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HEATHERKISS
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Hi people!

I've been doing pretty well. Honestly I feel guilty for complaining.

But........... I have been working at a full time job for over 6 weeks. It's a fairly easy job with very polite and nice people.

Someone in the office had a cold and pretty much spred their germs all over the office. I got the cold and am now laid out.

I called out of work and said I have the flu.

New job has no idea that I have Lyme but most people there know about Lyme and how serious it is.

Monmouth county is an epedimic area. Lots of Lymies.

Thankfully a few LLMDs are here in this area.

It's been a long time since I caught some ones cold. Used to be I never catch a cold.

wah wah wah. Hope I don't lose my job for having the "flu".

Heather
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AliG
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Heather,

I'm so sorry you're not feeling well. That really stinks. Especially with a new job, bummer [Frown] !

I do love the baby pic, though [Big Grin] !

Hope you feel better soon! [kiss]

[group hug]
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The cold could be a good sign. The reason you may not have been getting colds was that the Lyme compromised your system too much.

Now your system is getting back to normal, which means your immune system responds to a cold with the symptoms of a cold.

I hope you feel better. And I'm sure it will be ok that you are out with the flu.

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Okay this raises a question for me-if my white blood cells are low-and have been since the beginning of treatment-6 months-

does that mean I am MORE likely to get sick or LESS likely to get sick when in contact with other sick people?
(neutrophils are low ,too whatever they are)

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Hey Heather,

First, huge congratualtions on the working thing! That is wonderful news! I am so pleased that you are up for it and doing so much better!

Second, so sorry about the cold. Yes, that pretty much is no fun at all...but happens to the best of us, even when we don't have Lyme and company, so please don't let it stress you out, OK?

Your job should expect a few sick days from everyone...and yes, that includes you too [Smile]

Hang in there and hope you are feeling peachy-keen again real soon.

Melanie

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quote:
Originally posted by Aniek:
The cold could be a good sign. The reason you may not have been getting colds was that the Lyme compromised your system too much.

Now your system is getting back to normal, which means your immune system responds to a cold with the symptoms of a cold.

I agree!! I was thinking the same thing!

Heather...we miss you...so while you're lounging around the house...come here and cause some trouble, OK?? [Big Grin]

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i swear i was just thinking about you and thought--that woman got all better and left us all in the dust---how DARE SHE!

[Razz]

but then here you are---poking in to say hi.

sorry about the curcumstances, but you know, when my lyme was in remission I LOVED getting colds, coz I just LOVE to get better. nothing quite beats HEALING! [Big Grin]

sorry you are feeling lowsy, and hope it is a short stint.
yer old mepron buddy,
trails

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Hope that you feel better spiritually and physically. Glad that you are able to work full time, that the company is nice. Hang in there!!!!


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HEATHERKISS
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Thanks everyone. I'm not in remission. I'm still sick. I just have gotten better enuf to work.

I'm still taking zith, cedax, valtex, diflucan and on and on.

Work is zapping the life out of me. When I'm working I'm too tired to do much of anything.

Mainly I just work and do laundry and ironing. That's it.

In the back of my head I wonder. Am I hurting myself? Should I just wait until I'm all healed?

Can't really afford that.

Thanks for missing me. So sweet. Thanks everyone. I'll have to make it a point not to lurk and make a point to post atleast once a day.

You know just to stir things up!!!!!!!!!
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Heather, did you feel guilty about not telling the new job that you have lyme?

I was out sick for about two months this summer. When I came back from STD I was laid off. Imagine that......Anyhow, interviewing for new jobs I feel that I have to tell them I am sick.

I guess I don't want to get fired when I have to take off for a doctors appt or have to leave early to pickup my son from school because of stomach aches or some other physcial lyme symptom.

I feel that if I explain up front and they hire me then they are accepting the situation. Of course, I haven't mentioned how severe lyme is or that I could get worse. I try to put a positive spin on it.

I'm not sure if I should be upfront with it or not.

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Hi dunkirk,

Practically everyone knows how bad lyme is in this area where I live.

If I disclosed my Lyme I would not have gotten hired. Bottom line.

I have to take care of myself foremost becuase no one else is going to. So no. I do not feel guilty.

Take care of yourself,

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To keep yourself safe for future germ attacks, you might want to invest in an air cleaner for your desk area. I have 2 Ionic Breeze machines right near my desk. (And interestingly enough, when the rest of the office gets sick, the person sitting right near me and myself are the ones who DON'T get it).

I also have a bottle of Thieves oil spray which I keep in my desk. (it's a clove oil mix sold by www.youngliving.com). Kills Everything!! I'll put it on a cotton ball and stick it on the air cleaner, spray doorknobs, the water cooler, the fridge - you name it. The office smells like clove, but tough - you gotta do what you can to stay healthy.

I also use the plain oil for fever sores, mouth thrush, cuts... you name it.

You're wrong about one thing though - most people here know what Lyme is, but most of them don't know how bad it really gets, even when they know people who have it.

Glad you're sticking with the job. Good for you!!

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