Sunday, April 20, 2014
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A reader wonders why journalists aren’t as angry about the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups as they were when Gov. LePage compared the IRS to the Gestapo.
2012 Kennebec Journal File Photo/Joe Phelan
At the urging of others, I had a repeat Lyme test done (Western blot). By U.S. Centers for Disease Control standards, this test would be negative.
It should be noted that Lyme-literate physicians such as mine are fully aware of the CDC's guidelines, and the lab that does the testing (Igenex) does say that the physician cannot diagnose by the lab results alone. One has to look at the whole picture.
Oddly enough, I had the same test a couple of years ago, but by a different lab. The results were almost identical.
Now, the dilemma is that my Lyme is in the "chronic" phase. Insurance companies will not cover for chronic Lyme because the CDC does not recognize the disease as chronic.
Patients like myself, therefore, are forced to pay out of pocket for their medical treatments. Many go in debt. Many lose their jobs. Many die.
As for myself, I have not been able to work for several months due to my ongoing health issues. I have been able to work part time for a period of time, then relapses occur.
Due to our financial situation, I have written to Gov. LePage and Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King about this issue.
Lyme disease is chronic. The CDC needs to develop better testing standards. Insurance companies need to recognize this illness as chronic. We need to increase public awareness.
Plan to fix stone bridge deserves consideration
If you live in Saco, do you plan to vote June 11? One of the ballot issues is a bond to rehabilitate the Stackpole Creek Bridge on Simpson Road.
The bridge was built in 1848 and is the oldest stone bridge on a public road in Maine.
City engineers permanently closed the bridge May 6 until it is repaired. The proposed repairs would keep the historical bridge intact while upgrading it to carry two-lane traffic and 34 tons of weight.
Experts on dry stone construction say that these repairs should extend the bridge's life for many decades, even centuries. The bond would cost $6 per year for 30 years for every $100,000 of property value.
If you feel it is worthwhile to maintain the stone bridge to honor the historical legacy of our 19th-century community members, then vote "yes" for the Stackpole Creek Bridge bond June 11.