This first week of treatment has been pretty rough--the side effects of the medicine plus the herxheimer reactions are a lot to deal with. So I have been doing a lot of research on it...I feel as if the more I understand the disease the better I will be able to cope. For example, did you know that Babesiosis was supposedly one of the Plagues of Ten that were brought to the evil Pharaoh of Egypt?
- Babesiosis, a co-infection of Lyme, is a potentially deadly tick-borne illness that mimics malaria and can be fatal for those who are immune-compromised (like Lyme patients)
- Babesia is not a new infectious disease: According to Dr. Gary Wormser, chief of infectious diseases at New York Medical College, "One of the earliest reports of this condition is in the Bible and the Plagues of Ten that were imposed on the evil pharaoh of Egypt."
- Of those who are hospitalized for babesiosis, 1 in 20 dies, according to Wormser. "It's a lot like malaria at its worst."
- Symptoms include a high fever, as well as a powerful headache