A family’s fight for their son en route to NCAA tournament history
… “Instead of running to the sink like most middle schoolers and washing his hands as fast as he could, 13-year-old Connor Odom would wash, rewash and then wash his hands again. His mother, Lucia Odom, thought it was odd, but didn’t really worry until, over time, she saw his hands — red, chaffed and nearly raw up to his wrists.”
… “One of the factors was Lyme disease, which the Odoms believe has been in Connor’s system since he was 18 months old.
“He woke up one morning and half his face wasn’t moving,” Lucia said. “We went to a specialist to try and figure out what it was and they said Bell’s palsy. We treated him for 30 days with a steroid and it went away.”
…. “His parents believe the Lyme disease had been lurking in Connor’s bloodstream for more than a decade, triggering his OCD along with the strep when he hit puberty”