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Kajay’s Enviro Protocol

November 25, 2014 By: kajay Category: Enviro Spray and Protocol, Kajay's Recipes

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Boric acid + IGR  + knockdown
  • 1 Gallon covers my 2500 sq foot house and my SUV
  • I spray this only twice a year
I fired my pest control operators because they came in, sprayed, and the critters immediately hid from the spray everywhere I did not want them to go: my bed, dresser, and hanging clothes, as well as in any debris lying around. After I read an article in National Allergy magazine about using boric acid to help control dust mites, I devised this recipe. It takes a few weeks to kick in and it is easy to think that it is not this that makes things better – but in my case, it _is_ what made things better. A lot better. I find out if I go past the six month mark (I do this every July 4 and Christmas, that way I don’t forget).
Remember–this is what works for me. I am not qualified to offer a professional opinion or to tell you what you should or should not do, or what is safe or what is not safe.

WHERE I SPRAY

  • I spray me first!
  • I spray where I don’t want them to go second
  • I spray a grid pattern to leave them a place to escape
And yes, it does last that long. I have been doing this for years now and it still is the best thing I’ve tried (and I’ve tried a lot, like you).
Warning: Do not use this on anything a child or pet might chew.

DETAILS

Preparation

If I have time, I vacuum. But if I don’t have time to vacuum, I spray anyway. The sooner the better.
Recipe
In a gallon sprayer, I–
  • Add 1 quart hot water
  • Stir in 1/2 Cup orthoboric acid (Eaton’s brand is cheap and available online)
  • Add the manufacturer recommended amount of ANY brand of insect growth regulator
  • Add a people-friendly knockdown like Enzyme Cleaner with Peppermint or Orange Plus (tho a little Pine Sol might be okay too)
  • Mix thoroughly then fill sprayer to fill line
Strategy
I spray a fine but solid stream around everywhere I don’t want the critters to run once I start spraying:
  • ME (especially shoes/boots)
  • Beds
  • Dressers where I am still able to store my clothes (thx to menthol crystals)
  • Closets where I am still able to let my clothes hang
  • Electrical sockets, light switches and fixtures
  • Around window and door frames
Technique
I spray two thin streams around the walls, one at knee level and the other just below the ceiling. I “paint” around obstacles like big furniture but make sure I keep the line solid. The thin stream helps ensure I can spray my whole 2500 sq ft home with one gallon. The solid part ensures that the critters on the walls can go nowhere without “crossing streams.”
Follow-Up
I do this on July 4 and Christmas. If I go eight months I start having problems, including “fliers.”

 

Disposable Sheets

September 10, 2013 By: kajay Category: Kajay's Best, Ordering, Tips

To find these wonderful inventions online, click this link and scan the results for the 58″ x 102″ size:

https://www.google.com/search?q=disposable+sheets+twin+tissue+poly+58%22+x+102%22+-medexsupply.com&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

I suggest avoiding links to medexsupply.com. Here’s why:

1. Fast shipping–but at outragous prices, with no free ship or value option.

2. Good prices but see item 1.

3. Coupons available, but they failed to honor my last one, a good coupon that allowed me to increase my quantity ordered, and then they charged me full price, which I could not afford and had not planned for.

They spent a great deal of time telling me what they were not willing to do and offering me near worthless alternative discounts. This, by the way, is how I began my relationship with Medex Supply back when they were the only source for disposable sheets.

But you know what? They no longer are. Click this link to find disposable sheets:

https://www.google.com/search?q=disposable+sheets+twin+tissue+poly+58%22+x+102%22+-medexsupply.com&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

Now, dear ones, sleep tight, and don’t let the bedbugs bite!

Kajay’s Favorite Products

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.

BORATES – When and How I Use Them–or Not

April 16, 2013 By: kajay Category: Enviro Spray and Protocol

WHEN I USE BORATES

WHY USE? Boric acid kills THREE ways: it shreds soft tissue (larval stage for critters that have one, and critters who have just ‘molted,’ that is, that have just outgrown and shed their exoskeleton).

BRAND–I buy the cheapest boric acid [aka ‘orthoboric acid’] that I can find, which happened to be Eaton’s the last time I checked).

 ENVIRO SPRAY (for porous or soft surfaces)–Fill a gallon jug partly full of HOT water. No, boric acid will not dissolve in cold water. But it WILL dissolve in hot water. Add the amount of IGR specified for use in a gallon sprayer on the IGR instructions. Then add any detergent for a knockdown. My first choice is LimeAway. It is toxic, however I use a tiny amount, leave the house while the floor dries, and then come back.

SOFT SURFACES–If you use my enviro spray on carpet and all other porous or absorbent surfaces in the home (upholstery, curtains, walls painted with flat latex paint, stucco), it soaks in. I just sprayed all my newly painted walls and there is no evidence of the presence of a borate on the wall (they are light colors).

