Shay’s Lyme Disease Story

whatislymebannerShay Faulkner sent in this story to share…

Here is her story.hsary

“I’ve always been a hard worker, more of a work alcoholic than a normal 9-5 worker. I got bit by a deer tick the first weekend of May 2013, while at work. You see, I was an Animal Control Officer and I went on an injured deer call. I took precautions spraying down with deet, doing a tick check not because I knew anything about Lyme Disease but because ticks are just gross.

Two days later I removed a deer tick that was embedded in my neck. I went to the doctor and was dismissed. ..and the journey through Lyme hell began. It took a year of going from doctor to doctor and finally a lady on Facebook commented on a picture I posted of my bulls-eye rash (I had no clue that was what it was because the internal medicine Doctor called it a random rash.) This lady saved my life!

I started seeking diagnosis, testing and treatment. I filed for workers compensation but was denied for 2 reasons. (1st) too much time had past, (2nd) I couldn’t prove the tick that bit me came from the injured deer.

Fast forward to May 2015. I could no longer work. I have always lived on my own, I’m not married. I could no longer afford basic living expenses, not to mention medical expenses without employment I had no insurance. Thank God for my mom! I currently live with her, she is 73 years old and is trying to support us both on her social security check. We do not qualify for foodstamps, Medicaid or any government help… apparently you must pop out babies in order to receive a helping hand.

I have filed for social security but as many of you know it is a long process. We have planted a garden in order to put food on the table. I’m doomed if anything happens to my mom or if any of our utilities bills go up. I’m on my last 4 weeks of Antibiotic IVs not because I’m better, but because it can no longer be in the budget. So, that’s the cliff notes of my story…unfortunately, in the Lyme Disease Community it is too common.

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