Lyme’s Disease


Aw, Mom! Enough with the lecture. It’s too darn hot!

Just when I think I’ve got this Lyme’s thing licked, it slams me with a day or 3 of fatigue and severe pain. My doctor suggests I may have developed Lyme’s arthritis. After initial treatment with antibiotics, the bacteria causing Lyme’s die and settle in the large joints causing inflammation in knees, ankles, wrists, etc., with pain and stiffness the result. I continue to struggle with soreness and amazing swelling in my left ankle and unremitting pain in both wrists and thumbs. So using the computer keyboard or, more importantly for me, painting and drawing are daily struggles. I scheduled an appointment with a rheumatologist to find out what to do next. But, the appointment isn’t until 26 November! I’ve been instructed to call once a week to see if anyone cancels so I can get in sooner. A sick person ought to see a specialist within a reasonable amount of time, but rheumatologists in my area apparently are rarer than hen’s teeth.

All of this is by way of thanking all of you for being so patient, and checking in to see how Poppy and I are doing. Now for a public service announcement: If at all possible, PLEASE make sure to vaccinate your dogs for Lyme’s. It’s a common and painful disease for them too. And friends, PLEASE make sure you check yourselves for black-legged ticks throughout the spring and summer. Lyme’s is not only prevalent in the USA and Canada. The Borrelia bacteria are found in ticks in the UK, Europe, South America, and Africa. It’s not a deadly disease, but it’s exhausting and lingers, particularly if not caught early. It’s hard to find those little nasties on your body, and you don’t always get a rash. I didn’t. But if you feel like you’ve been hit by a train and can’t explain why you are so miserable, ask your doctor to test for Lyme’s disease. And thanks for reading this!

Eventually I’ll get back in the swing of regular posts and visits. Life keeps getting in the way! In the meantime, here are a few recent pictures of Poppy. She ought to bring smiles to your faces. Did I ever tell you I’m besotted with her?

The puppies attending September’s Puppy Club were blurs of energy. I didn’t get one clear photo.

No, I’m pretty sure that was a heron, Mom, not a pterodactyl.

One of these days, Mr. Squirrel it’s curtains for ya!

Is it just me, or is it hot today?

Holy Cheese and Milkbones! It’s St. Francis!

Finally some shameless self-promotion…check out my Blogger blog A Lingering Wall for daily posts of non Poppy photographs and occasional artwork.



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26 Responses to Lyme’s Disease

  1. These Poppy Pictures are Precious and it’s easy to see how you are besotted with her and by her!! Really…that face is priceless!!
    And can I tell you how sorry I am for your ongoing illness and the troubles that linger. I had the same problem with ophthalmic shingles four and a half years ago and had to learn to live with chronic pains and doctors who had full appointment schedules! No fun for sure. We are glad to have you with us whenever you feel up to it. We will wait. Take care of yourself and Miss Poppy. The Red Man sends her hugs and kisses and sniffs!

    • Sheila – What you went through sounds terribly painful. I realize it was a few years back, but what an ordeal for you. I am sorry that people in pain have to wait. I tell myself there are folks with worse problems, and that gets me in a better frame of mind. Thanks for hanging with me. Love to you, Pretty, my wonderful Red Man (I LOVE him), and all the other 4 footed ones. Poppy is thrilled to get Red’s greeting, and sends kisses and puppy sneezes to him. Though when he eventually sees a photo of her face covered in dirt, he may not want them! 😀

  2. She is so darn cute and I just love her ears! They look like they are dancing in that first photo 🙂

    I hope someone cancels so you can get in sooner. Take your time we will be here when you are up and atom again 🙂

    • Aw thanks! I appreciate your good words. 🙂

      Aren’t Poppy’s ears something. They operate independently of each other. I may be repeating myself, but one of my friends calls them “semaphore flags!” 😀

  3. Angelia Sims says:

    That is rough! Hope you continue to get better. West Nile virus is real bad here. Can’t wait til the first freeze. My husband was (eventually) diagnosed with Lupus, but he stayed an extra day in the hospital to see a rheumatologist right away. Those Doctors are rare everywhere.

