|Tabby received a "sunshine basket" from my mom's church|
Today my stepdad took Tabby and I to his acupuncturist/chirpractor. This doctor is also a "functional medical doctor." At this point, I want Tabby to see a doctor that considers her whole body in trying to diagnose what might be wrong with her.
Our specific focus today though was for Tabby to get blood drawn to test for Lyme's disease. We talked to the doctor for awhile first as he gathered information about her. He was very interested that her health problems began shortly after her bout with pneumonia this past January.
We have a lot of ticks where we live. Some years we see more than others. This is one reason we like have free ranging chickens and guinea fowl - they love to eat ticks!
In my research as to what may be causing Tabby's pain and problems, I found that Lyme's disease is something that regular medical doctors don't talk a lot about. It is something that is not uncommon though so I don't understand why people with mystery issues aren't routinely tested for it.
When I google "teens and Lymes disease" many lists pop up. A Lyme pediatric specialist posted a symptom list online and I reviewed it with Tabby.
These are the symptoms she has had very frequently this past summer, and many are now almost constant:
- abdominal pain
- impaired concentration
- poor short-term memory
- inability to sustain attention
- being overwhelmed by schoolwork
- outbursts and mood swings
- joint pain
The symptoms she has sometimes:
- severe fatigue unrelieved by rest
- difficulty thinking and expressing thoughts
- noise and light sensitivity
If you want to see this doctor's entire list click here: https://www.lymedisease.org/lyme-basics/lyme-disease/children/ Note that fewer than 10% of children have the "bulls-eye" rash.
We should have Tabby's test results next Tuesday.
The doctor said that if she tests negative for Lyme's, then he would like to test her for "leaky gut" as there are many of the same symptoms.
Tabby is still in pain most of the time. BUT there is improvement! Last week I ordered a number of Plexus products that several other families have used to successfully treat Lyme's in themselves and/or their family members. (Plexus is also great for treating quite a number of other health issues.) My order came Friday afternoon and I started giving Tabby the stuff right away.
Saturday morning, when she woke up - the pain in her stomach and chest was GONE! For the first time in weeks. She was sore - but no sharp pain! She did complain about really bad joint pain though. The stomach/chest pain were still gone when she woke up Sunday morning. She was so happy as she got ready for church but then when she was eating breakfast, the terrible pain came back. The depression and pain were crushing and she had to go back to bed. STILL ... that was improvement!
Today her stomach and chest pain again went away for several hours! The joint pain remained. But again, it was improvement.
She's already exhibiting a number of detox signs since starting Plexus - joint pain could be from that. (Or Lymes of course, if she has that.)
We're new to the Plexus world, though I have read about it in the past few years. So I'm going to observe a bit more and then I will share about the products Tabby is taking and how things are going.
Thank you again, so much, for your prayers as we try to unravel this mystery so Tabby can get back to a normal life again.