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seibertneurolyme
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The day started off with an ER visit. Hubby had a bad dystonia spell and his PCP sent him to the ER. We had a previously scheduled office appointment so I went there first. 50 mg of IM Benadryl unlocked his muscles so he could walk and talk again (had been "frozen" up for over 3 hours).

Got home and took another dose of oral benadryl. Ate supper. Did his IV flagyl from 10:30 - 11:30pm.

We skipped 1 dose of IV clindamycin and 1 dose of quinine as we thought he was having some kind of die - off reaction to the babesia meds. Also skipped the babesia herbs today.

Anyway -- after I unhooked the IV hubby had a shaking chill. Temp went from 99.1 to 105 in 15 minutes. Off to the local ER. Temp at the hospital was 105.7 They gave him tylenol and put a cooling blanket on him.

Transported by ambulance to the other ER (from the morning) -- it is in NC and about 30 minutes away. Temp went down from 103.1 when he left the local ER to 100.6 by the time he was admitted to the hospital. Had gone down to 99.1 by 4:00 a.m. when he got into his room.

Plan is to do IV Levaquin, IV Zostryn and IV Vancomycin tonight just in case he picked up some other bug.

Don't have the bloodwork from the local hospital yet -- but this morning his RBC, hematocrit and hemoglobin were normal. All had been low 3 days ago. If they have gone low again then my guess is that he had a major babesia die off triggered by the IV flagyl.

Yesterday when he did the flagyl he ran a temp of 100.5 for about 6 hours until I gave him some Aleve. Has been running fevers off and on ever since starting the flagyl 2 weeks ago. But never above 100.5 until today.

Headed back to the hospital now so I will be there when the doc makes rounds at 7:00 a.m.

Will update later today if possible.

Hubby is on day 8 of his 3rd 10 day cycle on quinine and clindamycin plus malarone and IV flagyl and a few herbs. Not sure yet what the plan is regarding any of those meds.

If this is really a babesia or some other red blood cell parasite die off then the WA1 titer and/or the Clongen bloodslide from last June are defintiely for real.

Bea Seibert

[ 03-29-2011, 10:51 PM: Message edited by: seibertneurolyme ]

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Prayers for both of you, Bea. Keep us posted.
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Prayers - hang in there
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Prayers for you, may your husband bounce back quickly
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He is in my prayers, Bea.
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Prayers for you both, Bea!

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Sending healing thoughts for both of you!

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Praying and thinking of you both.
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Vancomycin will certainely help him! Paying for both of you...
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Praying

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omg I am so sorry and praying for him....They need to stop the flagyl since it is causing him such horrible problems...There are other options I am sure...

Pray today brings relief

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Prayers, hugs and healing thoughts sent your way, Bea!

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? date of bite/no rash
10/09 symptoms, 4/10 diagnosed, after 6 mos. ER visits, tons of docs/tests
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Give him a hug from all of us, Bea.

Tell him we are thinking of him and hope he starts feeling better real soon.

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Praying for your husband and you as well. So sorry for all the suffering your good husband has endured. He's so blessed to have you as a helpmate.

I pray the Lord give the doctors wisdom and that He would give you grace and strength to continue to care for your husband as you do. I pray your husband get better real soon. Please keep us posted.

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Were blood cultures drawn? Could he be septic from the PICC line?

I hope all goes well.

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Bea,

Praying for your husband's recovery and for you both to feel the strength and hope that you need to get through all this.

[group hug] [group hug] [group hug] [group hug]

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good thoughts kitty....Bea, hoping for the best for Steve...take care of yourself too....
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Hang in there, prayers for you both.
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Sending prayers and hugs your way
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Praying for both of you. I am really sorry it is so hard on both of you. Remember we are all thinking about you.

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You and hubby have really been through it all....

I pray that you gain insight and knowledge that will guide you, and give you the key to the cause and treatment for your hubby.

My thoughts and prayers go out to you. You both have strength and determination, and the guts to tough this out. I admire you both, and know you will find the answer.

