Friday, June 21, 2013
Stopping The Itch
I wanted to post a picture of my huge white lilies, but Sprint was merely teasing me with that temporary fix. I think that tornado might have done something to the satellite on the tower. What do I know? Me being just a woman and all. I know that I can't download pictures and this is moving along at a snail's pace. That is what I know.
I don't want to mislead you into thinking I am really smart, though. I have managed to get a nice patch of poison oak/ivy/sumac on my neck. I faithfully scrubbed it with the Fels Naptha soap. But I don't think I got it in time. I was mowing and sweating one evening when I felt a sting on the back of my neck. I thought it was a mosquito, and I swatted at the pain. It wouldn't stop stinging and I reached up to feel and found a tick. I yanked the little vermin out and ground him to death with a rock. The bite was itchy. So, when I got up a couple of nights later, scratching my neck, I didn't think about poison vines.
I just wanted the itching to stop and I stumbled into the bathroom searching for a remedy. I knew I had a bottle of Benadryl lotion some where, but couldn't remember where I had last used it. I had the hall light on and didn't turn on the bathroom light, me being the ever thrifty user of electricity. I remembered seeing a bottle of Ivy Dry in the bathroom cabinet. I picked up the bottle and sprayed my neck and headed back to bed.
It smelled good. I don't remember it smelling nice. I remembered it smelling medicinal. It stopped the itching and I went back to sleep. When I woke, my pillow was smelling nice, a scent I couldn't quite place. It wasn't laundry detergent or fabric softener. I went on about the business of taking out the dogs and hitting the button on the coffee maker, then went into the bathroom and turned on the light.
There it was on the sink where I left it after generously applying the spray to the rash on my neck. Dog groomer's cologne. Not Ivy Dry. The bottles are very similar. No wonder I smelled good, I was wearing dog cologne. It did stop the itch, though.