Some of you may have noticed that I’ve already taken three days off this month, and we’re only halfway through the month. I can count a handful of other days this month when I’ve been at work, but been awfully spaced out for much of the day. I don’t particularly enjoy discussing my health publicly, but I feel like I have an obligation to let my community know what’s going on.

In July I was treated for Lyme disease. Even after being treated, many people still have symptoms for weeks or months afterwards. I’m pretty sure this is the root of my current health struggles. If it was just the headaches, it wouldn’t be a problem for me, but the general sense of fatigue and confusion are rather problematic. Symptoms come and go rather unpredictably. I should get better eventually.

Having experienced this over the last several weeks, I’ve come to realize that Lyme is a really serious disease. It’s fairly common in Wisconsin. I didn’t know much about it before I got it, and I think that many other people don’t know much about it either.

Hence, this post. Despite my reluctance to make my health issues public, it’s more important to tell people about Lyme so that they understand it and can get treatment if they need it. Not everyone gets the iconic “bulls-eye” rash. Don’t assume that it will go away on its own. If you or someone you know might have Lyme, it’s worth asking a doctor about it.

Lyme bulls-eye progression