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#TBYHDC Speaker Sharon Rainey On Healing From Emotional Trauma Through Love

Posted on Oct 17 How did you originally connect with Robin and the Take Back Your Health Conference? Robin was introduced to me when she was still in high school and just starting this journey. She had made the connection to healing from Rheumatoid Arthritis and food, and she wanted to share her experience, strength and hope with me. She led me to healthy eating. She also showed me great compassion. I was in the roller coaster part of the healing, a lot of ups and downs. One afternoon, Robin brought me an entire meal she made herself. And it was amazing. It was such an act of love to me. Not only did the food help me heal, but her love and compassion were strong healing agents as well. What will you be sharing about at the upcoming Take Back Your Health Conference? I will be sharing about the importance of healing the emotional and spiritual wounds that we hold from traumas in our life. Our doctors can only do so much, and they focus on the physical part of healing....


When the Attitude and Fortitude Just Aren’t There

Posted on Oct 4

I’ve had an ear infection for almost a week now. If you have had one, you understand the pain. Today, I feel drained, exhausted, sore, and bummed. I’m sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I return to the ENT physician tomorrow for a re-check. But this experience is a good reminder to me of the importance of “full participation in the healing process.” It’s not just what the doctor prescribes us that will heal us. We, as patients, have to do our part as well. That includes the obvious – follow doctor’s orders – REST – Don’t do anything you think your doctor (or family) might not consider good for healing – Eat healthy foods – Laugh for at least 30 minutes each day And what I consider to be most important . . . . find a best part of your day. Now, like I said, not all days are good days. Some days are just not good days. But even as my Dad was dying in the hospital, I found a best part of each...


How an Ear Infection is Like Chronic Illness

Posted on Oct 3

This past weekend, I was planning to take a girlfriend to our cabin for a weekend of wildness: you know, going braless, reading, writing, and doing needlepoint. I figured if we really got restless, we could roast marshmallows in the fire pit and take the dogs for a long stroll. Friday morning, my car was completely packed, ready to go. Except, my ear had kept me up the previous two nights with pain. I was on antibiotics for an ear infection. My LLMD saw it on Wednesday, prescribed the meds, told me if I didn’t feel better Thursday, to call in for another scrip, which I did. At 5 am Friday, I was in tears. Then, my eardrum ruptured, which usually actually feels better because the pressure is released. I felt better for about two hours and then the pain returned. I was determined to get away from the weekend. So I went to a local “doc in a box”. He took a look, even gave me a photo of the inside of my ear. He suggested we clean...


When It’s Time to Take a Break from Treatment

Posted on Sep 12

This past week marked my seventh anniversary of seeing Dr. Mozayeni: September 9, 2009 (9/9/09). Some of you may be thinking, “wow, 7 years. That’s a long time to be in treatment. Isn’t she getting better?” Yes, I am. It is important to note here that I was sick for 29 years before getting an accurate diagnosis. Treatment is not going to be a short-term easy fix. I sent him a quick note saying, “My first appointment with you was seven years ago today. Thank you.” He replied, “ Amazing how time flies. Thanks for your trust. We’ve been through a lot. And we have more to do.” I replied, “Honestly, I was thinking of going a six month hiatus, physically and emotionally. Grateful for the safe place to do this work, but I’m tired.” And without missing a beat, he suggested, “ You could come in every three months and focus for now on . . . “ I’m showing you this interaction for a few reasons: 1. It’s important to say THANK YOU to your LLMD. 2....


Dad’s Autopsy

Posted on Sep 6

Appropriate, Clear, Normal, Unremarkable, Usual Appear too many times, Used in circumstances I consider unimaginable and unacceptable. Too many measurements and percentages Objective Absent of emotion. “Organs glisten” So does the morning dew, But I cannot associate the two Listed Causes of Death Sepsis and Luminal Thrombus Relieve my guilt, certifying we did all we could But do not soften the searing intensity of my grief It confirms what we thought It denies what we feared It details the physical condition a man left this dimension in to proceed to another. It is void of spirit and emotion. An autopsy provides data for information and analysis. My friend who advised me against reading the document, Reading it himself and Translating only the necessary information, Is as good a friend as he is a physician. He knows I need spirit and emotion to describe my father. He knows there is more to any person’s life (and death) than data. An autopsy does not measure Dad’s: – generosity – compassion – integrity – commitment – thoughtfulness – passion – determination –...


This Man – Series of Poems

Posted on Aug 6

This Man Brings me hot tea with honey and milk Soothing my worries before bed. Takes my face in his hands Reassures me of his unending love for me, for us. Kisses me gently as a seal of his promise he has kept for more than a quarter century. This man Massages my restless legs Lulling my mind to dreamland Covers my bare shoulders with our shared blanket. In moments of desperation and exasperation This Man Asks if maybe I need the meds again. Maybe I need to . . . . Speechless we are both. Tears speak more voluminously than any word. And Then This Man Takes me into his arms and Holds me, holding my grief with me. ### This Man Says, “Let’s take a ride” Three days of rain colored me as grey as the sky capping our valley. We drive the valley, Capturing photos of the Moments we relish each time we sit on the porch. This Man Stops every time I say Stop, even when it is ten feet at a time. Points out...