Bullseye

So now that my doughnuts have digested…

I had a really important post I wanted to write yesterday, but it got totally thrown off unexpectedly last night. So it will have to wait!

Let me explain.

As I think I recently mentioned, I am one of those people who gets seemingly 1000 more mosquito bites than the average person, and they all blow up to be enormous, swollen, mounds. I had a weird looking bite the other week, and I thought “hmmm. I actually have no idea what indicates a tick bite over a mosquito bite, I should Google that.” So I did, and I saw that tick bites often have a bullseye rash around them. That I did not have, so I forgot about it. And then, last night, not even a week later, I am sitting in the park, waiting to teach my bootcamp, and what do I see? Voila. Right there on my forearm.

Target should pay me for sporting this free advertising.

I went straight to the walk-in clinic after bootcamp and was immediately put on antibiotics. It turns out the bullseye is basically a sure thing in indicating that not only were you bitten by a tick, but you have come in contact with Lyme disease, which is an awful infectious disease that can lead to serious symptoms, and it really has no cure if you don’t get at it early. I also went to Mississauga to see my regular doctor this afternoon, just because I trust her a lot more than someone at a walk-in clinic that I have never met previously. She did a body check for any more rashes/ticks (legit), and gave me a form to get a Lyme blood test after I complete my antibiotics.

I have to say it is times like these that remind me why I freaking LOVE CANADA. I can get two medical opinions and it doesn’t cost a dime.

So, I am pretty certain that my bite just happened recently (possibly at the cottage), so I should be fine. I am going to pick up a few additional (herbal) antibiotics, some probiotics, and some stuff to start having detox baths, which can apparently help get it out of your system. I am very likely overdoing it, but I want to do everything I can to make sure whatever is inside of me (if anything) does not stick around. I didn’t make it to the gym yesterday or today. This really is a very stressful thing, even if the odds are in my favour. I work really hard on my health and to think that a teeny tiny little insect could take that all away from me in the blink of an eye, is not only scary, it is a little infuriating. I’m really feeling quite down about it. So that’s that.

On to happier news…

I got two new pairs of VFFs. WEEE! I got another pair of the SeeYas for road running, because mine are a) falling apart and b) smell like dead rodents (legit) and I got a pair of Spyridons so I can hit the trails! They have a bit of a thicker sole which ensures I don’t get stabbed by rocks. They also look pretty neat. Well…at least I think so, hah.

Tread on new SeeYas vs. Old SeeYas. NEAT!

Really can’t wait to hit the trails! I was hoping to go tonight for Trail Tuesdays at a running store in the area, but my bus was over an hour late coming from Mississauga, and there was a big thunder storm! That was too bad because I am never home on Tuesday evenings, I just happened to have no bootcamp tonight. Sigh!

Well, that’s what’s up. If you have any positive vibes to spare, I will take them!

Hope your week is off to a better start than mine!

Danielle

xo

Comments

  1. wow! thanks for posting this. i would never have known that tick bites leave a mark like that.

    and are those shoes really good for trails? i’m doing tough mudder in september (at mount st. louis) and it’s going to be trails (and obstacles) galore.

    • Danielle says:

      They don’t all leave bites like that, I think I read 50-80% (depending on where you read it hah), so it’s good to read up on symptoms as well. Sometimes that rash will appear no where near the bite, and sometimes it won’t appear at all.

      Vibram FiveFingers aren’t a “next pair of shoes” kind of thing. I slowly transitioned over an 8 month period to avoid injury. They are fantastic shoes, and well worth it, but I don’t recommend jumping right in! It takes time!

    • Awesome I just found this blog. I’m back in mississauga after being in the states for a few years and after doing a lot of camping and rock climbing. Never had the bullseye, but have had ticks on me and maybe some symptoms of late stage lyme (or could be me just being my usual hypochondriac self). Do you know if you got the western blot test? I heard that’s the best one. Are they pretty good about testing for it in mississauga. It looks like it’s been a couple of months now, how are you feeling? Thanks, and I’m happy I’ve found such an awesome blog while searching for lyme haha

      • Danielle says:

        Hi!! Happy you found me too! I grew up in Mississauga πŸ™‚

        I didn’t have the western blot test, I just had the lyme disease serology (standard blood test). There can be problems with accuracy, so I waited about 5 weeks after I finished my antibiotics to help ensure I didn’t get a false negative. It came back negative and I am pretty confident that I am fine since I started the antibiotics on the same day that I discovered the rash. I haven’t had any other symptoms either.

