Nervous Tick

I mentioned the exhaustion the yesterday. So much exhaustion and fatigue.

How about a little background:

Last December I was feeling a little off so I talked to my doc about it. It’s pretty unusual for me to talk to the doc about anything because I just don’t go (aside my from my annual lady-doc visit and dermatology visit). Besides that, I just don’t go because I don’t get sick. But I was out of my norm just enough to prompt me to go. She decided to do an extensive blood panel.

  • Vitamin B = super low
  • Vitamin D = super low
  • Thyroid = a bit above normal, but not as high as it has been in other years

Everything else was perfect.

All three of those items are notorious energy killers.

I’ve been on B & D supplements every day since December. (What comes first – low vitamin levels or high thyroid? – classic chicken/egg scenario.)

Because of the increasing fatigue levels, I called the doc day before yesterday to try and schedule an appointment to have my bloodwork re-done to see where my levels were sitting. Got voicemail. Left a message. Yesterday when I could barely drag my hiney out of bed I was determined to call back since I hadn’t heard anything. As I went back and forth on the different factors that could possibly play a role in my fatigue, a sudden thought popped into my head and I began to spiral out of control.

The ticks have been REALLY bad this year and over the course of the last two months I have probably pulled about 2 dozen (no exaggeration) embedded ticks off my body.

You know where I’m going with this, right???

Because OBVIOUSLY I have one of the deadly tick-borne diseases and my time with you all is going to be coming to an end soon. Clearly.

I’ll spare you the details of the dark rabbit hole I dove down, but will tell you I was relieved to get a call from the doc’s office to schedule an appointment.

The nurse was asking what I needed to see the doc for and I was explaining the fatigue and the need to follow up on bloodwork, and oh yeh…tick bites so I might die. She stopped me and said that the earliest the doc could see me was Sept 18th so she’d schedule a follow up on the bloodwork then but I’d need to go to urgent care to have a blood draw to rule out any tick-related illnesses.

Then she explained WHY the doc was so booked – she’s going to her home country (Pakistan) to visit her family for a month so they’re pushing a lot of patients into the fall.

Well, while we are spiraling out of control over the tick thing, why don’t we add: OHMYGODTHEYRENOTGOINGTOLETMYDOCTORBACKINTOTHECOUNTRYANDI’LLHAVETOFINDANEWPRIMARYCAREPHYSICIAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Possibly a topic for another day. Suffice it to say that my frame of mind yesterday was less than stellar.

After reviewing with the nice doctor at urgent care the vitamin and thyroid issues, plus training for a half marathon plus probably not fueling correctly (I don’t think I eat enough protein), she patiently smiled and told me to get some rest. I’m pretty sure she said to go get a donut, but I could be wrong about that one.

I’m happy to report that my bloodwork shows absolutely zero markers for a tick related illness. She didn’t test the vitamin issues because I’ll work with my PCP on that, but she did a full blood panel plus thyroid. Everything is pretty well perfect. Even the thyroid numbers were in the normal range.

*deep sigh*

Not going to die.

Need to pay better attention to proper fueling (also…. nutrition is HARD).

Need to be better about recovering properly.

Basically, just need to CTFD!


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