Jill V. Easton
Admitting that tick-borne and insect-borne diseases are in all 50 states, that it is not just an East Coast disease. I was bitten in San Diego, California, by a tick in a residential area while standing on cement and contracted Lyme, Babesia Duncani, Ehrlichia, Anaplasma, Bartonella. My elderly father was bitten four years later by a mosquito in San Diego and got Lyme and Bartonella. I would like the IDSA to return to me my life savings of $400,000 that I have used to pay out-of-pocket medical expenses, 9 years of suffering from disseminated diseases, my successful advertising career, my athletic prowess, my health, my hope to get married, my looks, my ability to do the simple things in life that others take for granted – all because the head of Infectious Diseases at one of the largest medical centers in San Diego refused to believe that Lyme Disease exists in San Diego, even though I had seen the ticks, had an EM rash, had a CDC-positive Western Blot, was already responding to the few antibiotics I could get from another doctor, and in fact, he had seen a Lyme patient three weeks before me and dismissed her with as much ignorance and arrogance as he dismissed me. I pray that none of you ever has to endure what we do. If you’ve ever had a pet, ever walk on grass, ever do gardening, ever walk anywhere, sit under a tree or are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, each of your doctors and their family members are at risk to go through what we go through due to your guidelines.
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