One may go a long way after one is tired. ~French proverb
Over the weekend, I attended my niece’s wedding. It was a beautiful, warm day and as I enjoyed the cocktail reception, a family member came up to me and asked me how I was feeling and how the kids were doing; she had been keeping up with my blog and my family’s health challenges.
We spoke briefly about health and treatment as well as long-term prognosis. We agreed that Lyme was a complicated disease and there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution.
I’ve been thinking about that conversation and the “there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution” statement; there isn’t one because Lyme causes so many different symptoms; “The Great Imitator” cannot be predicted.
The other night I had the best night of sleep I’ve had in months: no issues with night sweats that lasted 30 minutes or more. I was in bed by 9:20 PM and slept peacefully until 3:35 AM when I got up to write and meditate. This week, I’ve had bouts of air hunger and lack of focus and drive, but no issues with knee or joint pain. I have no idea what next week will bring.
After last month’s nasty flare up and hiatus from my supplements, I had set an intention to stay on track with treatment. I increased my intake of protein, eliminated all traces of gluten, made sure I was eating an avocado a day (despite the recent hike in avocado prices. Sigh). I decreased sugar consumption and stayed on track with my supplements, probiotics, and antimicrobials. I let go of worry and anxiety, replacing them with reflection and writing. I believe this effort paid off with restful sleep; I pray that it will help me overcome my lack of focus and drive.
Lyme is complicated and treatment, more so – and while there are many days I want to throw in the towel, crawl into bed and give up, two trains of thought run through my head: there many people who are suffering far more than me, and there are people who have been down the same path I’m on and who have recovered.
I know I will be counted in the latter group so that I can become a leader and help those in the former group. I simply will not give up.