July 23, 2018 Chronicle Herald by Nikki Sullivan
PORT CALEDONIA — Melissa Boutilier knows how quickly life can change after you get Lyme disease and how hard it can be to diagnose it.
In July 2015, Boutilier biked around the Cabot Trail for a Heart and Stroke Foundation fundraiser. She was also getting ready to buy her first home and was enjoying her job at Grant Thorton.
By August, she was experiencing flu-like symptoms, chest pain and extreme fatigue. Then came changes in her cognitive abilities, something she calls constant brain fog. One morning she woke up to find red, burning rashes on her face and arms. She said they felt like “someone took a hot iron and put it on my face.”
“It was absolutely petrifying. I remember showing them to doctors and them not knowing what it was. . . . It felt like they didn’t care about it and it was terrifying,” Bouitlier, 28, said.
She started gaining weight and soon couldn’t get out of bed. After six months…