This is week 81 in my series of Shape Up! The weekly post on what I did over the last week in my quest to getting healthier.
Today, I am kind of sleepy. For the last couple of nights, I have struggled getting some sleep. On Saturday night, I could not fall asleep. On Sunday night, I slept for over 12 hours. And on Monday night, my body felt so cold that I had to put two huge blankets over me to stay warm. No, the apartment was not too cold and the apartment was at 73 degrees. During the day, I felt really tired and fatigued. So what could be causing this you ask? Just take a look at this on my right leg.
Yep, that is a nasty sore. While walking along Greenbrier Dear Rd. last week, I guess a tick somehow got attached and tried to go inside the skin. I did remove the tick and killed it, but as you can see, my body is not reacting to the tick bite very well. After doing some research, I found out that this tick bite could have released a disease inside my body. So here I go, I think I have Lyme Disease. First symptoms includes joint pains, chills, fever, and fatigue. Symptoms down the road could include severe fatigue, a stiff, aching neck, and tingling or numbness in the extremities or facial palsy. If you let symptoms go for too long, you could experience severe headaches, painful arthritis and swelling of joints, cardiac abnormalities and even mental disorders.
Yes, if I was employed and had money, I would have already gone to a doctor to get this checked out. But when you have been unemployed for 25 months now and hardly have any money, you can’t go see a doctor. Obviously, if the City of Anniston had sidewalks along Greenbrier Dear Rd. instead of tall grass and trash, I would have probably not gotten this tick bite. See, walking on the side of the road is very dangerous. Ticks can bite you, you can step on trash and broken glass, you can step onto fire ant mounds, and some car drivers will serve towards you almost hitting you. Ahh, the joys of walking!
So for now, my walking days are over. My legs are stiff and sore because of this bite. And I wonder if I will be able to go see a doctor to get the antibiotics I need to treat this bite. Of course, I still have the cap from my tooth that is still off as well. With my birthday on August 15th, I wonder if I will end up in the emergency room instead of celebrating my birthday. Yes, I hate being negative again, but I really don’t have anything positive to talk about right now. Maybe my 27th year on this Earth will be better for me.
This is what I ate last week:
Tuesday: Chicken Breast, Rice, Sweet Tea.
Wednesday: Hot Dogs, Chips, Sweet Tea.
Thursday: Pork Chops, Rice, Sweet Tea.
Friday: Burgers, Fries, Sweet Tea.
Saturday: Pizza, Sweet Tea.
Sunday: Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Chips, Sweet Tea
Monday: Burger, Fries, Sweet Tea.
Have a great week everyone!
- Preventing Tick Bites (watershedcabins.wordpress.com)
- Shape Up! – Weeks 79-80 (geekalabama.com)
- Lyme disease puts bull’s-eye on Pa. (timesleader.com)
- New Tick-Borne Illness Could Be Worse Than Lyme Disease (newyork.cbslocal.com)