Joseph Remembers His Battle With Lyme Disease Two Years Later

Two years ago today, I was diagnosed with Lyme disease, just days after I got bit by a tick.  It happened while I visited my “undisclosed location” back in May of 2016.  Since then, I have done everything I could to stop myself from getting it again.  I stay safe whenever I walk outdoors near wooded areas … and I use our homemade tick repellent, whenever I possibly can.

I received my Lyme Disease diagnosis while I was at St. Clair Hospital two years ago.  In the days before I got the diagnosis, I had flu-like symptoms and I had a rash on my right leg.  It looked like a bulls-eye a little bit.  The next day, I started taking my medicine to get rid of my symptoms … and the symptoms of Lyme Disease were gone by the end of June.  I had a “Charley Horse” in one of my legs just before I went to St. Clair Hospital that evening … and I guys you could say it saved my life.  If I hadn’t gotten the “Charley Horse” then, I probably wouldn’t been able to get my Lyme Disease diagnosis right away … and I probably wouldn’t be here today.

Stay away from ticks if you are gonna go outdoors this Summer!

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Joseph’s Top Blog Posts About Lyme Disease

Two years ago, I was first diagnosed with Lyme Disease at St. Clair Hospital, which is located in Mt. Lebanon.  I first received the diagnosis just days after I got bit by a tick in my “undisclosed location.”  The bite happened on the right leg … and then the “bite mark” turned into a rash.  If I hadn’t received my Lyme Disease diagnosis in 2016, I probably wouldn’t be here today.

I will write a blog post about the event tomorrow, but, today, I’d like to show you my top blog posts, which are about my battle with Lyme Disease.

How I got Lyme disease (June 10, 2016)
Remembering Joseph’s Battle With Lyme Disease One Year Later (June 6, 2017)
I’m no longer in the “Lyme” light (June 26, 2016)
I first got Lyme disease three months ago! (September 5, 2016)

Of course, if you guys are gonna go outdoors this Summer, please stay safe … and try to avoid ticks, if you possibly can.  I’m trying to follow suit as well.

Joseph’s Top Blog Posts For June 2018

Can you believe it?  The month of June is almost here … and that means that Summer is right around the corner.  It also means that we’re almost halfway through 2018 already.

In this blog post, I’m gonna tell you about a few of the blog posts that I’ll be writing down in June.  One of those blog posts will be my 900th blog post.  I’ll be writing it in the middle of the month.  I won’t tell you what it will be about yet, but I will give you a hint right now.  My 900th blog post will be about one of my classiest friends ever.  It could be about any one of you guys.

Another one of my blog posts will be entitled “Joseph Remembers His Battle With Lyme Disease Two Years Later.”  I will talk about my battle with Lyme disease, which occurred nearly two years ago.  It seems like I just had it yesterday.  Tick season is getting underway, so I’m doing everything I can to stop myself from getting it again.

Another one of my blog posts will be entitled “Joseph Is Not Going To The Cabins This Year!”  In the blog post, I will tell you why I won’t be going to the cabins this year.  The reason may surprise you a little bit.

Another one of my blog posts will be entitled “Joseph’s New Colussy Chevrolet Shirt.”  This year, Colussy Chevrolet, which is located in South Fayette, is turning 100 years old this year … and they will have a classy shirt, which will come out next month.  I may buy one for myself next month.  Of course, if I don’t buy one, then I won’t write this blog post.  I will write a back-up blog post … and I don’t know what it will be about yet.

Another one of my blog posts will be entitled “An ‘ode’ to a classy friend named Michael.”  This blog post will be about one of my friends, whose name is Michael.  I can’t tell you which one it will be yet.

I will also give my features a break in June.  I’ll be giving my computer a break from around 7 p.m. on Friday, June 8th, until around 5 a.m. on Sunday, June 17th, which is Father’s Day.

I hope you will check out at least one of my blog posts in June.  Enjoy your day!

Let’s Talk About A Past Blog Post: I’m no longer in the “Lyme” light

In June of 2016, I wrote a short blog post entitled “I’m no longer in the ‘Lyme’ light.”  I said that my Lyme disease symptoms were gone … and I also said that I didn’t have to take my medicine anymore.  I was inspired to write this blog post down because I wanted to let you guys know that I was no longer suffering from Lyme disease.

Here’s a link to the blog post …
I’m no longer in the “Lyme” light (June 26, 2016)

Again, watch out for ticks if you are gonna go outdoors this year!

Joseph’s Top Blog Posts For April 2018

Can you believe it?  The month of April is here … and, in just a few short weeks, I will turn 32.  Well, today, I’m gonna tell you about the blog posts that I’ll be writing down in April.

One of my blog posts will be entitled “Happy 30th Birthday, Sarah!”  On April 26th, my cousin, Sarah Smith, will turn 30 years old … and I will talk about the event in a blog post then.

