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.
Henry got put on his meds on Tuesday and Wednesday morning when Lauren and I took a morning walk-- Henry was out front. A bit prancy, even-- after only two doses!
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.
Right now, I have to snuggle with Thea on the sofa (we are here at Christine's for a super fun exploring Farm Coast day).
Behold-- Henry the healer.
*We think. Blood work results won't be back from the lab til next week.