“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.