Thursday, October 14, 2010

Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite

There's something you probably don't know about me.

I am a compulsive bed maker.

No one else in my world seems to be worried about this, but I make beds on vacation, try to tidy up the hotel room and I can't leave the house for work without making the bed.

Now, those of you who have seen my space my find this odd. No, I'm not so bad as the Collyer brothers, but I can handle a great deal of mess -- as long as it's mine -- without batting an eye.

But an unmade bed is serious trouble.

Well, there are very occasional days -- like this one -- when I get up far too late for work and have an early meeting. No bed making.

But in the early evening, after dinner, I go to pack clothes for the lake and look at the unmade bed. May as well change the sheets.

What's this? Small, dark, mahogany-colored, hard, oval shaped bits all over the bed.

Not one. Not two. Many.

And I freak.

"Bedbugs," I scream to Gyppy, who has jumped on the bed. "Get off, get off now!"

He doesn't understand this, or why I unceremoniously pick him up and give him a toss. I run to get an envelope. I must have them to show the Bugman when I call him.

Odd. They're all dead. What's in my bed that I'm killing bedbugs?

I find them near the pillow. I find them by my feet. I am totally unraveled -- this can't be happening to me.

For weeks I've heard about bedbugs on every morning show I see before work; on the nightly news, on NPR. This cannot be happening to me. I've heard about the stigma people who have bedbugs experience and I'm paralyzed that now I have the stigma, too.

I note little white, husky things. Eggs, I am convinced. Or hatching shells. I don't know how bedbugs hatch, but obviously, these must be something like that.

I see the the lavender-filled neck warmer that I heat in the microwave to warm my feet or hold close to me on these cool fall evenings, all the more so since I've been having high fevers at night that are accompanied by chills. I go to strip the sheets at the corner and give it a toss to the other side of the bed.

More "bedbugs" appear. Odd. Are they attached to the neck warmer?

I pick it up -- shake it. More bits come out.

They're dead, too. And like the others, they seem devoid of legs, antenna, spots, eyes, or other bedbuggy body parts.

Yes. I freaked out over baked lavender bits leaking from my neck warmer.

I feel very stupid.

And very relieved.

But at least the sheets are changed tonight so I won't have to do it in the morning, because I can almost guarantee a restless sleep and late rise -- no doubt because I'll dream of bedbugs.

NOTE: This is a true story. If you use your neck warmer and get bits in your bed, don't assume they are bedbugs. It could well be your neck warmer or bed buddy. Just make sure those bits don't have legs.


Marilyn said...

Oh I am laughing! I am a compulsive bed maker too. I have been watching the sheets for bedbugs. This is funny, but so happy they were just toasted lavender buds.

beth said...

LOL....thank god that's all it was !!!
and guess what...i never make my bed :(

Sugar Bear said...

Oh my stars! Thank Heaven they weren't bed bugs. I would have been freaking out too! I have to go to NYC for a daytrip next month for work and I'm freaking out! I won't want to touch or sit anywhere. At least you gave yourself a good laugh.

Janet said...

First you had me freaking out and then I couldn't stop laughing!

In the summer the bed seldom gets made but in the cooler months I make it every day.

Linda said...

Oh my goodness! I live in fear of getting bed bugs! I'm so relieved!

Christine said...

such a wonderful post! i overheard you a bit last night sharing about bedbugs but was too freaked out to really listen, now i wish i had, so funny and i'm so relieved that you don't have any!!! i want to go get a lavender warmer to perhaps keep them away :-)

Lemondrop Marie said...

SO funny, I am also an OCD bedmaker and very upset with the hubs if he gets up last and doesn't make the bed well. And bedbeugs scare me.
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

Karen Owen said...

Thanks for the chuckle! I could see myself freaking out in the same manner.

OJ Gonzalez-Cazares said...

phiu!!! I take lavender bids (even rice grains, corn, or any kind of filling cereal) over bedbugs ANYDAY!!!! what a relief, uh? Funny outcome ;)

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Oh my I am SO itchy even tho this has a happy ending! Just the thought of it!

Wrightboysmum said...

I'm laughing as it was lavender seeds but you're so right about how it would feel if it wasn't. I have to admint checking my bed when I was in NY as it is all over our news as well. Take care.

Joanne Huffman said...

I sooo understand this! We are barraged with bed bug stories - it was a natural conclusion (the no legs, may have been a hint). Glad lavender bits don't bite.

Quiltmoose - Dagmar said...

Oh, Jeanie, you are so funny!!! What a great story :)) And I actually can relate to your story so much! You know you cannot walk the Camino de Santiago without making the acquaintance of bed bugs!

Thanks for that great post!!


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