Month Two: Return to Dr. Jemsek’s for Next IV Test Dose

Return to Dr. Jemsek’s for Month Two Protocol

November 27, 2013

Here I am pictured with my angel Dr. Jemsek

Here I am pictured with my angel Dr. Jemsek

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Betsy and I returned to Dr. Jemsek’s on November 27th, the day before Thanksgiving, to have my next IV antibiotic test run and to learn what this month’s treatment regimen would be.

Dr. Jemsek explained that my last IV antibiotic, Merrem, is a broad antibiotic that targets the extra-cellular spaces allowing it to kill the corkscrew form of Lyme. He said that I will staying on Merrem but he will be adding a new one.

This month I will be getting IV Clindamycin, which gets inside the cell walls. He said it will help limit the spirochete form of Lyme, and that it sets the foundation for killing the coinfection Babesia. Both the Merrem and the Clindamycin will be dosed twice a day on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. They will each run for about an hour meaning I will be on the IVs for 4 hours a day. On the off days, I will be running a bag of Lactated Ringers to help flush out the dead Lyme bugs that the IV antibiotics will kill.

I will also be taking oral Septra DS, which is used for killing Bartonella but is also used as a base for the anti-malarials I will be taking this month to target Babesia. In addition, I will take the supplement Artemisinin and the prescription drug Mepron, which are anti-malarials that fight Babesia. They will also be dosed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

This is a heavy protocol in terms of time and in terms of the amount of medications I will be on. But I am fortunate to be living with a nurse who will be able to observe me and assess me throughout this month’s treatment.

I do not start this new treatment protocol until Monday, December 2, so I am grateful to be able to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family before the heavy hitters begin. May you have a very happy Thanksgiving celebrating the many blessings in your life and thanking the Lord who is the giver of all good things. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17

Do pray for me that I tolerate this new round of treatment well and that it kills the things that are needed so I can get well!

10 thoughts on “Month Two: Return to Dr. Jemsek’s for Next IV Test Dose

  1. Karen,

    I hope you are feeling better each day! I am sorry to hear that you contracted Lyme disease. I am sure with your strength that you will beat this.

    God Bless!

    Katie

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