"Who is Savadear?" is one of my most precious memories of living abroad, before I knew I had been sick with Lyme Disease. It's a cute story so if you haven't read it, check it out.
How cool is this dude carrying is his pot of gold? Apitherapy (treatment from bee venom via the sting) is starting to catch on in the Lyme disease world, ever since one woman nearly died from Lyme disease but recovered quickly when she was attacked by a swarm of African Honey Bees.
With Chronic Lyme disease, your world becomes very small, but no less beautiful. Well, except when I go a week without washing my hair or the meds make me toss my cookies. That part is not so pretty. Check out the Scarlet pimpernel, a wild flower, sometimes considered a weed, growing all over Santa Cruz […]
A few weeks ago, Mr. Wild Dingo came home with a tick bite on his ankle from walking the dogs on NitWit trail behind our home. Since then, he’s been on a mission to shrake the leaves and keep the trail clear of tick hiding places. In addition, we both wear ridiculously tapered pants and […]
In 2009, Juno was hospitalized for 5 days with a high fever and joint inflammation. Our fabulous vets at The Whole Pet Vet and SAGE Centers for Veterinary Care ran a full panel of tick disease tests and the results were negative. We were at cross roads of how to treat her illness as we had […]
May is Lyme Disease Awareness month. As author Amy Tan points out, the greatest harm that borrelia causes is ignorance. I can’t pretend to understand why the CDC and IDSA dig their heels in further on denying the existence of chronic Lyme disease when there is a mountain of evidence-based science to support the fact […]
A bug so small, my naked eye could only see an unrecognizable gray speck on the flower. It’s hard to believe that a bug so much smaller than this is wreaking havoc on my own and thousands of people’s bodies and lives. When you start exploring tiny plants, animals and microorganisms, you suddenly realize how […]
You know you’re a Lymie when your doctor tells you that your PCR test came back positive for Lyme and you breathe a huge sigh of relief and say, “Oh thank God!” Because it proves that Lyme disease isn’t really all “in your head” but quite literally IN YOUR HEAD. Neuropathy and Lyme Brain are […]
It's back to business as usual here at Wild Dingo. Now that I'm back on the same Lyme treatment I was in December, I'm back to functioning almost normally. You wouldn't know by looking at me that I'm on some heavy medications for a serious illness. I still have plenty of symptoms but I can manage […]
I can't help it. I'm fascinated with tiny flowers. Perhaps because I've never given them a second glance on my hikes. My fascination happened when I was learning to use my telephoto lens on close-ups. I was blown away by the details in the smallest of flowers. And the variation of color! Nature fascinates me. All my […]
Poor Loki. He was worried because I didn't act like myself when I got out of bed Friday morning. Mr. Wild Dingo brought home a cold and flu from his Asia trip last weekend. But I didn't exhibit symptoms soon after he came home. Instead, I was having a flare in Lyme symptoms and once that […]
As a person diagnosed with and treating Lyme disease, a disease with no known cure and life-debilitating symptoms, I find myself coming across "sure-cures" every day. One such cure that's been floating around for a while is Apitherapy or bee venom therapy. Ellie Lobel, who had been fighting chronic Lyme disease for nearly 20 years, was cured […]
Spring is here in Santa Cruz Mountains and that leaves only a short window of time to photograph the variety of blooms in vibrant greens, blues, pinks and reds before it all turns golden brown. I walk by numerous varieties of wildflowers everyday on my dog walk and I've never given them a glance, much […]
It's been a challenging week for me and the dogs. Between being stuck at home resting and going to multiple doctor appointments, there were no walkies. They took it with grace and didn't complain much. I think they know more than we imagine they do. It breaks my heart to deny them their daily walk and […]