SIMCOE, Ont. — A Simcoe woman living with Lyme disease is heading to the U.S. for help.
Caley Barber will have a friend drive her to Plattsburgh, N.Y., to meet a doctor and hopefully start the long-term course of antibiotics she needs to get better — at her own expense.
Barber’s predicament is common for Canadians who have the disease, say advocates pushing for change to the treatment and testing of Lyme disease.
If it is caught early, the bacteria usually can be killed off with antibiotics. But if it isn’t, the disease sets in for the long run. Complications arise because testing in Ontario doesn’t pick it up in its later stages and the infected often get diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, or in Barber’s case Parkinson’s.