Ottawa nurse must go to U.S. to seek Lyme disease treatment
Like most Lyme disease patients in Canada, Dawn Lavarnway doesn’t remember when she was bitten by the tick that gave her the crippling illness – but she knows when she found out Canada’s health system wouldn’t treat her for it.
The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario nurse tried to book an appointment with an infectious disease specialist to get a prescription for chronic Lyme disease because her symptoms have persisted ever since her June 8, 2009 diagnosis. They include fatigue, chest pain, difficulty walking, and mood swings.
In September, she received a letter from The Ottawa Hospital saying routine antibiotics for tick bites is not an option. The hospital said it follows the 2006 Infectious Disease Society of America guidelines, which limits treatment to a maximum of 28 days…..
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Jim Wilson, a former Lyme disease sufferer and founder of The Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation (CLDF), has no idea why Canadian hospitals still follow American guidelines from 2006 on how to treat Lyme disease.
“They’re very committed to the United States policy for some reason, rather than setting their own policy,” he told Metro Thursday by phone from B.C. “We’ve tried to interject into the policy-making decisions (with) the patients and their experts’ perspective, but have been refused at each time.”