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June 25, 2013 By: kajay Category: Body Lotion, Clothing Spray, Kajay's Best, Tips

When my nightmare began, I was in the peak of health: 5’4″ and 114 pounds and physically strong; a hunter and cross-country hiker; successful white-collar semi-professional; with low cholesterol, slightly low blood sugar, and amazing blood pressure.

My vector was my first gobbler. I worked hard for him, moving seven times in a swamp before finally outsmarting him. Unfortunately, because it was a long hunt and I needed to leave, I did not allow the carcass to cool for very long before I hoisted it up on my shoulder and carried it out of the woods. Normally I threw my hunting clothes in the washer as soon as I got home, then showered, but that day I sat down for a while before I changed. When I did shower, I checked for ticks thoroughly as always but found nothing.

For the record, I was on no medications. I did not (and do not) have AIDS. I had no chronic conditions except for hayfever and nearsightedness.

It was 1988. In May of this year, I realized that 25 years have passed since haste and a bad decision resulted in, well, if you have something like this going on in your life, I don’t have to spell out what it’s been like. Gradually I found products and protocols, and developed some recipes, that helped me in various ways. I have NO idea if any of these will help you. I am not a medical professional. I am not recommending, advising, or prescribing. I am reporting. If you choose to try anything on this website or in this article, it is your decision and your responsibility. Whatever you choose to do, whether it is here or elsewhere, I wish you relief from the symptoms that bother you and whatever scourge you suffer; I wish you a calm spirit; and I wish you the ability to live as full a life as possible even while you continue to fight to get your whole life back.

So, nuff said, these are the products that help me deal with the symptoms of my particular dermopathy. Note that the links are for your convenience. I am not affiliated with the manufacturers and sellers other than, in one case, an email acquaintance. No money changes hands. In fact, the search engine optimizer I use scolds me for providing you with so many outlinks.

Clothing spray: Stops most of my biting from sheds. I mix 1 tsp insect repellent and 6 oz Agrilabs spray in a quart sprayer, fill with water.

Body lotion: Stops movement for me and reduces biting. Prevents intimate intrusions! Uses the two previous ingredients plus this one:

  • Luster Pink Oil (I use the Original formula). This runs between $9 and $11 depending on where I get it. It is available at Walmart, in many beauty supply houses, and at sallybeauty.com.

Enviro spray: This home-made mixture makes my home and car habitable. Turns carpet and walls into killing machines. See also my articles on Knockdowns… and Borates…

Vinyl gloves: reduces shedding on keyboard and aids in preventing transmission via my hands. I keep plenty on hand and change them often.

Kerchief at night: Keeps me from turning my face into contaminated pillowcase.

Flea comb: for me, nightly lice combing reduces shed/fallout bites, neck itches, scalp crawlies. I like a flea comb with a rubberized and ergonomically shaped handle. This gives me a lot more control and I can finish faster.

Disposable sheets: save my back, my time, and my sanity. According to my calculations of water, water heater, detergent, electricity, and time and physical energy, they also save me money.

Eyelid wipes: I scrub these on lids, blink, then scrub on eyebrows; with my eyes still closed, I rinse and blot eyes (with clean paper towel) at least three times, then I keep my eyes closed for about 30 seconds. I do one eye at the time.

Lint rollers: I prefer Evercare brand.

Baking soda

Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent

Dawn Dish Detergent

White vinegar

Hydrogen Peroxide 

Tweet Mint: Early on, this was a crucial component in my survival. Since then, I have found other detergents that do more for me. However, a few drops of it in a quart spray bottle filled with water will NAIL a spider and drop a mosquito out of the air. Also makes an effective knockdown (scented detergent) in my Enviro Spray recipe.

Diatomaceous Earth. I give my dogs a tablespoon in their supper meal daily from Spring through Fall. It renders sterile the offspring of any fly or other insect that lands on their piles. I can walk out in my yard and nothing is flying around. I leave my yard and get swarmed.

Aveeno Skin Relief or Daily Moisturizing Lotion

1′ x 3′ Shower scrub cloth

Large hand brushes for scrubbing hands etc.

