Let me tell you I was not very patriotic when I realized that all the doctor's offices would be closed on Monday due to the weekend holiday. So I waited (not thinking it was serious enough to visit the ER) and watched my temperature rise ... my headaches and body aches increase ... my use of Ibuprofin and Excedrin incredible ... I think my temp topped out at 104 (which I now have come to learn is pretty high--sure I would be concerned if my kids were above 102 ... but for some reason I didn't feel the same levels would be for me as well.) It was definitely miserable.
Anyway, I found out on Tuesday that I was infected by Lyme Disease from one of "generous" ticks up North during our camping or hiking adventures. Ack.
(photo courtesy of Web MD-I never saw the actual tick that bit my belly!!)
Of course not all ticks have the disease ... and I'm not sure why this particular one picked me to bite, but I AM thankful it chose me because Jeff isn't one to go to the doctor and I would NOT want the kids to feel this horrible or be exposed to the potential nasty side-effects if not detected and treated! It is treatable especially in the early stages with antibiotics-THANKFULLY--but if not treated it can be very serious to overall health. And the scary part ... as sick as I was/am, had it been fall and more influenza season or not directly after having come home from up-North where I KNEW I had been around lots of ticks, I may have thought it was a just nasty influenza bug that I would eventually beat.
At first I thought I was having some problems with some female stuff because I had a strange lump and tenderness in my groin area--that was the first sign to me that something was definitely wrong! Now on the other side of knowing I've learned that it was my body filtering my blood and pouring all that into the lymph node very close to the infected bite site. The body is AMAZING! And it fights SO hard!
I am thankful also that while I was IN the waiting room the "Bulls-eye" rash appeared at the site. I kid you not, I left home thinking I would mention Lyme Disease as a possibility but that I hadn't found any rash. I got to the appointment and the dr. gets to the exam part, she takes a 1 second look at my belly and says, "well, there is clearly a bulls-eye rash and there's where the tick bit you!" I was like, "What?!" It had not been there a half hour before hand (well, the bite had been, but I didn't think much of it thinking it was a mosquito bite or scratch or something.) And had it not been there I don't know what the diagnoses would have been?
(again photo courtesy of Web MD-you don't want to see photos of my belly!!)
So, I'm hopefully on the mend soon and will post photos of our vacation when I'm feeling better. It was a fun trip before we left the cabin ... I'm just not so sure I'm going to be such an out-doorsy kind of a girl from here on out!