Anything you dream is fiction,
and anything you accomplish is science,
the whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction.
- Ray Bradbury
June 14th, 2009

Tick Bite

I get tick bites from time to time. The cats bring in the ticks and sleep on the bed or the ticks jump on me when I inspect the bees. I get tested for Lyme disease regularly, but I have a feeling that I may have developed antibodies because it never comes back positive.

About two weeks ago I was bit on the back on the left wing bone side. I did not realize it, but it itched and I scratched it when I wasn’t thinking. Since I didn’t think to twist around to see my back in the mirror I was not really aware of the bite other than a persistent itch.

Yesterday, the bite became badly infected and my shoulder, underarm and upper arm started turning red and swelling. I am now on Tetracycline. The swelling is down, but there is still a huge red patch on my back. Tetracycline makes me feel sick and I have a killer headache.

I will call the doctor tomorrow because I don’t want to feel crappy on my Cape Cod trip.

For the three of  you who were reading this blog a year ago, you will remember that Larry and I try to take a couple of days off and go near ocean every year. We leave Thursday and will return Saturday night. I will bring the ‘puter and a camera to take some pictures.

2 Responses to “Tick Bite”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Take some antihistamine tonight (not the decongestant type) and drink a lot of water; that will make the swelling go down.

    I'm the allergy queen, I know about this stuff…..

  2. Keith says:

    This is not allergy. It was a bad infection. The lymph nodes under my arm were so swollen that I couldn't put my arm down.

    I took Tetracycline and it seemed to control it. I can't see the doctor until tomorrow.

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