Reservist hangover

Tick bite!During my ICT in Queensland, we wore uniforms which were treated with permethrin, a vial of which was given to us by the Army before the trip for to soak our uniforms ourselves. I soaked the combat fatigues (No. 4s), but not our grey vests, shorts and socks.

Permethrin is a nerve agent which is very poisonous, and which kills insects on contact as well.

During one of the very few down times in the field, I took off my No. 4 top and wore a grey vest while I rested. A little tick decided to have a bite of my left upper arm. I didn’t notice it till a few hours later when I felt a bump on my arm. Then I stupidly plucked the insect off thinking it was an ant. It was only upon closer inspection that I realised it was a tick.

Now, it’s flared up, the spot where the tick used to be – and I think the little bastard’s head’s still under my skin.

Three things you don’t do, folks:

1) Go to Queensland for Army training – there are ticks in the woods there.

2) Pluck a tick off your skin – leaves the little bastard’s head under your skin.

3) Look up the internet to explain symptoms of tick bites – brings out your inner hypochondriac.

Damn right they should appreciate NSmen’s contribution to the nation!

iTunes is playing an illegal copy of Brother Where Are You? (Matthew Herbert Mix) from the album “Verve Remixed 2” by Oscar Brown Jr. of which I have the original CD.

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21 thoughts on “Reservist hangover”

  1. I once saw a documentary which said that to get rid of ticks, one needs to use fire ie. match, lighter…. to burn it out. It mentioned that pulling it out might result in one’s skin being pulled out (or something like that) because the legs are attached to the skin. Just burn the surface of the tick and it will fall out immediately =) I am so long winded.

  2. I once saw a documentary which said that to get rid of ticks, one needs to use fire ie. match, lighter…. to burn it out. It mentioned that pulling it out might result in one’s skin being pulled out (or something like that) because the legs are attached to the skin. Just burn the surface of the tick and it will fall out immediately =) I am so long winded.

  3. Wow so long liao the bastard still inside ah? then how? go doc, dig it out or visit the sinseh and use the hot bottle thingie to suck it out? ha ha.

  4. Wow so long liao the bastard still inside ah? then how? go doc, dig it out or visit the sinseh and use the hot bottle thingie to suck it out? ha ha.

  5. i watched a documentary on bugs too, pretty scary shit. they featured a story of this bug which went under and into the skin of a person and caused the flesh to swell and die. or was it a worm, i dunno. either way, it’s scary!

  6. i watched a documentary on bugs too, pretty scary shit. they featured a story of this bug which went under and into the skin of a person and caused the flesh to swell and die. or was it a worm, i dunno. either way, it’s scary!

  7. and they have big blood sucking flies in Rockhampton…irritating…u smack them off with ur fingers and they come flying back for more smacking. And their bites leave a mark…irritating. πŸ˜›

  8. and they have big blood sucking flies in Rockhampton…irritating…u smack them off with ur fingers and they come flying back for more smacking. And their bites leave a mark…irritating. πŸ˜›

  9. Tick is lil tiny white thingy which looks like spider, the only diff is it only hv 6 legs.

    Few year ago, we went to Centre Coast in NSW for camping… some guys got bitten, hence they did a search on the net for the cure. Amazing enuff, they do sell this thing —“tick pen” in Aust. in order to remove them from the skin. Another scary thing is, if one do not remove them… those ticks will lay eggs under your skin and *lalala*… I do not wan to imagine what will happned next…

  10. Tick is lil tiny white thingy which looks like spider, the only diff is it only hv 6 legs.

    Few year ago, we went to Centre Coast in NSW for camping… some guys got bitten, hence they did a search on the net for the cure. Amazing enuff, they do sell this thing —“tick pen” in Aust. in order to remove them from the skin. Another scary thing is, if one do not remove them… those ticks will lay eggs under your skin and *lalala*… I do not wan to imagine what will happned next…

  11. Actually, ticks do have 8 legs…

    And no, ticks don’t lay their eggs under one’s skin.

    But that was quite suay. You mean it’s flared up only after so many months after you’ve returned? Better go see a doctor in case it’s infected.

  12. Actually, ticks do have 8 legs…

    And no, ticks don’t lay their eggs under one’s skin.

    But that was quite suay. You mean it’s flared up only after so many months after you’ve returned? Better go see a doctor in case it’s infected.

  13. I kena tick before! lots of them at one go in fact. stupidly sat on one of their nests in some malaysian jungle… no prizes for guessing where they ended up.

    suggestion: go see a doc abt them if u hvn’t! i got some lotion which kills them painlessly… just a small dab and they drop off/disappear for good. no side effects.

  14. I kena tick before! lots of them at one go in fact. stupidly sat on one of their nests in some malaysian jungle… no prizes for guessing where they ended up.

    suggestion: go see a doc abt them if u hvn’t! i got some lotion which kills them painlessly… just a small dab and they drop off/disappear for good. no side effects.

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