After spending time with my nephew, I’ve been mulling over the question of whether I will ever have my own children. At some moments, I desperately want to. At other moments, I think I’d be okay if I never raised a child “from scratch.” I do know I want to be a parent, but I think there are many ways to do it besides biologically and adoption of a newborn. I parented once before, for a teenager for a few years. I don’t think I ever considered her “my child,” but I definitely served as one of her two primary parents during those years.
What makes me wonder is whether I’ll ever be physically able to carry a pregnancy to term and deliver a healthy baby, as well as whether I’ll ever have the stamina to raise an infant/toddler.
I looked up some info about Lyme disease and pregnancy a long time ago. I read about it in the book was “Coping with Lyme Disease” by Denise Lang. Unfortunately, I lent the book to someone and haven’t seen it since . What I remember is that for women who contract Lyme disease during their pregnancy, antibiotics are called for. In fact, most scientific/medical studies that I found articles about on the web said that the fetus tends to be safe if antibiotics are taken during pregnancy. (See here, here and here. And a compilation of articles here.)
The question of how the mother feels is a bit different. It seems that women with Lyme feel okay during their pregnancy but pretty horrible afterwards. Women who have Lyme and aren’t being treated with antibiotics can infect their babies, with the risk being highest shortly after the infection is contracted and the spirochetes are disseminating themselves. Babies who contract Lyme disease in vitro never develop antibodies to it and can have physical problems ranging from moderate to severe.
I haven’t found a good source that explains what women with chronic Lyme need to know. But I once met a pregnant woman with chronic Lyme who said she felt great between the pregnancy and the Bicillin shots, that it was a welcome relief from what she experienced before she got pregnant. I didn’t see her again after the baby was born, so I don’t know what happened.
Two other books I recommend that have sections on Lyme Disease and pregnancy are “Everything You Need to Know about Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Illnesses” by Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner and “Beating Lyme: Understanding and Treating This Complex and Often Misdiagnosed Disease” by Constance A. Bean and Lesley Ann Fein.
Babesia is also known to cause transplacental infections. Not sure about Bartonella.
So I think I’d have to be 100% convinced that these illnesses were gone before I would consider a having a biological child. Short of that, everything is up in the air.
It’s Lyme time. The last session was almost two weeks ago, so I think I need to forge ahead.
- Lyme, lower back, 5 minutes
- Babesia, liver, 10 minutes
- Candida, abdomen, 10 minutes; chest, 2 minutes.
I finished the homeopathic remedy, Mundipur today. It is also the last day I’m taking PleoSanuvis. For the rest of the week, I’ll only be taking Cordiak, the heart remedy, because I’m worried about my heart. I’m intentionally paring down because I’m seeing a homeopath next week about a constitutional remedy. (For an explanation, see Thoughts on Homeopathy.)
- homeopathic support
- lemon water
- skin brushing
- nap + additional rest
It was hot last night. For logistical reasons, I couldn’t sleep in the room with the air conditioning. Between the heat and my usual night sweats, I was swimming. I woke up wet multiple times. I changed my clothes and the towel I was sleeping on. My hair was soaked. The back of my legs (usually unaffected) were also soaked. I’d rather go swimming!
I remain tired. My chest still aches a bit, but not terribly. However, the strange heart beat has me planning to see my cardiologist as soon as he’s available. After so many years of this, I’m afraid my heart is damaged.
My joints and bones still hurt. And typing today is aggravating my hands, wrists and shoulders much faster than yesterday.
I’m having shooting pains in my forearms and hands and some tingling in my feet. My nerves are not happy. These are all good reasons to coil for Lyme tonight.