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The ABCs of Sharon Rainey

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 in Blog |

Here are mine; feel free to send me yours! A – Alcoholics Anonymous – a program that saved my life and my sanity from the age of 25 and forward. B – Bartonella – the co-infection of Lyme disease that controlled my life for too many years. C – Cavalier King Charles dogs – We have four of them. With the puppies that Lola had, we were housing 10 dogs in our house this year for about 5 months. CRAZY. D – Depression; a disease I suffered from for too many years. E – Email; it’s the best way to communicate with me. F – Facebook; my newest way to connect with people. Yes, it can be a timewaster, but it has given me so many new friendships, insights, connections. G – Glasses since I was three I think. Tried contacts and scratched my cornea three times. Glasses it is. Colorful glasses. I like them in pink, turquoise, and purple. H – Hair – long because that’s how my husband loves it. Blonde to cover the gray and always with a surprise color underneath. Today’s color: raspberry pink! I – Introverted. In a big way. I could be very happy living in the southwest, seeing no one and just staying connected via email. J – Jeffrey; my best friend, my husband, my lover – married 24.5 years. K – Knitting and counted cross stitch and needlepoint – hobbies that keep me focused and calm. L – Lyme disease – a disease that killed my aunt and sickened too many members of my family. M – – my creation, my business, my way of connecting with my Neighbors without having to dress up every day.. N – North – an area I am not too familiar with and don’t feel a need to be. Just keep me in the southwest with deserts and open vistas. Better yet, just take me to White Sands again. O – Organic food; I used to think it was a scam for consumers; now I try to eat only organic food. It has helped me heal. P – Pearls – my favorite jewelry and...

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What to do if you have a tick bite in Virginia

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 in Blog |

***In Virginia, up to 50% of ticks can carry Lyme disease or other infections. ADVICE ON TREATING TICK BITES (from Dr. Joseph Burrascano, the longest treating physician for Lyme in the U.S.): “…The physician cannot rely on a laboratory test or clinical finding at the time of the bite to definitely rule in or rule out Lyme Disease infection, so must use clinical judgment as to whether to use antibiotic prophylaxis. Testing the tick itself for the presence of the spirochete, even with PCR technology, is helpful but not 100% reliable. An established infection by B. burgdorferi can have serious, long-standing or permanent, and painful medical consequences, and be expensive to treat. Since the likelihood of harm arising from prophylactically applied anti-spirochetal antibiotics is low, and since treatment is inexpensive and painless, it follows that the risk benefit ratio favors tick bite prophylaxis.” TREATMENT CATEGORIES TICK BITES – Embedded Deer Tick With No Signs or Symptoms of Lyme. Decide to treat based on the type of tick, whether it came from an endemic area, how it was removed, and length of attachment (anecdotally, as little as four hours of attachment can transmit pathogens). The risk of transmission is greater if the tick is engorged, or of it was removed improperly allowing the tick’s contents to spill into the bite wound. High-risk bites are treated as follows (remember the possibility of co-infection!): 1) Adults: Oral therapy for 28 days. 2) Pregnancy: Amoxicillin 1000 mg q6h for 6 weeks. Test for Babesia, Bartonella and Ehrlichia. Alternative: Cefuroxime axetil 1000 mg q12h for 6 weeks. 3) Young Children: Oral therapy for 28 days. Reference: ADVANCED TOPICS IN LYME DISEASE DIAGNOSTIC HINTS AND TREATMENT GUIDELINES FOR LYME AND OTHER TICK BORNE ILLNESSES, Sixteenth Edition, Copyright October, 2008, JOSEPH J. BURRASCANO JR., M.D. TO REMOVE ATTACHED TICKS: Use fine-tipped tweezers or shield your fingers with a tissue, paper towel, or rubber gloves, when removing the tick; otherwise infectious agents may enter through mucous membranes and breaks in the skin. DO NOT use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish, or other products. Grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible...

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