I went to an outdoor function on Saturday evening and while the individual tortiere were to die for the chair I sat on must have been infested with some sort of ravenous bug. At first I thought I was getting the occasional mosquito bite but by Sunday morning the clusters of welts on the backs of my legs were like mountain ranges. My mother would have diagnosed it as spider bite but I really don’t know. All I know for sure is that I would like to sit on a either an ice pack or steel brush for some relief.
An near sleepless night which included three antihistamines, a long bath and a slathering of calamine lotion got me to morning and then the application of a baking soda paste and my daily dose of decongestant allowed me an hour of sleep before the three hour drive home. Now another baking soda bath, but the bliss has worn off after only about 15 minutes and while the thermometer says normal I feel like I’m on fire.
The first thing to come up on the google search was a list of things so long to cure the itch that I just stopped reading. One Naturalist suggests salt and baking soda paste. Might be worth a try but I’m sure the guy on the couch would really rather not have to be the nurse. It’s just not in his resume so I will have to resort to being a contortionist to find the spots where it needs to be applied.
If anyone out there has a sure fire remedy I would love to hear about it. As appealing as it might be at the moment I don’t think large quantities of alcohol would be appropriate.