Monday, June 30, 2014

Ticks and Disease

A reminder to all parents, not only for yourselves, but for your kids too. A few years ago I was bitten by a deer tick and the result was Lyme disease. I have some cautions for you.

Check the kids daily everywhere and I mean everywhere, if you know what I mean. The little sucker that got me was no bigger than the head of pin, but he/she sure caused some big problems.

The headline would be. I have never felt that sick from any illness, disease, flu, cold, or bug that has a name in my life. The symptoms may vary from person to person, but mine started with a slight fever and then it went very quickly to total malaise, aches in every muscle and joint and a giant bulls-eye where the little tyke attached itself to my right arm on the back of the bicep.

I was expecting it to be Lyme disease, but I did not expect it to be so debilitating so quickly. I did get to the doctor as soon as the bulls-eye appeared and was on an antibiotic for several days.

In the northeast where I live the tick population this year is rampant. Most of us thought the cold winter would do them in, but apparently the heavy snow cover provided insulation and protected the little buggers.

There are other diseases the ticks carry so be vigilant.

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