So I was out at Golden Ears Provincial Park this past weekend and I noticed a weird purple dot on my arm. “It’s a tick bite!” declared my friend, Clayton. Then he said something derogatory about me being a “city girl” and I promptly forgot about it (I probably got distracted by something shiny). Anyway, over the last few days I’ve been watching it and it’s definitely some kind of a bug bite. It’s red, a bit swollen and definitely warm.
The reason I’m mentioning it here is because if it is, in fact, a tick bite and if the offending tick was, in fact, infected with something horrible, the symptoms won’t show up for months, by which time I will have forgotten all about this. So, if a few months from now I’m complaining of fever, headache, a circular skin rash and arthritis1, it’s your job to remind me that I probably got bit by a tick and probably have Lyme disease, k?
In slightly related news, I was told today the bugs (like ticks and their soulless 8-legged cousins who shall remain nameless here) have an affinity for estrogen and thus prefer to bite women2. Bastards.
- of course, now I’ve started reading about all the horrible things that can happen to you from a tick bite – like psychosis (!) in later stage infection with Lyme disease or paralysis and gangrene (!) from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, so I’m probably going to end up with Münchausen syndrome [↩]
- In the interest of full disclosure, while I was told this by someone that I trust to know what they are talking about, I was unable to find a source to verify this information. And I looked for, like, 3 whole minutes. I think it’s a conspiracy. A spider-based conspiracy. The spiders don’t want you to know! Double bastards! [↩]