It's been a few weeks since my last post, and I would like to get back to blogging on a regular basis. How regular remains to be seen but certainly more than once every 6 months, which has been the largest gap between entries since I began this blog.
I haven't blogged much this year for a variety of reasons. One reason is that there has been a lot going on in real life, so in my virtual life I took to tweeting more and writing at length less. Another is that I've been exhausted, and writing at length hasn't been coming as easily as it has other times.
So I have taken a break, even if that meant having to put off writing a number of posts which I originally intended to do. I think it was necessary to take a step back and use my energy elsewhere for a while - including discussing tickborne diseases in other venues outside of this space.
I'm hoping to make a reentry and post more often as it works for me. It's going to be an experiment to see how frequently I can manage it because I can't predict what the future is going to bring between happenings in my life and the status of my health, but I want to give it another try even though at times I feel like no one reads this blog (though clearly they do, as Blogger's stats indicate several thousand pageviews each month even if I don't post anything in a long time) and few people comment lately.
My intent is to begin working through these topics, order to be determined:
- Thoughts on the trailer for the film, Canary In a Coal Mine, and how the film may differ from Under Our Skin
- Thoughts on the difference been disability and capability and where they intersect
- The "it's all in your head" diagnosis: why it does everyone a disservice and can even be deadly
- So about that 10-20% of Lyme disease patients with persisting symptoms after initial treatment...
- Individual issue posts in response to the anti-science letter Panel 1 items:
- Sexual transmission of tickborne diseases: Is there evidence?
- Whether or not Lyme disease Borrelia are restricted geographically
- Subjective versus objective symptoms in Lyme disease
- Lyme disease as a trigger for other conditions
- How common tickborne coinfections are
- The pathobiology of Borrelia burgdorferi (this may be 3 separate posts)
- Serological testing and its value in diagnosis when there is no EM rash
- The use of IgM testing
- Serological sensitivity in Lyme disease based on gender
- (Will not be addressing treatment topics on this panel at this time.)
- The who, what, where, how, and why of blogging here: Should the focus change?
So, I have a number of posts here I would like to write, and hopefully the energy and focus can be found to move forward.
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