So two rather momentous events occurred last week. The first one affected just about everyone in the area, but the second only affected me.
First, Maine got hit by a So’Easter. This little storm came in late Sunday night and knocked out power to over 500,000 households, businesses, and schools. The winds gusted at 60+ miles per hour, knocking over trees and tearing down limbs. Some trees snapped, while others were dragged out by the roots.
I tried to go to work at 5:30am and found both possible roads to town blocked by fallen trees stretched out across the road. I tried again after the sun came up at 7:00am, and found even more trees down. At which point I called out from work and sat in a powerless house with the puppies.
My husband came home in early afternoon and started the generator so we at least had tv and dinner. Later that night we lost internet too–apparently the power line and the internet line come in from opposite directions, so the internet lasted a bit longer.
We were fortunate that we had a good generator, and could shower and live mostly normal lives. It did get a bit tiresome having to get up early to start it, buy gas to put in it and turn it off so we could go to bed. And I found out the limitations when I tried to water the horses while the oven was on.
But it was more than many people in the area had. The local power companies did a good job, getting 30,000 to 50,000 people power each day. But we were off the grid for seven rather long days. Thankfully, internet actually came back at the same time as the power.
The other thing that happened last week is that I developed anaplasmosis. This a nifty little issue caused by ticks. I found a tick on me on last Thursday and pulled it off, and thought little of it. We have so very many ticks, I pull dozens off the horses, and I have developed a rather carefree attitude towards them. That may change.
Sunday night (72 hours later, the incubation period) I developed some violent chills. Like, “I couldn’t hold a glass of water without spilling it” shudders, followed by intense heat flashes. Now, I was going to go to work anyway, but the storm prevented me. So I spent most of the Monday sleeping.
I did head off to work Tuesday, and had a bit of trouble getting there without falling asleep. My biggest symptoms were fatigue, hot/cold flashes, dehydration, queasiness, and muscle aches. And I couldn’t drink coffee!! The horror! I wanted to eat (and drink coffee), but my stomach didn’t agree.
I finally went to the doctor’s on Wednesday. She confirmed that I did in fact have a tick borne disease, and wasn’t impressed at all that I been going to work. Like a good girl, I took Thursday off. That was a good compromise right? I went back on Friday before resting up all weekend. The doctor put me on doxycyline, which seems to work fairly quickly as my symptoms have mostly faded.
The upshot of all this is, of course, that I did not exercise at all over the past week. Guess I have to work harder this week!