This is a picture of what started it all. It is a deer tick.
July 4th I was sitting on my mom's lap out on the front porch in my pajamas when my mom realized that I had two big red spots on my leg. She immediately thought of the bulls eye rash which is a sign of Lyme disease.(When she was just 11 years old she had gotten Lyme Disease, so she knew a lot about it.) She got her smartphone out and Googled it. Yup, she was pretty sure that I had Lyme disease. I was kind of scared! I had heard of her stories when she had it and it had just seemed like a story to me. But then it became a reality. She and my dad scheduled a doctors appointment. Some doctors don't treat Lyme long enough, or just plain don't believe in it. My parents were nervous that my doctor would be like that. But my doctor was great! He took a look at my rashes and immediately prescribed 6 weeks of antibiotics. My mom was nervous that that wouldn't be enough, so she asked for two months. He agreed. Now that my family and I thought about it we realized that I had been tired for about a year. We had thought that I just wasn't getting enough sleep. And the summer before my dad would have to go to work before I woke up, and I was really sad about that. So I had asked him to wake me up and say goodbye before he left. That was definitely not normal for me! We had no idea how this was all connected to Lyme and what we were getting into! You can learn more about my experience in my next blog.