This post is for educational purposes as well as your own entertainment.
I have had two run-ins with ticks this month already.
I am starting to wonder if ticks are a part of my destiny.
In the mountains of North Carolina for the July 4th holiday was where my first incident took place.
I am not sure if it was from the white water rafting trip, two morning hikes, or the dancing under the trees in the moonlight but somehow I managed to have one stuck into my waistline.
I immediately freaked because my fear of lyme disease is intense and often takes over me.
Luckily, it came off and left no "bulls eye" but I could not get it out of my mind, so a week later I went to get it looked at and to get tested.
They tested me for lyme disease and some other "mountain spider hee-bee-gee-bee"
While, walking through the woods in Virginia this past Saturday they left me a voicemail to tell me it was negative.
Except, one big thing...while on this walk two ticks landed on me but I brushed them off so fast they barely touched me.
Aaron and I basically stripped down in the middle of the country and checked each other as soon as we were done.
We searched ears, backs, waists, etc....
Now that I think about this, this could have been a romantic opportunity but at the time it was more of a "you check me, I'll check you" type of moment.
Here's where we were......
"On a country road........."
Here are my tips....
-Wear long sleeves
-Spray all exposed areas as well as on top of your clothes
-Check yourself immediately after being in an area where you think you may be at risk
-Check all "nooks and crannies" they like ALL areas
If you do find a tick on you:
If the tick will not release from your skin, you may want to seek medical advice. Sometimes you have to use needles to get them out. (Note: I am not an expert)
Make sure you don't have a bulls eye around the spot where the tick was, if you do seek medical advice. This means it is infected.
Here's the kicker:
Aaron and I both have chiggers now! Awesome. I will educate you on chiggers at a later time.
For now just be glad you don't have chiggers. We are a little itchy itchy scratchy scratchy.