Yes. In fact, I got bitten by two in early May. However, people in the south and rural areas get ticks all the time and never contract Lyme. I don't want to cause a panic. :)
2. How do you know you have Lyme?
It's an awful, tricky little bacteria. Symptoms are different for everyone and not everyone gets a bulls eye rash where the tick bites. In my case it attacked my vestibular system and caused the serious bouts of vertigo. As it progressed I also started to get exhausted with rounds of fever and aching. It also made me feel, well, mentally off. I cried constantly and felt like I was going crazy. By the time I got on antibiotics I was having numbness and tingling in my hands and feet. Interesting point: it often mimics MS, Lupus, and Menniers Disease (among others). My doctor did a blood test and sent it off for testing. It confirmed that I have Lyme.
3. Is it treatable?
Yes. Antibiotics and lots and lots of rest. There are, of course, horror stories on the web, but those are always worst case scenario. People all over north Arkansas get treated for this and recover... if it wasn't "recoverable" half the population of this state would be down for the count (my father included). The earlier it's treated the better, and I had it for three months. The serious cases with long term effects are generally people who have it for years without knowing it. Had I not been blessed with finally seeing a smart doctor I would have been in trouble. Two ER doctors as well as an ENT didn't mention it. One ER doctor gave me valium and told me I was "hormonal" after pregnancy. The ENT also missed the cyst on my thyroid. Not the sharpest tools in the shed.
4. Are you still working?
Thankfully my bosses have been beyond kind and concerned for my well-being. I look forward to getting over this and returning to work as soon as possible.