Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Best Laid Plans

Yesterday I wrote about making an effort to rest and recover...yeah, well, things didn't actually go as I planned yesterday!

Our a/c compressor blew and shorted out the power to most of our house at about 5 pm - at the hottest time of day (it was over 90 here yesterday). So, we spent hours scrambling around, trying to get the power back on, calling the a/c repairman and an electrician, in the midst of getting dinner on the table. Fortunately, the oven, stove, and fridge were among the few circuits still operating, but I really regretted choosing a dinner that required a 500 degree oven! (I started it before the power went out).

Well, we finally got the power back on, but the a/c won't be replaced until next week. By evening last night, I was wiped out from the stress and all the extra time on my feet!

I saw my Lyme specialist in NJ today. He's still very optimistic that I can get rid of Lyme completely, since my symptoms cleared - 3 times! - with antibiotics. He just thinks I need to stay on longer. The general rule of thumb is to stay on abx for 4-6 weeks after all symptoms have disappeared, but he thinks for me, it will have to be 2-3 months. At this point, that probably means at least another 4-5 months of antibiotics for me.

I was exhausted when I got back from NJ (took a nap in the cool basement when I got home!), but I actually sort of enjoy my trips up there. I know that sounds strange, and it is tiring for me, but there's something about road trips that I find really relaxing. I supply the car with a great audio book, snacks, my water bottle, and V-8 (for the sodium), and once I'm on the road, I don't have to worry about anything else. The drive up the Jersey Turnpike is pretty easy in the middle of the day - just set the cruise control and go - and there are no other pressures to worry about, nothing else I could or should be doing, so I can just relax and enjoy my book.

So, all in all, not a bad day (though it's very hot in the house now!), and I'm pleased with the optimistic prognosis on my Lyme.

4 comments:

  1. It sounds like you can beat the lyme with a longer course of antibiotics. That's great news from your doctor.

    I hope you get the air conditioner fixed soon.

    Your trips to the LLMD do sound relaxing.

    Terri

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  2. This is such good news, Sue. Gives us all hope!!!
    Sorry to hear about your A/C....hope your heat wave is gone now and you can open windows and get a breeze!

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  3. Well, I think we all know about those "best laid plans" :) I'm so delighted to hear your positive prognosis ... try to rest up now.

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