Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wake-up Surprise

****TMI WARNING for this post.****

So this morning, Nick and I had a nice adventure. It was bound to happen eventually living in the sticks. I mean, it's happened to our dogs a number of times and it was bound to happen to one of us. It's been 8 months since we've been here. Admittedly, I thought it was a summer thing, not something that would happen in February. Then again, it's 70 degrees today. It was 68 yesterday and for that matter, the whole week has been rather mild.

When Nick hopped out of the shower, I noticed what I thought was some kind of boil on his side. Alas, we were not that lucky. Upon close inspection, it was a tick. I hate ticks. They are disgusting little critters. We used the old vaseline method. It worked wonders, I extracted it and let Nick burn it. I guess my training at grandma's house did some good. I used to spend a week or two every summer with her and my grandpa in Caroline County and every summer one of of us would get a tick on us during our stay there. It was my least favorite thing about the stay, but it was worth all the hours of cards we got to play together. We'd play poker sometimes until 1 or 2 in the morning. We played with pennies and nickels and got to keep the stash.

Luckily, according to the pediatrician, we don't have to worry about Lyme Disease here in Virginia. Apparently we have a lizard in our region of the country that possesses a natural anti-body to the disease causing bacteria in the tick population. Well, that is a relief.

I have been too busy to write lately. Mainly, I'm trying to squeeze in exercise and couponing and there isn't much left after that and taking care of the kids and chores. I did score more free TP. If that isn't reason enough to continue the couponing, I don't know what is!




Blogger Aliceson said...

Oh Yuck! Last summer while visiting my BIL in the woods of Minnesota we found a tick on Binny's butt. At first we thought it was a mole but upon further inspection we correctly identified the tick and checked to make sure it was just a wood tick. Wood ticks have either suspenders or collar like markings. Deer ticks (the ones that carry lyme disease) are very small and don't have the distinctive markings.

February 11, 2009 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger 13skulls said...

Ticks are really common down here even in the winter. Since I spend a good deal of time in the swamp/woods I'm used to them. I think that after 18 years of marriage Debby is getting used to the occasional "tick check" on the back and back of neck. Same for the menagerie of animals running around this place.

February 13, 2009 at 2:50 AM  

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