I have been off meds since Nov 27, 2013. I thought that I was finally done with this blog! Apparently not! Here is what happened in fast motion.
July 1, 2014 – Canada Day, my friends and I wanted to see fireworks. I was so excited. I see them all putting on the OFF repellent but only God knows why I didn’t think twice about spraying the hell out of my legs and arms since I was wearing a racerback tank top and really short shorts.
We ventured off to a horse track. Yes, where real horses ride. I was right up on the actual track at 9:45 PM. The fireworks were fun.
The next day at 8:00 pm, I am sitting in the car in front of a bank with my husband. My leg starts getting real itchy and I was wearing a long skirt. I lift it up and see this.
I look at my husband and say “What the hell is that???????????!!!!”
He says “It looks like a bulls eye”.
We stare at each other. I start driving to the walk-in clinic while yelling at him to google: “What medication to take when you first see lyme”, “What medication to take when you have a bullseye”, “Does bullseye rash mean lyme?”, “Lyme Re-infection”, “Am I going to die?”.
All walk-in’s are closed at 8:00 PM. Damnit.
I vowed to myself that I would NEVER, NEVER go back to the ER unless I collapsed on the floor and can’t get up, or if my heart stops, or if someone shoots me in the face. However I thought this time was pretty prudent. Although pissed off that it was neither of the above 3 reasons.
Get to the first ER, the line up was out the wazoo. Drove another 30 km to another ER. Good. Waited only 1.5 hours.
Get into the second waiting room. ER doc is nice and handsome probably mid to high 30’s. High, I see we have a rash case here? I told him of my lyme history in 1 sentence and lifted my skirt. The rash was on the inside of my left thigh. He said “That’s Lyme! Let me go get my prescription pad and write you some antibiotics.” Off he goes.
Another nurse walks in. “Hi, you are the rash girl. Can I take a look?….. Wow! that’s some rash!” Off she goes.
Another doc walks in. “Hi, I hear you have a rash? I’ve never seen this rash, can I take a look?…. Holy cow, that’s crazy!” Off he goes.
“HEY! IF ANYONE WANTS TO SEE A LYME RASH, GO TO ROOM 2!”
Doc comes back and gives me 21 days of doxycycline 100mg BID (twice a day). Gets me blood work to do the Canadian testing. Gets me an appointment with the Infectious Disease doc. (who hasn’t called me yet).
Go home. I am in shock. Yes, at the events unfolding before my eyes, but even more so, these docs believed I had lyme and didn’t try to pass it off as some ringworm rash.
Email my LLMD and Naturopath the next day. Meds are not enough. You need 200 mg of doxycycline BID for a minimum of 6 weeks. Naturopath told me to add 30 drops 2x a day of Samento (which thankfully I had in my stash).
Emailed Acupuncturist. She said that this will NOT be like starting from square one because I have been doing the acupuncture and chinese herbs.
Go back to Dr. Handsome Chest Hairs and explain the situation. “But don’t you need to have the tick embedded in you to get lyme?”. Um No. Get more meds.
Any symptoms? None other than the side effects of the medication? I don’t know. A little vertigo? Some nausea? I had to cease my chinese herbal medicine that was treating my fibroid. Can’t take so much stuff. Can’t go out in the sun now because of the doxycycline, which completely sucks, you know because it’s summer and all, but oh well.
It’s all very surreal. My question is though, did this rash come up BECAUSE I already had it? And it was just a manifestation of the bite? Who knows.
I am thankful I caught it in less than 24 hours and they treat it as an acute infection.
I am thankful that the entire time I was starting to panic, that this verse kept popping up in my head. Psalm 103:3 …. 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases…” I kept repeating this over and over and my panic subsided… ”
God’s got my back! And He’s got yours too. Let Him in.