Over the weekend I got a tick bite. Dang! It was the small one — the bad one that carries Lyme disease. Double dang!
We have the big brown dog ticks in the area but this is the first time I saw the small deer tick.
In an unusual stroke of luck (if you can use the term luck when you are talking about being infected by a tick), I already had a doctor appointment on Tuesday. Since I didn’t keep the tick (always keep them if you can), it couldn’t be tested. He recommended a 2 week dose of antibiotics to be safe.
My doc says that not everyone gets the symptoms and problems may present years later. He gave me a 14 day dose of an antibiotic.
I am not a wuss but I hate taking antibiotics. It upsets my fragile digestive system and everything goes wonky. Trust me, wonky is not good.
The first shock came when I picked up the medication. It was $100.90! That’s with my prescription coverage discount. Holy cow! Antibiotics are listed as $4 at my local drugstore. Is this a super drug? More cause for worry as it will kill everything in my body for sure.
Then I read the cautions. Never read the cautions. You can die from anything including water (especially if you are totally submerged in it for a long time). It’s best to skip those.
Then I read the “don’ts.” Wish I hadn’t. This is not a simple drug.
Don’t lie down for 30 minutes after you take it.
Don’t eat dairy for 2 hours before or after taking. That one cramped my style. My morning mocha has dairy! So do I go without coffee until 10 or take the pill at noon?
Don’t take vitamins, antacids, or iron 2 hours before or after.
Avoid (don’t be fooled by the choice of verb, it’s a don’t) excessive sunlight. (What is excessive? 30 minutes? 4 hours?)
Don’t. Don’t. Don’t.
Then I read the “mays.” Another section that’s best not to read.
It may cause anaphylactic shock (many things may).
It may cause severe diarrhea (oh dear).
It may cause vomiting or stomach distress. If that happens eat a small meal or take with crackers. (What’s a small meal? One piece of pizza or two?)
Thirteen more days to go.
I’m rethinking death.