Hello again, Kdel,
I just want to add the first sign my son had was Bell's Palsy. He had been bitten by a deer tick, which had imbedded itself in his chest. It was very tiny, so for a week he didn't realize that it was a tick! He thought it was a mole. When he did realize it, he called me and asked what to do, since, of course, he was concerned about Lyme disease. This was during the time when the media was constantly warning about it. I bought a book about it and learned that he would probably get a red ring and a rash if the tick was carrying the disease. It also said that it could start as Bell's Palsy!. He did get a faint ring plus Bells Palsy; fortunately, there was a doctor who specialized in Lyme, and I called and got him an appointment that day. The doctor immediately prescribed antibiotics; I believe he took two rounds. This happened 15 or 20 years ago , and he has not had another attack since.
The doctor said that he wasn't immune to the disease and could get it again if bitten by another tick. At that time there were some doctors who were making a fortune by having patients take antibiotics by IV from the beginning. I'm not sure about what the outcome of that was. But, you can be cured; it may flare up from time to time but inbetween almost everyone lives a normal, pain-free life.