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08-22-2016 05:35 PM
Garyk After reading all of the responses on this thread: A-ha the light just came on: now I know why the disciplines of medicine & law are referred to as "practicing medicine" or "practicing law". Wonder when they will have had enough "practice" and call it a definitive science ? I'm glad my eye surgeon had had enough "practice" and got it right the first time. Whew !!
08-18-2016 02:11 AM
TWheels
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Originally Posted by DaninVan View Post
Funny ,you know, when we were much younger, the big fear with tick bites was Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. It doesn't get the publicity it used to and that's just wrong!
Rickettsia rickettsii - Public Health Agency of Canada
Dan I fully agree
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It doesn't get the publicity it used to and that's just wrong!
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It has been a long time since I have heard about Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. I knew a kid a bit younger than me who got it and was hospitalized for days if not weeks. He did eventually recover but it was apparently touch and go for some time. he was not allowed out of bed.

Although it is spread by a distinctly different group of ticks from Lyme disease, and the causative agent, Rickettsia rickettsii is a distinctly different bacterium from the Lyme disease bacterium, we now know it can be treated by the same broad spectrum antibiotic, doxycycline (at least until it acquires resistance to it, and that will happen sooner or later, and the Lyme disease bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi. will acquire resistance also). Let's just hope it is not anytime soon.
08-18-2016 12:40 AM
DaninVan Funny ,you know, when we were much younger, the big fear with tick bites was Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. It doesn't get the publicity it used to and that's just wrong!
Rickettsia rickettsii - Public Health Agency of Canada
08-17-2016 05:41 PM
DesertRatTom Haven't seen this in awhile. Many of the complaints still apply.
08-17-2016 02:25 PM
Stick486
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Originally Posted by kklowell View Post
My daughter, a brand new LPN recognized that two of the meds would interact and likely kill the guy. She refused to give him the meds. When she came to work the next day, the head nurse, the doctor and the pharmacist were waiting for her to tell her that she had likely saved that man's life! She got an award for it.
here your daughter would have been chastised or fired...
the VA doesn't want live patients or anyone to take care of.....
08-17-2016 01:25 PM
kklowell
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Otis; you're likely one of the lucky ones, you have a knowledgeable Pharmacist...probably saved your bacon!
One wonders how many mistakes that Dr. buried?
My daughter is a nurse, Her first job was with the VA, and one day the head nurse told her to give meds to one of the patients. My daughter, a brand new LPN recognized that two of the meds would interact and likely kill the guy. She refused to give him the meds. When she came to work the next day, the head nurse, the doctor and the pharmacist were waiting for her to tell her that she had likely saved that man's life! She got an award for it.
Some time before that, my father was failing fast...to the point that I told my siblings they should visit him soon if they didn't want the next time they saw him to be at his funeral. It turned out that that also was drugs that should not have been taken together.
I think a whole lot of mistakes do get buried.
08-17-2016 01:03 PM
TWheels Lyme disease is not limited to people. My dog (the right most in my avatar, the last of the three) was found to have high levels of antibodies to Lyme disease. He had to take high levels of doxycycline for 30 days. In a nearby community the is a dog of similar size who was not diagnosed until he became so arthritic that he now crawls.
08-17-2016 12:57 PM
TWheels
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Listen to the ad disclaimers following a drug commercial on TV. The side effects scare the crap out of me. What happened to the Hippocratic Oath? First of all do no harm.
Those ad disclaimers are serious cya efforts. In almost all cases the possible ill effects affect only a very small fraction of people taking them, but it is essential to know what possible side effects can show up.
Sometimes side effects show up that were not anticipated and never showed up in the extensive testing that is required to bring a new med onto the market. For example, Cipro, the widely heralded cure for the potential biowarfare Anthraxand a very effective broad spectrum antibiotic, was found to cause tendon ruptures in some people.
08-17-2016 12:49 PM
TWheels
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Originally Posted by jw2170 View Post
The reports I have seen show people who have not been outside Australia and have suffered from native tick bite...

Many of our native animals , and cattle, suffer from tick bite...

The part I find hard to understand, is why some in the medical profession, refuse to acknowledge Lyme Disease and will not treat patients...

Do the med labs have the ability to test for Lyme disease?

Only a few species of ticks can host Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease. However, Australia does have Ixodes holocyclus, which is the same genus as the American deer tick. This tick is also known as the Australian paralysis tick,and is a serious problem for those injected by its neurotoxin.
Several species of Ixodes in North America have been found to carry Borrelia burgdorferi so I am skeptical of claims that Lyme disease is not in Australia.
08-17-2016 12:30 PM
TWheels
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Odd but all of my Doctors have no problem explaining why they prescribe a particular drug. Just questioned my heart Dr. about one last week on the dosage and he gave me a thorough explanation that made perfect sense. One should never try to be their own doctor but it is in your best interest to keep your self informed about your body and always question anything you do not understand. If your doctor has a problem with that it is definitely time for a change. After all it is you who decides who deserves your business. Medical offices are a business and can't survive without patients and most business is generated through word of mouth. Staying quite about a bad doctor is a disservice to your friends & neighbors so speak up.
By far most of the physicians with which I have dealt are very much like your heart Dr. I can count the number who are like the one I described in my response to Otis without using a thumb.
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