Spider Bite Revisited

So that “spider bite” that I thought I had was actually a severe reaction to a bed bug bite. How I came across that conclusion was very interesting. Lol.

Every time I shower I shave my arms and my razor is a little cheap-o thing that tends to cut me from time to time. When I would put my deodorant on in the morning, I noticed little “cut” marks and I thought it was just my razor until I saw something else. One day I saw, what I thought was, a zit. I tried to pop it again and it hurt, just like the one that was on my forearm. I then noticed that my “cut marks” didn’t hurt, they itched. I thought that this was just weird.

When I got in the shower that night I started questioning why I was waking up with these marks if they weren’t cuts from my razor. Then it hit me. They were appearing after I woke up, which meant that something was getting to me while I was sleeping. When I got back to the room I asked my roommate if she had any little red marks on her. She said no. That meant that it was in my bed and only my bed.

I started Googling what bed bug bites looked like. I learned that some people can have little red marks as soon as half an hour after the bite or other, lucky people, such as myself, could have a severe reaction. This reaction would occur up to 48 hours after the bite and swell up to three inches (just like my arm). I then started reading how this reaction occurred and, in a nutshell, bed bugs are like mosquitos in the fact that they bite you, suck your blood, and inject their saliva into your body. As I’m sure you can imagine, after reading all of this I jumped out of my bed with disgust. Needless to say, I slept on the floor that night and e-mailed my hall coordinator.

The hall coordinator had someone look at my bed for signs of bed bugs (since they’re so tiny you can’t see them) and said person said he found nothing in my bed. I knew this was a lie so I asked for a new mattress just to be safe since I was paying $5,000 a year to live there and I didn’t want to be eaten alive by anything. The next day I got my new mattress (still in the plastic wrap).

I washed all of my bedding (and everything that had come in contact with my bed) in hot water and dried everything on high heat. When I went home this past weekend my mom and I bought pillow case covers to prevent bed bugs from going in there.

I know this is all gross, but I also think it’s kind of humorous. I find myself asking “why me?” a lot more than I have ever before. Lol. Everyone else in the residence hall seems to be getting along just fine and not having any problems with their beds or their rooms (except for the girls on the ninth floor who had a cockroach in their room).

But anyway, I just wanted to correct myself in saying that my “spider bite” was a severe reaction to a bed bug bite and the problem has been completely resolved. YAY!

Spider Bite?!

So, I’m pretty much convinced that college is trying to kill me. It hasn’t even been over a month yet and I’ve been in a bike accident, gotten a cold, and gotten bit by some sort of insect (which I’m claiming is a spider).

I think I got bit Thursday night while I was sleeping because when I woke up Friday I noticed something on my arm that looked like a pimple or mosquito bite. I tried to pinch it, but then it really hurt so I left it alone. While I was working that night it started swelling (about an inch in diameter) and hurting really bad.

I disregarded it and when I woke up on Saturday the bite was swollen two inches in diameter and the pain was increasing. This started really worrying me so I asked my nurse friend online what I should do. He told me to start putting alcohol pads on it, and to keep the bite mark covered with a Band Aid. That’s what I started doing, but it still hurt so I then I talked with my paramedic friend online. She told me to go to the doctor (none was available unless I went to the E.R. which was not going to happen) or go swimming so that the chlorine would take the venom out of my body and make the swelling go down.

Jessica, my roommate, and I went to the Tiger’s Grotto at the Rec Center and relaxed in the whirlpool, lazy river, and hot tub for about an hour. On Sunday my bite looked about three inches in diameter, but it wasn’t nearly as red and I hardly felt it. On Monday I went to the Student Health Center to make an appointment and get my arm looked at just in case there was an infection or some other weird thing. Apparently there was some confusion when I was making my appointment and somehow it was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon instead of Monday afternoon. Talk about disappointing…(no pun intended). Lol.

So on Tuesday, after all my classes, I walked back to the Student Health Center and was seen by the doctor. I filled out the paper work (that was fun, NOT) and then waited for about twenty minutes for him to actually come into the examination room. Good thing I brought my iPod because otherwise I would have been really bored since there wasn’t any interesting posters on the walls to look at or anything.

So he asked me about the timeline of events and then looked at my arm. Lol. I kind of laughed in my head because he took a magnifying glass out of a drawer, turned on an additional light and twisted my arm in the most UNNATURAL position. His diagnosis was that I had more of a reaction to the Band Aids that I had been putting on my arm and “oh, what are these little bumps on your legs?” You mean razor burn? That’s what happens when you shave your legs sometimes. In either case, I’m gonna be around for a long time, no insect, cold, or stupid biker is gonna bring me down!