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I Had THREE Things To Do Today.

And I accomplished NONE of them.

First, I needed to go to the social security office to get replacement cards for my children. This was my 2nd trip because the first time around I did not have enough information to identify them. So, I go back with INFO in hand and after sitting and waiting for 15 minutes, I realize I forgot to bring their numbers with me. THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS! The whole reason for being there? I forgot it! I gave some psycho killer looking dude my number and left. *sigh*

Next, I needed to go to the board of education to drop off some homeschooling paperwork. First, it took me 30 minutes to find something that is literally 2 minutes from my house. It’s not a huge building like I expected. It’s the back of a building…with other shops…like a store! WTH? The parking lot has like, 10 parking spaces…and the one available was snatched up 2 secs before I pulled in. I wait…and wait…and after 30 mins, I say screw it. *sigh*

Last thing on the list…I was also supposed to drive to Cleveland today, but that also won’t happen because of not being able to call the businesses I need to visit before I get there. My phone is acting like a total twat. *sigh*

So, I’m in a pissed off mood. AND, everything government related will be closed Wed., so I need to handle this stuff pronto (read tomorrow).

*Update: No more fleas or bites. Still dealing with the leftover itchiness from the old ones though. *double sigh*

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Bed Bugs Out.

I have an update about my “biting” problem. Not bed bugs (TG!). I started to really wonder on Friday night (yes, this is how I spend my Friday nights) about some of the marks I had. Most of them are tiny and slightly red, but others were really bruised and looked like “hickies”. I decided that the bruised ones were that way because I was attacking my skin (scratching) when I first got them. Since then, I haven’t been scratching and all of the marks are small and don’t look as scary. So, that led me to think that maybe it was not bed bugs…but maybe fleas?

I rescued a kitten about 3 weeks ago. Brought her in, fed her, cleaned her up, flea treated her, then adopted her out after just a few days. BUT maybe she left behind some fleas (or eggs)? UGH!

Professor Google said that I should place a shallow pan of water in front of a bright lamp. Fleas will jump towards the light, fall in the water, and eventually drown. An hour or so passed with me and the kids constantly checking the water. After 2 hours, we saw carpet fibers in the water, but nothing else.

“How the heck did carpet get in the water?” I asked.

Taking a closer look, we noticed a tiny flea swimming away (yes swimming). That sucker was not drowning, so I flushed it.

We put the pan back, but that was all I needed to determine THIS was the cause of my itching. (There was another one in there Saturday morning.)

I debated how I was going to handle the problem, and only decided when I woke that next morning.

I treated the carpet with a powder that I needed to vacuum up and also purchased a spray for the furniture and other areas that couldn’t be reached. (Also had Off to protect me while I was doing it — *humph*)

So far nothing new, so hopefully I’ve cleared up THAT problem. Too bad I’ll probably be itching for another week or so. *sigh*

Friday was an equally busy day. I spent a lot of time in drugstores, license bureaus and the doctor’s office. SM had swollen lymph nodes in her neck the night before. I gave her some green tea and she felt better after a few minutes (the swelling really bothers her — doesn’t hurt, but is very uncomfortable).

The next morning she was fine upon waking, but while I was making breakfast she said her ear was burning and it was also sending some burning sensations down into her throat. This wasn’t the first time her ears bothered her. MOF, she had pressure and neck pain last week, but we thought it was a toothache or something similar.

I called the doctor and got a same day sick appt. I did NOT want to go to the doctor’s office with the flu around. But what could I do? The office had a half dozen kids sitting on the sick side looking MISERABLE. And no one on the well side. We sat on the sick side for about 3 minutes before saying, nu-uh…let’s go to the other side. We still were only about 25 feet away (around a lil’ bend). Not far enough for me. We didn’t have to wait too long.

The doctor was very cool. New doc for us. She looked in SM’s ears first, throat and then nose. She called me over to tell me to look. SM’s turbinates were swollen! That’s why she couldn’t breathe and it was causing her ears to block? Which caused the pressure and pain she felt. She also had some mild sinus pain. The doctor said all of this was caused by SM’s allergies. Possibly it was the cause of her headaches and dizziness/blurry vision she had throughout early summer. She was prescribed a steroid nasal spray for the swelling and the doctor advised us what medicines would help her best with her allergies.

Next step is to determine exactly what she’s allergic to so we can attempt to avoid it because I do NOT want her on a daily medicine (if possible).

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This Is Going To Make Me Sound Like A Nutjob, But I Don’t Care.

*Update*
3 of them have faded to a pinkish color and are smaller. Just 12 hours earlier they were dark purple. Healing fast. I’m still keeping my eye on the one with the halo.

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So, all day I’ve been obsessing over these bites.

Because, like…what if they are bed bugs? Then I have to live with them into the complex decides to exterminate? No way. And I’ve read they are hard to get rid of. Very hard.

