Kouts (Indiana) woman trying to form Lyme support group, The Times Online, 5 Jan 01 
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 Kouts (Indiana) woman trying to form Lyme support group, The Times Online, 5 Jan 01

Kouts (Indiana) woman trying to form Lyme support group

Jeri Wright wants the public to be aware of the dangers of
sometimes undetected  disease.

Published 01/05/2001 09:19:45 PM

BY TRACY ALBERTSON
Times Correspondent

KOUTS -- This past fall, Jeri Wright was sick, but didn't know why.
Then her husband read an article about the growing dangers of Lyme
disease and got Wright, 38, to half-heartedly agree to get tested.

When the diagnosis of Lyme disease came back in October, it became clear
to Wright that the public -- including herself -- is ignorant about the
disease.

"My first reaction to my diagnosis was, 'This is Indiana, how do you get
Lyme disease?' The reality is people don't know it's here. I mean, I
laughed at the idea of getting tested. Good thing I did," she said. She
soon learned Porter County has the second highest population of Lyme
infected ticks in Indiana, according to a study done by Ball State
University.

After the diagnosis, she went on a mission to gather all the information
she could from Lyme disease organizations nationwide. Her house now
swells with Lyme information. To help share the knowledge, Wright now
plans to form a Lyme disease support group for Northwest Indiana.

"The hardest part of this disease is watching my family suffer from it.
It's been especially stressful for my 18-year-old daughter," Wright
said.

Wright gets a daily IV treatment for the next eight weeks. She also eats
a high-carbohydrate diet along with vitamin supplements.

"Someone needs to educate and get the word out on how serious this
disease is," Wright said. "If I can keep just one more person from going
through this it will all be worth it."

Symptoms of Lyme disease include a rash, pelvic pain, hair loss, rib
soreness, muscle cramps, disturbed sleep and vertigo.

The symptoms are generally mild, therefore the disease often goes
undiagnosed.

The average cost of the {*filter*} test to detect Lyme is $70.

Ticks most common in Indiana are the American Dog Tick, Deer Tick and
the Lonestar Tick, which has been shown to be a carrier of Rocky
Mountain Spotted Fever. Not all ticks carry Lyme disease, but proper
precautions should be taken to remove ticks from humans and household
pets.

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Sat, 28 Jun 2003 08:16:23 GMT
 Kouts (Indiana) woman trying to form Lyme support group, The Times Online, 5 Jan 01

Quote:

> Kouts (Indiana) woman trying to form Lyme support group

> Jeri Wright wants the public to be aware of the dangers of
> sometimes undetected  disease.

> Published 01/05/2001 09:19:45 PM

> BY TRACY ALBERTSON
> Times Correspondent

> KOUTS -- This past fall, Jeri Wright was sick, but didn't know why.
> Then her husband read an article about the growing dangers of Lyme
> disease and got Wright, 38, to half-heartedly agree to get tested.

> When the diagnosis of Lyme disease came back in October, it became clear
> to Wright that the public -- including herself -- is ignorant about the
> disease.

> "My first reaction to my diagnosis was, 'This is Indiana, how do you get
> Lyme disease?' The reality is people don't know it's here. I mean, I
> laughed at the idea of getting tested. Good thing I did," she said. She
> soon learned Porter County has the second highest population of Lyme
> infected ticks in Indiana, according to a study done by Ball State
> University.

> After the diagnosis, she went on a mission to gather all the information
> she could from Lyme disease organizations nationwide. Her house now
> swells with Lyme information. To help share the knowledge, Wright now
> plans to form a Lyme disease support group for Northwest Indiana.

> "The hardest part of this disease is watching my family suffer from it.
> It's been especially stressful for my 18-year-old daughter," Wright
> said.

> Wright gets a daily IV treatment for the next eight weeks. She also eats
> a high-carbohydrate diet along with vitamin supplements.

A high-carbohydrate diet?
That's a new one.
I thought Lyme people are supposed
to avoid carbs because of the fatigue?

Quote:
> "Someone needs to educate and get the word out on how serious this
> disease is," Wright said. "If I can keep just one more person from going
> through this it will all be worth it."

> Symptoms of Lyme disease include a rash, pelvic pain, hair loss, rib
> soreness, muscle cramps, disturbed sleep and vertigo.

hair loss, pelvic pain, rib soreness and vertigo?

How about the primary ones like headache, stiff neck,
encephalopathy, fatigue, and neuropathy.  Hello?  What
was this?  a shuffle of the deck?

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Quote:
> The symptoms are generally mild, therefore the disease often goes
> undiagnosed.

> The average cost of the {*filter*} test to detect Lyme is $70.

> Ticks most common in Indiana are the American Dog Tick, Deer Tick and
> the Lonestar Tick, which has been shown to be a carrier of Rocky
> Mountain Spotted Fever. Not all ticks carry Lyme disease, but proper
> precautions should be taken to remove ticks from humans and household
> pets.

> Kouts woman trying to form Lyme support group, The Times Online, 5Jan01
> http://www.***.com/

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Sat, 28 Jun 2003 09:13:56 GMT
 
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