Monday, June 14, 2010

My Poison Ivy Story

I suppose it's the price I pay for clearing land for a garden--poison ivy that is. That stuff is friggin' evil! I knew it was there and tried to be mindful when removing it but I am so damn allergic I would probably get it from just looking at it. Oh, and the best part is that I clearly have a few different strains going on. Good God I look like a leper!
I learned that the resin from the leaf can stay on an object for up to a year. NICE! My clothing, rake, all of my garden tools... EVERYTHING is contaminated not to mention my favorite pair of wellies that I am terrified to touch.
So the doc put me on an oral steroid because it was so close to my eyes. I am not sure if it helped or not but I took it all like a good girl. She told me it would make me jittery and hungry. Got the jitters and got sick to my stomach. Never got the munchies. It tasted horrible and I complained to the hubs like a school girl. Poor fella. I was pathetic..
This started 3 weeks ago and I am still riddled with this crap! Not sure how but I keep reinfecting myself. Hello summer!
Just had to share my most recent calamity. Poison Ivy is from HELL! Be careful out there!


  1. My friend is highly allergic as well and went through "Poison Ivy Hell" a couple of years ago. Finally it dawned on him that the door knobs to the house, bathroom, laundry room etc. as well as the rug at the back door probably had the oils on them... Maybe you should wash all of your knobs and rugs (and sounds funny, but maybe the toilet handle as well?). Whatever you think you might have touched... wash.
    That stuff IS evil! Good luck!

  2. I'm going to take your advice and clean house! Thanks!