Thursday, May 14, 2009

I was bitten by a tick

and really, this is scary. Apparently the little bastard climbed up my sleeve while I was raking leaves and dug in just behind my armpit. I never felt it there, even in the shower. But I did feel the result: a saucer sized, raised welt that really, really hurt. It was absolutely disgusting to think he was there and I didn't know.

My best friend, Dr. Kathy, prescribed me antibiotics and the swelling and pain in the bite area is WAAAAAY better but the drugs make me feel like I fell off the house. Achy. Grumpy. Nightmares. And I went asleep in my chair yesterday afternoon in the middle of the day.

So today I head out to a horse farm - I'm doing a story on the impact of the horse industry to Maine's economy. What do you want to bet there will be more ticks there?

I'm going over myself with a magnifying glass when I return.

By the way, does anyone know if I can drink alcohol while on antibiotics? I definitely think that would help.


Neas Nuttiness said...

Go here to find your answer. Seems that it depends on which antibiotic your on. Sorry that you're feeling so bad!

nfmgirl said...

I had that happen once. I picked up a tick somewhere without knowing it. I remember in the shower feeling a little bump behind my knee, and glancing around and seeing a little spot. I just figured it was a mole I'd never noticed.

A week or so later I was at work, and the back of my knee started really itching! I scratched, scratched, scratched. Later on I realized that was the same spot where there'd been a "mole" a week before. Only now there was nothing but a spot. Where'd the "mole" go? What the...? ewwwwwwwwwwww

The realization hit me. The itching must have been the tick leaving, and it's anesthetizing affect wearing off. Gross.

Tatersmama said...

Ewwwwwww! Just the thought of tick spit makes me shudder!

Becky said...

My now ex-husband came home from hunting. I asked him to look at the mole just below my butt cheek. He told me it was a tick not a mole. He removed the tick! I'm pretty sure you are not supposed to drink alcohol while on any medication! Love the Sweet Pea Cabin! Looks so very cozy!

Gladys said...

Was it's name Tock? Mr. Tick Tock.

Use a little olive oil they can't get a grip on you they just slide off. ;)

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