When I am abroad, bugs and I just do not seem to get along. During my time in Ecuador I had an issue with legitimate bed bugs to the point I was waking up covered in little itchy bites. Although, thankfully, I do not have that problem I seem to still have an issue with bugs thinking they are welcome in my bed.
After the adrenaline surge from the cockroach in my bed incident a few weeks ago I have been a little bit worried about what unknown creatures are sleeping with me at night. Until now I had just started to calm down because I had been incident free for a few weeks. Then I woke up in the middle of night two nights ago viciously scratching my upper arm. Once I had drowsily scratched away the itch I passed out and forgot about it. Yesterday as I walked to softball practice I noticed a little pimple looking thing on my arm. I popped it thinking nothing of it (I know you’re not supposed to do that, don’t worry I learned my lesson!)
This morning I woke up feeling like I had a bruise on my arm. When I looked at what had been that little harmless pimple it looked much different then it had the day before. There was a hard yellow little bump surrounded by a circle of red and tender skin (no not ring worm, there were no bumps around the circle). I had the misfortune of having the bite on the underside of my arm which means it was constantly rubbing against my bag and shirt all morning. By the middle of the day it was actually becoming quite painful. The pain was not just on my skin but seemed to go down as far as my muscle. It reminded me acutely of the feeling you get after you receive a shot, when your arm feels like it has been punched by a professional boxer. When I brought it to the attention of one of the staff members of my college I was told that it looked like a spider bite. Apparently spider venom forms that pretty little red ring of skin around the bite… joy.
Don’t worry though! I am keeping an eye on it and will go to the doctor if it gets worse. They are also coming to fill in the gaps in my windows and checking out the rest of my room tomorrow. Just my luck though after just posting about spiders. Maybe it was taking revenge on me for having Harry the Huntsman killed.