Why You Haven’t Heard Much From Me Lately

Kym KempReaders, virtual friends, and fellow newshounds,

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,

Kym Kemp

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169 comments

  • I wish you much luck in Stanford and a speedy recovery. Your a hero here don’t forget that.

  • i’m srry sweetie-they’ve made great strides in it lately-get better soon

  • Jeez, Kym. That’s really awful. Good thoughts from all your virtual and real and imaginary friends on getting Stanford to find something that will help.

  • Sending our best healing energy for a successful treatment and strong recovery.

  • zachary zwerdling

    Get Well Soon, Kym. We miss you

  • So sorry to hear you have been so sick. I have missed you on here too. It just isn’t the same without you πŸ™‚ It’s good to hear things are getting done to help you deal with it all. Hope you find more answers soon and that life will return to a decent degree of normality. Thanks for all you do on this site πŸ™‚

  • wishing you good health and many blessings

  • You take all the time you need dear. We’ll be here when you get back.

  • Please take care of yourself, we will miss you but want you well!

  • Thanks for letting us know! We’ve been wondering and wishing you well.

  • I’m so sorry , much love and prayers for a very fast , full recovery !

  • fakeemail@gmail.com

    im sorry youre in pain,and im glad that as a cute white local girl youre getting appropriate treatment.. any one else gets the “fuck off you junkie scum” treatment when mentioning the word “pain” to local so-called medical personnel.

    • You have a problem. Maybe you are a junkie. Why is this a black or white thing? It’s not. Don’t try to make it one. My child is of mixed race. Be an intelligent voter, commenter. Not a hater.

    • You must a large self-esteem issue!

    • I’m pretty sure that as an overweight, older woman “cute” isn’t very frequently applied to me. I think that having never asked for pain killers before probably indicated that I was really needy.

      • Damn trolls. Glad you are doing better and recieving the medical care you need Kym.

      • Bless your heart. Get well. HugsπŸ’–πŸ’šπŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ˜˜πŸ˜omg kym!!!

      • What? No! Your cuteness is perrenial and isn’t stifled one bit by your obvious strength and solid goddess physique.!! Wtf. .. have u seen “My 600lb life?” THATS OVERWEIGHT!!haha That asshole doesn’t realize your rocking stature is maintained by a steady diet OF TROLLS! HAH!

        Beside the point tho. What a physician prescribes is between the patient, the pharmacist and the doctor. Additionally ” Pain Meds ” can mean a lot of different substances none of which are prescribed by personal appearance. I’d literally ignore that Guy lol

      • hello, kym,
        my opinion of how the medical people you’ve been dealing with are treating you…

        they know you, or have seen or heard that you’re SINCERE, hold a high degree of INTEGRITY, are forthright, and civic minded. i have to imagine your family appears sane, happy, industrious, honest, and working for the greater good.
        the healers might feel they have the pleasure to serve you, even when you are at your worst.

        i’m so sorry for what you’ve going through. maybe you needed a break from work, time to focus on you. you’ve been running this race and ya need a little repairs for the next series of laps.

        kym, i know you’ll get back what you’ve put out. you’ll be back-at-em in a short time.
        i feel you have a lot of strengths that will shove your through this shit…with bells on, too. feel that love.

        remember me, kym? i’ll be the 1st person to stand in line – in the pouring rain for days – for your book signing. while your getting your rosy cheeks back go ahead & dictate whatcha want, i’ll type it up for you. i hope your editor won’t be upset if i can’t learn to use capitol letters like a normal person?

        finally, i bet many people probably think you’re cute but you don’t believe it when they tell/show you. you must think i’m overweight, cute older woman in saying that. well…yup. damn cute, actually. *big toothy grin*

        i’m lighting a candle for you.
        good fortune to you and yours!

    • Experienced local

      Sorry but while i dont agree with the “cute white” part, anyone who mentions pain at our clinic gets the boot.

      • Veterans friend

        I was given pain meds at the clinic that I said emphatically I did not want or need. What’s up with that?

    • Kym – I had cousin in her early thirties diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and treated for it for 10 years. She ended up in a wheel chair and decided to get a second opinion. The second doctor diagnosed her with Lyme disease and within weeks she gave her wheel chair away to someone who needed it. Get well soon.

      To the person concerned about you getting better treatment because of your looks. I think Kym is a pretty woman but I am not a handsome man. I am an old, white hippie with beard hair down to my nipple line. I look like I’ve been rode hard and put away wet. I bathe pretty often and dress cleanly but mostly I look like and old cowboy hippie.
      I have a messed up spine with bone spurs growing into my spinal cord. Some of the best surgeons in the country declined to operate on my back because the chance of success was so low. The told me to go home and come back when I had to wear Depends.

