It’s The Outdoors Guy’s busy season.
He just wrapped up his tournament director responsibilities for the Seniors’ and Women’s La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships. His schedule this weekend includes tournament director for the two-day, Men’s La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships.
Of course, every year weather is consistently the one "iffy" factor. It cooperated for the Seniors’ and Women's. May the County Am tournament Board of Directors, volunteers and players be blessed with good weather this weekend as well.
The week before the Seniors’/Women’s County Amateurs, The Outdoors Guy had another six-month checkup following his battle with pancreatic cancer that was first diagnosed May 8, 2015. Yes, it’s been 4-plus years since I first began reporting Bob’s trials and victories during his battle, including 37 of the strongest chemo treatments he could be given, 25 rounds of radiation and major surgery. He is so blessed.
We almost feel like it has become a broken record to report his fantastic results. Yet, who doesn’t love receiving great news? Bob’s tumor marker remains very low at 6 and once again, his CT scan is clean!!!!
Bob’s oncologist, Dr. Paula Gill of Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, La Crosse, shakes her head in amazement each time she gives The Outdoors Guy the incredible news. Our family continues to be astounded as well.
Add to this his recovery from a stroke he experienced Labor Day Weekend 2017, and I have to say he’s the closest thing I’ve ever seen to a walking, breathing miracle. We are truly blessed.
Then there is yours truly's "little" problem. After visiting Jon and Sara, our son and daughter-in-law, at their cabin July 4th, I discovered a tiny tick on the back of my knee. I pulled it off and thought that was the end of it. Well… it wasn’t. Several days later I was experiencing fatigue, aches and pains. That’s when I saw the tell-tale bulls-eye where the tick had been. It also felt warm and itchy.
A visit to my doctor’s office confirmed my suspicions… Lyme Disease. I was put on an antibiotic for 10 days. I’m feeling much better and believe it was caught in time.
A word of warning. If you think it won’t happen to you, think again. Check and double-check yourself, your kids and pets, especially if you’ve been in wooded or grassy areas with exposed skin.
Mayo’s website explains bacteria from the bite can enter your bloodstream if the tick stays attached for 36-48 hours.
It also mentions removing it properly. I’m not sure how to “properly” remove a little blood-sucking monster. In my case, I freaked out, ripped it off and flushed it!!!
Mayo’s website states if the bite is left untreated, it can result in:
* Erythema migrans. A rash that may appear on other areas of your body.
* Joint pain. Bouts of severe joint pain and swelling are especially likely to affect your knees, but the pain can shift from one joint to another.
* Neurological problems. Weeks, months or even years after the infection, you might develop inflammation of the membranes surrounding your brain (meningitis), temporary paralysis of one side of your face (Bell's palsy), numbness or weakness in your limbs, and impaired muscle movement.
At my recent eye appointment, the ophthalmologist told me they even see the signs of Lyme Disease in patients’ eyes.
Between The Outdoors Guy and me, we’ve had three strikes. But the good news is WE’RE NOT OUT!!!
“My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14