There’s more I’m just not thinking of right now, much more, but this is a start.

Kajay

P.S. Jefferspet carries several brands of Ivermectin paste.

Chin Up/Down Tools

February 11, 2012 By: kajay Category: Baths, Best Practices, F-Zymes, Skin, Tools

Parasites – is it just me, or do they naturally gravitate to the warmest, friendliest place in their world: MY HEAD.

Early on I was still shampooing in the shower, and dodging nasty bites as I washed them out of my hair. My first trick was lathering up top-down, then rinsing top-down, turning around under the water till the lather was off, and then hopping out of the shower. I’ve learned a thing or two since then. What do I recommend that you might not find on the internet (or you might)?

I have saved myself from much worse contamination by using the kitchen sink for everything from the neck up, covering my hair, and THEN showering the rest of me. Once I am done with my hair, it remains covered until it is time to get ready for work the next morning. Failure to follow this simple rule has cost me many miserable hours. So, in extreme detail, here is my nightly routine.

Note: My procedure has varied little over the years, only the chemicals have changed.

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Isolate Isolate

February 07, 2012 By: kajay Category: Isolate isolate

Parasites – is it just me, or do they naturally gravitate to the warmest, friendliest place in their world: MY HEAD.

Early on I was still shampooing in the shower, and dodging nasty bites as I washed them out of my hair. My first trick was lathering up top-down, then rinsing top-down, turning around under the water till the lather was off, and then hopping out of the shower. I’ve learned a thing or two since then. What do I recommend that you might not find on the internet (or you might)?

I have saved myself from much worse contamination by using the kitchen sink for everything from the neck up, covering my hair, and THEN showering the rest of me. Once I am done with my hair, it remains covered until it is time to get ready for work the next morning.

Failure to follow this simple rule has cost me many miserable hours. So, in extreme detail, here is my nightly routine.

Note: My procedure has varied little over the years, only the chemicals have changed.

CHIN UP (SINK)

Vinyl Gloves — Use gloves always. I prefer vinyl. They hold up longer than latex. Wash them like your hands anytime you touch a contaminated location on or off the body with them. If you must touch your face or eyes, wash them thoroughly or replace with a clean pair. These are a critical tool in keeping the lesions off your face and infectious organisms out of your eyes. They still might get in there, but there is no need to help them.

Runoff is Baaaad — Never let water run from hair onto face. EVER. What to use is another discussion. How to comb, google it. Lice comb. Every day, twice on bad days. I use a very very fine-toothed metal comb. There are a couple sold on the internet that work fine. I pull the comb through once then scrub gently with a dish scrubbing brush, and repeat till no matter where I comb, or in what direction, the comb is clean. I soak comb and dish brush overnight in water with something unfriendly to critters. I think it is the overnight part that really does the trick. I soak them in the top of a 100-count computer disk spindle. Works just fine. I keep a couple in the shower to soak those implements, too.

Eye-Saving Technique — Here is a tip that may save your eyes, literally. When you are combing, make sure you do not run the water in the sink very fast. You want to avoid splashing it in your eyes. From the moment you pick up your scrub brush to clean your “harvest” out of your comb, your eyes should be closed, and you should be operating by touch.

Scrub slowly to avoid the spring action that occurs if you are brushing hard and the brush suddenly goes off the comb. Where and how you are standing, that would almost certainly fill your eyes with contaminated water.

Eye Emergency!!! — Should you get “hair water” in your eyes, immediately put on clean gloves. Drop everything else and do it at once. Gently splash body temp water (or cooler) on your eyes. Keep your face down so the water will run off and out of your eyes. Blot with a clean paper towel (I assume that is what you would use, too). Repeat a couple of times. Then put any kind of eye drops in your eye from the end that did NOT get splashed. Then bend your head over again, leave the drops in a moment, then blot. Lift your head only to add more drops. Do this about three times also. That SHOULD be enough. If you are not sure, or if you feel anything, continue to attack with the eye drops. Sometimes I will use a clean cotton swab and soak it with the eye drops or some kind of eye wash and clean my lashes and scrub my tear duct, which is where my critters seem to congregate. This whole emergency procedure will take you about 3 minutes but it is critical. When you are comfortable doing so, resume combing.

