So I'd been feeling pretty ill last weekend, during a visit to Danbury, CT. I'd never felt that type of illness before. Very strong head and body aches, fevers, chills. Felt kind of like a very strong flu... but with no coughing or congestion.
I decided to not take a risk and visited a local family practice place. So, the doctor checks me out, asks me a long list of questions about my symptoms and then asks, "when was the last time you were in CT?".
I say "two weeks ago."
Then she smiles and says "sounds like Lyme disease... or a similar tick-borne illness."
I literally did not say "WTF" but my facial expression certainly conveyed that message.
"But I haven't seen any ticks on me. I have no bullseye rash. I have nothing to indicate I was bitten," I say.
She says "50% of people with this type of disease never even realize they were bitten until they get the symptoms. It's common."
So she prescribes a hardcore antibiotic, sends me over to a lab to get some blood tests done, and tells me she'll be in touch within a week with the results.
Now, as the week went by, I was feeling great. Felt like that antibiotic really did a great job. Did such a great job, in fact, that I got cocky, ignored the suggestions to get rest, and proceeded to get on with my normal daily activities, including cycling.
That may have been a horrible idea. Two days ago, I started feeling a little sick again. Over the past 48 hours I've gotten progressively worse, and at the moment feel ****ing horrible again.
Anyways, yesterday I got the call and the doctor said I officially have ERLICHIOSIS.
I nearly let out a shriek of horror and asked her what that meant.
Basically, it's another tick-borne illness, very similar to Lyme, and is treated with the same meds. So I kind of lucked out in that sense.
it still sucks.
The moral of the story: wear repellent whenever you go from the city into more wooded areas. Also, when you get sick and they recommend rest... GET SOME REST. Don't do what I did.
Oh and also, stay the **** away from Connecticut. It blows and is riddled with ticks