Lyme Update

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a video, so I wanted to post about my treatment the past 4-5 months. Since I’m still having some neuropathy and lower back pain, my primary care physician wants me to see a neurologist and I made an appointment for Thursday. It’s mainly to make sure the neuropathy (slight tingling in my hands, feet, and mouth) isn’t too worrisome, and what the cause may be. It could be caused from the lower back pain, or possibly something more serious. I will give another update after my visit to the neurologist.
The probiotics used: Garden of Life Primal Defense HSO Formula http://www.gardenoflife.com
Homeopathic Practitioner: Seneca Anderson
http://www.longevityhealthcenter.com/‎
Health Store mentioned in video:
Nutrition Depot 1100 Market Pl Blvd, Cumming, GA 30041
(678) 455-6295
Energetix Products Used:
Core Cat’s Claw
Drainage-Tone
Bacteria Chord
Also shown in video: Argentyn 23 Silver Hydrosol product

Updates!

So much has happened since my last blog post that it’s hard to know where to start with catching up! Here’s a little run through of some happenings.

1. I tested positive for Lymes disease from that tick bite back in February.  Crazy, right?  I took a month long course of antibiotics, but a few days ago I started getting symptoms again (stiff neck and back, extreme exhaustion, nausea, stomach cramps, etc.) So, I went back to get some blood work taken to see if the bacteria is still in my system.  Since I’m breastfeeding, they had to give me a different type of antibiotic than they normally give for Lymes since the medicine will transfer in the milk supply.  I got the results back from the bloodwork and I tested positive again for the Lymes.  Apparently, this monster wants to stick around for quite a bit.  I had to make a very difficult decision to stop nursing Sienna and get on IV antibiotics after having horrible neurological symptoms from stopping the oral antibiotic and the new oral antibiotic not working.  I now have to go to the doctor every day for IV rocephin antibiotic.  I will see another doctor for a second opinion this week to determine if it is advantageous to stay on the antibiotic for longer, or if I should chance it and stick with the 30 day dose.  We also got Sienna and Mason tested for Lymes as a precautionary measure.  Mason has had a rash on his bottom for quite a while (that appears to be some sort of insect bite mark), and even the steroid cream from the dermatologist will clear it for only a short time and it comes back.  Sienna was breastfed, it is somewhat unclear as to whether or not Lymes can be transferred by breastmilk.  She too, has had a diaper rash for some time that has been difficult to clear up (keeps coming back) so it is precautionary. We will find out by week’s end the test results. Praying they’re both clear.  The Lymes symptoms have been super scary for me.  Nothing like I’ve ever experienced before.  Stiff neck, sore lower back, brain fog, confusion, severe nausea, and exhaustion are a few of the symptoms that I’ve had.  I had to call my Mom to  and a friend to help with the kids since Dan was out of town.  It was super scary for me. I hope I never have to experience that again.  It has certainly given me a new perspective on life and I now am conscience to thank God each and every day for my health.  Something that is so easy for all of us to take for granted.

2. We’ve been so busy with getting ready for our big move! We’re are so excited that the new house is coming along nicely.  The house is fully bricked, the facade is about 95% complete, and they’ve been working on the inside for the past month or so.  Only about two and a half weeks left! I can’t believe we’re so close to moving into our dream home!

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3. Last month we celebrated our sweet boy turning two! It’s been so busy that I haven’t been able to blog about it until now, but we are so thankful for this sweet boy, and so glad that God decided to bless us by letting us be his parents. He has his own little personality that can sometimes be challenging, but he is smart, enthusiastic, compassionate and lovable.  We had a fun little morning celebrating his birthday at Ihop.  We decided to do a “Pancakes and PJ’s” birthday party where we had fun with his little friends listening to a story “Curious George makes Pancakes”, stringing cherrios, and used cookie cutters to cut shapes out in pancakes.  It was a fun little party and I think Mason, as well as his little friends had a nice time!  IMG_7805

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4.  Sienna had her first Easter this year.  The weather wasn’t ideal, but we still had a nice day going to church and learning about our risen savior, and visiting family.  The boys loved all the little toys they got in their basket and they had fun leaving a carrot out for the bunny.  Plus, they looked just as cute as could be.  So happy their our kids.  Love them to pieces.

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Visiting the Aquarium with Three Littles

Our membership that we got last year will expire next week, and since Dan will be traveling next week we decided to take a trip to the aquarium. We were hoping to make it there early right when they opened, but I had such a horrible night of sleep. I had a painful plugged milk duct that I noticed while nursing the night before, and it just got progressively worse and worse. I decided to help unplug the milk duct, I would just bring baby girl to bed with us so she could have a buffet of boob if you will and hopefully help me out a bit. I even crawled into a warm bath at 4am hoping the warmth would help ease the pain and let the nursing feel better. I felt somewhat better by the morning, the duct felt unplugged, but the pain was still there. Oh, and the sleepy eyes… Yes the sleepy eyes had me.
Still, the day must go on. And a fun one too! Aquarium! So, I tried to feel better, packed the boys lunches, fed baby girl, and put myself together. Did you know that this post was going to have so much boob talk? I probably should renamed the post “Visiting the Aquarium with three littles and an achy boob”. No, that would scare people away.
So, we head down there and I feel terrible my head throbbing and tired and general achy-ickyness. Thinking it could possibly be from the tick bite I had three days ago (yes, I found a TICK on my body in February-thank you global warming). I thought since the milk duct was unplugged, the nursing was going better and I was okay to go on our little fun family day trip.

We had a nice time! Parker and Mason really loved getting to see all the fish. It’s amazing how much more Mason could enjoy now, than he could this time last year.  We went to the main exhibit with the largest aquarium and tunnel first then ate lunch that I brought. We even got tickets to the dolphin show and got to stay for about fifteen minutes before excusing ourselves. We decided to high tail it to the penguins since Mason was being a wiggle worm and wasn’t too keen on the opera singing. The penguins were a big hit too! The fun didn’t skip a beat and the boys were very compliant and nice. Sienna was easy too and just hung out in the stroller or in the Ergo where she slept during the dolphin show. We started to head out about quarter after one because we just knew we would be in for it if we didn’t. Sure enough, Mason passed out on the way home and we were thankful we averted a meltdown!  We didn’t stay for a really long time, but it was just enough time for the boys to enjoy something fun before naps!
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On the way home, I agreed with Dan that since I still felt terrible that I should go to a doc in the box and see what they have to say. Well, after running through the nursing issues, possibility of pregnancy or reaction to tick bite, he examined me (and found a huge red spot the size of a pancake on the side of my boob) and determined that I have mastitis! For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a terrible bacterial infection with flu-like symptoms that starts in your milk ducts. This is my third time nursing (I’m no newbie), and I’ve been through yeast/thrush, milk supply issues, let-down issues,  and I never had anything like it.  Now I can say I’ve positively had every nursing issue known to man!  Aren’t I the lucky one.  Fortunately, I got a round of strong antibiotics and I’m on the mend and back to feeding baby girl like a champ! They drew blood to test for Lyme disease just in case, but the antibiotics should get rid of any bacteria from Lyme’s disease as well. Even with the headaches and body aches, I’m still glad the boys had such a nice time at the aquarium and that we were able to enjoy it one last time before the end of our membership.  What a great break from all the packing of boxes and being stir crazy at home!