7.22.2021

It's Just the Coffee Talking: Did I mention I was bitten by a Lone Star Tick 4 weeks ago? Random chit-chat over morning coffee........


 

Good Morning!

It's been a busy morning, but time for a coffee break!

Did I mention I was bit by a tick in June?   

With a regular tick (dog ticks, wood ticks, yada yada)  you have to look for a bullseye rash within the first few days and wonder about Lyme Disease... which is fine, and growing up around ticks and now living in tick-metropolis, I get that.  

But of course, what do I get bit by this time?  A Lone Star Tick.  Because... of course I did.

See the little white dot? This is a female Lone Star Tick.

It attached literally in the one place on my entire body I couldn't remove it myself.  That little space about 1 inch by 1 inch that is almost impossible to reach in the middle of your upper back.   

I felt it in the shower as I was washing my back and could only just flip it back and forth with my fingertip.  I got out of the shower to look in the mirror and then had to rely on my husband to get a tweezers and remove it.   He's not really good at removing ticks - that's my thing - so he squeezed the crap out of it removing it from my back where it was very, firmly attached.  But in the photo it does look like we got it's head out - so that's a plus.

But because of the placement, it's really hard to see it.  I have to use a mirror to reflect in the bathroom mirror, which is farther away than I'd like, and I'm having to resort to taking photos.  I can't reach it to feel the spot which I don't like because it makes it hard to monitor the swelling, nor even see the opening.

I used a q-tip to put antiseptic on it, etc. the first 2 weeks; and I have to use a letter-opener to scratch it since I can't reach.

It's been about a month now and it still itches... although that is getting better this week (finally).

No large rashes or major swelling, etc but that's not the part that has me concerned.

It's what Lone Star Ticks (as compared to wood ticks and deer ticks) carry.  

First - is Ehrlichiosis - (although it's not my first 'concern'..... )

Ehrlichiosis

Human ehrlichiosis associated with the lone star tick is caused by Ehrlichia chaffeensis(human monocytic ehrlichiosis or HME), and E.ewingii, the agent of granulocytic ehrlichiosis in dogs.Clinical symptoms are non-specific and viral-like appearing a few days to a couple of weeks after the tick bite. They can range from mild to severe and may include fever, headache, chills, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, and malaise. Subclinical cases may be relatively common. Patients usually develop leucopenia (lower white blood cell count) and elevated liver enzymes. Diagnosis is based on the observation of the pathogen in the white blood cell in stained blood smears, PCR assays, or on serological tests.

The one that would really piss me off if I were to get it?

The red meat allergy.

An allergy to red meat can be caused by the bite of the lone star tick. A delayed anaphylaxis to red meat in individuals that previously consumed meat without difficulty appears due to sensitization to galactose-a-1,3-galactose (alpha-gal), a sugar carbohydrate found in beef, lamb and pork, but not humans. After a tick bite, people may develop antibodies to alpha-gal and can have an allergic reaction upon subsequently eating red meat. The reaction typically occurs 4-8 hours after consuming the meat and may consist of itching, burning hives, swelling of the throat, and anaphylactic shock.

Now, I got this stupid tick on me NOT from camping. 
NOT from hiking. 
NOT from walking pleasantly through the woods or even being NEAR the woods. 
Nope.  This stupid little guy attached to me in LESS THAN 3 MINUTES of me literally just laying down on my deck for a minute.

We had a random beautiful day for once (it wasn't raining) and although I was busy in the house, I noticed the sun was out and it was glorious.  I stopped what I was doing long enough to walk out on the deck and lay down on the hot slats.  

I soaked up the sun for about a minute or so, and then flipped over, laid there for literally 1 minute more and then got up and came back in the house.  Later that afternoon/evening is when I showered and found her (the tick) attached in the center of my back - although she wasn't fat with my blood yet so she had only been attached a few hours.   But there was blood left when we removed her so we know our blood mingled and did a little bacteria dance together before I burned her to a crisp in a hot flame.

And if that 3 minutes of laying in the sun gets me a red meat allergy for the rest of my life I will be SO PISSED.  Because... BACON!  RIB-EYE STEAK!

If I have to give up bacon and rib-eye steak for the rest of my life due to a tick bite causing anaphylactic shock I'm going to be so so pissed.

(Typically a tick bite only stays a little tiny bit red for a day at most and they rarely itch - but if they do, it's only for a few days.  Everything is pretty much gone within 2-3 days or at most, a week.  But nooooo this dang tick bite has stayed a little swollen bump, red and itchy for almost a month.

The two infections that can come from the tick don't usually show up for 3-4 weeks so I've been waiting patiently (?) this whole time to see how it looks and feels at the 4 week mark.  That is when a rash or other symptoms can appear and you can go to a doctor.  I didn't save the tick (which I normally do save them on a piece of tape in a Ziploc 'just in case' they need to be tested) but this time I just burned it - not expecting anything to come of it.

So... there you go.  It's now the 3-4 week mark and time for me to start looking for symptoms and heading to the doctor if any show up.  Dang ticks.  

 

 

 

 

 



As they play the "COVID cases spike" card again, remember:
Biden let in over 1 million non-vaccinated illegals.
Many were infected... he let them in, put them on buses and
shipped them all over the USA to various cities.