When I last posted, I shared the wonderfully fun day that Little Sister and I spent on her field trip day last week. I am in such a different place these days and I don't like it one bit. Evidently, I touched something with Poison Ivy oil on it and it's covered my arms.
I was being so careful last week when we worked in the yard. I wore gloves. I wore a long sleeve shirt. I didn't touch anything that was a vine. I was so careful with everything. MusicMan did all the touching and we both bathed with Ivy wash after coming in from the yard. How in the world did I get it on me? Where did it come from?
Thursday afternoon, I felt my arm burning a bit and I tried to recall if I had touched it on a pan or the stove. I couldn't remember doing that. There was a blister on the underneath side of my left arm - on the fatty part about a hand's width from the elbow. It didn't itch - it just hurt. I had a few bumps on the inside of my right wrist and it itched a bit but nothing really bothersome. I didn't connect it to poison ivy because we had been so careful.
When I awoke Friday morning, the blister on the left arm had spread to the size of Little Sister's palm and the pain was making me cry. I don't know how I got it but I knew what it was and I also knew that if I didn't see about it in the next few hours, I was going to be in more trouble. The first time I had an encounter with PI - I spent a night in the ER on a breathing treatment.
I was at the Immediate Med (which I call a Doc in the Box) when they opened. I told them what I had, what I needed and they gave me a Dedadron shot that burned all the way through my ass and down my leg. I also got the standard dose pac. All the times before, I got the Dedadron shot but a prednisone does pac. Predinisone is what I took for 5 weeks this past summer. I know they are both steroids but I've never taken Dedadron pills before. I wasn't looking forward to being back on steroids but I knew the ivy would require it.
This Decadron is making me nasty. I don't feel well and I'm bitchy. I had my period on Thursday and now it's gone with the shot. Nothing. I'm irritable and I waver from wanting to eat everything I can get my hands on to feeling sick at the thought of food. I feel like I'm crawling out of my skin and the only way to save my family is to be alone or laying down in the bed.
I have 12 days of this crap. I have twelve days of a full calendar and I'm spending a lot of energy trying to figure out how I'm going to make all this work and be nice to those people who irritate me.....cause it seems like they are lining up to take turns.