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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
In Limbo Over Lyme Disease is about a teenage boy who had been sick for a long time, only to find out that he had been suffering from Lyme disease and co-infections caused by said disease. We learn that Lyme disease comes from ticks that often lurk in woods and tall grass and on wildlife. There are many different types (species) of ticks (about 850, with about 90 being in the U.S.). The deer tick is the one that causes Lyme disease and the Lone Star tick can actually cause those bitten to develop an allergy to meat. Unfortunately, ticks carry more than just Lyme disease but also other illnesses and bacteria that can make a person really sick.
We are told to always check ourselves for ticks when we go outside in the grass or wooded areas. It’s also very important to check your pets because ticks can bite them as well. It’s often hard to diagnose Lyme disease because the symptoms can be several different ailments that seem like something else. Even worse, if a doctor doesn’t know how to look for Lyme disease, you could be told that it’s all in your head. Because of this, people can have the disease for years and not even know it. A lot of times people won’t even know that they have been bitten. Finally, we are told how to prevent tick bites from occurring, which is tucking your shirts and pants in as well as wearing a tick repellent spray.
As someone who is from a very populated city, this book was so informative for me. When I moved to a smaller, more rural area, people talked about Lyme disease a lot but I never really looked into it. I honestly didn’t think it was that serious a disease before I read this book. In Limbo Over Lyme Disease is very well written and covers just about all you need to know about Lyme disease and the co-infections that are often caused by it. I also like the added pictures and it’s worded in a way that both adults and older children can easily understand. Overall, Melanie S. Weiss has done a great job of creating awareness about this serious illness.