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  • Three days ago: We find and remove tick from my knee. As time passes, I start to notice a rash. This morning: the rash looks like a bull's eye. I think I know what this means and I don't like it. I go to the local walk-in clinic.

    "Rash on your knee?," the doctor says.

    I tell him about the tick. He examines it.

    "There's a name for that rash you've got there."

    "Yeah, starts with and 'em-' something," I say.

    "Erythema Migrans."

    "There you go. I will not attempt to say that."

    "And, that rash indicates one thing."

    "Lyme Disease?"

    "Yep," the he says, making it official.

    He pulls a little blue book filled with charts out of his pocket. He tells me this is a guide on infectious diseases by a Dr. Sanford. He rolls his stool over and points to a row, already lightly-marked with a highlighter, that says something like "early onset treatment", sliding his finger over to a cell containing suggested antibiotics and dosages.

    He chooses Doxycycline 100 mg. Twice daily for 21 days.

    He gives me some tick removal tips, which I never hope to have to use, and has the nurses & techs come in so they can see the rash.

    I'm very thankful I saw the tick and got the rash. We caught it early and I hope the antibiotics put a bullet it in.

    You got the last laugh, little guy. I hope you don't get to laugh too hard.
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