Time for gov­ern­ments to step up on Lyme

RE: Lyme dis­ease

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

It’s time all sec­tors of gov­ern­ment stop be­ing all talk and start tak­ing pos­i­tive ac­tion re­gard­ing Lyme dis­ease.

I’m a Lyme sur­vivor who spent two hor­ri­ble years be­fore get­ting prop­erly di­ag­nosed in the U.S. for Lyme and two co-in­fec­tions. I had been sent from one doc­tor to an­other, most of whom told me they “knew noth­ing about Lyme,” “wouldn’t talk about it” or di­ag­nosed me with some other dis­ease. I was lucky enough to find help with a Lyme doc­tor in Platts­burgh, N.Y. This was all at my own ex­pense. I also learned that one can­not rely on get­ting com­pen­sa­tion for out-of-coun­try treat­ment from my own prov­ince when it comes to a Lyme di­ag­noses.

It’s time our gov­ern­ment started lis­ten­ing to and learn­ing from those who know about this dis­ease and stop pro­cras­ti­nat­ing and sim­ply telling peo­ple to “tuck their pants in their socks.” The bulk of the work be­ing done on Lyme dis­ease is be­ing done by peo­ple who suf­fer from it. Our gov­ern­ment has no idea how many Lyme pa­tients there are in our coun­try be­cause most of us have been forced south for treat­ment and are not on our gov­ern­ment’s radar. Peo­ple can­not wait two weeks or six months for a pos­i­tive or neg­a­tive test re­ply. They need an­tibi­otics right away and for a de­cent length of time to help rid them from this hor­ri­ble dis­ease.

It’s time our gov­ern­ments spent money on proper di­ag­noses and treat­ment for what is the next “global epi­demic!” Sylvia Matthie, Dun­das

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