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Huge Apologies... Snails must taste good:)

Huge Apologies... Snails must taste good:)

Just a quick apology for the lack of replies to all your posts and awesome achievements...and for the lateness of the awarding of any GRADUATE Badges!

I had just competed a run on Friday, when a nasty something or other decided to take a nibble at my leg!..Through my running leggings too!

Result..an infected bite or whatever, which turned a tad nasty and culminated in an early morning hospital visit this morning:)

So...I am really sorry everyone... the antibiotics are soon going to be kicking in... and normal service will be resumed :)

If I do neglect to give anyone their Graduation Badge..in my addled state...please give me a nudge:)

You all rock!

Flossx

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Ouch, sorry to hear that! Get well soon x

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Thanks.x

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Oh dear ...That's not so good ...hope your antibiotics kick in soon oldfoss ...Need thicker leggings the wee blighters ...Take care of yourself and hope your back fighting fit soon 😊😊

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Thank you.. they will.. yes.. they really like the taste of me.. midges, horseflies.. you name it! :)

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Proof you are as sweet as you seem. Recover well x

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Thank you xx

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U charmer you xx

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Oh no! That was a determined one going through leggings! Hope your leg is feeling better soon xx

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I know... One got my hand too, but the leg one.. he really was hungry!

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Ouch! Poor you. Glad to hear to see on the mend tho.

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Thank you x

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Oh poor thing, that sounds nasty. Feet up and relax 🐜

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Thanks you... once the antibiotics kick in... they do zap me though for a couple of days! I shall rest up...yet again :) x

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Well take it easy! I am sure Mr O will look after you!

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He will xx

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Is that a threat or a promise 😉? Hope you feel proper better soon and the anti-biotics don't knock you out too much...

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Poor you!!! Hope you feel better soon - you have been missed. xx

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I was very neglectful... the bite was really painful and very itchy... I got a tad out of it :)

Thank you xx

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Oh no! Was it a false widow spider bite? My other half thinks one got him. Felt quite unwell and the bite still hasn't gone.

I hope you can beat it quickly 🤞🤗

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No.. I think a determined horsefly, because the bite area is more of a slight tear.. !

The hospital were really on the ball too and now I have the antibiotics things are felling comfier:) Not less itchy..but comfier!

I hope your husband heals soon...he has had it checked out I hope ?

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Glad you're on the mend 👍

Course not! He's a boy! 🤣🤣 the malaise has gone as well as numbness in the area and wound is healing well now, finally, so he'll live but hopefully he'll keep his eyes peeled next time.

So many critters and plants out there that can get you this time of year!! Stay safe everyone! 🤞🤗

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Brave lad!!!

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That's not the word I used! 😉😂🤣

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Tee hee... I have to say.. I gave it two days..but I was sensible... trouble is..the over the counter stuff that we get here in the UK pharmacies, is not the same strength as the stuff I was able to get in France when I got bitten.. so it did not touch the bite at all... !

But.. I am on the pills now.. so it should start to feel much better in a couple of days:)

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Oh no. It’s like when your mummy is poorly. It’s just not right. Get well soon please, we need you. {hugs}

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Thank you. that is lovely xxx

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So sorry to hear that.

Wishing you a speedy recovery and back to your HM preparations.

Take good care of you.

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Thank you... I can hardly believe that I am back on the IC for a week..hey ho :) xx

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Nasty little blighter! Hope you managed to swat it at least. Get well soon! :) x

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I think I got it... Thank you... xx

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Oooh dear me! Get well soon!

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Thanks you... things are beginning to settle:) x

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Oh no floss! Poor you. That's not how you want to spend any day ☹️ There's loads of nasties around atm. My husband got bitten by a horse fly through his socks! I've already had two this summer so I spray every time I go out now. I think this weather has increased their numbers.

You know what the cure is? A glass or two of something bubbly cures most bites you know 🙂 I had a glass of English sparkling wine the other night and it was delicious and I immediately thought of you!

