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Dear Deer Flies

How could I forget?

Found out I'm allergic to deer flies. On Saturday morning, I was bitten about 3 times on my left ankle and twice on my right. Those suckers hurt! One even drew blood. Anyhow, by Saturday night, the bites were red and swollen and my ankles themselves were a bit swollen. By Sunday morning, my ankles were so swollen it didn't look like my skin could stretch any more - you couldn't even see my achilles tendon! By the afternoon my calves were red and hot to the touch - it hurt to walk even stand. I called Blue Cross Blue Shield's first help line and they told me to get to an urgent care within 6 hours.

Doc says deer fly bites will likely cause infection due to my allergy to them. Great. This will be fantastic for my fishing career :)

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