Thursday, June 18, 2009

Ya'll...



Let me start out by saying, "I swear I do not make this stuff up." Ok, here it is. I have poison ivy. ON... MY... FACE! I have an art retreat next week and I am going to have to meet over 30 lovely strangers looking like Jo-Jo the Dog Faced Girl. It is swollen and itching and awful. I went to the doctor today and got a steroid shot in my back-side (OUCH!!) and then steroid cream and steroid pills (see photo:) Hopefully, I can keep it out of my eyes. Because that would be bad. It started out as a little bump two days ago and then began to spread all over. I have no idea how I got it. I don't garden. Ya'll know I have a black thumb and can only grow things in the back of my pantry or refrigerator. I was picking up toys in the backyard earlier this week and maybe some was in the grass, but who knows? So bare with me ONCE AGAIN and look for the ambrotype post tomorrow when the steroid cream has kicked in and I don't feel like I want to rip my face off Hannibal Lecter style. Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I am pretty sure I have gotten back to everyone, but if not then let me know.

Love, Jamie

PS-I think I need some of those mittens that you put on newborns so they don't scratch themselves with their finger nails. For Reals.

Quote for Today:

"When the itch is inside the boot, scratching outside provides little consolation."
~Chinese Proverbs

34 comments:

Linda Cain said...

You poor thing!!! OMG! My mom used to wear white gloves to be because she had eczema and would scratch it at night. Just a though....

I rubbed my eyes at night and scratched my cornea after RK surgery...So I had to wear very uncomfortable GOGGLES to bed...

But your situation is much worse......I'm sure your students will understand...and you'll do just fine.

My SIL can get poison ivy from a block away...it's strange.

Hugs!!!!

Linda

julie Haymaker thompson said...

OMG,Jamie !!! You must feel terrible My heart is going out to you the steroid shot should work fast Can you sleep did the steroid stop the itching I HOPE YO DO NO GET IT IN YOUR EYES!!!

Karin said...

oh Jaime!!!!hopefully the steriods will help. Hopefully it will all be gone by next week!

Don't Scratch!!! :)

Kim Mailhot said...

deep breaths, you poor thing ! may it all heal up quickly !
(the white gloves might be a good idea at night or white socks ?)
Sending so extra healing prayers your way !

Louise (KardKrazy) said...

Dear, you have my sympathy. My son had it last year and I must say I never knew poison ivy was like that. Hang in there......

Kim said...

Poor baby! It's bad enough to get it , but I didn't realize you had a retreat too! That SUX! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the meds kick in fast and will try to remember to ask my gf if she has any suggestions to relieve the itching for you too.
xoxo

lorhen82 said...

Oh Jamie, you poor girl! That must be miserable! I hope it clears up SOON!!! ~Lori

Alisa said...

Oh no, Jamie!

Don't worry about next week. We are going to have fun regardless!

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Jamie!!!! Poor sweetie...I bet that steroid will work wonders though, they're usually very effective!!! I hope that it goes away quickly girl ~ xxoo, Dawn

Tina said...

Holy COW batman!!! And I thought the few pounds I have hanging around was bad...Hope that stuff kicks in for ya soon...Look on the brite side..We'll know it's you...lol..See you SOON!!

Elizabeth Golden said...

Oh this is bad, oh so bad. I hate poison ivy. You might have gotten it from the kids clothes. My boys brought it home one time and I got it on the inside of my arm. Please be careful with your eyes. I do have a funny story for later about this but wait till your not all itchy. I am thinking about you - stay cool!

cindy said...

Great quote! :D And I'm so terribly sorry...pi is NEVER any fun, and really bad how quickly it can spread, so no scratching...get you some mittens. I'm sure you will be perfectly beautiful by the end of next week! :D

-c
yapping cat

Terri Kahrs said...

Oooooh, Jamie, you POOR Baby! My heart is going out to you, and I've asked the "healing angels" to surround you and maybe even tie your hands behind your back! My son is DEATHLY allergic to the stuff. We've been through the steroid treatments (unfortunately) many times. You're right . . . one moment it's a small bump and then the bump explodes!!!!

Hopefully the shot will relieve a ton of the itches and swelling. I'm sending "healing vibes" to you too. Hugs, Terri xoxo

Claire said...

