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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Don't Like Ticks.

This is the time for ticks in New England. Did I mention that I DETEST ticks?

The other night as I was getting dressed for bed, I noticed that the lower side of my back was sore. I thought, at first, that it was a new ache----from yoga. I get some new aches every once in a while, but chalk it up to it being a "good" pain---and figured that it would be gone by the next day.

So, I laid down in bed, and started reading my book. Suddenly there was a sharp pain in my back----like something sticking me. Wha the? I couldn't figure out if I had something sticking in me----maybe a splinter or something?

So, I got back out of bed and went into the bathroom. I took off my P.J. top and checked out my back in the mirror. It was at a strange angle, but I noticed a lot of redness, and there in the middle was a small dark brown dot. A-HA!

It was a tick. Burrowing into me.

Of course, I freaked out and ran into the bedroom---waking up my hubby....and demanding that he get it out!

He had just gotten a tick remover a few days before this incident, thank goodness----but of course, we couldn't find it! We have been packing and the place was upside down, so it had been misplaced. On to the next idea. We found my eyebrow tweezers.

He grabbed that little sucker---yes, play on words----and popped it out. Then right into the toilet----and flush!

A few days later, I checked in the mirror and there was still a red dot there----and I could still feel that soreness. Thank goodness that they hurt so much when they are trying to burrow in---or I would have never even noticed!

A few days later, Aydan found one crawling up his shirt---he had only walked from the bus stop----thank goodness that it hadn't found skin....

So, now I have to remember to check everyone after they have been out doors. UGH. Such a pain.

Its not too bad for my little doggies.....I just put flea and tick meds. on them---and check them every once in a while.

Now, why isn't there a flea and tick medicine for humans. I would sure invest in some.

And yes....I thought that I would super gross you out by this little display of
an engorged tick....enjoy.


Kristina P. said...

Oh, no. I would FREAK out!

Mrs. Organic said...

Ack! My skin is all creepy crawly right now.

Rachel said...

Ticks seriously make me loose it! Glad you made it out ok.

Alyson (New England Living) said...

My kids get ticks on them every spring! I hate having to pull those "suckers" out of their skin.

I had one a couple of years ago and I felt like I was going to faint as my hubby pulled it out. EWWWW!

miche said...

thanks for reminding me of yet another reason I am not missing spring in New England!!! YUCK. good luck with that. enjoy your black flies and mosquitoes too!

NIblet said...

My friend in NY posted she'd seen one on the dog, asking all her FB friends advice, she was SO freaked. so by the time she mustered the courage to pull it out... it was GONE, couldn't find it on the dog anywhere. Hubby said it probably fell into their COUCH. I don't miss ticks whatsover. Especially after your lovely photos, thanks so much!

Just SO said...

Ew! Ew! Ew! Ew! EW!!!!

M-Cat said...

Gagging at the pics.

I can't even tell you how many times I had a tick. All the climbing in the trees and trying to keep up with the boys.

Now the very thought of one just GROSSES me out!

Anna See said...

Ticks are so disgusting! I feel like we are held hostage in our house by these icky critters. We love camping and hiking, but ticks are definitely making that difficult. Ugh.

Mom n Pop Wilson said...

I found one crawling on me in New Jersey last week at the Morristown National Historical Park. When I finally got back to Boise at 11:30 pm,
I did a thorough check. I really don't like those little critters either. I'll never forget the time I got one in my leg at girl's camp 100 years ago. Glad all is well.

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

That is what you get for living in paradise. I'd sure like to know what good things ticks did before the fall. Glad you got it out. By the way, that back yard is to die for. Your boy will love it. Loved his boats, even the disintigration of one.

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

PS The last word verification was not ticks but...Spideves!

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