Site hosted by Build your free website today!

Lori B's Story

Hello everyone. My name is Lori, & I want to start off by thanking those who have written of their experiences. What do I relate to everyone? Stay strong, active if you can, positive, and get plenty of rest. Stress, who needs it?!!! I had gotten flu symptoms in '93. One day I felt light headed, dizzy and drained.

I woke up the next morning, with my arms and hands curled at my chest, and my knees all bent up too, in a fetal position. I kept trying to focus on where I was because my room did not look familiar to me. I remember the pain and how much energy it took to straighten my arms and legs out. It took me that much longer to get out of bed.

I did this for almost a year, when one day I was driving, and I had no idea where I was going. I looked down and realized I had work clothes on, and remembered where I was going. I was not as lucky some other times. If I was off from work that day, I would have to pull over. Not only did I not remember where I was going (or for that matter, getting in the car), but I could not remember how to get home.

I would have to call someone to guide me back. I started to have terrible nightmares, and horrible panic attacks. Through all this the pain was incredible, until one day I just couldn't get up. I found a wonderful Dr. and he started treatment on me right away. I didn't know which was worse; the antibiotics or the Lyme. I was bedridden for four months. I received oral antibiotics, then intravenous abx through a PICC line, and then oral abx again.

I was also on another drug, because I suffered from sleep deprivation. Between the antibiotics and this drug I went from 122 lbs. to 194. I had no idea who I had become. But it has been almost 7 years and diet, exercise and staying away from processed foods(YUK)has helped. I have my bad days (sometimes a month), but I keep staying positive and I don't force myself. When I can walk 4 miles I do, when I can only make it to the corner, I do that too!

When I have a year of breathing freely, I rejoice in it. When I get asthma, which I have never had (before Lyme), or end up in the hospital with bronchitis and pneumonia, I make sure I keep it in check, and do everything to make myself better, not worse. I keep the good and great days with me until they come back, and they always do.

Words of Lori B.

The Lyme Disease Quilt Page

Please click on the mailbox to send me your comments

Lyme Quilt main page

Lyme Disease related links

Copyright ©1998-2001 The Lyme Disease Quilt Page