|Lyme disease? I'm gonna die.
||[May. 29th, 2005|11:43 pm]
The Question Club
Last Sunday I went out to play with some friends - we went to a park with a nice creek and I didn't really go in the woods much, I mostly just sat on a rock. That night I found a deer tick on my stomach and the next morning I noticed one on my arm. We got them off with no problem, and I know that you run virtually no risk of contracting Lyme disease if the tick is off you in less than 24 hours, which they both were.|
I was fine all week, except both of those ticks left reddish hard-ish itchy bumps - basically just like any bug bite but smaller. But then on Friday as I was changing and getting ready to shower, I found 4 ticks. I got them all off before I showered. Later that day, I found another. Got it off. That night I made sure to pick up any dirty clothes I had left lying around my floor and I changed my sheets (which prompted my bedclothes question that night). On Saturday I found 2 more. And today, there were another 2. I KNOW that these 9 I've found since Friday were not there after I played outside last weekend. The first one I found today was in a place I had probably overlooked before (the back of my knee) and was significantly larger than any of the others so it had been there for a much longer time. All 11 of these bites are now small hard red bumps. The two from last weekend are sort of scabby and itch a lot more than the rest.
So I've got a couple of questions. How do you tell if you're developing Lyme disease? My mother is a nurse but she says she doesn't know too much about it. Also, where on earth do you think these ticks could be coming from?
My dad forbid me from playing with my bunny for a few days just in case she's the cause, but I don't think she is. She's white, so I think we should be able to see if she's got that many ticks? Bleh. This is really pretty gross.