So a bunch of us went swimming in a lake at a friend's lakehouse for a party, and there were ticks there, which we were all made aware of, so everyone was consciously checking their body for ticks. I look up and down my legs and I'm like, "Cool, no ticks," and I happily go about the rest of my day.
That was on Saturday.
Today, I'm in the bathroom, and there's a tick. On my penis. This sets me up quite well for some sort of "tick in a box" joke, I presume.
I really don't know how I missed it for five days, but I guess I don't constantly look down there for ticks. So I pull the tick off, stuff it in a plastic bag, and put it in the freezer, because that's proper procedure for handling tick bites. It's so that if you get sick, you can bring the tick with you to the doctor and they can perform tests and go all DIAGNOSIS!!!! on that tick. Good to know.
Anyways, I got some questions for you all.
1.) Anyone know how long it usually takes for symptoms of tick-borne illnesses to arise? It's been five days, I don't feel sick, and there's no bulls-eye on my skin for Lyme's disease or whatever, so I'm pretty sure I won't get sick, but I don't really know.
2.) How can you tell if a tick is dead, and how do they control their blood intake? I think they're generally pretty immobile, and this dude was on my penis, so I'm wondering if it would die to a boner or something. Higher blood concentration should mean more flowing into the tick, right?
I guess it all makes for a decent story.