Why You Haven’t Heard Much From Me Lately
I know many of you have been worried. I have been posting less frequently and some of you have written in questioning what has happened. Until recently, all I knew was that I was in more pain than I had ever been in my life. The pain was so intense I couldn’t perform the most basic functions.
However, I now have a diagnosis. I have tested positive for Lyme Disease and it is currently severely attacking my system. I don’t sleep, the pain level often reaches the level I experienced during natural childbirth. Tomorrow, I head down to see a Stanford doctor and will hopefully learn how to best manage my illness. Already, the antibiotics are helping me by reducing the pain and allowing me some sleep. Also, the pain meds are helping me return to work.
First, I want to thank the incredibly kind and hardworking medical professionals throughout Humboldt County who worked on my case. Some of them came in on days off to look at test results. Some called me almost every day to check in on what was happening. All treated me kindly and listened carefully. Particularly I want to express my warmest thanks to Southern Humboldt Medical clinic. Their gentleness and efforts on my behalf moved me to tears several times. Their diagnosis and resulting prescriptions have helped me begin to return to health. I feel blessed to be part of a community that has such caring professionals.
Second, I want to thank my husband, my sons and my large extended family who have fixed meals, hauled me to doctors’ appointments, tucked me into bed, counted pills, rubbed my back, calmed my fears and otherwise dealt with the ugly personal misery this disease has forced on me. (Also, extra kudos to my 14-year-old son that has cheerily done a ton of extra dishes beyond his normal chores.)
Finally, thank you to everyone who has written me with concern. It is good to know that what we do here matters to you.
The website will probably be less active for the next week but we hope to back to full speed after that.
Thanks for your patience,