Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sad Pony and Invisible Spiders

Who's the saddest pony in the world?

We think Fjóla got stung by a bee above her right eye (the left one in the picture).
My poor pony has saggy baggy skin and is covered in hives. You can really see the hives on her sides in this picture.
Since only one of her eyes is so swollen, we are guessing she probably got stung by a bee and is having an allergic reaction. Poor pony! We cold hosed her and gave her antihistamines and an anti-inflammatory. She's spending the rest of the day out of the heat and in front of a fan. Hopefully she'll be feeling back to normal soon!

On a human note, today is my third day on my new medicine. So far, on medicine days on this cycle (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays) I have had a few hours where I feel really bad, but then I can function the rest of the day. Hopefully, today won't be any different.

The new medicine is doing a number on my stomach. My weight is also starting to drop down again, but it started a little before I began this new medicine. Before I got sick, I weighed 120lbs, which is my ideal weight for my height. At my sickest, I dropped down to a frightening 100lbs! For the past few months, I've been holding steady at 110. I could tell I lost weight again this morning, so I weighed myself and I was 105. Ive also noticed that my hair is starting to fall out a lot again.

I also have a weird new symptom. For the past several days, I've been getting a sensation in my lower leg that feels exactly like a bug is crawling down my leg. I reach down to swat it, and there's nothing there. It feels like it's just under the surface of my skin and it's such a strange feeling! I suffer from restless leg syndrome--which is frequently described as a crawling sensation--but this is quite a different feeling than that. It's like there's an invisible spider in my leg! It's always in the same spot, too.

So there's my boring blog update, "not full of my usual wit and wisdom," as my husband (aka, my editor) put it. Sorry I'm so boring today, folks! :)


  1. UGH, I hate the creepy crawly bug feeling! I get that too! I keep seeing things out of the corner of my eye that I think are spider legs (I'm PETRIFIED of spiders I might add.) It must be floaters. Sorry you are having a hard time! The weight loss and hair falling out IS scary. Hopefully it will subside soon. I hope Fjola feels better soon too! Poor horsey!

  2. I hate the invisible bug feeling too!

  3. I have had the bug feeling too and my hair has gotten really thin. Fell out a lot when I first started treatment. No now thank goodness. Sorry to hear about your pony. Who would have thought horses have reactions to bees! But then, why not?
    Hang in there with the new med. There is always something new coming up with Lyme it seems...

  4. Poor Fjola! We had a dog that reacted just like that to something. I always had antihistamines if we traveled with her in the summer, just in case. It's so hard to see them so miserable!

  5. Yeah---I can definitely relate to the "bugs under the skin" feeling---but--did u ever consider that it really IS bugs under your skin?? I don't mean to freak you out or anything, but I concur with MariaLymedisease ( I think it was her ), who told me that Lyme disease is a PARASITIC disease--and I believe it. It's the parasites the tick infects you with when it bites you. I think alot of lymies and morgellons people have the same thing as that.

  6. I've heard that before, actually, Cheryl. And now that I think about it, the medicine that gave me my life back was a MASSIVE dose of an anti-parasitic for Babesia. Granted, it was the most unpleasant experience of my life, but hey, I can function again! :)