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Bea - I will be praying for both of you today. God will never leave his side although it may feel that way.

Does he have a PICC or a port? It sounds like it could be an infection in the PICC line. If so, that is serious stuff and needs to be removed ASAP.

What is his WBC?

Hugs

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Sending thoughts and prayers to you both.
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Dang it! If it isn't one thing it is another! Bea, I have read your journey on here for a long time now and I feel like I kinda know you.

It will be okay, the Lord is with you both and I will ask Him that He will reveal Himself to you by thought, word, or deed...sometimes we need Him to throw us a crumb and I am asking Him to give you the whole cake!

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i am so sorry for what you are going through. er's terrify me so i know you must be exhausted also.

my thoughts are with you.

maybe letting up on treatment for awhile??

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quote:
Originally posted by kitty9309:
Were blood cultures drawn? Could he be septic from the PICC line?

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Wanted to make sure Bea didn't miss this.

Bea, I'm so sorry to hear that he is in the hospital. You two have been through so much. It's just unreal. Hang in there and know we love you both.
[group hug]

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Praying for you and hubby, Bea. That the Lord go before you and make a way.

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prayers Godspeed....

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Bea,
Prayers for you and hubby...this is so hard. You have been a pillar of strength..so sorry you and your husband are dealing with this.

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You never catch a break. I am so sorry and I'm hoping that he gets some kind of relief. Get rest, you've been through so much. Prayers

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I was wondering about sepsis too.

Sending prayers.

Hugs,

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Sending you prayers and wishes for peace and recovery.

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Bea, You have always had the upmost wisdom and strength for those of us suffering on this board. Know that your lymenet family is in you and hubby's corner and that we are pulling for you both.

Prayers and wishes for wellness.

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Bea, I echo LymeMomKelley. YOu are so wonderful and what a trooper! YOur husband is lucky to have you, that's all I can say. Yes indeed we will pray for you *both* and for strength, lushness of spirit from within, lots of inner reserve and all the hope and recovery in the world! Sending best wishes, CI ps please be heartened, we are thinking of you
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God bless you Bea and Steve. I feel so badly - you've been thru so much. Sending love!

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So sorry to hear this!

Healing thoughts and much love to you both.

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Prayers & healing thoughts to you & your husband, Bea... You have been a trouper dealing with all of this.

You should definitely have an honorary PhD...

Love & best wishes!

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Thanks so much for everyone who has responded. I got hubby settled for the night and came home to sleep. We both have a lot of confidence in his PCP who covers the ER and hospital where he is.

They did do blood cultures, but they obviously do not feel that is the problem as the hospital is using the PICC line.

When comparing the bloodwork from the various hospitals and outpatient labs it is so important to look at the numbers because they all use different reference ranges.

As far as hubby and I can tell he had a major die off of red blood cells and this caused an increase in his white count as well. The doc must be thinking the same thing as he discontinued all babesia meds for now (IV Flagyl, malarone and quinine).

Hubby is weak but doesn't really seem to have any major lasting cognitive issues due to the high fever. When his fever started to drop last night he was of course shivering but they had to keep the cooling blanket on him and wouldn't even let him put on his socks. They kept telling him he needed to get cooled down so he ended up entertaining the nurses by singing the country song "Stuck in Colder Weather".

And then he told them that a good samaritan (me) picked him up off the street and brought him to the ER. I left him in the car and ran into the ER to get a wheelchair and some help. Came back to find him flat on his back in the parking lot by the car. He said later that he was so hot he opened the door to get cool and fell out. He was so dizzy and vomiting on top of that it isn't surprising that he was slightly confused.

