It's been a fast and a busy week, visiting and chatting with family and friends and getting a carpentry project done in the family room (that will be in my next post). Gregg had a business trip and was gone from the Monday morning to Saturday afternoon. He started off in Kansas City and ended up in Seattle. On Saturday I picked him up around 6.15 in the afternoon and when he called me he asked me if I would buy some cortisone cream because he developed a fiery rash while he was away.
I think when I tell you that we were both working in the garden pulling weeds before he left that it might give you a clue as to what his problem is. Surprise, surprise, we have a whole lot of poison oak - or is that poisonous ivy - and sumac - growing in the side of the garden that we did not know we had. He was up to his elbows in the stuff, wearing shorts and a short-sleeved shirt. I was in another part of the garden where yes we had weeds but not apparently the poisonous kind. We have things growing in our garden that we have never planted and guess who brought them there?
The Bearded Robber Fly is feeling a bit picked on.
Well I know that, you're not a bird!
(By the way, did you know that Kokopelli, an important figure in Native American folklore is partly named after "pelli", a word for the "desert robber fly?" You can read more about Kokopelli and his relationship with robber flies at the Kokopelli site if you click here. You can also find out more about robber flies if you click on its name above my photo. It will take you to a site where I found out this information.)
Getting back to my feathered friends, I said don't worry guys, even though you may have planted the seeds or not planted the seeds, we don't blame you, it happens. And after a busy week away from home and having gone through three tubes of cortisone ointment, Gregg is getting some relief from the itching, and is now back to some down time while reading one of his favorite books.
Great to have you home My Love. I'll venture to say this is much worse than when the mosquitoes attacked you isn't it? Remember that?
It's all relative, it happens! In the meantime, if anyone has any good advice about creams, getting rid of the odious weeds, anything, would you please let me know? I figured the more I hear about the first-hand experience of others, the better off we will be. Thanks! To all my family and friends who have been sending some great advice, thank you too. And that's a second from Gregg.
Added note: this morning (the 18th), Gregg thought it would be a good idea to go to the doctor. The rash seemed to be more inflamed and as he has clients coming into town, he didn't want to be fidgeting all day. The doctor prescribed Prednisone and he is still using CareOne Maximum Strength 1% Hydrocortisone anti-itch cream. Unfortunately this rash can last for several weeks, though I am hoping he will get rid of it a lot faster than that.