Sunday, December 06, 2009

Will I Live Or Die?


This creature was embedded in my side after the ride today. My fearless wife removed it. It was still intact and alive after removal. Aren't these things supposed to be dead by now?

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

How big is it? It looks like it has gorged on your blood.

You will live.

You can get those fookers all year round. Any sunny day over 35 and they are on the prowl.

My friend saw one yesterday in a snow storm.

CrashedAgain said...

1/4" long. It has smile on its face, so I am thinking it enjoyed its last supper.

Anonymous said...

no worries then. too big for Lyme disease and it needed to be on you much longer anyway.

Lyme disease is not joke though.

clownbike said...

does anyone else see the humor in someone making the statement "You will live" but not wanting to attach their name.

Anonymous said...

I give you six months, max.

shorts said...

That thing looks like it was on you for about a week. You sure you just got that thang sunday?

pabiker said...

clown - you worry too much. sometimes folks like to post without logging in - it really isn't some big conspiracy so don't read too much into it.

CrashedAgain said...

Yes. Naturally, I did my internet research. This tick does not seem large for a mature adult. The ones that you can barely see are nymphs. These are small and can easily go undetected. The nymphs feed on humans and other creatures in the early summer. By fall, they are fully grown and easily found when they are attached. Transmission of Lyme disease typically occurs after 36-48 hours of attachment. Therefore, I should live.

Anonymous said...

Just like I said.

SkinnyLegs said...

It is a female American Dog Tick. They are always that size,makes it easy to carry all their eggs. Not only have they been suspected of carrying Lyme disease, but they also transmit Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Now you all can worry about that too!

CrashedAgain said...

Thanks Sue and Anonymous. Sue, that is not all. Ticks carry Lyme disease, Q fever, Colorado tick fever, tularemia, tick-borne relapsing fever, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis and Tick-borne meningoencephalitis, as well as anaplasmosis in cattle and canine jaundice. Other than a red rash, achy joints, sweating, fever, delirium, and occasional forgetfulness, I feel fine.

The Wiser Weiser said...

Thank God for Google!! ;)

prophet said...

The delirium is my favorite part.......I think