Ticked Off by Lyme Disease?
Ticks are disgusting. They lurk around in moist, humid woods and grasses just waiting for warm, delicious you to wander by, and then they jump on and bite down. They can gorge so much on your tasty, tasty blood that they swell up to several times their original size. And if that wasn’t gross enough, that tick could be carrying the organism that causes Lyme disease in its digestive system – and spewing it into your bloodstream while it eats.
Lyme disease is bad enough if you get a tick bite, spot the telltale red rash, have flu-like symptoms, and get yourself to a doctor for a course of antibiotics. But it’s possible to have it and not realize it (because you never saw the tick or the telltale rash), assume your symptoms come from a virus, and recover on your own, only to get sick again in a few years when a few lingering organisms escape your immune system. It’s also possible to be successfully treated for symptomatic Lyme disease but still have some sneaky organisms hanging around in your blood waiting for a chance to make a comeback years or even decades later. When they do, the symptoms return.
Not everyone is lucky enough to get a signature bulls eye that definitively says you’ve been ‘ticked’.
The bad news is that untreated Lyme disease can turn into a chronic illness, with headaches, joint pain, heart palpitations, and even facial paralysis. It can also trigger autoimmune symptoms. The good news is that more and more doctors are realizing how common it is for Lyme disease to go dormant and then come back even after treatment. And that means they’re that much more likely to take you seriously when you report symptoms that haven’t gone away or keep coming back. (And if they don’t, see another doctor.)
If you’ve been on the receiving end of a tick bite, augment your treatment with Glenda Cedarleaf’s powerful guided meditation, which soothes your spirit and offers potent healing suggestions that target the cellular, physiological, and symptomatic impact of the disease.
And as we head into spring, don’t forget to use tick repellent, check yourself often for ticks that get past it, and know how to properly remove any that are treating you as a snack bar.