My dog ran away the morning of the 4th! I was so worried about her I lived on the border of watershed land. The trees are wild and full of danger.
It took two hours of calling and searching, but finally she crashed through the bushes and headed for me. I was crouching and clapping my hands. The day was a scorching one, I had dressed with shorts and a T-sirt. She ran into me licking and jumping all over me, for a moment there I thought she was going to bury me!
I washed her and checked her for ticks. Way back then ticks were still not known as dangerous, they were but, we did not have the exposure as today. She finally settled down, we started the celebration of the 4th and the day ended well, oh so I tought. In the middle of the night I woke up very itchy and feverish, not knowing what was happening I ran into the bathroom and took a look at myself. Holy Mother of God! I was red on my upper arms, I was red around my neck, and I was red on my belly and inner thighs and legs! Not to mention the sores with fluid building up! I started to call out and pretty soon the whole household was squeezed into that bathroom.
I had poison ivy all over my body, it was painful and maddening. They took me to the ER and it was not a great time. The 4th is a busy place in emergency rooms, and poison ivy is not considered an emergency. Two hours later and I finally was examined. The ER doc kind of felt bad for me, he gave me a shot and some pills and cream to cover up all the boils and send me on my way. We stopped for breakfast and while I was sitting in the booth of the diner drinking coffee the waitress kind of looked disgusted while refilling my cup. My husband and the kids explained about poison ivy and they had a good laugh on my behalf. But she still was looking, I finally took out my mirror from my bag and looked at my reflection. Mary, Jesus, and Joseph! I looked like a leper! I did not have poison ivy on my face before! But there it was, on my face on my hands, everywhere. I screamed! The waitress dropped the coffee carafe and there was coffee and glass everywhere! I wanted to go back to the ER but no one wanted that road again! I insisted.
Out of all the people that are infected with poison ivy, I was the 1% that when you take what ever I was given to counter act the poison ivy, I was allergic to the Rx. I never had poison ivy before, how was I to know? I had to battle two of them, poison ivy boils, and allergy bumps and they both itched like crazy!
This malady would have lasted only about 7 days, it lasted over a month! If there was someone in the Devine Heaven that wanted to get even with me for all I ever did that I should not have done, here I was paying for it. Payment in full thank you!