Sunday, June 14, 2009

No Outdoor Adventures and LYME DISEASE!

Once again, I failed to spend any time in the outdoors this weekend. Stuff just keeps coming up in my schedule and I can't find any time to go fishing or anything else outdoors related. I cut a bunch of grass this weekend and did some other odds and ends, but that was as close to outside as I got.
In the past week I took and passed a polygraph, was contacted for another job interview which is tomorrow morning, found out my Mom has Lyme Disease, and then found out that my girlfriend has Lyme Disease. There were some other things that have happened that were frustrating and time consuming, but they are hardly outdoors related or relevant at this time. Overall it was just a long week with an equally tiring weekend.
The only outdoors related stuff that happened was finding out that my Mom and girlfriend both have Lyme Disease. They must have been bitten by Deer ticks, which are a horrible problem here in Northern Virginia. Both of them got giant red and white bulls eye rashes on there bodies and got mild fevers and horrible headaches. They also had pain that moved around their bodies. They both seem to be feeling a little better after starting 3 week long antibiotic treatments. My cousin Matt has written about Lyme Disease over at his blog and has had the disease multiple times. I need to find out if he has any secret remedies for the illness because if he doesn't I am afraid my Mom and Sarah are just going to have to tough it out for a few more weeks....
If ticks are in the outdoors areas that you frequent make sure you stay vigilant by covering your body with pants, long sleeve shirts, and bug spray. Don't forget to thoroughly check your body after coming in from outside and if you find a tick on you and start to feel ill a few days later or get a weird rash, GO TO THE DOCTOR.
I hope some of you are getting to spend more time outdoors than I am, and I hope to have something good to write about soon.


  1. Sorry to hear that your mom and your girlfriend have been ill with Lyme disease. Seems like I have heard several stories already this year about folks with tick problems. Be patient and successful outdoor opportunities will come for you.

  2. Hearing about Lyme Disease is enough to make me want to stay indoors. I hope they make a full recovery!!

  3. Lyme disease sucks. My son had Ehrlichiosis from a deer tick. He was miserable. I live in Central Minnesota and according to the doctor, the county I live in has the highest incidence of Lyme disease in the country. Needless to say, the kids are checked every night!

    Those nasty bugs make me feel like staying in, but the kids don't seem to shy away. Good for them, and I just force myself out any way.