Last Saturday we started clean up in our foundation plantings around the house just before the storms came. I knew better than to start this with weather looming but lent a hand. What a mistake!! I inadvertently got a hold of poison ivy unbeknownst to me and proceeded to affect my entire face and upper body. It all started on my chin. It just felt really bumpy and funny so naturally I had to play with it and there is the point of this learned lesson. Wash up the minute you come in from any outside activities.
My face proceeded to swell from Sunday to finally when I went to the Doctor on Wednesday I was so swollen that my right eye was nearly shut so my husband has had to drive me. Since I look so horrible I have not gone out in public since people are known to come up to you and ask what happened. This is not my first encounter with poison ivy but it is the worst. I received a steroid shot on Wednesday and am on a 12 day course of oral steroids and I can report today that I can see much better with both eyes and the swelling is slowly coming down. So much so that I am venturing out into the world today.
Oh, I still itch like crazy and am applying topical lotions to help with that but what a lesson learned. We went form winter into June weather here so literally everything needs to be done at once, bed clean up, meadow management, digging, dividing, potting for the nursery, direct seeding of flowers and herbs, potato and onion planting etc. This just didn't help since my face was so full of fluid I couldn't do much outdoor work the past couple of days and now the storms have come again which puts me that much farther behind.
Be careful out there!!