A calming walk with my dog, lead to me being a host to this bug!

Dear Tick who decided my body was great host,

I have not been on a date in over a year and a half year, but I vaguely remember the rules to dating; nesting on my inner leg, and drinking my blood should come with cocktails, a meal and a few nice words, that did not happen to me this weekend.

Instead, I took my pup Olive on a well deserved hick near a lake in a wooded area and became a victim to a blood thirsty parasite that I would never introduce to my parents. As gross as it sounds, it was not until Saturday morning that I discovered you had buried your head in my leg. Due to your dark need to suck my blood, I flew into a panic and forced you to take the "walk of shame". Of course, I did what every red blooded American gal would do, I called my girlfriend, Tess Taylor. I was in a full blown panic, freaking out about the consequences I may endure due to your indiscretion. Do I need to go to the doctors, get a pill for the day after, or go to church to pray? Luckily, none of the above had to happen, but you are not welcome on my body anymore! Any bug that could possibly leave their head in my skin, and tweezers are needed to remove the head from me, is not something I want to associate with.

Sincerely,

Not Your Meal, Or Girlfriend, Heather

Thanks to Medicinenet.com here are some not so fun facts about ticks...

  • Ticks are scientifically classified as Arachnida (a classification that includes spiders). The fossil record suggests ticks have been around at least 90 million years.
  • Most tick bites do not transmit harmful microbes.
  • There are a variety of tick-borne diseases.
  • There is a wide range of symptoms that usually develop days to weeks after the tick bite. The symptoms depend on the particular microbe that is transmitted.
  • For all tick bites, local cleansing and antibiotic cream may be applied.

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