So last weekend we all pitched in together and moved two families worth of stuff and let me just say, that's not easy! What made it so much more fun was when, the next day at church, I discovered a tick clinging for dear life on my neck. So today, instead of a new craft or recipe I wanted to share a bit of bug awareness.
I had the tick removed, and Monday is when the trouble began. It sure is easy to freak out about scary diseases like Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted fever. So I like to be a numbers kind of girl. I found on the CDC website (link) a map for various tick borne diseases that were reported (the link takes you to one for Lyme Disease) and it put me at ease! Surely I won't be one of a small handful of people in Oklahoma to contract a rare disease like that or something else. At that time, the bite merely itched a bit.`
On Tuesday, my neck started hurting. The bite was at the base of my neck, but there was a strange and painful lump (like a large pimple but deeper under the skin) to the upper left, and my hairline was swollen and quite painful to the touch! The lower bump in the picture was the bite, but a small rash was beginning to develop.
For a bit of background, my children have insurance but for the moment my husband and I do not. We don't mind paying for services for emergencies but we need to be sure it's an emergency before we go.
Wednesday, when the clean and faint circle of the tick bit began to spread, I was have bathroom issues, I couldn't turn my neck without pain, and I was very tired, I knew that I should probably get it checked out.
A couple hundred dollars, 3 vials of blood and a few dozen of some very interesting antibiotics later I am good to go. My blood was shipped off for some extensive testing and I will hear back in a few weeks! Today I am glad to report that the swelling has gone down and the pain is beginning to subside. The horrible headaches will go away when I finish with the medication.
Let's keep in mind that they thrive in a moist environment, and in our area (Oklahoma and the surrounding states) we have received more rain than we have in decades. It has been a true blessing, in that for the time we have an abundance of water. But the curse comes in the form of flooding, crop damage, and of course many bugs.
Bug spray can be found in nearly every store you step in, but if you are like me you are looking for a more natural solution so I will share with you an easy natural bug solution.
DIY Bug Spray: safe enough for Baby too
(for an 8oz batch)
- 4oz witch hazel
- 4oz almond oil
- 15 drops geranium
- 15 drops citronella
- 7 drops eucalyptus
- 7 drops lavender
- 7 drops lemongrass
Place the blend in a cosmetic spray bottle (which you can find in the travel bathroom products isle at Walmart) and be sure to shake well with every use!
This recipe was adapted from this source, where you can read more on the benefits of going natural.
Best of luck in warding off the creepy crawlies!