After requesting to be tested for the disease, a doctor confirmed her gut feeling. Conrad was put on antibiotics immediately and she still takes them to this day.
Conrad said the proper treatment and attending the Lyme disease support group has helped her be as healthy and positive as she is today. she said she can now be the wife to Allan Conrad, and mother to Kylie Conrad, 12, and Luke Conrad, 11, that she has always wanted to be.
“Now, coming home and being able to make dinner, do daily activities and help with my family – I’m able to be a better mom. I will never complain about doing laundry. Even being able to stand up long enough to do dishes, something so simple makes me so happy.”
Lyme Support Network will host a screening of the film “Under our Skin,” a documentary about Lyme disease, at 4 p.m. Sunday, may 20, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ingleside in accordance with Lyme Disease Awareness month.
Lyme Support NetworkMeetings: first Wednesday of the monthTrinity Lutheran Church 25519 W. Hwy 134. in Inglesidewww.lymesupportnetwork.com847-833-5962
Symptoms:Symptoms of Lyme disease include “bull’s-eye” rash or lesion (generally seven to 14 days after the tick has consumed a blood meal) accompanied by fever, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, and/or joint aches. Red itchy skin around the tick bite lasting one to three days immediately after the bite is not a “bull’s-eye” rash and is an allergic reaction to the tick bite. if you experience any of the signs or symptoms following a tick bite, you should consult your physician and explain that you were bitten by a tick.
Tips for reducing exposure to ticks:• Stay on trails when in Forest Preserves and parks. • Wear light-colored, protective clothing—long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, boots or sturdy shoes, and a head covering. Tuck trouser cuffs in socks, tuck in shirt tails.