Oh Jocey girl. Who is she in a nutshell?
She's our independent, loving, sassy, helpful, determined, creative, passionate twin B.
And if I could show you one picture that sums her up... well, the below would be it.
Every year we head to the DI (our local thrift store) and pick out every semi-decent $5-$10 women's dress that we can find, for our big ol' dress up box.
Yes, sometimes they are gaudy, tacky, ridiculous and even funny... but my twins LOVE them, and it's basically impossible to find any dress up clothes that fit my twins' almost 5 foot tall frame. And yup, my two 9 year olds and 7 year old are still OBSESSED with playing dress up - and I love it so much :) I mean, isn't life just one big fashion show, where you dress up each day to feel good about yourself!? Well, that's how I feel anyway.
Like I mentioned before, my strong-willed, passionate little chick is totally determined to dress, look and act like a "business lady" who looks fancy and knows ALL the things, ALL the time. HA!
Don't know where she gets that from. lol
Another thing about Jocey, is her awesomely awful ability to attract almost every mosquito wherever she is, and then blow up like the human Michelin Man after she's bitten.
And before you ask, yes, we are usually very good about putting bug spray or Terashield Oil on her before she goes anywhere where she could get easily bit. Buuuut, I'm a Mom who forgets things, and she's a kid who doesn't care... so sometimes it doesn't happen like it should.
When Jocey DOES happen to get bit, I feel so sad for her because the swollen bites are really painful, hot and red.
I posted on our @houseofsmiths Instagram page about this, and we had hundreds of super helpful comments from all of our readers that we MORE than appreciated! Jocey and I sat down and read each comment together, and then picked a few safe methods to try.
While lots of people suggested that we take her into the doctor right away, we knew that she had suffered from these sort of bites a lot before, and were more looking for different, useful ways to relieve her pain; and so here's what we tried with the things we already had on hand, or could get from friends.
- Benadryl. A dose or two for the first two days or so.
- Lavender (for the itching) and Purify oil.
- Organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar.
- Baking soda.
- Papaw (fermented papaya ointment).
- Hot, fresh lemon half with sea salt.
- Frequent ice packs.
So what worked?
Well... I honestly have to say, I don't know. But something did!
Jocey said it was the lemon that we warmed up in the microwave and then put sea salt on. She swears that it didn't feel better until we did this, and I have to say that the redness and swelling went down considerably afterwards!
The two pictures of her swollen leg were taken only a day apart, and as you can tell, there's a world of difference in the two!
The pen mark around her bite was drawn on purpose, so that we could track whether the bite was growing, shrinking or staying the same.
Our cute, spunky little Jocey girl is almost 100% better, and she insisted today that I document her leg and thank everyone for their help - especially the awesome Instagram reader who suggested the lemon and salt idea :)
Isn't parenting full of unknowns and trial and errors?
I'm so thankful for the amazing community that I'm surrounded by, thanks to social media.
Thank you SO MUCH again for everyones help!
If you or someone you know suffers from this type of reaction to mosquito bites, and are interested in reading everyones great comments and suggestions, just head here to our Instagram post and Facebook entry, where there were lots of amazing ideas!