Friday, July 12, 2013

Conenose bite / Fridge Pad / Att N Terlinga Peops

After the Foots had left to go back home I took a shower and put on clean clothes. I came in to the cabin and was at the computer. I always place my elbows on my knees since I have to stoop over to type because of the low solar panel table. A few minutes later I sat back and noticed the red spot on my left leg so I felt it to see what the heck was going on. I felt something between my bluejeans and leg so dropped my pants and investigated.

It was a squashed conenose beetle which I'd accidentally squashed when I leaned forward and placed my elbows on my knees. That's one accident I was glad I had because I hadn't felt it crawling up my leg, but it had evidently already nailed me and I didn't even feel it. I later found a couple of small red spots on my leg near by where the blood was, but there was no pain. I did a search on the net and found the below info at Conenose People that are allergic to them usually have real bad swelling at the bite site and a lot of pain to go with it.

"The only important species in California is Triatoma protracta, the western bloodsucking conenose, whereas in the southern United States from the Atlantic Ocean to Arizona the most important pest species is Triatoma sanguisuga. Triatoma protracta frequently lives in aggregations in the nests of wood rats (Neotoma spp.), but also flies into homes and may feed on people. Although not painful, bites from conenose bugs sometimes produce allergic reactions, which can be cause for concern in sensitive individuals. In Latin America these insects are important because they sometimes carry a protozoan, Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes Chagas’ disease in humans; this debilitating disease is rare in the United States, however, with only two recorded cases in southern Texas and one in central California."

Now... I've been bitten many times at night I guess by different type bugs and they were not only painful, but caused whelps and itched like the dickens for well over a week. I attributed them to conenose bites, but I guess not. This makes me wonder if I've ever even been bitten by one before this because of the lack of pain, but then again since I'm evidently not allergic to them then I could have been bitten many times and never knew it.

I'm starting to wonder if that may not have been what bit me on the bottom of the foot and caused that infection??? Maybe I'm the third person in south Texas to have caught Chagas??? I'm sure with all the blood they took at the hospital they weren't looking for that. Guess I need to be checked.

While I was in Odessa my sister found a conenose around the laundry room so it had to have hitchhiked in in my clothes. There are none in that area. Later Bigfoot told me that Littlefoot found one in there clothing when they got back to the DFW area.  From now on when I get ready to take a shower I turn my jeans and other clothes in side out to make sure there are no critters in them and if I'm going out of town I'll check all clothing I take and then seal be bag before I go.



Fridge Pad

I finally got the concrete pad poured for the fridge so I can get it out of the yard and more importantly out of the afternoon and evening sun. once I get the fridge moved on it then I should be able to start using it again which will put a stop to me having to buy from one to two bags of ice a day. (unless all the cloudy days keep happening) In that case I'll probably have to empty the fridge contents in to a large ice chest and buy ice until the solar is working better.

While the Foots were here Littlefoot told me I had to do a blog showing my progress on getting the fridge where it needs to be so here it is. I wasn't hard headed at all on this (maybe just a little slow).  ;)


Attention North Terlingua residents. Mike Dirinkerd (Sp?) with the Crisis Center dropped off a BUNCH of cantaloupes and tomatoes at the legion. They need to be gotten pretty soon before they go bad! If you're in the area you might want to stop by and get some. The tomatoes and cantaloupes are both VERY GOOD! While you're there you might also buy something from the legion (NOT MANDATORY!!!), but I think it needs the help. If nothing else maybe drop a buck in the donation kitty on the bar.


9 comments:

  1. So glad you squashed the cone nose - and reckon getting you blood checked is a wise idea.

    Here's hoping you have plenty of sunny days to power your fridge...

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  2. Dani, unfortunately we've been having a lot of cloudy days, but no rain from them.

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  3. We have those bugs over here in east Texas, too. I have killed a few of them and my neighbor had her let swell double its size from a conenose bite. You are lucky it didn't bother you.

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  4. DD, evidently I'm not allergic to them and/or the antibiotics I'm already on stopped anything from happening I hope. Took the last antibiotic this morning.

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  5. Glad you are OK. BTW, forgive my spelling and typing errors.

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  6. Glad you squashed that nasty little bug.

    Your refrigerator pad is looking good.

    Good to hear your antibiotic treatment is over with.

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  7. MsB, best part of being off the antibiotics is I'll be able to be in the sun again. Will be nice to heve the fridge working again. Real FOOD and not have to buy much ice.

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  8. What s coming hope some will be in TERLINGUA
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    The White House, and federal agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), must ensure that working marketplaces open for enrollment in all 50 states in less than 80 days, and are responding to mounting pressure by concentrating on three essential areas that will determine whether the most critical phase of Obamacare succeeds or fails.
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    "All of the systems are exactly where we want them to be today. They will be ready to perform fully on October 1," said Mike Hash, director of the HHS Office of Health Reform.
    Advocates point out that the reform, formally titled the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and informally known as Obamacare, constitutes the most sweeping healthcare legislation since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid, large successful government programs for the elderly and the low income that also faced fierce political opposition when they were created in 1965. Both required years of work after their launch to refine implementation.
    Reforms says state-run exchanges are on track for a successful October 1 launch and have exceeded federal minimum requirements in some cases.



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  9. National Weather Service Alerts for Terlingua, TX

    Special Weather Statement

    Special Weather Statement

    Now - Sunday, Jul 14, 9:00pm

    ...INCREASING POTENTIAL FOR HEAVY RAIN LATE TODAY THROUGH TUESDAY...

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