My Lyme PSA

I haven’t been as “out” about my Lyme Diagnosis as I was when I was diagnosed with Infertility. I think I’m just tired of announcing to the world that I am a chronically ill person and then having to explain another misunderstood diagnosis to someone who’s going to ask stupid questions.

I realize that this is an incredibly selfish attitude to have – but I’m tired. Tired of being a patient advocate. I’ve been doing this in one way or another for over 5 years and I just don’t have it in me anymore.

Here’s a good example of why I don’t tell people I have Lyme. Because every stinking person I’ve told has made the same comment when they hear about antibiotic treatment. Each person says “oh, I hope you are taking good probiotics!”
I’m soooooooooo glad everyone is so damn concerned about the state of my digestive system.
I’m a pretty uptight person when it comes to bathroom habits so this is doubly irritating for me.

So here is my PSA – if you meet someone with Lyme – don’t fucking ask about their probiotic use. I can assure you it’s being addressed by the physician that is prescribing mega doses of medications.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. KeAnne
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 18:15:55

    Ugh. Sounds like something my MIL would suggest. Is asking about probiotics the equivalent of “just relax”? I thought of you over the weekend when I read the article in Time about controlling animal populations, especially deer because of their Lyme disease risk. Durham has enacted a bow hunting law withing the city limits to help control the deer population. I hope you feel better soon and I’m so sorry you have to go through this 😦

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  2. Rebecca
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 17:38:22

    I had the same thought as KeAnne — it’s like “just relax.” Ugh. How annoying.

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  3. someday-soon
    Dec 05, 2013 @ 19:19:01

    I’m sorry Mic! From one irritating health issue to the next it seems that people still don’t know how to shut up {{{HUGS}}}

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