So getting poison ivy from my cat wasn't bad enough. No. When the poison ivy FINALLY started to stop itching and dry up, I suddenly began to itch a little on my back. Three hours later, my back was covered in a rash. The next morning, the rash had spread to my stomach, my chest, my tushie, my thighs, and my ankles. That was Wednesday.
I know what a flea infested animal feels like now. I itch. Constantly. Consistently. Without any reprieve.
I called my OB--- any time you develop a rash during pregnancy, you're supposed to let them know. I couldn't get in to see him, so he called me in a prescription for prednisone, a mild steroid. Day one of treatment was yesterday. I still itch today. I took my dose for this morning and promised Aaron that I would try not to scratch today. Ethan has orders to tell me to stop scratching if he sees me scratching. I am going to have to re trim my fingernails. One of my friends offered to duct tape oven mitts to my hands.
I itch. I want to go swimming as part of my exercising, since my back is really starting to hurt. But I'm afraid that chlorine will irritate my skin further.
The bad thing is, we don't know WHAT is causing this. One of my friends said she knew someone who had an itchy rash during the last half of her pregnancy. Cleared up when she gave birth. Another said it looks like hives. I have a feeling it is an allergic reaction to something, but I can't pinpoint anything that is recently new in our lives or routines. I told Aaron I could just walk around naked to avoid wearing clothing that may be contaminated with some allergen. We both decided that might not be a good idea, given how chilly and damp it is here now. Oh, and the whole indecent exposure side of things too.
So, meanwhile I am trying not to focus on how much I itch, and instead think about other things. Painting the futon, pricing carpet tiles for Ethan's room, getting rid of the stinky couch that Ethan is attached to, vaccuuming and laundry. I am actually afraid to clean anything using chemicals, for fear that it would aggrevate the rash. Which really stinks. Because when I want to distract myself, I usually go on a deep cleaning spree--- baseboards, refrigerators, walls, toilet bases, sink bases, stuff like that. Maybe I should just go shopping! :):) HA!
Ok, I'm off to take my shower. In lukewarm water. With Dove soap. And then to slather Eucerin all over.
Grumble itch scratch growl.
Hey, at least it is Friday! :)