photo by Thea Coughlin
Seriously, who else would have a mystery illness that a wide range of health care professionals failed to identify that was finally* accurately diagnosed by a veterinarian?
Or, perhaps if you live as closely with animals as I do, one should simply sign on for a family plan at the local vet?
So how it went down– on Tuesday, Henry was due for his annual round of shots and whatnot. I would’ve rescheduled it (given how I was feeling and the fact that 200 people are arriving next week and I had a few things to do), but there were no viable options and so off we went.
In the doctor’s office, the usual chitchat. Doctor asks, how’s he doing? And I say, well, you know? He’s being kind of weird. And the doc says, well yeah, Henry is weird. And I say, no– I mean more than usual.
Dave and I had both noticed he wasn’t himself. For me, he was lagging way behind on our walks, wasn’t interested in treats– all he wanted to do was go back to bed.
So the doc asks a round of questions and then says, hmmm– blood work says he doesn’t have Lyme disease– but let’s do another round– and back it comes: Henry has anaplasmosis.
Oh my gosh, I say– what the hell is that? So he explains and goes through these symptoms and as he does a bell goes off with each one– so I say, um doc– can humans get this? And he says– oh sure.
And so as I am walking out of the vet’s– I am calling my doctor to see if I can get some more blood work done– which I did on Weds (was that yesterday? I am so confused in this moment as I am typing to you from Providence)– and the doc had never heard of this thing and had to find out which lab test to run etc. But long and short of it– all signs point to this being the cause of my months of illness and I was put on to the drugs to kick it yesterday.
So, it would be really nice if this were resolved. Although I wouldn’t wish what I went through on anyone– I learned a lot from being sick (you know that annoying, Elizabeth-life-lessons crap I focus on) and I will share some of that when I have more time.
Behold– Henry the healer.
*We think. Blood work results won’t be back from the lab til next week.