To the Editor:
I picked up a tick on our vacation to the Vineyard this year. I developed the worst flu symptoms ever, then the bull’s-eye showed up. That was in early August. It’s now February and I am improving but still on IV antibiotics.
The reason I am writing is to have everyone sign the pending petition to the White House to push for overhauling the treatment guidelines for this devastating disease. The link is here, https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/reform-infectious-disease-society-america-treatment-guidelines-lyme-disease/Pj9jG0pX.
You will need to create an account, but that should only take you a few minutes. If a summer visitor can pick up a tick that quickly, Island residents should be aware that there is help coming. We can get this petition through with a few more signatures, which will bring about a change to the treatment guidelines for Lyme. Thanks.
Robert B. McNamara
Oradell, New Jersey