Lyme disease: Symptoms to watch out for if bitten by ticks
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Emma Dolan-Horlock, 46, has endured years of pain since the bite in the USA which led to the diagnosis of Lyme Disease, a painful bacterial infection. Liverpool Echo says the complications of the infection, which include life-threatening Addisons disease, have led to the woman becoming bed-bound, with very little ability to leave her home.
I’m not going to get to rehab until possibly the end of next year. The reality is that my body is so unwell now and so badly damaged that by the time I get to rehab I might not be well enough for it to work
And now Emma is just desperate to “go outdoors” and visit the park she lives near.
She said: “I just don’t want to miss another summer, another year. I’m in my sixth year now of being stuck in bed and I just don’t want to miss another year of being outside.
“I love Sefton Park, I live on Sefton Park. It’s so frustrating that I literally live across the road from the park that I can’t get into. It’s my favourite place in the world.”
But Emma, a former boss of a PR and events firm, needs rehab before she can get out and has been on a lengthy waiting list, worsened by the pandemic.
“I’m not going to get to rehab until possibly the end of next year. The reality is that my body is so unwell now and so badly damaged that by the time I get to rehab I might not be well enough for it to work,” Emma added.
Emma, of Aigburth, Liverpool, fell particularly unwell in 2014.
She said: “I developed a really bad respiratory virus and it was kind of like a flu virus, I was in bed for two weeks and it was really bad.
“And then I just didn’t recover really. I started getting worse instead of better. I couldn’t sit up or stand up without passing out, my blood pressure was very low all the time.
“My heart rate was extraordinarily high.
“What we know now is that Lyme Disease can be incredible devastating on your immune system.
“But none of this was known for years, I was just left in bed for years. I couldn’t move, couldn’t do anything really. I was just skin and bones.”
The businesswoman had to sell her events firm after trying to run the company from her bed.
So Emma is now crowdsourcing for private treatment at a specialist clinic in London. Kind donations have already come in and Emma has support from Gary Lineker and Ricky Gervais, who are championing her cause.
The woman added: “I’m now going to be waiting another 16 to another 18 months. Meanwhile, I’m completely horizontal and unable to leave my bed.
“The only time I’m able to leave my bed is when I’m coming into hospital.
“Getting out and going on that stretcher would change my life.”
To donate, visit Emma’s Just Giving page.
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