Saturday, September 09, 2006

Gatlinburg Trip and I'm on the 'roids

I apologize for not posting very much as of late. I've been fairly busy with work over the last month and as of this week, the wife and I have been in the Smoky Mountains, which doesn't make me want to spend time blogging. We're still here, and I'll do a quick post.

The biggest thing on my mind right now is 3 weeks ago I picked up poison ivy, which I had never been in contact with before. I was trimming a tree in my front yard - and I was in contact with what I thought was just sap on the tree. I wasn't in immediate need to wash it off, which I'm sure was my mistake. Looking back, there was an ivy growing on the inside truck of the tree. I thought I had just been bit by a few mosquitos, but a week later - it started getting fairly bad. At this point it was only on my left leg and right arm. I started taking over the counter stuff for poison ivy and tried several different methods of controlling the itch.

We left for our trip, and despite pleas from Wendy, I didn't go to the doctor before left. I really don't like going so I avoid it at all costs. Finally Wednesday of this week, I agree to go, because, well, it kept spreading more and more and more - to the point it scared me.

I went in, got a 2ml shot of steroids - and I'm now on oral steroids to hopefully curb the reaction to the poison ivy. It's better but still not good yet. The best part almost passing out from the shot (not from nerves, some other reaction). Here are some pics of the poison ivy - but they aren't automatically shown for those who don't want to see them.


Lets just say it has spread to a lot of other areas in addition to these places.

We're having a great time in Gatlinburg though - spending our 4th Anniversary (I can't believe it is 4 already!) and my birthday here. I do consider myself lucky that I've got a wife that in addition to having fun on this trip, she just wants to go back to the room and watch Season 2 of Battlestar Galactica - I consider myself very lucky. :)

We've been hiking and just spending good time here. I'll post more pictures from the trip when we get back. We are going to Dixie Stampede tonight - which should prove to be interesting. Hope everything is going well with everyone.


Mrs. R said...

You are the 2nd person I know who had a nasty bout of poison ivy this summer! I'm so sorry! I recently talked to a friend whose husband had it so bad, it got infected, so in addition to the steroids, he was also taking huge antibiotic doses. Hang in there!

Anonymous said...

Strange.. you're the FOURTH person I know who was found by poison ivy this summer. It's bizarre; all three so far were "just" working in their gardens.. where poison ivy's never been before. I hope you get over it quickly, although I always love a man with a bright red rash. ;)

Good work on the tread'puter. If you want to go further, why not mount a bare motherboard and components to the underside of the treadmill's console? That would be seriously slick.. add your touchscreen LCD to the top front of the console.. no mousepad needed. :) enjoy. On the other hand, I find myself wanting to get away from technology more and more these days!! Enjoy your time in the mountains / woods / bedrooms with wife and SF shows.


belle said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry Tony :( I hope you feel better soon.
I'm very jealous that you're in Gatlinburg. I've never been to the Smoky Mountains (only drove through) but it looks beautiful. I'm guessing everything is booked up for this fall. Maybe next year.

Happy birthday and Happy Anniversary!

Mrs. Smith said...

Hey Tony! Just wanted to say Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! I hope that you had fun celebrating both! :)

Lana said...

oh, and Happy Birthday!!

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about that, Tony!

I don't think this is helping me to stop getting the impression that you're living deep in the woods!

I've heard of stories now of deer, squirrels, ticks and now poison ivy?

What's next?

Black bears running in your back yard?