Chapter 2: More Odd Ailments 2011-2012

More Odd Ailments 2011-2012

I have continued to highlight each symptom that coincides with Lyme disease and tick borne infections.

January 2011-I started seeing a homeopathic doctor that I loved and trusted.  She started to slowly detox each organ in my body.  She said it would take about one year for the detox to be complete and that I would slowly start to feel better.  I did start to feel better; however there were bumps in the road along the way. (My theory is that the bumps in the road were the Lyme and co infections trying to “rear their ugly heads”.)

Eyes swelled shut  2011

Eyes swelled shut 2011

February 2011- May 2011– I trained for the Tough Mudder (10-12 mile, muddy obstacle course race on Mt Snow in VT).  I had not worked out in years due to illnesses, but I was excited to take on this challenge. During training my energy was better and my blood pressure did not fluctuate as low.  I also gained 2 lbs. which was a miracle (I could never gain weight). The day before the Tough Mudder, I was sitting on the steps outside my eye doctor’s office waiting for the doors to open because my eyes had swelled shut and I needed eye steroids (I thought it was my extreme allergies again).  The eye doctor said it was the worst swelling he had seen all season. I asked him to give me as much medicine as he could so I could get through the race.  By the time I arrived in VT, my eyes were less swollen. However, I spent the night before the race in a chalet with the rest of my Mudders and a constant cough and low grade fever.  By the next morning I woke up feeling like I had a cold, but I was too excited to let that stop me.  There were 11 of us on the team. the excusesThe temperature was in the upper forties and the water that we had to swim through was 34 degrees. During the Tough Mudder I became hypothermic and I spent the 2 ½ hour car ride home dry heaving every 30 minutes and dizzy.  I thought I was dying.  I should have gone to the ER, but it was Mother’s Day and my children were expecting me home.  I was out of work for the next week with fainting, dizziness, sinus infection, low grade fever, weight loss, cough and laryngitis.  People said I looked like death.  However within one week I was feeling better which was pleasantly surprising since once I am sick it usually takes a long time to feel better/recover.

 July 2011-Thanks to the detox, my breasts stopped swelling and the pain and tingles subsided.   I felt better so I started training again for another obstacle course race, The Spartan.

Spartan race

Spartan race-2011

August 2011– my sister in law, Jess and I ran in a local 3 mile race (to help us get in shape for the Spartan). We ran our best time and I felt great, however the next day my left hip was in excruciating pain.  I decided I would not work out for the next 3 weeks until the Spartan.  The day of the Spartan, I felt great and the temperature was extremely hot.  My body loved the race and I felt great; however the next day I woke up and my left hip was in excruciating pain.  I had one more race to complete 4 weeks later so I decided to take a break with working out until that race.

(During this time I also went back to my eye doctor because I had spent the past year with blurry vision and double vision. I also had to start wearing sunglasses when sitting at the computer because my eyes became sensitive to the light. I also began to have difficulty driving at night because the glare of other oncoming headlights would cause an “aura of light” across my visual field.)

rugged maniac

Rugged Maniac-2011

Sept 2011– Jess and I competed in the Rugged Maniac (3 mile obstacle course race). It was a hot day and my body loved it. We did great in the race; however the next day I woke up with both hips in excruciating pain.  I finally decided to go for an X-ray, but of course nothing showed up.  So I stopped working out, but my hips became worse.  The pain became so bad that when I would get home from work, I would use old crutches to hop around just so the pain and pressure would be off my hips.  The pain eventually subsided to a bearable amount of pain.

October 2011– I felt stable which was odd, but I liked this calm before the storm.

My husband and I at the "no Reason Reception"-Oct. 2011

My husband and I at the “No Reason Reception”-Oct. 2011

 Dec. 2011– I completed my detox and I decided to get a personal trainer and started to work out again.  By the end of Dec my IBS started to give me problems and the exhaustion was so bad that I was bed bound when not at work or my kid’s sport events.  I started to do increasingly odd things with my memory.  I would forget my students names or my parent’s phone number…I would space out. I also started to get impacted sinuses and my nose would have this “whistle” sound at times.

Christmas Pic 2011-2 weeks later my arms would be paralyzed

Christmas Pic 2011-2 weeks later my arms would be paralyzed

 The first week of January 2012, I was at a step aerobics class and I became frustrated because I could not lift my left leg for a ham string curl and by the end of class I could no longer use the step, to step up and down. I had to stop using the step and resort the moves on the floor.  I used to be an aerobics instructor so I found this odd for me not to be able to do these moves and I could not keep the routine in my head. A few years before I had joined a dance class and had to quit because I could not keep the routine in my head as well.  Now the same thing was happening with aerobics. It was odd.

One week later I would wake up on Saturday, January 14, 2012 with an odd flu bug and my life would never be the same again….

Please continue to my next post The Odd Flu Bug that changed my Life…

Here is a website that lists symptoms of Lyme Disease and Tick Borne Infections (If only I had known!)

I have also included a website that describes how to prevent Chronic Lyme Disease. Please read!

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