Dangerous Deer Hunting In Jackson County, USA

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Dangerous Deer Hunting In Jackson County, USA

Post by CaliforniaLyme » Wed 31 Oct 2007 16:30

This personal story is from the Lyme Alliance personal stories section which went dwon about 6 years back.
Dr. Natole was one of the first Lyme doctors to have his license removed for treating Lyme disease.
By Darryl Current

In November, 1995, my cousin and I went bow hunting for one of the
first times at a pig farm in the northwest corner of Jackson County. He
was fairly new at bow hunting so I put him in my best spot and began
the walk to my other stand. Before I even got back to my stand, he
hollered, "I got one!" Turning back, I joined him in examining the 8
point buck he shot.

We began to dress the deer and drag it out of the woods. Occasionally
as he gutted the deer; he paused and scraped the knife down his arm.
When I asked him what he was doing, he told me ticks were crawling up
his arms and he was scraping them off. My uncle came over later to
examine the deer and help us to complete dressing it out.

Within a couple of weeks, I began having blurred vision in one eye. I
was going to a chiropractor at the time, and I wondered if something
about the way he adjusted my back was causing my eyes to blur. Eight
weeks after handling that deer; I woke one morning totally blind in one
eye. My wife immediately got me an emergency appointment at our eye
doctor who sent me that afternoon to a local eye specialist who, in
turn, sent me to University of Michigan Eye Center. None of the doctors
offered an explanation for the blindness.

Soon afterwards, I also noticed three bite marks on my neck,
accompanied by a red rash. Heavy fatigue and muscular problems
(difficulty in walking) appeared soon after the rash. My family
physician examined the rash and prescribed cortisone cream for it, but
decided to recommend a neurological examination for the muscular
problems. Within only a few weeks my "doctor quest" already included
five physicians.

During the same period of time, my cousin began experiencing vision and
muscular problems and sought treatment from a different set of doctors.
Fortunately for him, pneumonia set in and he was hospitalized and
treated with intravenous antibiotic therapy. (He didn't realize at the
time how lucky he was to get sick enough to receive antibiotic
therapy.) The pneumonia and other symptoms temporarily subsided.

My uncle developed Bell's palsy during this same time period but was
also fortunate to receive intravenous antibiotic therapy prior to
surgery. The Bell's palsy went away.

My neurologist's report diagnosed the possibility for "mini" strokes
but I was never treated, neither were any additional tests performed by
the neurologist. I was still going to Ann Arbor to have my eye
examined. I was faithfully using that cortisone cream on that itchy,
round, red rash on my neck, but it persisted despite the medication.

Because of the treatment I received from different doctors for the
various symptoms, no one doctor seemed able to understand the total
problem. No one considered all of these symptoms were caused by the
same illness.

After five years spent going to doctors in Ann Arbor, Lansing, and
Jackson while suffering devastating symptoms, I learned of a disease
carried by deer ticks called Lyme disease. A new neurologist moved to
Jackson and I excitedly scheduled a consultation appointment with him.

He was fresh out of medical school and internship; he must be up on
this new disease. He ordered an MRI scan and several blood tests. All
the blood tests came back negative but the MRI scan showed lesions on
my brain. Because of this test result, the doctor tentatively diagnosed
me with Multiple Sclerosis and scheduled a spinal tap to confirm the
diagnosis. My spinal fluid showed no traces of MS but the doctor
insisted that I suffered from it anyway.

Two weeks previous to this, my cousin was experiencing another onset
of symptoms and was diagnosed with MS by his own doctor. Two first
cousins diagnosed with MS within two weeks of each other. We met with
my doctor armed with both sets of medical records to discuss the
possibility that we contracted Lyme disease from that deer. He also
said "It is between zero and no chance that you have Lyme disease" and
informed us that it was statistically possible for first cousins to
contract Multiple Sclerosis simultaneously. I guess anything is
statistically possible, but the chances of this happening would be
extremely rare.

The doctor's written report (that we didn't read until five years
later) differed from his verbal one. His written file report
acknowledged the possibility that this disease was MS or it could be
mini strokes, cancer; AIDS, or....... Lyme disease. He didn't recommend
tests on me to rule out any of the other diseases. He just told me be
was sorry that I had MS. Nine months later; I found a doctor in Saginaw
who clinically diagnosed me with Lyme disease. I suffered from over 90%
of the symptoms, yet because of the elusiveness of the disease and the
lack of good testing methods, my Lyme serology came back negative. Five
and one half years of problems began to lessen after only two weeks of
oral antibiotics. And the extreme fatigue began to lift.

During the next two years of treatment, I was able to walk fairly
normally again, and my vision problems began to clear. Even though I
showed some progress with the drug treatments, the symptoms never
totally disappeared. For three and a half years, I showed solid
improvement until November 1994 when a reaction to a new antibiotic
caused a setback in my health. As of this time, I have not regained the
progress I had made, but my condition has stabilized. By the way, my
cousin was treated with IVantibiotics a second time for pneumonia and
has been symptom free ever since.

Right now, I spend hundred of dollars every month on medications and
treatments to try to recapture my health. Fortunately, I am self
employed and can continue running my business out of my home, but I am
no longer able to do any physical labor that is involved in my
business. Through these eleven years, I have learned to make changes in
my life that enables me to function on a limited level. I am now
considered handicapped by the State of Michigan and am able to carry on
a limited life with my wife and two sons.

Dr. Natole saved me from being labeled with Multiple Sclerosis and
"shelved" with no hope of treatment or recovery. Unfortunately, Dr
Natole is no longer my physician, but now I know that treatment methods
are available and the hope for recovery is before me. Had I truly had
MS, antibiotic therapy would have had no impact on my health, yet I
improved with antibiotic therapy.

My hope is that further research will find a cure for this disease, and
I will be able to return to a full, happy life with my family. I know
there are many other Lyme patients in the Michigan and in other parts
of the United States that desire the same thing. We must work together
if this dream is ever to become a reality for us. We must continue to
fight for our doctors and for research until we find the answer.

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