Last night (or this morning) I went to bed at 6AM and woke when my mother called me just a couple hours later. I couldn’t sleep thinking there may be bugs just waiting for me to doze off.

But then, what if I’m being silly? What if it’s not bed bugs? I mean, I haven’t seen ANY signs of them. But what else would explain the randomness of the bumps? By the way, a new one (actually 2 close together) popped up on my foot. I noticed the itching around 2AM. And I was wide awake and walking around. Did I get it the night before? During the day? I’m going nuts!!

On top of wondering HOW I got them, I’m wondering if they look bad. I have 4 (including the 2 new ones) that are only slightly red and are very small. But then there are 6 that were rather large. Yes, I measured them. They are all about 1/2 inch across. One of them has a flesh colored halo around it that measures 2 inches or so. The ones that I got the first night started to turn dark red/purple (like a bruise — I also bruise when giving blood). The very first one I got is already fading. There is one that is bright red (the one with the halo), but if it follows the same pattern as the others, it will turn dark and hopefully fade w/o scarring. Honestly, it looks like I have hickies on my legs. *sigh*

I have not allowed myself to scratch since yesterday. This has been very hard, but I’ve stayed armed with alcohol, cortisone and Benadryl. Also, the fear of infection has stopped me from scratching anymore. I will NOT be sleeping tonight (since apparently they come out late night/early morning .. 3-5AM). I will instead sleep early and stay up! Tomorrow morning I will call the office and see if they’ll send someone over to check out things.

So yes, I’ve been obsessing. I probably know everything there is to know about bed bugs. And watch, it will turn out to be something else.

Okay, let’s talk about something different.

I wasn’t able to focus too much on the book today. But SM sent me a draft of what she had been working on (yes my daughter and I often email or IM each other from across the apartment). She rushed it a bit. What she did in 15 pages, needs to be expanded on. So I’ll be taking care of that over the next couple days. But things are going very well. I’m excited!!

Kitchen
And just more fuel for the “she’s nuts” fire. See that picture above? That’s my kitchen. I know…small. Whatever. Anyway, do you see anything off in that picture. Something in that kitchen is OFF and it’s been driving me crazy!! (See that closet? My washer and dryer is in there. It’s small too. UGH!) <—-that’s not the off thing I’m talking about though. LOL

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My Stomach Is In Hell People.

I have a thing for snacks. I like snacks. Hey, who doesn’t? I eat my favorite snack until I can’t stand the sight of it. Yup. I overdo it.

My ex used to bring home my most favorite snack. If I liked Lorna Doone cookies, he’d bring home boxes and boxes until I couldn’t take it anymore. He’d bring home a box the next week and they’d just sit there. I couldn’t bring myself to eat anymore. Not one.

I’ve reached that point with my latest snack. And I can only blame myself. Chester’s Flamin’ Hot Fries. Oh no, these are NOT your regular Hot Fries. These things are like little pieces of hell! But taste like Heaven. mmmmmm

I saw them at CVS last week, picked up 2 bags, turned around and picked up 1 more, you know…just in case I REALLY liked them. Apparently I did. I ate 2.5 of those bags. My daughter (lover of all things HOT), ate half of a bag. My mouth burned, my throat burned, my fingers were red and little crumbs of red fire were all over my clothes…but no…I couldn’t stop.

This week, I marched right into CVS and purchased 3 bags (off rip). No need in pretending I only needed 2. What if there was a monsoon and I couldn’t get back to CVS anytime soon??? Once at home, I didn’t bother with dinner. I made plates for the kids and figured I’d eat some Hot Fries FIRST, you know, before they went bad or something. First taste always sets your mouth on fire, but you drink a little something and you tough it out. I toughed it out. Skipped dinner. Ate a bowl of cereal. With milk. MILK PEOPLE! I do not get along with MILK.

So there I sat, with a belly full of flaming corn snacks and milk. MILK. I have this theory that milk curdles in my stomach. No other way to explain the nasty feeling I get when I drink it. Burning, curdling belly.

My daughter wanted some Hot Fries. I told her it was too late. I joked about it giving her nightmares. SPICY FOODS GIVE YOU NIGHTMARES AND HOT FLASHES!! I went to bed that night with a burning curdling belly…and…had nightmares.

I woke up multiple times feeling ill.

And guess what people? That did NOT stop me from having more today! But I just got sicker! So I’m done!! Dear Internets, I am DONE! I haven’t felt this ill since…since…since my dude let me drink orange juice. ORANGE JUICE! I’ll tell you what orange juice does to mean another time. It’s just as gross as the milk curdling thing.

So, I’m packing the last bags of Hot Fries away. Giving them to charity or something.

Oh, and I know the worst isn’t over. If it feels like fire going in…well…you know.

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