Thursday, April 24, 2008

Call me Ishmael, er Fido...

I live "in town". I grew up "in the country". In the country, I expected that if I went for a walk in the late spring or summer, that I might have to fight some bugs.

I did NOT expect what I found last night. I walked into a small nature area 2 days ago just far enough in to smell the smells (it was too wet to keep walking)...but it was enough.

I had kept finding crusts of blood underneath my fingernails but I figured that somehow I'd inadvertantly picked my nose or a scab in my sleep (hey, unconscious, right?) and gotten some blood.

What I did NOT count on was that little jaunt in the woods leaving me with a parasite. Yup, behind my ear, just like Fido, I ran my hands through my hair (underneath where my glasses rest), there was a tiny tick attached to me. Of course, growing up in the country and spending half my life picking ticks off of various dogs, I knew immediately what it was and the reason for the black crusty stuff under my nails, I'd been scratching at the 'tick dirt' and didn't even realize it. Dammit. I told my husband to come over here 'right now' and take the tick off. Sure enough, I was right. Luckily, it appeared to only be what I call a 'dog tick' and not a deer tick, but I am going to google to be sure.

Guess I'll be sticking to concrete from now on.

On the other hand, my husband got to do a full investigation of all the areas a tick might hide, and if you've ever heard Brad Paisley's song 'Ticks' -- there's a reason the guy wants to check her for ticks. It involves taking all your clothes off and becoming very touchy feely.

Just call me Fido...


barnmouse said...

LOL!! Now you've got me scratching behind my ears!!

Aoj & The Lurchers said...

I was about to say "Ewww...." then snorted with laughter instead!

Jenni said...

LOL! I love that song. I don't worry about the ticks. I'd rather get Lyme disease than never be out in nature again.

Bonnie said...

eww eww eww

I cannot stand ticks. LilBro does spring yardwork for people and gets ticks on him every day. Meanwhile, I have the constant itchies just from hearing about one.

Last year, I must have missed a tick on one of my dogs. They get checked thoroughly every day. My dogs sleep with me at night and one night I woke up because I felt something creepy on my leg. It was a tick. I couldn't sleep for nights after that.