Tuesday, June 2, 2009
We have been very lucky with Cara and sicknesses since she has been diagnosed with T1. We have not had a sick day, a few runny noises here and there but nothing major and with 6 children that is amazing. Until NOW....
So about a week ago my husband was outside with our kids while I was gone to a friend's baby shower. While playing outside a neighbour noticed a bug (mosquito) on Cara's arm, my husband killed it. Cara went on playing the rest of that afternoon and night, everything seemed fine. It was only a few days later that we noticed a big red circular sore or bruise on her arm close to the same area that the mosquito had bit Cara. I asked my husband if he had seen the mark on her arm and he told me about the bit a few days earlier. We thought WOW that is a huge reaction to a mosquito bite. A Day passed and the red circular rash was not going away and it began to look like a bulls eye. There was a spot right in the middle of the rash were the bug had bitten her around that was a reddish purple rash, and around that was a bright red raised (some days) circle. I was speaking to a friend on the phone explaining what Cara's rash looked like and she told me to look up tick bites. I googled tick bites and went to images, there it was, the same rash that was on Cara's arm. I read on and the circular rash on her arm was a symptom of Lyme disease. I called my husband and he took her to the clinic the next morning and it was confirmed Lyme disease.
Lyme disease is an infection caused by the corkscrew-shaped bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. These bacteria are spread by the bite of black legged ticks (also called the deer ticks). The black legged tick is found sporadically throughout the province. Not all ticks carry Lyme disease and even with a bite from an infected tick, there is only a small chance of getting Lyme disease. We were told it is very rare, especially where we live...... And of course Cara gets it. She is now on a course of antibiotics for 2 weeks and hopefully it will take care of the Lyme disease and she will feel better.