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US Track Athlete Battled Lyme disease for Four Years

Last year, US Women’s Soccer Captain Christine Rampone showed us how Lyme disease can affect anyone, but US Track runner, Perry Fields, had a much different, and longer, struggle than Rampone that she’s sharing in her medical memoir.

Small tick on finger

The tick is a vector of many illnesses and disease, so small yet so dangerous.

In 2003, Perry was a highly ranked runner who had recently graduated from college. While outside at a festival, she was bitten by a tick. Having grown up in the country, she didn’t give it a second thought when she found and removed it two days later. She felt as if she had the flu for a few weeks but then all symptoms of any disease subsided and she continued her running training.

Two years later, at the US Track and Field Championships, Perry was the favorite to win. During her 800m race she started to lose feeling in her arms and legs and finished the race in dead last. She had no idea what happened. It wasn’t until her mother noticed her scratching her neck and a visible bull’s-eye rash on her neck, that she knew she had Lyme disease (a full two years after the initial tick bite).

The Lyme diagnosis was the beginning of a four and half year struggle with chronic Lyme disease. Antibiotics didn’t work to get rid of the Lyme, in fact, Perry got worse. It eventually led to meningitis and severe depression. Instead of giving up, Perry decided to take matters into her own hands and did enormous amounts of research on alternative ways to battle this debilitating disease.

Tick Bite

Ticks bury their heads in the skin when they bite

Four years later, Perry describes herself as faster and healthier than she was pre-Lyme. She’s become a health coach and is in the process of qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Trials. To help those that suffer with chronic Lyme disease, she’s published a book, The Tick Slayer, about her struggle and how she was able to overcome the odds and get better.

Athletes like Perry and Christine Rampone show us that Lyme disease really can affect anyone, even healthy, leading US athletes. In a year when ticks are expected to be worse than ever, it’s important to make sure to continue to check yourself after spending any time outdoors. If you are interested in learning about ways to help get rid of ticks around you, please visit Mosquito Squad’s tick control page of our website.

Thank you to Perry Fields for her wonderful story.

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Dread Skeeter

Happy Valentine's Day from Dread

Dread Skeeter, the mosquito eliminator, wishes you a Happy Valentine's Day

Guest Blogger: Dread Skeeter, the mosquito eliminator

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, the day of chocolates, flowers and hearts; the perfect day to tell those you care about that you love them. As I’m sure all of you know, I love kids and pets and do my best to protect them against annoying mosquitoes, ticks and the dangerous diseases they spread. Along with the rest of my Mosquito Squad, a number of people and animals help me on my quest to Fight the Bite. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I want to tell them I love them.

Bill Gates. I love you for donating $750 Million to help fighting malaria, a preventable and curable disease that kills a child every minute in Africa.

The Praying Mantis. You may be difficult for me to see in the wild, with all that green and all, but I love you for preying on mosquitoes that may come too near.

Dragonflies. One of your favorite meals is the mosquito during your short life and I love you for doing your part while you can.

Christine Rampone. I love the captain of the US Women’s Soccer not only for kicking butt on the field, but for being the newest face of Lyme disease. It just goes to show that Lyme disease doesn’t discriminate.

Bats. I love you for your massive eating skills, eating between 600 and 1,000 insects per hour! You greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes around to bite us people.

The tick eating Guinea-fowl

The tick eating Guinea-fowl

Mosquito Fish and Mosquito Crustaceans. You save us from ever seeing a number of mosquitoes as you prey on them in their larval phase before they hatch as adults. I love you for that.

Guinea Fowls. You’re weird looking birds, but I love you for the service you provide. Finding and eating ticks in the wild stops those buggers from spreading Lyme disease.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you.

Ugh, enough of that mushy stop, let’s go kill those pests!

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