Lyme Disease Treatment.
The process has been hard (which is an understatement).
Many days, I didn’t know if I could go on.
I’m not overdramatizing it, either.
It was that horrible.
I often felt lost and alone.
I knew God was there, but I wondered why I couldn’t feel close to Him anymore.
Brain fog was thick, and I felt like I was losing my mind.
I’ve finally gotten to a place where I’m a bit more stable, so I’d like to share a few thoughts on the treatment process.
6 Things I’ve Learned While Treating Lyme Disease:
1. I must be my greatest health advocate
Even with excellent doctors and people in my life who care about me, I realized early on that if I did not speak up for myself, I wasn’t going to be helped. Lyme Literate Medical Doctors know what they are doing when it comes to treatment, but they don’t know how it feels to be me. They don’t know the exact pain I’m feeling or how treatment is affecting me. Even before diagnosis, I learned that I had to keep prayerfully pressing for answers. Had I not kept asking questions and seeking information, I’m not sure what kind of shape I’d be in today.
2. Thoughts and words matter
What you tell yourself about your condition matters. I realized that when I engaged in negative thinking regarding my physical condition, it hindered opportunities for progress. I started to learn the value of renewing my mind (Romans 12:2) when lies would creep into my thoughts. Instead of dwelling on the hard things, I started to replace the thoughts of my mind with truth about who God is and who I am in Him.
3. Just because it works for someone else doesn’t mean it will work for me
I love being able to learn from other people in support groups about what they use for treatment. Even though it’s great to bounce ideas off of one another, I know that what works for someone else might not work for me. Our bodies are made differently and how they respond to treatment will be different.
4. Things will get worse before they get better
Oh, Herxheimer reactions! Herxing causes symptoms to get worse before things get better. When the Lyme Disease bacteria dies off from treatment, the toxins released create reactions that are significantly worse than symptoms. It’s crucial to detox a lot to lessen the effects of the treatment. It can be a long process, but once the infection load is lessened and detoxed, things should start to feel somewhat better. This all takes time, patience, and lots of treatment, though!.