      I was initially quite pissed because I thought they could just fix it. It’s been 5 good years since that diagnosis, five years of advancement in spinal surgeries and technology and pain management strategies. And maybe, just maybe when I start pissing myself and defecating on myself, they will be able to operate. Periodically, I get severe back pain and am unable to walk. I have been prescribed Percoset, which I use sparingly because the Oxycontin scares the hell out of me. I have consumed two 100 pill bottles in the last 5 years. There is never any question about prescribing me what I need. They see my use and understand that I only use the drugs when I absolutely need them. I have been treated with the utmost respect by a wide range of doctors even when I disagreed with them regarding treatment strategy or diagnosis. I also use liquid cannabis for pain and use about 32 oz. of 100 milligrams concentration in juice for a year’s treatment. This actually works better than the Percoset.

      I’ve only had one doctor refuse a prescription for pain meds and that’s because he had a policy not to prescribe for pain. It’s his business and he referred me to someone who was willing to prescribe after they examined my MRI’s and other medical records. All doctors I visited volunteered to send me to the Pain Center locally or to the one at UCSF. I’m pretty sure that my being an old broken down cowboy hippie did not have a negative impact on my treatment.

  • Sending love and light . Thank you for explaining. you are amazing at what you do. I especially appreciate your follow up and follow through. your direct action real news has saved me many times and I am truly grateful. I propose you train 2 helpers, volunteers perhaps through HSU, you know what reporting news really means and that is a dying art. I have an auto immune disease life gets busy and hard and help is needed. I am so grateful for your gift to our community. Many blessings in your healing

  • So sorry to hear i had noticed the minimal posts and was hoping you were on some great vacation. Get better soon. You and your blog is an important part to our community.

  • Oh dear! Feel better! xoxo!

  • Kym,

    You’re in my thoughts and prayers. You are a treasured member of this community.

    -Luke

  • Thanks for sharing. we enjoy reading your posts.. Hope your feeling better soon..

  • We are sorry to hear you are going through this horrible Limes We pray you are on the healing path and bless your family and friends for their support!
    love to you and all!

  • Love and healing light being sent your way. And yes, you are much appreciated and missed.

  • Hiddin illness sucks.

    So sorry. I’m going through something similar and spend hours unable to do much. Brain surgery soon. Superior Canal Dehiscence. Keep busy as much as you can and take care of yourself.

  • I was diagnosed with Lyme about 20 years ago. My pain levels were never what you are describing, but enough so that I had a hard time keeping up with normal activities. The Dr. I had here in Chico put me on antibiotics for a year, and that seemed to be enough to keep me mostly healthy in the years since. I do have quite a lot of arthritis pain, but nothing that acetaminophen and ibuprofen can’t handle. I’m writing this in the hopes that it will encourage you and give you some peace of mind. It can be so scary knowing that some little critter can cause so much pain and damage, but from what I’ve read the treatment now is much better than it was years ago. Treat yourself kindly and keep letting your family and friends help. It’s good for them and for you!

    • The spirochetes are more than just a little bug, they are actually one of the most advanced species on the planet. They are “intelligent”, they know when youre looking for them and literally hide in the body. Science is finding they use a manganese coating, very basic description. This coating helps them hide from our bodies natural immune system.
      Lyme is becoming an epidemic, and probably has been for awhile as the testing up until a few years ago was not very accurate. It is not something that is tested for when you give blood. If youve had a transfusion and have any lyme symptoms you ought to get tested. I think most people in southern humboldt should get tested, the amount of people with it is huge! I can think of 20 folks besides myself who have it.
      The cdc now says there are 300,000 new cases nationally each year.
      Unfortunately most insurance wont cover the full treatment so its very expensive to treat, and is sadly contraversal in the medical community.
      Its very intense treatment that is similar to chemo, very high dose antibiotics that kill everything.
      Wishing you the best kym!! Theres a support group that meets in mckinleyville, and lots of info online. Lyme zaps all your energy, take naps everyday. Remember treatments work differently for everyone so keep trying, and dont try to kill them off too fast or you’ll feel even worse.
      β™‘β˜†β™‘β˜†

  • Louis Ramirez Fellow Journalist

    Get better soon Kym! Humboldt appreciates your journalistic integrity!

  • Kimberly Finley

    Sending positive thoughts and prayers.Having a wonderful family to help you means the world.πŸ™πŸ˜Š

  • Please let me know if I can do anything to help!! sending positive vibes and love .

  • Beverly Cary-Parlet

    God Bless you, Kym! Prayers going your way and hope that you are well very soon. I enjoy your writing and honest coverage of issues that need covering. Be well soon!

  • Wishing you Kym and Family my best for although painful, Lyme s
    It is the worst Pain ever! !!! Shingles isn’t anywhere near as painful.
    Take care

  • Oh Kimberly, I’m so sorry to hear about your illness. Please no I’ll keep you in my prayers.

  • Wishing you a full and speedy recovery…

  • Praying for your speedy recovery and good health.
    Toni

  • Oh, Kym, I had no idea. I am so glad you have a diagnosis and an approach in place that is beginning to help. Love you and thinking healing thoughts for you.