Just realised, you probably won't be able to drink alcohol if you're on antibiotics ☹️ sorry xxx

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NOT that I'm advocating it but, with antibiotics, she might just need the one glass...

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A girl after my own heart! How're you doing Polly? Haven't seen you around for a while.

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Not to bad, thanks, Irishprincess. 3days in Barcelona and several hours gardening have helped (lots of change going on). Need to get a regular running routine back.

How's things in the wilds?

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You've been busy! I've had the best G&T's ever in Barcelona 😊 Hope you had a few....

The weather has made gardens grow like jungles so I'm with you in that I'm in the garden most days trying to control it 😂 but I love it so it's not an effort.

Things are good in my world. Still running, just back from the IC again but still moving and breathing and that's all that matters 🙂

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Just a small one.. to help me sleep:)

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I simply cannot believe it Maj... ! I had finished the run!

I have been bitten twice by the blessed things...apparently, they are not repelled by anti insect stuff!!

I am having a glass of chilled Chablis.. the antibiotics I am on , you can drink alcohol with.. and I double checked... The nurse at the hospital said I would deserve one this evening !

The bubbly will wait until I feel better :)

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That’s scary - repellent doesn’t work! Eeeek. Another reason I prefer winter 🙂

Enjoy the Chablis xxx

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I am... I know.. I get fed up heading out in summer with trousers and long dresses etc... but the bites are so nasty!

I even got a bracelet thing that gives out a weird sound which frightens insects...... I need to find it again!

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Tasty meat then Floss!

Hope you feel better soon xxxxx

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I must be, they never touch Mr OF!!!! Thanks you xx

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Sorry to hear that OF .. I would have thought you would have sneaked past the blighters unheard with your ninja moves. Get well soon and enjoy the rest.

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Thanks Richard... I had just done a lovely little 7K!!! Now..on the IC for 7days!!!

I do not like horseflies! xx

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Sorry to hear that OF. Nasty horsefly hitching a ride! Hope you soon feel better and getting 🏃‍♂️ing again x

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Thank you... I never thought of that..maybe he was going to visit his neigh- bour :)x

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Aww take it easy oldfloss hope you feel well soon x

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Thank you so much xxx It is feeling comfier:)

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The horseflies seem to be particularly aggressive this year. Nasty things. Hope you're on the mend soon

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They are really horrid... ! Going to rest up, take the pills and plot my revenge xx

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Haha, running with a fly swat?

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Oh no floss what a pain (literally)😕! I'm like you the bugs always get me too, horseflys are nasty ones.

Get well soon and enjoy your drinkies I will join you while watching poldark xxx

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I know Ali... we must taste so good... xx Enjoy your wine and Poldark too xx

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Bigs hugs Oldfloss, you're just too sweet!! Hope you feel better real soon, you are missed :) :)

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Hug gratefully received... thank you.. feeling a tad better this morning.:)

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Sorry to hear about that Oldfloss, put your feet up and enjoy a nice rest. 🐜🕷

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It is a pain and I will rest up until I feel better! Thank you:)

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Nasty for you Oldfloss, wretched insects! Hope it heals up quickly and you feel fit and well soon. Hooray for antibiotics 😎

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Thanks you... yes indeed.. we are so fortunate that we have the NHS and the medicines!

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Oh no Floss, this wasn't supposed to happen...😐. Those horsefly bites are really horrid and very painful. Hope the antibiotics do their stuff and you feel better soon. 😊xxx

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They are working... much less swollen and a tad easier this morning. xx

I just cannot believe it... it was after a lovely run, and I did not realise that one had got the top of my thigh as well as the bite on my hand!!!

Until It started ballooning, and then it all went pear shaped... I do have a reaction to many insect bites, especially these nasty things...like many of us...and know how to deal with them...but this little blighter decided to infect me!!

