Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Unwelcome Guest

We have a new tradition every morning with Vincent. When he wakes up he comes in our bedroom and says, "Good Morning". He usually will snuggle in bed with us till we are awake enough to actually get out of bed. This is something we all enjoy very much, it is so much nicer to wake up to his sweet voice instead of the blaring alarm clock. A few weeks ago we had a rude awakening. It was the day after Memorial Day. We went to our ward picnic for memorial day, (I am hoping this is where our unwelcome guest came from). I was scratching the back of Vincent's neck and then moved my way up into his hair. I noticed a bump on the back of his head. I almost screamed when I saw what was attached to his head. A darn TICK! I felt my blood pressure go up immediately and told Anthony he would need to take care of it. I am terrified of bugs. I tried very hard to stay calm for Vincent so he would not get scared. Anthony successfully removed the tick with a pair of tweezers. A piece of Vincent's skin was attached to the ticks oh so tiny head. I put the tick in a zip-loc bag just in case the doctor would need to see it. After looking on the Internet at different types of ticks we decided it wasn't a deer tick (the one that carries Lyme disease). I called the doctor anyway just to be safe and was told to watch for a rash and a fever. Luckily no problems thus far. I kept that darn tick in the bag for almost a week before I squashed him with the bottom of a glass. I was amazed the tick survived for so long in a zip-loc bag. As much as I did not enjoy this experience I am thankful it was not lice.....EWWWW.


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5 comments:

Emily and Ethan said...

GROSS!!! We are going camping this weekend and I am all worried now! I am so glad he is ok. How funny that you put him in a ziplock bag and he lived for a week, what a beach girl thing to do. When taffy had worms I gatthered them up and put them in an envelope for the vet to see. Needless to say everyone was laughing at me

nyn said...

EWWWWW!!! I am glad you got it. How awful. I have a really hard time staying calm in situations like that. Good that you found it though. YUCK!!

Jordan and Elaine's Family said...

I did notice the tick in the bag on the window, and I kept meaning to ask about it. :)

Christy Tull said...

ewwww! That happened to me quite a few years ago, but I found mine dead!! Not to scare you, but a few months later I got really sick, and was diagnosed with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever! It is a virus caused by a bite of a tick. I am sure the little man will be fine though. Give him a hug and kiss from me.

Becky Prout said...

Tracy! your blog has become an educational resource for me. I read your entry and then a few days later we were at an open house, Jim and the kids were running around a tree and Avery got a tick in her hair. I found it when I washed her hair. The memory of your blog floated back to me and I know what to do. I put it in the baggy too, Aiden asked if we could feed it and keep it as a pet. I told him he did not undrestand the gravity of the situation-- And we don't keep parasites as pets :)Thanks for the help I hope neither of us encounter that again.