I was a bit freaked out this morning. I found a disgusting tick on the crease of 3 year old's right arm this morning, hanging out, sucking away at her blood. Of course I panicked. All I'm thinking is, Oh no! Lyme Disease. Rocky Spotted Mountain Fever. Check out the other tick-borne diseases. Need. Doctor. Now.
Thankfully, hubby was around barking orders. Get the tweezers! A glass full of water! Find a lollipop! Take the tweezers and pull it out!
What? You mean you're not gonna do it? No, in my family, I'm the one that has to do all the yicky yucky stuff regarding blood, gore and anything remotely disgusting. He hugs 3 year old, and starts instructing me on how to do it. Go to the base of the tick with the tweezers. Pull him straight out. Oh. You got him!! Put him in the water. Hurry! The head's still in her. Get a needle. You gotta pick it out. No. Go deeper. Be aggressive! Don't wimp out! The head's digging in! Gotta get it out!! No you're not doing it right! I finally thrust the darn needle and tweezer at him so he can do it. But he can't bear the thought of hurting her.
I'm sweating and ready to throttle him. 3 year old is in hysterics. She starts hyperventilating, collapses and vomits all over herself. Clearly, it's time to clean her up and take her to the pediatrician. Let's not forget to bring the tick so they can identify the bloody thing.
To make short of this long, emotionally draining experience, it was a deer tick. The type that can cause Lyme Disease. A couple of nurses tried to get the head out. No success. Our pediatrician, who is the most amazing pediatrician ever, tried to calm me down. He then proceeds to tell me that new studies are out that indicate it doesn't matter whether you can't get the tick head out. The disease carrying spirochetes are in the tick body, so as long as it's out, there's no need to further traumatize the child.
Well I was grossed out about a tick head lodged inside my child's arm. Plus, if it turns out my child ends up with Lyme Disease, I'm gonna think, it was that tick head. So traumatize her more, we did. Sob. In case anyone is interested, here are the correct removal procedures for ticks.
So now we have 2 - 3 weeks of waiting, to see if a rash develops. And if so, she will get aggressive antibiotic treatment.
We're out in a populated suburb, but clearly safe enough for deer and wild turkey to want to hang out. For any of you out there, any suggestions on how to make sure the deer don't come around our yard? Is there something safe we can use outside the perimeter of the house to prevent these little weasels from sneaking in?