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Tick Me Down

The last two weeks have been a bit of a blur for me. Along with raising baby kittens and doing farm chores and planting crops, I have been fighting fatigue and illness. I was bitten by a tick and it got me very sick. My lymph nodes in my throat swelled  and cause a lot of pain. I had a fever, chills and muscle aches. Then I could not breath nor swallow so off to the ER. I was giving Ibuprofen and an antibiotic, but that did nothing. So I went to see my Dr and got a stronger antibiotic. The nodes went down on their own. I am still not back to normal. All thanks to a tick bite.
Turns out Lyme Disease is just one of many things ticks can do to you. You can die from lack of white blood cells with the same symptoms as the flu.They call that the Heartland Virus. So if you get bit and have a fever and chills, go see your Ozark Doctor. A doctor that has experience with recognizing tick symptoms and how to treat them. I am glad our pets all have tick meds on them. Wish I had that as well.
Life on the farm is never dull.

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  1. We lost our dog from Lynes disease. What a heartbreak! I know it's hard with a busy homesteading lifestyle, but do take care of yourself.

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