8.07.2005

Can Snakes Give Themselves the Heebie-Jeebies?

I knew it was much more of a question of when and not if I was going to find a little blood sucker that had made the jump from my hound to me. And it happened yesterday. Not quite dead center in my back but in a place where I would have been hard pressed to completely remove it, there was a little tick making itself at home.

It hadn'thttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif been there long but it had been there long enough to latch on and start siphoning my blood for its own procreative purposes.

So we swathed it in petroleum jelly (the kind with lidocaine) and let it suffocate before P carefully removed it. Well, it hadn't suffocated and had quite a bit of fight left in it but it wasn't really going to cause any damage from inside the zip-lock baggy it had been conscribed to.

We washed the little wound out with alcohol (and the lidocaine sure helped this not be a little scream fest!) and saved the tick in case any signs of appear. It looks like its all out and I will end up being okay but now I've got a bad, bad case of the creepy crawly heebie jeebies. If I feel a scratch, I have to look to make sure there's no army of ticks marching up my leg. If I have a twinge on my back, the shirt comes off and I do an inspection in the mirror.

I don't know about you but I hate, hate, hate the thought of little blood sucking bugs using me or Nande or Graydon for their food supply. But maybe I'll snap a macro or two of the little bugger now that its dead.

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