I recently have been diagnosed with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichia , Bartonella, Babesia, Typhus and Lyme Disease.
I am not writing this to get sympathy, not even a little bit.
I am actually relieved, grateful these diseases were caught and didn’t go on left untreated.
How the hell does someone get 6 tickbourne diseases?
Well, the only reason I had the super expensive test run,
which is not covered by insurance (and the reason MANY people go left untreated)
is because my mom was recently diagnosed with Bartonella,
one of the infections, and it showed evidence that she had it for many many years, pre-me.
With that being said, the probability was high that she would have passed it along to me, her spawn.
So that accounts for one. The most recent of the active infections is within the last two years.
Otherwise, I distinctly remember two ticks. One when I was about 9ish, one when I was about 11.
So some combo of those had a hell of a punch.
Why am I telling you this?
Honestly, I would feel negligent if I didn’t. Many “psychiatric” symptoms have been
known to manifest out of some of these diseases after prolonged time.
I am not saying that there is a direct correlation between the fact that I have dealt with
depression and trichotillomania since I was about 12ish, but I can’t rule it out at this point.
I feel like it’s worth investigating.
I want to be very clear, I do not think that everyone with depression and or trichotillomania
has Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichia , Bartonella, Babesia, Typhus and Lyme Disease.
I also don’t think that everyone or anyone with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichia , Bartonella, Babesia,
Typhus and Lyme Disease has depression and or trichotillomania. I’m not entirely sold that treatment for
these diseases will cure me of depression or trichotillomania, but it will be very interesting to see if
there is any impact on what feels like life long illness. Because, apparently, as I recently discovered, it has been.
I also wanted to write this to explain my radio silence.
Treatment has been HELLA hard.
And I apologize for not being anywhere near as active for you dolls as I want or should be.
But, I’m back. And you’re beautiful.
So my question to all of you: What do you think, could there be a correlation for some?