Lyme disease sidelines Worcester sheriff
Excerpted from delmarvannow.com ( Posted: 1/09/2010
After being untreated for Lyme disease for almost three years, the 61-year-old Berlin resident takes about 30 pills a day to control the disease and the pain it causes. Rocky Mountain spotted fever is no longer a problem.
He has trouble standing, or even sitting, without falling over; feels constant pain in his joints; and can barely keep food down. He recently lost 32 pounds in six weeks. Since the beginning of November, he has made five trips to the emergency room, in addition to his regular doctors appointments.
“If (telling this story) saves one kid or one person this year, it’s well worth it,” Martin said. “I’ve been through it for a thousand people in three-and-a-half years.”
There were 2,929 cases in Maryland in 2008, the most recent year for data available, according to the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Of those, 16 were reported in Worcester County.