Has any moved because of lyme?

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   Posted 5/2/2009 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Have any of you moved to a different part of the country where it is less likely to be infected or reinfected? I took the dog for a quick walk in the woods last weekend, when we got home we found 3 deer ticks on her. We have deer come through our back yard quite often and we worry about more infections.

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   Posted 5/2/2009 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi sick-from-tick.  I am sorry you found three ticks on your dog.  Do you treat her with Frontline or a similar product?  Where are you located?  Although there are states with less occurrence of Lyme disease, I believe it is present in every state. 

There are many precautions you can take to reduce the chance of getting bitten:  walk only on wide and/or paved trails and not through brush or tall grass; tuck your shirt into your pants, your pants into your socks, wear a hat; wear repellant on exposed skin and on your clothing; treat your yard; do things to deter deer and rodents from coming into your yard; check carefully for ticks when you come inside; and throw your clothes into a hot dryer for at least 15 minutes (this will kill any ticks, washing them will not).  If you find a tick, remove it with tweezers only and save it for testing.


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   Posted 5/2/2009 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
We moved from our condo to a house because I kept falling down the stairs at the condo.

However....... at our house, I fell down 2 (count'em only 2) stairs of the deck in our back yard, and I broke bones in both feet. I had a cast on my right foot and a bootie on the left one..... this is when the drinking began...... short lived, big mistake, etc. but I just couldn't take it anymore. Picture me with the cast and the bootie walking into the nearest ABC liquor store.... but, they probably see this kind of thing all the time!

Check with your vet, mine recomended "Revolution".
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   Posted 5/2/2009 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   

I live in central Wisconsin. Before I was infected I would tell my wife that ticks weren't really a big deal, you just pick them off. Needless to say I feel a bit different about them now.

We use frontline on our dog, so she'll probably be ok. Our fear is that she will bring them into the house.


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   Posted 5/2/2009 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes I had a great house in martha's vineyard. I did not go back to after we all got sick. It was not just the fact that lyme was all over the place. But I was most worried about tularemia. With all of the gardenrs that woked for my dying of this one and my friends getting cripped with lyme. They got it every summer. I just thought....man...enough is enough.
I loved that 4 acre estate in chilmark.
But after reading all about lab 257 in NY...forget it.
But my home state of Texas is getting hit hard too. And my daughter got it again last summer. So.....
I am just going to have to live in skin so soft and go for it.
2004 in Martha's Vineyard me and my two daughters then 11 mos and 6 all got Lyme Disease. This was only known to us because we found the tiny ticks on us and we got very ill. My dog also got lyme and he went lame.
We have fought it for 4 years to no avail.
We all got it again this summer is Texas.
I am now in treatment in Scottsdale Arizona at Envita.

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   Posted 5/2/2009 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Yup, I left New England and move to the Southwest where I got Valley Fever. VF is worse than Lyme because it's caused by a fungus you inhale and you can't avoid it unless you stop breathing.

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   Posted 5/2/2009 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
We had a house near the ny/ct border in a wooded area in westchester county, NY. The deer were everywhere in the front and back yard and that's when my wife fell ill. So we moved out and into an apartment in the city, where we are safe from ticks.

Although my wife got a tick bite at that house in NY, I think she might have contracted Lyme about 4 years prior when we lived in Chicago. We had gone hiking in Kettle Moraine state park in Wisconsin one summer, and that fall she became deathly ill with panic attacks out of nowhere for several months. It spontaneuosly went away and I think a tick bite in NY reactivated it and then some.

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   Posted 5/3/2009 12:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi ya'll

I'm navy brat and have lived in all but 4 states, dont know if any of them are tick free tho. maybe if we lived in bubbles we wouldnt get lymes, but can we call that living?
also wanted to let ya know ticks do fall out of trees onto ya. thats how my sis got her first tick. after that she wouldnt go outside without a hat on for yrs. she was 9 at the time. another good was to keep ticks off you and dogs when outside walking is to use deep woods off, its how i kept them off when in Wi. very heavy in ticks there. as i cant remeber ever getting bit by one when i was there. I have lived in Tx for the last 3 yrs and even here we have ticks. but so far not 1 has bit me or my dogs & cat here. i use Boispot on them it works great.

just remeber if you use anything on your pets to test a small spot on them first to make sure they dont have a reaction to it.


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   Posted 5/3/2009 12:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Dagger, I'm sorry you got Valley Fever. Are you okay now? I plan on relocating from NY to AZ as soon as I'm well enough. For a while I was considering the possibility of eventually moving to NC but am now seriously rethinking that one because of LD. Unbelievable!

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   Posted 5/3/2009 7:24 AM (GMT -6)   
That awful Dagger. Are you still in AZ?
My wife wants to move Denver area. I know all states have it. When I first got sick and started researching lyme I found the map showing concentration in the US and our county has a lot of cases. Our family doctor said it is as common as the flu around here, but won't acknowledge chronic lyme. Not to mention the long winters we have get old.

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   Posted 5/3/2009 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
You can run but you can't hide -- unless it's Montana! They seem to be Lyme free or they have generations that have mutated genes that help protect them from it.

Maybe someday we will too. But I'm afraid it's too late for we posters here.
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