(Apologies to all those on Twitter, who’ve already heard all this 🙂 )
Short and sweet this one, folks.
On Tuesday this week, despite the fact that winter is supposed to be here, Geoff was diagnosed with Lyme Disease. He has a very beautiful rash covering half of his left leg, and is now on antibiotics (with no alcohol at all!) for two weeks.
We do not remember him having a tick bite, but there has obviously been one. You can still see the mark from the bite in the middle of the rash, in fact. However, this obviously points to the fact that it could have been fairly recently, which in turn hints to the fact that ticks are still active and have not gone off to hibernate – or whatever it is they do in the winter. So, be aware!
Geoff had been having a few random, nondescript symptoms that could have been anything – headaches for example – but it wasn’t until the rash appeared that all the pieces fell into place. If you are interested, go to google images for what the rash looks like, it’s fairly unmistakable.
There is also another blogger who has done a post about his experiences with Lyme Disease, which is well worth a read. See here. Amongst other things, this article tells us that ticks can still be active in temperatures as low as 3.5C.
Anyway, just thought I’d bring it to your attention – forewarned is forearmed as they say – so take care out there!
James has requested a photo but we haven’t got a good one of Geoff’s rash. However, it was just like this only the outer circle got much bigger. It maybe had a diameter of about 20cm and was so large it wrapped right around his leg: