Hello, my name is Jane and I am a reality TV addict. There is something about this mindless genre that pulls me in and never ceases to entertain me. As someone who is heavily invested in the lives of complete strangers and follows everything mosquito and tick related, it is no surprise that I have been following the recovery of one Real Housewife of Beverly Hills as she battles Lyme disease.
For those of you who aren’t up to date on all things RHOBH (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Yolanda Foster is the newest member of the franchise. She’s a former model who is currently married to songwriter David Foster. Last month, Yolanda began tweeting (@YolandaHFoster) about her battle with Lyme disease. After 18 months with less than normal energy, Yolanda was diagnosed with Lyme. Since announcing her diagnosis, she has been tweeting about all stages and symptoms of her battle. When she had a port implanted to provide intravenous antibiotics, Yolanda tweeted a picture from the hospital.
Lyme disease is transmitted through tick bites and can manifest itself through numerous symptoms, thus making it difficult to diagnose. While the bull’s-eye rash is a clear cut sign of Lyme, other symptoms are the same as the common cold or flu, like fatigue, fever, headaches, etc. Many patients can go months without the right treatment. As the number of confirmed cases have grown the last several years, it’s important to make note if you have come in contact with ticks so that you can tell your doctor. For those families who spend a lot of time outdoors, tick control for your yard may be necessary.
While Yolanda is the latest to share her journey, other celebrities have battled Lyme disease including:
- Alec Baldwin,
- Ben Stiller,
- Daryl Hall,
- Jamie Lynn Sigler,
- Christie Brinkley,
- Andy Cohen,
- Alice Walker,
- Amy Tan,
- And George W. Bush.
We at Mosquito Squad wish Yolanda the best in her recovery and thank her for sharing her story.