The appointment went GREAT. We love the doc- she is awesome. She told us numerous times that Clay will be fine. Looks like we need to go to Seattle in a month again, then every two months after that, for 3-5 years. She said this is a marathon, not a sprint...but she said the only way to come out of this successful is to take this VERY SERIOUSLY. She compared it to Cancer- saying that a cancer patient would NEVER miss their treatment- she said we need to live that way. That missing a treatment will completely mess everything up- and trust me- we are planning on doing everything she says for however long she says. Oh and just to calm anyone's worries- Clay SHOULD be able to work and live a normal life during everything. So that's a relief.
Sooo we are gonna be on a bit of a different diet. Doctors orders are NO WHEAT and NO SUGAR. Apparently, Lyme thrives on it! She said Clay can have some "fun days" every once in a while where he can eat something yummy- but he doesn't want to do that. It'll be interesting trying to do the no wheat thing. Wheat is in everything! Clay didn't quite understand what it meant at first, so he was excited that he didn't have to eat wheat! He was like- SWEET, no more healthy stuff...buuuut yeah. Wheat is in lotsa stuff. Like Doritos :)
Seattle is a crazy crazy city. To give you an idea, Clay almost ran over someone. In fact, I saved her life! Cause I saw her, Clay didn't. The crazy thing is- Clay is seriously the best driver I've ever known. I'm not just saying that because he's my husband...he is seriously the best driver I know. So it was a little crazy that happened. He was so stressed.
We went to Pikes Place and I LOVED IT! Clay thought it was boring. HAHAHHAA- I am not surprised AT ALL. He said- "It was a bunch of weird people and weird shops." Oh dear.
We honestly didn't have time for anything else! The appointment and testing took basically all day...and we were so exhausted by the time it was all done.
We decided we are pretty sure we're gonna be flying more. The drive sucked. Especially in such a short time frame. We are both really impatient and tired and it's already a stressful situation...so flying will just be easier. We'll see.
Oh yeah...probably the best news of all...we asked her if it's possible that Clay will be pain free after all is said and done. She said- she has had patients come out as competitive skiiers, marathon runners, and more. There is an 18% chance that he has a gene that causes him to get rheumatoid arthritis from this, but all of the idiot doctors he saw before tested him for that and he never tested positive or anything...so we are pretty much ruling that out as a possibility...meaning we are already getting excited about things we want to do when this is over. Of course we are still hesitant just cause you know...what if? But the doc seems to have high confidence in him having a completely normal life back after this. Amazing.
I left my purse at the last gas station we stopped at which is a few hours away. When I realized I bawled my eyes out. We tried calling a bunch of gas stations with no luck (we hadn't been printing the receipts and it was a random gas station and we couldn't remember where it was at). It had my wallet- which included check book, debit card, credit card, it also had my zune, ipod, (to which clay said- WHY did you have those in there?!?! and I said...I dunno...) and my PLANNER- which basically keeps me sane. Sooooooo yeah. I have never done that in my life. I have never left anything anywhere or lost anything. Of course I had to do it then. We decided to say a prayer. After probably 20 more minutes I said we should just go to bed because we had to GIVE TALKS in church the next day...so we did. This morning the manager of the gas station called and said she found my purse and is sending it tomorrow morning. I felt Heavenly Father's love a lot right then.
We got to church and got the program and it said "Testimonies" sooo you know- I asked the bishop what was up and he was like.."oops- I must of messed up big time!" so we didn't have to give talks- which was really quite a blessing. We prepared them earlier this week, but we didn't have time to review them or organize them and we were both so stressed about them.
Basically- sometimes it feels like everything is coming down and you are stressed out of your mind and then all of a sudden it feels like Heavenly Father is blessing you left and right. We feel so blessed right now. Everything is going to be okay. This next year is probably going to be a tougher one, but I know we'll be fine.
I guess this wasn't so quick after all. But trust me- I left out a bazillion details so really, this was quick.