Seasonal Awareness and Recommendations

Use caution, be aware and alert, it is the season for West Nile Virus and for Lyme Disease flare-ups. Also in this catergory is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Use caution in your outdoor activities, but also use caution in how you prepare yourself for the outdoors. Simple recommendations do not work for everyone.

Those who have an immune system disorder, such as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) must use care when out doors. Covering up would be a good idea for some, but not others, as SLE is an inflammatory disease, in other words, the hotter the temperature or body heat, the more the likelihood of exacerbation, and the likelihood of the face, arms, legs, etc., going into an inflammatory situation. Long sleeves in hot temperatures can be a trigger. Using even a mild repellant can be destructive for those with SLE (not all, but some), as the body will try to fight it off, and could cause a flare up of the disorder. The immune system fights off new chemicals or anything it thinks will harm the body, even if it is a positive application, like medication an/or even some foods. What is good for one, is not necessarily good for another, depending on disorders and body makeup. Be cognizant of your body.

Asthma, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Addison Disease, Pemphigus, Scleroderma, and many more are other immune system disorders. Each one has its own treatment, and each one reacts to mosquitoes, ticks and bacteria differently. Never try to force your own standards on anyone else. We are all different, and just because it might work for you, doesn’t mean it will for another person.

Be cognizant of your surroundings, this time of year, especially around woods, ponds, streams, lakes, swamps, and areas that encourage mosquitoes and ticks. Which is not to say, don’t have a good time in woods or watery types of environments. Just be attentive and prepared.

I, myself, will not stop going to the lake and its surrounding sanctuaries and reserve. I take care wherever I go.

Lupus Foundation of America

Alliance for Lupus Research

West Nile Virus and Dallas

West Nile Survivor

West Nile Virus Books

West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus Toolkit

The West Nile Virus

The CDC and West Nile

The National Science Foundation

Waterborne Illnesses

West Nile Virus Information

I love Amy Tan’s books, from The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife and others, to The Opposite of Fate, I have read them all.

In her memoir, The Opposite of Fate, Amy Tan speaks about her battle with Lyme disease.

Amy Tan’s Personal Story on Lyme Disease

SLyme Disease by Amy Tan

Lyme Disease-Related Books:

Beginner’s Guide to Lyme Disease

Healing Lyme Disease Coinfections

Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic


Lyme Disease

American Lyme Disease Foundation

May 6, 2013 – 26 Iyyar, 5773

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4 responses to “Seasonal Awareness and Recommendations

  1. Very wise thoughts and advice here, Lorri. Lyme Disease is something that doesn’t get much attention here in the UK, and this is even more the case with West Nile Virus.

    • Thanks, Freya. Interesting, with the fields and the woods so prevalent and humidity and such, you would think it would get some attention.

  2. Lyme disease is definitely a problem in New Jersey. We have lots of deer, and they carry ticks. A teenage we know had to be treated for Lyme disease, and he doesn’t know where he got it. No one in our family has gone camping recently (because they don’t enjoy it, not because of any fears).

    I’m glad you are aware of how to guard your own body.

    • I don’t like camping, either, but I like to trek through the woods and other areas where ticks might be found. Long pants are a definite.

      I know, New Jersey is an area that is tick country. Most of the eastern states are, and so are some mid western states like TN, AR. Actually from recent statistics, it looks like most of the states have their tick hotspots.

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