The president of the College of Charleston has revealed he is being treated for Lyme Disease.
George Benson has been hospitalized for a week. In a letter to the college community, he revealed that what he thought was a recurring back problem turned out to be Lyme Disease.
Lyme Disease is an illness that a person can get from the bite of an infected tick. Early symptoms may include fever, headache, fatigue, depression, and a circular skin rash. If untreated, it can affect the heart and nervous system. It is usually treated with antibiotics.
Benson, who announced earlier this month that he will step down from his post next summer, said he is still in contact with the college during his hospitalization at the Medical University of South Carolina hospital.
“The symptoms for Lyme Disease vary significantly from one person to another, which explains why Lyme Disease can be difficult to diagnose,” Benson wrote. “Many people respond quickly to the available treatments for Lyme Disease, and they fully recover in short order. My case may be a little more complicated, which could draw out my recovery time. In addition, for the next few days my current treatment has to be administered in a hospital setting.”
“I have been an active person for my entire life, and I am very anxious to return to my regular schedule. However, in order to fulfill my responsibilities to our campus community and my family, I understand that I need to follow the advice of my physicians.
Benson said doctors have restricted his physical activity for now.
Earlier this month Benson announced he would be stepping down from the President’s post next June to return to the classroom to teach business.
Sheree Bernardi of Charleston affiliate WTMA filed this report