Forget Snakes, Watch Out For People Who Are Leeches

Forget Snakes, Watch Out For People Who Are Leeches

They're not your friends, they're parasites.

Fact: If you try to detach a leech from your skin using an abrupt method such as fire, alcohol or urination, it may regurgitate the contents of its stomach into the wound, increasing risk of infection.

The word "toxic" is thrown around like confetti on New Year's Eve, nowadays. Anyone writing for a free-thought platform thinks he/she knows what the five best pieces of advice for approaching a toxic relationship or situation are.

What these articles don't account for is that some people are just leeches -- no more, no less.

Fact: Leeches release an antihistamine when they latch onto prey; thus, bites are relatively painless, but can bleed profusely.

Often times, people don't even realize they've been bitten by a leech unless someone else points it out. A leech is relatively small, so one may not even notice until made aware by an outsider.

It takes just a little at a time, making you think it's not a huge deal, but what happens when it's hungry again or it brings other leeches around to take advantage of the source?

"But Jackie, what about medicinal leeches? Aren't they used to heal?"

Sure, medicinal leeches can be used to redirect blood flow and prevent clotting during medical procedures, but would they stop unless full or removed by a medical professional? No. There's a cutoff point for the prey that they don't understand or care about.

Fact: A leech can survive for months after one feeding.

If a leech doesn't need something, it won't be around.

They're parasites. They're not your friends. They're good for one thing and one thing only: Sucking the life out of you to fuel themselves.

Fact: A leech will immediately try to reattach itself to the closest source of food if interrupted and removed from the skin.

When you serve as the main lifeline, a leech is naturally going to be a little unearthed when that supply is cut off. It's going to fight to hold onto anything else it can grasp.

If it can't, it will leave a bleeding wound for you to care for and squirm off with every little bit you gave it to survive. You're just a link in its food chain. If not you, it would have been another (and there will be).

Fact: Wild leeches wait for larger animals to pass, then ambush their prey.

Being the bigger person doesn't matter to a leech -- in fact, it's cause for them to take more. It will still latch on and pursue the sole thing it exists to gain: the life source of another.

If you saw a leech, would you run or let it bite?

Cover Image Credit: Khao Sok National Park

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10 Struggles Girls Taller Than 5'7" Feel On A Spiritual Level

3. "Do you date guys that are shorter than you?"

Any girl who is at least 5'8" will understand these struggles and possibly identify with them on a spiritual level.

1. Dresses not being long enough

Finding dresses for any occasion that will be long enough is like searching for rain in a drought. And when you find one, it's bound to either cost $$$ or not fit another aspect of your body.

2. Heck, pants are never long enough either

You are constantly flooding, or else you rolled up your jeans to look like capris. Unless you special ordered some jeans online in the coveted size LONG or EXTRA LONG, this will forever be your fate.

3. "Do you date guys that are shorter than you?"

This is a personal preference people! Don't assume that a girl will or will not date someone just based on their height difference! Also, don't judge if they aren't interested in someone who is shorter than them!

4. Not wearing heels because you don't enjoy being the skyscraper of the friend group

Wearing heels can be fun buuuuuuuut sometimes towering over everyone else is not our idea of fun.

5. It's hard to find cute shoes that actually fit

You would love to have all those cute little shoes in the clearance section, but most of them barely cover your big toe.

6. Everyone thinks you walk too fast

Short-legged people just can't keep up with you, even though you aren't even walking fast. Like at all.

7. People want to jump on your back

Just because you're tall doesn't give them the license to make you into their personal camel.

8. Never being able to cross your legs underneath desks and tables

You. Can. Not. Get. Comfortable.

9. Awkward hugs

Some people will never understand.

10. Never knowing how to pose in pictures

Should you sorority squat? Pop the hip? Bend the leg? Contort your body to feel like a normal sized human? So hard to decide.

Cover Image Credit: Olivia Willoughby

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Summer = Rest?

Sometimes it feels as if we need a vacation... from our vacation.


Ah summer: Popsicles and sun burns, mixed with fresh-squeezed lemonade that local kids are pandering to make enough money for Roman candles and Black Cats. The crack of the bat can be heard among the simmering charcoal grills and Troy-bilts humming through the ever-lasting sun. School is out and children are wild. It's a paradise.

Or is it?

But after countless sports camps and tournaments, other camps, vacations, school (?) events, traveling teams, VBS, summer seems to have been sucked fun-free.

Maybe it's Hollywood and Harper Lee's fault for giving us this utopian view of what summer should look and feel like (I'm looking at you Sandlot). But how can we really rest this summer? Because everyone needs some actual rest, even adults.

First thing is do NOT pack your summer full. Say no to some things. Coaches and Families can expect too much and it's okay to say no to them. You have to. There is no time for kids to be kids anymore.

Work can take a backseat. Vacations need to be taken. Families need to reconnect.

And for all my super-scheduled people out there, please PLEASE don't schedule out your vacation. Just enjoy it.

Another bit of advice would be to put away the technology and spend some time outside. When was the last time you tried to catch lightning bugs? Or went for a swim? Or listened to birds on your front porch?

I may sound like I have an old soul, but I really feel like we have lost this connection to the outside world. Summer is all about getting a farmer's tan and getting stung once or twice. I can guarantee you that's some of the best therapy in the world.

Maybe this sounds all over the place. Maybe this sounds like me ranting. And it probably is.

But I'm telling you that this stuff matters. Don't let summer whiz by and you arrive in August more drained that you were in May. Enjoy this time with family and friends.

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