Saturday, January 16, 2010

Under Our Skin - an important film

Hi Bay Area and Nor Cal friends,

I'm writing to share with you about a very important and special series of movie screenings in you area. There is a very important documentary about the Lyme Disease epidemic and the issues surrounding it called UNDER OUR SKIN.

This documentary is currently on the top 15 list for Oscar nomination and I hope it makes it through the next rounds of voting. Not only is this a good film, but it is an important one. Lyme disease is spreading faster and the number of cases being reported is doubling yearly. Please go and see one of these screenings. The film will educate you on the problem at hand, which is a much bigger problem then most think, and help you to protect yourself/family/pets. In addition it will shock, surprise, inform, and infuriate you. As if those reasons aren't enough themselves, please go and see a screening just for the simple fact that I'm living with this illness. This is one of the ways you can support me on my journey to wellness.

To find out more about the film and currently scheduled screenings please visit the website Most of these are one date and time so please visit the website for further details.

1/20 St. Helena @ Cameo Cinema

1/23 Cloverdale @ Public Library

2/05 Petaluma @ Hill Park Medical Center

Seriously, please go and watch this important movie.

Thanks in advance,

Keri Aragon

Monday, January 11, 2010

Not feeling very good this week

So, I started new meds recently and at the beginning of the year I added a new medication. It's causing me to have a herx reaction which is good because it demonstrates that the medication is working. The herx happens when you get a rapid die off of bacteria and then you have a toxic load causing your symptoms to increase for a while. I don't know who long this is going to last.

Lately, I've been thinking about everything and I'm getting very suspicious that I may have gotten Lyme or some co-infections from my first tick bite in the spring of 2003. I've been realizing that some of these symptoms such as getting sick all the time and having my left arm hurt go all the way back to when I lived in Santa Rosa. I'm also realizing that I may not have pieced it all together earlier because my memory may have been decreasing even way back then. I'm still trying to piece it all together so if you remember something about my health from 5 or 6 years ago please remind me so I can put the pieces together.

Here is a little bit of what I'm experiencing right now.
-chronic fatigue
-memory loss
-difficulty recalling
-pain around major joints
-severe itching
-difficulty sleeping
-lower back pain
-foggy head
-shortness of breath
-hot and cold flashes
-extreme desire to sit or lay down
-feelings of isolation
-emotional roller coaster
-muscle weakness

It means a lot to me when people offer to help out. It's helpful when people bring over food, or stop by to cook something I already have, drive me places so i can get out of the house, drop off dvds or books, or just stop by to say hi and mentally distract me for a while. I'd appreciate some help or visits this week.

Friday, January 8, 2010

I don't feel good.

So I'm having flash backs to last winter and how I felt then. I have been feeling pretty yucky for the last week and I have a feeling this is going to hang around for a bit longer. I can't do very much when I feel like this and I don't get out of the house much because I don't feel good and can't drive like this. I would love it if friends could stop by this coming week. My husband is back to work and soccer and won't be home very much, it would be nice to have some company. Call or send me an email if you want to stop by, or just come over.
Here's a link explaining what is happening inside my body right now, in case you want to know.

also I have the DVD of the film UNDER OUR SKIN and would love to share it or watch it with anyone who wants to learn more about Lyme Disease. Just let me know. You can watch the trailer on you tube on their movie website. I'm too tired to look up the link.


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