This past weekend we were closed on Monday for a long Easter weekend, and I had the rare occasion of being off while my toddler’s daycare was still open. Mom day? Yes please! So off I went to get a pedicure, read gossip magazines and not think about work. Or so I thought…
As I flipped through my first magazine in the pile, I came across an article about Avril Lavigne and how she had been battling a mystery illness. It didn’t really catch my attention (unlike that song Complicated, THAT will get stuck in your head) until I saw what the mystery illness was a few paragraphs in. Lavgine revealed she had been battling Lyme disease. I couldn’t believe it. When I blogged about Real Housewife of Bevery Hills Yolanda Foster, I thought my days of celebrity blogging were over. But here I was reading yet another article about a notable person who has battled a vector borne diease. Lavigne admitted there were months that went by with misdiagnoses and fighting to get the correct testing done, and after five months is on the road to recovery. That got me thinking about all the people whose names aren’t up in lights that are battling this debilitating disease.
Turns out, that’s a whole lot of people, probably more than we’ll ever know. Of all the cases reported, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention tells us this is probably only 10% of actual contracted cases. Lyme disease is transmitted by the deer tick and the early stage of Lyme disease can include symptoms such as chills and fever, headache, fatigue, stiff neck, muscle and/or joint pain. If Lyme disease is unrecognized or untreated in the early stage, more severe symptoms may occur. As the disease progresses, severe fatigue, a stiff aching neck, and tingling or numbness in the arms and legs, or facial paralysis can occur. The most severe symptoms of Lyme disease may not appear until weeks, months or years after the tick bite. These can include severe headaches, painful arthritis, swelling of the joints, and heart and central nervous system problems.
I feel like this season has already held quite a few blogs about vector borne disease so it seems like the problem is getting much worse, but again, it is our awareness that’s growing. While I’m not one to celebrate celebrity gossip, I am grateful for those that are coming forward to talk about their health journey and advocate for vaccines and cures.
Tick season is here folks, so if you’re someone who spends a great deal of time or works outdoors, it is important to keep yourself covered. If you have questions about tick control for your yard for the 2015 season, just give us a call.
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