Monday, June 9, 2008

Oh "Deer"!

Being a camping family you take risks. You know the kind I mean, the kind that makes every sane human's skin crawl. Bugs. Lots of bugs.

I can sit at a campsite and blissfully observe the chipmunks, squirrels, the poodle from the next campsite and all other sorts of furry woodland creatures and completely pretend that the spiders, ants, and other creepy crawlies do not exist. Until they attack my family.

Putting sunscreen on Xena the other day I found a deer tick on her neck completely engorged. It had obviously been there a couple days (Mr. Clean and the older offspring had been camping two days before), as it pretty much exploded like a balloon when we removed it.

Arachnids of any kind unnerve me but the kind that latch on and suck the blood from your body creep me out beyond belief. A dog tick is the worst since it is bigger, but I much rather see a dog tick on my precious daughter any day. But no, it had to be a deer tick and we happen to live in an area with the highest incident of Lyme's Disease in, I don't know, the Universe?

So now I get to sit on pins and needles waiting for the tell tale bullseye sign to either show up or not. Only 2-28 days the doctor has assured me. Yippee... In 28 days you will be able to peel me off the ceiling.

Pray for no bullseye.


Carolyn said...


Susie said...

You can count on our prayers, too! Egads!! :-S

Dawn said...

I sure hope she doesn't get Lyme. Remember that they don't always get the bulls eye and they can still have Lyme. If you try another doctor they may do the Lyme test for you even without the bulls eye. I picked a tick off Michael just today also, then later this afternoon he tried to rescue a wild chipmonk from the cats mouth bit him : ( Chipmonks doesn't carry rabies (usually) so he didn't get the vacination. So I get to stress about rabies for the next ten days : (

Mrs. Sam said...

Okay gross!!!