Chip Rankin, Pequot Lakes High School principal and U.S. Marine, was in charge of overseeing the Day of Caring project Thursday, May 9. I enjoyed the day with five energetic ninth-grade boys and their Pequot Lakes High School science teacher, Ben Starns, working in the woods to clear fire trails on my property.
The boys were first instructed to spray 40 percent DEET repellent to keep ticks away, to avoid areas of tall grass or weeds and to check themselves for ticks after being in the woods.
Prevention is the best medicine, but if a deer tick bite is found with a bull’s-eye rash, a doctor can diagnose and treat the Lyme infection with Doxycycline antibiotics.
For information on diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease from deer ticks, check out a DVD at the Crosslake or Pequot Lakes Library or order a copy for $36.98 (includes a 30-page Discussion Guide) at www.underourskin.com (click “Contact”).
Thanks to all the kids who volunteered for the Day of Caring. It was a teaching and learning lesson for all — old and young.