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When the bugs bite

We have a plague here–bugs. Bugs of all kinds. Flying bugs, crawling bugs, invisible bugs. Ants, spiders, insects, of all sorts. They have taken refuge in my yard. Some of them bite.

There are tiny red spider mites in the backyard. So tiny that you do not see them with the naked eye unless you see a red dot moving on the page of the book you are reading. It’s like the period at the end of this sentence suddenly walks away. That’s how small they are. I remember, as a child, red spider mites would invade the cotton fields surrounding our house. My dad only knew it if he had a magnifying glass to check the cotton plant’s leaves. Then he sprayed a miticide on the cotton fields. All that poison is what eventually took his life.

The problem, though, for people, the red spider mite BITES. I’m terribly allergic to its bite. As is small granddaughter. The boys don’t seem to taste as good. Terry and Judah never get bit. Or they don’t suddenly have swollen red welts all over their body.

Leeya and I were both miserable this past week after an evening of playing in the yards. I took a cool shower and used lavender soap. Leeya took a bath with lavender soap. It calmed our skin but still left us itchy. Then I used tea tree oil on all the welts. That really calmed the itching. But, to make sure we slept through the night, we both took a dose of Benadryl. For the remainder of the week, we kept touching up the bites with tea tree oil.

Then on Sunday evening I walked through an ant hill and got more bites on my feet. Time for tea tree oil.

Surviving on Benadryl

I was attacked by biting insects yesterday. My legs and arms, and especially my ankles, are covered with itchy. painful welts. Sleeping was difficult last night.

The ankle bites probably came from church. Our pastor has built a boat, and using it as metaphor, preached a few sermons around the experience. Yesterday he brought it to show the congregation, parking it in the hinterlands of the parking lot. I walked across tall grass to go out to see it. Then, later, stood under the large shade trees to enjoy refreshments and fellowship, all while the bugs were taking refreshment from me! I didn’t feel or see anything at the time.

In the afternoon, because it was cooler than previous days, I went out to rake leaves that have begun to fall from the mulberry tree. Raking and lifting the piles of leaves to dump into the green waste can probably brought about the bites on my arms and more on my legs. Those welts look different from the ankle bites which is more of a rash than welts. Again, though, I didn’t actually see the varmints that attacked me. Just their aftermath.

The itching is almost unbearable. I keep smearing Benadryl cream on my skin and ingesting Benadryl capsules to keep me just barely sane.  My plan had been to go out early this morning and prune in the backyard, but I can barely concentrate enough to write this, and I don’t want to get any more bug bites. I don’t think I have enough Benadryl.