Hey guys! How are you all doin’? Awesomely I hope 🙂
So.. my month has been quite an interesting one, not going to lie. I’ve finally settled into life back home. I’ve moved back in with my parents now permanently. I’ve been used to being on my own, doing my own thing, without anyone questioning what I do or when I do it whilst in Dublin. So I’ve had to get back into the swing of home life in the countryside. I’m 22 still at home. When I was a kid I always thought I’d be moved out by now. But I never thought I’d be accepted into a Masters Degree. So things have worked out well 🙂 Living at home is the life of a part-time working student in Ireland now I guess! There are pros to living at home though, I’m a serious home-bird and I’m very grateful for everything my parents do for me. I couldn’t ask for better ones. I love them ❤
Now as I mentioned in my last post, I went to Croatia and WOW! That place is beautiful. The scenery was mind blowing and I came back truly relaxed.. for a while! Aqua-aerobics in the sea, yummy food, plenty of drinks, sun bathing, exploring and mini golf.. what more could you want? 🙂
Tragedy struck! On my last night whilst playing mini golf with my parents, I was bitten by a tick and unbeknownst to me contracted Lyme Disease. I had no idea. Never even heard of the disease before. That’s whats scary about it. Unless I’d been told about this disease I would probably of been left untreated. Let me backtrack a little bit though and start from the beginning:
It all started with a tick bite. I never even felt it but apparently you rarely do. They are so tiny they can hang on to your body for up to 48 hours without you ever knowing. Gross right? The next morning I woke up to pack my things and felt an itch on the left side of my right knee. But I always get bitten when I go on holidays.. I must have that sort of blood insects like so I never thought anything of it. On the plane home (3 hours flight) it started throbbing. By the time I got to my car and started driving us home (4 and a half hours later) my knee was stiff and sore. Dad had to take over driving. Still, I thought nothing of it. I figured I was allergic or something. So, lightheartedly (to share my pain with the world I guess :P) I posted a photo on Instagram of my bite, poking fun at myself at how I’m walking like a penguin :). When a lovely girl from Toronto named Liz pointed out that what I had looked a lot like a bite acquired from a tick and possibly had Lyme Disease. She said I had to go straight to a doctor and get antibiotics. HEART ATTACK TIME! I didn’t have a clue what she was talking about. Started googling the crap out of it and surely enough, it looked pretty similar. I went the next day. She was right. I had it. I was prescribed antibiotics and time off work for the swelling to go down. I am extremely grateful to Liz for warning me. It just goes to show, never doubt the kindness of strangers ❤
So guys, if you ever go abroad please please please make sure that you pay attention to your bites. If they start to expand outwards and circular in size, radiate a lot of heat or start to look like a bulls eye (like mine below!) get it check out! However a small % of people aren’t lucky like me and had a “obvious” looking tick bite. So even if you have a small one and feel ill, joint pain, pins and needles in your feet or you’re just concerned then GO! Better to be safe than sorry. Lyme disease can last a lifetime, better to have meds for a short time.
So yesterday I finished my last tablet. Lyme Disease free now. I caught a bug going around however as my immune system is pretty crap now so I spent all week in bed. One pro is that I got to relax and catch up on all my favorite YouTube channels that I love 🙂 con is I’m a social recluse who misses her friends and boyfriend ❤ however, there’s a silver lining. I’m getting better now and Amsterdam with Joe is next Thursday!! So a VLOG will be coming your way in 2 weeks!
If you took the time to read this, thank you! You are awesome! And here is Liz’s page to help raise awareness to Lyme Disease!
Thanks for reading guys! Stay safe and stay beautiful!
Ciára xoxox ❤