Self-treating; Yes or No?

English: The tick Amblyomma americanum (Lone S...

English: The tick Amblyomma americanum (Lone Star tick) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was bitten while on vacation in Southern Iowa by a LONE STAR tick, not a Deer tick, in 2009.  When I was infected by the tick, I had not even taken an aspirin in five years.  So to tell this stubborn, country Irish girl that I would have to take antibiotics for “awhile”, was like telling me to walk across hot coals!

I was in TOTAL denial, and I began to “self-treat” with herbs, tinctures, and what ever inexpensive natural therapies I read about.  We had no health insurance, so I continued to work full time through it all.  At the end of a year, things were not going so well.  My sisters and other family members begged me to see a Lyme Literate Dr.  We did not have the financial resources for me to go, or for the testing and medications.  In the weeks that followed, my daughter- in- law Martha spear headed planning a fund raiser for me, which raised just enough for gas, hotel, office fees, and the first couple of months of meds.

It took me some time to come to grips with even having Lyme Disease, let alone inundating my body with chemicals!  Now, even though I consider myself an “el naturale” girl, I realize that there are times when we must concede to “main stream medicine”.  I want to live!