I am the father of a daughter who was bitten by a tick at a local summer camp in 2011 and now suffers from seizures due to damage that was caused by Lyme disease and Bartonella henselae (a.k.a. cat-scratch fever or cat-scratch disease).
Since her first major, grand mal, seizure on 12/12/2011 I have spent a great deal of my free time researching Lyme and all of the co-infections that are transmitted by ticks and other biting arthropods in an effort the help her heal and for a book that I plan to publish at some point in the future.
It is my hope that by sharing my family’s story that I will be able you and your loved ones avoid the same tragic events that have befallen me and my family.
Lyme disease, and any of a host of co-infections, are predominately transmitted by the Ixodes scapularis, or that which is more commonly known as the deer tick or black-legged tick. And the best way to deal with the diseases is to do all that you can to avoid being bitten.
- Deer Tick
There are numerous types of ticks that come in various sizes, but the one that cause the most concern is the “Nymph.” The are extremely small and are about the size of a poppy seed, which makes them extremely difficult to detect.
- Tick Types
The most telltale sign for determining whether or not a bite occurred is the development of an Erythema Migrans (EM) or “bullseye” rash. However, for some people, including my own daughter, a rash does not develop into the “classic” shape of a bullseye. For still others there is no rash whatsoever!
- EM Rash
The most effective treatment for Lyme disease is early [emphasis added] intervention with antibiotics. For those who go undiagnosed for long periods of time treatment can be much more difficult but don’t get discouraged because success stories abound.