Have you ever had blood sucking leeches attach to you?

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  1. Ericdierker profile image44
    Ericdierkerposted 18 months ago

    Have you ever had blood sucking leeches attach to you?

    My son just asked me and I said "of course". It made him kind of look at me sideways. Then I realized that most folks have never been places and got in the water where leeches hang out. Verde river in Arizona and a canal just off the Saigon river come to mind.

  2. Terrielynn1 profile image91
    Terrielynn1posted 18 months ago

    Why Eric yes I have. I grew up in the caribou part of BC, Canada. f you went in the weedy part of the lake you would find leeches. They are gross but salt gets rid of them. How are you?

    1. Ericdierker profile image44
      Ericdierkerposted 18 months agoin reply to this

      Thanks for that, the little buggers can handle a winter of cold and their offspring come out tough as nails. Their history in healing is amazing. Terrie we are doing great here, it is a time of year for togetherness before craziness, Happy

    2. Terrielynn1 profile image91
      Terrielynn1posted 17 months agoin reply to this

      After my comment I thought maybe you meant a different kind of leech,lol. I've had experience with those too.

  3. manatita44 profile image84
    manatita44posted 17 months ago

    Not me, I don't think. But Channel swimmers and I was once one, have them stuck on them. I have cared for patients in which these leeches were used as therapy. Or is it maggots? I get confused here. Well, they're a kind of leech.

    1. Ericdierker profile image44
      Ericdierkerposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      Manatita - I believe that maggots are fascinating. They debride and secret a substance that helps fight infection. Very cool. Medically I believe the leech saliva is actually produced into hypertension medicine and blood thiners

    2. manatita44 profile image84
      manatita44posted 17 months agoin reply to this

      Didn't know that. Interesting!

  4. The0NatureBoy profile image45
    The0NatureBoyposted 17 months ago

    I was in the Air Force as an aircraft mechanic when in Vietnam so I didn't get any of the field action so many Army and Marines where I could come in contact with them. Neither have I been in Rio Verde in Arizona, so my answer is no.

    1. Ericdierker profile image44
      Ericdierkerposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      Elijah, it is interesting to note, I believe you hail from DC. Leech capital of North America. Yes I mean before 1800 as the swamp. Or do I mean after? ;-)

    2. The0NatureBoy profile image45
      The0NatureBoyposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      My birth was Grambling, Louisiana, from 8 I was raised in Fort Worth, TX until I became the nomad in 1976. DC is still the leech capital of the world, it sucks man's life's blood, money, and makes us poor.  LOLA(nd)L(ong)

  5. LoisRyan13903 profile image80
    LoisRyan13903posted 17 months ago

    Would the IRS count as leeches?  Those leeches are after me year after year.

    1. Ericdierker profile image44
      Ericdierkerposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      Oh my friend, good to here from you. For sure the IRS is a subspecies of  Macrobdella D├ęcora or the North American Leech they not only suck your blood they are extremely painful. Most are found in the DC area called the swamp.Alcohol is best remedy.

 
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