Do you believe in bug karma? Do you secretly think that when you kill a fly, ant, spider, or whatever that its relatives will somehow know you did it and will double their efforts to get you?
I can't say I lose too much sleep over it, but I do sometimes wonder if they're ganging up on me. Maybe I'm just overly sensitive because I HATE bugs. It's possible.
Anyhow, the other morning I was sitting on the couch totally minding my own business, trying to read a few blogs before the kids got up for school.
Allergy season is in high gear around the Rocho house. Coders has the worst of it, we have to give him some allergy medicine each morning he wakes up so sniffly and watery-eyed. I get a little bit of a runny nose for a couple days then I'm done.
I really can't complain especially since most of the sniffles tend to drain down the back of my throat rather than down my face. I know it sounds gross, but you can't taste it or anything and most of the time you don't know it's there.
Of course, there was that one year it turned out I had a cold, not allergies, and all the gak that had been draining down my esophagus eventually gave me a bit of a cough. And then one morning, I hacked up this huge green booger. Totally disgusting, it still gives me the heebie jeebies...and coughing always makes me just a little nervous that *something* will come up.
Anyhow, I'm sitting on the sofa and I swear to you I felt a little tickle at the back of my mouth. It was probably a stray hair or something, but I automatically think the worst: bug.
I had a split second to decide what to do. Do I cough/spit to confirm -- and maybe enter therapy depending on the results -- or do I swallow and pretend it was my imagination?
I had a bottle of water next to me. 32 ounces. I hate water in the morning, but I chugged. And then I thought maybe my throat felt a little swollen, and I thought my stomach was a little too queasy. Visions of a little spider crawling up my throat kept me chugging water all day.
I'll never know if I actually swallowed a living creature or not, but I'm on the lookout for his relatives, just in case.