And who knows...


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.


hearthomekids said...

I read somewhere to put the bed legs in pans of water. If it's bedbugs, you will find some in the water the next morning. Seems like I read that in WWII prison camps, they did this to keep the bugs from getting in the beds as well, but I don't know how reliable that is...

Lindsay said...

ack! how frustrating. i will pray, too.

stephanie said...

oh my goodness! what a frustrating thing to deal with! will pary for you!

Stacey C said...

Most bug bug problems are not detected until someone has been bitten. The bite is painless. The salivary fluid injected by bed bugs typically causes the skin to become irritated and inflamed, although individuals can differ in their sensitivity. A small, hard, swollen, white welt may develop at the site of each bite. This is accompanied by severe itching that lasts for several hours to days. 
A bed bug infestation can be recognized by blood stains from crushed bugs or by rusty (sometimes dark) spots of excrement on sheets and mattresses, bed clothes, and walls. Fecal spots, eggshells, and shed skins may be found in the vicinity of their hiding places. An offensive, sweet, musty odor from their scent glands may be detected when bed bug infestations are severe.

Skin reactions are commonly associated with bed bugs, which result from the saliva injected during feeding. Some individuals however, do not react to their bite, whereas others note a great deal of discomfort often with loss of sleep from the persistent biting. The most commonly affected areas of the body are the arms and shoulders. Reactions to the bites may be delayed; up to 9 days before lesions appear. Common allergic reactions include the development of large wheals, often >1cm, which are accompanied by itching and inflammation. The wheals usually subside to red spots but can last for several days. Scratching may cause the welts to become infected. Bullous eruptions have been reported in association with multiple bed bug bites and anaphylaxis may occur in patients with severe allergies. In India, iron deficiency in infants has been associated with severe infestations. It has been suggested that allergens from bed bugs may be associated with asthmatic reactions.

Lots of bombs, wrap individual items in plastic and stick them in the sun for several days, rent a freezer and freeze everything for a few weeks, vacume, boot the dog from the stoop, and GOOD LUCK and God's speed!

Anonymous said...

stacey c. has officially grossed me out for the day.

Bugs are the tool of the devil. Especially those.

And that perro needs to vamanos.