A few weeks ago I disappeared from the blog without an explanation. If you are part of my facebook page, you know that it was due to poison ivy. I have never been knocked off my feet more then that poison ivy got me. First it got in my eye and partially swelled it shut. It did not get bad, but definitely made it harder to be motivated because I was tired. That got better quickly, and other then not sleeping at night I was doing pretty good…. until I scratched. I had run out of anti-itch cream and was in the hot car. I started and did not stop. That led to quite a few tears, then the next day my ankles were swollen and I couldn’t walk without pretty extreme pain. It was the worst pain I have ever felt outside of childbirth.
I started taking benedryl at that point and so in addition to not being able to walk, I was incredibly groggy. I went to the doctor for the first time in two years, and was given a cortison shot and steroids. They helped some, and I had a good day, then my poison ivy started spreading like crazy. I had new spots everywhere. That led to a week of my being on benedryl, and though able to walk my ankles still hurt. I was so out of it! Then I got a pretty nasty cold while my husband was on a weekend business trip. Thankfully my brother was with me at that time. Between me being so out of it, and Mark having two of his three busiest weeks at work during that time the house went completely to pot. I had been getting fairly depressed in my roll as homemaker, but seeing what happened to my house once I “woke up” from getting off benedryl I got a unique view of just how important a homemaker is, and how much I do.
|After the swelling went down.|
|2 weeks into round 1 and 1 day into round 2.|
|My kitchen after the first 8 days of not being able to care for it. Once I began getting off the benedry and seeing how terrible it was I slowly began to work on it as I could, as did Mark.|