Welcome to my blog! This is a place of information and hope for fellow Canadians who are suffering from Lyme disease. I want to share with you the knowledge I have gained during my fight with this debilitating, frightening, and misunderstood illness. I hope you will be blessed.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Another year down!

Wow, I let the summer go by without "celebrating" my Lyme anniversary.  How could I forget about that?  I started treatment on June 1, 2011.  It is now September 6, 2014.  According to my Lyme ticker on the left, I have been in treatment for 3 years, 3 months, and 5 days. 

I'm not really in active treatment right now.  Based on my symptoms, I really do feel that I'm in remission.  However, I do still take 100 mg of minocycline daily for "insurance".  I don't want to relapse AGAIN!  Even in remission, I've never felt 100%.  I hover around 85-90% most of the time in recent months.  But I'll take it!!!  I still get tired (could be from the minocycline), and I am stiff, sore, and achy (could be from some other meds I'm on), but once I get moving I'm OK.

So it was back to school for me a week ago, not as a student but as a teacher.  I've felt good enough to increase my workload a bit this year, so hopefully I won't have any regrets about that as the year progresses.  I do have to be more vigilant about doing everything I can to maintain my health:  eat well, sleep enough, and get exercise. 

Sadly, here is my report card for these this summer:




Eating well


Just too much summer indulging, eating out while on vacation, ice cream treats for the kids (and therefore me), visits to Starbucks, and the list goes on!

Sleeping enough


Well what can I say, it was my summer holidays.  Bonus marks here!



Did I mention that I hate exercise?

I think I've fallen into these bad habits because I'm quite thrilled to be a NORMAL person these days, and not a SICK person, you know?  But I do realize that moderation is the key, and I can still have my cake and eat it too if I plan more wisely and don't overindulge, as well as take the time to bake "legal" treats for myself that are low in sugar and carbs.  It can be done!

If you're trying to get well from Lyme, please DO NOT follow my awful example.  Give your body a fighting chance! 

Today is a new start!  I'm planning to follow a low-carb detox diet for the next 10 days to get myself prepped for losing weight in the coming months, and I'm planning to do some form of exercise every other day.  Perhaps I'll give you my next report card on January 1!

Here are some snapshots of things we enjoyed this summer.

Visited beautiful Niagara Falls

Spent an afternoon in picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake

Visited our Parliament Buildings in Ottawa

Got lost in Gatineau Park looking for Prime Minister W. L. Mackenzie King's summer cottage

Pretended to be a teacher in a one-room school house at the
Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa
Completely blew my diet with a bowl of poutine in Québec!
If you're reading this and don't know what poutine is, it is French fries with cheese curds smothered in gravy - a Québécois creation that can now be found on menus outside of Québec.
Said goodbye to a truly beautiful, historical city. 
So proud to be Canadian!