Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Psychosomatic gnats

I don't think I've blogged anything about this even though I know I've mentioned my mysterious bumps and whelps on my arms in my Facebook status.

Last Wednesday afternoon, I started itching and had a few bites on my elbow. I asked Christi and Tracy if there was anything biting them because something was eating me. By Wednesday night, I had a considerable number of bumps all down my arms - from the back of my shoulder on down to my wrists.

Thursday morning, I came into work and they got worse. I couldn't count them all quite honestly. It looked like the spots were multiplying before our eyes. I took a Benadryl and hazily went through the rest of the day.

I've not noticed mosquitos en masse landing on me, but I have seen some gants at the office and home. They didn't come from the ball field, even though there were ants, fleas, mosquitos, and gnats at the ball field one night after this problem developed. And no, I didn't spray the OFF over myself (I hate the smell - I agree with my dad when he says he'd rather be bitten than smell it) while I was out there. And I don't make it a habit of getting out of the shower and spraying myself down with bug repelent before I go to bed.

But, this is crazy. I'm the only one with this problem. And it's mostly on my arms though I now have some spots on my face and the top of my feet. Though I have not seen anything around my legs, as I am typing this post, I feel something on my legs. Maybe it's fleas. The woman on the other side of my wall is a vet and had at least one dog over there.

I start itching more when I get stressed about something. I mention this to Vicki today via IM. She says she wonders if it is all stress.

So, the question of the day is, are they psychosomatic gnat bites? I guess it's possible that it's something mental. In the words of Gnarls Barkley, "does that make me crazy?"

2 comments:

Penny Watkins said...

Stress will do crazy things to you my friend!

Guest said...

I still think it could be scabies, one of the many creepy critters you can pick up when you're around young kids.