As I continue my treatment, I've gained some company. Mikayla and I are in Detroit for six weeks while she undergoes i.v. antibiotic therapy for Lyme, as well. She began treatment on Tuesday and is settling in. She gets tired, too, so we've been napping together. In addition to a nurse's cap, I've added a teacher's cap as we try to stay as caught up as possible. Playing the oboe was a bit of a challenge with a sore arm, but we were creative problem solvers and devised a method that helped. We will know on Wednesday if Olivia will be joining us. I have started a website at www.caringbridge.org. The girls' website is named, "mikaylaandolivia". Sending our best.
Our little trooper did fantastic with her lymph node biopsy, yesterday. She was very excited to have the bump in her neck removed. It was often sore. The wonderful staff, the surgical ward's dvd player and the hospital's gift of a purple bear made the morning pass smoothly. She was slow to wake from anesthesia and they let her sleep so Mom and Dad were able to enjoy the inaugural events at noon and catch a few glimpses of Pete, to boot!
As the morning progressed, I began having flu-like issues so it was a long trip home, but as our little trooper said the night before when I asked her to put her coat on to go to the restroom so she wouldn't get sick, "Mommmmm, how can you GET sick if you're ALREADY sick."
I hope this finds everyone enjoying a wonderful New Year! The sun is shining for the first time in days and it is beautiful! My appointment with my opthamologist went very well. My corneas are clear! Another positive sign! I have added an antiviral component to my antibiotic treatment and true to form, I am feeling worse, as expected, and will continue to feel worse for several weeks before I begin to improve. Exhausted, with joint pain and headaches, comes close to summing it up, but the girls are in school, the house is quiet, and when I need to sleep, I do. Several vitamin supplements have been added to my healing regimen.
I'm gathering strength for round two. Lyme disease can be transmitted through the placenta during pregnancy, and it has. The light at the end of the tunnel? The joys of a healthy family. Enjoy life's blessings!
Pete Souza, has just been named the new White House photographer!!! Pete will be returning to the White House, having covered the second term of President Ronald Reagan. To read more, please visit http://nppa.org. We are so thrilled!!!! Congratulations, Pete!!!!!!