"President George W. Bush has had an MRI of his left shoulder in an attempt to understand why he has experienced pain recently."
How many patients who are now informed about the truth of Lyme disease trusted what they were told, surrendered to a treatment protocol b/c 'it is 'SOP" Standard Operating Procedure for Lyme based on the ID guidelines', yet went on to suffer believing they had addressed the problem.
ILAD was consulted covertly re: President Bush's contraction of Lyme and the rash that subsequently developed along with the flu-like symptoms. It was later, when the news released the facts that it confirmed for this ILAD physician that he had been contacted and queried on behalf of the President. He was not informed at the time of the reason for the inquiry.
"White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said Bush's treatment was not disclosed earlier because it happened after his last physical, on Aug. 1, 2006. He said doctors decided not to perform blood tests for Lyme disease because the treatment worked for the one area where the president experienced a rash, and he never progressed to other symptoms or saw a recurrence."
"It was a rash," Stanzel said. "It's not uncommon for the president to have tick bites when he's out biking. Bush was treated for what his doctors described as "early, localized Lyme disease" last August (06) after developing the characteristic bullseye rash. The doctors said he has had no recurrence."
"A total of 11 doctors were involved in the exams, overseen by White House physician Richard Tubb and Dr. Kenneth Cooper, the president of The Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas. The group included skin, hearing, eye, heart, neurological and sports medicine specialists.
Each signed a statement saying that "within the scope of my specialty" he found Bush "fit for duty" with the expectation that he will remain so for the duration of his presidency _ standard language used after presidential physicals."
As Lyme patients and families, we have faced judgment as a majority in this disease much like no other. Conflict of interest, political confusion and bad behavior fuel the ongoing reasons why this could happen to even the President. The president, as intelligent, informed or uninformed he may be about this disease does seem to be suffering on some level. It was recently reported that he continues to have 'bouts' of mild dizziness and those seasonal allergies. He is trusting what his advisors and medical team are telling him. They are afterall, considered 'top physicians' in the country. How many of us trusted our doctors, who, whether innocent, scared, proud or arrogant - missed the diagnosis, treated improperly or not at all.
We do not know how long nor with what medication Pres. Bush was treated. This has not been disclosed to the public yet.
I am personally concerned that the President has been mis-informed and that he does continue to suffer from this hideous nightmare. He will in time know the truth. He will be out of the 'bubble' soon and if this truly is indicative of ongoing Lyme disease, will know soon enough.
I wrote a letter of respect and concern to the White House, to his attention and included vital references related to science, protocol, legislation and legal matters. It was faxed directly to his scheduler and delivered to his aides. Did he see it? ???
But, it was done b/c of the appearance of and concern for a potential hidden pathogen that just may need more attention. Imagine if we all wrote. If the letter was intercepted, no problem. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I'll just do it again - only this time to a Texas address.
Keeping Hope: Unless your doctors are using diagnostic codes that are not reflecting Lyme; IOW if the doc is reporting Lyme, it is your insurance carrier and location. You are blessed.