>> Friday, July 3, 2015
My blog has never been a glossy or polished place where I try to make our lives seem perfect. At the same time, I feel like sometimes I end up telling the world far too many of our family’s problems. I feel vulnerable and even stupid for certain mistakes. And I really thought about not sharing this chapter, but I figured if I could help anyone avoid what we are experiencing -- good.
We live in upstate New York and frequently travel to Pennsylvania and New Jersey. And we LOVE being outdoors. As a result, we know all about ticks and Lyme Disease. If you don’t live where this is a big deal, feel free to skip this post (and thank your lucky stars!). Anyway, we check Ada for ticks daily, head to toe. So, when Ada was diagnosed with early disseminated Lyme earlier this week, we were completely blindsided. I mean, jaw-dropping, what-the-hell-do-you-mean, I’m-the-worst-mother-ever sort of shocked.
By now, I was completely dumbfounded.
I look back on that high school substitute and now think he wasn’t so crazy. In fact, I thank him. Now I’m going to carry on that tradition of letting people know that this disease is no joke. Not all ticks carry Lyme, but if you ever suspect anything is out of the ordinary, get in touch with your doctor ASAP.