    • I’m sorry to hear about your husband. Lupus is a tough one, but also hard to get diagnosed. I hope he is feeling better. Thanks for telling me about rheumatologists in your area being difficult to schedule with. That helps to take the edge off my nerves!!! West Nile is another scary disease that sneaks up on people. The mosquitoes have been terrible. Like you I keep hoping we have a cold snap to knock them out of business. Take care!

  4. skezier says:

    Lyme’s is nasty but you will get there and I so hope you will soon feel a lot better.

    Poppy is looking good and still got her very best sweet face on x

  5. I hope you managed to get an earlier appointment so things go back to normal ass soon as possible.
    Poppy is too cute, gotta love her black fur, and I think we all are a little if not much besotted with out own pets.

    • Me too with the appointment. I’ll just keep trying. I love Doggy’s black fur and attitude! Your header photo of his face full of mud is just like Poppy. They share a love of being grubby!! 😀

  6. Monica says:

    She looks like a darling!

  7. Awww, lovely pics.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery 🙂

  8. Clowie says:

    There’s no doubt about it – Poppy is cute! I hope you’re back to normal soon.

  9. I hope you guys are doing fine.

    • You’re so sweet! Thank you 🙂 Yes, I’m hanging in there and Poppy’s getting more and more grown up. I can’t seem to get back into the swing of blogging 😦 But you remind me of all our good friends out there. Thank you!!!


  10. Such a cute dog! Hope you are feeling better. Chronic pain and being tired is no picnic (I speak from experience). You seem to have many people in your corner…you can add one more with me 😀 Feel better soon.

  11. Hsin-Yi says:

    Oh, I’m SO sorry to hear about your struggles with Lyme disease! And I can just imagine how frustrating it is for you having to wait so long for an appointment – been there, done that – and I agree, it’s crazy that you should have to wait so long!!

    I also know what you mean about how so much of our lives is tied up with being able to do things with our hands – and how debilitating it is when you can’t, without pain!

    I remember studying about Lyme Disease at university in the UK and how scary it sounded (being the hypchondriac that I am, I was immediately convinced I had all the symptoms! 😉 ) We don’t seem to have it Down Under – haven’t heard about it here – but there is a paralysis tick in Australia, which is even more deadly to dogs – it can kill in a few hours, if not caught in time and an antidote given, So we’re always checking Honey over in paranoia after a walk in the bush…

    Anyway, really hope that things might settle a bit and give you some relief before you get to see the specialist – and hope a cancellation does come up!!

    Oh – and LOVE the pictures of Poppy!!

    Hsin-Yi (& Honey the Great Dane)

    • Hi Hsin-Yi! Thank you so much for your encouragement.

      I totally understand believing you had the symptoms studying about Lyme’s Disease. It mimics so many other illnesses, and you may never see the tick that bites you. I had myself convinced I had finallysuccumbedto Rheumatoid Arthritis which runs in my family. I just slowed to a stop with exhaustion and pain…it’s worse than the worst case of flu you can imagine.

      It concerns me that our dogs can contract it, as it must be terribly debilitating for them and with no way to let us know. I push using tick preventatives and getting the Lyme’s booster with anyone I know with a dog. The paralytic tick in Australia sounds dreadful. I don’t know how you can relax with something like that to worry about!!!

      I continue to have problems with my hands and wrists and both ankles, but have much less fatigue. That’s a good thing!!! 🙂 So far I’ve been unable to get an earlier appointment with the specialist, but will keep trying.

      Thank you for checking in on us. I’m glad you enjoy Poppy’s pictures. I can’t seem to get back into the swing of blogging. There’s so much to write about though as she has finally started obedience classes. I think of you often and try to copy your patience with the wonderful Honey. I’m so glad she is doing well.

      Take care and give that great Great Dane lots of ear rubs from me.



  12. contadinak says:

    poppy is a cutie pie!

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