Sunday, July 29, 2012

Cape May Point, NJ

For nearly two years of my life, I've given everything I've had to treatment of my chronic Lyme disease. Everything. A few months ago when I was doing really well, I was okay with that, but now that I'm relapsing and I feel like I'm back where I started from, I've been really down in the dumps and mentally burnt-out.

I'm happy to report that I'm freshly relaxed (and tan--a rarity for my pasty old self) from a week at the beach. I went with several family members (over 30 people!) to Cape May Point in New Jersey. Because of my rapidly declining health, I did not decide up until the night before we were supposed to leave if I could make the trip or not.
Our Beach Path

The original plan was for me to go to the beach, take a week off of treatment and just relax and enjoy being on vacation. But I started going downhill really fast and thought I'd better get in touch with my doctor before leaving. She said something of the nature that if I was feeling bad enough to call her, then that was probably a sign that I needed to start my new treatment ASAP. Starting a new treatment meant there was no way I would have been able to travel and/or enjoy my vacation.

I love my doctor and I would not be here without her incredible wisdom and knowledge of Lyme disease and co-infections. She has lovingly guided me through these two incredibly difficult years of treatment and brought me back from the brink of death. I know there is nothing more frustrating for a doctor than a patient who doesn't heed their advice, but this was one time when I had to listen to my heart.

It was a gut wrenching decision for me to go against the advice of my doctor--something I've never done--and to go on this trip knowing that the odds were high that I could get much, much worse being off of treatment for a week. But I made the right decision. This vacation put the fight back in me.

Sunset over Sunset Beach
You can't actually take a sick day when you have a chronic illness, but this trip was as close as I could get to my own personal version of Ferris Beuller's Day Off. Yes, I was beyond exhausted; yes, I was in severe pain; yes, I got sun poisoning from one of my medications, but it was all worth it to "call in sick" from Lyme disease for a week! Now I'm ready to go back to school, er, treatment. And Dr. P., if you're reading this, I hope you won't put me in detention for not listening to you and I promise never, ever to do it again!



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