About Rachel

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A new mother and perpetual know it all, life is daily teaching me how little I knew. A jack of all trades and a master of none, I am now adding parenting to that list.

In 2002 I was bit by a tick and have faced a life full of consequences and nuances since then.   Each one has taught a valuable lesson but few have been fun-filled.

After a pretty intense homebirth and four blood transfusions, I am feeling really well and taking my new lease on life as a chance to share the joy, humor, beauty, and honest frustrations that are my life.

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5 thoughts on “About Rachel

  1. Dearest Rachel,

    Welcome to motherhood! Isn’t it awesome(ly wonderful, challenging, and scary all rolled up into a tortilla?!)

    I am glad you are feeling better after the blood transfusions. Are you currently in MSIDS treatment? (Lyme with friends or multi systemic infectious disease syndrome – a far better name than Lyme Disease caused by one organism – as most are infected with a bevy of pathogens)

    Do you have a support system? I highly recommend getting ahold of a local lyme support group. Chances are, there are going to be mothers who have dealt with what you are going through and have tons of advice you can glean from. I know three generations in one household that are infected. It can be challenging to keep it all together.

    You probably know this already, but keep an eye on your baby for signs of MSIDS. It is not uncommon to pass these pathogens on to our children. Also, please, please, take care of yourself. Trauma, getting run down, stress, all of these things can bring the pathogens out of hiding. I know how tough it is as a new mom who is trying to keep the standards you had before children. As an old gray-haired woman, I can tell you that the best thing you can do is allow a “new normal” to occur. That might mean the dishes wait a bit, or the laundry sits in the hamper for a spell. It’s OK. I guarantee you that 20 years from now you aren’t going to be saying, “Gee, I wish I would have done more laundry!” Instead, you will feel the pang of children departed and wish you had just a bit more time with them. 🙂

    Well, now that I’ve bloviated – please know, honey, if you need anything, I’m an email away. We moms need to stick together.
    Alicia
    Madison Lyme Support Group
    https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.wordpress.com
    https://about.me/lymecoordinator56

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    • I really needed this reminder, especially as I am begin the transition back to working part time. I have been in MSIDS (love this term!) treatment since 2011. Both of my sisters unfortunately have it as well. I was fortunate that the baby tested negative for Lyme and confections that I have (Babesia, bartonella). I am, however, breast feeding so I have stayed on my pregnancy antibiotic protocol since giving birth to prevent the transfer. It still can happen though. I am fortunate to have an amazing LLMD and a pediatrician who began her practice with my LLMD! I have a small support group of incredible women and mothers facing daunting odds. I live 90 minutes away from the closes support group.
      Thank you so much for the incredibly kind and thoughtful encouragement!

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  2. Hey Rach,

    Quick question: You have your horrific story of the blood clots under Babesia….(which BTW: Holy cow, girl, you’ve been through hell and back!) just wondering if they found Babesia in your blood?

    I feel it so important for us to share our stories as the science is so negligently behind the disease(s). I deal with many patients, some of whom are young mothers or have future pregnancies, and I want to be able to help them if and when the time comes. Just wondering if your LLMD said anything about this experience and its possible relation to MSIDS?

    Super glad that ordeal is behind you!
    Alicia

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    • They didn’t test me this time but I have tested positive for it in the past. I am in the process of retesting to see what happened! I also have 1 mthfr gene mutation (my sisters have 2). I started this blog to share the results of having an insane pregnancy but a HEALTHY baby and a remission (fingers crossed). I am waiting for more science before I really start sharing my protocol, Etc. but I know I was desperate for info as an expectant mother!

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      • Yes. I’m sure other mommies out there will want to pick your brain as there is such limited information out there – particularly regarding MSIDS and pregnancy.

        Thanks for being willing to share and throw it out there. Take care of yourself, please. Give yourself permission to rest and walk away from the stress of helping others should you start to feel the weight of it. The best thing you can give your child is yourself and that takes work in and of itself.

        So glad to have found your site. Please keep in touch with your progress. 🙂
        Alicia

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