Ever since I ever heard about lyme disease, I have had an immense fear of ticks. I’ve been bitten before (a decade or more ago) when I walked right into a nest of ticks in Honduras. No bulls-eye rash developed so I assumed I was fine. The bull’s eye rash does not have to develop for you to have the spirochetes that cause Lyme disease.
And when I found a tick on Bear’s belly last May on our beach trip (who ever heard of a tick at the beach, right?) I was a basket case for a long time. How the tick even climbed up to her belly that fast, (she was wearing a sundress) I don’t know. She never got the bull’s eye rash, so I thought she was free of Lyme disease and that I didn’t have to worry, but it did nag at me. All summer, and fall, and into January of this year, she kept having random fevers and rashes that would last a few days or so. Also, she was becoming more lethargic and really didn’t enjoy gymnastics anymore. She complained that her knees and legs hurt – a reasonable complaint if one is doing two to three hours of gymnastics in a row, twice per week – so one I kind of ignored. Frequent trips to the pediatrician were fruitless to find a cause for the rashes and fevers. However, I had a few friends who had gone to a homeopathic doctor and been found to have the spirochetes that cause lyme disease, so I figured, after the umpteenth random fever and rash, that it couldn’t hurt to take her to him.
The verdict: Bear has lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (her treatments to date have cleared the latter). Both are tick transmitted. Ticks carry more than one disease. In fact, they can carry worms, funguses, and a host of other nasty organisms. Yuck!
The homeopathic doctor mentioned how lyme could cause miscarriages as the spirochetes can cross the placenta. Wow. I needed to know if I had lyme, too. Could this one thing explain everything? I made an appointment for myself and J-jo. The result: we both have lyme. J-jo has never had a tick bite that I know of, nor a bull’s-eye rash, but mosquitos also spread the spirochetes.
Lyme and other tick diseases can mimic other illnesses, and the symptoms include many neurological issues like depression, foggy brain, confusion, short-term memory loss, loss of cognitive function, and fatigue among other things. These are all also things one experiences with grief. If I had gone to a regular doctor for these symptoms, I most likely would have just been told it was part of the normal grieving of losing the twins. Symptoms from these tick diseases (go look at the article for all the details), can worsen significantly after a traumatic, stressful event. Also, the spirochetes may be passed through blood transfusions (of which I had plenty during 2013).
If you are interested in finding out more about Lyme disease, I highly recommend Under Our Skin, a documentary about the disease. You can watch it free below (from Youtube). I recommend that everyone watch it (there’s no kick back to me for recommending it, either, but I feel so strongly about this disease now that it implicates me). Lyme is an epidemic and doctors don’t understand it. Moreover, many doctors are unwilling to recognize it. Furthermore, it’s very hard to diagnose and the treatments (antibiotics if you go the non-homeopathic route) aren’t always successful. I feel so blessed, that in spite of having spirochetes in our systems, the kids and I have hardly any symptoms compared to some of these people in the documentary. I pray that the homeopathy will remove all the wretched spirochetes and that I will have the courage to still spend time in nature.