For a guy who really never leaves the house, you might imagine my surprise to find a deer tick attached to my inner thigh. Just a few more inches higher could have spelled real disaster. They are just nasty, ugly creatures.
I suspect one of the dogs brought it into the house, but who really knows (I will check them thoroughly)? I removed it with a pair of tweezers and, as my life goes, the head stayed in. Really, why would I expect anything else?
So you know, I’m the type of guy who inevitably pick’s the longest line to wait in at the store, even though it’s usually the shortest. Likewise, never follow me in traffic unless you like getting stuck in the slowest lane.
This led to a small surgical procedure on myself. I found everything I anticipated needing to get it out; alcohol prep pads, syringe needles, specimen vial, magnifying lamp, tweezers, antibacterial cream, and a band-aid. The result? Well, I’m not sure if I got it all, but I have a painful self-inflicted wound. A gash, actually.
I put the tick in a specimen vial, if Dr. Rodriguez wants to test it. Earlier this morning I sent a text to his office and they are putting me on doxycycline, an antibiotic. Whoopie.
Ryan’s oxygen saturation was solid all day yesterday and throughout the night. This is true for his blood pressure too. I’m still concerned about him trying to fend off a urinary tract infection, since his urine leukocytes (white blood cells) are showing trace amounts. We will continue to test this daily until it shows the absence or production of more.
Ryan’s eyes are showing improvement. The left eye is completely free of any abrasions, while the right eye has a few pinpoint-sized nicks. Dr. Hinkle modified the treatment plan to return to GenTeal every two hours (from every hour) and Fresh-Kote — for tensile strength — four times daily (from an antibiotic ointment).
We’re going to be taking the Chick Magnet (a.k.a. van) for its first ride on Monday. We are heading over to Dr. Hinkle’s office (about a half-mile away) to do our best to use more technologically advanced equipment then he can bring to the house. Ryan will see a corneal specialist at the same time. The only frustration about this trip is the vanity license plate is yet to arrive, but I have a temporary plate to put on.