Jun 5, 2017

Wait and see

and hope for the best.  That's what I was told about the nymph deer tick.  I asked for the Doxy shot, Urgent Care nor my doctor has it.  I meet the requirements on the CDC site, but the newest protocol is wait and see.  First of all, the nurse at Urgent Care said it is too late to receive the shot because this is the third day since removal.  Well, that's within 72 hours isn't it?  No.  It seems she believes 36 hours are three days.  The second incredible tidbit of information was that the tick needed to be on me for more than three days.  (there's that 3 day mixup again)  I replied that if I knew when it attached, I would have removed it then, not 3 days later.  So how would a patient know it has been on them for three days?  Hey, there's a tick embedded in me sucking on my blood!  I'll remove it in a day or so.  But the CDC states 36 hours which is NOT three days.  Hmm.  I was started to think I was wrong and there are only 12 hours in a day. No wonder I never get anything done.  So, I was told to wait until I get the bull's eye rash larger than a half dollar, a fever, and aching joints.  Then see my doctor and get a blood test and antibiotic.  If any of you are concerned about or encounter a tick, here is the link published recently with the information.
 
Now I have a question.  The woman at Kohl's I always yak with and is a very giving soul that has had many hardships and heartbreaks, recently lost her husband and then two days later, her challenged daughter.  I want to give her something, a wind chime, a garden stone, wind art, what?  Nothing so big that she feels awkward, nothing too personal since we are not really friends.  I had searched for a locking diary for someone else, not to be found except one online, and I wonder if that is appropriate. 
 
As I was packing my craft room to take to Goodwill I found several sizes of wood trunks.  Mine is pretty primitive and I never got around to attaching the latch.  Is it a good or bad idea to make one for her as a memory box?  Too personal?   What do you think?  I'm at a loss here.  She is also dealing with her son's near death accident in which both his legs were crushed around a tree, still isn't able to walk after 18 months.  A massage?  WAY too personal but I will bet she could use one.  Any suggestions for me would be appreciated.

Yes I am getting rid of all the wood boxes, drawers, trunks, you name it.  I am tired of all these "I should do this and sell them" items that are never worked on.
 
Have a good day folks.
 
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25 comments:

Robin in Virginia said...

Thanks for the link to the tick information! They are really bad already here. Two were found crawling on my husband yesterday. As for something to give to the lady you yak with at Kohls, perhaps a note or potted plant.

Mugwump Woolies said...

I think the idea of a memory box is lovely...not too personal, but sensitive. Perhaps you could tuck a gift card in...Starbucks, Baskin Robbins, etc...a little treat to bring a bit of cheer to her day.
Robyn

Janet said...

O dear ..I hope everything goes well with the tick bite....I know here in Canada the Doctors, nurses and ER staff have been given some extra training in this protocol ...(they must be expecting a lot of tick bites 🙁 ).

Janet said...

O dear ..I hope everything goes well with the tick bite....I know here in Canada the Doctors, nurses and ER staff have been given some extra training in this protocol ...(they must be expecting a lot of tick bites 🙁 ).

Penny said...

Marly, I would personally love receiving a memory box, and the addition of small gift card as Robyn suggested sounds just lovely. The poor lady certainly seems to have been through a lot recently. How nice of you to think of her with a token of cheer and understanding!
Hope all is well with the tick bite....it was predicted they'd be bad this year and it seems they are right. Good grief, another thing to worry about!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Yikes the three days thing is scary. You would think "modern" medicine would have a better answer/response. The memory box sounds like a wonder gift. The poor lady is most likely distraught with all the events in her life and am sure she would welcome any token of kindness.

Heritage Hall said...

Don't know the dimensions of the trunk, but a memory box for photos, condolence
cards & notes, etc. filled with a lovely scarf or a light spray cologne would be
thoughtful.. How dear of you.... Hope the tick bite amounts to nothing else and you
heal soon.

deb said...

Ah. Well. Three days ... of course that's 36 hours - it doesn't say three days and three nights does it? Yeesh! Healthcare guidelines are beyond ridiculous at times, but doubly awful that you're having to deal not only with "leave it alone, wait and see" but also the frustration that multiplying 24 by 3 is apparently beyond the people at the urgent care.

Sending good thoughts your way....

capecodgirl565 said...

Poor you and how sad for that poor woman. What a lot of sorrow she has been dealing with. I think it is lovely of you to think of giving her a token and I agree, the memory box is a wonderful idea and I think anyone would love it and appreciate the thoughtfulness and sentiment. Fingers crossed the tick bite doesn't progress into anything more than a bite.

Jean Bee said...

Love the idea of the memory box!

Sandra said...

I think a gift token for a beauty parlour would be a lovely idea, then she could have a massage, get her nails done or some other treat.

Truus said...

Oh those nurses and doctors who knows it better! They don't get troubles of a tickbite but you get the pain etc. Go to see your gp as soon as possible Marly.
The memory box will be a lovely gift.
Have a great day
Greetings Truus from Holland

Annmarie said...

