Saturday, June 21, 2008

Check Yo Self PSA


What goes better with a PSA than a little Icecube. My summer was recently brought to a temporary and feverish halt by one small animal, I. Scapularis, the Black-Legged Tick aka the Deer Tick.
I spend a fair amount of time in the woods, waking the dog, cruising, etc so I guess it was inevitable it would happen.
I spent three days with a super high fever and chills flat on my ass. Antibiotics got it under control fast, but it is bad news. I will find out later this morning how it affected the bike riding (not hopeful)
Undiagnosed lyme disease can land you right into the "house of pain". Joint problems. nervous system problems. You name it.
I will keep the first ever WWDIS PSA short and sweet. Check yo self for these deer ticks if you are in the woods. East coast people especially. Cape and Western Mass people for sure. And if you find an easy to spot bullseye bite mark on you, get down to the clinic.
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**scale in these photos in centimeters not inches.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My name is Dr. Nardone. I work for the Massachusetts lyme disease control offices. I just read your article and would like to add that Yarmouth Port and Arlington MA have the highest concentration of deer ticks in the state. Their numbers are highest in / and around
gardens and maintained yards. I would highly suggest that you stop doing any type of yard work until the summer is over. Please let me know if I can be of any further help.
Thank You,
Dr. Nardone