Tuesday, 18 September 2012
According to Wiki (what would we do without you?) - The mosquitoes are a family of small, midge-like flies: the Culicidae. Although a few species are harmless or even useful to humanity, most are a nuisance because they consume blood from living vertebrates, including humans. In feeding on blood, various species of mosquitoes transmit some of the most harmful human and livestock diseases. Some authorities argue accordingly that mosquitoes are the most dangerous animals on Earth.
They can breed any place there is stagnant water, the potential life cycle can be from as little as a week to as long as several months and some species, living in regions where some seasons are freezing or waterless, spend part of the year in diapause; they delay their development, typically for months, and carry on with life only when there is enough water or warmth for their needs.
Now, I'm sure y'all are totally engrossed (or simply grossed out) and wondering where 'The Red One' is going with this bit of random offering and I'm about to tell you...
In the very wee small hours of Monday morning, I woke up with a start due to a very loud whining in my ear.
Knowing EXACTLY what the damned thing was I promptly swatted myself soundly (can we say OUCH) and then tried to figure out how to keep the blasted thing from eating me alive.
I found the handy dandy spray in the kitchen. YEP - by now I was awake and was NOT a happy camper. All I wanted to do was find the little bugger and it in to yesterday!!
Off to the bedroom with spray can in hand, I proceed to doctor the air in the room, along with the drapes, as well as the sheets. Not sure if that is a wise thing but HEY, you do what you gotta do!!
Since I'm now wide awake, I decide to read for a little while and the blasted little bugger follows me into the front room and decides 'she's' going to attack me in the front room where I can see her. She made her first pass (I think she even winked), dive bombed me and I 'thought' I actually caught her at that point in time. Notice the key word 'thought!!'
I finally tired enough where sleep seemed to be right around the corner and headed back to bed. The shock of the day was waking up and thinking "why does my lower left lip feel like I've been to the dentist?" Take into consideration this is at 7AM. WAY too early for me but sleep had been way restless. I threw back the sheet, walked into the bathroom, turned on the light, look in the mirror and went...
My left ear lobe & just below it are vibrant red & inflamed (two bites). The lower left lip is HUGE and my right eye is almost shut, also being inflamed and swollen.
It seems said mosquito either was not killed or she had her BFF with her and she decided to take her frustrations out on my face. It is times like these that makes me want to call on CN and ask him to take charge of the situation.
Any who... I saw the complex manager regarding the issue. Her comment was "Mosquitoes? I didn't know California had mosquitoes" and then said she would call pest control to dust my apartment on Wednesday.
Next stop Wally World, where I picked up an OFF Clip On (for use at night while reading and sleeping), as well as Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Oil to go along with the Cutter Skinsations that arrived on Friday.
Right now I have on long pants tucked into a pair of high socks, as well as a white T-Shirt which has been sprayed with Repel. I've taken a shower and applied the Skinsations and just before heading to bed, I will add a layer of the Repel and make sure the clip on fan is attached to my headboard to protect the bedroom for the few hours I sleep. Hopefully stopping further attacks.
The swelling in the face is slowly subsiding. The lip looks pretty good and the ear is improving although it itches like crazy. I've used a lot of ice cubes today to keep that tolerable. The right eye is another story. The swelling has extended down to under the eye and I do look like someone punched me. I'm hoping the Benadryl will improve that very soon.
Now... If you'll...
On a lighter note. Our little adopt-a-cat (Cali) in the complex has been stopping by and I've started to feed her when she makes a visit. It doesn't happen often, but it's always lovely to see her. She isn't real friendly, but I can normally get a scratch behind the ears in and a quick pet before she steps back. I finally managed to get a couple of pictures yesterday.
A quick laugh... I couldn't resist!!