"Courtney the Portney" placed and finding out some blood work results, I started in a new treatment round. Unfortunately due to some logistical matters, it came with some bumps in the road. At the same time though this allowed me to start working on taking a variety of different meds and supplements, get adjusted to having a port, find and get situated with who would be taking care of "Courtney the Portney" here at home, and work with the insurance company and five different pharmacies to obtain the main medicine that will comprise this treatment round. (This treatment round is being labeled "treatment round #3" although I am continuously treating Lyme. If you are new around here I have simply nicknamed different rounds #1, #2, #3 when there is a more SERIOUS push and intensity. Someone recently emailed me and asked what I do in my time "off" and nicely suggested that if I wouldn't take time off I would get better more quickly. I laughed, there is absolutely NO time off in Lyme world! *smiles*)
The medicine has been ordered and we are stepping out in major ways of faith that we will be able to pay for it. To give you a figure- the cost of the medicine for a month is $25000. Yes, you read that correctly and yes, that is the correct number of 0's. And that is just for one month. Am I concerned? A bit. Am I worried. Honestly, no. I have seen the Lord provide in miraculous ways and I am trusting that He who brought us to this point will again provide everything we need. Currently we are looking at a three month protocol and while the number of $75,000 PLUS all of the "normal" costs of approximately $15000 a month overwhelm me. I am resting in the fact that the Lord stands by my side and will once again provide just as He always has and always will.
SO treatment round #3- the precursor days started on Friday (while I was in Nebraska) and began a bit rough and on this Friday I will begin the full force of this treatment round. Basically this entails for this treatment round continuing all of my supplements, meds, herbs, oils, alternative treatments, shots, etc. that I am already doing and will be adding in the very expensive medicine (which is about a 4-6 hour IV of meds) every single day. I will do this for 5 weeks and will have a week break off (of just the IV meds) and then will continue for another 7 weeks after that. This intense plan will be difficult on my fragile system but we are also looking forward to the steps forward we will be making in this fight for my health!
This medicine is.... rough. It is difficult. It is scary. It comes with a whole host of side effects that I don't want to think about... and in many ways I wish we could just fast forward the weeks on the calendar till this round is done.
(1) Prayers for "Courtney the Portney".
(2) Prayers for Upcoming Doctors Appointments.
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