It was our last night on vacation. My mom asked me if Kiki had a mole on the side of her head. Perplexed I looked because I knew she did not.
Eeeeeew! It was a tick! A big one. It had been there for several days. Immediately we were having visions of Lyme disease and I insisted on going to the doctor to get their help.
Thankfully we got put in a room quickly and the nurse showed up soon after. She asked me if it was a wood tick or a deer tick. Um, I haven’t the foggiest. A tick is a tick. So she looked at it and said her guess was that it was wood tick because it was big (apparently deer ticks are tiny like a freckle). The doctor confirmed it was a wood tick (“racing stripes” on its back) and the good news was that they do not spread any disease.
Time to celebrate! Besides, she was incredibly brave and strong for the doctor*.
My sweet Kiki said (all on her own) that she wanted to share with her sister.
*FYI for those who are clueless like me when it comes to ticks. The doctor said to grab the tick with tweezers down by the head and just yank it out. Do not put anything on it because that will only make the tick mad. If you have a deer tick then the disease which is in it’s stomach will be regurgitated into you.