  • Sorry to hear this. Hopefully you will recover completely. Chronic pain sucks, so you have my best wishes.

  • I can relate to what you are going through Had lyme years ago befor it was found here in Humboldt the antibiotic called Rosefin was the drug that saved my life. I was in the hospital 6 weeks. Th Dr who worked my case was DR. Gambin . My prayers for a full recovery. Sorry that you are suffering with this. Call me if you want to talk.

  • you might want to check in with your doctors about the possibility of spreading lyme to others in your family. I have heard that this can happen ?

  • Much love to you. I follow you on Facebook and am so sorry to hear you’re struggling with health issues! Please let all of us know if there’s anything we Humboldtians can do to help.

  • may your healing be quick and easy! You are Such a gift to out community and look forward to your return to health

  • If you have had it for more than a short time you may be in for a long treatment. Know and ask your doctors about the split in the medical community about chronic Lyme. Many of the symptoms associated with Lyme are actually caused by coinfections like babesia and bartonella, which may or may not be affected by the antibiotics you are prescribed for Lyme. Make sure your doctor is afiliated with ILADS, International Lyme and Associated Disease Society. If not, please consult with them or an associated doctor. Good luck.

  • Best wishes that you get better soon, Kym, thank you for sharing. I am very impressed with your beautiful family and circle of support, what a blessing!

  • Bless your heart. Get well. HugsπŸ’–πŸ’šπŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ˜˜πŸ˜

  • I was wondering and worried. Thanks for letting us know and we are praying for your speedy recovery to full health. It will happen.

  • Thank you Kym for all the positive you have given to Humboldt. Wish you the best!!!!

  • Miriam peachy is a local dr and is amazing. I work at Lima’s pharmacy and we compound a specific lymes medication that is helping a lot of patients. I truly hope you feel better it is a very hard disease to manage.

    • Does your Lyme’s medication take a drs Rx? Can you let us know what you have come up with so we can tell a doctor if so?

  • Praying for healing. My daughter in law lives in Colorado and is right there with you..Same diagnosis she is steadily but slowly improving…sending love and hugs from the ranch!

  • Best of luck Kym. I was figuring something had to have been up since I noticed the decline in articles. Hope they get you feeling better soon and youre feeling like your old self in no time.

    • So, so sorry to read this news. Dr. Raphael Stricker in SF cured my lyme and co-infections. I hope you get the very best care at Stanford. I look forward to reading your writing again. Keep us posted on your progress.

  • Kim, I was diagnosed in 97. After repeated treatments by local doctors, I was worse than I could believe. I was cured by prolonged antibiotics prescribed by a hematologist in SF. He has a clinic specializing in tickborn diseases. I was just examined at ucsf neurology and they can find no sign of the disease in me. I was lucky. Dr. Raphael Stricker at Union Square Medical Associates;

    http://www.usmamed.com

    Good luck, stay strong, this too shall pass!

  • Hugs and bubbles of love girl!

  • Hope all goes well and you return to outstanding health! Take care and have pleasant dreams.

  • Kym, I am saddened by this. As an ex-Humboldter I really depend on your blog to keep up on “The Old Country”. I am wishing you all success at Stanford. You are loved and appreciated by many, many people (even the complainers).

  • I wish you the best of luck and hope things go well for you. Please know we all really appreciate your contribution you make for all of us down here in Mendocino as well as all of north west coastal Cal. You really make a difference. Thank you and we all will be sending good thoughts, Bill

  • Hi Kym…Thank you for sharing this with us. As you know, Lyme disease is painful, and will raise hell with you. I’m so sorry you are having to experience this. I am glad to hear you have had good care in Humboldt county, as for the most part, that has also been my experience. I am from the Stanford area, and have had better care here, for the most part. I hope Stanford works for you. It sounds like you have good support at home, and that is so very important. Take care and get better soon.

  • OMG Kym, i cant believe what is going on, i have noticed less and less posts from you but never thought it was this bad for you. I am praying for the best treatment you can get and a speedy recovery to get back home!!!

  • Tara Sutherland

    Man I am so sorry to hear! I am glad you are catching it now. I have several family members who have it and one of them isn’t doing good at all from years of not knowing. Praying for the best possible outcome for you.. πŸ™β€οΈπŸ˜˜

  • Sending you lots of love and great wishes if speedy recovery!

  • So glad they figured it out and you now will have a plan to get your life back. You have so much more to do, and you don’t need to do it in pain! Safe travels, and looking forward to hearing you’re feeling better every day.

  • Lake County Not So Bad

    My best thoughts and wishes for you Kym. I hope you get relief and get better soon. Thank goodness for your supportive family!

  • Kym, I had heard that you were sick, but I had not heard why. I have been very concerned about you old friend, but I felt you needed your space. Thank you for letting us help share your pain. Modern medicine is getting better every day, and I’m hoping for a complete cure.

