Seems to me that one of the best ways to diagnose and monitor Lyme disease is with the microscope. Not only can you see very quickly whether your blood is healthy or diseased, you can go back to the microscope regularly to monitor your progress. getting a look at the critters in our blood has helped us understand why my family is ill. We occasionally see views where it looks like there isn’t a single healthy red blood cell. Maybe every single red blood cell is actually diseased. That would explain a lot. Have a look for yourself.
Just remember, I’m still learning about dark-field microscopy and live blood analysis. There are online courses but they run more than $1000 so for now, I’m learning the hard way. If you can help identify anything here, please comment! As I get feedback I’m going to improve this page and the video which I consider just a draft right now.
bacillus – a rod-shaped bacterium. Bacilli are found in many different taxonomic groups of bacteria. However, the name Bacillus, capitalized and italicized, refers to a specific genus of bacteria. The name Bacilli, capitalized but not italicized, can also refer to a less specific taxonomic group of bacteria that includes two orders, one of which contains the genus Bacillus. When the word is formatted with lowercase and not italicized, ‘bacillus’, it will most likely be referring to shape and not to the genus at all. Bacilliform bacteria are also often simply called rods when the bacteriologic context is clear.
cocoid – a coccus is any bacterium that has a spherical, ovoid, or generally round shape. It is one of the three distinct bacterial shapes, the other two being bacillus and spiral-shaped cells. Wikipedia
rbc – red blood cell
spirochete – a spirochaete or spirochete is a member of the phylum Spirochaetes, which contains distinctive diderm bacteria, most of which have long, helically coiled cells, some of which are serious pathogens for humans, causing diseases such as syphilis, yaws, Lyme disease, and relapsing fever. Wikipedia
vacuole – a space or vesicle within the cytoplasm of a cell, enclosed by a membrane and typically containing fluid