Reader believes local healthcare providers are caring and informed

To the Editor:

A couple of weeks ago a presentation on Lyme disease provided 2 packed full hours of information, clear to laypeople, about the history and cycle of (primarily) deer ticks. We learned about the bite from the female tick including the resulting associated infections, symptoms, testing and treatments.

As questions and answers to the testing and treatment of possible infection for related infections by the ticks were discussed, a few disparaging comments were made about our local health care providers in regard to their cooperation, knowledge and concern for patients. So, when I removed a female tick from my back last week and looked at it under a magnifying glass and decided it had a dark orange body and could be a female. 

I decided to not take a chance the next day when the bite appeared infected and went to my local doctor. Concerned that I may not be taken seriously, I brought along the tick and information provided by the presenter and a printout from the NIH, as suggested by the presenter, to support my request for an antibiotic. 

Not only the medical assistant, who took the pre-appointment info, had some basic information about ticks and understood my concern. The doctor was very informed and helpful, discussed and agreed that I should have the treatment I was seeking. 

I am writing this because I feel that even though we are daily attended by “general practitioners” who learn about changes and new diseases and treatments as they evolve, our community should not pre-determine what their health care provider can and will help with.  No person “knows it all”. 

I am reminded by my experience that just because we live in a small community it doesn’t mean we don’t have caring and knowledgeable providers. 

/s/ Celine Pitzen, Wautoma