Hi all, The past two weeks have been exceptionally difficult. I've been sick for about a year now, diagnosed as Lyme-positive just about a month ago, with at least two co-infections (bartonella and babesia, still waiting on the Galaxy lab results for some others). I'm also a university student in the penultimate quarter of my BA. Luckily I have a pretty good Lyme doctor who already has a treatment protocol and has seen other cases like mine. Because of the possibility of a herx reaction, we've decided not to start the antibiotics until the end of my quarter, which is in about a month's time. I was fine with that when we made the decision- although I obviously wasn't getting better, I thought that the downward progression had stopped. Of course, about two weeks later the severity of my symptoms increased again, and now I'm finding it very difficult to function. Like I said, I'm a college student, so the bar is set pretty low but...I find myself dropping the ball on many of my responsibilities, sleeping close to 13 hours a day, sometimes skipping meals because it takes too much effort to prepare something or to walk to the dining hall. I no longer have the energy to clean my room (basic stuff, like vacuuming). I'm already a part-time student, only taking two classes, but I guess I'm starting to worry that I won't be able to finish the quarter- that I'll have to take a leave of absence. I feel a lot of shame, or maybe guilt, over not being able to take care of myself. I don't know how long I should keep pushing myself to finish these two classes, at the expense of my social life and my ability to live on my own, and when I should recognize that I'm doing my body more harm and need to take a break, move back home for the summer, and start the antibiotics.