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  •  That would be a very interesting diary - and (2+ / 0-)

    useful. I have never reacted to poison ivy - not even in the days of Girl Scout Camp (the camp was infested). But my exe and my son have both had severe cases.

    And it is such a hardy, even attractive vine. Too bad it's so nasty.

    "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

    by Most Awesome Nana on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 06:29:45 AM PDT

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    •  such a hardy, even attractive vine...mmhmmm. (2+ / 0-)

      that's what I was thinking the day I spent several hours ripping out old blackberry canes, wearing shorts and a tank top because it was sooo hot. I was covered from head to toe with the kind of minor scratches that job will give you. Then I tackled this amazing, enormously long vine thing...There was so much of it I was pulling it out with both hands and wrapping it around one arm like a garden hose. (The one saving grace to that story was that along with my heavy duty work gloves, I listened to the little voice that said '-hey, you brought your safety glasses home from work! you should wear them...') It was time to quit and go to work, and since I was working a dirty job in a machine shop, it only made sense to just wait and shower after. So instead, with my gloves still on, I brushed off all the dirt and particles. The whole entire time it never even entered my mind that the never-ending vine might also be called ivy...I'd even heard the leaves-of-three/let them be verse before but remained clueless.
           Until we clocked out at 11 pm and my supervisor pointed to my arms and said, "she's got cooties!" Which I sort of did, and they were popping up faster and faster. Still I didn't understand. next morning, emergency trip to the doctor, who circled my wrist with his fingers without touching me and gently dragged me down the hall for an immediate prednisone shot, to be followed by a huge regimen of it. That's enough for one comment, but seriously- I had no skin on my entire body all summer except, thankfully, in my private areas and on my hands and around my eyes. The rest of the story is seriously gross. I had spread the poison ivy oil over almost every inch of my skin and even into my bloodstream.
          I had to debride myself daily with 50/50 clorox and water in a spray bottle, standing in the bathtub. Sounds terrible, but actually it was a relief. (You can't put calamine on skin that doesn't exist.)

      We are all pupils in the eyes of God.

      by nuclear winter solstice on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 12:27:12 PM PDT

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      •  OMG. That is seriously awful! Like having 3rd (2+ / 0-)

        degree burns. How terrible for you.

        I take back anything good I have ever had to say about it.

        "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

        by Most Awesome Nana on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 12:37:21 PM PDT

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        •  I agree, it was a 3rd degree chemical burn. (1+ / 0-)
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          I would have gone absolutely apeshit insane, except that the doctor had the good sense to walk me over to a calendar (it affects your mind at that level, and so does prednisone) and point to "you are here" and tell me, "if you think this is bad right now, let me warn you: this will get worse, much worse, for three weeks. Then it will stop, and it will go away in the reverse of how it came on and you will be fine. Remember that and count the days." He was absolutely right, and just before I got delusional with fever one afternoon, I had taken note that 'this is it, after this it will get better. And it did. Not a single scar.
                I don't have any scarring from my brown recluse spider bite either...wanna hear more gory details? Another type of chemical burn.
               Skin is an amazing organ, and mine has recovered from several major things.  And St. John's Wort and skin is where we began.

          We are all pupils in the eyes of God.

          by nuclear winter solstice on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 12:56:49 PM PDT

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          •  I would have needed some serious drugs to get (2+ / 0-)

            through that. And the spider bite. You're tough!

            My worst skin problem was after a Burmese python tried to eat my thumb (long story short, I was stupid). He had a good chunk of my hand in his mouth, lacerated the skin and it took so long to get him off, the digestive fluids had started their work. Most of the skin on the thumb and part of the hand eventually fell off.  

            Lesson learned - never feed a snake bigger and heavier that you if you are alone.

            "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

            by Most Awesome Nana on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 01:57:16 PM PDT

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