After we hear others talking about ticks everywhere, we hadn't seen any at all in our yard.  And then Jonathan gets Lyme Disease.  He had a fever and slept all day for two days, and then he was better so we didn't think anything of it.  A few days later, he gets this red rash on his cheek, rather like a sunburn.  But it didn't hurt or itch, so I didn't do anything besides keep an eye on it.  Then last Saturday, he started getting the bulls-eye rashes showing up on his wrist, arm, and leg.  By Sunday several more had appeared.  Talking to a friend about it linked the previous fever to the rashes. Jon went over every bit of Jonathan's body with a magnifying glass, but the culprit had left.  (I'm itching all over just typing this.) I called the doctor's office the minute they opened Monday morning, and got an appointment for just as soon as we could get there.

Dr. Anderson had not seen a case since he started practicing in Pittsburgh, and another doctor came in to look at the rashes as well.  They took blood (which was a miserable ordeal, partly due to not enough time to explain it and partly to Jonathan not trusting Jon that this was the best course of action) to make a conclusive diagnosis.  But we got the amoxicillin right away.  He has been totally fine taking that, and we have a calendar chart next to the fridge that he puts a sticker on each time he takes a dose.

The first day on the medicine wiped him out like those initial fever days, but after that he has been fine.  Today, at Faith's 9 month appointment, Dr. Anderson did a follow up on Jonathan, who was excited to show him that the spots are completely gone.  He listened to his heart and everything sounded fine.  The blood results did come back positive for Lyme Disease.  He reported it to the health department for tracking purposes and we might be getting a call from them.

I asked Jonathan if he felt special being one of the first in this area to get Lyme Disease, and he said, "No." (:

Posted by Heather Daley on June 12, 2009, 7:51 pm | Read 2198 times
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The title of this post made my day. I hope UD sees it.

Posted by SursumCorda on June 12, 2009, 9:39 pm

whew. i still can't believe you got lyme disease in your household, with no tick sightings! i wonder if you have the smaller ticks (deer ticks, i think) that are harder to find and more likely to carry it? i think we have mostly dog ticks here, which are bigger and easy(ish) to spot. still can't find them in a head of dark brown hair, though...

i'm glad to hear that it's pretty much over. now you need chickens to eat your ticks.

Posted by serina on June 12, 2009, 9:50 pm

i'm so glad he's feeling better, you have an official diagnosis and can now move on.
you're doing tick checks every night now, right? ;)

Posted by ~liz on June 13, 2009, 6:41 am
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