I got the results of the tests I had done in the E.R.
I tested Negative for Lyme, but Positive for Ehrlichia- a tick-borne Disease that is similar to Lyme, and also treated with antibiotics.
Basically, when you get bitten by a tick infected with the bacteria, it transfers the bacteria into your bloodstream and makes you sick.
I’m very glad I got tested. If left untreated, it can make you very sick, and can be life threatening if you don’t treat it.
Yesterday, I only did 13 miles in 8 1/2 hours. (Slow for me.) All day, I just felt like curling up on the trail and going to sleep. My muscles felt sore and weak and I felt really tired! All I wanted to do was set up my tent and go to sleep, so that is what I did! I didn’t even feel like eating. I was asleep by 4:30, and slept until 5:30 the next morning. I woke up twice during the night drenched in sweat.
I felt bad this morning and decided to get off trail in the next town. I’m feeling a bit better than yesterday. The Doc said it would take about 5 days on antibiotics before I start to feel better. I am on my 4th day of taking antibiotics.
I am going back to the trail tomorrow, and I will continue to take it slow and do lower miles until I feel better.