So sorry about your problems with the tick bite. Prayers are coming your way. I don't know how a person deals with so much loss. I think a box is something I would cherish and put all the sympathy cards and notes in it. How thoughtful you are. Always caring for others.
Hugs
Ann

C. M. Designs said...

So sorry about you having to deal with the tick bite. Maybe a second opinion in this case.
Your idea of one of your boxes and maybe an angel wind chime in it would be nice. Having you as a friend, I'm sure is bringing her comfort. Keeping you as a friend will be more comfort.
I hope the bite amounts to nothing.........Doctors, these days, have me in a tizzy.
Thinking of you.
Charlotte in Va.

Lisa K said...

A healthy food place gift card where maybe she could get take out so she wouldn't have to cook...say Panera? The memory box is gorgeous.
I hope you wouldn't mind me asking where did you learn to make those. ?you tube tutorial? craft class or book? I bought a bunch of boxes as an estate sale last year and would love to either paint or cover them but I do not have the know how!! Hoping you might share where you learned so I can check it out. Thanks. Lisa K
My email is lfkeicher@gmail.com

Krissy B. said...

Marly, I think the memory box would be a beautiful gift.We have a tick issue up here that is awful.It's sad to hear how you were treated(untreated) there. They get paid no matter what they do or don't do.Sucks!


Cricket-bug Corner said...

Ticks are rotten little buggers. I hope your tick spot clears up with no issues. You are so sweet - I wouldn't be able to offer a suggestion. There is a book The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. True story of her losing a husband and, I believe, her daughter.

Rugs and Pugs said...

I hope the tick issue is a non-issue. They are supposed to be back in Ohio, too.
The memory box is a thoughtful idea. My heart breaks for the woman.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Berit said...

I think a card with a heartfelt handwritten message with a massage gift certificate enclosed sounds lovely. Grief can be really stressful for the body, massages (especially something like Thai Yoga Massage) can help relieve that. Who cares if it's "too personal"? (It's not, BTW; unless you are administering it yourself!)

Diane Prenatt said...

To address first the woman with loss: I think no one is offended for being thought of. I do understand your concerns about what's appropriate, but I'd say do what's in your heart. The other question about 36 hours/3 days and how long should you look at a tick before removing it--what can I say? It's nuts. But I do think it's important to assert reality in the face of these bizarre interpretations of protocol. Is there a physician you can appeal to?

Karen Budnick said...

So sorry you're dealing with incompetent medical care. Walk-ins are pretty much for the birds. They x-ray'd my daughter's broken foot and didn't even see the fracture. Not every deer tick is a carrier so hopefully you'll be okay. I like the idea of the memory box as it's not too personal but I also think I'd put a note with a generic gift card inside - and leave before she opens it because she might not accept it. You've a kind and generous spirit, my dear.

Pam in IL said...

Sorry that you have to deal with the tick bite and hope that you have no complications from it. I feel sad for the lady that works at Kohl's. I think the memory box or potted plant/flower are good ideas, but I wonder if giving it to her at the store would be a problem with store management. A lovely "thinking of you" card with a gift card would also be very nice.

Brenda524 said...

Hello Marly - thought I would comment on your thoughtfulness regarding the poor woman from Kohls...I really like the idea of the memory box. She must feel so sad and lonely, I can imagine she will be touched by your act of kindness.I once gave my Grandmother a small but beautifully wrapped empty box(ring or necklace sized box)that had a typed poem attached to the ribbon and bow on top. It said "This is a very special gift That you can never see The reason it`s so special is It`s just for you from me. Whenever you are lonely Or ever feeling blue You only have to hold this gift And know I`m hugging you. You never can unwrap it Please leave the ribbon tied Just hold the box close to your heart It`s filled with hugs inside." There are many short poems or verses you can find on the internet that may be more appropriate for the sentiment you want to convey. I also like the idea of the wind chimes...you are truly a kind, caring soul.

Carol said...

Gosh, Marly, I go away for a few days (wedding no. 1 is now done!) and I come back to find all of your posts. I can't believe all that has happened to you recently. I am really sorry to read about the deer tick. My son had one on him, went to urgent care, and they did give him the shot after they removed it--that was in 2015. Perhaps protocol has changed. I am so scared of getting Lyme disease as I have a coworker who has really been affected by it and it really is at epidemic proportions here in western PA. I know you'll be watching the area very carefully, but from what I've read not everyone gets the bull's eye rash! Sure hope all goes well...

That is so kind of you to want to do something for the Kohl's employee--I think a nice card filled with a short personal message would be perfect since you don't know her well. It does seem that some people just have more than their share of sadness dumped on them all at once...

You take care now!!

Maggee said...

Wow--I cannot believe the medical foul-ups you have encountered for the tick! Gee! I actually came in from birding at a Nature Preserve this past Thursday, and when I was shaking my shoes out I saw a tiny black spot on my sock! It did not get to bite me... Last year, found a black spot under my bra area after a shower. Hubby got that one out and nothing came of it. Hope you've called your PCP to confirm what you have been told... sounds wonky! You have received many really nice ideas to gift the woman at Kohl's. Bloggers are just the nicest people! Hugs!

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