Monday, November 29, 2010

not what i had in mind

in a "this was not what i had in mind" twist to our thanksgiving weekend, our youngest was diagnosed with lyme disease. maya sustained a tick bite (which i thought was a mosquito bite) while we were in arkansas on the night of the rehearsal, right through her little stockings. she complained of that bite the evening she got it and itched like crazy. she has been itching it raw ever since and on friday morning she was crying about it. when i took off her jammies, i saw a red welt, surrounded by a pale ring of skin followed by a thin red ring.

ringworm! eeeew... i did take her in the hotel pool. no big deal, some anti-fungals will clear that right up. but just to be sure, i take her to the doctor. "she's been itching like crazy," i say. "i thought it started as a bug bite when we were in arkansas a couple of weeks ago...". "hmmm", the doctor said. "ring worm isn't that itchy. what dates were you in arkansas? was she outside at all?" supplied with those answers she swabbed the area to look for fungus under the microscope, but told me that she was going to be looking up cases of lyme disease in arkansas.

exqueeze me? there's no way, i thought.

she was gone for 10 minutes. when she came back in she said, "i didn't see any fungus on the slide. just to be sure, i'm sending it out for testing. there have been confirmed cases of lyme disease in arkansas. i'm pretty certain this is what we're looking at." there is a blood test, but it tells you nothing. it gives you a base line reading, then after a course of antibiotics you take another test. the change between the 2 supposedly tells you whether it is likely she had the disease. though still, there are no specific markers to test for. you go by symptoms. since i didn't want to needlessly put her through a blood draw, i opted out.

"now," the doctor says, "i really don't want you to go home and get on the internet and read everything you can about lyme disease." fat chance, i think. but i promise to try. later that night i find out a bunch of things that will only make one or more of us crazy, and i tell myself to stop looking. sometimes the antibiotics don't work, but there is a good chance that since we caught it early, they will work and she will suffer no ill effects from this disease, save for that brief itchy rash. it is unlikely the child will be in the hospital and battling flu-like symptoms for months on end, like other's i've known who contracted lyme and were not treated early enough. what remains to be seen however, is what the long term implications of the disease may be. since a lot of my readers are runners, all i should have to say is: Bart Yasso, for you to know what i'm talking about. "if your daughter comes in here in 2 years with painfully swollen and arthritic joints, this will have been an important piece of her medical history in helping us understand why," the doctor said.
so, as the worrying parents, i guess we get to look forward to a lifetime of freakouts over any little ache and pain the child complains of.

what is odd is that the incidence of lyme disease is about a million times higher in NY state, and i frequently take the kids hiking here. though, we haven't in 6 weeks or better, due to the weather. and, this isn't the first time i've found a tick on maya. i saw one crawling up her back when we were in maine, but removed it before it bit. she must be a magnet.

anyway, we are sad and worried, but marching on because - what else can you do? there is nothing that matters so much to me as the lives of the other 3 people who live in this house. everything else in life, save for God, pales quite dramatically in comparison. as long as they're good, i'm good. and i am trusting in my aforementioned Savior to take care of us and help us face any challenge ahead.

hoping that you had a restful holiday and that you are motivated to kick the extra pounds in the tail this week. if you are interested in the Old Indian Trail Fat Ass 50s, we're still doing them this weekend - weather looks decent and jim and i will be out there, leading everyone through the course. have a great week friends.

6 comments:

misszippy said...

Sorry to hear that! The very good news is you caught it now, when the odds favor no long-term repercussions. Sending you good vibes...

Brian Borate said...

The second case of ticks this week of people I know. My uncle was fortunately, unfortunate in the fact that he met with 2 females who laid eggs his right arm is completely purple and the egg sac had to be surgically removed symptoms are completely different but he is being treated with the anti-biotics.. He was stacking wood for the winter; warm ,moist body for eggs , they couldn't refuse


I'm in for the fatty run and I'll give you my best (which sucks) but I am in for a beautiful run in a memory filled area...

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Bummer news, hope she suffers no long-term effects.

Anonymous said...

so glad you caught this early.I think it will make all the difference . liz f

ShellBell said...

I hope everything works out with minimal effects. So hard watching your child go through that.

Art said...

As someone who was sort-of-maybe-not-really-hard-to-know-for-sure diagnosed with lyme disease in sixth grade, i can attest to the occasional freakout, but generally -- coming up on 30 yrs old now -- no serious health problems. Well, ok, I let work stress me out too much, but that is what running is for!