Minnesota is full of many things, including forests and hot muggy summers full of deer ticks. Yes, the terrifying realization that one of these things is lurched to your skin, sucking your very blood is quite awful. They also contain a horrible virus that makes the knees and joints shake, sending chills and lack of energy throughout the body. Alas, there are worse things than Lyme Disease and deer ticks, but these things are still unpleasant.
It Started with a Tick
The mind was racing, as I most presumably was out and about chasing balls around patches of trees and bushes around the yard. Now I can’t say for certain when the creature climbed on, but soon after coming inside, I saw it.
Deer ticks are arachnids, so one can understand why they scare people. The relatives to the spider are small and definitely more of a pest in reality. They suck on your blood, latching on until you realize it and get them off. I thought nothing of it at first, until the bite mark outstretched and I started feeling like I had the flu.
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme Disease is a tick-borne illness that is very common in North America. Blood thirsty deer ticks feed on animals and humans alike, harboring the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease: Borrelia burgdorferi. Now remember, not all deer tick bites will lead to Lyme Disease, as only a minority of them actually do, but it is important to always monitor any bite that you may encounter.
Signs I Saw
As aforementioned, the initial red bump of the tick bite became bigger and formed a decently sized rash on my skin around the bite. I also began to feel weak, and frankly thought it was just a case of the flu. I didn’t know that deer ticks carried disease, just that I didn’t like the view of them glued to my leg. I also felt very tired, and couldn’t get energy.
Luckily, through the wisdom of a parent, Lyme Disease was thought of and I checked in with a doctor. Like any malady, the sooner it is found, the lesser of an impact it will be going forward. Through antibiotics, my treatment worked early and the symptoms of Lyme Disease went away shortly. But be careful, if this disease is left untreated, it can really have a nasty effect going forward.