Alright so my dad has like just worked his butt off all his life. Worked himself to death basically. He's in the oilfield and he worked his way up from a rig hand out on oil rigs to a sales manager in a big corner office and all that stuff in Tulsa before Halliburton went bad and the accountants took over in the early 1990's (he left after 20 years, in 1992. It was really tough). He tried to retire for a while then I guess he got bored and went back to work in the oilfield or whatever consulting for big jobs. He is 55 years old now and works so hard. Drives for four or five hours a day out on locations, always stays late to make sure locations are cleaned up and trees are planted and stuff, buys the guys who work so hard on the rigs lunch and cokes and doughnuts and beer and stuff. He takes care of the environment and his workers and everyone loves him and he's just... I think my dad is so amazing for all he does (and please guys no flames about hating the oilfield or the environment or whatever please?) I just found out yesterday that while he was mowing our yard (we live on 60 acres out in the boonies in the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas and he mows 2 acres by himself) he got bitten by a tick that was carrying rocky mountain tick fever and he got it and they also believe he contracted lyme disease from the same tick. :cry: I just found this out and I'm so sad and worried and scared for him. Lyme disease is really bad, it's like mono, it makes you really weak and tired and sick and it never goes away, it will keep coming back and giving you relapses, it's TERRIBLE. He had a heart attack about six months ago and he was really anemic and he was just now getting over that and getting better and not tired and sick all the time, and now this? My mom says he's so weak and tired and he's on medication but he keeps pushing himself to work and he's so unhappy and embarassed and refuses to talk about it and I hate seeing him like this!!!! A tick bite killed my 10 year old golden retriever last year too he was my pride and joy. I hate ticks. I know it's so gross to even talk about someone getting something from a tick bite but I had to share because I'm so worried about him because he works so hard even when he's sick and gets himself down and gets to the point where he has to go to the doctor or the hospital, that's what happened with the heart attack, he was working too much and overstressing himself and gave himself a heart attack and he almost died, and now this.... :cry: I'm just a sad chick and you guys always seem to make me feel better when I'm down and I wanted to share... Please keep my dad in your thoughts and prayers! Thank you ladies.