Friday, September 3, 2010

Labor Day .......... Literally........

Found this treasure hiding in the vines. Can't wait to see how big it will get.......



It is Friday and the weekend is upon me.............. I have battled the rash that engulfs my entire body all week. My face is much better, though still red. My abdomen is still very tender. I am very clean, though. He who went to the pharmacy and returned with a product to wash the poison oils away. It provided lots of relief ...... for about 3 hours. That means I was taking 3 to 4 showers every day and followed it with a good coating of Ivy Dri. If that didn't kill the urge to scratch, I slathered Caladryl or cortisone ointment on.








After two days of this, my skin was really dry. On day three, when he who loves me sprayed the Ivy Dri on my belly I thought I would scream .............. I think I did. It set my skin on fire and I was in agony until I returned to the shower. After washing that off I applied a thick layer of Neosporin and finally got some relief. A chemical burn, I suppose. I took Benadryl in the evening to help with the itching as well as to help me sleep.








Felt better yesterday and I even went outside to survey the neglected gardens and see what I could see. I was pretty weak after laying around itching and watching Lifetime movies, so I had to come back inside. I only had two showers yesterday and found ice on the belly to be helpful. I felt so much better by bedtime that I didn't take any Benadryl. I was awake with HGTV until about 1 am..................








I am usually the first one up every morning. I get up quietly and scoop the dogs out of the bed to take them out and then get the coffee going. If he who sleeps like a rock is not awake by 9 or 9:30, I go wake him. He knows that I have had a horrible week and has been very sympathetic. I felt a dog rolling on her back this morning in that hazy prelude to wakefulness and knew that he who never gets up early was up and I could hear the sounds of him dressing. I felt the thump of a tail wagging and I lay there trying to hold on to sleep .............. sure that he would gather the animals and take them out. He didn't and I heard one, then two dogs jump from the bed and tap across the floor in search of he who should have taken them out. Emmy is unable to get down by herself, so I got up and gathered my four legged babies to get them out to relieve themselves. He who drinks too much Diet Coke was in the kitchen filling his Bubba Mug with his vile brew as I headed to the back door.








"Why didn't you take the dogs out?" "I thought they would go back to sleep." I admit that I wanted to punch him, but decided it would take too much effort and fully intended to just let it go ............. "That's what you always do." No, it is not and he really would have done better to keep his mouth shut. Let's just say that our initial morning exchange wasn't conducive to a pleasant day. All is forgiven now, since the first of our holiday campers has arrived (before 9 am) and the weekend has officially begun.








My belly is still tender and I am still a little itchy (hey, I feel a rhyme forming ......... ), but duty calls. I decided yesterday to put make-up on today and pretend that I feel great. It might work ... I will let you know.

15 comments:

Everyday Goddess said...

I feel so bad for you, I have never had poison ivy and now i know how lucky i am!

good luck this weekend!

Brian Miller said...

ack. hope it keeps getting better...so this is a big weekend for you guys eh...hope all goes well...

SkippyMom said...

Gee - I wonder what rhymes with itchy? Kitchy?....well you deserve to b*tch because poison ivy SUCKS. I wish you blessed relief soon.

When I read your title I thought someone had given birth at the campground. heehee

Take care and have a fun holiday. Hugs [thank goodness I am all the way over here - I don't want your poison ivy :D]

ellen abbott said...

I know this info is probably a little too late but I was in the feed store yesterday and they had poison ivy soap on the counter. It is supposed to have an ingredient that removes or deactivates the stuff in poison ivy that makes you itch. there was a web site listed on the label. http://poisonivysoap.com/

Sunny said...

Oh you poor woman, my heart goes out to you. Hope you feel better soon.
Hope you have a non-itchy weekend.
☼ Sunny

Mamma has spoken said...

I hope that all is soon dryed up and the b*tch of an itch is gone!

jojo said...

Oh, I feel so sorry for you. It sounds excruciating. I've never heard of anyone getting it so bad from poison ivy. Please take care and get as much rest as possible. I know the weekend will be busy but I hope you get some 'me' time and feel a little stronger. take care super woman.

houndstooth said...

Oh goodness! I feel so bad for you! I hope that the make up helped and that you're over the worst of it soon!

Whitney Lee said...

Hideous. I am sorry. I hope it continues to improve. I will say I love my Bubba Keg (though I use mine for water)!

I hate to say it but I think there's something going around. My husband and I have had a few less than pleasant exchanges ourselves...

Pat said...

I have to ask my sister about a prescription soap that washes the oils off of your body. It was expensive - around $30, but it works wonders. She's flying home today from Hawaii, but I'll let you know as soon as I can.

Hope you can get through this weekend without too much suffering. Hang in there!

Sandra said...

Oh, so all men are alike? Who knew.

@ly said...

Awww ...glad to hear you used benadryl to help you sleep...that works like a charm. Itching is the worst no matter what the cause. Glad to hear your on the mend for your busy holiday weekend!

@ly said...

Awww ...glad to hear you used benadryl to help you sleep...that works like a charm. Itching is the worst no matter what the cause. Glad to hear your on the mend for your busy holiday weekend!

Lorenza said...

Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!
I hope you get better soon!
All that itchy thing caused by the poison ivy sure is not funny!
Take care
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

otin said...

I have been doing land clearing and have poison ivy spots all over. It really sucks and I sympathize with you!