Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Totally "Ticks" Me Off!


You may recall my post "Ten Years Without Sleep." This is the post that summarized my years of weird sleepiness and general lack of well being and yuckiness. Thursday of last week I finally had enough. I was sick of walking into work like a damn zombie everyday. I called and made an appointment and told the office that it was urgent. I got a slew of blood drawn. It seriously looked like a pint if you poured all of those little tubes into one big jug. My doctor is always booked so I saw her nurse practitioner. She's good and just the same as seeing a doctor. This nurse seriously thinks I'm a hypochondriac. I have "medically unexplained" fatigue and all of these cognitive malfunctions. Trouble with my short term memory, difficutly concentrating, unexplained back pains. In my previous post I explained how she thought it was all stress, doing too much, blah blah blah. Now I know what the cause is and my nurse practitioner who thought I was a hypochondriac can shove it.

I have freakin Lyme Disease! EW! My first thought of this is freakin nasty. (Freakin is the word of the day because it's more polite than dropping f-bombs and a great adjective to demonstrate how I feel). You have to be bitten by a damn tick to get this disease. How the F would that happen? I make a ridiculously conscious effort to avoid bugs at all costs. Seriously. I used to be such a tom boy until I realized that bugs can bite you and for this exact freaking reason, I avoided them! Ew. I had a tick on me. And it bit me... ewwwwwwwwwww OMG. I'm so nasty. I can't believe it.

Anyway, the nurse said it looks like my body has been fighting this for quite some time because I have antibodies in my blood. Again, ew. So now I have to go back in for more bloodwork because she thinks there's something else going on too. Ha! I'm not a freakin hypochondriac! See- I knew something was going on! I guess I'm kind of relieved we found something. Is that weird? It's not that I want to be "sick," I'm just glad we have something to treat. I read that most people who undergo the IV antibiotic treatment get relief from their chronic fatigue. Woo hoo!

Yeah, I'm still disgusted that I appear to have been bitten by a freakin tick. EEEEWWWWW! Now do you get the irony of why I joined "Totally Ticks Me Off Tuesday?" That's freakin gross! Someone tell me that I'm not a nasty person because I had a freakin tick on me?!?!! Off to the doctor I go for more bloodwork. Oh joy...

7 comments:

Midwest Mommy said...

Oh that sucks, you are ticked, literally! But at least you know what you have now. That would totally tick me off that I didn't at least get the pleasure of killing that little b@astard! He just infected you and left, what a jerk!

Mama Karebare said...

That sucks!!! At least you know whats wrong now. You are not nasty. I think you are cool.

amber said...

I'll second your ewwww, because ticks totally weird me out. And they're everywhere in my neck of the woods. They love my hub - he's found them in the strangest places (but I won't gross you out with where).

But you're not nasty. You're a tasty human! At least you know what it is...and you can start to get better.

P.S. love the pic. that's awesome.

Stacie's Madness said...

you're not nasty, you're not nasty, could happen to anyone!

bzmomma said...

Ticks tick me off too. I found a dog tick deeply lodged onto my daughter's head a couple of months ago and we don't even have a dog! I freaked out and freaked out some more even though I knew it wasn't a deer tick, argh!! and ewwww!!!

I'm glad they figured out what it was and can treat it appropriately.

JosiahsMommy said...

I remember that post! wow. Lyme disease! It's crazy what you find out after losing a pint of blood huh? *hugs* I understand the frustration. I hope you start feeling better soon.

boomermom said...

Honey, I told you never to show this picture of me...shame on you!

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