I hate bugs. Except for maybe RolyPolys and Ladybugs. They're kind of cute.
The rest of them scare the doody out of me.
There are a couple of bug stories that really freak me out.
Twenty years ago my older brother, who is a musician, traveled around the bar band circuit in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. The band didn't get paid much, but there were other perks----booze, groupies, the possibility of being discovered and becoming the next big hair band like Warrant or Faster Pussycat.
They traveled around---and often slept in---a van and lived a somewhat communal life, sharing spandex pants, girls and hair gel.
The band had been on the road for months, and my brother had been feeling pretty itchy for about a week. He thought he might be having a reaction to some of the hair products he'd been using, so at one overnight stop at a motel, he examined his scalp after taking a shower.
He had crabs. They all had crabs.
In fact, the lead singer had them so bad, they had infested his chest hair and----OMG----he had crabs crawling around in his mustache!
Eeek! I'm starting to itch all over just thinking about it.
The other story that freaked me out was in a post I wrote a couple of weeks ago, about a kid who had spiders in his ear. I think that was probably the worst bug story I'd ever heard.
A man in Cambridge, New Zealand suffered buzzing, ringing and itching in one ear for almost two years. His doctor tried flushing the ear (to no avail), and he once got some temporary relief by having it suctioned.
He was finally sent to an ear specialist. The nurse took one look in his ear and called in the doctors.
'Centre director Theresa O'Leary said she was amazed to see an infestation of "very active, tiny, bulbous, semi-transparent mites moving around in a moist layer and white eggs present all over the canal and eardrum.
"There were about a 100 of them. It was a well-stocked breeding ground." '
"The infestation has stunned ear therapists and a clinical microbiologist who are unaware of any other documented cases of mites thriving and reproducing in a human ear."
I DON'T CARE!!!!!!!
I'm REALLY getting earplugs this time.