Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Itchy and Scratchy Show

A little homage to an old favorite, The Simpsons.

WARNING: if you are easily grossed out, look away.

Y'all, poison ivy is serious business! Given my history of allergens, I'm sure I'm probably more allergic to poison ivy than the average bear. It is horrendous. I went to the doctor today and got a shot of steroids in the booty to help me stop itching, and I am just hoping and praying it works. I cannot go out in public with my legs showing, for fear of scaring small children (and grown adults who might fear I have the mumps). And, in case you didn't get the memo, it's been HOT has HADES up in here (hottest June on record internationally)! I've been wearing skirts and dresses to work pretty much every day, but I have had to wear pants yesterday and today, because my legs (specifically my right leg) look really bad. The pants actually make it worse, because of the constant contact/rubbing of the fabric on my skin. Between my still healing mountain bike laceration and this, I think someone is trying to keep me from showing my legs! I honestly am going to go to Old Navy and Target this evening to grab a few maxi dresses, so I can wear them this weekend

Beware of this stuff! I'd somehow managed to escape it my whole life and then I run into it working in our yard. We have the big planter area that runs through the front and side of our yard with crape myrtles, rose bushes, purple coneflowers, brown eyed susans, etc. and I was working in that cleaning out weeds and vines that had grown in. Well, apparently one of those vines was poison ivy. Awesome! NOT.

Okay, now if you want to see what poison ivy can do to you, look on. Otherwise, you were warned. It actually looks better in the pictures than it does in person, because you can't quite get the full idea of how big the welts are. Except in the first picture, if you look at the top of my leg, you can get an idea of the size of the bumps.

This is the outside of my lower right leg.

Top of my lower right leg.

Inside of my right arm. Try not to be too impressed by that bicep. ;)


Kristin said...

I got it once in high school and it was HORRIBLE!! Hope you feel better soon.

Amy said...

Oh my goodness! That looks miserable. I hope the shot does the trick and you get rid of it soon!

Chic Coles said...

So sorry nothing worse in the summer.Good luck, feel better soon.