It has been 14 days since my son has been on amoxicillin treating what is now becoming all too common in our neck of the woods, Lyme Disease. Prior to those 14 days some scary stuff happened. This is not to scare, but prepare and become aware of what’s around us so we know how to out smart it the best we can.
Earlier this month, my son presented clear symptoms of Lyme Disease. Living and loving the outdoors in the Northeast we have come to be very aware of Lyme, but never thought it would hit us the way it did. A week before, I noticed a drastic change in his behavior. He wanted to go to bed exactly when he came home from daycare, and had a low-grade fever he just could not shake. His neck was incredibly sensitive, so much to the point even a hug hurt him, and his usual rough play turned into solemn activities. I also had noticed his walking change as well. Soon after those symptoms the welts came. Now these were clearly Lyme related to me. Red rings spotted his legs; eight on one, and four on the other. That’s when I knew we couldn’t mess around any longer, and we got him to the pediatrician immediately.
Thankfully we caught it early enough that the 2 weeks of amoxicillin knocked it out. What scares me is how vulnerable CJ is to the disease now its in his blood stream, and the vulnerability of other cutie pies. Some of our dear friends have seen more severe effects such as Bell’s palsy, a form of facial paralysis, as a result from Lyme Disease. I quickly learned more about Bell’s palsy and its connections with Lyme Disease from a quick click to Wikipedia. What has been the most eye opening about the whole situation has been the fact that I had never found a tick on him. Yes, plenty of times I had pulled ticks off, but they never truly came to anything.
So please enjoy the outdoors with your loved ones, but be aware of the little critters that roam.