The physical symptoms of Lyme disease ─ headaches, fatigue, loss of coordination, muscle and joint pain ─ can be so debilitating that participating in school and social activities is impossible. Kids can be robbed of creating those memorable childhood moments.
Playground play dates, music lessons, dance classes, school plays, proms, graduations, extracurricular sports, family trips, even spending time with friends, can be too physically demanding. One teenager with Lyme disease explains how hanging out with friends for a few hours zapped him of so much energy, he had to spend the next two days on the couch.
Children can also struggle with sensory processing issues, particularly light and sound sensitivity, which makes it difficult to participate in regular school activities. Events like eating meals in a noisy cafeteria, attending music class, going on field trips may cause too much discomfort to a child with Lyme.