Getting Bitten In The Ass.. In Cambodia.. By Bedbugs
It’s obvious that I’ve been bitten by the travel bug. My trip to Egypt in 2004 infected me with this incurable infirmity.
But in Cambodia I was bitten by another kind of bug.. bed bugs.
At least I’m 90% sure they were bed bugs. The red bumps are not mosquito bites and I’ve never had something like them before.
Once I got back to Vietnam I was fine again. I didn’t actually notice that I had a bunch of bumps until I got to Vietnam.
I read online that one of the effects of bed bugs are psychological. I can totally see how that works. Going to bed each night is a tense, semi-traumatic experience. You feel like a piece of meat, perhaps waiting to be covered in insects that bite. And any tiny sensation on your skin, maybe a hair touching the sheet or something entirely psychological, can cause you to freak out and make it hard to go to sleep.
In my case, since I was sleeping in a new bed, I wasn’t too worried. Of course, I was worried I had brought the bugs with me. But I checked my stuff and I think everything was clean.
Ironically, the first bite I noticed was right on the side of my butt cheek. It was a couple days before I got the rest. I assumed it was a mosquito bite, but I couldn’t for the life of me explain how it got there. Now I understand where it came from, though I don’t know why they attacked there first!
They only bit my back, side (as you can see in the picture), and side of my butt.
So, another adventure. I’m a bit surprised it took this long to experience bed bugs, but it wasn’t as bad as I expected.
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