I'm just in what I hope is the final stages of recovery now from a disease that really knocked me for six. Now I'm fighting my way back to health. So I'm posting this up to warn you to watch out for the symptoms.
We all know what a adult tick looks like but even the small pinhead sized ones can spread disease. One of these found its way under my watch strap, had its fill and left.
I noticed the itchy lump and initially thought it a mosquito bite and sterilised it with alcohol gel.
I put the aching joints and tiredness down to overwork, getting everything out of the way before I went on holiday to Turkey.
It was in turkey whilst applying sun cream that I noticed the rash on the underside of my arm, spreading away from the bite site.
I was lucky, the doctor who saw me called an ambulance straight away, I was in hospital in double quick time, seen by a specialist and getting intravenous antibiotic in almost no time at all. 2 Weeks of Doxycline followed and a function level of 60%.
Its no joke so be careful out there!