“Spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil.” – Heber
I had to start todays entry with a positive reminder of how beautiful spring is! Smell the fresh air, at times, there is a coolness to it, as a friendly reminder that winter tail coat could still lash out. The birds start to return and prepare themselves for the next chapter of their lives. Nature tries to keep a balance, as she provides a home for every creature in just the right spot at just the right time. This usually equals out and lets her see that all her creations are cared for.
There is a need for insects. Even though we may not like the little crawling things, their role is an part of the system. It is usually within our ability to make sure we protect ourselves against the diseases that can occur from bites. The reason why I picked ticks today is because the first one of the season reared its head and tried to find a home – me.
Lyme disease can be contracted within various parts of North America. I am providing the following information as a reminder for those who live Lyme disease areas.
What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?
The symptoms of Lyme disease usually happen in three stages, although not all patients have every symptom. The first sign of infection is usually a circular rash called erythema migrans or EM. This rash occurs in about 70-80 percent of infected people. It begins at the site of the tick bite after a delay of three days to one month. Other common symptoms include:
- muscle and joint pain
- swollen lymph nodes.
If untreated, the second stage of the disease can last up to several months and include
- central and peripheral nervous system disorders
- multiple skin rashes
- arthritis and arthritic symptoms
- heart palpitations
- extreme fatigue and general weakness
If the disease remains untreated, the third stage can last months to years with symptoms that can include recurring arthritis and neurological problems.
Fatalities from Lyme disease are rare.
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Have a safe, happy spring and summer!