    As you know, lymes is hard to diagnose. Some Doctors will not consider Lymes until it is a last resort. I’m glad that you had Doctors that were able to consider the possibility. And, just by the way, i have heard that there are other people in Salmon Creek that have Lymes.

    Get well soon!!!

  • Please get well soon,Here’s something to brighten up your day.

  • I hope you continue to find great healers in your recovery time. Thank you for sharing your journey and do rest as much as needed…

  • Sooo sorry Kym. I was so hoping our local communities had turned over a new leaf, causing a lack of news to report. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  • Charlene Hughes

    So sorry to hear this Kym. Will keep you in my prayers and thoughts. Sounds like you have a family of angels taking good care of you:) If you ever need a shoulder I’m just a phone call away.

  • So bummed to hear this. You’ve done great things and have shown compassion for my children in the darkest of times. Please know how much I appreciate all that you do. My prayers are with you and will be waiting to hear all the good news when you return. Only good thoughts till then. Peace and love to you.
    Jamie Fransway

  • Oh Kym.. Good to hear you have a real diagnosis.. Good to hear you are improving with the antibiotics.. I have been treated 3 different times and I seem to be reasonably well for an old guy.. All my love to you.. May your recovery be swift..

  • Terrible news! Hope you get great answers and the best treatment. We certainly appreciate all of your work for the community and hope you are pain free soon!

  • Aww man, that really sucks. My thoughts and prayers for your healing and recovery. Give your family a happy hug from us for all their wonderful care of our favorite journalist.

  • I hope the worst is behind you Kym. Much love and appreciation for all you do for this community.

  • So sorry to hear this kym, I have been suffering from chronic persistent Lyme diese for about 14 or more years. I spent more than 6 months in bed not able to get up on my own before they found out. Pain pills did nothing for me.i got rife treatments. I’ll be praying for you. It is manageable. I have been lucky I have a understanding family. Good luck

    • Did the Rife machine/treatments help you?

      • Yes the rife machine got me thru,keep me going. It’s not a cure,their is no cure. But yes yes that machine helped with the pain and kept the spiro-keets (not spelled right) at bay.

  • Knew something was up thanks for the update. You know our love and good thoughts are sent your way.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery

  • hugs and angel power

    Ugh the dreaded epidemic imitator and life-sucking lyme diagnosis . I am so sorry.
    As twisted as it sounds One thing to be grateful for is that you were diagnosed. Ie: your affliction is named early; many suffer with a litany of “auto -immune” “neurological ” “disorders” and “conditions” (often accused of having “psychosomatic illness’!” ) while routinely testing negative for Lyme.

    All that is left is to wish you courage, humor, good fortune, resilience and fortitude YOU WILL NEED IT as u “manage symptoms”, keep “flared ups”to a minimum and wistfully remember your life before the curtain lifted on the horror that this sick cousin to syphilis visits on the unsuspecting innocent & fragile human form and the chaos and grief that cascades out to impact spirit, emotion, mind, & those of family and friends, and those relationships… careers, social life and the greater community …

    Lyme is a cursed scourge in this community. Many are ill yet undiagnosed, and those that have been diagnosed are impacted greatly by treatment and chronic effects. …

    Im saddened to hear this and wish you the very best. Xo j

  • Blessings and quick and complete healing and the best wishes to you. As a mom living deep in chronic pain, illness and injury, man. I’m a survivor of a very hard and cruel life but nothing compares to living a life where your immune system boils overflowing and goes on the attack…. Be well Kym. Verbalize and ask for help/support and forgive yourself much, much, much πŸ––πŸ€™πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘βœŒπŸ‘ŠπŸ‘πŸ’ͺπŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›

  • Totaly misunderstood! I was responding to prior comment. I love kym and resect het views! Get well sweetie!πŸ’–πŸ’šπŸ’œπŸ’›

  • My thoughts are with you. If you aren’t familiar with Dr Bernie Seigel, and his exception patient concept, you might benefit from reading some of his columns. He believes we can change body chemistry with our thoughts, and help our medical team to cure our lives.

  • Kim I thought you just had a bad cold .I wish .geez kym I’m so sorry you are in such pain you and your family are in my prayers . I am genuinly concerned about you. ,so with that kym get well soon your ok class mate .

  • Kym. You’ve always been a great source of reliable, clear and accurate information for our local community. Prayers and thoughts go out to you. Wishing you a healthy and speedy recovery. ❀️

  • Prayers for healing and freedom from pain. Thank you for all you do for our community.

  • Wishing you a full and swift recovery from the ravages of Lyme. I join the many others thanking you for keeping our community informed.

