Bug Bites

SW and I like to play in the outdoors.  The biggest drawback for me is that I often get eaten alive by all the bugs we encounter.  I’m not sure why but I’d come back from an afternoon in the woods with 14 nibbles and SW would have 1.  I was always jealous of his undesirable flesh.

Since the first round of chemo started in June of 2011 I’ve had very few bug bites.  Based on no research what-so-ever I came up with this logic:  Bugs know I’m on chemicals. They know I won’t taste good and will likely kill them when they ingest my blood.  They stay away.

This logic was sound…well…until last weekend.

I was at a Rural Organizing Project backyard dance party and came home with approximately 8 bites.  What the hell?

I suppose I was wrong.  Bugs do not sense when you are on chemotherapy or a targeted drug therapy.  They are not that smart.

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I'm Kim. I've got advanced lung cancer. It sucks.
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7 Responses to Bug Bites

  1. leorafoster says:

    Maybe the drugs change your scent to them. I read some years ago that if you take Vitamin B complex every day for a few months before and during the bug season that they won’t bite as much. I tried it one year and it actually worked. The problem is I don’t like the aftertaste much, so now I suffer through the bug season too!

  2. Melanie says:

    I used to blow smoke at the bugs on my roses and watch them keel over. Now I use pesticides! I think its more toxic to me than the smoke. Also, I don’t know what kind of bugs you have way yonder in Oregon, but be careful. p.s. Thanks for the stickers, can’t wait for the looks I’ll get over that one!

    • kimmywink says:

      I am concerned about what I put on my body to repel the bugs- how toxic is it for our bodies? The jury is still out on what is worse…the goop to repel the bugs or the bites themselves.

      • Melanie says:

        Sometimes I think everything is toxic, except grandkids. My neuro-oncologist said we all have cancer cells, it just depends on how our body fights it. (course the smoking wasn’t much of a help)

  3. Tina Williams says:

    I am sorry to hear that someone else is a bug magnet also. The worse problem is that I am also
    allergic to bug bites. They make huge welts. I guess we will have to stay indoors!

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