Living With Lyme Disease, Part 1

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Before getting bit by 2 tiny ticks (on 2 separate occurrences, 2 and a half months apart) in the spring of 2012 and being diagnosed with Lyme disease I was healthy and active, enjoying life with my busy family and teaching Early Childhood Special Education.

I was physically fit and active, running, walking, and doing yoga and Pilates. Most of all, I enjoyed spending time with family and friends and being outside.

Lyme Disease Strikes

After the tick bites I became very ill and unable to get out of bed for several days.

I had horrible migraines, muscle aches, a high fever, and was throwing up. I was lethargic and so dizzy I could barely stand. My coloring was pale and my family and friends could tell by looking at me that something was very wrong.

Initially, I went to the doctor and told him about finding a tick on my back in a hard-to-reach area. He asked if I had been to the northeastern United States or if I had a bulls-eye rash. I’ve never been to the northeastern states, and didn’t ever notice getting a bulls-eye rash, although I have had all sorts of strange rashes since then.

No medical testing was performed, but the doctor said I had “tick fever”. When I asked the doctor if that was the same as Lyme disease he said that you can’t get Lyme disease in Missouri.

Much to the detriment of patients throughout the United States, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Unfortunately, the doctor sent me home to recover and said it might take a few days to recover.

Learning About Lyme Disease “The Hard Way”

Four weeks later I still felt very ill, like I had a bad case of the flu. It was getting more difficult to work, sleep and keep my normal everyday routine because I was so uncomfortable and tired.

I made another appointment to see a different doctor and get a second opinion, and he said pretty much the same thing. He asked if I had visited the northeastern US. I never have. He told me to watch for a bulls-eye rash, but (supposedly) if I didn’t see one, the illness would run its course and I would get better.

I’ve learned since then that less than 50% of people with Lyme disease remember getting any sort of rash. He ran tests for Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses, but they all came back negative. Unfortunately, Lyme screening tests are notoriously inaccurate and produce many false negatives.

Lyme disease is an illness that’s hard to comprehend unless you’ve experienced it yourself. To say that Lyme has changed my life is an understatement. But, even on my most difficult days, I have so much that I’m thankful for.

I would like to share more of my story later, but it’s long and I don’t want to overwhelm you. I’ve talked to many other people who have had the same experiences, being told Lyme disease didn’t occur where they live and not received prompt and proper treatment. I believe it’s essential to share our stories with others to bring light to the truth about Lyme, uncovering all the misconceptions (even within the medical community) along the way. Thanks for reading. Please share in the comments below and I will reply.

Have you ever been bitten by a tick and gotten sick? If so, what tests (if any) were performed and what treatment were you given? Do you feel better now?

Please leave your comments and questions below. I love hearing from you!

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Make The Journey Beautiful: Love And Gratitude

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I’m thankful to have the opportunity to share my story and make connections with people interested in living a healthy life too.

Leaning On Others Through Life’s Challenges

My journey back from Lyme disease to health is, and continues to be, a daily challenge. Through it all I’m learning to take each day as it comes. Ultimately, I hope to help others who have health struggles, just as people in my life have helped me.

Many friends and family have invested time and energy into helping me and our family at times when I wasn’t physically able to get out of bed and cook dinner, or drive our four kids to their various activities.

I’ve received phone calls, texts and cards from friends who want to let me know they care and are praying for me. I’m forever grateful for the love and generosity that’s been shown to me and my family, and hope to show compassion to others going through health troubles.

A Grateful Heart

My heart is full of love and appreciate for those who have been so thoughtful and gracious to my family. I want to be there for others who are going through tough circumstances.

One person who has made a big difference in my life is my cousin Natalie. She learned that she also has Lyme only a few months before I my diagnosis.

Even in the midst of her health struggles, she’s been such an encourager, and shares great information and ideas about treatment options that have worked for her. We’ve chatted on Facebook, texted, and talked on the phone about what we’re going through.

Thankfully, I continue to make new connections with people who are dealing with Lyme. It’s so encouraging to have friends supporting you, especially in the midst of a health crisis.

If there is anything I can ever do to help you please let me know. Sometimes what we need most is a listening ear.

At the end of the day, we’re all human.

We all have 24 hours in a day, and those hours can go by quickly depending on circumstances and plans. Our paths to health may look different, but we can take them together, supporting each other along the way.

The important thing is we’re making changes for the better, changes that will make a difference in our life journey.

Please help me get to know you better by leaving a message in the comment section below. I love hearing from you!

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My Favorite Vegetable Is Ice Cream!

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My Favorite Vegetable Is Ice Cream!

Hi there! I’m Lori Geurin, and my last name rhymes with Karen. 🙂

I’m glad you’re here and hope you find my site useful and encouraging. I have so many things I want to write about and share with you and am thankful for this opportunity.

I’ve been passionate about nutrition, fitness and healthy living for as long as I can remember. But in recent years, my health has been a constant struggle.

Since 2012, I’ve been battling Lyme disease, along with many other health issues related to the Lyme. I spend much of my days focused on how to get better and how to help prevent others from having to go through what I have.

And part of that journey to health is trying to eat healthy and take care of my body.

I’m not saying that I have all the answers, workout everyday, or eat a perfectly healthy diet. Not quite!

Confession – I love sweets, especially ice cream!

(Say what?! Isn’t this a health website? Is she even allowed to say that here?)

As you can probably tell, I like to keep things real, even if that means telling on myself sometimes.

But, I know a little more than I did last year, and a bit more than the year before that, so hopefully I’m moving in the right direction. Right?

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Delicious vegetables!

So pull up a chair, grab a bowl of ice cream, uh…I  mean kale (or at least broccoli), and enjoy!

*I actually do enjoy eating veggies. 🙂

Committing yourself to a healthy life requires hard work, dedication and a willingness to learn.

I believe in you!

I also believe that there is strength in numbers.

If we share our health journeys and encourage one another we can make a huge impact in the lives of other people!

And who doesn’t want that?

If you’re new to the blog you might like to read

I’d love to get to know you so please introduce yourself in the comment section below!

XO,

Lori

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