The Lyme Spot is about having Lyme: living with it, putting up with it, embracing it, damning it, figuring it out, not figuring it out, but most of's about community. I will be sharing my experience, my feelings, and all the things I know that help me get through my days and keep me feeling positive, or at the very least keep me alive! But please, also come here to share your experiences, feelings and all the things you know. Together, we can get through anything...

Broccolini with Roasted Garlic Sauce and Toasted Almonds

This is a delicious Lyme friendly meal. Extracting the roasted garlic is a little involved so I like to set myself up in front of a movie and extract away!

Wait, Who Speed-Walked 4 Blocks? Yeah That's Right....I Did.

So, it is finally truly cold out. Winter arrived this night with the nip in his fingers and he turned my dear little toes pink.

I'm in a little bit of a situation here. I have only one outfit I can wear. Due to severe MCS, I have an amazing amount of trouble finding clothing I can wear. What does that mean? That means, most clothing makes me feel as if I'm about to pass out. I won't go into the slew of reactions my body goes through that causes me to feel that way, just imagine that you have a headache that borders on a migraine and you constantly feel as if you're going to pass out. If I don't buy the right clothing, this is how I feel when I get dressed. Then, when I remove the clothing, I no longer feel this way. I have a chronic illness, so of course, I can't say that I feel fine when I'm naked, I don't, but I certainly don't feel this way. Now, when I find the right clothing, it usually bothers me some at first because all clothing gets doused in some chemicals, but that wears off and then I feel as well with that outfit on as I do naked. Problem solved, yes? No.

Images of Heart

This slide show was made by a new friend of mine who I met through the 29 Day Giving Challenge . It's full of such loving messages and felt uplifting to my heart so I wanted to share it. Feel free to pass it on!

You all are loved.

Find more images like this on 29-Day Giving Challenge

Adi's Turmeric Log

This post will be my Turmeric Log, where I will document my experiences using Turmeric as a painkiller. I will just continue to update it as I go.

November 19, 2010

5:30pm - I purchased turmeric root powder in bulk. I added about 1/8 of a teaspoon to my noodles. It numbed my tongue a tiny bit and that lasted for about 5 minutes after I finished eating. From just that little bit, I feel a sense of well-being. My body feels happier.

Turmeric Instead of Ibuprofen or Prescribed Pain Meds?

Recently I realized I might be making a rather wide presumption in my unconscious assumption that all people who suffer from Lyme take as many pain killers as I do. I posted that I take 10 ibuprofen at a time, that less does not help, and that sometimes I have to take that amount more than once a day. I got very eye opening responses.

Wellness Blast! A Health Drink

A few years ago I used to drink this every morning! It was introduced to me by a friend that worked at my favorite cafe. She was kind enough to notice I was quite unwell and made me this! I was fighting a reoccurring damp, wet cold and it was like an oasis of warmth and healing. At the time, we called it the 'sick drink', because she would make it for me when I was sick. I changed the name because 'sick drink' could sound like something that makes you sick and who wants to drink that?

I named it the Wellness Blast because that's how it feels to drink it. It feels like a blast of wellness. After becoming homeless for a stint due to indoor allergies, I had no way to make this drink so I promptly forgot all about it, but recently I've been looking into alternatives to taking lots of ibuprofen for pain and I recalled this drink!

It is such a wonderful drink and I've gotten such great benefit out of it that I wanted to be sure to share it with you all in the Lyme community.


The 29 Day Giving Challenge

Today I found out about the 29 Day Giving Challenge. I immediately felt so good about doing the challenge that I decided to start it today! Why do I feel so good about doing it? Why am I starting it right away? Why am I posting it on my Lyme blog? I'll tell you...

How do I make it to the other side of this damn disease?

I don't know about you, but the above question is probably my most popular thought since I got too sick to work or leave the house very often. It's the place my mind goes when I feel isolated and therefore depressed and therefore generally unhappy and therefore purposeless and therefore...hopeless. The above thought has ultimately been a hopeless thought for me, not because it is inherently a hopeless thought, but because for the last two years I've been thinking it and coming up without an answer. Rather, I suppose it would be more accurate to say I've been coming up with only one answer and that is: I don't have an effing clue.

25 Reasons Why Being a Lyme Patient Automatically Makes You a Badass

1. While some people have a comic book collection or collect rare stamps, you collect infections, and happen to have more than a loaded petri dish. 
2. You take more than 55 pills in one day, and can swallow 6-10 at one time. 
3. When you fill out a "symptom survey" at the doctor's office, you begrudgingly check off 47 of the 60 symptoms listed. If you were being completely honest with yourself, you'd probably check off 52. 
4. You've opted to have a portacatheter surgically placed in your chest...while you were awake.