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To any knowldegeable people (Ticker seems to be the biggie!!), I have two general questions about time factors. 1. Are there any known cases of Lyme developing from ticks that were attached less than 24 hours? 2. How long after transmission does it take for a Western Blot to show any positive results?
More specifics about my situation: I don't really think I have Lyme, but I just want to be sure. I live in one of the big time endemic states, and my property borders woods where deer live, and I routinely have deer wandering in my yard. Around the week of June 20th, I spotted a tiny black dot on my upper leg, and sure enough, it was a darn tick about the size of a poppy seed. Definitely attached, but not engorged, and I estimate it was attached no more than 12-16 hours. About 1-2 weeks later, I spotted another on my abdomen, same scenario, not engorged. No bullseye rash, no fever, no joint aches, not even an allergic reaction at either of the bite sites. I've read the big long symptoms checklist. I don't feel sick per se, but I've been much more tired lately, and have some dizziness. I also have been having more episodes of floaters. However, I am on a diet and have decreased calorie intake (lost 30 lbs so far and still going strong), so the tiredness and dizziness could very well be explained by that. I also have hypothryoidism which is monitored regularly. Saw my GP recently for a previously scheduled general check-up, and since it was time for my every couple of years CBC bloodwork, he figured he'd add a Lyme test while he's at it, since I mentioned having been bitten twice recently. They do the Western Blot. So my labs were done last week, about 5 weeks after bite #1, and 3-4 weeks after bite #2. Didn't have the chance to get the specifics, but apparently the test came back negative. other labs fine too. (plan to ask for a copy anyway, just to read). I did have two separate one week courses of Amoxicillin due to a dental abscess, so I had figured, heck, even if I had any trace of Lyme, I'd have a chance at fighting it off!!
Anyway-just looking for general opinions. I'm still more tired, but I'm certainly able to function normally, and again, the diet may explain this. Just want to make sure that enough time elapsed for antibodies to show up on the Western Blot, and even just double checking on tick attachment times. In other words, I am pretty sure I'm fine, but just given the highly endemic area I live in, one never knows for sure. Thanks for any input.

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