It's official! Hopefully I caught it while it's still in stage one. I had a lesion on my thigh that wouldn't respond to steroid ointment, antibiotic ointment or anti fungal ointment going on 3 weeks - this morning while I was looking at it I noticed what appeared to be a white halo around the lesion then realized it was the classic bulls eye rash forming. I immediately ran to a doc n a box and they agreed with me and now I have to take doxycycline antibiotics for a month .. the worse thing is that the meds can cause really bad photosensitivity which means for the next month I'm going to have to wear socks, long plants, long sleeve shirts and gloves when I go outside and lets not forget the hat. In this heat that really sucks!!!!
Everyone keep your fingers crossed I caught it in time and the antibiotics will cure me! I'm now an official SC statistic for Lyme disease.
Oh Anne, I am so sorry to hear that, these d@mn ticks have been terrible this year. Did they do the lab work to make sure? There are so many awful things out there right now.
On the upside, this is probably the worst time of our year to be outside, the heat and humidity are beyond terrible. This might be a good time to read some good gardening books and start some seeds - INDOORS!
Thank heavens you caught this quickly. Being a statistic is no fun.
To tell you the truth, I'm a "what is, is" person so I'm not really torn up or upset about it. It just is. One of the many vagaries of gardening I suppose. I've been totally asymptomatic except for the lesion so I consider myself very lucky I was able to catch it when I did - I think one of the perks of being a doctors daughter and sister is that I have a tendency to notice things about myself that are out of normal and a somewhat intrinsic sense of what to do before it gets out of hand - thus the trying of 3 different types of ointments on the lesion when it first appeared - I was actually going to make a doctors appt. for tomorrow because it wasn't responding to anything - discovering the developing rash today was just good luck which allowed an immediate diagnosis so I'm kind of glad the rash started to appear. I opted out of the lab work because statistically it only really catches it about 30% of the time in early stages and the rest of the time you read negative even though you have it.
So I guess for the next 4 weeks I'll be an early morning and late evening gardener.
I'm so glad you knew what to look for and caught it early, Anne. This is a a wake call for all of us gardeners. Know that you are in my prayers and please keep us abreast of your progress and recovery.
Thanks everyone .. I'm doing fine - too early for antibiotic side effects but I have noticed that the lesion had turned from bright red to dull pink and it hasn't even been 24 hours since the first dose. Got some diflucan ready and getting some yogurt tomorrow.
So far so good .. I only have to put up with being terribly nauseous for an hour twice a day since taking the antibiotics with food is not recommended.
I came up with a way to be able to continue gardening without having to wear clothes from head to toe. I attached my umbrella to my hand truck so I can drag it around easily with me when I water or work in the beds .. it's perfect .. especially since the umbrella tilts.
I had the symptoms of Lyme disease about 16 years ago from hiking in new York when i was 34; Swollen joints, fever, flu like. Symptoms disappeared in a day then came back a week later. It was saturday so dr phoned a prescription for amoxicillin or something mild since I was lactating. Symptoms never came back and I was so busy with new baby I never thought twice about it. Sounds like that was more advanced than yours and I'm fine, at least I think so ;)
I got Lyme disease back in CT in 2004. The worst of it was the bull's eye rash, it hurt awfully, like a big burn, on my thigh. Felt really punky for the couple of weeks before the rash and swelling subsided and have never had any problems since, unless what I'm calling advancing old age pains are from the Lyme. From what I understand, once you have Lyme, you have it, even after going thru the antibiotics regimen. It comes back to haunt sometimes but not always. Good luck with yours!!
Don't do that, it is only a few more weeks and Lyme stays with you forever if you don't catch it. My brother had it early on before they identified it as a disease and he had some pretty serious post lyme symptoms.