I'm not quite sure how to even begin this journal, as the last 10 days have been some of the most trying I can remember in many years.
Last weekend, I returned from taking my brother to Lake St Clair for a Bachelor Party and woke up to a numb and tingly left hand. Over the course of the next 3 days, the feeling spread throughout my upper body and all of my muscles and joints were sore to the point where I couldn't move. After multiple trips to the ER and hospital visits with no explanation, my physician decided to treat me for Lyme Disease and prescribed a strong antibiotic the day we left for Ky Lake. Over the next 3 days, I'm happy to report significant improvement to my strength and decreased pain levels. The antibiotic has caused me severe side effects from being in the sun, and I'm now dealing with those. Since then, I've been informed that the Lyme Disease test came back negative and we're only left to assume it was a possible spider bite.
3 days ago, I wasn't sure if I could drive my boat to any fishing spot. But I'm happy to report that I survived the practice period and feel like I've found enough to have a chance to do well here. My family has carried me through this entire week. They've fed me, clothed me, encouraged me, and even rigged my rods and reels. I owe it to them and to my sponsors to make a good showing here, and I thought about that all week while struggling through intense pain during practice. I'm shooting for a Top 20 here to put me in position to make the Forrest Wood Cup going into our final event at Lake Champlain in a few weeks. And this is Kentucky Lake, where I've won multiple times before in many different times of the year. I always feel like a threat to win here, and anything can happen.
Ky Lake is different than I've ever seen it right now. There are fish to be caught all over the lake, deep and shallow. My plan includes both. You'll see a lot of limits this week, but the 3-4 pound class fish will be the key, and where I'm fishing there's a real possibility to catch 7-10 pound fish and completely change the outcome of this event with a big bag one day.
Thanks for all of the continued prayers for healing this week. They've carried me through.