For about two weeks, Ashton has been complaining about a bug bite on his neck.  He kept saying his neck hurt and he would not go to sleep.  Then he said there was a lump, which I felt and said "Bud, you have a swollen lymph node... it happens sometimes." Basically, I just kept telling him to suck it up, get back in bed and quit being such a wuss over a stupid bug bite. I mean some nights, he would cry, and I thought he was being ridiculous. Then one day the little bug bite formed a rash...

Lyme Disease

Well SHIT... that's probably a little more than a bug bite. So I called his father, who nonchalantly mentions that the spot where the bug bite is, is where he pulled a tick off Ashton Memorial Day weekend (2 weeks ago) on the boat while fishing. REALLY? REALLY???? I have been telling my kid to shut up and suck it up for two weeks and you FAILED to mention that you pulled a damn tick off him?  His response? "We are boys... I did not know I needed to tell you every time I pull a bug off my son"  WELL GREAT... the tick changes things a little.  So off to the Doc in a Box we go.  Because of the swollen lymph nodes and the "bullseye" rash - they immediately tell us it is Lyme.  They do not need the blood results to tell them that.  They start him on antibiotics for two weeks and tell us to go to our regular doctor in three days.

We followed up with our regular doctor three days later, and by that time, a second rash had started on his back near his armpit. Also, lymph nodes started swelling in the armpit as well.  I freaked out thinking that he had gotten bitten twice. I was made aware that the presence of multiple rashes is because the infection is spreading - has nothing to do with multiple bites, and the other rashes mirror the original rash. Because of the other rash, we were taken off the original antibiotic and put on a stronger one - and now instead of two weeks, it is one to two months.

I am REALLY hoping that because we caught this within two weeks of the bite, that we will not have any lasting effects from the Lyme.  Poor Ashton. But seriously... the very first tick ever to be picked off this kid and he happens to get the one damn tick carrying Lyme Disease.  Uggghhh.