Additional pathological changes included:

  1. Leptomeningitis (meningitis)
  2. Vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels in the brain)
  3. Focal inflammation in the central nervous system
  4. Necrotizing focal myelitis in the cervical spinal cord
  5. Radiculitis (pain that radiates along the nerve due to inflammation on the nerve root at its connection to the spinal column)
  6. Neuritis (inflammation of the nerves)
  7. Demyelination in the spinal roots (erosion of the myelin sheath that normally protects nerve fibers)
  8. Inflammation with neurodegeneration in the dorsal root ganglia (Inflammation and progressive loss of structure or function of neurons in the dorsal root ganglia, or spinal ganglion. The dorsal root ganglion contains the cell bodies of sensory neurons that bring information from the periphery to the spinal cord.)
  9. Neuronal and satellite glial cell apoptosis
  10. Persistent abnormal F-wave chrono dispersions localized to the nerve roots, suggesting damage to axons or demyelination, that were similar to several inflammatory demyelinating peripheral neuropathic disorders, including Guillain-Barré. (Guillain-Barre syndrome is a rare disorder in which your body’s immune system attacks your nerves.)

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In Case I Forget – by Jaimie

In Case I Forget

In case I forget –
What it’s like to be me,
The child playing in the rain-
With a soul roaming free.

In case I forget-
The rebel I left behind,
Taking chances without haste-
She still lives deep in my mind.

In case I forget –
My greatest gift of all,
The blessing of my children-
Oh, in love did I ever fall!

In case I forget-
That with laughter comes tears,
Growing pains are for all ages,
As we learn to conquer our fears.

In case I forget-
To tell you I love you,
Hold onto every moment.
They are priceless and few.

In case I forget-
And become weak instead of Strong,
Please help me stand up and fight.
Please help me right the wrong.

In case I forget-
Reach out for my hand.
Look me in the eye and say,
“Yes, together we can!”

In case I forget –
I’ll forever hold you near .
Just please don’t forget,
That I am still here.

-Jaimie R.W.Martin
Lyme Warrior

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