Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Mish-mash Wednesday, and Lyme Disease, To Boot!

Dear Gardening Friends,

Rob. (Au Coeur du Jardin) gave me some ideas for today: I just LOVE his stone planter...that knocked-me-out! You've got to go take a look at it 'cause it's just way cool! He also 'tweaked' my curiosity about some interesting ideas for plants in pots, and reminded me that I had actually intended to plant some catmint this year and have forgotten!!

I have blue salvia:

and I have blue lavender:

-but I forgot the catmint! I'll get on it...perhaps even today (if I can 'stumble' out of the house)!

Actually, I must put on my 'boot' and head on over to the doctors because my blood test was Positive for Lyme Disease! Yuck. Maybe that's why I've been literally feeling so bad! I've just finished a round of doxycyclene (for a TICK BITE 3 weeks ago that became infected). I was not going to blog about it...kind of didn't go along with my 'goal' to have a nice, calm 'pretty' blog w/not a lot of personal info, etc. (For SERIOUS Tick Bite horrors (and recovery!) visit JoAnne's Cottage Garden).

As you can see, I'm starting to 'come out of my shell' (haha, the turtle post comes to mind here!) and if you don't mind, there may be more times when I will want to write some things that might indicate my 'lack of thankfulness' on this Thankfulness Blog!! I hope it doesn't change your opinion of my ThanksFor2Day intentions!!

My doctor called yesterday, and wants me to go through another round of antibiotics. Hopefully I'll get this Lyme thing under control before I get 'laid up' worse than I already am!!!

Hope everyone is enjoying 'being in the month of June'. It's sometimes hard for me to believe the time we all spent all winter long--writing of wanting the spring & summer months to get here--are already here!! Yay! It's wonderful. Only thing is, I'm laid up with a sprained ankle--and Lyme Disease, to boot!! ha ha (no pun intended on the 'boot' reference--well, yes there was, actually)!

Ok. Hope you're all having a great day! My next post will have some photos of what's blooming in my front and side yard! And I will post my backyard makeover. I just took too many photos and have had trouble sorting them all out;-)

--Today I am thankful--I really am--but don't feel like searching deep within to find out what for. I guess I'm thankful that it's not 'mandatory' that I do.


  1. Oh my goodness...I so hope your recovery is swift and total! Lyme disease is nasty stuff. I'm always doing 'tick checks' on the kids when they come in from playing in the fields, I also make them wear long pants even in the summer out there in the tall grass...they think I'm no fun!

    Sending you 'get well' thoughts and prayers, Kim

  2. Jan, sorry to learn about that tick bite! Such little creatures and can cause such a big trouble!I hope you'll feel better soon! Take care!

  3. Dear Jan ~ You are in my thoughts and prayers. Gosh your ankle and Lyme disease. I hope you are soon feeling much better. Your attitude is positive and that goes a long way in the healing process.

    Hugs ~ FlowerLady

  4. Sorry to hear about your diagnosis Jan. What a rough time you are having this summer but at least you have kept your sense of humour! Take care ((((()))))

  5. My goodness woman!! You really have been having a time of it. I did the round of doxycicline two summers ago. Tick bites are not to be fooled around with! So I guess this summer/spring is a resting time. (I am afraid I would be on the computer even more than I am now! ) Take care of yourself.

  6. Wow, your boot looks a lot more serious than I was picturing. Glad you did a mish-mash posting! :)

  7. Yikes, Jan, that is so scary. I have read Joanne's tale and just want to cry for the horrors she has endured. Hope your antibiotics can do the trick so you can fully recover.

  8. Hope you feel well soon..... Love the blue!
    I hope you can still enjoy the garden you have worked so hard to grow.

  9. I'm sorry to hear about this Jan. Please don't worry about the card, just focus on healing. That's the main thing. I'm sending lots of good thoughts your way.

  10. I'm so sorry to hear about the Lyme Disease Jan! Hope your recovery is speedy and you are able to get back to doing all the things you love to do in & our of your garden. :)

  11. Lyme disease is no husband had it and my friend just got over it. She should have stayed out of the sun during the medication phase as she got a bad burn on her hands. The antibiotics can make you sun sensitive. Be well!

  12. Lyme disease and laid up too? That is so not cool. Kind of sounds like you are having a bad time like me. We will get better though. I will say a prayer for you.

  13. Oh, Jan,
    We are real people who read and write these blogs. I want to know if someone has lyme disease or an injury that slows gardening down. If some are not interested, they just move on to another blog.

    Take care, get enough sleep and fluids while you are recovering.

    Hugs and prayers,

  14. Jan, I'm with Sue! I always want tio know what's going on in the real lives of blogging friends. That's what friends are all about and for that I am thankfull. :) I do hope you take care and have a speedy recovery. Just get plenty of rest. Thinking of you!

  15. You are surrounded by so many friends in the blogging world -- knowing how many care about you can do wonders for healing! Plus, what has happened to you could happen to any of us. Ticks are scary -- we have seen a lot here in Austin lately with all the deer. Wishing you quick recovery. Hugs!

  16. Wow. Lyme Disease and sprained ankle to boot (so to speak). As it happens my Lyme disease was last fall and I just sprained my ankle (not nearly so badly) playing racquetball. It does slow down all those garden projects...

    I recommend bird therapy. Sit in chair with leg elevated and camera in lap. Wait for birds to come...

  17. Jan you are having a rotten time of it lately! :( Just try to take your time recovering.

    I know what you mean, about having the blog be just about the garden, but real life sometimes intrudes into everything. Especially with people like us gardeners who are outside so much, Lyme Disease is always a possibility. I hope you start feeling better soon.

