I picked up a copy of the latest Good Housekeeping while waiting in a long line and found out about the new (old) nastiness in America's homes---bedbugs. It seems the beasties are making a resurgence, in even some of the best places, including hotels. Because they are small and sneaky and don't like light, most people don't see them. And they said that many doctors, who have never seen bedbug bites before, mistake them for hives or allergic reactions.
And suddenly I thought of a fairly good number of my friends who have developed similar symptoms, in the past year. In one case, she had her house fumigated for fleas, and what the doctor had diagnosed as "stress hives" went away. Hmm. Now I'm wondering about a few other friends.