A different kind of editorial this week, due to our having contracted Lyme Disease, which basically turns you into something of a narcoleptic for at least several days. We’ll be fine – it was caught early. And note to self, since our doctor told us that many people wait two weeks before seeking treatment, thinking that it’s merely a summer flu, since it has many of the same symptoms: ache and pains and fever. The bullseye shaped rash doesn’t develop immediately, and it doesn’t show up at all in some cases. It takes at least 24 hours to develop, and it’s not always shaped like a bullseye, or even large, so it can be mistaken for a spider bite. Still, the same antibiotics are prescribed for the same amount of time. But you do have to see a doctor.
Don’t ignore it. Waiting to seek treatment can lead to serious and permanent health issues.
As a head’s up, you don’t have to be out in the country or even in deer country to contract the disease: a friend told us that a friend of his had gotten it in Central Park, while walking his dog. If you’re going anywhere where there’s grass or wooded areas, make sure to apply insect repellant (by the way, the infected area is extremely painful and sensitive to the touch for days). Summer’s not over yet and Lyme Disease-bearing ticks are around until early Autumn, so let’s be careful out there.
Lyme Disease and Tech
Note to entrepreneurs, and speaking of little bugs that can have a big impact: no matter how big a so-called competitor is, or how so-called crowded is a space, don’t necessarily be deterred, if you truly are an outlier: funny how a comparative ‘bug’ among the much larger competitors – one with all of the right features and who makes all the right moves – can make all the difference. Case in point: Zoom, a relative latecomer to the video conferencing/mobile conferencing space that seems to be zooming past the competition.
Then again, there are times when entrepreneurs are reaching, and what they may believe is a stand-alone startup is really little more than a feature.
Know the signs, don’t be confused and trust us, a so-called little bug is not always something to be ignored or treated lightly. In our case it was Lyme Disease. In the case of Zoom – it was bullseye.
Onward and forward.