|So cute, but....|
On our final day of vacation, I woke up with a mild headache and noticed a red rash on my arm. My first thought that was that I must have gotten too much sun the previous day. I am fair skinned and have gotten sun rashes in the past. I took over the counter headache medication and thought little of it for the rest of the day. However over the next 48 hours it became abundantly clear that I was definitely sick. My head was throbbing and I was intensely nauseous—not to mention my rash was still there and it was very hot to the touch. I contacted my internist and thankfully she fit me in immediately.
Once she looked at me, my internist was sure I had Lyme disease and needed to begin treatment with doxycycline antibiotic immediately. I had been in area with a large deer population making the Lyme disease diagnosis more likely. Lyme disease gets worse the longer it is left untreated; and given that I am immuno-compromised and have autoimmune disease, early treatment was particularly critical.
I also had to stop taking steroids so that my immune system could properly fight the Lyme bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi. For now, I am extremely weak and will be planting myself on the couch and doing all I can to allow my body to recuperate. This means doing my best to do nothing, which should not be hard given the way I am feeling.
I am far from pleased that I have another health aliment with which to contend and I hope that my body can fight it off appropriately without any long term consequences. On the positive side, I am lucky that I did get a rash that caused me to go to the doctor sooner rather than later. Not everyone with Lyme disease gets a rash. I am also lucky that my internist saw me right away and got me started on treatment immediately. I am trying to find a silver lining to keep my spirits up during this new health challenge.