Yes, that's right, in his belly button. He sometime works outside a lot and walks in remote areas with tall grasses, etc... so he had me check his body over really well when he came home from work last Thursday. Well, I stupidly failed to look in his belly button and so did he. Well, yesterday (an entire week later) he sat on the couch next to me and I happened to just look over at the exact right angle and I said "You have something really gross in your belly button" and he jumped up and looked and sure enough. It turns out that his belly button is the perfect little garage for a tick. So, anyway, It was so firmly attached that I didn't feel comfortable removing it, so I sent him to the clinic where they removed it and promptly wrote him an RX for an 21 day antibiotic:. DH asked the Dr. why he would need one, given the fact that he isn't showing any signs of being sick and Lyme disease is extremely rare in our area. (I know that there are other tick-borne diseases too) The Dr. responded... "well, one of the basic tenets of medicine is to first do no harm:ah, ok... so I guess giving a 21 day antibiotic that is most likely unnecessary is doing no harm. Hmmm. Then, as he was on his way out, the Dr. asked that age-old question. "Are you up to date on your teatnus booster?" That was just too much. He ended up getting into a big discussion with her about how tetanus is contracted, etc... she even mentioned the rusty nail fallacy. She finally conceded that he probably didn't have anything to worry about as far as tetanus and the tick. The nurse then chimed in and said that in over 30 years of being a nurse, she had seen only one case of tetanus and it was in a very elderly man. So, yeah, needless to say, no fill on that antibiotic. I wonder why we steer clear of the clinic as much as we possibly can.
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6/22/07 at 3:07am