Skills I have gained as a Lymie

Skills I’ve Gained as a Lymie

I usually think about what I’ve lost from being chronically ill, which is pretty much everything. But it turns out I have also acquired many odd new talents.

Here are a few, in honor of Lyme Awareness Month, MCS Awareness Month, Allergy Awareness Month, ME Awareness Month, Celiac Disease Awareness Month, and other spoonie-type awareness months that unfortunately all take place in May (a bit exhausting, maybe?).

1)
In which I gulp down a waterfall of supplements

2)
Woman asks if I am pregnant but it is just candida

3)
Someone tells me I won't heal if I don't develop an attitude of gratitude

4)
Someone asks me what I do and I say I'm a supplement purchasing manager

4a)
I say I am an Infrastructure Restoration Specialist

5)
Anxiously warning friend about ticks

But the most important skill I gained was dealing with Lyme-related “alternative facts.” Lymies have been hearing alternative facts about our disease from the CDC and the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) since the late 20th century.

List of Lyme alternative facts with Kellyanne page 1

*Yes, I know Kellyanne Conway is not responsible for Lyme-related alternative facts, which are the fault of the CDC and IDSA. I did draw her as a Lyme spirochete, but she looks lovely in green, no?

Alternative Lyme facts part 2

Lyme alternative facts 3

Avoid Lyme Alternative Facts!

I was excited to be able to do a lot of illustrations for this post, and I’m hoping my arm holds out. I’m doing a non-steroidal treatment called prolotherapy that’s great for tendons and ligaments. It isn’t a cure, but it helps. If you want a fellow patient’s perspective, send me a message in my Contact/Disclaimer form. Eventually I’m going to blog about it, sometime after I get through my 30-odd draft posts.

Also, a few months back I participated in a contest to design Lyme Warrior string dolls. The dolls are made by Kamibashi Asian Art and part of the purchase price goes to LymeCares, a great charity that raises Lyme awareness among socially responsible businesses. LymeCares uses products these businesses donate to create lovely, therapeutic gift packages for Lyme patients in need.

I just got the female doll–it is very cute and tiny!

Lyme warrior string doll and my sketch

You can see the male doll (it has a tiny green hat!) and the dolls they have for other diseases here.

I wish everyone a happy pre-awareness month!

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Miss Diagnoses

Hi! I'm Vicki. My blog is called "Miss Diagnoses" because I have too many diagnoses and because my Lyme disease was misdiagnosed for many years. In addition to being a professional patient, I'm a compulsive reader and doodler. Sadly, my writing and drawing are limited by repetitive strain injury and neuropathy; I use assistive technology, but I can't post as often as I'd like. I'm also an allergic, chemically sensitive shopaholic, always on the hunt for less toxic beauty products. You can find me on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook. Twitter: @miss_diagnoses Pinterest and Facebook: @MissDiagnoses

9 thoughts on “Skills I’ve Gained as a Lymie

    1. Victoria, I just saw your interview on Twitter! Great interview! Anyone reading this, please check out Victoria’s blog lemonsnlyme@wordpress.com–she creates the most amazing healthy recipes. There is vegan stuff, there is AIP stuff, and there are all sorts of anti-inflammatory goodies. Also, she is very funny. 💚

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  1. Love this . 5 years of this disease and I’m trying so many different
    Therapies , however, I really believe there is no cure yet. Just hope it happens in the future. If I ha ea slight remission, it the. Comes back with a vengeance.
    Loving your humour as everyone asks me those questions.

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  2. I have fibro. My ND is investigating the connection to Lyme so I’ve been doing a lot of researching. Love your post and can relate, especially the one about supplements. 😏 😄. Keep your sense of humour, it does help.

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  3. Thank you for this post! My favorite part was the info graphics. I needed the laughs! I think my favorite one was the one where you were saying that you were the owner of such and such company. I like that excuse!

    Out of curiosity, when you say prolotherapy, is it prolozone your referring to? I’ve heard of prolozone.

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    1. Haha, thank you for commenting! I’m glad you liked it.I don’t think prolotherapy is the same as prolozone. Prolotherapy is really a treatment for tendon and ligament damage. A lot of doctors unfortunately do steroid injections for tendinitis–as you know these are so bad for us Lymies. Prolotherapy is natural and it strengthens the painful area instead of weakening it long-term as steroids do.

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