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...I had to strip to my drawers today and get inspected by multiple people at the dermatologist's office. Instead of my suspected food allergy, NO, sorry...poison ivy. All over, everywhere. Cortisone shot in the ass, why-not-since-I'm-there-and-stripped mole check, and I was on my way. Hopefully I can sidestep the possible steroid-y side effects of weight gain and being short-tempered. Well, more than usual, anyway.

Date: 2009-03-19 01:56 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] mellowtigger
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Were you drinking poison ivy tea? How did this effect come about?

Twice, neither time to me --

Date: 2009-03-19 07:34 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
-- my mother, when she wore clothes that were put through the washer along with my dad's overalls (he'd been out clearing brush);

a neighbor, who was tidying a yard and spent some time downwind from, yes, a brush and yard-trash fire. His gloved hands were fine. His torso, exposed to the poison ivy smoke...

Re: Twice, neither time to me --

Date: 2009-03-21 04:14 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
It's nasty, and it is growing around my house. Every time I go to lift it out with a shovel, a tendril or whatever seems to curl around and lash some part of my body. I hate it! That being said, I can spot it peripherally, just like my police car spotting superpowers. I amaze my parents when I go to their house and point it out...they can't ever seem to see it in their flowerbeds.
With a long handle.

Our garden is the size of a bedsheet, so every dandelion gets highly personalised attention.

Date: 2009-03-21 04:08 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
It's unknown. The more I think about it, the more I think the doc was wrong. I think it's hives, and they are being caused by *something*. The shot hasn't done a whole lot. What has helped is antihistimes, and I'm going to buy some Claritin today and just start taking it until I can remove things from my environment that might be suspect. I have stopped eating peanut butter (I started making pb&j sandwiches a few months ago to take with me to save money and time instead of eating out...I hardly ever ate peanut butter before that), I'm going to switch detergent. My soap and lotion are already dermatologist-approved. I dunno. Annoying! And not sexy.

Date: 2009-03-19 04:01 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Did you take pictures? :P

I hope everything clears up for you and the itchiness is gone!

Date: 2009-03-21 04:09 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
I got your picture alright. My latest post.

Date: 2009-03-19 04:35 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
God that is the fucking most miserable shit I know. I'm sorry.

Date: 2009-03-21 04:09 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
What is this? I don't know how to respond to sweetness from you, so I'm pretending it didn't happen.

Date: 2009-03-21 04:11 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
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Date: 2009-03-21 04:09 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]

Date: 2009-03-19 12:10 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Does this office double as a modeling agency?!

Date: 2009-03-21 04:10 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
If you saw what you are talking about, you would rescind this questions ASAP. Hives! On my body!

Date: 2009-03-19 01:31 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Whenever I have had my junk checked, there has been a hot med student tagging along.


Date: 2009-03-21 04:12 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Yes, and they asked this time, but she went to look at another case of something in another office. The last time I had a mole check, it was the doctor and a student. I cracked a joke this time about releasing all pride, and I think they parlayed that crack into me being too sensitive to have a 2nd pair of eyes. If I have already taken off my clothes, then it's too late to have an attack of the prides. Bring everybody in, I don't give a fuck.

Date: 2009-03-20 02:54 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
don't have a relapse! cortisone'll wear off in a few days. I sometimes do a 2 or 3 week taper cuz it can come back.

Date: 2009-03-21 04:12 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
It's not working. I'm going to have to figure this one out on my own, I think.


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