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Old 06-07-2008, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Please keep us apprised as to how he's doing and what the doctors find. In the meantime, will be praying for you all.
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Old 06-08-2008, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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Smile Just an update

Thank you Guys for your warm thoughts. Meant a lot to me, and I shared them with Mr. Rdslots -- he is a big CD fan, too, bless his heart.


We are being seen by an infectious diseases DR here -- that alone sounds 'creepy' to me. They are running more tests, drawing blood, and did an MRI yesterday. He has been told he will be in the hospital awhile, and at least until his fever is below 100.3. I learned something 'new' in that the medical community doesn't even consider a fever a 'fever' until it passes 100.3, but for an adult, a fever of 102.5 necessitates a trip to the ER. Children can spike into the 104-105 range, but 102 for an adult is a note of concern. The things you learn! Not only should babies come with instruction manuals, but they should be updated for adults.

He is being looked at for RMSF, again (the DR won't accept the diagnosis from Labor Day, even with a letter from the State of NC we got, and the report from the CDC -- I don't know if I like this Guy, or not ), as well as a slew of other tick-borne illnesses. He also mentioned West Nile virus, from skeeters, although he contends it's a bit early, and even staph.

I also hope you understand I am only sharing this because I want to drive home the point to take precautions. It is as simple as wearing a product like OFF!, or other things mentioned here -- if it is tick-borne, or from mosquitoes. Scary, too, are the far-reaching and long-lasting complications.

Oh, the large ticks on your pets are not the ones to worry about, although you want to keep them on meds, or *whatever* too. (The dogs, not the ticks. )
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Old 06-08-2008, 07:51 PM
 
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Default Deep Woods Off....

I'm reluctant to spray anything (Deep Woods Off w/Deet) that will kill Poison Ivy in 24 hours on my skin. I discovered this last year and killed a majority of the Poison Ivy on my property with one can of Deep Woods Off.

Anyone know why this stuff kills Poison Ivy?
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Old 06-09-2008, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Clayton, NC
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I'm reluctant to spray anything (Deep Woods Off w/Deet) that will kill Poison Ivy in 24 hours on my skin. I discovered this last year and killed a majority of the Poison Ivy on my property with one can of Deep Woods Off.

Anyone know why this stuff kills Poison Ivy?
DEET is pretty nasty stuff, maybe that's why? Its I believe over 50% DEET.
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The CDC a few years ago (2005) put out a press release that Lemon Eucalpytus essential oil was just as effective as DEET. I make my own bug spray which works wonders for many of the biters but I can't seem to get my kids to spray it on their ankles before running around during the day. Maybe it'd work against ticks?

Lauren
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Old 06-09-2008, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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We have been finding them crawling around the house this year! In my 36 years here, I've never seen them just crawling around in my house. Never. But strangely enough, no one has actually been bitten yet, even the cats.
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Old 06-09-2008, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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The CDC a few years ago (2005) put out a press release that Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil was just as effective as DEET.
Where can you recommend picking up some of this. And, when you make the spray, are you diluting it or using it full strength using just a simple plastic spray bottle?
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Old 06-10-2008, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Clayton, NC
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Where can you recommend picking up some of this. And, when you make the spray, are you diluting it or using it full strength using just a simple plastic spray bottle?
The lemon eucalyptus oil can be purchased online. If you want to know where I get mine, just PM me and I'll share (I don't make a profit...just a customer). The little bottles aren't cheap but they will last a LONG LONG time as you only need a couple drops.

I usually buy little amber or cobalt glass spray bottles from the same place. I mix a variety of things in the spray.....but its basically half water, half oil. I know, oil & water don't mix but a good shaking prior to use is all it needs. And you end up with a spray that goes on nicely AND you can still rub in (read: goes a long way).

I use mostly Jojoba oil which you can get in any health food store. Its actually a wax that is very much like our own skin oils so its not very greasy and absorbs well. I usually put a little bit of aloe juice in it as well. Then I add a few drops of lemon eucalpytus, some of catnip essential oil (supposed to be good for mosquitoes...there's also a press release somewhere on this one...think from the CDC), some citronella essential oil and some geranium essential oil (this one is supposed to be good against ticks and it smells nice).

Then put in about the same amount of water as what is in the spritzer bottle and there you go. It really does work well for me for mosquitoes though haven't tested the ticks with it yet (not really wanting to do that either). And its not toxic at all (to spray on your skin...don't be drinking it)

Lauren
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Man, the ticks are already bad this year. We found four of them in the house this weekend.
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Old 04-06-2009, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Oxxford Hunt, Cary NC
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Man, the ticks are already bad this year. We found four of them in the house this weekend.
Eww.. I found one crawling on my sock last week. I guess it came in on one of the dogs. I haven't found any on them though. I suppose if I see more I should look into tick prevention - it's very different living in a wooded area vs. a barren nearly treeless subdivision!
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Old 04-06-2009, 09:01 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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ooh you are not kidding Im crossing baby ticks the size of this period .

It time to give the dog a flea and tick bath... she not going to be happy
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