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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: NH Land Surveyor Henry Amsden - A Tick Encounter With Babesia

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Age 74 in 2010, physically active and in documented good health. FIRST SCENARIO - EARLY-MID 2010 1. Bad deer tick surgically removed, mid-April (no test for Lyme done on tick or on me). 2 doxycylene tablets given and taken Record made of tick removal. 2. Mid-July (about 3 months later), extremely hot day. Met crew in the field and did a little minor digging. Sent crew home per heat. In air conditioned circumstances otherwise during day. Ate spaghetti (?!) in back yard late evening, fell blah, not sick, just sub-blah. Ca. 9 P.M., after urinary relief returned to couch and- Sudden, no warning whatsoever, went into what docs call "RIGOR," pronounced "RYE-GORE" not as in "REEGORE", as in rigorous activity. This was clearly a violent, epileptic-level of shaking chills. No number of piled on blankets sufficed.Points to remember: a) Session lasted 20-30 minutes- b) Shaking (which, of course, Mom observed) was violent enough to tear or stretch a muscle in my left shoulder. This was bad enough to have the Infectious Disease doc at the hospital observe me for spinal meningitis - thankfully not indicated [I told them I pulled my shoulder!]. 3. We decided to tough out the night which passed un-eventfully. However, next morning, the entire bed was drenched, pillow, sheets, blanket, etc,,with more water than I would have believed could issue from one-middle-sized human being. I don't remember being thirsty. 3. Urine had wispy clouds of whitish-swirls observable.4. Visited family physician mid-day, urine tested bad for bacteria, started on more doxycycline, blood taken but no results available then, and told to go to ER if chills returned. 5. Circa.11-12 P.M. that night, rigor returned and, again (I think this is of seminal importance) lasted the same 20-30 minutes. 6. In ER got first shot of some 'industrial strength' anti-bio and started feeling fine but kept for 3 nights. Probably started saline IV water drip - that's pretty standard now days. 7. Tests showed infection had settled into kidneys with apparent severe level of sepsis (?). 8. Next 3 nights uneventful except couldn't sleep to the point of beginning to hallucinate on the last night (that was most unpleasant). 9. On oral-anti bio next few weeks and returned immediately to normal activity. SECOND SCENARIO - OCTOBER, 2010 1. After evening drive, with no prior symptoms, returned at dusk and had abnormal joint pain, like arthritis. 2. Again, late evening, don't remember whether in bed or not, sudden return of extreme rigor- 3. Lasted 20-30 minutes (Mom wanted to take me before they stopped but the thought of moving or even the slightest skin exposure was terrifying). 4. At ER, more higher-level 'industrial strength' anti-bio and 2-3 more days in hospital. 5. This time, kidneys OK but exhaustive x-rays showed lung shadow in back of heart. I remember, a week or so later, coughing some faint blood stains which did not appear again. 5. More oral anti-bio after return to normal activty. NOTE: Since we went immediately to the ER, we don't know whether the same sweats would have returned if 'toughing' it out again 'til the next day. THIRD SCENARIO - JUNE, 2011 (Will give better date, soon) 1. Red spot appeared on inner side of upper right arm. 2. Dr. Durand (both M.D. and "Naturpathic") could not see entry point but spot began to enlarge. 3. Will send (or attach if I can find them -FOUND 'EM - attached) the pix daily taken as the spot enlarged. 4. Put on out-patient anti-bio IV for several days. 5. Spot gradually disappeared. 6. All normal activity since then. MY HOPE FOR THOSE WHO READ THE ABOVE AND THE ACCOMPANYING INFO ON YOUR BERKSHIRE SITE: 1. Local hospital gave absolutely no diagnosis on just what caused these 3 episodes, except, yeah, you're some sick (second scenario physician, a Bulgarian, good guy, said that when he saw the daily chart, I was the first dude he wanted to see that day). 2. Dr. Durand wrote courteous letter to Dr. Noble (infectious disease specialist, not a L...