What’s Bugging Me?

26 Sep

I woke up this morning with my face all red and swollen, my eyelids so puffy I could feel my lashes pressing against them when I opened my eyes.  I thought maybe I’d had a bug-bite during the night. We’d done the laundry Tuesday, but we’d used the same detergent forever, and we’d hung the clothing on the line, so I didn’t think it was some kind of chemical reaction.  We’d washed the quilt, and it was still damp, so I’d pulled a blanket out of the closet; is there something in that?

Eldest daughter called this afternoon and happened to mention having to find a new sunscreen because she’s allergic to almost all of the commercial ones. And suddenly a light went on!  “Did you give me some sunscreen? Factor 15, or so?  I think it was – and I named a popular brand. ”

“Yeah. I can only use zinc. Most of the store brands have chemicals.”

“Well, guess what, kiddo. Your mum is probably allergic to it, too. I went to bed without washing my face, and woke up resembling a Cabbage Patch doll.” So that solved that problem. I’ll try again, and this time, I’ll be sure to wash my face before I go to bed!



6 Responses to “What’s Bugging Me?”

  1. AJ September 28, 2019 at 12:05 am #

    Oh I hope the reaction was short in duration!

    • thisendoftheswamp September 29, 2019 at 10:48 pm #

      It took several days for the swelling to go down – I still have a bit under my eyes – but I won’t *ever* again forget to wash my face before bed.

      • AJ September 29, 2019 at 10:57 pm #

        Oh my!

  2. Garfield Hug September 29, 2019 at 1:29 pm #

    Oh dear! I hope you are all better now and avoid using that again.

    • thisendoftheswamp September 29, 2019 at 10:49 pm #

      I’m not sure it was the product I used, or just the fact that I didn’t wash my face before bed. Believe me, I won’t forget it again!

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