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After a long day of wood chopping....a sure sign spring has come

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by joefrompa, May 2, 2011.

  1. joefrompa

    joefrompa New Member

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    Split about 1/2 cord of elm yesterday using 2 axes (one broke the head clean off...shame, it was a neighbor's axe). Worked up several good sweats doing it...bout 2.5-3 hours of chopping.

    I'm in my master's program, so I was up until 1:30 last night working on a final due tomorrow.

    I realize I'm scratching my my leg repeatedly almost subconciously and that it hurts. Outside part of the leg, upper thigh.

    Check it out and find a nice tick biting in for all its worth, not yet engorged. Deer tick (confirmed via pictures).

    I used the old fashion way and heated the end of a pair of scissors (couldn't find a pin and at 1am didn't want to wake the wife with my rifling around) and basically killed it/made it withdraw a bit then pulled it out with my fingers (didn't take alot).

    Nonetheless, today my thigh feels like it has a nickle sized lump in that area and I'm quite "off" in the head. Ugh. It's not Lyme obviously, but I'm guessing that little tickie left me a present...

    Joe

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  2. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    They have to be embedded for a good time to transfer Lyme, I was surprised to hear. Creepy, nasty, evil critters. My BIL's dog had 9 on him the other day (3-4 on my dog, and they will carry her off to the woods and finish her off)
  3. joefrompa

    joefrompa New Member

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    Yeah, it wasn't engorged so Lyme's out, but ticks carry paralyzing factors and rocky mountain spotted fever around here. And those can come over much faster.
  4. esuitt

    esuitt New Member

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    Ticks have to be engorged for 24 hours to start passing Lyme disease. After 24 hours they get full and start to regurgitate back into the host.

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