A few summers ago, my family and I decided to take a two week vacation in Texas. We had an amazing time! Naturally, since we are outdoor people, we were outside basically the whole time that we were there. A couple weeks after we got home, I became very ill and just thought that it was a viral infection. Lord was I wrong! I had no idea that one small bite from a parasite would ruin the rest of my summer.
One morning, I woke and I had pain in both of my knees, and stiffness throughout my entire body. This isn’t uncommon for me, because I was in the early stages of Fibromyalgia at the time, so I just attributed it to that. By the third day, I could hardly even climb up our stairs in order to go to the bathroom. My initial thought was “Oh my gosh, they have misdiagnosed me, I don’t have Fibromyalgia, I have something that’s going to make me crippled!” That night, I started to develop a fever, and so the next morning, I called my doctor and scheduled an appointment.
I went to the doctor in tears that day; I was in so much pain. My doctor reassured me that he didn’t think that this was connected to Fibromyalgia. He knew about my recent trip to Texas and asked if I had been bitten by a tick while I was there. Then it clicked with me! I was over at my aunt’s house in her yard one day, and that night I discovered a tick in the middle of my back. My doctor looked and found a bull’s eye rash right where the bite had been.
My doctor said that he had to test me for Lyme disease to be sure, but that he was going to go ahead and start antibiotics immediately. Sure enough, two days later, my blood test came back positive for Lyme disease. I finished with my first round of antibiotics but I was still not feeling better, so my doctor prescribed me a second round of antibiotics. I eventually started to feel somewhat better, but for about three months after my diagnoses I continued to have joint pain and just didn’t feel quite right. By, the time I felt better my summer plans were shot. I stayed home while my family had all the outdoor fun. I’m just glad that Lyme disease is not prominent where I live, because I definitely don’t want my baby or any other of my family members to have to go through what I had to go through that summer.