  • ....With A twist of Lymes

    Kym. I honor your strength and transparency!
    I was diagnosed with (a twist of) lymes’ years ago. It affects people differently.
    A couple referrals for you: Nancy Peregrine is amazing at support for diseases. After working with her for less than a year, she one day diagnosed my gluten allergy over the phone. She knows numerous tests, that no one else thinks to suggest, to have performed that can discover the contributing factors. She, like you, is a local treasure!
    The best/ an excellent ‘Lymes Doctor’ in the area is Dr Robert Gitlin, in Redwood valley. He (and all his staff and associate practitioners) has helped steer me through the challenges of Lymes (and my other afflictions).
    May your journey to stable, pain-free health be easy to navigate.

  • God bless kym prayers for you and your family.

  • What a bummer! I echo what so many here are saying… love and light to you, thank you for all you do, take care of yourself, i’m so happy you are getting the care you need and that you will be pain-free soon. Meantime, don’t worry about us here… you need to take care of you before you can take care of our news needs.
    I might add that because Lyme’s is still such an under-understood (is that a word?) disease, you might find that things you didn’t even know are problems will be helped by the treatment. That is, i have recently learned that Lyme’s is often the culprit in what looks like early-onset dementia, and that with the treatment to fight the disease, mental facility improves vastly. NOT to say you showed any signs of anything like that, Kym! Just that with these antibiotics, it’s possible that more things will get better than the recently acute pains and obvious ill effects.
    All the best to you! Be well now and ever!

  • All the best to you, and the sooner the better. Glad you got a diagnosis, hope you recover quickly. I’m looking forward to many more years of getting my news from you.

  • You are a blessing to our community. We are so lucky to have you. Speedy healing!

  • I’ve missed your amazing explanations of complex stories in my home county, Humboldt. Hopefully you can come back soon.

  • Kym, I hope you are feeling better and have been able to get your pain under control. I’m glad you are now aware what your illness is, so you can get the proper treatment. Some journalists can easily be replaced, but your definitely NOT one of them. So we are all hoping you’re able to make a fast recovery. Don’t forget your sunglasses when you head to S.F.

  • Great to hear you are moving towards stable. I have cousin that has been dealing with this for years and is sometine debilitating. I could forward you more resources both homeopathic and western if it would help

    • Jenna, any info you post here could be useful to Kym and commentors both. I’d appreciate that info, if you’d care to share here. Thank you.

  • What you do does matter, greatly. All of our thoughts and prayers are with you. Lisa was diagnosed with Lymes maybe 20 years ago. Turned out it was Antiphospholipid Syndrome, or APS, but we didn’t find out for another 10 years, after she had a stroke. APS is a blood clotting disorder with ties to Lupus. Get tested for APS, it could save you major health problems in the future.

  • I truly hope you start feeling better soon.. You are in my prayers.

  • Wow, this is sad news, Kym! Everything happens for a reason & your health crisis has taught us that Lyme Disease is really something to be reckoned with. I was clueless. Your fans have taken the time to list resources. Thank you. But mostly, after reading this blog, it’s obvious how much you are respected for the work you do with such a kind nature. You’re in my prayers. Be well.

  • So sorry to hear this news, Kym. Wishing you all the best with the care at Stanford and a full cure asap. Keeping you in positive thoughts here and sending the same your way. Thank you for all of your great work with Redheaded Blackbelt.

  • I also want to wish you the best Kym. I see and feel all the love that has been expressed here. You have made a tremendous mark in this community. Praying for a full recovery.

  • Hope you are well really soon! I so appreciate your reporting. Thanks many times over.

  • Dr. Wallach was on coast to coast tonight, he said there are things online that cure Lyme disease in two weeks. Look up his website or coast to coasts. Something about insurance companies pay out for Lyme diagnosis, please check anyway.
    Get well soon.
    I had a friend on the east coast who had it and boy he could barely walk. It was sad plus everyone made fun of him because of it, for it was a fairly new disease. I believe it was contracted by a mosquito that bit him.

    It only takes a cap of water laying around outside for larvae to reproduce. Dump out all that standing water ! Use repellents often. It’s war.

  • Lyme sucks! I wish you the best recovery, prayers, and healing thoughts. We love you.

  • I sincerely hope that you feel better soon! Lyme’s Disease is entirely curable. Be well!

  • Stay in bed and rest. I’m hoping the pain meds helps you. I thought no news was good news but, it turns out you have some of the worst news to report. So sad to hear this. Follow the doctor orders and work toward a speedy recovery. I’m thankful your family is there for you and are willing to help you during this difficult time.

  • Dear Kym, Having dealt with this myself in the late 80’s, and now living well in my late sixties, I want you to know that you will emerge from this fog and pain with the excellent care you are receiving. Rest up, and we shall look forward to your return when you are feeling up to it.

  • I hope you find comfort and peace soon. Lyme disease can be so sneaky and so different for those unfortunate to have contacted the disease. You were missed and I am glad to hear you have a diagnosis and can go forward.

  • Darkness and light..................

