Boy I tell you this has been one hell of a summer for me, first my home burned to the ground and then I decide to stay on my property camping out
style during what became the hottest summer on record.
As if that was not bad enough, a couple weeks ago I decided to have a few drinks and just cut loose a bit as I was feeling just downright out of sync
For those of you in chat that day and afternoon, I should probably apologize but instead I am going to validate my extreme and wild behavior by saying
it was not me it was the RMPF!
The rapid onset of symptoms happened about the same way coming on to the flu does, with weakness, fatigue and lack of appetite as well as stiff neck,
sore joints and mussels.
I figured that it was some form of let down after all the trauma of the summer and finally being in our new home.
In a way it was probably good that I drank because no sooner than I began to have some ...fun... I became dizzy and nauseated and headed to bed.
The following morning I woke with a horrible headache, and all of the other usual symptoms of a major hangover.
I stayed in bed for the day, hydrated and just stayed down but the hangover seemed to be getting worse not better. The following day a fever began to
set in and I felt that toxic skin crawling sensation just like when you have the flu.
So for the next couple days I laid in bed fighting the fever and flu. By the 3rd day down I was getting worse and not better and it was 9:30 at night
when I finally called on my 16 yro to get me to the ER, that something was not right, *(What I did not tell him was that I had been laying in bed arms
raised towards the Angels hemlines flowing above me!, and that as blissful as that was at some point I jerked with a start and realized OMG I am dying
On the way into the ER we were stopped by the Police for a taillight issue and low and behold of all times my son in a rush to get me out the door
forgot his Temporary Permit license.
Most of the time he would have been busted, but the Cop took one look at me and the shock on her face said it all, she even refused to touch 'my'
license even though she had asked for it.
My son said I looked like the night of the zombies and that the Cop was obviously afraid to come near me... she did let him/us go and politely told my
son just get your Mom to the ER...
At the ER my nurse turns out to be none other than the wife of the Director of the hospital in Joplin mo. that sustained such damage after the
Tornadoes a few months ago. This was such good fortune as she was not only intuitive but also has seen this first hand after the tornadoes ravished
Seems RMSF was at one time quite rare to be seen in Missouri but has become very common over this past summer. Yet the main reason she diagnosed the
Tick Borne Illness in me was that her husband in the days after the tornado, out helping tear down falling walls at the hospital and surrounding area
also got bit by one of these sometimes fatal ticks.
My Nurses Husband was not as fortunate as I am because the beginning stages can be very challenging to diagnose and her Husband was a testament to
One of the reasons I am sharing this info is that I know we have so many members from around the country as well as from other countries that just
might begin to see illness which can be deadly if not treated properly and in a timely manner such as what I am suffering from with the rocky Mountain
Physician Diagnosis There are several aspects of RMSF that make it challenging for healthcare providers to diagnose and treat. The symptoms of
RMSF vary from patient to patient and can easily resemble other, more common diseases. Treatment for this disease is most effective at preventing
death if started in the first five days of symptoms. Diagnostic tests for this disease, especially tests based on the detection of antibodies, will
frequently appear negative in the first 7-10 days of illness. Due to the complexities of this disease and the limitations of currently available
diagnostic tests, there is no test available at this time that can provide a conclusive result in time to make important decisions about treatment.
For this reason, healthcare providers must use their judgment to treat patients based on clinical suspicion alone.
According to the information shared through the CDC, between my hangover and thoughts of what I was suffering being the common symptoms of the flu, it
could have easily gone past the point of curable and into something fatal had I waited or if the ER staff had not been able to use their "Intuition"
rather than the typical "Wait and see" scenario all of us have witnessed at one point or another when dealing with the medical profession.
So, thats about it, just bringing a little awareness to how this all went down for me. I would be happy to answer any questions and am hoping that
others can help me heal from this with any helpful tips or knowledge.
I do still feel pain in my kidney region, and a bit of weakness after exertion or what was before just my usual routine.
If you want to read more from the CDC and their information: