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Ticks and Lyme Disease: Western Medicine

Amber Shehan September 6, 2013

Chapter 1: The Bite Chapter 2:  The Next Steps Chapter 3: The Basics of Lyme Chapter 4:  Antibiotics Chapter 5: ALL DONE (Western Medicine)  So…it is far past the time for an update on my Lyme disease, I suppose. At my last appointment, my general practitioner requested that I schedule a visit with Infectious Disease…

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Chapter 1: The Bite
Chapter 2:  The Next Steps
Chapter 3: The Basics of Lyme
Chapter 4:  Antibiotics
Chapter 5: ALL DONE (Western Medicine)

 So…it is far past the time for an update on my Lyme disease, I suppose.

At my last appointment, my general practitioner requested that I schedule a visit with Infectious Disease Specialists. She felt unable to assist me further and hoped that the specialists would be able to offer more advice should I need continued treatment for Lyme.

So, mid-July, I completed my full 6 weeks round of antibiotics and then had about two weeks off of them before I finally had my appointment at the local infectious disease specialist office.

Now, as I’ve said before, I’m not confident in the non-nurturing parts of western medicine. I also admit that despite my lofty ideals of equality for all, I have a personal bias against older white male doctors and I go into appointments with them assuming the worst. “The worst” that I refer to is based on a few experiences I’ve had where a doctor refused to let me finish a sentence, or even answer a question he asked, or merely allow me to communicate my problem without his eyes rolling or dramatic sighs. And I do truly promise, I was not at any point trying to push my preferred non-western medical views on him, and was just trying to relate the symptoms and issues at hand. More often than not, I left the premises with the exact same medicine prescribed as was on the pens, notepads, signage, and tissue boxes in the waiting room – whatever drug they were actively encouraged and paid to endorse.

With a bit of a case of nerves backed up by an energetic shield, I visited the doctors in the last week of July. I had my paperwork in hand and was ready to be friendly and open, but not expecting to be offered the chance to be so.

To my surprise, the doctor and nurses were easy to talk to and seemed pretty open and inviting, but as I spoke to the doctor, I realized that he was listening to me but not believing me.

Even with my positive test result, he said that it was impossible that I had contracted Lyme in North Carolina.  Even with my swollen joints and fatigue, my appetite and brain fog – it just wasn’t possible in his world.  He asked if I would be tested again, and I agreed.  That test was negative, and I received the results in the mail with a handwritten note from the doctor that said: “I don’t think you ever had Lyme.”

*sigh*

Well, one way or another, one test or another, I can say that I have felt fine since I finished the antibiotics.  Whether or not he believes my rash, symptoms, or test results – I have recovered now.  I only hope that future patients of his are not disregarded in their time of need.

Back to my plants, back to my kitchen, back to my life.  Wishing you health and well-being!

Amber Shehan

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5 Comments

  1. […] The Final Chapter – Chapter 5:  Western Medicine […]

  2. Jeanie on December 21, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Hey from one pixie to another your story about Lyme disease touched me deeply. My father was mis diagnosed and never treated. I was the only one in our family who believed he had Lyme disease and not dementia, especially after his test came back negative. And the fact that he was tested two years after getting the bite, no one else believed me. My sister, whose husband is a doctor, took him under her care. She moved both my parents from their home and town where I was living to hers and there proceeded with the usual western medicine things for dementia. My father wound up in a nursing home and then passed away. My family has a hard time accepting my crazy witchy ways and alternative herbal medicine. So I’ve had to let go, no easy task, of stating my opinions to them. I eagerly read all your post on Lyme disease and was happy to see you recovered. I recently started reading all your blogs, and currently have 11 different gallons of mead and wines going in my closet, everything from chamomile to pomegranate. Thank you! You’ve been an inspiration and my muse!
    Jeanie, bee keeper, kombucha queen, aerobics instructor, substitute teacher

    • Amber Shehan on December 22, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      Jeanie! You just made me cry. 🙂

      I’m sorry about your father and the difficulty around his health declining. I don’t refuse all western medicine techniques, but I do wish that the majority of western medicine practitioners would loosen up a bit and consider more nutrition and herbal assistance as forms of healing, or at the very least, support of the techniques that they use!

      I’m glad that my kitchen putterings and blog mutterings are keeping you brewing tasty goodness and tending bees! Thank you for your kind words, and I hope that you have a truly happy midwinter and Happy Hollydaze!

  3. Jeanie on December 23, 2015 at 3:43 am

    Aw, didn’t mean to make you cry…. And I also do not refuse all western medicine either, after all I’ve had a few close calls, trachea infection as a baby, car accident as a teen, and several years ago appendix burst! So goodness without those doctors I never would have made it. But it would be nice if they and other people as well looked at the whole picture, nutrition, and herbs as well. I was pleasantly surprised when I gave birth to two of my children in Germany and the doctors supplied fennel and chamomile tea for nursing mothers in the hospital! So there are practitioners out there who believe in the magic of plants. We just need more of them! Keep doing what you do, I find your blogs and articles fascinating and informative and have told several friends about your site. My sister can’t wait to make your cranberry cordial. I’ve got a batch started right now. Have a wonderful holiday, warmest wishes,
    Jeanie ?

    • Amber Shehan on December 23, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      Happy holidays to you and your loved ones, Jeanie! 😀

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