Lyme Disease is no longer a Northeast problem. It's a nationwide issue. While the CDC reports that nearly 300,000 new cases of Lyme Disease are reported each year, I estimate that the number is far greater. And while I do not advocate staying indoors and avoiding the great outdoors all together, I do recommend that … Continue reading Lyme Disease Prevention: 5 Tips to Be Tick Smart
As I mentioned in my last post, my son had found a tick embedded inside of his shoulder. Try as I might I could not remove the tick. I was on and off the phone with my husband discussing ways to remove the little pest. My oldest son was scouring the internet in search of … Continue reading An Inconvenient Meeting
Yesterday morning my 14 year old son came down stairs visibly flustered. "There's a tick stuck in me." I squinted and strained my eyes to try and decipher what I was actually looking at. This was a speck, no bigger than a grain of sand or the tip of a pin; it could easily be … Continue reading Letting Down Your Guard
Continued from my last post... I stood motionless with the copies of my son's latest blood work in my hand. All appeared normal until I perused the results for the Lyme test. Three bands highlighted. By the current medical standards three bands was just three bands. Five bands were required for a diagnosis of Lyme … Continue reading Children and Lyme Disease – Part 3 – In For the Long Haul
Yesterday was my middle son's follow up. Just six weeks ago I had hauled him into our physician's office. He was exhausted and tired of feeling sick. His joints ached; acid reflux plagued him. He was having a hard time concentrating. Academic tasks that were once easy now caused frustration. His ears were ringing; his … Continue reading Children and Lyme Disease – Part 2 – When Lyme Lingers
Last year I took some time to write about my experience with undiagnosed Lyme Disease. I've decided to dedicate the next few blog posts to discussing Lyme Disease as it relates to children. It's one thing when we experience illness ourselves, but it can be downright heart-wrenching to watch a loved one battle illness, especially … Continue reading Children and Lyme Disease – Part I
Before we start today, let me toss out my little disclaimer: The information found here is not a substitute for medical care. You should always consult a qualified physician regarding any of your healthcare concerns. Thank you for reading last week's posts regarding my experience with Lyme Disease. I can't begin to tell you how … Continue reading Lessons from a Lymie!