Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Heebie Jeebies.

In the garden, a huge carpenter bee landed on my sleeve. I kept on working as he walked around on my arm.  I felt quite kindly towards him. He seemed in no hurry to leave. I was planting corn, and I moved carefully so as not to have him fly off. Sounds silly to say, but I was enjoying his company. It seemed almost like he was supervising my work.

At some point, he did fly off though, and I didn't even notice for a time. I looked around for him, but I did not see where he went. 

I offer this up to let you know that I am not afraid of bugs. I find them interesting. 

However...

...this morning, I was getting ready for work. Toweling off after my shower, I noticed something. For the second time this year, I found a tick. Embedded. I had a quiet tizzy fit, pulled said tick, examined my person for more ticks and found none. I treated my tick bite with antiseptic. As quickly as I tried to hurry, I was running late, and wouldn't you know it, THIS was the morning that I hit every red light between my house and work. 

Although I got to work with one minute to spare, my computer ran so slowly that by the time I clocked in, I was four minutes late. 

The worst part was all day long, I felt like things were crawling on me.




15 comments:

  1. My tizzy fits, unlike yours, tend to be of the loud variety. I've never had a quiet one!

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  2. Oh Bob. I was gritting my teeth. I cannot abide ticks. I haven't had one in years...and now I've had two in this spring alone. If things keep up, my tizzy fits are bound to get a bit noisier. You're probably going to hear me clear down in Tennessee.

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  3. Oh my God, that's just horrible. The tick and the timing of it, both. And I thought my day was bad!

    Wishing you a good night's rest and an easier day tomorrow.

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  4. I'm terrified of ticks or having any bug (or parasite) imbedded in me. Ugh.

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  5. I agree that ticks are a horror as the bites of some (Lone Star, Lime) have can have lasting complications.

    Watch your tick bite site for a bull's eye pattern and if you see one (I promise, it's unmistakable), go to your doctor promptly as the bull's eye is diagnostic for a Lime tick bite.

    Lone Star ticks have spread all across the South and up the Eastern Seaboard. They have a tiny white dot on their back and can make you unable to digest beef afterwards - among other problems. I know about this first-hand, too.

    Hope you don't have any problems and I understand the ongoing feeling that there must be a tick on your somewhere.

    Wishing you well!

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  6. We get Doctor flies here in Ireland. Nasty creatures that leave nasty bites. The midges are pretty bad too lately.

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  7. Scary. I suppose they sometimes get on humans here but mostly dogs and other animals. Isn't' there a risk of the head staying buried if you pull them off?

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  8. Oh no, ticks are horrible. I can understand your feeling of having crawlies on you all day after that. Keep an eye on it though, hopefully you'll be fine though. x

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  9. I will be fine, and I know what to watch out for. Tim actually developed that bullseye a couple years ago. I dragged him to the walk-in. There is a small tool called a tick twister, Andrew, which removes the tick without pulling off its little head. Usually. I just hate them, though.

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  10. Aside from butterflies, I am not overly disposed to sharing my body with insects. Too many are out to get me.

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  11. Bleah. I can totally understand being creeped out by a tick. Surely your boss isn't unreasonable enough to give you grief over four lost minutes?

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  12. My husband sometimes picks up ticks when he runs on the fells. I always hope that they are in places he can reach himself as I really dislike having to remove them for him!
    We get horse flies here. Horrible things. I still have a large scar on my leg from an ulcer caused by a horse fly bite.

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  13. I get multiple tick bites every year and yes, I always feel like things are crawling on me for the rest of the day. I use to worry about Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, but I seem to remember learning somewhere that if you remove it within a certain amount of time that it rarely causes any problems. That said, I still watch for that bullseye. I have a "tick key" that will easily remove them from our dogs, but I've never tried it on myself.

    These days it's deer flies I'm battling. Ugh.

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  14. We don't have ticks where I live but last summer we went to the southern part of Saskatchewan and they definitely have them there. I pulled a bunch off the dogs but I found one in my hair. I pulled it off but the head stayed inside my body which just grosses me out even now, a year later.

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