Friday, September 28, 2007

Itchy Itchy, ya ya dada;
Itchy Itchy, ya ya here;
Scratchy Spots a lotta, yeah yeah!

I think I am well on my way to creating my first Chigger tribute song!
My second ones will be based on Tim's "Chigga' Plez!"

Being in my forth day of itchy bliss and doing a lot of research, I can dispel a few notions about chiggers. Have I said that I have no fewer than 150-200 Chigger bites?! Yeah, it's that bad!

1) Chigger larvae are what cause the bumps on your skin. And while they prefer to stay off humans, they will wonder on if left no real choice.

2) They don't burrow into your skin, they are actually so small (can't be seen by the human eye) that they simply attach to hair follicles and inject a solution that liquefies your flesh so they can feed.

3) Bumps appear in 8-24hrs after being bit and once they feed they begin their transformation into an adult, known as a Chigger.

4) Chiggers are super tiny, the largest being no bigger than a sharp pencil tip!
Yeah, they are very hard to see.

5) By the time they are adults, they are no longer a threat to you as they feed on plant life at that point.

6) You may catch them just before they "detach", look at your bite mark and if the center looks brownish, chance are it's an adult chigger.

What I've used to control the itching, and what worked for me.
Hot shower or bath. Oh yeah! Talk about feeling alive!
When you insert you hurting, itching skin into a hot bath you instantly feel like you're on fire, chilled, and for a lack of a better word, a giant scratching orgasm!

Usually a good 5-10 minutes makes you feel good for about an hour or so.

Worked:
Bactine Spray = good temp relief as well as an antibacterial for keeping infection down.

Benadryl Clear Lotion = Good relief for a few hours, but I warn you not to figit otherwise itching comes back fast!

Benadryl Tabs = Good for sleeping, but can have you feeling tired or hungover after a sleep.

Vick's Vapor Rub
= Best Itch solution for hours on end!
This may burn a second if rubbed/scratched area is really raw!
I even tried this on real current itchy areas and was almost instantly fine!

Did not work!
Cortizone-10 = Did nothing to control the itch.

Hopefully this can help someone out so that they don't have to keep reading 500 different articles on what chiggers are and how to get rid of them. Although my guess is this post will simply make it 501 articles to read!

Lastly, wash everything that you wore the day you got chiggers in HOT water; and wipe down all surfaces that you came in contact with with some sort of cleaning solution.
IE: car seats, couch, bike, etc.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Well damn, time flies when life is fun, or so they say. I can't complain too much since things are going pretty well right now.

Since I last blogged, I achieved a few goals and that's pretty exciting to me!
1) Find a job. Or in my case, many jobs. I'll be working on/off for a few folks over the next few months, mostly family members that need odds and ends done, but they never have any time to do it, so step in Jay. This will work out great because I get to set my own hours and since passing Calc is my main concern these days, having options is great!

2) Passing Calc! Well, so far I am getting Calc over 300% better than I ever have, no lie! I not only manage to understand what is going on in class and homework, but I also managed to finish a whole test; only to be topped by passing it with a B!

3) Sold off some bike parts which makes my checking account very, very happy!!

4) Getting to finally lay my hand on some bike mechanic work, I'm very, very excited!

5) Got some CCVA schwagg in the works after 4 years, so that is very exciting too!

6) Went to the Douthat camping trip and also actually rode this year, unlike last year where I ended up sick most of the time.

Other side news:
Today is my bro's Birthday, so Happy Birthday Mikie!

I am in day 2 of way too many days to go of having chigger bites all over.
I'm not talking a few here and there, I'm talking 150-200 bites easy from head to toe!

I am one giant itch fest. In fact I itch so bad that sometimes all the itching from various regions of my body cancels the other itching out, leaving me itchless for a minute or two.

The itching is so bad, that I actually continually feels as if I have the chills and get goosebumps all over.

I swear this is worst than any poison ivy that I've ever had, not that I want to test that statement.