    Pain and pleasure, like darkness and light, succeed each other. You will find the light, but you must endure the darkness. Your martial arts training will help you focus on the darkness and assist you to find the light. And when the pain submits to the light you will feel alive and life will take on more meaning.

  • Stay strong and don’t miss any of your medication!
    My wife has been in full remission for 15 years now. The treatment for Lymes is as detrimental to your system as Lymes itself. We used a two prong attack with conventional medicine attacking the Lymes and Chinese medicine healing the body. Center for Natural Medicine in Arcata. Dr.Yamus now retried was awesome. Dr. Melissa Burg is now available and she is even better.
    I highly recommend you pay her a visit, you won’t regret it. Please check it out.

  • All the best, Kym. May the worst be behind you, the best be before you, and love and help all around you.

  • Take your time and get well.
    Much love from our home.

  • Sounds as if you have excellent help, Kym. Take good care.

  • Good wishes and many positive vibes to you Kym. Please get well and do what you gotta do!

  • So glad you are starting the road to recovery and feeling a bit better. Sweet to hear of your supportive and beautiful family! You are such a treasure to the community! Sending love!

  • So sorry for your pain, sending good thoughts and strength for your speedy recovery. We always go to your posts for the MOST up to date information of our area.

  • Sending you hugs, love and prayers ❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀

  • Best good recovery to you, Kym. We miss you and your excellent reporting. Glad you are getting useful comments from experienced people and at least you now know what it is.

  • I hope all goes well and you are back to health soon!

  • So sorry to hear this Kym. I found out last August that I had lyme. I’m so happy that you have found medical treatment. I tried real hard to find someone here in Humboldt Co and it was impossible. I got told “we are NOT taking new patients” etc. I was told to send emails to the doctor in Redwood Valley and I never heard back from them. I was finally able to seek treatment from a medical group in Santa Rosa that specializes in Lyme and chronic pain. I’m still on antibiotics. Yesterday afternoon I took a 2 hr nap. I’m a real go getter type of person and this had held me back but I look forward to the day I’m told I’m Lyme free. You will get there too. It’s hard at first but your resilience keeps you going. Stay strong. You are such an asset to this community.

  • You have so many friends who love you and an equally loving family, Kym. Count me in as one of them. You still have a legacy to give towards making the world and community a better place. Take a break, get well, and then jump in where it’s best when the time is right. You have a lot to give! We need you.

    To note, there is great hope and your recovery will soon be at hand. I’m glad you were diagnosed and got it figured out! That’s half of it right there. You know, I was one of the first Lymes’ diagnoses in the County. I got better, it took a little over a month. I went to the doctor because, among other symptoms, I couldn’t remember what the word was for the vegetable that rhymes with ‘tomato’. The doctor said to me, ‘Uh, Potato?’ HA! That’s it, I thought! How utterly stupid and ridiculous. I thought it was a funny realization, a silly forgetfulness that becomes laughably hysterical only in one’s own mind. But it was telling, and I realized I needed help. Weird thing is, after I had the cure for two weeks I started having strong psychic abilities which were very strange indeed. I think my brain was finally operating beautifully, using the other 90% we typically miss, as it should be. What a relief. That went away in short time, but it was a fun ride while it lasted. Life actually got better and stronger with a bit of clear intuition and clairvoyance readily at hand. This may happen with you, Kym. Don’t be surprised if it does.

    My memory and energy and joints are much better now, and so will you be. Your column tells me to get rechecked as a routine precaution. Thank you for that, Kym. Get well, because we’re counting on you to be back in the saddle again, Sparky!

  • Best wishes for speedy healing! So sorry to hear this is happening, Lyme is an awful disease and I hope your treatment is a success!

    You’ve done a great community service by sharing your diagnosis. Lyme is really common in Humboldt, but not commonly talked about.

  • Thank you for sharing, Kym. Sending positive thoughts your way.

  • Few inspire in example like you. Please, get well soon!

  • Kym, all the Best to you. Prayers and Great thoughts!

  • Prayers for your speedy recovery!! <3

  • Kym all the the best with your treatment. I know of many people who have Lyme or suspected Lyme, so many in the Briceland area where I live that to me it is almost an epidemic. I know from these people how debilitating both the disease and the uncertainty of a firm diagnosis are. But you’re over the first big hurdle, which is getting the diagnosis. I also know of people who have been helped (gone into remission) by long-term treatment with antibiotics. Good luck and how lucky you are to have such great support from family and friends.

  • Prayers and positive thoughts. Hope to hear you up and feeling much better sooner than soon.

  • Elizabeth Thompson

    Been there done that. The pain was so bad I’d end up lying on the floor crying. Even worse though was the profound exhaustion and the mental fog. The treatment was every bit as brutal as the disease, I felt like a toxic stew from all the long term mega antibiotics and for a while the treatment actually makes your symptoms worse, but after a year and a half of antibiotics the Lymes symptoms completely disappeared and haven’t returned for over two years now. Best wishes to you–you’re in for a fight but you’ll get though it.

