Friday, July 17, 2009

Poison Ivy? Are You Kidding Me?


Yeah, yeah, it's me. Don't act so surprised. I, myself, almost slid off the chair when the doctor broke the news. I swear my mouth hung open for a fraction of a minute. Excuse me, please.

No, I don't go walking brushing my legs against any plant. What, no, no, I don't go hugging trees. No, the last time I went hiking was 8 years ago, and all I encountered were bloodsuckers (no less horrid, of course.) And, no, DOCTOR, I don't live in the woods.

So what in the world? I thought it was those creepy bugs.

No, Cherie (and here he touched my legs for emphasis), see here (peering through his glasses), this is characteristic of poison ivy (and he droned on as to WHAT it would have looked like if it was NOT). Do you have any on your wrist?

No, but (I showed him my right forearm), I did start itching here (the telltale dots were there), and I used some Hydrocortisone.

(I had earlier told the nurse when she did my vitals that I had been pumping my ever-reliable tried-and-true Hydrocortisone tube for the past two days to no avail, and so as a last act of desperation, I was there for a prescription for Prednisone.)

The doctor now says, I will put you on Prednisone for 10 days.

Please, doctor, because I am ready to hang myself - the itch is driving me crazy.

I've been home since, thank God, sheltered inside these walls, vowing to do splits and fly if I have to to avoid anything green, and screaming bloody Mary to the kids to keep their shoes outside.

Hallelujah.
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the source of the picture is poison ivy. Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

29 comments:

Jesusa Arevalo said...

nakatulan an batit, hahaha. i hope you feel better!

cherie said...

hihihi- quite shocking, actually. ME?!? what's next? haha

betchai said...

oh yes Che, why did you get poison ivy? like what you said, you went hiking 8 years ago. i go hiking every week and been always in the greens but thankfully did not get any poison ivy, but i have poison ivy lotion among other first aid remedies always in my pack just in case. though i don't cross the greens especially the leaves that come with threes.

i hope you feel better.

cherie said...

ewan ko ba sa doktor, beth, hihihi, baka nahipan ako ng hangin, haha!

you be careful hiking..

i'm getting better, thank you, guys..

Ayie said...

so how did you get "rubbed" by poison ivy?

betchai, what's with leaves that comes in threes?

Ayie said...

then you told betchai, di mo lam...haha!

just be careful and hope the itching stops for good =)

happy weekend

cherie said...

hi, ayie, my son says it's clearing up - it still itches that;s for sure. i think i got this from work, palakad-lakad kasi ako sa garden habang nag-aantay ng sundo, ayan ang napala ko.

thanks, ayie!

Sol said...

kanina ko pa didi gusto mag comment baya....sabi ko ugang taud taod na lugod.... be careful next time u walk around your work place garden =) ....

cherie said...

opo, sol, thank you, i will.

betchai said...

" betchai, what's with leaves that comes in threes?"

=== hi Ayie, in hiking, we have this quote, " leaves of threes, leave them be". the poison ivy has three leaves in a triangular pattern, not all leaves of threes are poisonous, but since it is hard to tell, leave them be :)

Che, hope you feel better. thanks, we do take precautions when we hike, we have the first aid kit in our backpack just in case, thankfully, na-e-expire lang laman nang kit, hindi namin nagagamit :) we just replace it with new ones again :)

cherie said...

that's good na nag-e-expire na lang sila, beth. thank you for the "leaves of threes" bit - it's very useful knowledge, oh boy.

Cher said...

hi che! i hope you are feelin' better by now.

btw, i doubt if u will receive kyla's letter and my note. Mond dropped it in mailbox without stamp!!! (i know how embarrassing it is) kyla promised to write a new one though she's upset kasi pinaghirapan niya yun.

kisses to Matt and AJ. take care, girl. :)

cherie said...

haha - you make me smile and giggle out loud, cher, hihihi...ikaw talaga, hahah sige pano yan, nag-aantay ang binata ko, pinagyabang pa niyan si kyla sa school niya, sa journal pa nila, ha? thank you for your sweetness, pati tuloy si mond napasali na, hihi..my regards to your loving hubs and equally sweet little girl...eto pa rashes, makati pa at ang pait ng Prednisone! will hop over to your site in a few! hugs..

rainfield61 said...

" leaves of threes, leave them be". What a saying. I shall pay some attentions on this during my next hiking. It looks interesting.
Usually I take only pictures without touching or plucking any. I do no harm to them, they must be the same to me.

cherie said...

oh, hi, rainfield, thanks for the blog hop. i linked your blog to mine - i need all the motivation (yours and betchai's) to pen some nature-inspired posts...

yeah, how nice that little phrase...thanks, again, bethsky..

kulasa said...

hi Che, i'm late here he he he, hope by this time there's no more itch he he he...

Thinking out loud said...

Hi sweetie! i hope this works.... kisses for you 3x

jhackie decena said...

hi....may i follow you..
thanks..

RheyBenz said...

Nalingatong.hahaha...Arog talaga sana mga balat sibuyas di sanay sa hiras.

cherie said...

doc, sis! antagal mo, huhu, ang kati-kati po! makati pa rin pero naaaninag ko na balat ko sa ilalim ng mga bilog-bilog, haha

cherie said...

hi, des, thanks for hopping by!

cherie said...

of course, jhackie, you may...thank you..

cherie said...

badaw. hiras talaga, hahahaha...

skyblue said...

oh madear,
poison ivy..thats obvious..how dangerous..keep off the grass next time.

cherie said...

thanks, nits, will be careful next time..thanks for hopping by...

Ayie said...

glad you share that...i am more amused with 3 leaves coz it looks good. I could've been poisoned all along hiking! hahaha! Good thing I don't really hike! But nice to know at least i can be cautious even just around greens.

thanks betchai!

Ayie said...

that's good, it's really irritating when you have all that itchy thing.

Diane C. said...

I have never seen poison ivy, maybe because I live in the desert. I hope the itching has stopped and you feel better now. :)

cherie said...

it has, and i do! thanks, ayie! i NEVER imagined i'd get one myself, haha

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