  18. Jan, Many hugs to you! I'm so sorry to hear you have Lyme Disease on top of a hurt ankle. Hope you get well soon! -Jackie

  19. Oh Jan, poor you! I do not know who would be able to be thankful for sprained ankles, infected tick bites and Lyme disease! You are certainly human for wishing these things to be behind you, and I hope they truly are soon! Thanks so much in advance for my "prize," I'm so looking forward to seeing what it will be. I need to get going on my own PIF. Hm, might be a fall project, summer is looking busy! Get well soon!

  20. Jan, so sorry to hear about what is going on with you,
    Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery, and be kind to yourself.
    PS Macgardens bird therapy sounds like a good idea!

  21. Jan, I am so sorry to hear of your illness but glad that it has been diagnosed and you can now have the treatment. Being an optimist and a gardener will help you recover, as I am sure all the good wishes that are coming your way from around the world.

    Very best wishes Sylvia (England)

  22. Oj jan, I am so sorry to hear son just had treatment for Lyme disease (he lives in RI)...what a spring it's been for you. Btw, I love to compliment you on your header photo...gail

  23. Hi Jan I have just read all your lovely messages. How careing people are in this blogging world.
    I am so impressed that so many knew about Lyme disease the more awareness the better.
    I too started my blog for my garden and had no intention of posting personal things but then have found so much wrong in the medical world with conflicts over diagnosis and treatment of Lyme Disease I decided to add to my blog with the hope it might spread a little awareness.
    It is staggering to learn that 5 States in America have legislated to allow doctors to treat following ILADS guidelines ie blood tests are not reliable and it should be a clinical diagnosis for some. Also for some long term antibiotics are needed.
    So my very best wishes for your recovery keep taking the antibiotics and stay covered from the sun whilst on Doxycycline hope you have caught it early enough.

    Dig the boot, but I doubt it will catch on as a fashion statement good deterant against ticks though!

  24. Thanks so much--everyone--for taking the time to write LOVELY, caring, comments. Really. Noone needed to write anything and for all of your words, thanks--truly.

    Guess what! I pulled of yet ANOTHER tick (literally the size of a PINHEAD) from my groin, just last night...AND, I wasn't even outside yesterday.
    I had been outside the day before, walking around the garden and yard...with the boot on. It wasn't on that side, it was on the other side. I then took a shower and did not see a thing! The next day it was more obvious, probably because it had taken some of my blood:-(

    I don't know why there are so many ticks out there right now. Could it be the extremely WET weather we've had and are STILL having? Rain every day this week...LOTs of rain. Or, is my yard just too woodsy? I want to move now! To the beach, preferrably. If only...

  25. PS Bird Therapy is always comforting to me:-)

  26. Jan we are wishing yoy a speedy recovery! Get well soon!--Randy

  27. Oh, Jan -- I'm so sorry to hear that you're having another round of bad stuff happening. Please do take all of your meds as you don't want the Lyme disease to hang around and reappear later.

    The ticks are really, really bad this year from all the rain and deer. I've almost gone paranoid over them as bites on me have stayed infected for up to 5 years. Yes, 5 years -- there were times when I just wanted the doctor to cut out 3 inches of me to get rid of the itch and inflammation! I am terribly sensitive to them and have prescription cream to put on bites. I've already had 4 bites in the last 2 weeks, even with wearing repellent. They just crawled right over my legs that were doused in the repellent.

    Please get well -- from all of your maladies -- soon!


  28. Hi Jan

    I'm so glad you got an early diagnosis for Lyme disease.

    Hopefully the medication will nip it in the bud. Fingers crossed!

    Take care


  29. I am sooo sorry about your problems, especially with the ankle. I know how it is. I had 5 times problems with my ankles and 3 times with my right hand.

    I am hoping you'll be back soon on your feet! :)

  30. Hi, Jan, I'm so sorry to hear about your ankle - and Lyme disease sounds like a nightmare. You have such a positive attitude I'm sure that will help you recover quickly. And isn't it great that through blogging you can find someone like Joanne, who has had the disease and has a positive story to tell? You're in my thoughts and prayers.

  31. Boy you have a lot of comments! I hope you are ok with all your ailments! I planted catmint last year - and it has taken over most of the vegetable garden, but it is just beautiful. I would like to know what to do with it other than enjoy its beauty.

  32. You've got to be kidding me! First a sprained ankle, now Lyme Disease. I hope you feel better soon!

  33. My heart is with you, dear Jan. Lyme Disease is no fun but hope you have caught it early (2 in my family have had it, diagnosed early and fine). I think of you and your sprain often ... I'm finally without my soft cast but travel with it, in case. Just arrived at the hilly lake cottage with much to do outside. Be well, dear friend!

  34. Ticks...even thought I was raised in the country...I never ever got used to the idea of ticks. I have taken them off my dog...and off a girlfriend..she had one embeded in her waist. So..I know how to remove them and not leave their terrible little head which can cause infections. Lyme disease is caused by ticks I think.
    You poor baby! Not good. Us who enjoy getting outside in our gardens...I guess just have to chance this at certain times of the year...
    Hugs..and I hope you get better real soon!

  35. Hope you are well and recovering.
    About the catmint, they are care-free and grow so fast.

  36. You don't seem to catch a break! I hope you are feeling much better by now. I noticed that this year seems to be a horrible tick year. Each time my hubby walks around outside he comes back with a couple of them. So far he got lucky though and didn't get lime decease.
    Love your turtle visitor!:)

  37. I hope the antibiotics do a thorough job for you, and that you're boosting your immune system by enjoying your garden!


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