When my daughter, Princess Lemon, was a little girl she called poison ivy “Poison I.V.” As in, “Gabby was at school today and she had a rash and she said it was poison i.v.”
I just thought this was a cute picture of Princess Lemon
Now I have poison ivy. I believe that I contracted this horrible affliction the day after our derecho when I had the brilliant idea of running on my usual trail, which was littered with downed trees and various plant debris. As I was on my way back after crawling over, under and through the trees on the trail I ran into the boy scout troop that was biking to DC. I heard the adult leader say, “Look out boys, there is poison ivy on those trees.” Really?
I have looked at photos of poison ivy in the past, and I know the old poem “Leaves of three, let it be.” But come on, am I the only person who thinks poison ivy looks like any other plant in the woods? It looks totally innocuous. Why didn’t mother nature make it a mean looking plant, like a venus fly trap?
So I got two small rashes on my leg, but not right away, it took a few days. And it was just a couple of bumps, but then it seemed to get bigger and ickier. Then blisters started appearing. And the rashes got bigger. And itchier. Really itchy. I started putting cortisone cream on them, but that didn’t have a long term effect. I didn’t even know if this truly was poison ivy since I have never had it, but I didn’t know what else it could be.
I went to Walgreen’s and there were some poison ivy treatments. I didn’t buy the $45 bottle, I got the next lower, the $35 product. It is a scrub that does seem to work pretty well at stopping the itching for about three hours.
I also bought a powder that I use as a compress. I started using it at the end of last week, I was at the beach and after my sweaty run the rash was looking really ugly. But the compresses and the ocean water and the sun seemed to help.
Now I am not sure if this is getting better or worse. I don’t want to take steroids, it seems like killing a fly with a nuclear bomb. But it’s been three weeks now!
July 15, 2012
July 16, 2012
July 22, 2012
I know that in the pictures it looks worse. But I think it is getting better…really.
Poison ivy can be used as a method of torture for prisoners of war. It seems safer than waterboarding, but just as effective. If you can stop my itching I will tell you all of my secrets.