A Thoroughly and Utterly Girly Blog Post… Sorry!

Okay, I rarely ever do this, and I was about to rant about the recent STUPIDITY regarding the medical marijuana ruling in the Supreme Court today (sheesh, doesn’t anybody remember how “successful” Prohibition was in stamping out alcohol consumption?) but I was teasing and carding wool this evening, seeing the dirt bits drift out from the carding combs onto my legs, and all I could think of was, “God, my legs look ugly.”

Because my feet and legs are covered in flea bites — flea bites on top of flea bites, mostly healed flea bites (which are dark brown spots) next to sort-of healing flea bites (which was brownish-red) to brand new flea bites (which are an angry strawberry red colour). I’ve been slathering radioactive-strength, prescription-only steriodal ointment on them (because I’m highly allergic to bug bites and I’m prone to jungle rot) and taking antihistamines in both topical and oral form, until the anti-flea stuff that I sprayed like a madwoman around the house finally kills off the last of the f@%&ers. In the greater scheme of things, flea-bitten legs are no big deal — hell, I’ve had 98% of my skin nearly *gone* in diagnosed jungle rot my junior year in college and, if gone further, I would’ve died of a blood infection like *that* because my immune system was that compromised.

But I’m being silly and girly and petty, and right now my legs look butt-farking-ugly and maybe I should just sit myself in the sofa with a gigantic tub of icecream in front of the Oprah Winfrey Show and just let my body do the inevitable slide to total uglitude as I whimper into my strawberry-and-cream. And then go outside and eat worms, surrounded by the smallest, all-violin orchestra in the world.

Bleah. Maybe I just need vodka…


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If single-mothering were a paid job, I'd be rich. However, it doesn't, so I write (which doesn't pay the bills) and teach (which does). I'm overly-educated in the liberal arts, but that doesn't hinder my ability to be pragmatic and realistic. YAY.
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8 Responses to A Thoroughly and Utterly Girly Blog Post… Sorry!

  1. lizardqueen says:

    Hi, Pat!

    Fortunately, theose damned dark spots *do* eventually go away — THANK GOD!

    And I hear ya about wanting to set the carpet on fire.Until I discovered putting Advantage on the cats before the flea season begins (around here in north Texas, it seems to be around April), I’d often yearn to just rip up the carpet — bare concrete seemed preferable to having to bug bomb the house every damn week.


  2. Pat says:

    Wow! I am so lucky to have found this site! I have the flea bite issue as well I thought I was alone in this mess. Question – Are these damned dark spots ever going away or are they on me forever?
    I use the cream & swallowed all the steroids but every day I get a few more!!! I sprayed the carpet & those @#&!ers are still around. Feel like I want to set the carpet on fire!!!
    Let me know if there any new info.
    Thanks patsea111@aol.com

  3. Jennalue says:

    My daughter recently has some type of bites from her knees down to her ankles and we cannot figure out how and when she would have gotten bit. Its been a few weeks and they are slowly healing. We’ve tried a few different creams and the only thing that seems to be working is just time. I feel awful that this has happend to her. I feel like I didn’t do my job of protecting her from something like this.

  4. Jen says:

    Aww i know how you feel. My legs are covered too and it doesn’t seem to matter what i do, they just wont go away 😦

    – Jenny

  5. lizardqueen says:

    Hi Mable,

    The ointment I’m referring to is triamcinolone acetonide cream USP, 0.1% . It’s a powerful, steriodal anti-inflammatory/anti-itch cream but unfortunately is only available *by prescription.*

    Over the counter, I live off of hydrocortisone cream 1% and Extra Strength Itch Relief Benadryl Gel for my bug-bite itchies.

    Lavender oil and tea trea oil also helps.

    Good luck!

    — LQ

  6. Mable says:

    What’s the name of the ointment you use and where can I get it?

  7. Alison says:

    I feel ya. I’m just getting over an ugly sort of rash, and it seems to be leaving scars. (!!!) Don’t worry, the ointment should help, and this’ll be gone before you know it. I bet ice-cream speeds up recovery time! 😉
    -Alison of http://www.mables.com/blog

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