In Guatemala everyone is absolutely positive they are right and everyone disagrees.
We still are not certain what is biting us other than it happens at night and itches enough to make a person cuss. Oh, but the itching is very much relieved by something called Caladrina that I bought in a pink bottle for Q 24.75 (that's about $3). It has benedryl and a few other things I can't figure out. But it works.
Anyway, we took Deacon to the pediatrician yesterday because he had so many bites and it's only about $15. He saw Deacon and immediately said he had chicken pocks - from across the room without even examining him. Sigh. He said it in Spanish, but Varicella sounds pretty much the same in any language I guess. Deacon has no fever or anything else - he doesn't have chicken pox and I sure don't have it because it almost killed me when I was 6. Anyway. So He then said that he has Acrara, which is Scabes (Sarcoptes scabiei) - scary name, huh? So we bought some bars of soap and are supposed to wash everyone with it and wash all our clothes etc. with this soap.
Then we showed Deacon to a bunch of people and they said it's fleas. Which makes sense because Lola-the-resident-Chihuahua has a lot of them and she sleeps all over, including near our door. So maybe its fleas.
We've also been told that it has to be an food allergy. Sigh. Now we're not doctors, but we're pretty sure it's not a food allergy. Who knows.
The best one is that it might be an allergic reaction to volcanic ash that lands on our clothes. This is my favorite for its exoticness, but it's not too likely. Why? I don't know. Because its Guatemala and everyone is in passionate disagreement with one another so I figured I'd side with the minority.
So, our plan?
We took all our bedclothes, undergarments, and everything of Deacon's that is near him when he sleeps and took them to a professional launderer. You can't go to a regular one because only high-end places use hot water to wash the clothes. We need hot water to kill whatever is in the blankets etc. and then they are to be dried on high. Cost us about $18. Not bad for what would have been about 4 loads of laundry. Folded and everything.
And we are spraying the place down again. Maybe Monday. We'll see if we get more bites.
And we're bathing with the soap. We have to lather Deacon up and then hold him still for 1 whole minute then rinse the dickens out of him. Hold a 13 month old soapy boy still for 60 seconds. Whew. We'll see how that goes.
And we're praying. Seriously. We're praying that the Lord remove this little mini-scourge.
And we think He will. One way or another.