He is on IV Vancomycin 2 times per day, IV Levaquin 1 time per day, IV Zosyn (combo of pipercillin and tazobactam) 4 times per day and remains on the IV Clindamycin 2 times per day. He has some negative reactions to a couple of the meds -- but not too severe. Sweats and tremors and some dystonia and confusion. But the fevers seem to be pretty much gone. Temp at 8:00 p.m. was actually 97.8

On 3/21 outpatient labs -- WBC 6.0, RBC 4.38, Hemoglobin 13.9, Hematocrit 40.3, Platelets 224, Total Bilirubin 1.11

On 3/25 1st ER visit 12:18 a.m. -- WBC 7.7, RBC 4.82, Hemoglobin 15.4, Hematocrit 44.5, Platelets 191

On 3/25 2nd ER visit -- missing

On 3/26 Hospital 6:35 a.m. -- WBC 10.1 (Neutrophils at 83.8% and Eosinophils at 0 -- obviously overwhelmed), RBC 4.21, Hemoglobin 13.5, Hematocrit 38.5, Platelets 152, Sed Rate 10

Based on pure numbers the bloodwork doesn't really look that bad, but the drastic changes so quickly are classic babesia markers.

See the article below -- still one of the better ones I think.

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0515/p1969.html

Hubby ate really well today and had some dry heaves but no vomiting so that is encouraging.

Have no idea how long the doc plans to keep hubby in the hospital at this point. Will post more details again tomorrow.

Bea Seibert

[ 03-26-2011, 09:55 PM: Message edited by: seibertneurolyme ]

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Prayer coming your way, may Gog heal him quickly and get him home where he belongs !!!

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[group hug]

You and your hubby have been through so much. I so admire how you handle everything. Sending you prayers.

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Thank God. Things are looking up. You scared the heck out of us.

I still think if the fever returns to consider an infection in the line. I say that because the fever spiked so rapidly.

You are a rock Bea.

Thanks for keeping us posted.

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Bea,

Thank you for the update.

So thankful to hear that your hubby is doing better.

You are an incredible person and a shining example of what love and devotion is "in sickness and in health".

I will continue praying for you both.

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I hope he is better tomorrow. I wish he could get a blood transfusion while he is in the hospital. Thinking of you. . .

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Sounds like the hospital is being pretty open-minded about his aggressive treatment for Lyme and co-infections. Are they really being that good about it and they get it?

I hope he will be better soon! He is very lucky to have you!

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I just wanted to say I'm sorry you're both going through this again. [Frown] I wish him the best with his recovery. If this truly is a die-off reaction to Babesia, that is scary as hell. I never imagined it could get that bad. [Frown]
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Bea, I just saw this thread. I'm so glad that his fever came down, and that he is doing better. You two have gone through (and go through) so much!!

I pray that he continues to improve, and that this herx, if that's what it is, leaves him doing much better in the end.

You should have your honorary MD by now---make that LLMD. And you both deserve the Croix de Guerre (like a Purple Heart medal). Prayers and hugs for both of you.

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Many healing thoughts to you and hubby.

I hope you are having some time to rest yourself. What a scary experience!

Take good care - both of you!

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Bea I hope hubby doing better today. I also pray that a piece of this puzzle is answered. Too many scarey episodes for you both.

I know you want truth and detailed explanations. No bull from anyone.

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I remember reading somewhere that a fever that high would kill all these bugs! Let's hope!
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Sounds more like Septicemia to me, probably from the IV. Probably serratia marcescens and or staphylococcus epidermis. Levaquin or Bactrim (or both) would resolve these if that were the case. Both infections are "usually" sensitive to them.

If a line is in place long term, port, PICC etc, usually the infection will re-emerge unless the line is pulled. So, if the line hasn't been pulled and the same symptoms return, that's the likely cause. Antibiotics will not kill biofilm overgrowth on catheters, lines, etc.

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Sending good wishes to you both. [group hug]
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Hope your hubby is feeling much better soon. You both have been through so much, things have to turn around soon.
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Bea-

Hang in there.

What is hubby doing to balance flora w/ ALL those abx?

Is it possible he has an extremely bad fungal overgrowth?

He should be taking tons of probiotics along w/ fluconazole or some anti-fungal when he can as a preventative measure.

2nd what Mike says too....line could be the cause, it may not be visible but could very well be harboring some type of infection...