DARK SURFACES–AVOID. Period.

HARD SURFACES–Same: AVOID. Period.

Warning: NEVER use DRY borates on hard floors! They make the surface slippery and dangerous.

WHEN I DON’T USE BORATES

Because borates do leave a white powder residue on dark surfaces and because dry powders in general make hard floors slippery, I recommend using NON-borates on dark surfaces and hard floors. There is no single product that will work for you or for everyone. Here are the main things I look for:
  1. NON-TOXIC
  2. IMPEDED MOVEMENT
  3. MASKS HUMAN SCENT
For example, I look for a non-toxic ingredient that impedes critter movement (ideally kills them but at least keeps them from jumping on me for a day or two), and that masks my scent. White vinegar will work for a few hours, and you can spray it full strength or diluted. Other options include, and this is not everything, of course–
  • an orange or lemon-fragranced cleaner such as Orange Plus; OR
  • an evergreen-scented product like Pine Sol, Lysol, or Cedarcide
Warning: Natural evergreen scent is carried into the lungs via resins that accumulate in the lungs and can eventually cause respiratory problems. This is the only reason why I have not bought a cedar bed, lol!

Farm Theory

February 03, 2012 By: kajay Category: Farm Theory

Behavior can be understood and predicted in direct proportion to the facts available. These facts include–

Mechanics

What do our tormentors look like?

  • How do they feed? Breed? Move? Give birth?
  • What intelligence do they possess? What motivates them?
  • Why are they here? And, finally, “Why me?”

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Every creature is motivated by survival: That means water first, then food, and then sex. From single cell to complex organism, that remains the same. If one of this powerful motivational triad is threatened, we, meaning the gamut just mentioned, will do ANYTHING to make sure we have it. Click here to learn more about this useful tool for understanding what motivates other people–and probably critters too.

Military

Before a population can settle in a new place, they must first choose it where they want to live. Once they choose it, they must take the ground.

Settlers

Once the ground is taken, the new population must settle in and find ways to ensure their ability to survive and THRIVE.

Community

Some organisms are loners, as are humans. Others have learned that it benefits them to work together, in a community or colony. Not all the critters who find us are colony critters, but I think the morg are. I haven’t made all the pieces fit yet, and I’m not trying to force them to, as that would not help me, or anyone else. If anything, I lean toward conservatism when it comes to conclusion jumping. It’s one of few areas in my life where I think inside the box is best, at least until the box has enough data in it to start rummaging through it. That said, I am always trying to figure out (as are you) what is happening to us and why.

Physical Reality/Unreality

Some things that work on a human scale would never work on a microscopic scale, but others, some physical principles, certainly do. However, it is probable that other things that are true on our scale are acted out daily within the morg’s world. I have seen behavior through my microscope that suggests (though I think it does more than that, I will not ask you to agree with me) that the critters care about their young, protect their queen, will fight like demons if threatened, make love in a remarkable way, give birth even more strangely (to me) and have no concept of us at all other than as the providers of their homes. We are the ‘burbs.

Their World

We are their source of everything. Without me, for example, they must find YOU. I do not think this is the first choice of a contented member of a morg population. I believe that they work very hard to “make the ground livable.” If you lived in a bountiful farm land, would you want to leave it to start over elsewhere? I think the answer would only be yes when the present “community” (me) no longer provides what their mature community needs. In other words, when, and this isn’t pretty, they have used us up. Because the morg have not learned how to sustain us as a provider. They are as inefficient with our bodies as we are with the Earth. They consume, and they replace only what they need in the short term. Do they know? I have no idea. But this seems to be how they do business.

Fungal Farm

So how do they turn us into a bountiful farm land? The answer is simple: They plant and cultivate and grow and harvest what they need. When I came to this theory finally it explained so much. It may not be RIGHT, but it would dot some i’s and cross some t’s for me.

Summary

1. The military. Take a beachhead (lesion) and dig in deep. From this point, mount and support future operations. (black speck and globe fiber mites)

2. The settlers – Once the area is secure, build homes (in and under our skin, in our tear ducts, wherever we do not know how to prevent it). (ovoid nasty biters)

3. Clear/cultivate land (that’s us, dears).

4. Plant a crop. And what might that crop include??? The answer is, it will include whatever they can grow on us by varied means, that will in turn feed their GFood parasites, fungal host parasites, and fungi themselves. A farm, my friends.

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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

Kindness is Cooler

October 16, 2011 By: kajay Category: F-Zymes, Kajay's Best, Morgellons, Support Groups

I am a sufferer, I come not to be judged.
Do I seem less educated than you?
Less versed in professional practices?
Then teach me in the manner of the excellent teacher–
take time with me after class
(email me privately).

If more might use the lesson,
then craft it as a post,
focus on the lesson,
not the person who inspired it.

And always, always, try to be kind.

–Kajay 2009