June 23, 2014
It's a helpless feeling when your child gets really sick. My kids are coming off one of their healthiest winters ever. Usually strep throat runs rampant in my household; so far it has not reared its ugly head, but another villain has. A tiny tick has rocked our world. Just when I was about to say, "Hey, you made it through the school year without any major illness," my youngest daughter contracted Lyme disease. All of a sudden a tiny rash turned into a big bull's eye on her back. The next thing I knew, I was looking at ugly magnified ticks online and picking up a prescription for Doxycoline. I've learned that if I over-research a topic online, I become a crazy woman and fear sets in quite quickly. I found it really hard to believe that the treatment for Lyme is three weeks of antibiotics and nothing else. For those who do not catch it or do not get the rash and fail to treat it, there can be severe complications. Log onto www.cdc.gov/Lyme to learn more. The first few days were rough, with fever and chills, as the medicine fought the toxins in my kid's body. I'm mad that she has to go through this; isn't having a tick bite bad enough? I feel constantly itchy now too. But just as my child recovered and was starting to bounce off the walls again, she got the flu. She missed a the last two weeks of school which is now closed for summer. I'm told many of the students were out with this bug—the flu, that is, not the tick thing. How convenient, my daughter will have friends at summer school. Ok, I really have to scratch now.
"Normal is nothing more than a cycle on the washing machine." – Whoopi Goldberg
"Sunscreen always messes up my nail polish!"
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