Although his opinion is skewed from his personal experience w/ IV lines and so is mine. I did have one line for over 9 months w/ zero issues though, so it can be used correctly and safely for a long period of time.

Whatever the cause, keep keeping on. You are a saint.

Don't forget adequate detox, heavy metals, parasites, and the like.

I know you know all of this but I am just tacking my brain.

I only progressed once I began to treat everything pretty much all at the same time (triple abx combos, anti-parasitics, anti-fungals, chelation, intense detox, and supportive supplements)

Best

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Hubby had a rather trying day today. Due to a slight mix-up in med orders his ativan got off his regular schedule. He has been having the "freezing-up" total body dystonia symptoms off and on since the first one on Friday (none in 3 months prior to that).

Had 2 of these bad spells today and each lasted for over an hour before the meds could be straightened out. The first dose of ativan to relax the dystonia made hubby extremely agitated -- never ever had that reaction before. Then he got weepy -- not normal for him either -- made me think of LymeTwister when that happened.

Next he decided to try a vicodin which seemed to trigger the 2nd spell.

In the end the doc put him on IV benadryl and IV ativan on a schedule which hopefully will prevent any more episodes.

No fever again today. The doc continued all the heavy duty IV antibiotics, but seems at a loss as to what to do going forward. He has no explanation for the high fever and doesn't really understand the dystonia either.

The doc originally was thinking meningitis, but hubby doesn't really have the symptoms for that. He does have headaches and dizzyness is worse than previously. Actually he stood up for a few minutes and got dizzy and threw up part of his lunch today.

The current PICC line has been in place for about 17 months. The prior one lasted for 24 months and we only replaced it because we were concerned about the age of the line. Hubby does both lumbrokinase and wobenzyme, but anything is possible as far as biofilm or line infection.

I am taking him probiotics from home (kept cold) and started him back on a few nutritional supplements today.

Hubby said he wished the docs could order some IV vitamin C or IV glutathione, but of course that won't happen in a hospital.

He says the IV vancomycin makes the back of his head feel better in the same way that the flagyl seemed to help. The levaquin makes his brain burn and the zosyn and clindamycin really don't seem to do much either good or bad.

I will be on the phone tomorrow trying to make some plans going forward.

I guess it was good hubby had his massage last Thursday so at least he was limbered up before all the crazy muscle spasms got out of control. But I can't help but wonder if the massage may have contributed in some way to his fever.

Had had 2 massages in the last month with no reactions, but he also had reflexology done this time. The lady seems really good -- said all his organ systems were working well except for a slight blockage in one kidney -- he has had a very small kidney stone for 3 years or so that just won't go away.

I printed out all of the messages and hubby enjoyed reading them. He even laughed over the comment about God sending him the whole cake and not just the crumbs.

This is Steve's new motto and the message he asked me to pass on to everyone.

He recently heard a sermon on the radio by the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Galax, Virginia. This is the title of that sermon.

"God's plan for your life is bigger than any of your problems."

Bea Seibert

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i just wanted send along my prayers. I also wanted you to know you can get iv glutathione ordered and shipped to you from infuserve america. It is pretty cheap and he has a picc so.ut would be super easy. just need rx from his doc.


Good luck

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Bea, it's good to get your update. I second (third, whatever) the thought that it was more than possible that it was/is septicemia from the line. With that high a fever and such sudden, severe sx?? What does his LLMD say about it?

I really doubt that the massage caused his fever (I've been an MT for decades). The dystonia, well who knows. But just the fever and whatever caused that, septicemia or other cause, could trigger the dystonia again.

But what else might have caused such a high fever? Has he had that before? I'm mighty suspicious of the line being infected.

I'm sure you know how to get the glutathione and vit. C IV. THe problem is no go in the hospital!

Sending you both lots of hugs and prayers and best wishes for a smooth recovery.

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Prayers being said for you and your hubby. I am so sorry you are both facing this scary and difficult challenge.

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bea-

what a strong woman you are! My prayers are with you and your husband.

