A Chronic Illness Lifestyle Blog

How to Treat a Tick Bite

Tick season is in full swing, and ticks can easily hitch a ride unannounced. The best course of action is prevention – treating your clothing, yard, and pets with tick repellant, and doing tick checks after being outdoors – but what do you do if you end up with a tick bite anyway?

Here is what all Lyme patients wish they had done if they saw the tick that infected them.

About that Powassan Virus…

Have you seen this article making the rounds on social media? It’s about the Powassan Virus.

I have mixed feelings about this article.

First of all, it’s yet another that perpetuates the 24 hour myth about transmission time. A tick does not need to be attached for 24 hours before it can infect you with Lyme!

The Past Month: The Good

Over a month without a new post! I’m not off to a good start here. I was hoping I could keep this going at a steady pace, but my energy has been up and down in the past month, and both of those kept me from posting. I’ll talk about the high energy days first.

I’m happy to report that Flagyl Fatigue is a thing of the past!

New Meds, New Herx Symptoms

There’s something that happens when you treat Lyme and co-infections called the Herxheimer reaction. You can feel worse before you feel better, even though the treatment is working. Patients usually refer to it as a herx, or herxing. Some people are more or less sensitive to this than others, and I appear to be someone who doesn’t herx much. It may not sound like that after what I’m about to tell you, but there are people who have severe reactions after just one dose of medication.

First post!

Of course now that my blog is finally up and running, my mind is blank. Or maybe it’s not that I don’t have ideas but that I don’t know where to begin. It’s kind of weird starting a blog so far into my Lyme journey, but I know I couldn’t have managed it before now.

I guess I’ll start with the present and fill in the gaps later?