A Much-Needed Brightener


I was up with the birds this morning, mainly because the itching, prickling feeling on my arms was not conducive to sleep.  So Fresca the Wonder Dog and I went down to the TV room to knit a little and watch the Crufts dog show.  I was just getting nice and drowsy when I could hear my hubby stirring upstairs and so began the day.  It’s been 12 days now since my initial skirmish with the poison ivy, but who’s counting?  Right!
Twelve days of more misery than I’d wish on most of my enemies. The swelling has gone down in my arm some so that my hand is almost back to normal although my arm still feels like I have a blood pressure cuff on it when I bend it. The blisters have drained and dried and my skin is peeling. It almost looks as if someone had given me an acid peel or something like that. However, the prednisone has left me with a prickly rash now. Oy, vey!

Day 12 After Exposure to Poison Ivy

My arm and elbows have this red discoloration that seems more indicative to me of an allergic reaction to something other than the poison ivy. In fact, it looks a lot like I remember my dad’s arm looking when he had a bad reaction to penicillin. And itch? Oh, my goodness. But I’m not scratching it. I’m now trying a new approach. I’m lathering those areas with aloe vera gel. At least it feels soothing when I rub it on. Quite frankly, I’m ready for all of this nonsense to be over. Enough is enough! Twelve days of this has been MORE than enough.

Just in the nick of time, the doorbell rang this morning and I opened it to find a little box outside on the stoop. I couldn’t imagine what it was but inside I found a lovely container filled with teas, cookies, and even honey sticks along with an encouraging note from my daughter and son-in-law. It was just what the doctor ordered!


One Response

  1. omgoodness…i’ve had a bad poison oak reaction before…it was on my face…moved to my armpits…moved down to my waist…then behind my knees and literally out my toes…it was horrible. I took a lot of oatmeal soaks in the tub, smeared on bottles of aloe vera and took lots of benadryl. I feel your pain, your itch, whatever you want to call it.
    Prayers for a quicker recovery and that the remainder of your ordeal is much more pleasant, so much so that you don’t even notice it 🙂

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