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I hate it when people forward bogus warnings... but this one is real,
and it's important. So please be read on ...
We will soon be coming into the heat of summer, so BEWARE !!!!
Deer Tick Warning
>> If someone comes to your front door saying they are conducting a survey
>> on deer ticks and asks you to take all your clothes off and dance around with your arms up, >> DON'T DO IT!!
>> IT IS A SCAM; they only want to see you naked.
I wish I'd gotten this yesterday. I feel like such an idiot.
Nah, that's an old trick and I wouldn't fall for it --again----
No what bothers me is the occasional passerby who has a real fear of getting a tick borne disease - these poor devils get so panicky that they feel obligated to strip down to the ole birthday suit and post inspection have to be reassured that no tick is setting up house or come to supper. (snort!!)
My hubby has had it twice - was one of the very first cases in our county back in the mid 80s. He was lucky they caught it early both times, but we know many people who were not as fortunate. The biggest contributors to carrying those nasty ticks are the rodents and migratory birds.
My brother had Lymes disease a few years back. They tested him twice and both times came back negative. He ended up with Bell's Palsy twice and eventually ended up in the cardiac care unit hooked to a monitor for almost 2 weeks. His heart would stop for brief periods of time. He spent about a month on IV antibiotics but has fully recovered with no permanent heart damage.
I'm glad to hear he has recovered. And you are right about Lyme disease being very serious. The bacteria is a spirochete which is able to penetrate the brain. If caught early, most people do fine but when it is misdiagnosed or the early symptoms are ignored, the next stages are more difficult to treat.
The best blood test to detect the presence of Lyme is called the Western Block test, and that's what my husband was told to request if he is suspicious of another infection.
We live in a Lyme disease hot spot, and have dealt with it for more than 20 years. It's incredible how tiny those deer ticks are while in the nymph stage, and many people have no idea they've even been bitten. The good thing is, they say the critter has to be attached for 24 hours or more in order to transmit the bacteria.