A few days ago, I wrote a blog post entitled “‘Mr. Classy’ Goes To Pittsburgh” … and, in it, I talked about Mr. Classy’s first trip to Pittsburgh.  Well, on April 4th, he will take another trip to Pittsburgh … and, at some point in April, I will write a blog post entitled “‘Mr. Classy’ Goes To Pittsburgh Again!”  It will be about Mr. Classy’s second trip to the Steel City.

Another one of my blog posts will be entitled “An ‘ode’ to a classy person named Jay.”  It’s about a friend of mine, whose first name is Jay.  I won’t tell you who it is yet, but I will do it in a blog post at some point this month.

I will also write my 850th blog post in April … and, in it, I will make an announcement about the future of my blog.

I will also use my features in four of my blog posts this month.  Let me tell you how I will be using them this time around.

Joseph’s Flashback-We were the only ones in the movie theater?!
Joseph Has A Question For You-Should Joseph wash “My Pillow” this month?
Joseph’s Moment Of Peace-Joseph’s blog itself
Let’s Talk About A Past Blog Post-I’m no longer in the “Lyme” light

I hope you guys will be able to check out at least one of the blog posts that I’ll be writing down in April.  They may catch your eye.  Enjoy your Easter!

The homemade tick repellent worked!

It has been one week since I returned from my “undisclosed location.”  Last year, whenever I went to this “undisclosed location,” I might have gotten bit by a tick while I was walking through a grassy area.  This year, while I was at my “undisclosed location,” I stayed out of the grass … and I did everything I could to stop myself from getting tick bites and even Lyme disease.  I wore a hat throughout most of this trip … and I also wore a long-sleeved shirt while I was on my trip.  I tucked my shirt into my long pants … and I also tucked my pants into my socks as well.  I also wore my new Revolution 3 shoes from Nike.

Now, let me tell you how I was able to stop myself from getting tick bites this time.  I used my new homemade tick repellent, which is made out of peppermint oil, and it seemed to work.  I was able to stop the ticks from coming towards me.  Ticks hate peppermint oil … and I think I was right about it.

I will continue to use it here at home this summer … and I’ll use it again if I ever travel to another “undisclosed location” this year.

Remembering Joseph’s Battle With Lyme Disease One Year Later

One year ago today, one of the nurses, who was working in the Emergency Room at St. Clair Hospital, said that I had Lyme disease.  I had a rash on my leg and I also had flu-like symptoms for a couple of days before I got that diagnosis.  The rash resembled a bulls-eye also.  I had gotten bit by a tick while I was at my “undisclosed location” several days earlier.  I’ve been doing well since then … and I’m trying to stop myself from getting Lyme Disease again.  I have a homemade tick repellent, which is made out of peppermint oil, and I will be using it many times this tick season.

Today, I’m gonna let you see my experiences with Lyme disease again.  I wrote some blog posts about it last year.

How I got Lyme disease (June 10, 2016)
I’m no longer in the “Lyme” light (June 26, 2016)
Joseph’s Recovery From Lyme Disease (Part 1)
Joseph’s Recovery From Lyme Disease (Part 2)
Joseph’s Recovery From Lyme Disease (Part 3)

I wrote my three-part blog post, which is entitled “Joseph’s Recovery From Lyme Disease,” back in late June of 2016.

Joseph’s Top Blog Posts For June 2017

Can you believe it?  The month of June is here … and we are almost halfway through 2017 already.

I will be giving my features a break this month … and, in some of my blog posts this month, I will talk about some of the milestones that I will be celebrating this month.

One of my blog posts will be entitled “Remembering Joseph’s Battle With Lyme Disease One Year Later.”  I first got Lyme Disease one year ago this month.  It was found early … and I was able to get rid of my Lyme Disease symptoms a few days later.  I wrote some blog posts about my experiences with it last year … and I will let you guys read those blog posts for yourselves again.

Another one of my blog posts will be entitled “I have been working at T.J. Maxx for 10 years now!”  Now, I had actually worked at the Bridgeville T.J. Maxx store as a volunteer from September of 2006 until June of 2007.  Then, on June 11, 2007, they hired me to work there as a regular employee.  I currently work there once a week, but, several years ago, I worked there twice a week.

Another one of my blog posts will be entitled “My mother is turning 50 today!”  My mother, Susan Pratt, will turn 50 on June 19, 2017 … and I will talk about the event in one of my blog posts on June 19th.

Another one of my blog posts will be entitled “I have had a classy friend for one year!”  Last June, I became friends with a person named Jonathan Reed, who is married to one of my classmates from school.  I turned my new friend into one of Mr. Classy’s “stand-ins” just days after we became friends.  He’s a very classy person indeed.

I will also talk about some more interesting things in my blog posts this month.  Enjoy your day, my friends!

I’m ready for tick season!

Can you believe it?  It has almost been one year since I first got Lyme disease.  I had bitten by a tick at the location that I was at a few days earlier.  It was an event that I will never forget.   I will actually talk about that experience in one of my blog posts next month.

As you know, tick season has arrived … and I’m doing everything I can to stop myself from getting tick bites this year.  I now have a homemade tick repellent at home … and it’s made with peppermint oil.  I actually used the repellent earlier today … and I really like it.  I’ll be using it many times this season.

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