Friday, January 13, 2012

Officially official. How's that?

Well, I had my follow-up appt. with my LLMD today. All meds seem to be doing what they need to do. All systems seem to be going well. Well, most systems.

We looked over my Thyroid tests (3 of them) over the last 18 months, and she was happily surprised that mine is good. It actually is trending to lean toward the hyper- side, rather than the hypo- side. Most Lymies deal with the latter. Not me! Who knew?

So now we are going to spit in some tubes tomorrow... Of course, when I say "we," I mean "me." We are testing for adrenal issues now, via a saliva cortisol test. Four times tomorrow, I will fill a little tube with my spit. I know, you're just dying to be me tomorrow! Now that urge to chew tobacco can be somewhat squelched I guess by my impending experience. Wah-wah-waaaaaahhhhh.

Now, down to the "officially official" part... The day of all days. That would be today. For today, any voices in my head that whispered "Yeah, but it might not be Lyme..." can officially Shut. Up.

I got the results from my latest Lyme test. Yes, I tested again after 5 weeks of antibiotics. This usually always stirs up some more antibody action, and this time, it did.

My first "band" that came back positive was band 41. This can actually be a non-Lyme (Borrelia Burgdorferi) bacteria antibody. Basically, it can appear when we fight a whole array of things, especially any other pathogens with a flagella (tail).

Today's results speak to the scientific parts of my brain. Because today, band 23 came back "Equivocal." This is a word that means, "we see it there, it's just pretty light." Band 23 is only specific to Borrelia Burgdorferi, the "Lyme bacteria." 

The point here, is that if they see it, then it is there. It's not a mirage. It's there. So what if it's light? My first pregnancy test for my 3rd daughter came out barely visible, but that did not mean that I was possibly or partially pregnant. And certainly not not pregnant, as you can tell... I did mention her up there, didn't I? ;-)

So there we have it. It is officially official. Just in case those naysayers try to rain on my antibody band parade. The umbrella is sufficiently raised.

My name is Lauren and I am a Lymie.


  1. Lauren

    U have an awesome way of writing! I Love it! Keep doing what your doing, your spirit shines bright!

    Love ~Kristie Fellow Lymie

  2. Thanks Kristie! It's nice to have comments... To know that you're out there, reading my story. :)
    Lots of Lymie Love,