On Saturday night I was at the Vikings game. I was proud to say to the people around me that I was a Brainerd Warrior and coached by Ron Stolski; as coach was being announced during the game as one of the highest winning coaches of Minnesota. Thanks coach for many great years.
Take Pawlenty's advice
Gov. Pawlenty was giving advice to Obama after he had named Biden as his running mate. T.P. said Obama should have picked Gen. Petraeus instead. Yes, then the McCain campaign could base its experience level entirely on the military: McCain on his being shot down and imprisonment and Petraeus on his effort with this expensive war.
I say to Pawlenty that McCain should take that advice and make Petraeus as his VP choice. Surely that would be better than the no-saying governor from this state.
M. Fritz Bertelt
Lyme disease is an imitator
We live in one of the nation's top regions for Lyme disease. Lyme is known as being the great imitator and has the symptoms of many different diseases.
We both were tested twice with the Western Blot Lyme test in the last five years, and all four tests were negative. Yet, our symptoms persisted and continued to worsen.
We were referred to an infectious disease specialist. Our Western Blot Lyme tests were sent to a lab in California that specializes in tick-related diseases. These tests came back positive. After a lengthy and strong dose of antibiotics, we're slowly starting to recover, although we have a long road ahead of us.
Meanwhile, our friend's dog had Lyme disease symptoms. A Brainerd vet gave him a blood test right in the office, which came back positive during the visit. He then was given the same antibiotic we were given (doxycycline) in a stronger and longer dose. He began to respond positively within a day.
That leads me to the question: How does this dog get diagnosed and treated so quickly, when it has taken us years for the same test results and treatment?
If you feel you have the symptoms of Lyme disease, educate yourself, be aggressive, find a Lyme-literate doctor and don't stop until you have answers.
Unless your Lyme disease is in the early stage, which is usually less than a month, two weeks of an antibiotic generally is just not enough. You might feel better, but it doesn't mean it has been eradicated.
If your doctor can't or won't help you, find a new doctor. The symptoms of Lyme disease imitate the symptoms of many other diseases, which is why it's so misdiagnosed, and written off as something else
For more information, go to www.lymefighters.org.
Jon and Kyle Stachour
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