Thursday, June 16, 2011

Bite Me

So instead of reading a blog about the wonderful holiday I had in London last weekend; meeting up with an old friend and our exploits at Gordon's Wine Bar, the Veuve Cliquot Champagne bar at Harrods and how much fun we had, you get to find what happens when I get bit by insects in Switzerland.

I love all things Swiss, if you've ever read anything here, you know this is true. I've adjusted to the change in climate, food, culture with great ease for the most part (and yeah, maybe a few pounds). But Swiss insects,like mosquitoes and horseflies seem to have some unusual properties that my body cannot handle. Keep in mind, I'm from Canada. I grew up in Manitoba and have been bitten by mosquitoes the size of sparrows, I've survived multiple wasp bites, bee stings and one very nasty bite from a black widow spider (while living on the Wet Coast) without much more than some ice and calamine lotion. Also 'the itch' from Clear Lake on so many occasions during my childhood, I should be scarred. But no, I am Canadian, little biting black flies and dense clouds of mosquitoes don't phase me.

The first summer here, my arms were covered in swollen red oozing bites that I attributed to spiders in the new house. The second summer, after having gone back to Canada and been bitten by both Albertan and Manitoban bugs with no horrendous reactions, I was amazed to return home and watch a simple mosquito bite turn into some large, red, owwy mass that took days to subside. Last summer, I dragged out the Deep Woods Off and basically coated my arms, legs and face every night before I went to bed.

Yesterday I was cleaning the pool and got bit by a horsefly. This is what my thigh and knee looked like this morning, even after icing it for hours last night.

In desperation I took some Benadryl today, all the while knowing that antihistamines are like dropping (bad) acid for me. I get woozy, see little trails of light and basically feel worse for the cure. Then I went and passed out for 4 hours. I still feel achy and weird, but the swelling has gone down a bit and the bites don't look quite so angry.


Amethyst Anne said...

Holy mackaral!! I was totally not expecting THAT!! They obviously adore your Canadian blood.
I hope you feel better and recover soon!

Xtreme said...

Yowzers is right, are they mutating over there? Maybe it's just a reaction to royal blood?

Danica-Dragonfly said...

Those are some nasty bites. I'm thinking my visit had better be in the winter ... my delicate skin would likely flake off at that kind of abuse.

Feel better soon, Brite.


Spot said...

Good hell! Only wasp stings do that to me! I think you need some IV benadryl. Get that OFF back out!


melinda said...

WOW! You are one tough Canadian though!
Benadryl gives me a weird high too, I only take it on very special occasions.

kathryn said...

Yikes! So, what are you going to do?? Live all blurry every day on Benedryl??

I think it may be time for a trip to the allergist, sweetie.