Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Off for a Visit

I am packed and ready to go visit my friend Diane.  She has a home on a small pond in southern New Hampshire.  We arranged this visit when Diane was visiting me in Florida and I have been looking forward to it . . . Until I had Lyme disease.

I am still looking forward to seeing my friend of course.  But she lives in the woods and we have always hiked there.  Now I have images of ticks lurking on all vegetation.

We shall see.  Will neuroticism take over and strand me in the cabin for the week?  Will I be braver than that?  Will any lingering effects (Although I feel fine now.) prevent me from keeping up with my most energetic friend?


  1. My husband went through this after his bout with Lyme. He does carry spray with him, rubber bands to tie around his pant legs and all kinds of other things. Be safe but try to have fun Olga. And when you come back inside, check your clothing, seams, your body and then have a cocktail or two because you are safe!! Enjoy.

  2. I would say take all of the precautions necessary and have a good hike. When you come back to the cabin you and your friend can check each other for ticks like the baboons at the zoo. :)

  3. I am so glad you are doing so much better but can understand your caution. Use Margaret's and Valley Angel's cautions then just to be sure,take a full body shower after trips to the woods. Hope you can enjoy and not feel the constant crawlies. Have fun.

  4. Go with what feels right and with God's Grace. I have a friend that we have long visits together and it is so much fun. We had our first apartment together when we were young and we still enjoy laying out on the sofas and having a good talk.

  5. After coming home from a morning of wild blackberry picking many years ago I found a bevy of seed ticks heading toward the stars. I had worn long sleeves and jeans, and probably repellent for chiggars. Never thought about ticks then, Tying off my jeans around my ankles would have been a wise precaution. Check yourself over carefully afterward. Expect your friend will be understanding given your experience.

  6. I don't blame you at all - I would have serious second thoughts about going out in those woods after what you have been through. Have a wonderful trip!

  7. I am terribly allergic to Avon Skin so Soft, but most people around here use it for tick and mosquito prevention. At least is doesn't smell as bad as most bug sprays.

  8. It sounds like a lot of people have experience with Lyme (I've had it 3 times). So as you know...

    Tuck your pants legs into your socks
    Wear a hat
    Check for ticks when you get home
    Shower right away
    Throw your clothes in the wash

    And then decide ... is it worth it?

  9. I wouldn't go. Lol.

  10. It sounds like you have good advice. I also think your very good friend will more than understand if she needs to lower her energy level a teeny bit to yours. have fun. Youve been counting on it.


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