People have asked if I’m afraid of snakes. Arkansas is, after all, home to the copperhead, rattlesnake, and water moccasin. With a pond on one side of the land and a flood on the other, I’m sure the snakes out there are happy campers.
It’s been my experience, however, that snakes are more afraid of me than I am of them. I’m mindful of where I’m walking and where I go poking around. I don’t begrudge an angry snake—I don’t like anyone bursting in my house uninvited, so why should they?
Ticks are another matter. I am, indeed, afraid of ticks. Like snakes, they’re stealthy, but they’re out for blood whether or not they’ve been wronged.
Someone told me that ticks are bad this year. I don’t have a basis of comparison, but I know I’ve seen plenty. A bite I got on Wednesday is now about the size of a nickel and inflamed. Granted, it’s in a sensitive place that gets a lot of movement…
Just to be safe, I went to my doctor. He’s a tall, elderly man who reminds me of Clint Eastwood. He looks to me like he’s seen a few things. I trust his opinion.
He told me to keep an eye on it and let him know if it gets worse. Though it’s unlikely that I’ll contract a tick-borne illness, I have to wait 10-14 days before I experience symptoms of a more serious condition.
The woods are not without threat, but then again neither is suburbia.
2 thoughts on “Tick Bite Gone Rogue”
If you have an inflamed bite, I would find a doctor to give you some Doxycycline fast. You may want to get a consult with a Lyme Literate Medical Doctor. Lyme moves quickly through the system, and you don’t always get symptoms right away. Most people never get the bullseye rash. I’m sorry you were bitten.
Thank you for your concern! The bite healed pretty quickly once I chose the right clothing. I had been at an all-day training and my clothes had rubbed it the wrong way. I’m definitely being more cautious, though!