Top Ten Tuesday: Green Cover Love (for Lyme Disease Awareness Month)

Posted May 17, 2022 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, cozy mystery, historical, mystery/suspense, romance, Top Ten Tuesday / 11 Comments

Happy Tuesday! I’m going off on my own today instead of doing the suggested Top Ten Tuesday theme. May is Lyme Disease Awareness month, and as someone who has been fighting this for nine years it’s something that’s close to my heart. So today’s cover love post has gone green in the name of spreading the word about this debilitating disease.

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Living Lies by Natalie Walters
Romantic Suspense

The Inn at Hidden Run by Olivia Newport
Genealogy Mystery / Contemporary & Historical

The Mistletoe Countess by Pepper Basham
Historical Romance

Standoff by Patricia Bradley
Romantic Suspense

Fair Trade by Heather Day Gilbert
Cozy Mystery

Emerald Windows by Terri Blackstock
Contemporary Romance

The Butcher’s Daughter by Parker J. Cole
Historical Romance

Joys of Juniper by Valerie Comer
Contemporary Romance

To Stand in the Breach by Danielle Grandinetti
Historical Romance Suspense

Southern Fried by Tonya Kappes
Cozy Mystery

A bit more about Lyme Disease while I have you here…

It took me over six years to even find a doctor who would test me for Lyme Disease, and in that time it was able to run rampant through my body, taking my ability to walk unaided, impeding my short-term memory & word recall & clarity of thought, and leaving me in constant all-over pain. It affected nearly every system in my body, including my adrenal and nervous systems. Fortunately after finally being diagnosed and getting treatment, I’m now able to walk unaided once again but I still struggle with the long-term effects to my adrenal and nervous systems.

Did you know:

  • most traditional doctors won’t test you for it, unless you have an obvious tick bite (I didn’t)
  • only about 25% of Lyme patients had an obvious tick bite (so, if you consider the above statement too, you can get an idea of how many patients had to fight to get tested)
  • insurance companies don’t cover most Lyme Disease treatments, meds, tests, or supplements, meaning if patients want to get their health back they have to pay out of pocket for their treatment. (Out of the 19 meds & supplements I take daily for Lyme, insurance covers only 4 of them)
  • there are 3 stages of Lyme Disease – early Lyme (which can typically be treated easily with very few, if any, long-term effects), mid-stage, and late-stage/chronic Lyme. The graphic below from illustrates the differences between symptoms at the first stage versus the last stage:

(and yes, it bugs me that neuropathy is spelled wrong lol)

I’m not sharing all of this to throw a pity party for myself; I have learned the secret of being content in pain or out of pain ♥ but hopefully to spare someone else the lengthy time between infection and diagnosis, when Lyme does the most damage. If you suspect that you or a loved one have Lyme Disease, the first step is to find a Lyme literate doctor.

What about you? What’s a green cover you love? Have you read any on my list? Do you know anyone affected by Lyme Disease?

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11 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Green Cover Love (for Lyme Disease Awareness Month)

  1. Andi

    I’m so glad you found a doctor that would care for you. I’m so sorry you had to go through all of that!

  2. Patsy Curry

    Also so sorry that you had to deal with Lyme disease. When our son was 15, he came down with a high fever and we did not know why. After only about 2 days, we saw he had the bulls eye tick bite. We took him to the emergency room and he was immediately put on antibiotics. We were so thankful the doctors knew what to do! He was on the antibiotics for a month and has never had any problems since. It is SO important to get immediate treatment. Unfortunately, not everyone gets the bullseye bite that he had.

  3. So many great books represented here! Thanks for sharing the facts about Lyme disease, I had no idea!! I am sorry you have to deal with this on a daily basis, but I am thankful you were able to find a doctor, get tested, and have the medications needed.

  4. Great twist on the topic, especially to raise awareness for something close to! I’m glad you finally found a doctor who could help you – getting medical help can be incredibly difficult sometimes, especially for ailments that present as “invisible” to observers.

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