Well the beginnings of my troubles actually started the Sunday before this past Sunday. (the 28th of June) I felt something itchy on my left hip. Then I felt a bump! I immediately knew what that bump was…….a tick!!!! EWE!!! A TICK! MICKEY HELP ME, I’VE GOT A TICK ON ME! EWE!!!! He’s shouting now, “chill out” (who uses those words anymore anyway?) So he pulls the tick off of my hip. Bad news the head is still in me. So we decide to get a needle and dig it out! He thinks he got it though. So OK, everything will be alright. The days pass and I forget about it. That is until last Friday. I was over at my mom and dads and was telling them about my tick bite episode. I unbuttoned my pants and pulled them down to show them! It’s like my dad has always been my “real doctor” They gasped when they saw it. I turned and looked in the mirror and I gasped then too! It was this HUGE red ring~~~the kind they tell you to watch out for. Then my dad says, “ Oh yeah, it’s a lot lighter in the middle too! That’s the bulls eye! I think that’s what they say lyme disease looks like!!!” Nooooooo no no no no not me. Oh I’m sure it’s just a little infected from trying to dig him out. All the time knowing that it looked EXACTLY like the pictures I had seen of lyme disease. Just sounds gross, doesn’t it?
Well I woke up the next morning. The fourth of July, I might add and discussed it with Mickey. He really wanted me to go to the Urgent Care Clinic that’s associated with our hospital. I knew, but hated to admit it, that I had to go. The Dr. walked in, I told her about the tick and proceeded to pull my pants down again! Her eyes grew huge--------Boy that made me feel better. Then she got out a ruler and started filling out paper work! Oh crap….I’ve got it. She said I have it-she knows that without the blood work. But she’s still going to have my bloodwork done that day,again in two weeks and again in another two weeks! I guess there are alot of false negatives with the first and second tests. And the CDC wants to count each case in every county. But in the mean time she loaded me up with antibiotics. She said it is very treatable if caught early. I asked is 7 or 8 days early? Yes, she assured me.
If you can stand to look I’m adding a picture of my bite so you can see what to look for on your own bodies! I haven’t been hiking in the woods or anything. The only thing I have been doing is using a hose a couple of times to water the flowers in the back yard. I’ll betcha one of those ticks hopped up on Jimmie Dean (He’s been treated with Frontline-so it repels them) so they jump up on JD, he doesn’t taste too good. Well little jimmie spoons with me when we sleep…mr. tick just hopped on over to me with the meaty thighs for his meal. EWE!!! EWE GROSS!!! How long was that nasty thing on me? OK back to the picture.
Don’t look unless you want to see what my ugly tick bite looks like!!!
OK here it is if you really want to see.
Is that gross or what?
I’ve been on antibiotics for four days now and a little of the redness is going away. But I’m still having headaches and fatigue, as in I am sleeping all afternoon! I’ll see my regular doctor in one more week. Maybe –hopefully everything will be OK then.
Oh you think you’re through with my weekend story? Sadly to say you’re not. Please keep up with me now. We still haven’t talked about Sunday. Sunday night in specifics! I was scheduled to go over to St. Johns Hospital to the sleep lab for my sleep study! This being the day that the TICK BOURNE DISEASE IS SETTING IN AND I HAVE THE MOST TERRIBLE HEADACHE I HAVE EVER HAD…wHY don’t I just go sign myself up in that hospital and let then clamp 100 wires onto my head. a dozen or so on my arms and legs. oh lets don’t forget the chest , the two big black army looking belts. now catch this…these belts are attatched TIGHTLY ONE AROUND THE TOP OF MY BOOBS! AND ONE REMEMBER, TIGHTLY…AROUND THE BOTTOM OF MY BOOBS!!! gETTIN THE PICTURE YET SISTA?
Then I see him coming at me with a red sharpie—straight for my face!!! He wrote all over my forehead. That wasn’t so bad. But then he started sticking things all over my FACE! even a tiny little mustache like thing in between my nose and mouth so they can HEAR how I’m respirating in the night. Oh yeah, they sit up all night and have cameras on you and they sit at desks and watch your every move!!! Great. Mickey says I hold in all my “gas” all day and wait until I go to sleep to Let It Out! My God, it sounds like I’m writing a comedy tV show here. No, this is just my weekend. So I’m sharing something with you know, and if any of you know me personally, you can black mail me with this picture. The guy took my pic with all these wires coming off of my head and on my face. I photoshopped out the boobs in the belt thing! NOT a pretty sight!!! oh…….. my ……… God………..
I did get to pull a few loops of my ShabbySheep rug. But I was going to do it on monk’s cloth. It just wasn’t feeling right. I wasn’t enjoying myself so I pulled it out and went to SF and bought a yard of linen. Came home and redrew my pattern and have managed to get a few loops in. And for all of you primitive girls………….don’t look at this picture either!!! lol lol LOL LOL i crack myself up!?!?! Any way it’s mostly PINK so you might just want to look away. There will be one more picture and everyone can look at it if I can keep you all reading that long! It’s little Jimmie Dean standing on a little table. Awwww…..
You know I just realized I’ve already taken my sleep pills!!!! That’s why I sound so absolutly silly right now! It’s 12:40! I should so already be asleep. Now I know how you feel if you don’t go directly to bed! Wow. Nity Nite,