My Lyme Story: Month Nine

Dr. Jemsek and I at my 9 month appointment

All smiles with Dr. Jemsek at my 9th month appointment

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update on my progress but I am excited to share some good news: my PICC line is out! Last Thursday, after completing my ninth month of IV antibiotic treatment I visited Dr. Jemsek. After examining me, he announced his confident diagnosis that the infection had been subdued enough to warrant the removal of the PICC line and the transition to oral antibiotics. Needless to say, I was ecstatic to hear those words!

The removal of the PICC line

The removal of the PICC line.

Even better, he told me the nurse could do it right there in the office. Initially I was terrified it would hurt but was relieved when the process turned out to be painless, although I could feel the line coming out. And the anticipation of washing my hair and taking a shower without a bulky cast protector was incredibly encouraging. Ah, life’s simple pleasures!

Best of all, a new phase of my journey would be unfolding.

Still, Dr. Jemsek was quick to remind me the oral antibiotics are required for another year to year-and-a-half because even though the infection has been severely weakened, it still needs treatment.
 
While I clearly see improvement, it is evident I am not yet out of the woods. I still experience some of my symptoms but not at the same intensity.
 
I wish I could tell you this journey is easy and quick, but unfortunately it is not. Anyone who endures can take heart that they’ve been blessed with incredible strength. Keep the faith and keep on fighting!

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