*Not sure how many of these are accurate or true but I thought I would share.
Index of Famous people with Lyme disease
** = Added to the list I found.
**Dr. Alan McDonald
**Darryl Hall (musician)
**Parker Posey (actress)
**Amy Tan (writer)
**Ben Stiller (Actor) possible LD
Alphabetical Index of Famous people with LD
Jane Alexander – Actress/Author
Berkley Bedell former Iowa Congressman
Lisa Bevill (Christian singer) wrote a song about her battle, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rua0MGxFW0k
Also her story can be heard here: http://www.wsradio.com/player/wsradio-p… 23669.html
Burrascano, Joseph Md (Pioneer in LD treatment – retired -LLMD)
George W. Bush, Former President of the USA
Neneh Cherry, member of musical group “Fine Young Cannibals”
Mary-Lynn Currier, marathoner
Nick Esasky, former baseball player
Michael J. Fox, actor
Julie Furtado, professional bike rider
Richard Gere, actor
Pete Harnisch, New York Mets pitcher
Ally Hilfiger – daughter of famous designer Tommy…
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Here is part two of this big update. Sorry it took so long…the ticks took over 😉
I spoke before about a man that I met waiting to see the doctor. I have since become friends with him and we talk frequently now to help each other through this journey. I have made a friend for life and I couldn’t be more grateful that God has brought us together, to help us stay motivated and to fight for life.
I truly meant that it was a day of blessings. I left with orders for IV medication and for the first time hope for the future. On the way home all I could focus on was the reality that maybe one day I would be blessed with a “normal” life. A life free of physical pain and mental anguish.
The next two weeks were very challenging for me. I went on a search for a surgeon to place the port-a-cath and a home health company to take over my care. Through recommendations I found the best surgeon in my area. After my consultation we were a go for surgery. It was really nice for the first time to have a doctor not question my disease and just say “let’s do this and get you better”!
I had my orders to do my pre-op workup and a date set for the out patient surgery. Mixed emotions flowed through me. It is very overwhelming but invigorating to finally be on the right path. During my pre-op another amazing thing happened to me. I was going in the room for my chest x-ray and the tech asked me if I minded talking to someone for a moment. Without hesitation I obliged. A beautiful woman came in that I could tell right away was ill just by the look on her face. She introduced herself and asked me about Lyme disease. She to had been diagnosed with Lyme and was there doing blood work for her visit to my wonderful doctor. I eased her worries by reassuring her that our doctor was the best and he would get us healthy again. I explained all the process and tried to help her all I could. I gave her all my information so she could contact me anytime she needed. Again, Gods plan brought two people together that needed each other in that very moment. I say this because a series of events had to happen so that we could meet at that exact moment in time.
My Dad accompanied me to the hospital and got me all checked in. It was excruciating waiting to go back but the staff at this hospital were all so kind and made me feel so safe. It was great they could ease my anxiety without any medication at all.
After the surgery my Dad brought me to the infusion center to get my first infusion treatment.Then it was time for home to recover from the surgery.
The day after the stitches were removed it was finally time to access the power port. Let me tell you I did not expect it to hurt the way it did. I was in agony because my nurse tried like ten times to access it and couldn’t. Every stick with this mosquito looking thing sent me on a rage inside. I am very good at hiding my pain and I was having a hard time keeping composure. I am not sure if it was her not being experienced enough or I was just being a baby. I do know it is the oddest feeling to have someone stick a needle into a void in your chest to drawl back and you can feel a burn and pressure like your chest is going to implode. She stopped after about the fifth try and said “why don’t you take a couple of pain pills and let them kick in before I try again”! I am sorry NO ONE wants to hear a nurse say that! To say the least she could not do it and called for backup. A few hours later she returned with another nurse (more experienced) and she accessed it on the first shot and I didn’t feel it at all!
So with the port accessed and all my supplies delivered, it began. A new chapter in my journey.
Until next time my friends…
Thursday – Sunday Ceftriaxone Eclipse Infusion 2x/day
My list of pill form is in the pictures.
This was the first Christmas that me or the kids have ever spent away from my side of the family and it was very strange. It is just to much for me to travel at the current time so it was a Christmas in Louisiana this year!
It was hard on everyone not to spend the holidays with my family so we tried to make this Christmas a special one for the kids. We also did this in part because for some of my hubby’s side of the family it may be their last. Christmas Eve we had dinner at Granny Sue’s house and exchanged gifts. Everyone had a great night and Maw Maw topped it off by letting everyone in on her “Senior Year” of high school and her college plans. If you can’t guess my husbands Grandmother has dementia. For any of you that do not know what dementia is, here is a link to explain it all. http://www.alz.org/what-is-dementia.asp
The evening winded down and it was a mad rush to beat Santa to the house. Kids had a secret sleepover in big sisters room so Santa could deliver their big gifts. Hubby and I spent quite some time zoning out to Pink Floyd putting together desks & chairs. End result was a good one…no leftover parts!
Look out 2014 here I come!!