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  1. Hi Sarah, I feel for you and have been there! For detox, there are many protocols: epsom salt baths- several a day alka seltzer gold -as often as allowed burbur drops- 20 drops every 2 hours inositol- high doses (like 3000 mg) twice a day saunas- twice a day if possible We also tried to get as much exercise as possible. melatonin at night helps with sleep. Read "Saving Sammy" - it's a good info source.
  2. We did the vaccine challenge when my daughter's Natural Killer cells were at 1, and surprisingly had no ill effects. She qualified for a year of IVIG.
  3. You should absolutely address Lyme and coinfections before beginning IVIG, especially if you are paying out of pocket. You may, like so many others, find that your son needs 3 or more rounds of IVIG, and those still may not be effective if Lyme and coinfections are playing a role. Although IVIG will boost his immune system, it can't take the place of aggressive antibiotic/anti-malarial treatment.
  4. Hi, So sorry you are going through this! We also went through a period like yours. It morphed over time - for awhile my daughter would only leave the house if she could walk in another pair of shoes and leave those behind when she got in the car. Then she wouldn't get out of the car unless we were at least 3 hours away. Luckily we saw a doctor in Denver at the time. She would never reveal what her exact fears were...just wouldn't do things. But if you can get to the bottom of it, maybe you can figure out a way to get around it. Once we realized she thought she was getting "contaminated" by the driveway and sidewalks, and all the people who used them, we figured out that she could be carried or wear another pair of shoes. Another period it was the air that was contaminated - she had to hold her breath until she got in the car, and we had to leave the car windows shut until we were out of town lines before she was comfortable. And if she ran into anyone else from town once we got where we were going - disaster! Having an out-of-town doctor helped a lot. We even had to drive over an hour to get blood work done although there was a wonderful hospital a mile away from home. How crazy it all seems looking back! I know it is tough, but if there is a way to get around his fear no matter how crazy it seems, it is worth it to get treatment. After the first visit, we did a lot of phone consults. The doctors seemed used to this, and although not ideal, it was good at that time. Hope this helps. I only look at this site occasionally now. Finally 100% healthy after a long battle. Stay strong!!!
  5. Hi Rachel, You are living my life a few years ago. I'm so sorry you and your daughter are going through this. I haven't posted in awhile, always waiting for the other shoe to drop. But now I am a busy hockey mom, my daughter will attend a NE prep boarding school next fall, she has a summer job, and I am resuming my life too - I guess it is time. My daughter, now 15, at age 9 presented the exact same way as yours, in almost every way. She lived outside on our deck the summer she got sick, wouldn't enter the house. We were fortunate that a few moms on this forum sent us looking beyond PANDAS and my daughter also tested very strongly positive for Lyme. Although it is tough to tell, the doctors said it was over a year old, and looking back we thought perhaps 3-4 years. For 5 years she was off and on non-functional with crippling OCD being the primary symptom. She did have night sweats the first two years as well. We found our way to a doctor who treated for Lyme and also clinically for babesia and bartonella, with keflex, zithromax, mepron, plus herbs. She got better very quickly and returned to school. Eventually she relapsed and was home again. Couldn't eat any anything I cooked, couldn't go outside, lost 20 pounds, sat in one corner of the couch - it was horribly sad. Then a mom on this forum gave me her appointment with Dr. H in Hyde Park. Prior to this we flew to CA and Denver for our doctors, who were very good but just not in our lives often enough. She went on IV antibiotics for 6 months, improved again. Then fell back somewhat. Doctor put her on Lariam (very aggressive drug) for babesia - after 4 years during which she was always treated for babesia, she finally tested positive! Quick turnaround. Back to school and sports. Still some OCD but not as crippling. Still very hard on the family. A year later doctor determines she is largely autoimmune at this point. Moves to LDI/LDA treatment one year ago last month. Today she claims she is 100%. No OCD at all, for the first time in 6 years. She will continue this treatment, a small pinprick shot every 8 weeks. My daughter just spent the past 4 months with a school that traveled throughout South America living out of a backpack. She was the youngest of 16 girls there. She got top grades, went on 30 mile treks at high altitude, exhibited no OCD, and returned a different and more mature person. I never could have imagined that this would be possible for her. Our story is long and we were all very sad for those years. Sad for the loss of a childhood. Financially very, very difficult as well, we made and still make many sacrifices. Our memories are hard, but now we are all healing fast. It is amazing what good health will do to erase past trauma. My daughter is looking forward to her future with high hopes. Stay hopeful, keep looking, and never ever give up. Hugs, Laura
  6. First, you are a GREAT Mom! You will keep putting one foot in front of the other for your child. You will never give up on her. The one thing that helped me the most through 5 years of craziness was being able to pick up the phone and call some folks from this forum. Sometimes we would just text while sitting by our childrens' beds at night, other times talk throughout the day. It meant the world to me to not have to explain everything, to just be able to leap in and talk about the latest insanity we were experiencing. Some of these women I have met in person, others are just a friendly voice on the phone or text message from a familiar number. I will PM you my phone number and maybe others here will do the same. Call ANYTIME. Ultimately my daughter got healthy because of ideas and connections gleaned from this forum. Have hope - your daughter WILL get there!
  7. interesting link. Could explain why some of our kids with Babesia are infected with so many other unusual infections. http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/04/22/401469931/why-do-mosquitoes-like-to-bite-you-best-its-in-your-genes
  8. Thank you! She looks like a great doc to start the journey with!
  9. Mt son's girlfriend in Boston believes she has Lyme. She's a PhD student at MIT so really can't travel very far. Please pm me if you have a recommendation. Thanks!
  10. I'm sorry for your loss and now to have this illness to cope with - my heart goes out to you! Someone will slap my wrist for posting this, but we were in your boat some years ago, and were able to find sites online for antibiotics without a prescription. It was expensive but worth it to tide us over.
  11. Sorry. Here is a link to a clinic in Colorado that provides this treatment. This gives a pretty good description. http://imcwc.com/html5-blank/low-dose-allergy-lda-therapy/
  12. I'm in Wolfeboro, NH now, but we drive far for everything It seems from this article there might be a different compounded mix for Lyme, babesia, Bartonella than the standard allergy fare... And I can't find East coast doctors who offer that, but it is manufactured and sold in Colorado Springs I believe, any one with more info out there?
  13. does anyone know of any docs using Low Dose Immunotherapy or Low Dose Allergy therapy for Lyme autoimmune? My friend in SF is having good success so far. Low Dose Allergy (LDA) Therapy : Integrative Medicine Center LDA is a treatment for turning off an overactive immune system. This applies to allergies, autoimmune diseases or any process in which the immune system is activated.
  14. We used IM with my daughter when she was 12. We iced her bottom for 15 min beforehand, gave Advil at first prior as well. They hurt but were manageable. We moved on to IV after two months so tough to say what helped the most.