Babesiosis Relapse: 4.5 Months into Treatment

Well, here we are. December.

Jason is continuing to take the gentler pair, Mepron and Zithromax, the gentler sister to clindamycin and quinine.

He continues to steadily get better every day.

He was deliberating switching, but his slow and steady progress toward health is tiny, but measurable. And because we’re not switching medications as often as we were, he hasn’t really had another Herxheimer reaction since beginning this medication.

It has been an incredible reprieve. He is going to continue taking this pair for the foreseeable future before eventually switching.

He continues to take his vitamin supplements, but is off of virtually all aids; he hasn’t asked for a B-12 shot in ages. He no longer takes his thyroid medications. It’s so. heartening.

Life is steadily shifting back to normal,

which is such a welcome and wonderful feeling. We are so grateful–every day.

Real talk, it sort of makes it hard to morbidly enjoy a bad day–and not in the, “we’re walking on sunshine, yay!” sort of way where you just wake up smiling.

It’s rather in the sort of way where, when you wake up on the wrong side of the bed and you’re pissy, you stop and remind yourself that the love of your life is breathing easy at your side and feeling better and better… and so you just sort of shrug off the bad day and acknowledge that things have been so. much. worse.

So you’re still in not-the-best mood, but you acknowledge there’s no good reason for it. It kind of robs you of the ability to grumble, which is probably healthier overall anyway. And then you thank your lucky stars that there’s no good reason for it. You walk around with an awareness, an edge you didn’t before have.

Which is kind of annoying when you’re the type of person who enjoys a good grumble, but oh–how grateful I am to have the privilege of forgetting the harder times.

Anyway. This is just a light-hearted way of saying… things are so much better.

I deeply wish this post gives others hope.

Because even a second time around, it’s possible to get better. Really and truly.

2 thoughts on “Babesiosis Relapse: 4.5 Months into Treatment

  1. It’s so nice to see people with hope and relief! I’ve been dealing with Lyme, Babesia and Bartonella for 15 years and pretty much just accepted that things will never get better.

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    1. This is literally why I write these posts. My partner HAS gotten better in the past (like to 90/95% of his old self) and is again. I want others to know it’s possible.

      His strategy is all about those rotating antibiotics; he will take one pairing until he levels off and finds he is no longer getting better, then switch to another to knock it out in another form, since according to his doctor, it moves from active to dormant in random cysts. The different antibiotics chase it out.

      I wish you the very best of luck on your journey to recovery.


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