  • ....With A twist of Lymes

    And…. A local man we know used a hot tub and antibiotics to treat his lymes. Soak as hot as you can, for hours, and take antibiotics at the same time. The spirokettes (sp) apparently dislodge themselves and go into your bloodstream in reaction to the intense heat, where the antibiotics can kill them. He said it provided an amazing difference in his symptoms!
    Anyone who does this should have a person there supporting you, since it’s hours of intense heat.
    Get ahold of me Kym, and I will give you his name so you can talk to him directly.

    • Interesting that 2 posts have intense water heat as a helping modality. alternative healing with western antibodies —

  • You have become an indispensable part of the news cycle in the county and losing your contributions even temporarily makes us all less informed.

    So sorry to hear the diagnosis and here is hoping that you experience a quick and full recovery. All the best from the KINS news desk and let’s hope you’re back and better than ever as soon as possible.

  • I found that instead of a hot tub to use a sauna. I purchased a one-person sauna (from Amazon). I sit in it every night for an hour at 150 degrees before I get in bed. I do this as you said with the antibiotics. I know others who did the same and were finally free of Lyme.

  • I’m so glad for you that you figured out what is wrong limes disease is one of the worst as it hides and does not want to show it’s head. Well all the while victim suffers . Just a word of the advice if you need it. I have heard rumors of some cases of limes take Flagyl and doxycycline interveniously continuously for months to cure the disease. Hopefully what you’re doing will finish up your procedure but if it does not you may want to look into that happy trails

  • That’s terrible, I’m so sorry to hear that Kym. I hope that your visit to the doctor goes well and they can treat your pain. You will be missed while you’re away, come back soon!

  • I will pray for you today and in Church on Sunday get well soon Kym….

  • Phineas Homestone

    Kym, You are a gift to the community. You have been a beacon of grace, understanding, and knowledge, this community barely deserves, but is grateful to receive. Wishing you a full and speedy recovery. I appreciate you sharing your challenges; I will think of your return to health every day.

  • Kym, one of the things I most appreciate about you is your compassion. The community’s compassion is enveloping you now.

    If there is a silver lining here, it is not only the outpouring of love, but the collection of personal info on Lyme treatments. So even in your pain you have helped people. That said, I am very sorry for your suffering.

  • Kym every body is different… know to try other avenues when one does not work. My daughter had severe chronic Lyme–Now? not sure, still a footprint but no longer severe. She did many things including many of which have already been mentioned-both regular and IV antibiotics and alternative treatments X 20. But, it is a persistent bugger and some drs are still working/researching some better protocols–while others just do not know enough. do know she is much better today, working like a normal person, but still needs to be very careful not to get overfatigued.

  • I’m so sorry to hear this. I was wondering where you were. I hope that you continue to receive lots of support and care. I also hope that you recover with speed.

  • Kym,

    Wow, I did not know about your diagnosis until reading this! You did the community an extra service (beyond your journalism) by notifying us this way since tick-borne diseases are an epidemic in our community that are not being spoken about enough.

    As many of us know, Lyme disease and other tick related co-infections are affecting many people in southern Humboldt. There are people that may be misdiagnosed with other auto-immune like disorders without having an accurate lyme test and can find themselves feeling alone and isolated amidst a healthcare system that is not fully aware of the ways that Lyme symptoms can manifest themselves.

    Like you, I had to retreat from larger community projects since Lyme and babesia (another tick borne disease) had affected my quality of life to the point of not being able to function properly. I am still in the process of seeking suitable treatments after several years of worsening symptoms. My wife, daughter and dog have all have received positive lyme tests. We need more public awareness related to this disease in our area.

    I wish you the best of luck and look forward to seeing you in person soon.

    Lots of love to you and the family,

    Kyle

  • Kym,

    I’m not trying to play doctor here, but I think a good Probiotic, Acidophilus, supplement would help you through your treatment since you’ll be taking pain meds and antibiotics.
    I have had to take quite a few rounds of antibiotics in the last few years due to a cat bite and some bad teeth. If you aren’t taking any, ask your doctor about them. I’d be happy to bring some by to you that I have found work very well. Let me know if I can help.

    We”ll all be getting sick watching some of the other news sources, so we need to try to help get you well! The sooner the better!

  • Sending you healing prayers & love that you will find relief from this disease & be cured. If you need help in any way just ask.

  • Thinking allowed

    I’m wishing you the best of results from your trip down south. We’ll keep a light on for your return.

  • I did notice you were missing a bit. Hope for the best, you are one of the good ones.

  • Same old same old

    Get Well soon Kym, I was getting worried. All the Best.

  • Dearest Lady,
    Having stellar health care for such an illusive array of symptoms associated with Lyme’s Disease can be a make it or break journey of epic proportions.

