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Shit Lymies Don’t Say

Hello Spoonies and “Happy” Awareness Month,

I’m sure you’ve seen all sorts of series entitled “Shit (Random Group of People) Say.” I even wrote a post called “Shit Doctors Say.” What about the things we don’t say? For example:

 Woman covered in supplement bottles

My apartment has a “supplement graveyard” of things that didn’t work and things I stopped using because my doctor wanted me to switch things up. Can anyone relate?

At least my disease is not controversial

This one is for everyone who found out they had Lyme disease, watched Under Our Skin or read Cure Unknown by Pamela Weintraub, and thought, “Seriously? ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!”  Some other Lyme book recommendations: Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change by Mary Beth Pfeiffer and Bitten by Kris Newby. (I’m still near the beginning of both—thanks, brain fog.)

Woman suggest that we kick off our shoes and dance barefoot in the grass

If I only walk on concrete for the rest of my life, I’ll be happy. Ticks don’t jump—they hang out on blades of grass with their legs outstretched, waiting to attach themselves to the next unlucky passerby. Make sure you coat your shoes with your repellent of choice, because ticks like to crawl onto your feet, shimmy up your legs, and find a warm spot to sink their teeth into (often the groin or armpit). After they attach, the ticks begin feeding on your blood and transmitting the infections they carry. Lovely, right?

Remove attached ticks with straight tweezers, following these instructions. Send the ticks to a lab, so you know what they’re infected with  (besides Lyme, ticks can transmit multiple coinfections and viruses).  Lyme Warrior has a list of labs.

Women discussed being on a high gluten diet

This one needs no explanation. Ah, lovely gluteny memories…

I’m having some hand-and-neck issues so I’m not sure when “Shit Lymies Don’t Say, Part Two” is going to be finished. Please send healing thoughts to my neck—it’s unhappy. ☹️

Wishing everyone a low-symptoms day and a good rest of the month.

Spoonfully, 🥄


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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. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and I have two short cartoon videos on YouTube. Twitter and Instagram: @miss_diagnoses Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube: @MissDiagnoses

7 thoughts on “Shit Lymies Don’t Say

  1. Hi Vicki. I hope your neck gets better soon. Healing vibes to ya. I was just reminding hubby yesterday about the importance of longer boots. In Canada ticks tend to stay in the bush so people report them after hikes Buti do wonder if that’s because no one checks after walking on the lawn?

    But we also have great bug pants from The Original Bug shirt Canadian company. You can’t get bitten by mosquitoes and black flies due to how tightly woven it’s made. I wouldn’t feel secure not having those around here. We still inspect for ticks when we come back. But thanks to your reminder I’ll also remember to do it right at the entrance of the door.
    You take care my dear.

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    1. Oh cool, so it is the weave that keeps them out? I have to get some of those… I was worried about the clothes treated with chemicals and whether I would be allergic. That’s a good point about people not checking after walking on the lawn. I don’t know about Canada, but in certain parts of New York state, you can easily get ticks walking across the lawn. Gardening too. 😦


  2. With all the stuff I’ve been going through lately, I needed the humor. Thank you for this!

    For me, the highlight was the “controversial”. I swear, that’s what makes my life with this incredibly hard. People understand when you say you have cancer. But when you say you have Lyme Disease? Not so much.

    Thank you for this!

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    1. You’re back! There’s a cartoon in the “Fifty Shades of Brain Fog, Part Three” post that was inspired by you, but then I couldn’t find you to link to your site! Sorry you are going through a lot of stuff! Lymie hugs! 💚💚💚💚💚


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