In June of 2015 I found bedbugs crawling on me when I was in bed. I have no earthly idea how I got them since I don't travel and hardly anyone visits. I worked for months to get rid of them and was finally successful. I haven't seen any in months but I haven't let my guard down. I've heard that they can live without food for up to 18 months. I have not been able to sleep in that room since this began. I think I have PTBBS.....post traumatic bedbug syndrome. Lol.
My husband with Alzheimer's still sleeps in there. I protected the bed so they couldn't get to him. I know. If they can't get to him they can't get to me either. I never claimed to be rational.
The problem is my husband cannot understand why I don't sleep in our bed. He saw everything I had to do to get rid of them but he can't remember. He thinks I am lying. I kept some dead ones in a plastic container and then sealed that in a baggy so I could show him the bugs. That worked for a while. Not anymore. Now he thinks I won't sleep with him because I'm dating. When I'm in the shower he bangs on the door wanting to know who's in there with me. He wakes me up in the middle of the night with the same question. This whole week he has been ranting on and on everyday about my alleged dating, among other things. Then he says he doesn't care what I do and says we should sell the house and get a divorce. I just say ok. I'm not too worried about that since he can't comprehend much of what he read so I don't think he could find an attorney in the yellow pages.
I could probably force myself to sleep in our bed since I'm 99 percent sure the bugs are gone but there is another problem. He rarely bathes. He hasn't had a shower since October. The room stinks! I spray the room almost daily with a disinfecting and deodorizing spray but the odor comes back.
Is there anybody else out there that doesn't sleep in the same room with their spouse who has Alzheimer's? If so, does your spouse have a problem with it and how do you handle it?