At the start of last summer, I reminded you all: Check for ticks.
It was– and is– good advice.
If you’ve not already read it, please pop over and do so. Even if you have, it wouldn’t hurt just to refresh yourself on how “at-risk” your area might be.
I’ve been a little scarce around here. There are many good reasons for that. Yesterday would have been our fourth baby’s due date. All five of us have battled a fierce tummy bug. Those things alone would have kept me off the computer.
But we had more significant news.
Last week, our son, A., lost consciousness at school. His blood pressure dropped to 62 over 37 and the nurse was concerned. Since it’s not the first time he’s fainted, we were too.
I took him to the doctor. She ordered tests. Some day, I might tell you the whole tale in the form of a “My Story… ” series because, truly? There is SO.MUCH to tell. But, until then, I will leave you with this:
We spent this week getting results, consulting with a pediatric cardiologist, viewing heart ultrasounds, and logging 24-hour EKG halter monitor results. Ultimately, we started our son on at least four weeks of medication to try to get him well and heal his heart.
All because of a tick.
One we never saw.
No bulls-eye rash.
Lyme Disease with no evident symptoms that went on for months.
And now, he’s out of sports or strenuous activity for a month. I’m making follow-up appointments with a HEART DOCTOR. We’re all optimistic, but still praying, that medication will do the trick.
Be careful. Check for ticks. Try to wear long pants when you can and, despite how un-cool it might look, consider tucking them into your socks. Do get out and enjoy nature because, really, it IS worth it. But be vigilant.