Posted on Apr 15, 2013 in Blog |

I had my blog posting already set up for today, but given the tragedy at yesterday’s Boston Marathon, I felt it important to acknowledge the event and to link it albeit in a thin way to Lyme disease.

My LLMD has noticed that most of his patients are highly empathic individuals.  We are FEELERS.  Our intuition is usually very good.  We get a “gut” feeling that often turns out to be correct about other people or situations.  This can often be very helpful when you don’t have much data to go on in a situation and you are trying to make a decision.  However, being highly empathic can also have its drawbacks.

In tragedies such as yesterday, highly empathic people tend to collect that trauma and tension into their own bodies and some will even personalize the experience even though they don’t know anyone personally.  That creates negative energy that does not help healing.  It keeps the patient focused on negative emotions, negative actions.

The tragedy is also a stressor.  While most healthy people can take the stressor and adjust to it, immune compromised patients cannot always do the same.  In fact, many of us can have the bacteria in our body for years, but it doesn’t manifest until a major stressor hits and the body can no longer battle the infection effectively.

My Bartonella and Babesia started to surface again after I shattered my foot.  I spent 7 weeks in bed with a cast elevated above my heart.  That event stressed my body long and hard enough that I could no longer fight the Bartonella and Babesia.  Shortly thereafter, my symptoms increased and worsened.

Most patients find their Lyme surfacing after a car accident, death of a family member of close friend, another medical health crisis.

The stressor doesn’t have to be a bad event either.  It can be planning and getting married, graduating from college, buying and moving into a house, going to college, birth of a child.

So what do I do to stay well during events such as this?

I don’t watch a lot of TV.  I don’t keep watching the video footage over and over.

I find some way that I can help, whether it is directly related to the tragedy or helping someone else.

I don’t go where there is a lot of police presence. I did, however, bring the local police station some cookies yesterday.

I make sure I get a lot of rest.  I don’t obsess over it; I don’t allow the negative energy to pervade my body.

Even in tragedy, I have to remember that my number one job is to heal.  If don’t heal, I can’t help anyone else heal.

My favorite quote from yesterday is from author Glennon Doyle Melton:  “When the world seems loud, we must be quiet. When the world seems evil, we must be good. When the world seems terrifying, we must comfort each other.  Sending quiet, good, and comfort to all of you, and to all of Boston.”