I just wasn’t feeling good
I hadn’t been feeling well for a couple of weeks. I thought maybe it was just the flu so I treated it as such. The weeks turned into a month and one day when I was wearing a short sleeve shirt to work, my friend noticed a bulls-eye type rash on the back of my arm. I wondered how long it had been there because I had no idea it was there and then I remembered I had been bitten by a tick right in my own backyard the month before.
The day the tick bit me
I felt something biting me and discovered a small tick had embedded its head in my arm. Without thinking and in a moment of fright, I pulled the tick out. There seemed to be some remnants so my friend cleaned the area well and used tweezers to remove anything that was left of the tick.
Going to the doctor
All seemed to look good and I thought it was. Then about two weeks later I started feeling terrible. I had aches and pains all over and like I said earlier, I thought I had an off season case of the flu. As soon as I could get into the doctor’s office after the discovery of the bulls eye, I did. The doctor took some blood and explained that he would be running an (ELISA) test but he knew as soon as he saw the telltale marking on my arm that it was Lyme disease.
Diagnosis and Treatment
I was tired so very tired and the doctor explained to me that this was also being caused by the Lyme disease. He started me immediately on a course of antibiotics. Because he didn’t see that my neurological system seemed to be effected by the disease yet, he thought that oral antibiotics were the way to go. Had I been having neurological problems, he would have put me on intravenous antibiotics. He prescribed 21 days and they did cause me some stomach upset but the alternate would have been worse.
This experience has taught me that I need to pay really close attention to my body when outside in wooded areas and if I get bitten, I need to seek medical attention sooner than later. It has also taught me that if I get bit, to make sure that if I was bitten in a place that was not visible to me, that I have a friend or family member check the area for me to make sure I haven’t developed some kind of rash. If you like to be outside, there is a good chance that at one point in time, you will get a tick bite. Don’t panic because even if you do get bit by a tick with Lyme Disease, early treatment will lead to a good outcome.
The good news is that I made a full recovery and have no lasting side effects from Lyme disease. The moral of this story is if you get bit by a tick, a small deer tick and there is any question as to whether or not you got all of the tick out of your arm, play it safe and go see your doctor. Bring the tick with you if you still have it but make sure it is in a plastic container in a place where you can’t get bit again.