Q is for Questions
So many questions, so few answers. It’s actually pretty embarrassing some times, but often I stumble around when people ask me about Lyme disease.
“How does it make you feel?” “What are the symptoms?” “Can you cure it?” “What exactly is Lyme Disease?” “What are you doing for it?”
I’ve finally figured out that the reason it’s so hard is because I have had it for so much of my life and therefore I can’t really remember what it was like before. I’ve read books trying to get a better grasp on the disease itself so I can explain it better, but pretty much, well, the books just confused me even more.
Next time you ask someone a question about their health that they can’t answer, just remember it might be confusing for them, too.
THEM: “So, I’ve heard you have Lyme Disease, what exactaly does that mean?”
ME: “Um, it means, um, that I don’t feel well.” *cue embarrassed look*
THEM: “Oh. Ok. It’s it contagious?”
ME: “I don’t think so. I mean, just from day to day contact, no. Some people do think it could be if you share things, but no one knows for sure.” *weak smile*
THEM: *raised eyebrows* “I see. How long have you had it for?”
ME: *sigh of relief* Finally, a question I can answer! “Almost six years.”
THEM: *eyebrows go even higher* “That’s too bad. It must be a really weird disease for you not to know more about it.”
ME: please, can’t someone interrupt this conversation? “Hey, do you want to see if it’s raining? I love rain!”
And, even though I’m not saying I’ll be able to answer them… I’d be delighted if any of you with questions wanted to ask me them? Just leave them in the comments if you feel so inclined.