some are strong at the broken places.
~ Ernest Hemingway
But after we’d been home a few days Jill noticed a weird red bull’s eye rash on her leg. Luckily, I had recently read an article about Lyme disease, which hadn’t gotten much exposure in the media at that time. Immediately I searched and found a bull’s eye rash on David’s arm!
The pediatrician had us come in to see him right away. Neither he nor his associates had seen a Lyme rash before, so they all inspected the children.
We concluded that the deer had carried ticks that had bitten Jill and David. A course of antibiotics was written for each, the doctors saying it was a lucky thing the rashes had been discovered so early as to better treat the disease and lessen the possibility of complications.
Thank heavens Jill and David recovered quickly and completely. We didn’t know, then, how severe Lyme disease and its after-effects could be.
Lyme disease is the most common insect-borne disease in the U.S. with approximately 20,000 new cases reported annually. The disease takes its name from Lyme, Connecticut where it was first described and studied in 1975. It is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi and other closely related species of bacteria. The bacteria is transmitted to animals and humans through the bite of an infected blacklegged tick or deer tick. Immature ticks are very tiny and can be difficult to see, which can increase the possibility of undetected tick exposures.
Within the first few days to weeks of the infection, a rash may develop. It’s generally red and circular. Sometimes it has a bull’s-eye pattern. Though it’s a major sign of acute Lyme disease, many infected people don’t get the rash.
During this early stage, symptoms may include aches, pains, fever, chills, headache, and swollen glands. Like other short-term infections, this may last a few weeks. It’s easier to diagnose and treat at this stage.
Chronic Lyme disease, also called “late Lyme,” is much different. Signs of illness may appear gradually over time or may have never entirely subsided with earlier treatment. In some cases, major physical or emotional stress brings out the disease.
Symptoms may include joint pain, joint swelling, heart palpitations, dizziness, severe fatigue, and neurological problems such as numbness and tingling in the hands or feet, foggy thinking and short-term memory loss. These may become more debilitating over time.
Bio-Touch has been shown to help relieve symptoms of Lyme disease. While not a substitute for standard medical care, Bio-Touch is an effective complement to medical protocols. Family members and friends can learn to help others feel better using Bio-Touch, without being concerned about negative side effects.