Thursday, September 18, 2008

Dont Let the Bed Bugs Bite

Since B has turned 4 we've gone through lots of trials an tribulations. The bobo withdrawal. The constant beating up of his sister. But one of the highlights was the arrival of his bog boy bed. If you've been reading my blog for awhile you'll remember I never wanted B to leave his crib. The idea of my son wandering the apartment at night scared me worse than an alien abduction. But as he approached 4 I knew the time had come to let him out of his jail and give him free nightly access to the potty (among other things) as I hated getting up at 4am to take him to said potty. The arrival of the bed was joyous and highly anticipated. But over the past few days the bed has not been a joyous one. I began to notice little circular bites on his arms and legs. Yesterday he just sat on the floor scratching. His teacher took one look and proclaimed "Bed Bugs!"

Bed Bugs!!!! Good lord I thought and quickly googled them and this is what I found. Aekkkkkk!!!!! Excuse me while I have a nervous breakdown.

No way!

I ran home in the middle of the day and looked at every nook and cranny of that mattress. I vacuumed the walls washed everything put everything in zippered vinyl bags. And waited for the night. By the way I found no bed bugs. No brown bed bug feces smears (EEEEEEEKKKKKKK) no nothing.

Before he went to bed I made a diagram of his bites just to make sure no new ones would appear. At two in the morning I started to get the hebe jebbies. I imagined those bed bugs crawling over my skin. I imagined dust mites walking on me and just started to itch and itch and freak. I snuck into B's room with a flashlight and examined the bed. I looked at the walls I looked at the floor. No bed bugs.

I went back to bed and tried to put the fact that in two years your pillow and mattress becomes 50% heavier due to dust mite poop. And the fact that the average north American swallows 20 spiders a year in their sleep. (Yes I know I need to keep away from google.) I tried to sleep and eventually fell into a fitful snooze dreaming of large bugs taking over the world.

In the morning I stripped B down and checked him all. He was clear no new bites. I think its ok. I however will be rocking in the corner for the rest of the day.

31 comments:

Mrs Parks said...

Oooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh LORD thank you for finishing that story without an ending that ended with...And then I found the Mother Bug.

Now I'm itchy.

Mark Salinas said...

Yikes! Hang in there! :)

Heather said...

I had a dreadful experience with bedbugs at a hotel once. They bit me over 160 times! I'm still scarred by this experience. If I even feel a hair tickle me I freak out and think that something is crawling on me.

My bedbug bites were in perfect rows. This seems to be a hallmark of theirs. Are B's bites like that?

I pray, pray, pray that you do not have bedbugs in your apartment.

Ren said...

Now I have those shivers you get when you think something is crawling on you. Ick!

One Mom said...

Talk about a nightmare! Hopefully the bites originated somewhere, anywhere, else. I thought I had been bitten by a spider while I slept...tore apart the bedroom and cleaned everything, everyday for a week...only to find it was poison ivy. Truly hope you can resolve the mystery of the bites and that there will be no more!

THopgood said...

Thanks A LOT!!! Now I will have the heebie jeebies when I go to bed! I think I'll go change my bed linen now....

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I don't even want to think about what this says about my mattress and pillows. That picture is horrifying.

Debbie said...

I just found your blog. Terrible day to just find your blog. 20 spiders - I swallow 20 spiders? I willnow be sleeping with one of those Hannibal Lector things on my face.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Aack!
You are making me itch!
Could it be mosquito bites that he got somewhere else? Some other rational answer?

And I wonder what this says about us...We post about mites on the same day!
I gotta go scratch now.

Kristin H. said...

Oh sweet mother. This is the one day that I wish I hadn't read your blog. I won't be able to get these images out of my head.

honeywine said...

It's the swarms...literally SWARMS...of misquitoes that are attacking everyone the minute they leave their house that are starting to get to me. I've even been bitten on the top of the head! Bugs bad!

Sadie said...

Um. Ew ew ew ew. We had a flea problem last year. So disgusting. Stuff like that can so easily make you go crazy with the searching for bugs and the swiping and phantom itching...Bleh.

Sadie said...

Oh man! And don't even get me started on phantom itching that accompanies the lice picking I have to do at work.

Not Your Aunt Bea said...

In a clean frenzy due to this post. And swallowing spiders?! And did they have to show the HAIR on the photo?! That disgusts me too.

adrienne said...

Eek. I think I'll go wash something right now.

My Wonderful Men said...

OMG! I have the need to order new beds for my house and I feel itchy all over.

Poor B is having one heck of a time getting though this.

docgrumbles said...

ewwww- scary!!!

MamaGeek said...

Oh good God I'm itchy too. And THANKS for the shot - :)

the teach said...

Suzie, I'm joining you in the corner! Yikes! I can't get rid of the shivers! :(

Tales From the Eurovan said...

Now you're making my head itch! I pray your little guy doesn't have bed bugs. I heard somewhere they can live for months without any food.
Take care,
Julie

Chimera said...

MOVE!!!!!!!!!!!

soleil said...

Whoa!! Well, I'm glad there were no new bites! I hope the bed bugs are gone for good!

mimi11460 said...

That itchy little creature has no way to ruin my day if he is wearing some kind of gas mask then he can be part of any of the bed in the house..

Vered - MomGrind said...

Ewww!

Yup, you should definitely stay away from Google.

Vodka Mom said...

Happens all the time. No worries. (still creepy, but DON'T feel bad...) That was the creepiest picture.

Tricia said...

Oh, as a retired teacher, I thought it was the dreaded head lice. My entire family consists of educators. We see it all...even on our on kids! Happy Friday!

Kmommy said...

Oh my. I really shouldn't have read this right before going to bed! Now I'll be up all night rocking in the corner with you! Ewwwww.

Cats said...

One of my friends in med school used to have bugs in his room...he spread them to the whole floor..and to some rooms in the floor below his ~ dunno how he managed it but it sure is creepy...

Queen-Size funny bone said...

Sometimes I think what I don't know won't hurt me. I VACUUM my mattress all the time.

Tina said...

oh man that sounds nasty for you. hope you managed to solve the biting mystery. i like to change my pillows and stuff every 6-9 months or so, cause they get all manky dont they lol

hope u having a good weekend x

April said...

Ugh! What a nightmare!

 
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