Originally Posted by Kronk
My wife had it last year. Pretty common here on the East Coast. So who else has had it?
When my parents-in-law moved to Hawaii from Annapolis, my FIL mowed the grass one last time before getting on the plane.
Two weeks later he noticed this strange rash on his left shin and figured it was some sort of "Aloha Hawaii" thing. He picked a dermatologist out of the phone book. When he showed up for the appointment, the dermatologist was on vacation and had hired "some young kid" (my FIL's words) to fill in.
The "kid", recently out of school and too dumb & inexperienced to know any better, commented "Hunh, looks like Lyme disease, but how the heck could that happen to you here?" He got the story, took some samples for lab testing, and prescribed the treatment.
The following week the regular dermatologist returned from vacation, dismissed the diagnosis, apologized profusely for his fill-in's mistakes and started digging into the tropical-disease handbooks. He said that the drugs wouldn't do any good but he might as well finish the prescription.
Next day the lab results came back for Lyme disease, and my FIL found a new dermatologist.