Thursday, August 18, 2011

Tests Came Back Negative

Three stages of the black-legged tick,Ixodes scapularis also known as the deer tick. Within the fish hook (the largest specimen) is the female I. scapularis (upper left), below her is a male and directly in front of the female are two nymphal deer ticks. Nymphs are thought to be responsible for most human Lyme cases due to their small size and because they are active in April, May, and June, In the Northeastern US, the male and female are active in the Fall. The largest tick in view (outside the hook) is a female American dog tick, Dermacentor variablis, which is shown for comparison. A ruler (in 16ths of an inch increments) is on the top. The fish hook is a #8 for those familiar with sizes. Ixodes scapularis can transmit Borrelia burgdorferi (the Lyme spirochete), Babesia microti (the causative agent of babesiosis) and the causative agent of human granulocytic ehrlichiosis, HGE. The American dog tick does not play a role in the ecology of Lyme disease. Photo by Jim Occi
I talked to my doctor today and my blood tests came back negative for Lyme and another disease he tested me for. I also finished my Antibiotics today so we'll see if my symptoms come back. A lot of times the Lyme test comes back negative, even when you have it.

Nitro Time!

This weekends race is in Brainerd, MI. Check it out on ESPN2.