Ok so maybe the heading is a little confusing. Years ago when I visited Texas I noticed how proud everyone was of the state flag. The lone star flag was proudly on display just about everywhere. Now I am wondering if they are aware of the lone star tick, a creepy, crawly, and vampire-like insect. To be fair the name does not refer to Texas and this insect does not originate in Texas. It only bears that name due to the prominent white spot on it’s back that resembles a star.
Let me mention here that I am an indoor type girl. I hate camping. I don’t like the summer heat and while I enjoy walking and hiking at times, I stick to the well-defined paths. Even so, with four days of pouring rain and me barely walking off the porch, somehow a lone star tick decided I would be a tasty treat.
Growing up in rural Virginia and owning many pets, I’ve seen ticks before. This, however, is my first encounter with a lone star tick. I work in a small business, and while working, I felt an itch on my lower back. It felt like a tiny lump. I twisted and turned and tried to get a better view to identify what I was steadily beginning to realize had to be a tick. Ewwwww! I know you are saying that and believe me I was too!
So I searched my purse for a mirror. I tried to get a better look with the reflection, which didn’t help. Then, I dug in my purse a little further and came up with a magnifying glass. I was coming to the conclusion that in order to identify what was causing the itch I had to work in a circus as the amazing rubber woman. It was situated in just a spot that was really hard to get a handle on. I was ready to close the store and head to the doctors when luckily a familiar female customer came in the store and I related what I was going through. She offered to take a look.
She looked and, yes, it was a tick. I got a pair of tweezers (I was a girl scout so I’m prepared for just about anything) and she promptly removed the offending insect. That is when we noticed the white dot. Thanks to Google, we identified the Lone star tick. Fortunately it doesn’t carry Lyme disease. It does, however, carry something a bit on the odd side.
The lone star tick can cause an allergy to red meat! Are you kidding me? That had to be a misprint. So I will never be able to eat a burger, have a steak or a meatball ever? Of all the off the wall things in this world a tiny insect can cause a person to be allergic to all meat!
Evidently it is true. Seriously I don’t eat a lot of red meat, but making it a big giant taboo makes it all the more desirable. I’m thinking though that not every tick carries that issue and It couldn’t have been in me for very long. I visited the doctor that very afternoon and got a prescription for antibiotic salve. So unless I develop this life-threatening allergy to meat, I will go on a little older and wiser and continue to be indoor girl.