I'm like Cat on this one, waaay too many bites to count!!! I have had animals all of my life, had a working farm for awhile, trained horses for a while, and can't stay inside still!!
IN an effort to try to help answer your questions though, from what I have read it's not the number of bites that determines how your body is going to handle things. It has to do with exactly what condition your body is in at the time of the bite.
For example, if you are dealing with some health issues - whether you even realize it or not (as in problems with your thyroid or adrenals)- then your body is under extra stress. Then let's throw in some on-going issues at work, and an argument last weekend (or whatever) with a family member - then you could easily be under enough stress to keep your body from being able to mount up the defenses it would take to fight off a tick-borne infection.
Did I make that clear as mud??? LOL!
I hope it helps a little bit!!
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I break up my post because my eyes have been effected by TBI's as well, which makes long paragraphs very hard to read.