It started with a small welt on the thigh. I was wearing loose-fitting shorts and a tank top when I bent down to pick up an errant golf ball. As I bent over, some air was expelled from my body and the next thing I knew the ball was rolling out of sight. I knew it must have hurt like hell but there was no time to feel sorry for myself. I had work to do. I tried to walk it off and kept my distance from the golf course as much as possible which was no easy feat since I spent most of my time hanging around the clubhouse.

The Painful Thigh Welt Meant Nothing

I returned to the clubhouse after work one day, feeling a bit queasy and decided against staying for dinner. As I was sitting at my desk, attempting to work with a feverish child in the vicinity, I felt a sharp pain in my right thigh. I glanced down at my shorts and noticed a small welt that had risen on my skin. I looked it up on the internet and learned that it was a mosquito bite.

That night, I examined the area with my smartphone camera’s flashlight. There were several spots where blood had pooled which gave me chills. The next morning, I inspected my injury more closely and noticed that a few of the mosquito’s bites were swollen and reddened. I assumed that this was some sort of allergic reaction to the insect bites and decided to keep an eye out for any other symptoms that might appear. To my delight, nothing else showed up. A couple days later, I returned to the golf course with a vengeance and began my usual circuit around the clubhouse. As I was walking, my right thigh started to feel heavy and I knew it was time for me to head back to the office.

A Bites Caused Little Harm

The next day, I was surprised to feel fine. Even my thigh felt fine so I decided to continue working through the pain. As the days passed, I realized that the mosquito bite didn’t seem to be causing me any problems. After all, it wasn’t like I had rabies or something. The area was healing well and the only thing that appeared to have changed was my outlook. The swelling had gone down and in some areas, the skin was smooth and even.

I decided to examine my body in more detail and learned that a mosquito bite can only do so much damage. First of all, it’s not like the insect has a scalpel, it just pierces your skin and inserts its saliva, which contains nutrients, into your body. It also doesn’t always cause rabies. In fact, it’s quite rare for the virus to be transferred by a mosquito bite. Furthermore, you are more likely to contract malaria from a mosquito bite than rabies. Last but not least, although a mosquito bite can cause you a great deal of discomfort, it usually doesn’t cause any lasting damage. When you consider how few calories and nutrients a mosquito consumes compared to a human, it makes the occasional bite not such a bad thing.

At the end of the day, I was grateful to fate for bestowing me with a sweet tooth and a passion for baked goods. I wasn’t sure what kind of dessert I would make for the bake sale at work but since mosquitoes were a problem in the area, I knew I would have to go with something easy and tasty. I remembered a chocolate cake my aunt had made once and decided to give it a try. When I arrived at work, I took one glance at the cake and knew right away what I was going to serve. I cut the cake and placed the pieces, one by one, in front of my coworkers. The look on their faces when they saw the finished product was enough incentive for me to go back and make more. It was a hit.

The Painful Thigh Welt Was Just A Bitesy Encounter

The following week, I went for a swim at the public pool. When I jumped in, the pool water felt cool on my overheated body. I hadn’t been swimming for long when I noticed something peculiar about my thigh. It wasn’t until I examined it closer that I discovered the cause of my discomfort. There was a small welt just below my right pant’s cuff. I knew right away what had happened. It wasn’t a bite, as I had originally thought, but more like a mosquito’s butt end. My shorts and tank top hadn’t covered my entire thigh and the mosquito, unable to locate a comfortable place to sit and take a break from its incessant buzzing, had chosen to rest its behind on my thigh. I was mad as hell at the little pest but at least I knew where it came from. It was an honest mistake and I had no intention of making the same mistake twice. Since I had been smart enough to take precautions the first time, I knew I would be safe from any harmful effects. In addition to that, I had learned from my mistake and was more careful not to let my guard down while around wildlife. Especially since that’s when accidents like this happen. If you’re not paying attention, you could end up with a painful and potentially life-threatening encounter. Especially since this was a common problem before DDT was banned. Back in the day, people just used to joke about how much mosquitoes hate them, but they had no idea how much they meant it.

Pattinson The Lesson Learned

Once I learned my lesson, I looked at my leg in a whole new way. I began to see the mosquito not as a pest but as an honest mistake that could have happened to anyone. It also made me value my life a little more. There were so many ways it could have gone wrong but it didn’t. It was just a simple misunderstanding and I was very grateful to be alive. As it turned out, the bite was also the key to my salvation. It had saved my life, albeit briefly, and had given me the opportunity to learn a valuable lesson. People are always trying to take shortcuts and avoid pain but in reality, avoiding pain is what most of these cases are founded on. Sometimes, these shortcuts mean tragedy for those who avoid real pain, or those whose bodies are unable to withstand the strain. Even worse, it can lead to larger complications that could have been avoided if they had only taken the time to learn more about their bodies and how it works.

My advice to anyone (well, almost anyone) who encounters a mosquito is to try their best to stay calm. Since this is a common problem, there are bound to be tricks and tools that can help you subdue the biting creature. There are a variety of insect repellant sprays and lotions that you can apply to your skin which will make the mosquitoes think you’re an organic meal and drive them away in search of easier prey. It’s also wise to stay indoors during the day when the mosquito population is at its peak. During the day, the sun heats the air and makes it circulate around your body, attracting more insects than at any other time. So, by staying indoors, you’ll be doing your body some favor. Plus, there are some bugs, like the tick, that can hitch a ride on a host of creatures and end up in your skin. So, keeping away from wildlife can help keep you free of these hitchhikers. Some people think that bathing weekly can remove these parasites but this isn’t necessarily the case. It’s just as well to know what’s in your skin as it is what’s on the surface. You don’t want to get a bath if you have a rash all over your body, especially near your groin since you’ll be begging for mercy the entire time. This is why I always suggest people get a sample kit from their gp or doctor. It’s not always easy to tell what kind of parasite you have just by looking at your symptoms. It helps to have a microscope or at least a good set of eyes.