stats for this blog and was shocked to see that even though I didn't have a single new post here, I had THOUSANDS of visitors over the course of that year.  That's amazing.  And for that I want to say thank you.

I figured since you are still visiting, I'd give you a quick update on my ongoing battle with Late Stage Lyme Disease.  If you didn't already know, it completely leveled me and I've been fighting my way back for about two years now.  I spent the better part of 2010 mostly bedridden but thankfully, I've come a long way since then.  I am still fighting and have a long way to go but I'm getting there.  Slowly.

The week before Thanksgiving I started my newest course of treatment which includes daily intravenous administration of antibiotics, along with the many oral antibiotics I've been taking for the past 18 months.  My doctors estimate that I need about 6 months of daily iv therapy and we are hoping that will get me into remission.  Unfortunately, I only got through 40 days of the iv's and my body started rejecting the iv needles and that forced us to stop treatment for now.  We are hoping that the month off will give my veins time to heal and I'm trying integrated energy therapy which includes hypnosis to see if that will help make the iv's easier when start up again- hopefully in a week or two.

The good news is that the iv meds were working great.  Once I got over the first 3 weeks of feeling like crap from them, I started making huge improvements and I'm happy to say that although I am still struggling, I'm doing really well.  I'm back to work part time, I'm feeling creative again and I have hope that I will get into remission... soon.

I've been back in my art studio and that feels great.  And it feels great to see how many of you still visit me here on a regular basis.  Thank you so much.  I hope to be well enough to continue to create new things to share.


nise said...

GREAT stuff, Girl! I am especially fond of the Love Bug. Sure hope that you can get back to the "inline juice" since it was making such a difference for you. Is there an exercise to bulk up your veins? :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update on your health. I have a question/suggestion for you-- can't you have a port put into your chest and have the iv's input that way? I am going through chemo and have a port so that all treatment is input through the port. Just something to think about and talk to your doctor. So much easier than trying to find a vein. Take care of yourself and keep up the great cards.