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...