TIME TO FEEL BETTER ALREADY

I’ve been feeling cruddy for months. I’m exhausted.

Garry suggested that the cause of whatever this is might be the birds. There are a lot of diseases you can get by inhaling the dried feces of some wild birds, though poultry and other farmed birds are more typically the vectors.

Whatever this is, I am running a fever — today pretty high at 101. Antibiotics knock it down, but not out. I get one good week and a few days and then, it’s back. NO ONE else in the family is sick. Considering I’ve been doing most of the cooking — and Garry and I are notorious for passing things back and forth, he’s not sick either.

So whatever I’ve got, it doesn’t appear to be contagious. This eliminates a lot of otherwise potential illnesses. It’s not COVID. Not a cold. Not the flu. But something is going on and I’m tired of feeling like this. So Monday, I’ll call the doctor and we’ll talk about it. Maybe it’s time for a longer run of antibiotics. Or a trip to the infectious disease department.

I just want to feel better.



Categories: Anecdote

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  1. Hugs… Hope you’re feeling better quick! ๐Ÿ’ž

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    • Right now, my doctor seems to think it might be Lyme. I hope not but this is prime country for Lyme disease. It’s the cyclical nature of it that has him concerned. Frankly, I’m beginning to get worried too. Whatever it is, it’s not contagious because no one else living here has picked it up and getting bitten by a tick is not a rare event in New England. I’ve been bitten before, but they weren’t Lyme ticks. We have a lot more deer hanging around these days. I’m just hoping it’s something more easily controlled.

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      • Dan has had the Lyme bullseye several times… He’s like a tick magnet. I was bitten and had bullseye only once. Fortunately, we both got shots right afterwards. This is very serious business and I hope your dr. can get to the bottom of it and find a solution… โค You're in my thoughts and prayers, dear Marilyn… xo

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        • Thanks Bette. I’m not thrilled about it either because I have so many other problems — and this has been lurking since the summer, so it’s 4-months. Everyone is so worried about COVID that you have to take two or three tests before anyone stops to consider that maybe it ISN’T COVID.

          How I missed the tick bite I don’t know, but I’ve got a lot of itchy rashes of unknown origin, so if it was on a part of my body I can’t easily see, I would probably not have even paid attention to it.

          Antibiotics usually do the job, though it’s tougher when it has gone unrecognized for so long. I’m just hoping we can nail it and end it. I’m tired of being sick!

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  2. I’m sorry you’re still feeling off colour, Marilyn. My dad has also been feeling unwell for a few months and the doctors can’t seem to get to the cause of the problem. It is so frustrating.

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  3. Oh dear, it must be so wearisome to keep feeling that you’re better only to discover it’s returned and you feel rough again. I hope the doctor can get to the bottom of it.

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  4. I am seeing my doctor tomorrow, as I feel much like you do. I do have a lot of ongoing problems though, so good to check… wish you better soon, Marilyn…

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    • My doctor is thinking “Lyme” or some other tick disease. If you live in a tick area which is actually anywhere in the U.S. these days (it used to be mainly New England but has spread), ask the doctor about it. There are tests — not always accurate — but sometimes help.

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  5. I’m sorry to hear you’re going through this. Wishing you a speedy recovery and a good doctor to figure out what is causing it.

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  6. Doesn’t sound good Marilyn, I hope it gets figured out. Being sick is horrible.

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  7. Oh no, Marilyn. Iโ€™m so sorry. I hope SOMEONE can get to the root of what youโ€™re battling. ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

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  8. I do hope that the doctor can get to the bottom of it.

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  9. Would you consider not going around birds for awhile to see if this helps?

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    • I’m having Owen and Garry feed them for now. Garry wears gloves and a mask — NOT taking any chances. I can’t think of what else it could be. Most of those diseases are pretty mild for most people — and while this peaks and gets really bad for a day or two, then is goes away — and two weeks later? It’s back. Kind of weird.

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      • Remember the avian flu epidemic? “Bird flu viruses do not normally infect humans. However, sporadic human infections with bird flu viruses have occurred.”

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        • He said he doesn’t think it’s bird-related, but he is thinking possibly ticks. We are prime real estate for Lyme and other ticks. And trillions of mosquitoes.

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          • Oh no. Can they test for Lyme disease?

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            • Yes, but it isn’t a dependable test and when it has gone on for 4 months, it’s even less dependable and often doesn’t work at all. So they usually have to work from what you tell them. The most telling thing is how it runs in a 7 – 10 day cycle. I’m really sick for a day, pretty sick for a few more — then I have a few decent days until it comes around again. There aren’t many diseases that do that and many of them are unlikely to be picked up by me in New England. But we ARE tick central. Ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas are EVERYWHERE and because we’re in a river valley, there’s also water everywhere so they breed like mad. They used to spray, but because they were killing not only the insects but also the birds, they stopped. I’m SO careful to avoid the brush in the woods, but you can’t avoid it entirely. And the dog brings things in too. Oh well. I just hope they can figure out how to treat it.

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  10. I hope you get what you want and start to feel better.

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  11. I hope you get some answers soon, Marilyn!

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  12. I’m sorry to hear this, perhaps something in your autoimmune system is off? hopefully you can find an answer very soon

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