Thursday, September 29, 2016

Cooties


Evidently an hour's bird counting every morning and a lot of dog walking has a price. For the first time in all my years I was bitten by a tick yesterday. A trip to urgent care today and I now have drugs with so many side effects just reading the literature is like a Stephen King novel.

Plus I have to protect myself from the sun. Dagnabbit. This is me who wears shorts and crocs until November and hates hats. Now I must wear sunscreen and sunglasses and all that nonsense.....

I would revolt, but it's already revolting.

4 comments:

Denny Gross said...

And I am just the oppositešŸ˜€ I've been avoiding the sun for so long that I can't comfortably stand uncovered in direct sunlight without feeling like little cancer cells are sprouting all over. There's actually a downside to being sun phobic. I discovered several years ago that I had a severe Vitamin D deficiency. So I'll be on Vitamin D supplements for the rest of my life. My doctor said he couldn't believe that he had a patient that he encouraged to spend more time in the sun. So see, there's always the other side of the story. Didn't Paul Harvey say something like that on his radio show? I'm really dating myself.

ellie k said...

How long had the tick been on you? I used to get them as a kid and my mom had all kinds of old wives tales she used, must have worked I never went. To the dr or got sick.

threecollie said...

Denny, that must be kind of a pain. My dad has always had to be careful too. I am no sun worshiper but I spend a lot of time outdoors. I am not sure how to handle this business of being hyper sensitive to the sun. I have been having so much fun going out birding, just for an hour every morning. Migration is on! the yard is full of things I would never see except at this time of year. However, I know that is too much sun for someone on this drug because I have faint tan lines...not much, I am very fair. Guess I will figure it out. I remember when Paul was on my car radio every day. I usually listened to, so I guess I am also dated. lol

Ellie, alas, we don't know. The mark of rash was bad enough that the doctor I saw decided to err on the side of caution and give me a long course of antibiotics. I don't know how I will get along without going outdoors much, but I guess I can manage a month. Around here we did not even have ticks until maybe thirty years ago. Unfortunately we are in a hotbed of Lyme's Disease. Jade got it and Alan has had to take medication like I am too. Now anaplasmosis is showing up around here too.

Cathy said...

Dang. I'm so glad you're taking precautions. Did they identify the tick and just what you might be exposed to. I hadn't read this til tonight Marianne. Strange. I've been wandering through cemeteries the last few days and found myself worrying about ticks. I guess I better take a look. At my age it's just not very interesting.