Horror of Horrors

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“Go outside”, they said. “It’ll be great”, they said.

Well it was pretty great, actually. We just hopped in the car and drove and we ended up at a nature walk place on the side of the road. It was an easy walk but because of the rain it was muddy in places so we had to get creative, fashioning makeshift bridges and the like. It was fun to get some fresh air.

Afterwards we went to find some open air markets. It was a bit late in the day but we found two small farmers markets where we bought some soups and micro-brewed sodas.

Then we got home and he went back to video games and I finished my book (Trevor Noah’s Born A Crime – Excellent read! And I’m not being biased because I do have a few criticisms).

After dinner we were getting ready for bed and as I took my sweater off I saw a bug on my side. I gasped and quickly swatted at it. It didn’t budge. So I swatted at it again and and nothing. Then one of it’s creepy little legs moved and I realized what it was.

A tick! A big ugly tick!

I’ve never in my life flipped out like I did. I was screaming and crying hysterically. N came running and when he made out what my screams were about he started laughing until he realized I how much distress I was in.

I’m a city slicker man. I don’t know about these things. I’ve never had a tick attack me before. We didn’t go on hikes as kids. I’ve only known ticks to be on animals. N spent most of his childhood in the woods so to him, ticks are par for the course (I can’t even).

It took him a while but he finally got me to calm down somewhat and he got the vile creature out (head and all) with a tweezer. We then checked each other thoroughly and nothing was found but I was a blubbering mess for the rest of the night.

I did all the googling about ticks and early pregnancy and I guess only the deer ticks carry lyme disease and they have to be on you for 24hrs for the disease to transmit. I’m still very freaked out but I’m keeping an eye on the bite mark. It’s just a little red but nothing too sinister. Just adding a few more things to my list of symptoms to spot.

I’m so angry with myself. I should have just stayed indoors.

Inside good. Outside baaad.

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8 thoughts on “Horror of Horrors

  1. I’m sorry, but this made me laugh!!! You’re absolutely right about the info you found on ticks, so you should be fine!! If it gets sore you could put some Neosporin on it, but really just make sure you clean it daily in the shower. I’m sorry it freaked you out so much!

  2. You’re in good company. I’d completely lose my ish if I found a tick on me… horror indeed. *shudder* Thinking of you and your emby and hoping for good results!

  3. I’m would be flipping out, too. I’m so sorry. I would be second guessing myself, too. When we lived in Charlottesville in the 80s, we lived in the woods. I remember our dog had a tick and it was huge. Where I spent my formative years, there were no forests and ticks and Lyme disease were not issues. We just went to Asheville for NYE and someone’s dog got a tick. I checked my dogs so thoroughly. Tick sightings are very scary. Praying for you.

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