Lyme sufferers push for better care

FROM: Times Herald-Record By Michael Novinson Published: 2:00 AM – 08/01/12

KINGSTON — The disease hit Geri Tresvik like a boulder.

The Ulster Park resident had a college-level vocabulary by the sixth grade. But once the symptoms hit, Tresvik could barely put together a sentence or have others understand her.

Her body began to fade as well. Tresvik began falling, knocking things over and nodding off during conversations.

And the pain?

It’s been nearly unbearable.

“I frequently pray to God that I don’t wake up tomorrow morning,” Tresvik said.

The source of Tresvik’s suffering is Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness often resulting in a circular skin rash, achy muscles and flu-like symptoms.

Some 60 long-term victims of Lyme filled the Ulster County Legislature chambers Tuesday to lament inadequate medical support.

“This is way past the time where ignorance is acceptable,” said Andi Weiss Bartczak of Gardiner.

She would like to see study of tick-borne illnesses become a larger part of continuing education programs for doctors.

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2 comments for “Lyme sufferers push for better care

  1. August 2, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Thank you, you help me understand what my twin ssiter is going through. I wish I could carry some of her pain for her. Since I can’t. . . it means a lot to me to read your posts and get an idea of what I can do to support her.

  2. August 3, 2014 at 9:53 am

    weekend activities at the park inducle Brampton’s first Lyme Disease Awareness Walk/Run with fun, games, face painting and prizes. Learn more about this disease from patients and

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