Don't ignore your Doctors advice

Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 PA License - AB067198

Don't ignore your Doctor's advice!

Family in grassI am in pretty good health, and take care of my self. I also have a wife who "advises" me on staying healthy. Over the last couple of years I have had several medical tests and they come back telling me I am in decent shape. Can I lose a few, okay several, pounds sure. But, internally everything looks good.

Last year I went to my Doctor for an annual physical. As usual he asked if anything was bothering me. I had a small cut on my leg that would not heal. He looked at it and said he thought it might be a tick bite and I could have Lymes Disease. I did not remember being bitten, had no usual bulls eye target rash. So, when he gave me a scrip for a Lymes test telling me to wait several weeks before having it done I duly tucked it away. Well, I felt fine, and forgot about my scrip and had not told Trudy.

I was working on a charity event and suddenly got very sick, flu like symptoms, high fever, exhausted, in bed for two days no food and just slept. Did not connect this with the Lymes diagnoses. During the year as I age my arthritis has played up, I used to play Rugby and have several bones and joints that ache with the weather. This year it has been bad, lots of pain, the joys of getting older I believe.

Amost a year later I am at another Doctor as I have an infection, he is treating me, but I don't feel better, my joints hurt, I am VERY tired. I take Trudy to my next appointment. He begins asking some questions, and after several minutes says, you may have Lymes Disease and should go back to your regular Doctor to get tested. I hang my head and admit my own Doctor thought I might have Lymes last year and had given me a test. Trudy natually turns to me and asks when I had the test done. I admit I didn't as I did not feel ill. I won't go into the details of the continuing conversation, just let's say it wasn't pretty.

exerciserAnyway, suddenly things began to make sense. So I got the test done, and learned I have Lymes Disease. Working through the anti-biotics and hoping to feel better soon. I am amazed how many people have had Lymes, and how different the symptoms can be with different people. Our area is a haven for deer ticks, and if you lead an active lifestyle, gardening, exercising, hiking, biking keep an eye open for ticks.

So, when your Doctor advises you to get a test, don't put it off. He may know what he is talking about.


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Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
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Great advice I hope everything goes good for you and your back to your healthy self soon. Have a great weekend.

Sep 26, 2014 02:40 AM #1
Jordon Wheeler
The Jordon Wheeler Group - Fairburn, GA
J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service

Hi Nick,

Glad to hear you are doing better and encouraging others to take preventative measures for their health.  Awesome!

Sep 26, 2014 02:40 AM #2
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Wow, Nick.  Glad you're managing, I know many people with Lymes (as you said, the area is a haven and it's not at all uncommon), and for some it has them bedridden, for others, they barely ever show symptoms.  It's good that you have Trudy looking out for you, if it was up to just us guys, we'd likely never see a doctor!

Sep 26, 2014 02:41 AM #3
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Pat thanks, already have some less aches, till the course is finished understand it can be up and down.

Jordan, it is so easy to miss the diagnoses, I was just stupid not following up when my doctor had worked it out.

John, yes this area and the north east is had to avoid ticks. And yes, Trudy does look out for me, as you say otherwise we would wait till we just keel over.

Sep 26, 2014 02:45 AM #4
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