This week I have nothing to share with you. I didn’t hike, I didn’t camp, I didn’t climb. In fact I didn’t do much but lay and sleep and sit. And all thanks to…LYME DISEASE!!! haha, actually, not that funny.
One of these little critters was responsible for the worst body ache I have ever experienced. At first I thought I was sore and simply tired. I even felt good about it. I mean, it meant I was working out a lot and that I was building muscle. Bfff NOT. My body was being attacked by bacteria that wanted to turn my nervous system into their playground, but the doctor said, no way, and gave me some pretty strong and pretty-looking antibiotics.
So my week contained a lot of sitting on couches, swallowing ibuprofen to fend off a headache that doesn’t seem to want to go away and lots of TV. I watched more TV this past week than I have watched in the past three years, guaranteed. I didn’t realize how many commercials there are these days…I wasn’t sure if I should be impressed or disturbed. Probably disturbed, I couldn’t tell through the cloudiness of my head. Oh yeah, because it also turned me into a zombie who’s only desire was sleep.
So I’ve heard a lot of horror stories about Lyme. Some paralyzed faces, loss of sensitivity, chronic anxiety; it’s really not nice bacteria. But it seems like it’s different for everyone. Some people don’t catch it for months after they’ve been infected and that’s when it gets really ugly.
In my case we caught it pretty early and after a week on antibiotics I am already feeling much better, besides the pure fear I’ve develop towards ticks.
Believe me, I don’t ever want to feel like that again.
So as a friendly reminder that the luck of living in Connecticut comes with the not-so-proud and joy of being the epicenter of this disease, please check yourself thoroughly after being in the woods. I “check” every time, but I guess I didn’t check well enough. And if you want to avoid feeling like you got hit by bus, I’d say make sure you check well.
And if you have your own Lyme story, I want to hear it, so I don’t feel so alone in my misery of being stuck indoors and sitting, rather than playing in the sun.