Please remember to take care of yourself too. As a hospital chaplin, I see many care-givers that forget to take care of themselves too.

Not trying to be preachy...just want you to get the care you need too...enough sleep, healthy food and a good support group (like the folks her) go a long way.

peace be with you and your husband too.

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Bea,
Sending you both healing prayers and gentle hugs!

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So sorry you are both going through this. Sending prayers your way.
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My prayers from Sweden.

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You and your husband are in my thoughts.
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Bea,

You and your hubby have sure been through so much.

You are both very strong people...obviously the Lord is your Rock.

I agree, "God's plan for your life is bigger than any of your problems." AMEN!

Praying you both have a good night's rest and wake up with renewed strength and bright hope for the day and the future.

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Bea, you are strong. Hubby is stronger!! [Smile]

Still praying for both of you!

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Bea, my best to your Husband. This disease is terribel. Perhaps he has the KPU problem. Have you ever had him tested.

The weepy stuff we all get or anything overemotional is probably just that.

You should go back and watch Klinghardts presentation on Lyme and Autism. The video is on Plantethrive.com He says 80% have it through proof, but believes it's even higher then that.

I'm on the KPU Protocol. I also found out later this evening, the excessive use of Benadryl lowered my Histidine levels and also contributes to all of this. Amazing how Histamine works as a Neurotransmitter. In all of my research on Serotonin, Dopamine, Nor-epinephrine, I never realized how big a part this can play as well.

This is much more then Lyme, but the effects of Lyme on our bodies.

Please be careful with all those sedatives.

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Hubby released from the hospital today.

Both yesterday and today were very challenging symptom wise. No fevers -- but return of lots of old symptoms -- dry heaves, tremors, myoclonus, severe dystonia, bell's palsy, teeth chattering, seizure-like episodes etc etc. He actually had such a severe myoclonic jerk today that he jerked himself out of bed and ended up on the floor of the hospital room. I still can't believe that he did not jerk his PICC line out when that happened.

Obviously zofran and benadryl and probably topamax are all contra-indicated. Trying zanaflex starting tonight -- a new med for him. Will do routine bloodwork tomorrow and then evaluate treatment plan.

Plan to take 10 days off most babs treatment except for a few herbs and go from there.

Blood cultures showed no growth so the PCP is in agreement that hubby had some sort of herx reaction.

Will update more tomorrow.

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Just know you and your hubby are in my prayers. I just hate that he has to endure this.


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Please be careful with all those sedatives.

I agree.

Bea, do you suppose it's possible that he's become tolerant to his benzo dose and is having withdrawal even though he's still taking it? That can cause the myoclonic jerks, shaking and weepiness. It is hell on earth. There are just no other words for it.

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I'm sorry to hear how badly he is struggling Bea. Give him my best. All those days in the ER and no doctor can provide anymore insight? This is insane if his symptoms are that severe. What's wrong with these physicians for goodness sake?
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Oh, Bea...I'm so sorry to hear this. You are both in my prayers.
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quote:
Originally posted by Hambone:
Just know you and your hubby are in my prayers. I just hate that he has to endure this.


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Please be careful with all those sedatives.

I agree.

Bea, do you suppose it's possible that he's become tolerant to his benzo dose and is having withdrawal even though he's still taking it? That can cause the myoclonic jerks, shaking and weepiness. It is hell on earth. There are just no other words for it.

Not a bad idea....

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yeah, maybe the best i to stop or at least lower his dosage... if babs is causing his sx, it would be good to add some IV B12 and vit C...
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I don't know how you do it Bea....and your husband is such a trooper...

I pray that you will be guided to all the answers to heal your hubby.

(I never hear you complain, and if anyone should, it's you.)

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quote:
Originally posted by nspiker:


(I never hear you complain, and if anyone should, it's you.) [/QB]

I agree - you are such a pillar of strength. You are a role model for how we should all stay positive through this horrible disease.

Sending you and hubby prayers.

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I love the title of the sermon. Made me laugh. You are both amazing. I hope you find a breakthrough soon.

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