I can’t believe it.
Here I am a miserable, red itchy mess again – thanks to my nemesis – the dreaded poison ivy.
After my last horrible episode with the toxic weed I have been extremely careful outside. So how could I possibly get poison ivy when I have barely left the house for a week? I wasn’t even out of the yard since last Monday?!
But the kids were.
They were all over the property – in and out of ravines and up and down the hills.
Then they took their dirty clothes off and put them in the laundry.
I’ll give you three guesses as to who helped to sort that laundry and start it through the washer.
I must have gotten some of that nasty urushial oil on my forearms and spread it – everywhere – my arms, legs, back, all over my abdomen and even on my face.
With an outbreak this big, many of the things I’ve tried before just weren’t practical. I did shower twice a day using Dawn soap to stop the oil from spreading.
And I changed our bedding every day and I never wore any article of clothing more than once before washing it.
But the real hero for this nasty bout has become my die hard blow dryer – the one I bought back in college and now pull out once a year to defrost the freezer.
I read online that blowing a blow dryer directly on the rash and holding it there for as long as you can will help with the itching. In my desperation, I tried it and – believe it or not – it worked.
It heats the rash up until it stings and itches so bad you can’t stand it. But it stops the itching for a good two hours.
It wasn’t a cure all – nor did it stop the rash from spreading – but it did keep me sane until I could get in to the doctor for a round of medication.
Oh – happy pills – how I needed you!
Needless to say – it’s been a painful week thus far.
But there’s always a bright side – with the rash on my forearms I can’t do any laundry or dishes so I won’t spread it to others. 🙂