My daughter has a friend who just turned 25. They were college room mates. She has become a friend of the family and is accepted as “one of the gang”. She has spent many days and nights at our house and we just love her.
However, she has always been sick with one thing or another. She has a very poor self-esteem, although she is very intelligent and beautiful. She has a heart of gold and is very thoughtful and kind when she is well.
Growing up, she had a real identity crisis that was not solved until a year or so ago when she decided that she really was a lesbian although she has had boyfriends and girlfriends. She was terrified to tell her father, but her mother knew. Now they both do and I don’t think it matters much because she is so ill.
Two years ago she was diagnosed with being bi-polar. She has seen many psychiatrists and has been in the hospital several times for it. She has been placed on so many powerful drugs such as lithium and ketamine. Her mom is an LPN and has been in charge of her care which may not be a good thing.
Because this girl is so smart, she researches everything. I have had my doubts that she had any mental issues. However, she is convinced that she is bi-polar. Having a mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. It bothered me because she could become completely debilitated, and sometimes suicidal. I always thought it was because she was not comfortable “coming out”…. She had to take a leave of absence from school and has still not graduated. However, when she has been with us, she is completely fine.
A few weeks ago she went to a new doctor who is a doctor and also believes in alternative healing. Lo and behold she was tested for Lyme’s disease. She has had it since she was a child and never knew it. All of the doctors she has been to have not been able to diagnose it or even think of it. She never had a rash or “bullet hole” type marking. In addition to that, she developed an infection that I can’t pronounce nor even spell which stems from one having long term Lyme’s disease. I know it’s treatable but I don’t know if it’s curable or what kind of long term effects it could have.
All of her bi-polar and mental illness symptoms have disappeared. She is very slowly improving. The doctors are treating her with medicines and vitamins and she is no longer seeing a therapist. She has high hopes for her future. However, she is still very ill.
Our family just found out about her yesterday. We are just thankful she is alive, and not in the hospital for we haven’t heard from her in months.