Friday, April 21, 2006

living in the woods

I slept most of the day Tuesday, felt a little queasy. My husband asked if I was pregnant. He got THE LOOK. I finally found a thermometer and had a temperature of 99.1, body aches and pains, very tired. The bed was my favorite place. On Wednesday it was Motrin that kept me out of bed and working a little - I only took a couple of naps, it's a good thing I work at home! Thursday morning my temp was 99.8, still with same aches and pains and fatigue. I told my boss of my symptoms and that I was thinking of going to the doctor, she said that one of our coworkers had those symptoms and ended up in the ER with a blood clot in the leg (one of the hazards of sitting and typing all day). Thanks for the scare.

At the doctor's office I apologized for not having much to go on, just temp and aches. After answering all the questions and a cursory exam, she said it sounded like a tick bite, and did I ever go into the woods. She almost got THE LOOK, but she didn't know. "I LIVE in the woods and voluntarily go into the woods hiking etc. almost every weekend." So this time a skin exam and discovery of what she said looked like a tick bite to her (she had seen 100 of them). Four vials of blood later I left to go to Wal-Mart to pick up a prescription for antibiotics.

The girl at the pharmacy window said I was not in the system and was I supposed to have something called in? She definitely got THE LOOK. She scurried off to check the voice mail. After 30 minutes of waiting (not too bad for Wal-Mart), I finally got home and hit the hay again. The doc said I should feel better almost immediately after taking the antibiotics if the diagnosis was correct, but we wouldn't know the results of the blood tests for a few days. I felt so much better by Thursday afternoon, I did 3 loads of laundry and actually cooked supper for the first time since Monday.

So living in the woods isn't all scenic vistas, wildflowers, deer running through the yard. It is bears and snakes and ticks, oh my!

9 comments:

Judith said...

I do hope you are feeling better. I agree, living in the woods has its health risks. We live in an area where the ticks carry Lyme Disease. My husband & son have been bitten and felt dreadful. Take care!

Glacial Wanderer said...

I never knew ticks would "bite". I'm also out in the woods a lot and many a time I've seen a tick crawling on my skin and I flick them off. Does biting mean they've attached and you had to pull them off, or do they actually bite sometimes without the attaching thing? My experience is with wood ticks so maybe you're talking about deer ticks?

Anyways it's good to hear you're getting better.

susan said...

Glacial - I never saw the tick, so I guess he just bit and left, and I don't know what type he was. The blood test is for lyme disease. Since you are a fellow geocacher also, be careful out there in the woods!

John Cowart said...

My father-in-law also lives in a wooded area (in Maryland) and a few years ago he got Lyme disease. Miserable.

I hope it's something easier for you. Get well soon.

doubleknot said...

Sorry you got sick and am glad you are on the mend. Hope it is not Lyme Disease - I hear it isn't very pleasant.

Alice said...

I hope you continue to feel better, Susan. I don't know what Lyme Disease is but I hope you don't get it. I'm sure it hasn't decreased your appreciation of where you live though. You love it so much.

Tracey said...

Susan, I'm SO glad that you went to the dr. We have those deer ticks around our neck of the woods also. Nasty little critters. Hope that you're feeling better. :o)

Finn said...

I'm so glad you went in and had things checked. Undiagonsised it can lead to far worse than you were feeling. I'm in an area of ticks carrying Lyme's Disease also, and it's better to suffer and KNOW than not know. Hugs, Finn

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Thats scarey that a tick would bite and run and leave you with a disease. I spend time in the woods and a time or two have had to pull ticks off of me, but I have never gotten sick yet. I guess I don't live in an area where lyme disease is rampant.

What does a tick bite look like? Did your doctor find one? Please let us know what your blood test result is.