Monday, June 15, 2009


Well, summer is here, which means it is time for me to get sick.

See, I've lived in this state for almost 3 years. The summer we moved here, I got poison sumac the first week (reaction is like poison ivy, but a slightly different plant).

A few weeks later, I was bitten by a brown recluse spider. This was incredibly painful, not only at the bite site, but affected my whole body. I itched all over, generally felt sick, and the bite hurt so much it was hard to sit down (I was bit on my rear end). A brown recluse spider bite decays the flesh, so I was put on the same medication used to treat leprosy. I was not completely healed for a couple months. This happened the week I started my new job and before my health insurance forms were completed.

Last summer, I had viral meningitis. Raging headache that lasted over a week, nausea, and a stiff neck. Fortunately I did not have bacterial meningitis, which is the real dangerous kind. Unfortunately, there is no real medication; they only treat the symptoms. This happened right before we spent a week at my mom's house and we still took our vacation. Although our activities were limited since I didn't want to leave the couch. My mom actually liked taking care of me, but I did have to put up with her saying repeatedly I could be confusing the nausea of meningitis with morning sickness.

Now, I was bitten by something over the weekend and have another rash. It does not appear to be a brown recluse spider as the rash is different, not painful other than itchy, and there are no whole body symptoms. But I was thinking of going to the dr tomorrow if it doesn't go away and looked up pictures of similar rashes. The closest I could find is a tick bite. Great, lyme disease. Just what I need. And we leave for vacation on Friday. Although the most outdoor thing I did for the past several days is weed our front lawn. I guess I could have a gotten a tick bite, but it's not exactly out in the woods.

The good news about my gardening: We have flowers blooming. This was first attempt at planting flowers and it seems to have been a success!


  1. now that is an impressive list of bites and rashes. I hope that this resolves quickly and your vacation is uneventful. I might check it out with the doc just to be on the safe side before vacation. Hope you feel better soon:)

  2. wow, that is some string of bad luck! hope you feel better!

  3. Oh my gosh you poor thing! I'm glad I don't live where you live, lol. I hope this current rash resolves itself quickly!!


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