Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Ticks in Massachusetts!

Yes, it's true - there are ticks, deer ticks, here in Massachusetts! Not only that, it seems there are some right by a house that we are interested in!

Long story short: We like this one house. Before asking the Realtor for a showing, we decided to drive by and take a look. Since it's empty, we parked and walked around the house, peered into the windows (looks good! we'll see it in a week!).

Two days later Andy's sitting in the driver's seat of the car, at a stop sign, reaches down to scratch his leg.

(You get where this is going, right?)

He pulls up the leg of his jeans and there it is - the dreaded bullseye that everyone and anyone who's ever taken a walk in a wooded area has heard about. No doubt about it.

I mean, the tick, the lyme disease, everything makes it so obvious - that red circle looks like it was drawn on with a pen!

(It was disgusting. And terrifying.)

So we rush to the ER, have them take that sucker out, and Andy starts a 3-week long antibiotic fest. Fun. Seems we caught it early enough so everything should (hopefully) be okay.

Remember kids - always check yourself after taking a walk, or walking around, spying into a house.

(Obviously, we've learned our lesson.)

And for those of you who are strong of heart - here's a close up of our little friend. Yuck!

And here's a picture of the brave patient, just because he's so dern cute.

(How can anyone smile with this parasite embedded head first into their body?)

1 comment:

  1. ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww i HATE ticks. They are awful creatures.