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Not An Outdoor Girl

Another addition to the list of reasons why I am too wimpy to be an outdoor girl: Leeches can invade your nostrils.

"A Hong Kong woman hiker who washed her face in a freshwater stream unwittingly returned home with a leech embedded in her left nostril, the Hong Kong Medical Journal reported in its April edition."

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onemeatball
Apr. 10th, 2005 10:10 pm (UTC)
UGH.
silverdee
Apr. 11th, 2005 08:26 am (UTC)
I second that ugh and add an eek.
earlgreyhot
Apr. 10th, 2005 10:13 pm (UTC)
EWWWW.
I knew there was a reason I don't go outside.
silverdee
Apr. 11th, 2005 08:27 am (UTC)
Between the fear of skin cancer and now leeches, I am definitely an indoor gal. Add the need for air conditioning in New Orleans 10 months out of the year and it's a lock.
weelisa
Apr. 11th, 2005 06:08 am (UTC)
I used to swim in a northern Ontario lake that always had leeches. I'd come out of the water with them clinging to my legs. They don't hurt at all - someone has to tell you you've got one on the back of your leg before you'd even know.

Once, when I was fishing with my dad, I did see one swimming along at quite a clip that was about 6 inches long - that kinda freaked me out.

Never got one in my nose, however. I think I would have noticed that. Anyhoo, I'm sure the blood letting removed the excess choleric blood from my system, as any medieval doctor could attest ;0
silverdee
Apr. 11th, 2005 08:29 am (UTC)
A speedy six inch long leech would have gotten me walking on water to get away from it. Bleh!
aromenis
Apr. 11th, 2005 06:25 am (UTC)
oooooooooh my god that's worse than the whole "swallowing 7 spiders a year in your sleep" bit....

*shudder*
silverdee
Apr. 11th, 2005 08:30 am (UTC)
Please explain "swallowing 7 spiders a year in your sleep". Although, I am afraid I have a pretty good idea about this...
nothingbroken
Apr. 11th, 2005 11:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, ick! I'll never swim again! Um... unless I have noseplugs. :)
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