the morning after the walk,
penny woke with a large bump
protruding from his head.
it was as if he was growing a flesh colored horn.
he seemed fine
and the horn showed no signs of redness
so i assumed he had just been
bit by a mosquito.
i shouldn't assume.
the flesh horn persisted for 3 days.
by tuesday and wednesday,
the flesh horn had gone down
only leaving behind a small reddish
blemish looking spot.
it was barely noticeable.
i assumed the bite had healed.
once again, i shouldn't assume.
on thursday morning,
as we packed up and headed out to candace's house,
i noticed that the spot where the horn used to be
was getting a tad red and blotchy.
penny was also complaining about his head,
holding his hand to the bite
and saying, "ow, head."
he also got feverish and puked.
that was fun.
on closer inspection, i noticed
there seemed to be a flesh colored ring
circling the tiny bite
outlined by a blotchy red circle.
candace and i got the bright idea to MARK the redness.
we wanted to keep track of it's growth,
by the next morning,
the redness had spread significantly.
it seemed as though the area that we had marked as red,
the day before,
was the only peach area now.
i started to worry.
my mother had warned me
far too many times of the danger of the brown recluse.
so i got on candace's computer,
the greatest thing on earth,
and i began to google
"bullseye bug bite"
"bite with red rings"
and i was amazed when this picture popped up.
looking identical to penny's head.
ahhh the power of google.
don't you know that doctors just HATE
mothers and their googling skilz?
i was convinced that my penny had lyme disease.
lyme disease is only caused by these dudes.
and after taking penny to the doctor
i was told that the tick would of had to been on his head
for at least 3 days.
1. ticks don't like foreheads.
they aren't bloody and juicy enough.
2. i'm pretty busy and frazzled
but i'm 99.9% sure
i would have noticed a tick on penny's head
that had been there for 3 days.
so we both sat there,
the doctor and i,
confused as to what this could possibly be
and what could have possibly caused it.
commander cotton sent me home with a prescription.
i was told to gather:
i was to kill one bird
under running water
in a earthen vessel.
then i was to dip the living bird
in the blood of the bird that was killed.
no but for real,
cephalexin and ibuprofen.
and a ring around the redness to mark it.
commander cotton makes it
so much easier than leviticus.
and a chocolate frosty from wendy's.