Nighttime Hair Treatment — When I finish combing, I dry my hair and coat it with something oily to retard activity. Coconut oil, a glossing oil, whatever you like. I look for oils that contain some kind of antiparasitic. There are lots of products in the beauty supply houses that have useful mixes. Many contain sulphur, for example, and some contain linalool or limonene. The addition of a wax such as beeswax or a microcrystalline wax is a plus. A bit of vaseline is useful if you don’t mind. There are lots of reasons to mind about using petroleum and other inherently unsafe products, but use of anything is always a personal choice based on considerations such as finances and level of desperation.

Hair Wrap — I like to cover my hair before I shower and go to bed. When my hair is dry but for the oils, I wrap it in paper towels, put a wig cap (2 for 99 cents at my local wig stores), and then put a shower cap on.

Sleep Aid — Before I head for the shower, I take a part of a sleeping pill (I like Seroquel, and I generally take half of the weakest, so about 50 mg). I make sure I am within 30 minutes of bed before I take it, because in 30 minutes, I will be horizontal – somewhere.

Cell Phone — This is also when I use an antibacterial wipe and clean my cell phone (I prefer a sleek style for fewer critters, so touchscreen, touchscreen, touchscreen). Every night. Then it is sitting there clean and waiting for me when I get out of the shower.

CHIN DOWN (SHOWER)

Shower Floor — Two 1-gallon jugs with pumps (recycled Flea Shampoo and pumps from Jefferspet.com), one with pure blue Dawn in it (aka my shower gel), and the other with a 1 part Dawn to 20 parts water mixture (in case I feel a bite from the shower floor). I keep a large funnel behind the back jug to refill these. One plastic canister (floor of shower enclosure) with a dilute of Dawn or Arm and Hammer liquid laundry detergent. In here, I soak my foot brush (another dish scrubber – the long handles save my back), a callus scrubber, and my razor.

Shower Seat — Two plastic canisters (shower seat). One is for clean, unused implements. Used/dirty ones go in the other canister. When I step in the shower, I move them all to the canister with the clean implements.

Scrubbers — I have two big scrubbies, a rough cloth back scrubber, 3 small utility brushes I use for spot scrubbing, and a large sponge with a non-stick scrubbing surface on one side.

Towels — I buy shop towels. They are between the size of a wash cloth and a very small hand towel, but one is enough to get the bulk of the moisture off. I hang one over the top of the enclosure door.

Shower Shoes — I wear Reebok molded plastic slides (in lime green, a girl’s gotta have some fun) in the shower. They are similar to Croc’s but without the straps. I would wear them even if I didn’t have this – love ’em.

Scrub a Dub — When I first get into the shower,  I pump some Dawn into the floor of the shower as well as more on my feet, and scrub my feet with Dawn using the long-handled dish scrubber. I got the ergonomic kind since it doesn’t  get in the shower and immediately scrub my feet with Dawn. This prevents fallout bites. I scrub away and put all used scrubbies in the contaminated canister.

I use a smaller funnel to fill the dispenser bottle, and drizzle the coconut oil on my skin, then blot some of the water off before I step out.

On the way to the bedroom, I grab my clean phone, and ditch the wet shower cap. Once in the bedroom I hook up my phone to the charger (or I’ll forget and it is my alarm clock), pull off any of the paper towel that got wet around the edges, and put a sterilized cotton kerchief on over the wig cap. I fold a corner one-third over and put the center of the fold at the nape of my neck. I tie it in front once, pull the point through and wrap it around one of the tie ends, then make the second tie. Voila. Nice and neat.

I keep clean underwear, socks, and pajamas in sealed bins (sound familiar) off the floor. I also keep a container of clean socks by the bed.

