Spectacle of Trees: JFK Museum
12/5/2013 - 12/14/2013
Spectacle of Trees Event is here! LACC again will be decorating a tree in this event hosted by Cape Cod Chartable Funraisers.
The Spectacle of Trees is a remarkable event where local non-profits such as LACC decorate Christmas trees and surround them with fabulous gifts! LACC’s tree was very popular so please take the time to donate tree bucks to our tree!!! One 10.00 tree bucks ticket will win ALL the gifts under the tree. Value $ 6,000!!! You will not have to do any shopping as there will be gifts for everyone on your list presents for all ages. Tickets can be purchased in a number of ways. A) Directly in person from a LACC member or during monthly support group meetings. B). directly on the web site link below:
Each tree buck that is put in an organization's box earns that non-profit $10. The more Tree Bucks you donate to a box, or order online, the better your chances of being awarded the tree and the more money that non-profit will earn. If you are the lucky person whose name is chosen, you will take home the decorated tree, and all of the items that are part of that tree! LACC will deliver the tree all the gifts directly to you!! This years tree is sponsored by Charles River Apparel, Deb and Barry Lipsett.
Lyme Awareness of Cape Cod (LACC)
Lyme Disease Support Group
Held at the 3rd Sunday of each month.
at the Cape Cod Covenant Church
11 Satucket Road
Brewster, MA 02631
(Corner of Airline & Satucket Roads Brewster)
Transportation to meetings is available.
Please contact for information:
Lisa at Lfree125@comcast.net or
Scott at FLHX59@yahoo.com
You Can Prevent a Tick Bite By:
1). Protecting Your Yard:
a). Professional Yard spraying: Many companies are available. One example , “Lawn Dawg” provides environmentally friendly lawn care services to NY, MA, NH, ME, and CT homes. WWW.LAWNDAWG.COM 1-888-993-3294
b). Do it yourself yard protection: Damminix Tick Tubes® are biodegradable, cardboard tubes filled with permethrin treated cotton balls. Mice collect the cotton to use to build their nests. Deer ticks that feed on mice in the Spring and the Fall are exposed to permethrin and killed. All the while, the mice, other mammals and your pets and yard are unharmed and undisturbed. Can be purchased www.ticktubes.com Toll Free 800.234.8425; Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
c). cheaper do it yourself yard protection: You can buy permethrin from local feed and grain supply store and make tubes yourselves. Cotton soaked balls can be placed in recycled cardboard paper towel or toilet paper tubes and and place around the perimeter of your entire yard front & back.
2). Protecting Yourself and Your Children While Gardening, biking, hiking, sports etc.
a). Avon Skin So Soft can be used directly on skin full strength.
b). Clothes can be sprayed directly. Bob Bersin Brewster DPW Superintendent has two suggestions. His DPW workers spray permethrin on their clothes. For children to protect against mosquitos, flys etc He recommends a natural mixture of Clove, Wintergreen, olive oil, water sprayed directly on children & clothes. This may also work against ticks.
c). Permethrin protective clothing can also be purchased.
3). Protecting Your Pet:
a). Advantix or Frontline Plus. There are conflicting reports if Frontline Plus is still effective? One person recounted that it caused neurological symptoms in their dog. Use under supervision of your vet.
b). Clip your pets closely and do not allow outdoors for long periods.
c). Natural alternative repellant may be “Sergeant's Nature's Guardian Flea and Tick repellant” contains natural thyme clove oils etc. This does really work. We have used for over a year with good results. Can be used on humans also.
Check yourself, your children and your pets frequently for ticks. The tick does NOT have to be embedded for long periods to transmit disease. Periods of attachment for as little as only TWO HOURS (not 24 as previously thought) have proven to transmit disease.!!
Tick removal when you do find a tick …
Tweezers and Traditional Rubbing Alcohol method most usually used for more specific info see... http://www.biosci.ohio-state.edu/~acarolog/needham/tickgone.htm
but when this does not work try this…
A School Nurse has discovered a safe, easy way to remove ticks. They automatically withdraw themselves when you follow her simple effective instructions.“ I was unable to identify her name to give her full credit but it really DOES work!! Here is what she recommends…
“Spring is here and the ticks will soon be showing their heads. Here is a good way to get them off you, your children or your pets. Give it a try.”
"I had a pediatrician tell me what she believes is the best way to remove a tick. This is great because it works in those places where it's sometimes difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark hair, etc.”
"Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20); the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away. This technique has worked every time I've used it (and that was frequently), and it's much less traumatic for the patient and easier for me.”
"Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can't see that this would be damaging in any way. I even had my doctor's wife call me for advice because she had one stuck to her back and she couldn't reach it with tweezers. She used this method and immediately called me back to say, "It worked!"
By Cynthia McCormick,
September 17, 2013
For two years, Lyme disease kept Amy Doherty of Osterville from participating in one of her favorite charity events, The Last Gasp bike ride from Sandwich to Provincetown.
But thanks to proper diagnosis and treatment, the 48-year-old financial adviser not only took part in Sunday's event — she was the fastest female finisher.
"It was an emotional finish," said Doherty, who bicycled 62 miles in about two hours and 41 minutes. "I didn't expect to be that strong, coming back for the first time."
About 360 bicyclists took part in the annual event, which is expected to top last year's $500,000 raised for a variety of local charities, according to Leslie Estep of Cape Cod Charitable Funraisers, which sponsors the event.
The Last Gasp is not considered a race, but participants get their times and organizers post the names of the top three male and top three female finishers on the website.
"They get bragging rights," Estep said.
Doherty rode for the Lyme Awareness of Cape Cod team, Team Tick, to raise money to educate the public about the disease transmitted by deer ticks.
In Doherty's case, Lyme disease came out of the blue, causing so much pain and fatigue that she would nap instead of riding her bike and walk instead of run. It was a new experience for Doherty, who has run two marathons and also completed an Ironman in Lake Placid, N.Y., in 2008 in less than 13 hours.
Three years ago, she set a course record for women in the 2010 Last Gasp.
But a few months later, her physical fitness levels started to nose dive for no apparent reason.
Her doctor gave her a Lyme test, but it came back negative, which set off a round of visits to endocrinologists and neurologists.
This was the most frustrating part of her illness, Doherty said, "being sent to doctor after doctor," none of whom could pinpoint what was wrong.
Based on her symptoms, a family friend convinced Doherty to go to a physician who diagnoses Lyme based on clinical evidence and was willing to prescribe antibiotics even without a positive laboratory test.
Because there is a controversy in the medical community about how to treat later stages of Lyme disease, Doherty didn't want to name the physician who treated her.
But she said the antibiotics worked. She started feeling better and added vitamins and immune boosters as a patient of the Rothfeld Center in Plymouth, after another round of testing showed she had Lyme and bartonella, a type of bacterial infection.
Now, she feels like herself, she said, although she sometimes gets "flares" when her symptoms reactivate.
Ron Gangemi of Mashpee, founder of Lyme Awareness of Cape Cod and the group's team leader for The Last Gasp, said Doherty's top finish was an inspiration.
"She was very sick. She fought to get back. She really worked so hard," said Gangemi.
"It's a happy story," Gangemi said about Doherty's triumph. "We need some of those."