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I am covered, waist to neck -- including face, arms, and part of my hands -- in poison ivy. No idea where it came from. I was going to let it runs its course, but now a second crop has started springing up -- it's so bad I'm going to break down and go to the doctor this morning for some much needed medicine.
Yes, I'm miserable, but what bugs me most of all is that I have absolutely NO IDEA how I got it! After thinking on it, I've concluded it was on one of my long sleeve thermal underwear shirts, which I started wearing about a week before when the weather cooled down. But how did it get there? I didn't get it last year; I washed them before they went into winter storage; and even if I hadn't, I don't wear them doing outside work! I've been washing all my clothes to within an inch of their lives, but I still don't know if I'm getting rid of the problem...


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Nov. 12th, 2005 08:08 pm (UTC)
Poor Mark! Could it be an allergy to the washing powder used? Maybe one of your long sleeved shirts was kindly washed for you by someone else who used a different detergent to the one you use yourself - although I'm not sure how/why!
Nov. 13th, 2005 07:39 am (UTC)
I hadn't thought of that. But the last person who did my laundry besides me was my last live-in girlfriend, and we broke up back in the spring of 2002. (And come to think of it, I still did most of the laundry then, anyway.)

Anyway, it's definitely poison ivy. Sadly, I have long and sad experience with that particular affliction. I can get poison ivy by just thinking about it for too long. :-(
Nov. 13th, 2005 03:04 am (UTC)
Hey, if it makes you feel any better, I have ringworm. I got it from our adopted kitten, who was advertised as "totally disease-free."

It's really annoying because I am the most hygenic person I know. I'm borderline germ-phobic. Now that I disgust myself, it's a real problem.

On the plus side, my spots don't seem to itch. :)
Nov. 13th, 2005 06:55 am (UTC)
Sounds like your kitten's former owners need to redefine "totally disease free". I don't own pets because of allergies, but no one in my family can resist petting a stray, so we've had some problems with fleas on and off.

My daughter got ringworm once, also from a pet, so I have some experience with that; not as much as I do with poison ivy. *sigh* I assume you've got medicine for it. As I recall, it doesn't really go away without some antibiotic cream.

I'm not germ-phobic at all, but I do shower daily -- sometimes twice a day -- and keep my clothes washed. And I haven't been doing any outside work at all (well, until yesterday), so I just can't understand where the heck this came from. (I know I keep saying that, but it's driving me nuts. At least this'll make a good column.)

My itching isn't terrible -- not that it's good. My daughter works at a pharmacy, and got me some stuff the phramacist recommended. It cuts down on the symptoms, but the stuff itself burns like heck. It feels like alcohol on a cut -- all over!
Nov. 13th, 2005 07:22 am (UTC)
that really sucks. i haven't had poison ivy for a long time, probably 10 years or more, before i learned what it looked like. :p it sounds you had a sneak attack though.

i just went to the pharmacy today and got an anti-fungal cream. apparently, ringworm is just athlete's foot that's not on your feet. *shrug* i only have two spots, so i'm hoping it's a mild case. i still feel gross.

Nov. 13th, 2005 09:27 am (UTC)
sneak attack
Actually, I've been wondering about that ... not only am I on the town council, but you can't be a humor columnist for more than a decade without pissing somebody off. Do you suppose ...

No, I don't believe someone dosed me with poison ivy, but it might be a good start to a story.

In my experience, ringworm usually starts off as just small spots, but you're right not to let it spread. At least you didn't ignore your problem in the hopes it would just go away, like men tend to do. (Which reminds me, I really should call the doctor ...)
Nov. 13th, 2005 09:43 am (UTC)
Re: sneak attack
i'm very anti - weird things going on with my body.

don't like surprises in that area. :p
Nov. 13th, 2005 11:34 am (UTC)
Re: sneak attack
I bet puberty hit you hard. :-/

Like most men, I'm one of those people who tends to ignore medical problems until parts are actually falling off. Still another area in which women are superior ...
Nov. 13th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC)
Re: sneak attack

I avoid the doctor because I don't have health insurance. :)
Nov. 13th, 2005 05:56 pm (UTC)
more or less affordable
I've got an advantage on you, there. When the time comes that I start writing full time, affordable insurance is what I'm going to miss the most.
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