Note: For those of you who are not fond of rashes, then this isn’t the post for you. I photographed my poison ivy progress because I knew what a great human interest piece this would be. I just now realized that I might be the only human interested. So, consider yourself warned!
We figured out that I got the poison ivy from Terry’s clothes! He had torn down some vines growing around a tree that the kids played around, but he washed thoroughly after coming inside. He knows I’m really sensitive. *Flashback* Sometime in July, 2000. We just moved back to Hot Springs. We move into a house that was infested with fleas. We had them everywhere, and we had all wood floors! It was terrible. I had played in the yard with Lauren, and noticed an itchy spot down by my sock line. I’m assuming it’s a flea bite. Till it spreads. Then I think “Infected flea bite!” Then it forms blisters and I realize “Poison Ivy!” It lasted for three long weeks, but was only on a small portion of my leg.
Okay, back to present day. This time around, it was no small portion of my anatomy. I awoke Thursday morning to itching on my left arm. It quickly spread. My left forearm, and my right hand. Then my upper right arm. Then my neck and finally, my forehead. (sorry, no photos of the head. I’ve got some pride.)
My left arm began swelling to the point I could barely move my hand. The swelling crept down into my fingers. It began to blister, and then ooze. I looked like I’d been in a terrible fire. The itching was bad, but the pain was worse. We had decided on Saturday to go to the doctor on Monday. We don’t have insurance yet, so a doctor’s visit would be some bit cheaper. By Sunday morning, I looked worse. Terry ordered me to take Benadryl and stay away from people! That afternoon, he insisted that I go to the ER and get help. It was looking really bad, and feeling awful.
At the ER, they gave me the “mother of all shots” according to Terry. His eyes bugged out when he saw the needle. I didn’t look. And moments after, I couldn’t look, because I couldn’t move. The pain from that shot was excruciating for an hour afterwards. (Thank you, Lord, for Ibuprofen!!)
The prednizone shot worked great. By seven o’clock Sunday night, the swelling was down by half. I’m also taking prednizone pills which have helped reduce the rash rapidly. I’m hoping I’ll look almost normal (no comments please!)by the time I see my fam in NC. I’d hate to frighten my nephews!
Anyway, without further ado, here are the photos chronicling my adventure. Interestingly, as the rash heals, it seems to look worse. It’s brighter, but not as swollen. All a sign of healing, I hope!
July 14th…four days into the nightmare, and one day after seeking treatment.
July 15th…five days…and counting.
Today. See. It’s got a nice color, don’t ya think? I mean, really, I give it a ten for color tone.
6 thoughts on “My Poison Ivy Chronicle”
I'm so sorry for your misery! I hope you are feeling better and I'm glad it is clearing up.
Here's a funny story: I remember one time when I was a teenager we had a work day at our church, and the guys were clearing brush out of a fence row. Someone (very close to you–who shall remain nameless)was messing around and hitting me in the face with his gloves, and a few days later, I got poison ivy on my face! Luckily, though, it wasn't too bad.
Oh, your rash looks terrible. I pray you will soon be well.
I love you.
I should thank my lucky stars that I can't get poison ivy, etc. My father in law got it really bad after burning some brush, had it down his throat, lungs, etc. He was really sick.
Looking forward to seeing you.
Wendy in NC
I am heartbroken at how bad your arm and hand look. Bless your heart!!!! I am so glad the doctor was able to give you something that would help.
Praying your feeling better,
You poor thing! I'll be praying it goes away quickly!
HI! I know you are on the road to NC, but I thought I would stop by and say that we got back into Indy at 3:30 am Mon. morning. Or should I say TODAY!
Wow Lady, That's the mother load of Poison Ivy I would say.
Thank you for posting the pictures. Pictures give your words a whole new sort of meaning when you are explaining it. And let me tell you lady, I had a whole different picture in my head than what you posted.
I will pray that it will dry up fast and that it will heal perfectly.
DON'T ITCH IT LADY! You don't want scaring.
Your in my prayers. Have an great time with your family and your family in NC.