Welcome to the show, Cath- mind if I call you "CC?"
The floor is yours!
As some of you may know, I myself contracted Lyme disease. I got it from the bite of an infected tick, although I didn't realize what had bitten me until a large, bullseye-shaped rash formed around the bite. The most pronounced symptom I felt was fatigue -- I felt like I had a terrible flu for a number of weeks, I was swapping between the bed and the couch, feeling perpetually exhausted and falling asleep frequently.
No sweat, Jim. And while I'm here, I'd like to talk a little bit about Lyme disease.
I had pins and needles and buzzing sensations in my feet, legs, and head constantly. I felt, and still feel, tired after extended mental effort. I couldn't stand bright lights or loud noises when I first got sick.
The best way to illustrate my change in energy is probably with these stairs. Before Lyme, I always took them two at a time. After Lyme, I had to slowly pull myself up using the hand rails.
I had weird temperature problems - feeling chilly on a hot summer day, other times my hands felt burning hot while the rest of my body felt cold, and if I ever got cold, it seemed like nothing could warm me back up.
Diagnosing Lyme Disease can be a bit tricky sometimes, as many symptoms in Lyme are present in other conditions, and the characteristic bulls-eye rash isn't present in about 20-30% of cases.
If infected people are treated with oral antibiotics during the early stages of Lyme, they usually recover quickly.
However, symptoms can persist after treatment, which is called Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome. There's no known treatment for PTLDS, although painkillers can give symptomatic relief.
Because Lyme can only be spread through the bite of an infected tick, any methods of preventing tick bites are used to prevent Lyme Disease.
Use Environmental Protection Agency registered repellents or insecticides to deter ticks.
Check thoroughly for ticks after spending an extended amount of time in a grassy or woody area.
Aaaaand that's all the time we have today folks! Tune in next time to hear from the Marburg Virus! See ya!