Well, time for a quick update. I have just finished my latest booster dose of antibiotics, or 'nasty antibiotics'
as one GP has called them. It is now 21 months since I first started treatment, which I find quite hard to believe sometimes. I still have some way to go, but have had nothing adverse neurologically in that time. It does help that I don't have children so there was no over abundance of germs floating around in that first six months of starting, so no 'flu or anything like that and no relapse.
I am working hard at improving my walking, but not overdoing it and I must say this exercise is bearing fruit. I am getting better at walking over uneven ground, which last year I still found terribly difficult.
We are both keen vegetable gardeners, so a lot of work is involved at this time of year, but apart from the fact that I am getting more sure footed when walking over all the bumps and crevasses in our vegetable garden, I have noticed something else. I am always prone to insect bites: they can see me coming for miles. I remember cycling round the Carmargue about 12 years ago. It was a hot day, so I had to stop for a drink, but as soon as I did, the entire mosquito population of the Rhone Valley headed for my legs and the next day I was covered with weeping blisters.
My fault for wearing shorts, I suppose, but at least these were comparatively polite French mosquitoes, so I don't get quite so much oedema as back home. Last year, though, I noticed that I was still getting bitten, but the results were no where near as brutal. This last weekend, though, the insects were out in force, but the resulting bites were even more benign than last year. The bites which I got on Saturday have all but disappeared and the ones I got yesterday are a bit itchy still, but that is all. I haven't even taken anything for them, as an experiment. It must have been one way my over active immune system showed itself, but no longer. Thinking back, I got bitten a lot as a child, but nothing like as bad as a few years ago. I first noticed this over active immune system when I was working for my MA at the Slade School. I won't tell you what happened, because it was too gruesome. Yes, I know the antibiotics might have dampened them down this time, but I haven't taken any since Friday so the effect should have worn off by now, so I'll go out and pick some purple sprouting for dinner.