Tuesday, April 28, 2009

bloodsucker

The weather is getting warmer and the blood suckers are on the prowl. Pulled the first tick off my foot yesterday. Made me think back to his brother that gave me Lyme's disease last year, which is great fun. Tonight, they got a little more personal...

Hanging out with one of my clients tonight, when my phone rings. Slightly unusual, because my wife does not typically call when I am counseling. Heart rate increasing I flip open the phone, to hear my son howling in the background. The checklist comes out...broken bone, stick impaled in the body, knocked his teeth out, set his room on fire by rubbing two toys together vigorously.... No, my wife's voice, small compared to the wailing, informed me my son had a tick in the back of his head that they could not get out. 

"Don't worry, daddy is coming home now. We will get it out."

Growing up, there were lots of ways we were taught to remove ticks. Put a freshly blown out match to his butt. Smother her in nail polish or petroleum jelly, which sounds like a fraternity prank. I take that back, they both do. Science tells us now that this could cause the tick to salivate, increasing opportunity for infection. I must be pretty full of tick saliva after all these years. The suggested way is to remove it with tweezers and make sure you get all of it, mouth pieces, everything.

The thing about ticks, they feed on sucking the life out of another person. I am sure you know a few, and I am not talking about ticks or Boris Karlov. The guy that always puts you down to make himself look better. The abusive relationship you find yourself in. The friends that always lead you to places you never thought you would go again. Like the science behind tick removal, I recommend forcible removal before toxicity or contamination. A burning match or Vaseline only gives them the attention they so desire. Wish them the best, love em', hope and pray for them, but don't let them give you their disease.

Tara held Cole in a hug, his head buried in her neck. With a small razor I trimmed some of the baby hair around his hairline, clearing the way for the tweezers. A firm tug and the offender was dangling by the points. I showed him to Cole and then we ceremoniously flushed him down the drain. Life became so much better.

14 comments:

Ronda Laveen said...

You are so right. They can only suck the life out of you when you let them.

Candie Bracci said...

Exactly Brian.But only if you let them do.Nice words and thoughts Brian.
Have a nice day ;)

Dot-Com said...

Glad you came to his rescue! We don't often see ticks around here, so not something I'd be too familiar with.

Leah said...

Ah, ticks.

My husband is a master at removing, mouthpieces and all; they taught him in the army.

But still, yuck.

California Girl said...

GROSS! We have them here in NH and I'm waiting for the infestation. Two dogs and a cat and our son's adopted roommate's pup and it should be tick heaven and I just hate it. ugh ugh ugh ugh

willow said...

Wow, this more excellent advice I needed to hear today. Thanks, Brian. Hope you don't start charging. ;^)

Daniel said...

Too graphic for me, so I give you two yucks up. Have a great one today my friend.

Kristy said...

After you get them out, burn them! I love it when they pop!

Austin said...

That last comment is from Austin, not Kristy, she would never say she likes it when they pop!

Marianna said...

Ohhh poor baby boy! I hope he is all better now and over it (that is the great thing with children-they forget the bad things:)

Great tick...metaphor! So true Brian!

Have a great rest of the day
xoxo

Baino said...

It took me a long time to make a conscious decision not to hang around 'toxic' personalities. But now I choose my friends carefully. As for ticks, I've never really known the best way to remove them, you could try a dose of Frontline Flea and Tick repellent, works for dogs! haha!

Brian Miller said...

@austin - lol

@baino - i think it is something we all have to come to eventually. when we are younger we think we can handle it and it will never harm us, we can take it. somethings you have to live and learn i guess.

@marianna - he is doing good today, in the past, forgotten. at least until the next one.

Megan said...

I'm kinda itchy now. So thanks for that!

:)

Brian Miller said...

@megan - lol.