Thanks for your welcoming comments at my last post. They are always much appreciated! I have a bad respiratory infection at the moment so I'm afraid the enthusiasm I had in my last post has vanished for now. I seem to be getting more and more infections lately. This is the third chest infection I've had in the last few months. I'm not feeling down or sorry for myself, just heavily weighed down with sickness right now. However, I'm going to give you a quick update as promised.
As most of you will know, I tested positive and was diagnosed with Lyme Disease a few months ago. It has taken until very recently to get the ball rolling in relation to a specialist and treatment. I have an appointment on September the 28 in Belgium to see a doctor. I will not be giving her name unless she says its ok after my consultation. I have had to have lots more tests done before I see her, which had to be sent to South Africa. Here is the list of tests she asked me to have:
The doctor's team specializes in Rickettsia and has very highly developed and specific way of testing for it. I also had to have to usual battery of tests done here and sent over.
I have come back positive on Mycoplasma , Chlamydia Pneumoniae , Rickettsia Mooseri and RickettsiaConori . The rest of them were negative. So there you go... As you can see I have put links to information on each of the above. It would appear that the same tick that gave me Lyme gave me Rickettsia. Although one of the Rickettsia is transmitted from a flea, so I was probably unlucky and got bitten twice. Both of the Rickettsia are of Asian origin confirming that it was indeed India where I was bitten. Which of course I've always known, as I had a very sudden onset over there.
I would heavily bet that these respiratory infections I keep getting are caused by either Mycoplasma or Chlamydia Pneumoniae, or both.
My heart tests didn't show up anything major. I have low blood pressure, and a slight sign of damage from an infection. There was one other thing that was abnormal, but I would have been born wit that and I may see some problems with it in the very distant future.
There you have it! Five years later and I'm finally finding out what the hell happened to me. I just wanted to update you on all of that for now. I'm going to concentrate on getting over this infection for now. My parents are bringing me to Spain for a small holiday in 9 days, so I REALLY hope I am feeling stronger for that. Then I arrive home on a saturday and fly to Belgium on the Monday. My Dad is coming with me, and obviously financing the trip. He will also hire a car so we don't have to worry about taxi's walking, etc.