    When one is confronted with the pain and malaise it can be discouraging.

    It is wonderful to read of your vast support network and know that there will be many of us out here in cyber land praying for wisdom for your medical team, treatments to combat the little pesky buggers that have infected your blood and tissues, as well as safe travels and financial provision, and yes healing.

    As a thinking woman, you know how to filter out the tin foil bonnet internet blogs and glean the slivers of truth out the myriad number of sites that offer “cures” and advice.

    When my beloved husband was diagnosed after a tick bite with the typical bulls eye inflamed circle around the bite he was first told that Lyme’s Disease did not exist on the west coast. He was told it was “just a tick bite” don’t worry, don’t ask for antibiotics.

    He chose to go the alternative healing route and read a copious amount of information and non information on the net.

    While it was creepy to read about the literal hundreds of “symptoms” and other diseases caused by ticks he chose to ignore that and focus on healing.

    At 72, twenty years post bite, he is still working on keeping up his stamina and health and yes, has slowed down a lot.

    May you find the answers you seek and find abundant healing.

    I too, as many others were, was wondering if you were o.k.

    Thank you for the service you provide here to the north coast and hinterland regions.

    And yes, the site here may slow down, but you need to focus on you, your beloved family and may you come back stronger than ever.

  • We want you to take care of yourself and get well soon; that is the most important thing right now. You are loved by so many of us. Wishing you the best.

  • John and Terry Schmidt

    Sorry to hear about you contracting Lyme Disease. Glad to hear you are on the mend, and we hope you are feeling better soon.

  • Kym best wishes for a speedy recovery, I have a family member that suffers as well as several friends and their lives have changed but since their diagnosis it has gotten better, my Dr. Helped my family member a lot. My friends have traveled to the east coast seeking help with differing degrees of success. Hoping for the best for you.

  • Kym, I miss your reporting and common sense views. There is no one like you. Feel better and come back when you’re ready. You are a northern treasure.

  • Kym, God Bless you at this time may the healing light white angels surround you, bless your strong heart, blessing to those that help you at this time, Gods Grace, beyond beautiful hope inspires . Staying positive I know you will, as you kick the sick right out of you, rise up. Peace

  • Stay strong and always positive.
    You will overcome.
    All the best.

  • Sorry to hear of your illness, Kym. As a former journalist working on both coasts, I view your work with admiration. I view your humanity with equal regard. Best wishes for you to heal as quickly as possible, and renew your valued contributions to the Humboldt community and beyond. Please keep your devoted fans informed about your progress.

  • Kym,

    Sherry was, as far as we know, the first diagnosed case of Lyme’s in California (1977). She happened (!!!) to have just read an article in the Chronicle about the new disease centered in Lyme, CT, so she told the doctors in G’vlle that she suspected she had Lyme disease (she had the bullseye rash). They were skeptical but they did prescribe antibiotics (tetracycline); additionally, she saw Dr. Hill in Eureka (who had recently taken an interest in Lyme disease and had just returned from an early Lyme conference in Florida). He drained some water from her knee and gave her a cortisone shot, and after that she was basically OK. Until another of the little bastards bit her a few years later, but never mind all that!

    When things got to the point where the State realized that there was a problem, they sent people out to drag blankets through the fields here, and as I recall ten percent of the ticks they gathered tested positive for Lyme. So it’s out there but strangely, we saw way less ticks last year than we usually do. Maybe they’re backing off? A thought to hold, anyway.

    Along with so many others, we send our love and our assumption that you will make a full recovery. Amidst the fog of questions about this astonishing disease, there are clear spots; leave room for the possibilities that aren’t understood, not least of which is the healing potential of the tsunami of love that our community is sending your way.

    Love and strength to your family too; of course let us know if we can help in any way.

    Go well, Peter & Sherry

  • Wow, so many great comments! Hoping for the best medical help possible, and best possible results. So glad you got a diagnosis. Many diseases are so difficult to correctly pin down. Kudos to your family…I personally know how important family support is, through a lifetime of arthritis and double hip replacements 4 yrs ago! Feel better!

  • Om mani padme hum, sorry to hear that you haven’t been feeling well, and I hope you feel better soon. Glad you are taking time for yourself. The community will still be around when you get back to posting about our hijinks again πŸ™‚

  • Lyme disease is awful. It sounds like you are in good hands. Glad you finally got a diagnosis. Hope you feel better soon!

  • Sorry you had to endure so much pain! I hope that having a diagnosis means the pain never gets that bad again. Thank you for all that you do for the community.

  • Aloha Kym Best healing sympathies and I’m sorry for your new health tasks. It’s amazing how much Lyme disease there is on the west coast, thank goodness there are more hippies on the left coast with alternative healing modalities, I hope something will find you and your particular unique body type to relieve the painful inflamation. I wish you well in your healing journey and look forward more posts from you. hugs aloha teri

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