I feel so bad for you... back when I was YOUNG I got poison ivy on my face on my vacation just before school started, and had to enter the 9th grade looking like some scary monster... I know your pain. But the steroids will help! I bet you are almost all better by the time your retreat starts!

Tami Roth said...

Oh you poor thing, Jamie!!! Your not alone-our whole family has had its little ups and downs healthwise lately too! Hugs to you,
Tami
P.S. I just love reading your posts-you are a funny hoot!

Her Art Nest said...

I feel for you....I just have to be near poison ivy, and it seems to fly towards me. Take care of yourself. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and becoming a follower. I need to start cranking out some art soon! Been doing too much knitting lately. ~Nan

Bri said...

Probably a good idea.

So sorry about your itch!!!

Joy for the Journey said...

OUCH! Hope you're feeling better!
Sarah :)

Susan Sager Brown said...

Look at it this way, at least it's not on your hiney. I bet you feel a lot better now!!! Love your blog, your humor and your art. Thanks for visiting my blog!!
xoSusan

Susan Tuttle said...

I am so sorry to hear about this -- poor thing:)

Something to cheer you up, perhaps -- I just posted full details about my online class:

http://web.me.com/hgtuttle3rd/VPPublic/Welcome.html

xo

Lori said...

oh no!!! Miss Texas, i am so sorry to hear about your poison ivy...poor poor you, that must really be a misery...i hope it is cleared up when you go to your retreat...LOVE your new printer...it looks awesome...i bet you have lots of bells and whistles on that baby!!! your boy looks adorable in that pic too:)

Tumble Fish Studio said...

Oh my poor Jamie! I have had poison ivy and it is not fun. My brother had to be hospitalized once with it - he got it in his eyes and mouth digging up roots cutting a trail on a wildlife refuge. I've had friends that unknowingly burned it and had to be hospitalized from inhaling the fumes. It is nasty stuff. On the other hand, my dad is immune to it and can pull it out with his bare hands and not ever get a bump. Hope you get some relief from the meds and never ever get it again.

The new printer/scanner is a toy to be envied! Holy moly! You lucky duck! How did you rate getting that just after Father's Day? hmmmm? My poor honey got a new toilet and had to put it in for Father's Day. I'm pretty sure he would have rather had the printer too.

The pictures below are just gorgeous. I can't wait to use that top hunky guy! Thank you sweet friend!

Get better,
marsha

Lisa Oceandreamer said...

Jamie you poor thing! Maybe try oven mits and then tape them around your wrist. I can't imagine how itchy and uncomfortable it must be anyway but to have it on your face......
I hope the shot and topical help to rid you of this VERY soon! AND there is no way, no matter what, you could ever look like a dog faced girl!
Take care and DO NOT scratch!!
XOXO
Lisa

José said...

Sorry you didn't put a picture of yourself in your message. Might have been nice to use in crafting... :) No, serious: I hope you will be better soon.
Btw: I used one of your photos for an ATC. I think it came out very nice.

Carole said...

I'm so sorry about the poison ivy. I can practically break out from being near the stuff.

I know you've already dealt with it, but there's a product called Technu that works wonders. The ointment draws the toxins out and helps to dry the rash. I swear by the stuff.

I hope you feel better soon.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

oh gosh...I am itching just reading about it!
award for you...please visit soonest.

Bejeweled said...

Oh, Jamie! You poor thing! I'm sure with that medication that it will clear up by next week and that your art fest will be super fun and poison ivy free!

Tami Roth said...

Hope all is well, Jamie, and just popping in to say "hi"!!!
Hugs,
Tami

Terri said...

I hope you are better by now. I really feel bad for you that you got this. But the timing. Oh my.

Kim said...

Are you Healed yet, lol? I did check w/my gf as I said I would, but her suggestion didn't sound very helpful to me.
I'm hoping it's not in your eye's, sweetpea. Take care,
Kim

Tacey said...

Oh, Jamie..I hope it is much better now. That steroid shot should have helped speed up the recovery time.

I hope you and yours have a wonderful 4th of July weekend.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

wondering how you're doing???

Elizabeth Golden said...

Hey girlie where are you? Are you okay - swept away by the tide? summertime blues?

Nancy Maxwell James said...

Hello Miss Jamie
I am so sorry to hear about your itching. Horrible. I hope you are feeling better now! HUGS!

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