It has scuppered my HM plan..again!!!! But... the runs will still be there...thank you xxx

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Yikes! Who knew running was such a dangerous sport?! Hope you feel better soon 😊

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Indeed... which is why I wear long leggings...this little blighter bit through them! Thank you x

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I didn't mind a little wait for my badge as I know how hard you admin folk work to keep up with all the posts and badges.... honestly it means so much and I am so incredibly proud to have 'graduate' by my name as it represents such a major journey for me in so many ways.. so please don't apologise Oldfloss, thank you for all you do in motivating and advising new runners like myself, and I hope you recover from your nasty bite soon xxx

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Thank you..that means a lot :) You have done so, so well:)

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Hope you are back in your feet soon!!

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Felling the benefits of the antibiotics this morning thank you:)

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Yikes, sorry to hear that OF! Hopefully it is just a short little blip in your HM training.

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Thanks you...yes...yet another enforced rest period !!! x

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Best wishes winging your way for a full and fast recovery Floss 🤕

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Thank you, my lovely friend xx

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Ouch! OF sounds nasty, hope you feel better soon.⛑

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It is... but the pills are beginning to kick in..thank youx

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Oh poor you! There are some horrible beasties out there in the great outdoors, and one of them found you :( Thank you, you took the time anyway to do the badges you superstar ... now back to resting that leg. Wishing you a speedy recovery, OF xx

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Yes...little critters! Thank you so much x

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Sorry for biting you oldfloss, I promise not to do it again. On a serious note I hope you feel better very soon!!! :)

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Better not...!! Thank youx

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Sounds painful hope your are feeling better soon. Stupid question alert: how do I know if I have got my virtual graduation badge?

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Thank you... It is there, right by your name..but. on some phones you cannot see it apparently.. :)

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Oh that sounds horrid! I am always envious of the photographs of sunlit meadows and shady towpaths that make my grey, polluted pavements seem very sad. However, I hadn’t counted on the wildlife aspect! Hope you’re healing well now and back out there soon.

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It is lovely running. but there are some really hungry beasties out there too..hence my long leggings.. this fella bit through them! Thank you... seven days antibiotics, so seven days rest and then another gentle run in again:)

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Hi Oldfloss OMG 😮 that sounds awful, sorry to hear that. I hope it gets better soon. Thanks again for all your help along the way 😘

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It was.. and painful...but hopefully the antibiotics are doing their stuff. Thank you x

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Nasty stupid nasty bad naughty horsefly things!! I I hadn't already hated them to the point of vengeance I would now. No-one gets away with hurting our Flossie. We will rise up in the streets.

Hope the Chablis made everything feel a bit better. xxx

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It did...lust one small glass was enough to relax me a bit... thank you my friend.

Horseflies are particularly nasty and slightly vindictive blighters,,, and there is so much out there that they could nibble on... I did feel a tad sorry for myself.... But.. the antibiotics are kicking in this morning so by the end of today things should be improving a tad more :) xx

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Floss! Hope you're OK soon!😊

I got stung on the arm by a couple of angry wasps while cutting a hedge and could just feel the stinging starting, but luckily found the WASP-EZE stick which took off the sting immediately..😊

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Ouch.... that sounds painful.. I do have a reaction to bites... and know how to deal, I carry a reverse hypodermic to get stings out etc...but the normal stuff was not having an effect!

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Sorry floss, I wasn't trying to tell you how to suck eggs, just my experience of being stung!😊

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I know that, you are lovely :) And I really feel for you... :)

I am currently trying to find repellents that work.. Horseflies do not respond to even the strong insect repellents... the favourite so far is garlic... in a home made spray or if you eat it.. the skin exudes the scent and they hate it:) Home made garlic soup I think :)

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Pooh! Dont have garlic before socialising though..😁

I don't suffer too much with bites or stings, I'm on some medications which I don't think the beastie's like..

Slinky tends to get bitten more than me, she once got a bite whilst we were abroad on holiday which swelled, so had to see a GP, and recovered ok..

