The Year From Hell! My “Herxing” experience…

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Borrelia burgdorferi, the spirochete that causes Lyme Disease. FA stain (CDC) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I finally accepted the Lyme treatment protocol, and began traveling to Missouri to see a Lyme Literate Dr. early in 2011. Let’s get rid of these little buggers!!  During those months of treatment, there were days when I wasn’t sure if it was the Lyme Disease killing me or the medication!  You see, even though you are “getting better”, you at times will feel AWFUL!  The pain can be unbearable at times, and show up ANYWHERE, unannounced and unexpectedly!  The Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction (referred to as “Herx” often) is believed to be a reaction caused by the bacteria dying off and releasing toxins into the body faster than the body may comfortably handle it.  This herxing is very discouraging, because it is hard to understand why you feel WORSE, when you are supposed to be getting better!  During this time, I lost my job as an Office Manager after being there for 7 years!  I was SO heartbroken, but God knew, that this would be the ONLY way that I would stop, be still, and heal.  The worst part, my husband had recently lost his job!  So there we were, totally brought to our knees, praying to God to help us!

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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!