One Day at a Time

One Day at a Time

"Your mind knows you are going to Songdo. But you must not tell your body. It must think one hill, one valley, one day at a time. In that way, your spirit will not grow weary before you have even begun to walk. One day, one village. That is how you will go, my friend."
~ A Single Shard, Linda Sue Park

Today I had a phone consult with Dr. M, my Bartonella specialist. My latest blood smear from March was still positive for Bartonella--overall the smear is much cleaner than previous ones, but I haven’t completely eradicated the Bartonella. However my main infection to target now is Babesia.

Dr. M will continue to treat my Bartonella, but Dr. L will be taking charge of treating my Babesia. Dr. L is my hormone specialist, but he is very knowledgeable about Babesia and has been tirelessly developing a much better treatment protocol because his daughter (around my age) also has it.

How God works brings me to tears. I became Dr. L’s patient in 2019 because he took his daughter to Dr. M, and Dr. M subsequently referred me to Dr. L for my hormones. I’d never known about Dr. L if it weren’t for his daughter’s illness, and he took me when he wasn’t accepting new patients. Under his hormonal care, I have greatly improved. More recently Dr. L figured out that his daughter also has Babesia. I am again seeing God’s providence because Dr. L was the first to suspect that I have Babesia, and I am now improving on Babesia treatment.

My doctors would like me to start on a new Babesia med, but we are waiting until after May 8th. My oldest brother Alex is getting married that day, and I don’t want to miss the wedding! This treatment is going to be very intense, will make me worse before better, and will require a lot of monitoring.

So until after the wedding, the plan is to just continue my current antimicrobials. I’m in a bad herx right now (as those of you who read my last update know), but I am slowly improving after lowering the antibiotic dose on Friday. I’m still in bed most of the day, but I was able to spend a few hours outside visiting with my family on Easter. Hopefully, I’ll continue to improve, and then we can bump up the dose again. We’ll probably rotate between two weeks on the higher dose and two weeks on the lower dose for a while.

One day at a time. This is how I will journey.
Listen to One Day by Christa Wells on YouTube, a song that has been on repeat lately. 

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