I now recall that recently when visiting a gardens and standing next to pond I noticed a very small flying insect on my wrist, which I quickly brushed off, it stung for only about 30 secs then went off and I was fine, so it got me, but not for long!😊

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Oooh - hope that settles soon. x

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Thanks you beginning to ease now! x

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Oh Oldfloss! So sorry to hear that. I hope you get well soon. Don’t worry too much about our badges we can wait while you recover from the nasty bite

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Thank you.x Pesky bite things @

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I have just graduated with R3W9 this morning, but before I tell you how my run went I hope you recover from that nasty bite you got the other day.

Well after 9 weeks starting on April 18 with run 1 I finally ran my last 30 minute one this morning from 10.30 to 11 o'clock along the seafront promenade at Helensburgh about 35 miles from where I live. There was quite a fresh headwind at first but overall it did not stop me the least bit from according to my app running a distance of 4km 243m at 07.05/km pace. It's been an amazing journey since April and I thank everyone, especially you for advising me and everyone else to go "slow and steady" I have done that in all my runs and have not needed to repeat any at all. No hurry but when you are ready you can send me my graduation badge.

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Well done you and thank you!

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Oh no! There seems to be a lot of that happening lately - you are about the 3rd or 4th person I have heard that from. Some sort of mutant bug on the prowl maybe?? Yikes! Hope you are on the mend.

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I am thank you..yes, some horrid bitey things around! I shall rest up and let the antibiotics work..although they have zapped me at the moment! Xx

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Take it easy & go gentle on yourself.

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Oh bless you- sympathetic hug. I hope you feel much better very soon. Wishing gazelle paced recovery! 😀

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Thanks... that is the only time speed will be important:)

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Yikes, Oldfloss! That sounds horrible! Get well soon, and take a fly-swatter out next time you run! :O

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Hope the antibiotics are showing signs of doing their work today. Well, you must be a tasty bite!

All the best, pampam.

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Thank you... the ABs are really kicking in... because I rarely take them, they are zapping me, but the bite is improving and feeling easier..apart from the itching at night!!!

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I’m not clicking like on this one Oldfloss ....I hope your bite heals quickly & normal service is resumed x

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It is improving greatly... the ABs are zapping me but doing their stuff:)

Thanks youx

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I missed this Oldfloss - poor you, it sounds horrible! Hope you are feeling better now?x

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Thanks you... yes I am.. last day of antibiotics tomorrow thank goodness.. :) They have worked though.. I have a small red patch and a large bruise where the blessed thing got me! But... no itiching now! :)

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Oh dear ..Have the antibiotics not helped you yet olfloss ...Hope your better soon 😊😊

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Last AB taken.. they have worked thank you..:) x

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Glad to hear it ...Take care 😊

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Oh my goodness! So sorry I hadn’t seen this sooner. What a terrible thing to happen to you. I hope the antibiotics have worked and you are feeling better. Xx

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They have done thank you....:) Thank goodness...they were the size of horse pills!

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On dear, poor you. I do hope it improved quickly.

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The itching stopped mid week and the heat.. I have a small red patch and a bruise..nasty old horsefly..I hope he got tummy ache! xxx

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Oh a horsefly - now they do have a nasty bite!! Glad you are feeling better. ☺

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They do! I always react to insect bites and have had a couple of run ins with horseflies, but this one was infected! I am exploring techniques to alienate them :) x

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Oh no. I’ve been off work twice this year with bad reactions to bites. There is nothing more embarrassing than having to say mosquitoes (or a horse fly) made me ill. In the UK. 🤣. Luckily I also have had a giant swelled up limb to prove it and was all slightly sweaty. Apparently this is a year everyone’s reactions have been really bad. Mosquito milk roll on seems to be working for me and isn’t killing my skin with all that deet. And they really don’t like it this year! Funnily enough I think running when I was better sped up the recovery, forced circulation got the final swelling to go - don’t do this at home kids. Get well soon, it really is rough. Xxx

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Poor you! Ouch... the bite is really on the mend now...thank you... the ABs did their stuff. I knew what to expect but the infection this one was carrying was the real issue.. I shall avoid at all costs from now on... I am thinking of getting a desensitising course started too!

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