        If I were you, I would just pay close attention to any symptoms, and keep a journal log of what you experience and when and take it to your doctor. Unfortunately there are no Lyme docs in Ontario…hopefully it IS your hypochondriac self! Definitely try and get to the bottom of it so you can start healing yourself if you do indeed have Lyme. This site is very helpful: http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30

        Good luck!

        • Hi how long was you on antibiotics for? Many thanks Jason.

          • Hi Jason!

            I was on doxycycline for two weeks and 3 naturopathic tinctures (usnea, cinchona, cinnamon) for 30 days each.

  2. AHHHHH! So happy you caught that early! Ticks are super scary! xox

  3. AAhh!! So good that you got that dealt with. And I second Kathy’s remark, I didn’t actually know what tick bites looked like, so now I am going to keep watch! You didn’t get that at your bootcamp in Guelph did you?…

    • Danielle says:

      It’ll be about a month or so of preventative stuff and then the test so fingers crossed!
      Also read my reply up there to Kathy about the bite/rash!

      I originally thought it happened in Guelph, but it turns out the rash can take several days to appear after the bite, so chances are it occurred up north in the Kawarthas as I have been there a lot recently. So don’t panic!

  4. F that tick. I want those trail vibrams so bad!! The colours are so pretty!! And preventing any rock-stabbing is definitely a bonus.

  5. Ahh that freaks me out! I’ve been eaten alive in Costa Rica this week and I don’t think they’re all just mosquitoes!

    • Danielle says:

      I’m sure you are fine, but it never hurts to learn about the symptoms to watch for!

  6. Kait Lucas says:

    Hey Danielle!
    Not sure if you remember me! I’m the one with the overly friendy Basset Hound Penelope, who Lemon did not want to be friends with πŸ˜‰ Met you and Josh again this year at the McQuaid’s May party at the cottage! Still think its too funny that I had been following your blog and then realized we’ve met a few times! Anyways I just wanted to tell you that I am a Veterinary Technician and work at a clinic and our stats from the lab we work with has shown tick populations have increased in the area by 50% since just last year! Holy! Ticks can carry 3 types of Tick-borne diseases that can be transmitted to dogs, including Lyme, which as you know we can get too! We can’t get Lyme from our dog, but if the dog has a tick and the tick is carrying that disease and lands on us we can. At the clinic I work at we are doing testing for the 3 tick-borne diseases on dogs as regularly as we are for heartworm. So basically after all my rambling I just thought you might want to look into getting Lemon tested for the diseases as well, because if you were exposed Lemon might have been too. Its just a simple blood test and they do have a product called Advantix that will repel and kill ticks before they get a chance to attach. Hope that was helpful, and I’m glad you caught it early πŸ™‚
    xo Kait

    • Danielle says:

      Hi!! Yes of course I remember! And do you call your dog Penny for short or did I make that up? Hahahah.

      That’s crazy about the tick increase. NOT IMPRESSED! Thanks so much for the info about Lemon– she is due for her annual check up this month, I always get a blood test for heart worm, so I guess they can just add that on? I will definitely inquire. Also, I give her Revolution for heart worm/ticks/fleas, so I gave her the first dose of 2013 as soon as I started my own antibiotics, so hopefully that was helpful too. Thanks again and maybe see you in August!! xo

      • Kait Lucas says:

        Haha we do call her Penny for short πŸ™‚ I know I am so not impressed either, I’ve taken 13 ticks off dogs all in 2 months!! Yup they can easily just add it on if you ask them, not every clinic is talking about it and making it routine testing, so you might have to ask if they don’t mention anything πŸ™‚ Revolution is great for heartworm, fleas and intestinal parasites and will kill ticks off……BUT after few days…and the disease is usually transmitted in the first 12-24 hours soooo if you’re really concerned about ticks Advantix is the way to go, only product that repels ticks so they don’t even get on! You can use both products at once πŸ™‚ They really need to come out with ONE product that does everything aha, things gets way too confusing! Hopefully see you soon!!

  7. I just came upon your blog while researching tick bites. I had one several weeks ago that had been attached for several days but didn’t develop any rash and I did all sorts of homeopathic stuff. Then last night I discovered a bullseye that looks just like yours on another part of my body. So my question is…how are you doing? Did the antibiotics do the trick for you? I’m traveling but am getting ready to go to a walk-in clinic now.

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Rose!

      I am all for natural medicine but not in this case! Yes, get to a walk-in ASAP and make sure you get at least 3 weeks worth of antibiotics (I took doxycycline). Time is not on your side in this case. I have had no issues at all since, and am so thankful I caught it early. Did you save the tick and send it in for testing? Good luck! Sending healthy wishes.

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