I love being outdoors, and I love being outdoors with my children and teaching them how beautiful and special nature can be. So I knew that a day would probably come eventually when one of us would be bitten by a tick. My daughter has a morning of wood time every friday and we take… Continue reading It had to happen one day…
I received the news a few weeks ago that my daughter also has lyme disease. Her Igenex labs (Western Blot) were clearly positive, where they had previously been indeterminate. For my son and I, this was never an issue, and so I hadn't read up on it much before (though I was familiar with the… Continue reading … and then there were three
I am on tick watch. I have to keep my eyes open every day, do tick checks on my kids, encourage them to enjoy the outdoors with my heart in my mouth, teach them to be safe without teaching them to be fearful, never completely let my guard down. I am on a trip, to… Continue reading Tickwatch!
My daughter is four, and she is a puzzle to me. She has always seemed so strong, so robust, so determined, so healthy (unlike my son). Yet she also shared the repeated summer time flu and frequent sickness of my son up through January of 2009, after which her health was excellent. Despite this, to… Continue reading So sensitive…
In the past couple of months, I've had to make an unexpected transition, from patient to caregiver. As a caregiver, I am faced with all the uncertainties I faced as a patient, and the additional responsibility of asking an innocent to step into the unknown with me. He has placed his trust in me completely,… Continue reading Loss and Control
I have waited a long time to make this post, for a two reasons. One is that I am still weighing the implications of writing about someone else's life so publicly. Another is that I felt uncomfortable discussing anything here before I had told him what we discovered. I have resolved the latter and, at… Continue reading Diagnosing Lyme in my son
Those of us with chronic conditions spend a lot of time wondering how to manage their impact on our own ravaged bodies and spirits. But along the way, it's hard to ignore the impact they have on our families. I know that has been a concern with me in my own family. Unlike the extended… Continue reading The impact of chronic illness on young kids