This summer was predicted to be one of the worst when it comes to tick borne diseases. When you think of ticks you automatically think of Lyme disease but there’s more than just that. Ticks carry not only bacterial diseases such as Lyme, but also viral illnesses like Powassan and parasitic diseases like babesiosis.
I wanted to share a personal experience here. Years ago my dad had been bitten by a tick and we didn’t know it. He experienced some very alarming symptoms. I remember him calling me on the phone and telling me it took him 30 minutes to figure out how to get into his car to drive it. Yes, he finally figured it out and drove! When he finished his errand and wanted to return home, he couldn’t remember how to physically get into the driver’s seat for about 20 minutes - again.
Obviously as he was in his early 80’s I was especially concerned. It turned out he had Lyme disease and once it was treated, thankfully he never had those cognitive issues again.
Recently my husband was bitten by a tick. He went to the doctor immediately and did the antibiotic treatment and went back in 30 days for a blood test. While we were waiting for the blood work results, he started having flu-like symptoms. We treated it as if it was a virus he caught and he began feeling better.
When the doctor called with his results she told us he had contracted babesiosis. This is a serious, malaria-like parasite that infects red blood cells. She prescribed more antibiotics and an anti-parasitic medication that really made him feel awful and messed up his stomach. But he stuck with it for the 10 days. He scheduled follow up blood work in 30 days.
What happened next is what I wanted to highlight. (Finish here)