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Thursday, June 9, 2011

When you bring nature home

When I run on the roads I like to actually run on the soft shoulder that we have near my home.  This time of year that often means running in the weeds a bit.  As the townships and boroughs attempt to keep up with the side of the road maintenance I am left running with knee high nature flicking at my legs.

Tuesday morning I brought some of that nature home with me.

A dog tick.

I didn't notice it until I was in the kitchen gathering things for my work day.  Let me tell you I flipped out calmly removed the tick from behind my knee.  The lovely little critter hadn't been there long which was evident from the lack of blood in her when I squished her.

It wasn't until a day later that I noticed I had brought something else home.

Poison Oak.

I thought I would be more educational to show you photos to help you avoid the same misery
instead of the grossness of the giant blisters it caused.
Well, I'm think it's poison oak.  It could be sumac.  It's not poison ivy.  The welts are too big.  The really bad thing is I must have touched it with my hands because it is spotted in all kinds of places. 
We all remember to apply our sunscreen and carry our water maybe this post will help you avoid some less remembered warm weather nuisances.

Off to bath in calamine lotion.


  1. Oh Shelly...that stinks!!! uhhh....and ticks no thank you. we have a real problem with lyme disease etc...up here, they totally stress me out!

  2. Uck! Mother Nature deals us some beautiful treats, doesn't she?

  3. I am lucky as I seem to be immune to poison oak/ivy but my friend tried pre-poison oak wipes and they worked. Our trails are infested with poison oak.

  4. YIKES to the tic and poison oak/sumac!! I hope it clears up quick. :(

  5. I am so allergic to poison ivy/oak. Hope it clears up soon!

  6. oh no!!
    hope it clears up quickly!

  7. YIKES! You brought a lot of things home with you :) Glad the tick wasn't there for too long and I hope the posion oak/sumac goes away soon.

  8. Deer ticks have been rampant this year. I must have removed between 30 and 40 of the little critters from various parts of my anatomy during a recent ten day vacation. Lucky you only had one!

  9. Accckkk! I thought that was a spider when I first glanced at the pic, but ticks aren't any better. I always inspect my dog after walks and dread finding anything.

    Hope the poison oak clears up soon!

  10. I hate ticks so much! I hope the sumac/oak doesn't get too bad, although being hot and sweaty won't help! Try an oatmeal bath, that always helps me!

  11. Boy it's dangerous out in the wild! Ticks! Welt-producing plants!

    I got a little excited when I saw your tick - took me back to university days and parasitology lectures. I was even more excited that I could remember that tick's scientific name. Obviously haven't totally succumbed to dementia.

  12. Yuck to the tick and all the rest! I found a tick in our bed the other day (that'll teach me to spoon with the dog) and I think I clipped some poison sumac out of my garden the other day.
    Hope the welts clear up soon!

  13. I'm behind on my reading...but I hope your poison something is getting better. Ticks are no fun. I'm glad you found it.