I oil up some more, put specific chemicals (okay, some of it anti-wrinkle, sue me!) on my body as needed, antifungal on my feet, and dress. I change the disposable sheets on my bed and make sure all my open bins are closed. I get on the bed and immediately change my socks. This USUALLY eliminates any crawling in the foot area. My PJs, by the way, cover me completely. I add vinyl gloves in case I decide to rub my contaminated hand on my face or in my eyes during the night. I use an antifungal as a hand cream for this reason.

That helps. And about then, the Seroquel kicks in, and turns off my skin and my brain, zzzzzzzzz

Isolate, Isolate

January 06, 2012 By: kajay Category: Best Practices, Kajay's Best, Lice combing, Morgellons

Is it just me or do parasites naturally gravitate to the warmest, friendliest place in their world: MY HEAD. Early on I was still shampooing in the shower, and dodging nasty bites as I washed them out of my hair. My first trick was lathering up top-down, then rinsing top-down, turning around under the water till the lather was off, and then hopping out of the shower. I’ve learned a thing or two since then. What do I recommend that you might not find on the internet (or you might)?

ISOLATE!

I have saved myself from much worse contamination by using the kitchen sink for everything from the neck up, covering my hair, and THEN showering the rest of me. Once I am done with my hair, it remains covered until it is time to get ready for work the next morning. Failure to follow this simple rule has cost me many miserable hours. So, in extreme detail, here is my nightly routine:

FROM THE NECK UP (SINK)

Vinyl Gloves

Use gloves. I prefer vinyl. They hold up longer than latex.

Runoff is Baaaad

Never let water run from hair onto face. EVER. What to use is another discussion. How to comb, google it. Lice comb. Every day, twice on bad days. I use a very very fine-toothed metal comb. There are a couple sold on the internet that work fine. I pull the comb through once then scrub gently with a dish scrubbing brush, and repeat till no matter where I comb, or in what direction, the comb is clean. I soak comb and dish brush overnight in water with something unfriendly to critters. I think it is the overnight part that really does the trick. I soak them in the top of a 100-count computer disk spindle. Works just fine. I keep a couple in the shower to soak those implements, too.

Eye-Saving Technique

Here is a tip that may save your eyes, literally. When you are combing, make sure you do not run the water in the sink very fast. You want to avoid splashing it in your eyes. From the moment you pick up your scrub brush to clean your “harvest” out of your comb, your eyes should be closed, and you should be operating by touch.

Scrub slowly to avoid the spring action that occurs if you are brushing hard and the brush suddenly goes off the comb. Where and how you are standing, that would almost certainly fill your eyes with contaminated water.

Eye Emergency!!!

Should you get “hair water” in your eyes, immediately put on clean gloves. Drop everything else and do it at once. Gently splash body temp water (or cooler) on your eyes. Keep your face down so the water will run off and out of your eyes. Blot with a clean paper towel (I assume that is what you would use, too). Repeat a couple of times. Then put any kind of eye drops in your eye from the end that did NOT get splashed. Then bend your head over again, leave the drops in a moment, then blot. Lift your head only to add more drops. Do this about three times also. That SHOULD be enough. If you are not sure, or if you feel anything, continue to attack with the eye drops. Sometimes I will use a clean cotton swab and soak it with the eye drops or some kind of eye wash and clean my lashes and scrub my tear duct, which is where my critters seem to congregate. This whole emergency procedure will take you about 3 minutes but it is critical. When you are comfortable doing so, resume combing.

Nighttime Hair Treatment

When I finish combing, I dry my hair and coat it with something oily to retard activity. Coconut oil, a glossing oil, whatever you like. I look for oils that contain some kind of antiparasitic. There are lots of products in the beauty supply houses that have useful mixes. Many contain sulphur, for example, and some contain linalool or limonene. The addition of a wax such as beeswax or a microcrystalline wax is a plus. A bit of vaseline is useful if you don’t mind. There are lots of reasons to mind about using petroleum and other inherently unsafe products, but use of anything is always a personal choice based on considerations such as finances and level of desperation.

