I think the solution to the ignorant doctors is to have tick bite them that is infected with Lyme and let them decide for themselves. They should readily agree if Lyme disease is no big issue and does not really exist.
This reminds me of the news story from several months back... when they cancelled an airline flight because someone found 3 ticks on the plane. The airline brought in a completely different plane for this flight!
I think if any one of these uninformed (or misinformed) doctors saw a tick anywhere near them, they would completely freak out. And, if they saw a tick bite them, I think they would drown themselves in antibiotics for a good 3 months straight.
Unfortunately, one of these doctors would have to get bitten and then they would wake up one day and have their lives ripped out from underneath them. I hate to drag children into this, but I'm going to since so many parents out there have children, teen agers, young adult kids with Lyme disease; I wonder just how far any one of these doctors would go to treat one of their kids if they got bit by a tick?
This disease sucks. It's a horrible, horrible disease.... and articles written by doctors from the IDSA or who are towing the IDSA's guidelines... just add to the horror. And if we react? We need an anti-depressant or an anti-psychotic or at least several visits to a pshrink.
If we test negative, we're crazy. If we test positive, the results are "false" positives therefore, we're crazy. Since we're crazy and have no "physical" illness, we need an anti-depressant or an anti-psychotic or at least several visits to a pshrink.
There's no way out. It's a no-win situation... and during this whole process, we get sicker and sicker and sicker.
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