Ashley Mozingo

Hi everyone! My name is Ashley, and I am a stay at home mom to two girls, Paislee, 3 and Keely, 1. My husband is in the Coast Guard, and is currently stationed at a Coast Guard unit on Camp Lejune. We have been married for five years now and have spent two of those years in Alaska, where Paislee was born, and two in Maine, where we had Keely. We were lucky to get stationed here in 2012, and call North Carolina "home". We were both born and raised in different cities in eastern North Carolina, and we are super excited to get to spend some time here with our girls and introduce them to some of our favorite places that we had as children. Before I met my husband, I attended East Carolina University, where I earned my Bachelors Degree in Communications. I have a love for writing, and a huge passion for being a mom, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to write about my experiences and exciting moments of this rocky ride that we all call 'Motherhood'.


Mysterious Bug Bite

left: 1st day of redness right: 2nd day of redness

This last Saturday, I took all the kids on a nature walk.  There’s a path on base that leads to a small forest.  Isaak loves going on walks and he LOVES nature.  The time was nigh and the bugs just so happened to be VERY hungry that evening.  Unfortunately, we became their dinner. 

The morning after the walk, Isaak woke up with a large bump protruding from his head.  It was as if he was growing a large flesh colored horn.  He didn’t act sick and the horn showed no signs of redness or oozing, so I assumed he had just been bit by a mosquito.

The flesh horn persisted for three days and by Tuesday and Wednesday, the horn had gone completely down, leaving behind only a small reddish blemish looking spot.  It was barely noticeable.  I just assumed the bite had healed.

On Thursday morning, we had plans to go visit a friend who lived a couple hours away.  As we were packing up to leave, I noticed the spot where the horn used to be was getting a tad red and blotchy.  It seemed odd to me that the spot was returning when it had seemed to be completely gone two days prior.  Isaak also started to get a little whiney and was complaining about his head, holding his hand to the bite and saying, “ow, head.” 

On the way to our friend’s house, he ended up puking all over his car seat and started to spike a fever.  I began to get nervous about the bite because it looked as though it had a raised flesh colored ring around the bite, which wasn’t there before, and it was surrounded by a blotchy red circle. 

Once I got to my friend’s house, we marked the bite to keep track of its growth.  By the next morning, the redness had spread significantly.  It seemed as though the area that we had marked as red the day before, was the only peach area now.  And the red blotchy circle?  It had almost tripled in size!

At this point I really started to worry.  I jumped on my friend’s computer and started to google things like, “bulls eye bug bite”, or “bite with red rings”.  The only match that continued to pop up was Lyme disease.  The pictures were identical to Isaak’s head, so I was convinced he had Lyme disease.

I scheduled an appointment to see the doctor and left my friend’s house early only to find out that Lyme disease is only caused by ticks.  I was told that a tick would have had to been on Isaak’s head for at least 3 days for it to cause this kind of reaction.  First of all, I would have noticed a tick on Isaak’s head for three days, and second, ticks don’t usually like heads.

The doctor and I were both a little confused and I’m pretty sure we’ll never know exactly what caused the bite but he’s been on antibiotics for three days now and it’s quickly getting much better, thankfully!

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4 Comments on “Mysterious Bug Bite”

  • Hillary N June 26th, 2010 9:33 pm

    Poor Izey, I’m glad the antibiotics are helping! Seriously every mysterious, emergency, disasters happen when my hubby is deployed, never fails. Glad things are on the mend, glad you have good friends close by! :)

  • Jessica Lowe Jessica Lowe June 27th, 2010 6:23 pm

    yay! thank goodness for doctors!

  • Sarah Moore Sarah Moore June 30th, 2010 9:09 pm

    Woah super scary photos! Weird bug bites freak me out like baby wave diving freaks you out (: Glad the little guy is ok!

  • Eleanore Dilello October 19th, 2010 7:51 pm

    looks like a tick the child for Lyme Disease

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