Hair Wrap

I like to cover my hair before I shower and go to bed. When my hair is dry but for the oils, I wrap it in paper towels, put a wig cap (2 for 99 cents at my local wig stores), and then put a shower cap on.

 

FROM THE NECK DOWN (SHOWER)

Shower Floor

Two 1-gallon jugs with pumps (recycled Flea Shampoo and pumps from Jefferspet.com), one with pure blue Dawn in it (aka my shower gel), and the other with a 1 part Dawn to 20 parts water mixture (in case I feel a bite from the shower floor). I keep a large funnel behind the back jug to refill these.

One plastic canister (floor of shower enclosure) with a dilute of Dawn or Arm and Hammer liquid laundry detergent. In here, I soak my foot brush (another dish scrubber – the long handles save my back), a callus scrubber, and my razor.

Shower Seat

Two plastic canisters (shower seat). One is for clean, unused implements. Used/dirty ones go in the other canister. When I step in the shower, I move them all to the canister with the clean implements.

Scrubbers

I have two big scrubbies, a rough cloth back scrubber, 3 small utility brushes I use for spot scrubbing, and a large sponge with a non-stick scrubbing surface on one side.

Towels

I buy shop towels. They are between the size of a wash cloth and a very small hand towel, but one is enough to get the bulk of the moisture off. I hang one over the top of the enclosure door.

Sleep Aid

I take a part of a sleeping pill (I like Seroquel, and I generally take half of the weakest, so about 50 mg). I make sure I am within 30 minutes of bed before I take it, because in 30 minutes, I will be horizontal – somewhere.

Cell Phone

Oh. Here’s where I use an antibacterial wipe to clean my sleek cell phone (sleek means less critters, so touchscreen, touchscreen, touchscreen). Every night. Then it is sitting there clean waiting when I get out of the shower.

Shower Shoes

I wear Reebok molded plastic slides (in lime green, a girl’s gotta have some fun) in the shower. They are similar to Croc’s but without the straps. I would wear them even if I didn’t have this – love ’em.

Scrub a Dub

Then I get in the shower and immediately scrub my feet with Dawn. This prevents fallout bites. I scrub away and put all used scrubbies in the contaminated canister.

Coconut Oil

I keep two plastic Lu Ann’s (Walmart, quart size) jars of coconut oil on the shower seat next to the canisters (yes, it’s crowded!) One has coconut oil, the other is for mixing. I also have one of those 8 ounce bottles with a pointed dispenser top like the ones that come with hair coloring.

After I rinse off the Dawn, I put Dawn in my hands and spray it around the shower, starting again with my feet for the same reason. Then I turn the water on its hottest setting and fill the mixing jar 3/4 full. I keep a stainless steel soup spoon in the jar with the coconut oil. I spoon some of that into the jar with the hot water and stir to melt the coconut oil.

I use a smaller funnel to fill the dispenser bottle, and drizzle the coconut oil on my skin, then blot some of the water off before I step out.

On the way to the bedroom, I grab my clean phone, and ditch the wet shower cap. Once in the bedroom I hook up my phone to the charger (or I’ll forget and it is my alarm clock), pull off any of the paper towel that got wet around the edges, and put a sterilized cotton kerchief on over the wig cap. I fold a corner one-third over and put the center of the fold at the nape of my neck. I tie in front once, pull the point through and wrap it around one of the tie ends, then make the second tie. Voila. Nice and neat.

I keep clean underwear, socks, and pajamas in sealed bins (sound familiar) off the floor. I also keep a container of clean socks by the bed.

I oil up some more, put specific chemicals (okay, some of it anti-wrinkle, sue me!) on my body as needed, antifungal on my feet, and dress. I change the disposable sheets on my bed and make sure all my open bins are closed. I get on the bed and immediately change my socks. This USUALLY eliminates any crawling in the foot area. My PJs, by the way, cover me completely. I add vinyl gloves in case I decide to rub my contaminated hand on my face or in my eyes during the night. I use an antifungal as a hand cream for this reason. That helps.

About then the Seroquel kicks in, turns off my skin and my brain, zzzzzzzzz