So when I was out an about this weekend, I managed to get really bit up by mosquitos. I have small red bumps all over and they itch like crazy. I would wonder if they were a side effect, but everyone else got a couple too. The weird thing is that nobody got as many as I did. Everyone else has one or two, I have like 20+. Apparently the mosquitos like my CML blood! Well the laughs on you Mr. Mosquito, I may be itchy, but what's that you say, you're feeling a bit fatigued today? Wings are achey and sore? Stomach not feeling quite right? HA!
Darn mosquitos (the laughs on you)
Posted 31 May 2011 - 10:07 AM
Posted 31 May 2011 - 11:39 AM
That was a real good one. I enjoyed the laugh you gave me. I am glad I do not care for the outdoors like I did when I was younger. Those mosquitos always had a feast on me. Get out the Calamine Lotion for your itch. Hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend anyhow.
Posted 31 May 2011 - 12:56 PM
That is so funny Lucky!! I always joke about the stupid mosquitos that bite me too!! It's a downward trip once they get my blood. I laughed when I read your post knowing someone thought that way too. Maybe we are good for others around us in this weather , ha! Hope the itching isn't too bad today. Take care, Skittles
Posted 31 May 2011 - 01:40 PM
Enjoyed your post, very funny! Let's all hope the mosquitos all get what they deserve.
I know our CML all starts in our stem cells, but I was wondering if a mosquito bites you, then bites someone else, can it transmit some portion of the CML? Mosquitos can carry diseases from people to people, just started wondering when I read your post.
Posted 31 May 2011 - 01:47 PM
I think that would be almost impossible, but I don't know for sure. They would have to bite from someone who is an identical HLA match for starters. And then, I would think they would have to transmit a leukemic stem cell, which I don't believe you would find floating around in peripheral blood. Even then, I think the odds of it growing from there would still be pretty slim. Still, should probably not hang out too close to my brother at the BBQ (were HLA identical match).
Here's one even better, what if the mosquito sucked out the leukemic stem cell???
Posted 31 May 2011 - 02:51 PM
Thanks for the laugh, Lucky! Was having a horrible day at work and read this during a break. Love your postings!
Posted 31 May 2011 - 03:16 PM
hi----i love your last few lines listing the wonderful side effects of gleevec!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! heehee
Posted 31 May 2011 - 06:50 PM
I've noticed I react more to bites and stings since starting the Gleevec. Mosquito bites seem to hang around longer and had a bigger reaction to a paper wasp sting and horse fly bite.
Posted 01 June 2011 - 04:57 AM
I have always been a Mosquito magnet. Friends always said they would be fine hanging around me because the critters liked me so much they left everyone else alone. One thing I have noticed though is that the bites tend to blister now rather than become big red bumps. I use a product called "after bite" it really helps the itch and is easy to carry in a purse or pocket. I chuckled too with my first bites of the season thinking the little bugger that bit me might get CML. Then someone said they only live about 24 hours anyway, if that is true they must breed like rabbits!
Posted 01 June 2011 - 12:09 PM
I'll have to check out that "After Bite".
But yes, they are more blister like. Very small red dots, slightly raised, raw on the top, and itchy!!!!
Thanks everyone for the feedback.
Posted 01 June 2011 - 02:20 PM
Terrific outlook for those little sob's. They treat me like prime rib. The neighbors next door have woods right up to our property line so I can"t sit outside at night. They can because my house is closer to the woods than theirs. I almost (accidentally) burnt those woods down twice. No luck, all I did was burn the whole side of a big tree on my property.
I hate creatures spiders ants snakes etc. But everybody has always told me all my life that every thing in our world has a reason for being here. Okay what's the reason for mosquitos,and fleas? That's right up there with what's the square root of Pi?
I hope your battle scars are gone by now.I have noticed that if I get bit or stung by something it takes a lot longer to heal. Keep the cortisone cream handy.
Posted 01 June 2011 - 03:24 PM
Maybe we could shart on the mosquitos, but we can't get to close.
Posted 01 June 2011 - 10:33 PM
Thanks for a good laugh! Something interesting I noticed with mosquito bites. They always loved my blood and if there was only one mosquito in the room, it would find me. However, before the summer I was diagnosed with CML and while I still had high PCR numbers and low red blood counts, mosquitos avoided me. As soon as my blood improved in regards to CML, they started biting me again. So in my opition, I'll take mosquito bites over bad CML blood.
Posted 05 June 2011 - 12:50 AM
I don't recall if i've said this before in another thread but since Gleevec mosquitos flock to me and leave my buddies alone Not to mention their sting causes me to welt up something fierce! and (warning: gross bit) they would blister and eventually burst/weep/and be raw underneath like i got some flesh-eating disease. Gleevec seems to have more of a side effect on skin/brain than I realize.
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