TODAY | October 17, 2013
>>> according to the cdc, shall 300,000 americans are diagnosed with lyme disease each year making it ten times more common than we always originally thought.
>> one of our good friends was recently diagnosed, bonnie fuller .
>> and we have lyme disease expert, dr. john halperin. welcome both.
>> thank you.
>> one day you were supposed to be on with us and they said something was wrong. and doctors couldn't even figure out originally what was wrong.
>> that's right. it took about i would say three days for the doctors to come up with a diagnosis. and i was in the hospital. what happened is it didn't show up in my blood. there were no an i botibodieantibodies.
>> what were the symptoms?
>> i had what it turned out to be the whole right side of my face was drooping. it looked liningke i had a stroke. and i had double vision .
>> in both eyes?
>> i couldn't figure it out, about you we finally discovered it was in the right eye. i also felt like i had an iron corset wrapping around me and i couldn't breathe, i was numb, ii ied had back pain, neck pain .
>> and what you're supposed to do is tons and tons of antibiotics?
>> not so much tons. there is an appropriate amount. if you get the right one in a timely fashion, the disease a 95% curable.
>> how long it to you take those?
>> 2 to 4 weeks about.
>> it doesn't always show up in a blood test the first time.>> 2 to 4 week s about.
>> it doesn't always show up in a blood test the first time.
>> depends on the circumstances. we measure your body's reaction to the infection and that takes 30 to 45 days to develop. so if someone comes in with with a rash which usually develops in the first couple of week, about half of those people have a negative blood test .
>> we should point out this is from a tiny tick bite .
>> when you see it, it looks huge here, but how big, bonnie?
>> i never saw the tick. and i never had the rash. but i did have a flu-like illness about six weeks before all the major symptoms developed.
>> had you been in nantucket or places like that that are known --
>> i live in westchester and we're overrun with deer. but what i've learned is that nice carry the lylyme even more.
>> lonnie didn't have the rash.
>> if you look at children who moms who look at them at the end of the day in the bath, about 90% of children will develop the race. about 50% of adults report the rash. you may get the rash where the sun don't shine so you don't notice it. about 50% of the people bitten are males and we never notice anything. so --
>> right. i knew we'd get a laugh out of you somewhere.
>> bonnie, we're so glad you're back. thanks for being with us.
>> thank you, doctor.