Sunday, March 28, 2010

Itchy Scratchy

I wanted to write about the lovely vacation we had and various things related to it. But alas, I am suffering from - well, something itchy. I woke up with a painful welt on my chin. We thought it might be a spider bite, but it spread some, and since the biggest welt-type thing was over a nick from a fingernail, I was worried it was another staph infection. It spread more -a lot more - pretty much everywhere, with itchy, oozy welts ranging in size from dime to silver dollar, and it was intensely itchy. We had done a lot of yard work, "fighting off" the overgrown jungle (err, I mean, lot) next door from eating our yard. So maybe it was poison ivy, oak or sumac. I know there were various vines, etc. where we were working. But then it spread more, only mostly in small, fluid-filled blisters. Besides serious itchiness, I also began having severe headaches and ennui, just total lack of energy. Oops, I once again thought I knew what it was.

I have kind of been proud of the fact that our whole family is evidently immune to chicken pox. Neither I nor my husband have ever had it, and none of our three sons, although I know they were exposed to it, ever contracted the chicken pox. So when my Mom thought she might have shingles, I went over to give my two cents worth. She did indeed have shingles. You can not get shingles from someone with that ailment, but you can get chicken pox from someone with shingles. And I am fairly certain that is what I've got. The doctor's nurse, going by her experience with her children, is sure that's what I have. The doc, because of the welts, leans toward poison ivy. My Mother, who feels awful about it, thinks I have both.

So I take copious amounts of Benadryl, which usually knocks me out cold. I have steeped in enough oatmeal in the form of Aveeno bath soaks to make someone a fine breakfast. I use the very strong (downright scary, if  you read the pamphlet) ointment the doc gave me a prescription for. I keep the house cold as advised. And I try sooooo haaarrrddd not to scratch.

So the posts about vacation and other, far more interesting things will have to wait a bit, until I am feeling a little less sorry for myself.


Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I'm so sorry to read of your malady. I'll say a prayer for you.

Protege said...

Oh, I am so sorry you are sick It sounds like a terrible ordeal as well.:(
I have suffered from pressure urticaria in periods of my life, usually when I have been very stressed. I got big hives all over my body, where pressure was applied, it could be from clothes touching my body and on the soles of my feet, And it itched and was painful.

Please get better soon. And have a lovely Easter, if I do not get the chance to wish this later to you.


rhymeswithplague said...

When I first moved to Florida, I got a fungus on my feet, and the doctor I went to said (a) I needed to dry my feet better after showering, and (b) the official medical name of what I had was The Southeastern Creeping Crud.

I know it's not related to either chicken pox or poison ivy. I just thought you might enjoy the story.

Connie said...

How about a cyber hug since a real one would just make you more itchy! oxoxoxoxox hope you are better soon!

Cherdecor said...

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I am sooooooooooooo sorry! I feel your pain! I have had chicken pox and I have had Shingles....nothing is worse than Shingles and I have had cancer, legioneers disease and mononeuclosis. Oh yes, and ruptured appendix. Shingles was the worst!

I will pray for you. Poison Ivy along with Chicken Pox has to be bad! You poor dear! Take care.

Cherie said...

Oohhh I had chicken pox as an adult and I feel your pain and your itch. Ick Ick Ick I hope you get through it quick!

Islandsparrow said...

Oh I hate being itchy and miserable - I was bitten by sand fleas once and had a similar reaction to yours. Praying it's better soon!

nikkipolani said...

Tracieeeee, you have my sympathy. I'm so sorry you are feeling badly with the itching and all.

Susan said...

Poor Tracie!!! Praying for you, and hoping that you're feeling some better by now. I'm also praying for your son's friend that you mentioned in a comment on an AC article of mine - how sad.

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