Moving abroad :: the mosquito repellent edition

To say that I can get hung up on random stuff would be an understatement.

Do you remember my post about Doctor Who? Well, I am still obsessed. I’ve even started to buy the box sets cause iView just doesn’t cut it anymore.

One very small example of the way I can get hung up on something.

Sometimes my hangups aren’t so healthy. Usually when it comes to health issues, coincidentally.

When the Sprog was born, I got an infection when she was two and a half weeks old, and ended up being taken to hospital in an ambulance, had surgery and got three bags of blood. As if first time motherhood isn’t hard enough, throw a random comment from the Obstetrician about me ‘almost dying’ into the mix and I was a ball of nerves.

I was a little neurotic when it came to the Sprog and her health. When we arrived back in Ukraine, I made sure to visit every English-speaking paediatrician in Kyiv just so that I was on their books. I rang 13 HEALTH and the poisons hotline via Skype from Ukraine on numerous occasions. (Funnily enough I’ve not used either service with Harrie. Much healthier frame of mind, thank you very much).

And so to the point.

In the three years we’ve been in Darwin, I spent a significant portion working for the Health department. And working there I came across reports from the NT Centre for Disease Control about things like the prevalence of malaria and dengue fever in East Timor.

And then, the one time I visited East Timor, I met a mum with two kids under three on the plane on the way back, both of whom had contracted Malaria.

So I was, and still am, completely freaked out by the mosquito-borne virus situation in Dili (and the rest of Timor-Leste, should we decide to travel to the districts).

Obviously, there are solutions. Wear RID every day is one of them. However, DEET is akin to paint stripper so if there’s an alternative out there I would love to know about it. Plus – babies under one (sometimes two) can’t use any of those products.

So while Mr Moi has been absent in the past week, I have been on a rampage to find every natural mozzie repellent I can. So far I have:

– Ordered 240 mosquito patches. I ordered two types – one fully citronella based one, and one citronella and eucalyptus oil one. These are small patches that attach to clothes (not skin) and are effective in repelling mozzies for 12 hours

– Purchased a 250mL bottle of Vanilla Mozi, a product created by a Darwin mum, containing shea butter, spearmint and vanilla

– Bought a vial of blue cypress essential oil

– Bought an electric oil burner so that I can use the blue cypress oil

– Bought more fabric to make long sleeve shirts and long pants for the girls to repel the mozzies in general

– Gone on a Target bender and bought long pants for the girls and long sleeve tops for me.

That doesn’t sound too OCD right? I’m still torn as to whether I should purchase mozzie nets before I go, though surely they will be available in Dili.

See? This ridiculous preoccupation with repelling mozzies despite the fact that there are a few other things to worry about in East Timor at the moment.

What are your random hangups and neuroses? 


5 thoughts on “Moving abroad :: the mosquito repellent edition

  1. Nope not OCD at all. I’d probably buy mozzie nets now too, one less thing to worry about when you get there.

  2. Hi – try mosiguard (I do sell this product) – we live on Cape York right next to a mangrove swamp (sandfly and mosquito heaven), in a shack with no windows or screens. We have a 7 yo daughter and use mosiguard twice a day every day. It is a natural product that works!
    Also WHO recommends long-lasting insecticidal mosquito nets – the brands they suggest are PermanNet 2.0 and Olyset
    Fully understand your Dr Who obsession – we’re just starting our daughter Zoe on it.

  3. Must be genetic. I recently got completely obsessed with organo-natural cleaning products as the JCCs have developed a liking for scrubbing the toilet since the cleaner became incarcerated in Villawood. I now have so many crunchy granola-looking bottles floating around I could start my own stall at the hippy markets.

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