June 11, 2006
When I blog infrequently, some of my friends ask, "are you super-busy with work?"
Sometimes the answer is "yes," but in the last few weeks, despite having plenty that needs to be done at work, the answer has been "no...."
For several weeks, I have been having trouble concentrating on anything substantial. I am incredibly tired, and my body feels like it is falling apart. Am I just getting old? Maybe I have been hit by a sudden bout of slothfulness, some kind of mid-life crisis of laziness?
Or maybe not. For weeks I have complained to my wife (a transplant surgeon) about fatigue, chills, muscle pain, cookie-sized rashes, and painful joints - symptoms which have been coming and going every few days, and all of which I had chalked up to thyroid problems and overzealous workouts.
But yesterday she suddenly hit on the realization that I probably have been living with Lyme disease. Symptoms started Memorial day; I was probably bitten by a deer tick a few weeks earlier when I spent all day outside starting a treehouse project. Don't remember any tick bite? Doesn't matter - those little bruise-like rashes are starting to show a bullseye pattern she calls "erythema migrans," and that is a dead giveaway.
Cavemen in a world of Overspecialization
So this Sunday morning, I am tagging along with Heidi at work. We are on the surgery floor at HUP that is populated by a gaggle of organ transplant residents.
It has been ages since my overspecialized wife has drawn a simple blood test. Can she still do it? After some sage words of advice from the junior members of the team who still remember how (and where to find the band-aids), she has done it, and my blood is on its way to the lab for an antibody test. Although she often tells me, "you need to see a real doctor," by which she means an internist, I think it is very nice to be married to a doctor of any kind.
The hospital pharmacy opens at 9AM. Maybe the antibiotics will bring me back to life. My swollen, arthritic fingers are crossed.
More information on Lyme is here. Looks like I have the "Early Disseminated Stage" symptoms.Posted by David at June 11, 2006 08:01 AM
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