I panicked once. I was out in ticky areas, picked several off my legs but I thought I got them all before any actualyl got me. A week later I had a bright red circle on the back of my shoulder. I spent about 15 minutes frantically googling pictures of lyme disease rashes before I remembered that I had banged my shoulder into the end of a metal pipe which apparently left a mark.
Sorry to hear you're dealing with that Chris, from what I read that day it sounds like it's no fun at all, good luck with the continuing recovery!
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