Something occurred to me--
Is your blood bright red and runny, or dark and thick?
First of all, if someone has thin blood wouldn't it be easier for the tick to get it's meal more quickly and infect someone more quickly? I mean, if two people drink 8 ounces of a beverage through a straw, one is water, the other is a shake, it's obvious the person drinking the shake would take longer whereas the person drinking the water would be done in just seconds. So then perhaps people with thinner blood are more susceptible to or can be infected more quickly due to a tick finishing its blood meal more quickly. (If this is true, it could shoot the whole time a tick must be attached theory out the door.)
Ok theory #2
I read that some recent studies show that platelets also play an important role in aiding the body's immune system, but this is rarely considered--low platelets mean thin blood but there is little acknowledgement that this also means the immune system is not working properly or that lack of platelets can affect the immune system response to bacterial infections.
I'm also thinking thin blood would make it easier for the nasty little bacteria to swim around and do their damage more quickly.
So I'm thinking, low platelets or thin blood means, quicker meal for the tick, and inhibited immune response, and ideal swimming conditions, which could also explain why people who may have Lyme disease may have gotten it more easily, and may not show the immunoglobulins/IgG/IgM on the Western Blot tests. (IgG/IgM show up when the immune system is fighting off bacteria, if there arent enough platelets to assist this process, maybe the IgG/IgM simply are not being produced properly and therefore wouldn't show up in a test.)
I haven't been able to find any studies which addressed or considered the probablility or improbability of this, but maybe one or some of you would know an expert who could research this theory?
And what do you think about it? Does this make sense? I tend to overanalyze things but what are your opinions?