It was never spanking clean. My dog (now dead) had Lyme in the early to mid eighties (from deer ticks, with which the house and basement were inspected).
We were in Europe, and the stupid house sitter didn't notice that he was covered with ticks. The first night I got home, he came to my room and stood there, and he was awake all night.
After that he got really sick and had to be euthanized.
I am so sad even remembering.
And it was in NC, not sure when, that Dr. J., after doing pioneering work with men who had AIDS, and being highly praised, started seeing patients with a bunch of weird new symptoms, and essentially discovered Chronic Lyme.
Now when I was little, there were absolutely no ticks in Switzerland, we were outdoors constantly, and we took long walks and hikes, and never had a problem. Now Switzerland is full of deer ticks.
Margaret, 52, Low immune globulin, Lyme, c. diff., complete thyroidectomy, remote breast cancer, IC, Babesiosis, Bartonella, etc.
Synthroid, Cymbalta, OTC allergy, Malarone, Hydroxychloriquine, Acyclovir prn, Imitrex prn, Gabapentin, Temazepam, Lamotrigine, Bystolic, Singulair, IVIG,///Colostrum, Glutamine, Multis, Calcium, D3, B vits, Probiotics, AcetylLCarnitine, Omegas, Iro