Friday, June 27, 2014

Health Update

Here is what I know as of right now.

Initial results for lyme disease bloodwork came back negative.

I'm staying on the Doxycycline Hyclate (antibiotic that treats lyme disease).  Lyme doesn't always present immediately so I've been advised to stay on the meds.  I'm also still on PredniSONE for treating all the bug bites and the hives.  It's all gotten a lot better.  A lot!  No more red, angry splotches for my hives - just some brown shadows or faint spots.  Most of the bites have faded but I can still see the spots.

I'm taking a strong probiotic to balance out all of the good stuff the antibiotic is also killing.

In addition, I was recently diagnosed with PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome).  I've got a mild version and I've had it my whole life and it's just a matter, for now, of taking a daily medication (minestrine FE).  The gynocologist was also concerned about my anemia so I am trying, again, to take a daily supplement.  The first thing they gave me made me really nauseous so I'm going a more simple route - Flintstones with Iron.

I have to take the minestrine FE at the same time every day (it's a birth control pill - the hormones should control the PCOS symptoms).

I can't take anything with iron or any vitamins in a 2 hour window of when I take my antibiotic.  I have to take pills with a full glass of water.  Take it with food.

I have a schedule of what pill I take and when and am using an app called Med Helper to prompt me on when to take each pill during the day.

I'm 1 week into the full regiment of all the meds and am either having new symptoms of an illness or I'm having side effects from the meds.  I just keep close track of what's going on with my body and will figure it out as I go.

On top of it all, I still need to go to an endodontist for a root canal (it was scheduled but we cancelled once the possible lyme disease thing came up), my kids need some dental work done tha thas to be scheduled, I need to schedule my own dental cleaning, I have a PCOS follow up in August...

The bottom line is that it is a whole lot of little and annoying things that, at this moment, aren't a big deal.  There are things that could become a big deal.  But for now - it's just a growing pile of little things to manage.

And life doesn't stop.  There are still jobs to work, bills to pay, play dates and birthday parties, ministry, and more.  I have an exciting new healthy living thing going on that I hope to tell you about very soon - working on gathering all the details before I share.  I am taking care of myself - I promise.

But all these little things?  I still see as a blessing.  Because it's just a bunch of annoying little things.  I might feel yucky from time to time.  I might struggle with nausea and hunger.  I might get really tired.  But these are things that will pass.  I am still healthy and blessed in more ways than I'm sick!

And one of the best things about facing any type of trial?  Whether what I'm dealing with it bigger than what you're going through or smaller than what you're going through... whether it's the biggest thing I've ever faced or just a tiny pebble of annoyance...

There are people in my life who love me and pray for me and reach out to offer support and help.  Which means that if these people are here for me in the little annoyances, I know they will be there for me and my family when we face bigger trials.

In my struggles, I am blessed.

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Jen Gaskey said...

Liz, I have been going through something similar and share your thoughts. Feel free to message me if you want to talk.

Karen M. Peterson said...

I'm sorry you're having to go through all of this, but glad you're getting some answers. And I really like your attitude about it. You are awesome.