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{August 22, 2011}   “She has Fleas”

Last Sunday morning as I was getting ready to come back from my weekend trip with family, my hands started itching like crazy. The next day followed and I noticed a couple of little marks, akin to mosquito or ant bites, so I figured I got bit by one or the other. No problem since who hasn’t, right? Tuesday, I went to the zoo with my friend and her little boy and still nothing abnormal. I showed my mom the bumps that afternoon and told her they were itching a bit and she thought it was maybe heat rash. There were a few more, but it wasn’t looking like that big of a deal. As the day went on, I kept noticing more and more little mosquito looking bites and they were getting redder. By the next day, I asked some friends about it and came to the conclusion that it might be hives. I had all the symptoms listed for that so I started taking some Benadryl and putting calamine lotion on the bumps. But as each day went by, it was staying the same and the itching was driving me bonkers. Finally, I gave in and went to the hospital yesterday to get it checked out.

The doctor immediately told me it wasn’t hives and the bumps looked like insect bites, but she wasn’t sure what kind. Since I am not around animals much and I had been around dogs a little, she presumed it could have been fleas that did it, but she also said I may never know what kind of bug it was. I was given a cortisone shot in my shoulder and told to take Zyrtec, which I already take daily for sinus allergies. For those interested in the outcome so far, the redness has come down drastically, but the itching is worse than ever at the moment. UGH! She did say it might take a couple days for it to get better and 3-4 for it to completely go away, so I am hoping it will be soon. No crossing fingers…I need them to scratch! Blogging right now is actually keeping me from scratching as much.

Anyways, my dear Mother-in-law called my hubby yesterday evening to inquire about me and what the doctor said. The first words out of my husband’s mouth were, “She has fleas.” WHAT?! <—–That was my exact response. I do NOT have fleas! Do I look like a dog to you?! LOL

I, of course, quickly jumped in to the conversation and explained what the doctor REALLY said. It was an allergic reaction to an insect bite.

My sister’s dogs frequently get flea baths and no one else in their house has been bothered with even a single bite lately, so I’m not so sure THAT was the insect. For all I know, it could have been an ant, a simple mosquito, a spider…anything…who knows? The doc herself said I may never know. I just hope whatever caused it never causes it again, because this “reaction” sucks royally. And that’s not just a pun if it was in fact a mosquito OR a flea.

I can’t help but wonder what other words of mine that my husband messes up in interpretation though…Should I follow him around to see?

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