Meeting Minutes - Bonnie Weaver, Lyme Disease - A Personal Account - Jan. 19th. 2017
This meeting was held at Trinity United Church and was called to order by President John Proctor at 9:58 am with 47 members present. President Proctor opened by welcoming guest presenter Bonnie Weaver and two prospective new members, Jack Millard (2nd meeting) and Steve Cremasco.
President Proctor informed the meeting that he and a few other members attended the funeral service last week for Carol Dick, Ken’s wife. It was a very nice celebration of Carol’s life.
President Proctor informed the members that the Board has considered the idea of allowing new members to introduce themselves to the membership and say a few words about themselves. With that in mind, new member, Ralph Billings, was asked to tell us a little bit about himself which he did.
Julian Sale introduce today’s guest speaker, Bonnie Weaver.
Presentation Description Bonnie Weaver will relate a very interesting personal account and warning about Lyme Disease.
“I should tell you that when I found myself sick with Lyme Disease and discovered that I couldn’t get treatment beyond 4 weeks in Canada I began reading first general information and then the science. I found that my academic background came in handy. I had studied Biology (BSc. and MSc.) with an emphasis on invertebrates. Then rather late in life I switched fields (learned a lot more biochemistry) and did a Ph.D. in a health-related area (Nutritional Sciences). I am trying to stay up to date and accurate thus my talk changes as I learn more. Lyme Disease affected my brain and although it is functioning a lot better now, my short-term memory is not back to normal, but I am 71 years.”
Bonnie Weaver Ms. Weaver informed us about how on a visit to France she contracted Lyme disease and how it has affected her life.
Ms. Weaver said that the general medical community is lacking in knowledge about the disease and identifying it and treating it. Serological testing for Lyme disease in Ontario is unreliable since the bacteria B.burgdorferi is difficult to culture. Prevention is the best solution and for that she provided information on precautions to take when in tick infested areas. She told us that Lyme disease can be transmitted sexually and also during pregnancy which can be linked to autism.
Lyme disease can have a wide variety of clinical presentation. Patients can experience any combination of symptoms including arthritic, cardiac, endocrine, gastrointestinal and urogenital. As the illness progresses more and more symptoms will generally appear. If left untreated or inadequately treated, Lyme disease can become persistent in the body.
Information about the source and cause of Lyme disease and how to take precaution to prevent contracting it can be found online. Additionally there is information about the ticks that carry the disease and the transmission of the bacteria by the ticks.
Following Ms. Weaver’s presentation, Julian Sale thanked her and presented her with a token of appreciation from the Club.
Activities – John Proctor The February 14th Sweetheart Luncheon at the Mandarin Restaurant is approaching and the sign-up sheet is on the meeting table. The cost is $52 per couple. Please sign up.
Coffee Groups – Gary Luck Starting next Thursday, January 12th @ 10:00am there will be two places to meet: - one at the Airpark Café; - the other at Sadie’s Restaurant (the old location of the Golden Griddle) in the plaza at the corner of Speedvale and Woolwich streets.