Friday, June 09, 2006

Quick Post or Maybe Not

I spent the morning at Elena's school for their "Carnival Day" and then had the pleasure of having lunch in the cafeteria afterwards. When it was time for me to leave, Elena said "Bye, Mom, see ya later", but two of her classmates begged me to stay-go figure that one out.

I may not have mentioned this before, but I have a fear of Lyme Disease. It's prevalent around here and I know a lot of people who have it. For some, it's an annoyance. For others, is horrible and they have to get IV antibiotics on the regular basis. For this reason, I am almost psychotic when it comes to ticks and getting rid of the bastards. As a kid, we got ticks on us, my parents had to take them out (which was the worst possible nightmare for me), then you put a lit match to them and they pop. I have found ticks on Elena and got them out immediately-although one tick did require she was on antibiotics for three weeks from the bite. I usually do not like using any type of toxin, but we do have deer roaming through our yard and field and I do make Mike spray the yard twice a year. I also use bug spray with DEET whenever we go outside. See what happens is the deer transport the ticks and they end up in the yard. The ticks get on you, bit you and engorge themselves on your blood-they embed themselves in you. Now as they are sucking your blood, they also regurgitate it back into you-this is how you get the Lyme disease. Nasty stuff really. I am always on "tick alert" around here.

Now, with my immune problems and also allergies to a bunch of antibiotics, I am always worried. The symptomology is usually first a bull's eye rash, followed by headaches, joint pain, etc. If left untreated, it can cause Bell's palsy and after a while of not being treated, approximately 60% of patients with untreated infection will begin to have intermittent bouts of arthritis, with severe joint pain and swelling. Large joints are most often effected, particularly the knees. In addition, up to 5% of untreated patients may develop chronic neurological complaints months to years after infection. These include shooting pains, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet, and problems with concentration and short term memory.

I know people who thought they had arthritis, had this and ended up with lifelong problems.

To my point (yes, please, there was one), last night I found this weird bug embedded behind my knee. It didn't look like any tick I had ever seen before, more beetle like. It kinda looked like those flour bug things, but was a sickish green/gray color. Anyway, it was embedded and the back of my leg was swollen with a big ass lump. I had Mike remove it and meant to save it (that's what they want you to do), but the damn thing literally disintegrated as he pulled it off. I refuse to start any antibiotics because of the reactions I get to them, so it's a "wait and see" game. If this develops in the next ten days, I will be so pissed.

So now I am all worried and being neurotic because frankly, I am sick of health issues and problems and would rather be done with it all. Shit, another thing to worry about.

11 comments:

Chicksey said...

Deneen-- They ahve a vaccine for lyme disease! I got it (the vaccine) when I was working out in the woods at church camp. It's a series of three shots (one intitally, one a month later and one a year later). You'll need a booster every year, but as long as there is a need (i.e. you live in the woods where they've known to been found and lyme disease is prevalent in your community) insurance covers it--at least they did 5 years ago when I got mine.

Deneen said...

Unfortunately, the vaccine was pulled off the market in 2002 due to adverse side effects (basically it didn't prevent Lyme disease 100% and it had adverse side effects similar to-you guessed it-Lyme disease.

Chicksey said...

ahhh--ok--2000 was the last year I took it. Guess I was lucky not tohave side effects!

Andrea said...

I am with you Deneen, on the tick scare. That must have freaked you out to have something in your leg...eeeew. I am the same way with Mosquitos (West Nile virus).It is a miracle my children are ever allowed outside in the summer. LOL.
My ex had a tic in his testicle once...a story he told anyone who would listen. That was the whole story...tic in testicle, his parents had to pry it out...I assume he was a child at the time...but with that family you never know. He was no story teller, but he sure liked to share dumb stuff with everyone. Did I mention he was my "ex"? lol

Kathy said...

Oh gee, thanks for reminding me I'm back in Lyme territory! We have a lot of tr5ansplanted midAtlantic people in my part of NC but no doctors that know what Lyme is, except for one who used to live, you guessed it; in NJ. He is the only one that realized what my friends daughter had. I think her neurophycholgic problems are from the Lyme as a baby.

noricum said...

I hope everything is okay! You certainly don't need lyme disease on top of everything else. :P

Madelyn said...

Yucky! I would of freaked. Ticks are really bad in this area. Hope it's nothing serious.

Jaye said...

Oh criminy! This is not what you need.

Hope it turns out not to cause you any problems, Deneen.

DixieRedHead said...

I hope everything is ok too Deneen!

Anonymous said...

Lyme disease is carried by deer ticks.....not what you had. Read about it..

Deneen said...

Anonymous-

If you read my links and read my post, I understand what causes Lyme disease and that deer ticks are the carriers. However, this thing looked like the bloated body of the female on the other link I had in the same post.

Thanks for letting me know what I already stated.

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