I’ve been asked to make a timeline of my chronic lyme disease. I thought it was a wonderful idea. Actually I am surprised I hadn’t thought of it myself. This following is the timeline of the progression of my chronic lyme disease. I believe it started in 1983 although I went undiagnosed until 2009. I will be 52 this year and I have lived with lyme disease nearly 30 years.
NOTE: On my right side bar, I will put a short version of this timeline so as I write about different events in my life you can easily refer to it.
1960, November 7 – I was born.
1983 – I was most likely bitten by the tick that started my journey. I can’t say for sure. I know I had a real bad cold and was in bed for about a week. So I’m assuming that is when I first got bitten.
1986 – Started to put on a lot of weight
1987 - I first started showing signs of chronic lyme. I lost a lot strength or ability to use my legs. There was one day I could stand up from my couch and walk stairs with no problems. And literally overnight I had trouble standing from chairs and I started using the elevators. For the next two or three years I had a lot of pain in my knees. The pain in my knees went away, but I never did regain the ability to walk stairs to stand up from chairs.
NOTE: From the research I have done undiagnosed lyme disease starts showing major effects three to four years after initial infection.
1988 - Chris and I got together.
2000, December – We bought a ranch on 35-acres and built at 2,500 square foot house. Our ranch was between Colorado Springs and Pueblo about 30 miles east on the plains of Colorado.
2001, March 22- After a week of stomach flu-type symptoms ended up in the ER room which was the beginning of my 40-day coma. My official diagnoses was multi-organ failure and a whole bunch of other stuff. My pancreas, respiratory system and kidneys all shut down. I had a blood sugar of 1400. The doctors had no idea why I got so sick. They also had no explanation on why I got healthy again. Doctors called me a miracle. Within a year I was off all medication if the medication for diabetes.
I was in ICU for about two months and then transferred to the hospital’s rehabilitation floor.
2001, July 5 – I was released from the hospital because my insurance ran out. The company I had been working with went bankrupt and our insurance was cancel. I was still unable to sit up by myself. I was sent home in a wheel chair and open bed wounds in my back and head. Chris worked for the same company so we were both unemployed.
2002, April – Chris and I walked away from our 35-acre ranch and foreclosed on it and filed for bankruptcy. We moved back to Denver, Colorado. So Chris could find a job and support us. We had a friend who had a friend that would let us rent a small house. Otherwise, we would have been homeless and unable to get approval for rent because of the bankruptcy and foreclosure. I had just started to walk about 100 feet on my own without assistance.
2002, early fall – I went back to work as a part-time secretary for our church. Then eventually returned to full time work as a sales admin for Mission Foods.
2005, November – Chris got a transfer from Denver, Colorado to Portland, Oregon. We were to move on November 5. We both were working up to the day we were suppose to move. We had packers scheduled to come and our entire house up the day before our move. I wasn’t feeling well so I stayed home from work two days before we were to take off to Portland. That day Chris got home she found me nearly dead. I was once again in the hospital with another unexplained illness. This time I did have pneumonia, which kicked off a whole lot of other symptoms. This time my blood sugar was 1100. The doctors figured I got it when we flew out to Portland to sign papers for our apartment. This time I was in the hospital only 8 days.
2005, Thanksgiving – We left Denver during a snow storm and drove to Portland Oregon.
2006, February – I started a new job with Staples as their business to business sales admin.
2009, April – I felt myself getting sick again. I didn’t have any specific symptoms but I knew for some reason it was happening all over again. This time I quit my job. A few months earlier, I had just found a new doctor in Canby a few months earlier.
2009, June – My new doctor finally was able to diagnose me with Chronic Lymes Disease. I told her the story of one day I could stand up from a couch and walk stairs and literally the next day I was unable. She stopped me from talking and looked at me and said “You have Lymes Disease.” My first thought was could it be that simple. After all these years. So I started treatment. And as our insurance would allow, we got the proper tests to verify that I did indeed have chronic lymes disease. The tests for chronic lymes is actually testing for co-infections and my tests all came back positive.
2011, December – I had learned to maintain my health such as it was. I wasn’t getting any worse and was slowly getting a little bit healthier. I had been familiar with Eden Energy Medicine and had attended several classes with Donna Eden over the last five or six years. I called a local practitioner and she has been working on me since. I am finally getting stronger and healthier.
2012, April – Started taking classes to get my Eden Energy Medicine certificate. This program will take two years. I’m hoping to work with people who have been diagnosed with a chronic disease.
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