Hi my name is Özlem. I am 32 years old. I am married with 3 children. And I have Lyme disease.
I did not know what Lyme disease was up until January of 2013. Although it turns out I’ve had it for 9 years. I was bit by a tick during a trip to Tennessee. I was only dating my husband back then. We both remember the specific moment I was bit. During our one week stay there, I’ve had many symptoms. I had no idea such disease existed. We actually thought I was pregnant and even took a test. When the result was negative, we figured maybe it was the weather change that made me sick. If I only knew, what I know now.
Over the years I accumulated what seemed to be unrelated problems. If you look at me from out side, you would not guess how much pain I am in everyday. Chronic pain became part of my life, and as one of my doctors had told me, at this point in my life, I might just need to accept this is it for me. The quality of my life was very low.
Based on a recommendation from a friend, I’ve made a visit to a health professional that specialized in Interstitial Cystitis (IC). This visit changed my life all around. Long story short I’ve found out, I have Lyme, Bartonella, Protozoal, HHV-6, issues with my neurotransmitters. Keep in mind I am still going through more testing. So far I take around 25 pills a dayand 40 drops of liquid meds. Soon this number is going to increase.
Ever since I’ve started all my lab works, I have felt very overwhelmed. I was reading my eyes out. Freaking out. I’ve found reading other Lyme victims’s blogs (as I call them lymeys) gave me a sense of comfort. I had the sudden urge to puke words. I started to write on my phone every time I felt this heavy nausea of words. Soon after, I realized I wanted to share with everybody, how I feel. So, I’ve decided to start this blog. I hope this helps friends and family realize what I am going through and also raise some awareness towards Lyme disease.
Please read my blog and share my story so people understand how dangerous this disease can be. Remember every year there are 5 times more people that contracts Lyme disease than HIV/AIDS.
Merhaba benim adim Özlem. 32 yasindayim. evli ve 3 cocuk annesiyim. Ve Lyme hastaligim var.
Ocak 2013’e kadar Lyme hastaliginin ne oldugunu bile bilmiyordum. Megersem 9 yildir hastaymisim. Tennessee’ye gittigim bir yolculukta kene tarafindan isirildim. Esim o zaman sadece erkek arkadasimdi. Isirildigim ani ikimizde cok iyi hatirliyoruz. Kaldigimiz bir hafta boyunca bircok semptomlarim olmustu. Boyle bir hastaligin var oldugundan haberim yoktu. Hamile oldugumu dusunup test bile aldik. Test sonucu negatif olunca hava degisikliginden hasta oldugmu dusunduk. Eger suanki bilgilerim o zaman olsaydi, yasamim cok farkli olurdu.
Yillar ilerledikce birbirinden alakasiz bircok sorunum orataya cikti. Bana disardan baksan, hergun ne kadar aci cektigimi bile bilmezsin. Kronik agrilarim gunluk hayatimini bir parcasi haline geldi. Hatta doktorlarimdan biri hayatinin boyle kalicagini kabul etmen gerekiyor dedi. Hayat kalitem cok dusuktu.
Bir arkadasimin tavsiyesiyle, İnterstisyel sistit uzmani olan bir saglik profesyoneline gorunmeye gittim. Bu ziyaret benim hayatimi tamamiyle degistirdi. Uzun lafin kisasi Lyme, Bartonella, Protozoal, HHV-6, neurotransmitterlerimin problemli oldugunu ogrendim. Bu arada hala bir cok test devam ediyor. Suan gunde yaklasik 25 hap ve 40 damla sivi ilac iciyorum. Yakinda bu rakam yukselicek.
Butun bu testlere basladigimdan berik asiri bunaldim. Surekli arastirip okuyor ve cildiriyordum. Diger Lymey hastalarinin bloglarini okumam beni rahatlamaya basladi. Birden bire kelimeri kusma hissim basladi. Her bu yazma bulantisi basladiginda telefonuma yazmaya basladim. Kisa sure sonra nasil hissettigimi herkezle paylasmak istedigimi farkettim. Yani bu bloga baslamaya karar verdim. Umarim bu blog aile ve arkadaslarima nasil hissettigimi anlamalarina yardimci olur ve Lyme hastaligi konusundada bir bilgilendirme olayi baslamis olur.
Lutfen blogumu okuyup paylasin. Boylecekler insanlar u hastaligin ne kadar tehlikeli bir hastalik oldugunu ogrensinler. Unutmayin her yil AIDS hastaliginin 5 kati sayisinda insan Lyme hastaligi kapiyor.