My Last Pill: Overcoming Bartonella

© a rainbow at night
In the summer of 2008 I acquired an infection with the bacteria known as “bartonella,” which is transmitted by infected animals, biting flies, ticks, or–in my case–fleas. I would not be exaggerating to say it tried to kill me, infecting my entire body, particularly my heart and nervous system, putting me in a wheelchair, then bedbound, on supplemental oxygen, and very nearly having to be tube fed after being unable to eat.

Today, I finished treating it.

Like cancer, it is prone to relapse, and I don’t know if it will return one day. But in this present moment, I have conquered it. :)

a rainbow at night


11 thoughts on “My Last Pill: Overcoming Bartonella

  1. I have just been diagnosed with this illness. I had Lyme’s before, two years ago we killed that. Now this has gone through the two to four year thing where it goes from dormant as a coinfection to active and I am so sick! Terrible pain in my right mid back, swellings that are horrible, short and long term memory loss, twitching, tremors, shaking, sweating, and on and on, arms, hand, feet and knees swollen and stinging and painful, leg bone pain, bloating, rashes, dizzy for the last 6 years since the tick bite that caused all this. I am having rages and confusion and of course brain fog. In bed. What course of treatment did you take, how old are you and how do you feel?? I am 60. Call me Bootstrap. Hope to hear from you!

    Congratulations! The Bartonella recycles from what I hear, but who knows? Really.



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