This summer Eileen and I went to Lake Sabrina where my family has a cabin on Forest Service Land.
While we were there I was bitten by a soft body tick. Normally they feed at night and they only attach themselves for a half hour or so, unlike the hardbody ticks. I didn’t notice a thing except for the bite mark.
When we returned to Los Angeles I started to get sick. At first I thought I had the flu but then the symptoms started to get much worse. I would alternate between bouts of sweating and fever where I literally would soak my clothes and the bed as well as suffering severe muscle aches.
I went to the doctor but he was sympathetic but of little help. He took blood samples and ran some panels to test for known infections but said to call if the symptoms got worse.
They did so on Monday night Eileen took me to the emergency room. The provided me with two bags of saline, which turned out to be right in time as my kidney’s had started to shut down.
A visit to an infectious disease specialist and an email from my brother who had suffered the same disease two years before solved the diagnosis. I was prescribed a round of antibiotics which cured the bacterial infection.
In a few more years that simple solution may not be available anymore. The overuse of antibiotics in food animals. The incorrect use by many people who do not finish the prescribed course but simple stop when they feel better. The insistence by patients to doctors to prescribe antibiotics for viral infections like colds or the flu. All these cause are rapidly breeding antibiotic resistant bacteria. (who says evolution doesn’t work?) What then?