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Poison Ivy

Posted Jul 22 2012 10:11pm

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.”

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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!

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July 15, 2012

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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.

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