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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Deer Ticks Suck...Literally

On New Year's day we went to a local park on the water so that I could play with the new camera my husband gave me for Christmas. It was beautiful out. It was one of those days where it felt more like the start of spring than the start of winter.

There are plenty of paved walking trails and several of them lead down to the water. I thought it would be the perfect place to not only get some shots of my family but of the scenery as well. So, we found a spot to park and headed out along the paved trail.

Heading out on our walk

By the water
Ash & Bean
We had a great time. The girls ran around and got some energy out. Chris and I held hands as we walked. I got to play with my new camera. All in all it was a great afternoon.

The next morning Ash came into our room while we were still sleeping saying that her ear hurt. She had just gotten over strep throat and an ear infection so I thought maybe the ear infection had come back. Then she said it felt like there was a scab on the back of her ear.

I sat up and tried to get my eyes to focus as I was just waking up and I didn't have my contacts in or my glasses around. As soon as I folded her ear back, I saw it. It was a deer tick and it was working on embedding itself into my baby's skin. I jumped up, grabbed a Ziploc bag and found my Tweezerman tweezers that I bought specifically for splinters and ticks (we have a dog) and went in for the swift removal of this nasty creature from my daughter.

I got the tick and it's head in the very first try. I put the tick in the Ziploc bag just in case we needed to take it to the doctor's or something. (I know...crazy, but all I could think of was Lymes disease.) So, I went through the checklist of what to do if you find a deer tick attached to the skin. Thank goodness for Google! The next morning I also called our pediatrician's office to see if we did what we were supposed to. They said we did everything the right way and to just keep an eye on the site as it healed. It is almost a week later as I write this and you can't even tell that a tick had ever tried to steal Ash's blood.

So, not only did we have a great day on New Year's day, we also learned a lesson. We need to be A LOT more careful when checking each other after a day in the woods. We got lucky this time.

Have you ever set out for a day of fun only to have it tainted by a bug/animal bite, sun/windburn, or anything else from the outdoor elements?



At January 10, 2012 at 7:30 AM , Blogger Heather said...

Wow! It is scary stuff. I have had to remove ticks from my children before, but you are right it is so easy to be forgetful especially in the middle of winter.

Glad she is ok.

Love the pic of your husband and the girls.

At January 10, 2012 at 7:43 AM , Blogger Gia said...

Ugh. One time my ex found a tick on him after LAYING IN BED WITH ME. I can't put into words how skeeved out I was.

At January 10, 2012 at 8:29 AM , Blogger Jennifer said...

Ugh- I hate those things! They are horrible here- you can get them just playing in the yard. Last spring, I took my son for a haircut and while the girl was clipping behind his ears, we found one. The girls started freaking the heck out and was telling me to remove it. We were in a salon and I didn't have anything to do it, so finally, someone handed me tweezers and I had to pull it out. Ugh. *shudder* I HATE it! Same thing, though- I called the pediatrician and they told me to watch it. The redness went away immediately, but there was a lump behind his ear at the site of the bite for 4 or 5 months. It was creepy, but the pedi said it was fine.

At January 10, 2012 at 9:33 AM , Blogger Kristen said...

Ok. First - I LOVE the last picture of the 3 girls. Seriously love it. Second.... We grew up on a farm and around the woods. I had tics all the time. I remember the time when no one worried about them. Once, my brother had a tic embedded so far that my grandfather had to use a lighter to pull it out. It is so weird all the strange things now... I'm so fearful of tics now because of Lyme disease. I'm so glad your daughter is ok. xo The other Kristen

At January 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM , Blogger Robbie K said...

love the pictures & glad to see you are getting to play w/your new camera. Tics give me the creeps. I remember going to Girl Scout day camp in Kentucky and mom had to search us for tics everyday when we came home.

At January 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM , Blogger suburban prep said...

My mother got Lyme's disease as a result of being in California during the earthquake in the late 1980's. She had a heck of a time getting over it. My brother in law also got it one year when he was out for his morning jog.

You are great that you did the right thing. Hope things continue to go well.

At January 10, 2012 at 10:57 AM , Blogger llawlor said...

Oh yes, lots of ticks when camping in the spring and fall but would not think about it this time of year! Glad you got it! Love the pics!

At January 10, 2012 at 10:58 AM , Blogger llawlor said...

Oh yes, lots of ticks when camping in the spring and fall but would not think about it this time of year! Glad you got it! Love the pics!

At January 10, 2012 at 10:58 AM , Blogger llawlor said...

Oh yes, lots of ticks when camping in the spring and fall but would not think about it this time of year! Glad you got it! Love the pics!

At January 10, 2012 at 11:22 AM , Blogger Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I would have thought they'd be gone during the winter! That's scary!

I'm also kinda surprised that it hadn't attached itself thoroughly during the night. She's lucky.

At January 10, 2012 at 1:50 PM , Blogger Tiffany said...

Oh no, those deer ticks seem to be happier to come out in the winter. I have two dogs and each of them have been blessed to come in my house with a tick or two just in the last few weeks. And that is even with Frontline on and being bathed with flea and tick shampoo!

Good for you for taking the steps to care for the spot and calling the dr. It can be scary to think of what could happen.

At January 10, 2012 at 3:19 PM , Blogger KLZ said...

Ticks Super scare me. Glad you got it.

At January 10, 2012 at 3:34 PM , Blogger Shell said...

There are trails near us that have the tick warning signs all over the place- it freaks me out!

At January 10, 2012 at 6:29 PM , Blogger Maren said...

Ick! Those buggers freak me out big time! So glad you got it off her in time!

At January 10, 2012 at 8:55 PM , Blogger Hines-Sight said...

Woods border our house and we have to be so careful. My son has had several. Glad you all found it.

At January 10, 2012 at 9:38 PM , Blogger Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

Oh, this brought back a flashback of a time I got a tick in my hair. I was probably about your daughter's age. It was huge by the time my mom checked it out. It took a long time to get out as I cried and flailed. Bad day.

It sounds like Ash was so brave. I'm glad she's OK.

At January 10, 2012 at 9:58 PM , Blogger Jen Has A Pen said...

Ticks piss me off. Sooooo nasty. My dogs have super short hair, so luckily, I don't have to deal with ticks often. They are so gross.

At January 11, 2012 at 10:32 AM , Blogger Jill said...

I'm loving the tree trunk pic, KP. It's now my desktop. :)


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