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.