I just finished a delightful week-long Companion Animal training in New Jersey with 22 enthusiastic participants from 11 states. We had lots of fascinating dogs and 2 kitties visiting us during the week. We spent some many delightful hours in the May sunshine on the grass and under the shade trees on the back lawn of the Grange working the dogs through the Playground for Higher Learning exercises – in the Labyrinth, over the balance beam and the star obstacle, over unusual footing, through cones and over ladders. It was very rich in learning experiences.
We had one little challenge, and I do mean little. The tiny deer ticks are out in full force this year in New Jersey – as well as Virginia where I had just been teaching. We made an announcement to watch for ticks for the enlightenment of participants who flew in from areas where ticks are not so prevalent.
I have a tip to share about ticks and its not about TTouching them. It’s about a new treatment when Lyme’s is suspected but the tick cannot be sent for identification. In the past it was common to take a prolonged dose of antibiotics just to be sure not to get Lyme disease.
The day after our New Jersey training ended I was in Minneapolis teaching a TTouch for You training. As I was washing my hands I noticed on the underside of my wrist a tiny black dot with a red circle around it; Classic deer tick sign that is said to carry Lyme disease. The tiny intruder was fully embedded so I did not see a possibility to get it out alive.
At the lunch break on Saturday I went to an emergency care center and a very nice doctor dug out the tick. I was pretty concerned. The doctor said the tick could have traveled with me from New Jersey or it could have been a Minnesota tick. Just an hour before I discovered the ring and the tick I was eating a late night snack with a friend, Harriet Crosby, while she casually pulled 5 big ticks off her arms! She had been lying in the grass watching beavers in a pond earlier in the day and was totally unconcerned about the ticks. She has been treated previously for Lyme and was told by her doctor that she is immune, although I have been told that is not possible.
A tick bite is potentially very dangerous. My sister, Robyn, had Lyme disease and although she was immediately treated with antibiotics she had a bad reaction. And I have a friend who many years ago was bitten but misdiagnosed and had to close down his veterinary practice and do years of alternative treatments. He has never recovered and still has related joint and heart issues.
You can well imagine I was very relieved to discover there is a new treatment when Lyme is suspected but the tick cannot be sent for identification.
It’s a one-time prophylactic dose of 200 ml of Doxycylcine that should be taken within 72 hours of being bitten. The doctor said it’s a brand new treatment and many might not know about it. I sure hope it did the trick but I feel fine and am still enjoying the many experiences we had during our week together.
If you are walking in the woods and one of the big fat ticks latches on to you or your dog or horse, I have had success removing hundreds of those big ones by carefully turning them counter-clockwise and backing them out without leaving the head in.
Have a great day and remember to do some Heart Hugs and send appreciation for the animals, friends and family through the divine matrix and around the world.
© 2009 Linda Tellington-Jones