Happy Wednesday! Am I the only person who thinks Wednesday is a weird word? I sound it out in my head Wed-Nes-Day when typing it to avoid the red squiggly SpellCheck lines.
15 minutes before heading out the door for Sunday’s race I noticed a large, brown lump on our St. Bernard’s head and thinking it might be a tick I called the Mister down to take a look at it. The following conversation is a re-enactment based on my memory of the the events and according to the Mister may not be entirely accurate.
Me: I think Porter has a tick on her head.
Mister: A what?
Me: A tick, on her head.
Mister: What do you mean a tick on her head?
Me: Just what I said … a tick. I’m going to Google it.
Mister: It looks like a weird lump to me.
Me: I think it’s a tick.
Mister: What do you want me to do about it? We have to leave soon.
Me: Do you see a head on it?
Mister: No, it looks like a black lump, no head.
Me: Google says we should save the tick in case she gets sick. The vet can test it for diseases.
Mister: Still looks like a lump to me. If it is a tick it will fall off on it’s own. Come on, we have to go.
When we arrive home later that afternoon Little tells us the lump has fallen off of Porter’s head and is somewhere in the house but he’s not sure where it may be. I spend the next hour looking for it while furiously scratching at my body. The thought of this thing hanging out in the house waiting to latch on to one of us gives me the itchy’s. I notice Stella the Border Collie is rolling something around in her mouth and tell her to drop it. Out rolls the tick. A GIANT tick.
I now have a GIANT tick in a container sitting on my window sill and Little would like to keep it for a pet. I can’t stop searching my body for ticks and scratching.
I have taken a couple of days off from running. Sunday’s race aggravated my left knee, the one with the meniscus repair, and it has swollen to epic proportions. Ice and Ibuprofen for a few days and I’ll hit the road on Friday to test it out.
Have you encountered ticks on your pets? On yourself?
How is your Wed-NES-day going? Anything special planned?