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Notes from the Road: Lyme Treatment

Hello everyone! My name is Aly Shwedo and I was recently welcomed to the More Than Lyme team by my close friend, Chloe! Every few months, I travel cross country to the Seattle area for Lyme treatment. Here are a few pieces of writings that I've compiled from my most recent trip that I was able to scribble down in between the chaos of appointments, IVs, one surgery, detox treatments, and more that encompass the roller coaster that is two weeks of nonstop Lyme treatment. 

January 16, 2016. 11:04 am. Somewhere above the United States. 

Waking up at 3:30am, leaving the house by 4, picking up a wheelchair from airport check-in, waiting in TSA security checkpoint lines, and sitting in a plane for six hours doesn't feel like my ideal way to spend a Saturday morning. I've had a lot of anxiety building up to this round of treatment. I'm also terrified of heights, but for some reason, today (after a debate with my boyfriend) I had to have the window seat. As soon as the plane was above the clouds, I was in awe. How could I be scared when I got to watch the sunrise from 10,000 feet above the earth? How could I be scared when I saw streetlights and cars in the darkness below, like Christmas lights that someone forgot to take down? How could I be scared when I saw the clouds kissing the air below me? And how could I be scared of the future of my treatment when I'm surrounded by such beauty on the way to the clinic?

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The Days That Followed

With every step I broke another layer of night, bringing with me the pink and purple hues of the day to come. 

That familiar feeling began to once again bubble up inside of me. Just as familiar as it was terrifying, so I did the only thing I knew how to do: push my feelings aside, clear my head, and find a way to distract myself from the reality of my jumbled brain. This distraction took the form of a twig, as I was immediately captivated by the snow covered twists of near perfection, wondering how in the world something so complex could make life seem so simple. 

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Loving Yourself

Hello again, world! Here I am, sitting on my red cushion in front of a roaring fire. Despite my health, I couldn't be more happy with how things are going. The stress of moving is now over, and we're finally settled into our new home.

I've been neglecting my blog recently. Not on purpose, but the prospect of writing has been difficult, as well as challenging. I'm back on tinidazole, a medication I was taking when my symptoms first started coming back in September, 2014. Basically it is designed to go into my brain and stop further growth of any bacterial infections, and in this case: the Lyme spirochete.

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