The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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November 5, 2012

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Lyme disease a real lemon

Just about the time I received a blip from the ODNR on the potential tick problems hunters and outdoors persons face in Ohio, I also received a note from someone who knows first-hand the affects of being bitten by an infested tick and it’s resulting debilitating symptoms.

Please read on and pay attention, no hunter or outdoors person should go through this if they just heed the warning signs:

Hi, Dale,

My name is Janine Kirby. I live in Ashtabula County, I’m a hunter and I have Lyme disease. Sounds like the introduction to a recovery meeting. Ha!

With the hunting season being upon us I would be grateful if you would post a warning to our hunters about the dangers of ticks, fleas, spiders and mosquitoes; these nasty bugs that can carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Informing them on how to protect themselves from bites the importance of checking their body after coming out of the woods (it’s creepy to know where those things like to hide) and how to properly remove ticks is critical.

You would be surprised by all the misinformation out there that can actually spread the disease all the while just trying to remove the bug. UGH! Also, this is something that is not spoken of at all and I’m surprised it isn’t, how to gut a deer and not get infected.

I am passionate about educating people about the dangers of Lyme. You see, I was misdiagnosed for over a decade and I am very sick now. If treated early, Lyme can be treated effectively, but the longer it’s not diagnosed or treated the poorer the outcome. Oh, how I would love to spare others from going through what I’m going through.

Living with LD

Living on 20 acres has its advantages. Great hunting is one of them. There is nothing like being in the woods on an autumn day with the wind swaying your tree stand and the smell of dried leaves in the air. Although I am never going to be confused with being a master buck slayer, I love the thrill of the hunt.

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