James, I (personally) don't believe that a tick will pass you Lyme unless he has attached, but I do believe whatever he has can be passed as soon as he gives you his anesthetic right before the bite. And why couldn't he? He's 'sharing' w/ you at this point.
I don't think you said what you did w/ the tick when you pulled him off? Yeah, if you didn't kill him, he certainly would come back to you or your dog for a meal. They've got a one track mind and they are zealots in their purpose. They are unstoppable!
But regardless of whether or not the tick that was crawling on you ended up feeding on you, you could very easily have had a tick bite you never knew about
. The little nymphs in the spring are very scary, because as they say, they are as small as the period at the end of this sentence. Someone could have fed on you and gone on their merry way w/o you even knowing. I have found teeny tiny dead ticks in my bed that were hopefully killed by my dogs' frontline.
Suspect TBI in 1972 (date corrected by Mother!) Attacked tonsils, pregnancy (miscarraige), appendix, heart (mitral valve prolapse), hypoglycemia, depression, chronic acute neck and back pain.
Next suspect Mother's Day 2007. Diagnosed w/ Lyme and Bart June 2009. (awaiting more test results)
In treatment for recurrent depression, anxiety, low thyroid.
Bit again 7/1/2009, began Doxy 200 mg /day