|I can be a very complex person at times with lots of interests and passions.
I love a babies laugh, a kittens purr, the ocean lapping at my feet and the sun on my face.
Lyme Disease and other infections.
More than 30 years of various ailments that couldn’t be explained by any of the doctors I’ve seen, has whiddled my life away. Last year I was finally diagnosed as having Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis, EBV and Babesiosis.
My passion for animals, hiking, camping and being in the wilderness has probably exposed me to these hideous diseases.
At any point in my life exposure to these diseases could have happened as I had started having symptoms in my late teens. Over the years the symptoms would come and go. I’ve lost count of how many specialists I’ve seen and how many family doctors I’ve been to. Not a single doctor ever asked me what my life style was or where I’ve lived.
In Az. I was bitten a few times (that I’m aware of) by ticks. The doctor said to wash the site and watch for a rash. I never had one, ever.
I moved to NJ and the first thing the doctor tested for was Lyme. Sure wish I had gone to the East Coast sooner. Now I face years of treatments that may or may not work and much of the damage to my nervous system, joints and brain is possibly permanent.
That’s one battle to fight. Now the fight to get those treatments, the fight to get the insurance companies to cover the meds needed, the fight to get the IDSA to realize that we all arent cut from the same mold and 20 days antibiotics max. does nothing to help if you’ve been infected for years.
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- 'Every season is tick season': Experts warn of winter Lyme disease risk November 22, 2017Laurenne Schiller now keeps her collie Cousteau on tick medication all year long. She says while dog owners in Nova Scotia are aware of the year-long risk of ticks, many in the general public are not.
- West Virginia sees "dramatic increase" in Lyme Disease cases November 22, 2017There have been more cases of Lyme Disease in West Virginia over the last five years, according to the state Department of Health and Human Resources. The DHHR issued a Health Advisory Tuesday to West Virginia healthcare providers, hospitals and other healthcare facilities to warn them about the "dramatic increase" in Lyme Disease cases.
- Lyme disease has stubborn hold in Pennsylvania, Northeast November 21, 2017Tom Avril is a health and science reporter. A former math teacher and engineering major, he was hired in 1998, and previously covered environmental issues and New Jersey state government.
- Pa. top in nation for Lyme disease November 21, 2017Tom Avril is a health and science reporter. A former math teacher and engineering major, he was hired in 1998, and previously covered environmental issues and New Jersey state government.
- 'Every season is tick season': Experts warn of winter Lyme disease risk November 22, 2017