A tick the size of a piece of pepper......that is what did me in.
For some reason, ticks like to dine on my blood [it must be Divine ] as I have just battled my 5 th tick borne illness. For the fourth time in my life, Lyme's disease has ravaged my body. I try to be so diligent in my tick patrol, but this one [the one I pulled out on June 3rd, the day my beloved Aunt Betty passed away] decided it was going to leave its legacy in my veins.
On Tuesday of last week, I awoke feeling a bit funny.......and then mid-morning, BAMMMM it hit me.
I felt like I had put on a lead suit and started to spike a fever. At first I was not sure if it was the heat and humidity of the last few days playing with me.....but as the day wore on I realized that it was an illness, but what, I was not sure of at this point.
Every joint in my body ached and this time I got a dull headache, but the weirdest symptom was vertigo.....I couldn't stand up without feeling like I was drunk [not that I really know what that feeling is... lol !]
I crawled into bed at 5:30 pm [just after the last little one I watch was picked up] and slept like a baby.......around 4 am I awoke drenched in sweat. My fever ranged from 101 to 103.
Now, I usually just watch fevers and make myself [or the children] comfortable, as fevers serve a purpose......and because I still was not sure what was going on with me, I felt I should let the fever do its job.
During the day I took some Tylenol, as the headache and fever were a bit much [and of coarse I had a house full of children to tend to].
Then came the chills........I was shaking so hard, but my fever was up.
I was not able to get an appointment with my doctor on Wednesday, so I had to wait till Thursday morning to call first thing and get a 'that day' appointment. The only one available was at 7:30 pm [so I weathered the day of up and down....fever, chills and complete exhaustion. Just climbing the stairs took every thing out of me [and I have been running at least 3 miles, four times a week] so stairs are a breeze for me.
Well, I did have the classic rash [although I was hoping that I would get Lyme's] and with the other symptoms, was started on an antibiotic. They drew blood and the lab confirmation will be back at the end of this week.
In the meantime, I made an appointment at a specialist that my sister Patti's, sister-in-law Anne recommend [she practices out of Columbia Presbyterian] as I really need to make sure this round is taken care of.
So I've had Lyme's disease 4 times and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever once.
[both Greta and Emma Sage have each had Lyme's once]
You would think I'd stay out of the woods or give up gardening......
I can't, as both bring me great joy, and what is life without the activities that bring you joy?
My husband had Rocky Mountain spotted fever in 2004. His platelets are still low and his spleen is swollen still. He has been going to aqua therapy in a pool heated to 91 degrees F, three times a week, for 1 hour each session. I have noticed he has a red rash/glow to his lower legs for about 3 weeks now. It looks like a slight sunburn. Does this sound like maybe he as a complication from rocky mount. fever?