Monday, April 19, 2010

Balance

For every good there is a bad. For every positive, a negative. I am trying to put things into some kind of perspective. We were busier this weekend than the same weekend last year. The weather was perfection this past weekend. I accomplished more on the pool area than I thought I would and we are a bit ahead of schedule.


I am literally covered in a rash. I itch from head to toe and everywhere in between. I can't imagine being more miserable. I can't wear anything that fits close. It hurts. I started steroids today and have a dental appointment tomorrow. I hope I can sit still long enough to have my overlay applied to my tooth. I have only slept in short little intervals before the insane itching awakens me, Then I have to apply Caladryl or Ivy Dry or whatever new remedy is suggested to me. It burns and then I can't go back to sleep. I cannot bear to be in the sun. I am greeting campers sans undergarments or anti-perspirant. I am wearing the loosest clothes I can find. More than that, I can't wear make-up. My right eye is swollen so that I can see my eyelid if I look to the right. The left side of my face looked like I was having a major rosacea attack yesterday. Today I look like I am recovering from a burn. My left ear and nostril are under attack, too. The tiny little red bumps that are the beginning of the rash are barely visible and you scratch them unconsciously, causing them to swell and spread until they raise into an ugly blob that is hot and painful to the touch. I am having alternate chills and hot spells.


But, on the good side, he who mows is being very attentive and sympathetic. When he isn't mowing or plumbing. His new favorite pass time involves a shotgun. I wish I had a picture to post. A muskrat has taken up residence in our pond again, causing leakage wherever he (she?) chooses to burrow. Our pond is banked up high on one side and as I looked out to see where he might be as dusk approached last night I could see his silhouette as he stood looking into the water, rifle at his side. I couldn't decide if he was Elmer Fudd or a religious fanatic on sentry duty protecting the compound. I suppose it is good that I haven't lost my sense of humor.



I have been watching the news for the weather forecast. Rain has been predicted for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We have a work weekend scheduled for all of our seasonal sites to be followed by a pot luck dinner and a birthday surprise for he who hunts, plumbs and mows. His birthday was a month ago, so this will truly be a surprise. He doesn't read my blog this time of year, so I feel safe putting this in here. Rain, poison ivy and a muskrat. Guess I need to go cook a good meal for Elmer Fudd and try to balance the negatives..........

14 comments:

joanne said...

Oh, you sound absolutely miserable. I am so sorry. You do have an innate ability to be funny under any circumstance though..;p Feel better soon.

Mamma has spoken said...

Oh that sounds horrible! I hope your poison ivy heals soon, the rain holds off, and the muskrat finds the path to heaven.

ellen abbott said...

I do feel for you, as I mentioned on your last post that I too am seriously allergic to poison ivy. I learned young to spot it at impossible distances. Although I've never really had it on my face, I've been covered with it...torso, arms and legs. I hope the steroids work fast and it clears up.

Brian Miller said...

ugh. had that last year...dont envy you at all. hope you get some relief soon!

houndstooth said...

I am so very sorry! Have you considered going to a doctor? It sounds a little serious!

Kathy G said...

Poor you! Hope you feel better soon. Have you tried using vinegar? i wrote about it last year:
http://kathys-second-half.blogspot.com/2009/05/relief.html

Sunny said...

Oh Kathy, you poor woman! I'm so sorry that you are in such misery. Sometimes a sense of humor really does go a long way.
Sure hope you get some relief soon.
Sunny :)

Pat said...

You poor thing! I really feel for you. Hope the rash clears up quick for you and that you are out of your misery! Take care!

Kelly L said...

Get better soon!

Love to you
Kelly

Cathy said...

Luckily I've never had that problem - I don't know if we've got anything like that down here. Anyway its not good you have to suffer like that - do you have time to research it on the web. We have a product here called Pinetarsol that is fabulous for 'itchy problems' maybe that would help if you can get it.

Alix said...

"He who mows" and "He who plumbs"...

That cracks me up EVERY SINGLE TIME!

Gosh Kathy, what caused the rash? Poison ivy? Sounds just dreadful. Hope you're on the mend fast.

Whitney Lee said...

It's moments like this when you need your sense of humor the most! I hope the steroids do the trick and that your dentist appointment is successful. On the bright side, at least He Who Hunts Wabbits is sympathetic.

Penny said...

That sounds just awful. Thank goodness we don't have anything like that in my part of the planet.
It's nice that you can keep smiling, that takes real grit.

Jaime said...

aww...that sounds terrible. hopefully by now you're recovered? (or at least well on your way there)