Originally Posted by Martha
She had something of a hard time trying to convince the docs in Singapore that she had Lyme disease, which of course they had never heard of before. But all was eventually figured out and after an entire summer of feeling like crap she has been good for several years now.
Just before selling the Annapolis house and moving to Hawaii, my FIL mowed the yard one last time.
In Hawaii he developed a weird rash on his shin. It was an oval shape but in retrospect we realized that if it was laying on a flat surface it'd be a bullseye. He pulled a dermatologist out of the phone book at random and made an appointment. When he came in the dermatologist had been called to the Mainland for a family emergency but had managed to find a younger doc to cover for him.
The younger doc said "Hmmm, looks like Lyme disease but that's not around here!" When he heard the whole story he took samples and prescribed the appropriate medication.
The older doc returned and followed up. My FIL was doing OK (the medications made him very photophobic, kind of a tough side effect for Hawaii) and the older doctor said "Gosh, these kids nowadays, where do they get these crazy ideas? That can't be Lyme disease but you might as well finish the meds while the test results come back, and then we can figure out what obscure tropical rash you've contracted. You're just having a bad reaction to your new environment."
It was Lyme disease. I'd hate to think of how many other trial & error solutions would have been pursued by the older doc.