Family’s Stress and Medical Visits
Joseph will end himself in hospital when he falls at home. (Danielle Baguley/ITV)
Gemma and her father, Chesney (Sam Aston), are happy to learn that the sickness is curable and that Joseph would recover well.
Weeks of stress and doctor visits depicted in the narrative
The soap has collaborated closely with Lyme Disease UK, an organization that provides sufferers with support and assistance, and has advised on scripts about symptoms and treatment.
Hospitalization and Recovery
However, approximately 30% of people who contract Lyme disease do not develop a rash, and other symptoms may include fatigue, muscle and joint pain, headaches, fever and chills, neck stiffness, nausea, and digestive issues, as well as facial palsy, which occurs when one side of the face drops, particularly in children.
Collaboration with Lyme Disease UK
Julia Knight, a retired specialized practitioner pediatric nurse who works with Lyme Disease UK, said: “It has been a joy to engage with the Coronation Street scriptwriters to offer them guidance and suggestions so that they can craft a tale that is both realistic and interesting.
Lyme Disease Symptoms and Realism in Script
“Lyme illness may be readily neglected if a person first exhibits viral-like symptoms, like in the scenario. Raising awareness of the condition and providing information on how to avoid it is critical.
Importance of Awareness and Prevention
“With knowledge, bites can be prevented, and awareness of possible symptoms means that people who do contract the disease can seek medical advice promptly.”