Health and happiness

Let’s begin here: thank you! So, so much.

Your delightful response to my big announcement last week was just what I had hoped for. Indeed, you seem as tickled as I feel about it! Honestly, it’s a dream come true and I can hardly wait to hold a copy in my hands come Winter Solstice time. Thank you for sharing in my joy.


In other news, here are some pictures that Lupine took of me in my new(ish) dress that I took far too long to sew considering how simple and intuitive the construction is. I kept wandering off and getting distracted, but now that it’s done I might never take it off.

The pattern is the lovely Dotty Angel’s frock pattern. I stitched in a few mods because I couldn’t help myself.

You can buy the pattern here if you’d like (afflink) and make one for yourself, too. Then we could be twins.

But alas, this post is not about the book or sewing or even the delight of wearing something still called a “frock” for three days straight. This post (unfortunately) is about Lyme disease.

Yes, again. 

I know. Right?


I was a little late to the tick-prevention protocol game this year (the one I outlined here), and foolishly ventured into to the woods one day early this spring without bug spray.

I knew better. Really I did. But sometimes life happens and we lose track of time and forget the things we should know better than forget. Lessons learned the hard way, again and again and again.

I ended up with a bite.

I removed the tick, took my herbs, and monitored for symptoms. I felt great though, and thought that perhaps I had dodged the bullet.

But then, a few weeks after the bite and quite out of the blue, I developed vertigo. I mentioned it on Instagram and some of you had some amazing and helpful suggestions (thank you!). I didn’t jump to Lyme as my first guess of what was going on, but got adjusted, and took some immune supporting herbs. My medical doctor suspected Lyme, however, so I reluctantly picked up a month-long supply of antibiotics.

I stalled on taking the first dose, hoping it was a dislodged crystal or an inner ear infection or a misaligned cervical vertebrae. But two weeks later I’m still too dizzy some days to walk straight or drive a car.

And the brain fog (and deep fatigue) happening here is real.

Other Lyme symptoms have begun cropping up as well, so yesterday morning, I held an antibiotic pill in my hand, thanked it for my healing, and swallowed that sucker down. It took me a week to give in and feel willing to head down this path, not having been convinced that it was truly Lyme or a Lyme co-infection, and wanting to extinguish my other options before willy-nilly obliterating my gut flora.

Is it Lyme? Maybe. The test isn’t accurate enough to bother with in my opinion (especially paying out of pocket). But the truth is, right now it feels right to go this route. To stop throwing the dice on whether or not it’s Lyme. Let’s try this, and see if it helps.


And with that, we begin.

With gratitude for having a Lyme Literate Medical Doctor; gratitude for knowing my body and knowing when something isn’t right; gratitude and for the miracle of antibiotics in our lives on the rare occasions when we truly need them; gratitude for a light at the end of this very dizzy tunnel.

In related news, it’s time to make some sauerkraut. Gallons of the stuff. Because my gut flora is going to need all the love it can get.

Here’s to healing, friends. Both mine and yours… whether physical, spiritual, emotional, or otherwise.

Here’s to the beauty and courage of healing–of every sort.

8 thoughts on “Health and happiness

  1. amanda says:

    Your humility and grace to accept the things we are all human natured to do (forget) is why you are so relatable. Healing wishes to you, and thankful you will be back to your best self in due time! My friends 5 year old daughters intestines began to shut down from lymes, thankful she finally received the treatment that was necessary for recovery.

  2. Natalie Lapish says:

    I made my own Dottie Angel frock last summer after putting it off FOREVER as well. Yours looks adorable.

    I also had to recently reluctantly take a dose of antibiotics after an oral surgery. Nice to have modern medicine when we need it!

    Healing wishes to you!

  3. Leslie says:

    5 of my 7 family members have had Lyme and only one of them presented with the classic bite, red ring, flu-like symptoms, so who knows but that your vertigo could be related to Lyme. Here’s to hoping that your it clears up with this course of treatment!

  4. Krissy says:

    What a beautiful frock, you are so so talented! Lyme, I am so wishing you healing and health. I’m not sure if you have ever heard of Igenex? I had a regular Western Blot this past year, it was negative (we used to live in Northern MN–like you so many ticks, they would crawl on the outside of our house literally every summer, we lived in a 20 acre red pine forest). It was recommended that I do the Igenex as it is more accurate. If you guys went with LHS, they do often pay for alternative stuff. I myself have not been able to pay for it yet, so I have waited. Hopeing to maybe be able to do it sometime this year. I just spoke with Igenex last week. They recommend the Immuno blots (#325 and #335) to start…apparently this covers any current or past infections in the testing. From what I have heard your doctor could submit a preauthorization to see if LHS would cover them. It may be worth it some day if your familly hits it AUA amount sometime? Feel free to email me directly with any questions. .
    or pricing:
    The immuno blot individual tests are listed on page 2 (they show as $225 each). Any lab test over $400 with LHS needs pre-authorization. Since these are separate tests and below the $400 maybe they would be covered without pre-authorization?? Worth checking with LHS.
    Interesting research areas to check out: Charlene Anderson family/ carnivore. She had lyme…I have been reading her stuff lately. I can not hardly eat anything myself.
    Take care!

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