I was going to share with you this amazing recipe for Root Beer Float Rice Krispy Treats but I miscounted the tablespoons of butter and you have to use a spoon to eat them! Oops! Who knew that 1 extra tablespoon of butter could create such a mess! So I will save that recipe for another time when I can actually get a picture of an amazingly thick and sticky treat that doesn’t fall apart like this:
So I want to share a little bit more about my appointment on Tuesday~If you remember I said I was fearful that the Lyme’s wouldn’t be the cause of all my blood pressure issues since I was a small child. Well, sadly I found out that it might not be the cause of it all these years. My heart sank and I didn’t want to believe it or think about it but the more thinking I have done these last few days the more I think it hasn’t been that causing the blood pressure issues or at least not when I was younger. When Dr Moore mentioned how anemic I was I told him I had been since my blood transfusion the day Emma was born and it was almost like a light bulb went off. There is no way to know but he is now wondering if I got the Lyme from the transfusion. All my questions about why I hadn’t become sicker before now if I’ve had Lyme my body for 30+ years now make sense but then there is that fear of why my blood pressure has always been high. However, looking back over my last 15 years all signs point me to thinking that is how I contracted it. When Emma was 7 months old I had gained 20 pounds in 1 month, my hair started falling out like crazy again and I had many symptoms that pointed me towards thyroid issues. After getting tested and everything coming back normal I just chalked it up to stress of a baby that wasn’t sleeping well, me finishing up nursing school and then learning we were pregnant with Elle. Odd but different issues would pop up every now and again for the next 14 years and my blood pressure slowly climbing from normal the second I gave birth to Emma to it being out of control and so high I should be having a stroke since last summer. Who knows, the Lyme could be the reason for all my blood pressure issues these last couple of years and I pray that they are, so for the time being I’m thinking positive that once the Lyme is under control my blood pressure will also go back to normal.
I was curious and researched what the American Red Cross all checks for with donated blood~according to their website they check every donation for Chagas disease, also known as T. cruzi, Hepatitis B and C, HIV types 1 and 2, Human T-Lymphotropic virus (HTLV-I/II), syphilis and West Nile Virus. Lyme isn’t mentioned and most likely wouldn’t have been tested back in January of 2001 when I received my transfusion. I can’t stress enough that I am so very thankful for that transfusion, without it I wouldn’t have probably made it another 24 hours but part of me wonders what it would take to get them to start testing for Lyme in the donated blood? Most insurance companies won’t pay for treating Lyme so I can only imagine the hardship and stress that this could one day put on a family. I am very thankful to have found Dr Moore and I am hopeful that I will be healed one day but I am saddened just thinking that we could be facing a wide spread epidemic of Lyme in the coming years. Between so many people not realizing they have it, either from a misdiagnosis, ignoring their symptoms or from donated blood, I’m wondering what part in fixing this I could be a part of? I will keep you all updated on it if I am able to figure anything out, but for today I feel like my brain is scrambled so I better sign off for now and sorry if this post has made no sense. Real quick though, it is day 3 of my detox supplements and so far other then an upset stomach last night I have felt great! I haven’t even craved any gluten or dairy which is a miracle in itself from God! Tomorrow I do have to increase one of them so we shall see how that goes.