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Chelsey Livingstone and her mom, Angela Rector, organize the many pills Chelsey needs each day as she battles Lyme disease. It’s a costly process that could take from one to three years. Jennifer Vardy Little – The News
Published on May 26, 2011

 

Mom blames poor tests that failed to diagnose Lyme disease

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Department of Health , Sutherlands River , Ontario , Port Hawkesbury

SUTHERLANDS RIVER – For 8 1/2 years, Angela Rector brought her daughter to doctor after doctor, looking for answers.

Chelsey Livingstone, 11, lives in pain. She describes joints that ache so badly it keeps her up at night and a sharp pain in her stomach.

“It feels like someone’s stabbing me in my belly,” she says softly.

From the time she was a small child, she’d call out to her mother as she lay in bed at night, and in the time it took Rector to get across the hallway, she’d find Chelsey lying there, staring unresponsively at the ceiling with blue lips. Doctors thought she had epilepsy at first, but ruled that out, instead calling the nightly events “episodes.”

Doctors didn’t believe Chelsey when she said how bad the pain was, either.

“You know how they always ask how bad the pain is on a scale of one to 10? She’d say a 15, and they said that was impossible,” said Rector.

She was tested for rheumatoid arthritis, bladder infections, Crohn’s and irritable bowel, but all the possibilities were rejected. Eventually, says Rector, physicians at the IWK suggested it was all in Chelsey’s head and gave her a book on ways to cut back her stress levels.

Rector wasn’t willing to give up, however. All along, she begged the doctors to consider Lyme disease. When Chelsey was just 2 1/2, the family was living in Borden, Ont., and Rector believed her daughter had been bitten by a tick.

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http://www.ngnews.ca/News/Local/2011-05-26/article-2538390/Child’s-illness-mystifies-doctors/1

 

Brenda Sterling-Goodwin gives a factual talk about Lyme Disease, how it is contracted, and how it is treated when diagnosed. The talk was presented at the New Glasgow branch of the Pictou Antigonish Regional Library in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, May 6, 2010. This is part 1 of 4 videos that comprise the recording.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmWFniytJ3A