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What happened to my legs!

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Yes, they're still there. I didn't lose them in some freak shaving accident. Nope, instead, starting last Wednesday/Thursday, I started getting these little itchy bumps on my shins and calves. At first I thought maybe chiggers or mosquito bites. But, the spots kept getting bigger. Hmmm. So, all weekend I tried to avoid the urge to scratch what felt like hundreds of tiny ants crawling all up and down my legs. What was even more curious, is that the bumps kept spreading upwards, then suddenly stopped at my bike-short tan line. (Hot, yes, I know...it's actually kind of a graduated tan line...my bike shorts are longest, followed by my running shorts, followed by my short-shorts that I played volleyball in on Sunday, then I have a faint tan line from my swim bottoms...) Poison ivy maybe? Nahh, couldn't be. It had been over a week since I was exposed to any foliage on my legs (Rockstick). Or could it? Last night I went to our monthly AT meeting (Yes, we're sports addicts, but unlike other addicts that have daily/weekly meetings, we only need to meet in a non-sporting environment once a month.) And, since if I didn't break down and wear a skirt despite the condition of my legs, I would instead be running around naked (hmmm) from lack of enough summer wardrobe, I was wearing the cute new skirt I bought a couple of weeks ago for the date with the CPA (and we all know where that went). This is Texas after all! And stockings are out! (Like I wear those anyway except by special request...) Sooo...back to the story. My friends at the AT meeting were commenting on my un-sexy legs, and I told them I didn't know what it was. "Well," chimes in this one guy, pulling up his sleeve, "it kinda looks like the poision ivy I've got." Doh! Thirty years I manage to go without getting infected by poison ivy, and now look at me! Peak of summer skirt/cute sandal season, and I'm all blotchy and red. Ewww. Last night I slathered my legs up with Caladryl before bed. This morning, after my shower, I slathered my legs up with Benadryl gel. The hundreds of tiny ants are fading, with it only now feeling like a dozen or so are crawling around on my shins. My quads and glutes were super sore this morning following my visit with Dr. Pain. Stretching was painful, but I did my exercises anyway, like a good girl. I ran 4 miles this morning in 45:30. Just a smidge (that's a scientific measurement you know) under an 11:30 mile for my 'recovery' run. It was muggy, and I felt like I was running standing still again. Maybe it has something to do with the rubberized track they have at the school.

6/21/2005 11:55:00 AM :: ::
  • So, you enjoyed my last post. I'm glad. lol. Were you suprised any? I wasn't. I was dead on.

    haha ... I can't believe you got poison ivy. Hope it all clears up soon!

    much love sent your way ~ me

    By Anonymous Brittany, at 6/21/2005 12:46:00 PM


  • Yikes! I've got the same itchy going on around my ankles and my left thigh just above the knee. I was just thinking "poison ivy? NAH, can't be". Maybe time to break out the Caladryl.

    Pantyhose sound like torture right now.

    By Anonymous AbbyNormal, at 6/21/2005 02:00:00 PM


  • I found you via Indigo.

    I love the new Benadryl gel! However it can take on a facial peel mask look...lol! Mine looked like I was giving my arms a treatment ...lol. OH well the stuff works great!

    I have enjoyed stopping by your blog and hope to stop by again soon!

    By Blogger Bumbling Bav, at 6/21/2005 02:36:00 PM


  • Oh man! Like you dont have enough going on down there!! Hope the itchies go away soon ;-(

    By Blogger MommaK, at 6/21/2005 02:46:00 PM


  • I just started getting a rash. Doc say excema....I say summer,shorts, and tanktops....friggin' great.

    By Blogger Katy, at 6/21/2005 03:09:00 PM


  • Poison ivy? Oh yuck! How long does that last? I can't remember, I had it as a kid and that was EONS ago. ;-)

    Good recovery run. I did 3.5 miles this morning, and have convinced myself that's okay since I'm racing tomorrow.

    By Blogger Indigo, at 6/21/2005 03:14:00 PM


  • Maybe your legs are allergic to running? I admire you for that. I'm one LAZY gal.

    By Blogger poopie, at 6/21/2005 03:39:00 PM


  • Ha Ha Poopie! Don't give me any excuses...I'm good at coming up with them all by myself. Among my past favorites:

    It's too hot.
    I don't like to sweat.
    I just washed my hair.
    I don't feel like it.
    I'm tired.
    I have to go to the store.
    I don't have time.
    I have a headache. Oh wait, wrong activity for that excuse. LOL!

    No more excuses! :)

    By Blogger InterstellarLass, at 6/21/2005 03:42:00 PM


  • Okay, this is weird. I surfed here through Blog Explosion, and I swear, I think we went to high school together....

    By Blogger Queen of Ass, at 6/21/2005 03:58:00 PM


  • 'Cards, class of '93...I remember a few Beth's...

    By Blogger InterstellarLass, at 6/21/2005 04:27:00 PM


  • SO MUCH DEDICATION!!! I think your dedication is giving me a rash...;-) j/k, I am totally in awe!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/21/2005 10:05:00 PM


  • Oh you poor thing! What a disaster!

    By Blogger Jen, at 6/21/2005 11:08:00 PM


  • dude, we totally have too much in common. i would rather not have this in common with you. but here goes. about three weeks ago, i broke out in a rash, thought it was poison ivy, but it kept spreading and got worse. and so i went to the docor's. told me i was having an allergic reaction to something. sooo, 3 doctor visits later, and 5 prescriptions and a shot, i still have it. im gonna have to break down and go to a dermatologist. sucks about you, hope you get better!!

    By Blogger Crystal, at 6/21/2005 11:45:00 PM


  • Greetings! I hope you're feeling less itchy by now. I've had poison oak/ivy twice in the past year, and I just didn't get any relief at all from Caladryl. It was growing in my back yard, unfortunately.
    I took benadryl in pill form, and found the greatest relief from this gell called "Oak n Ivy" brand. They make a medicated anti-itch gell called "CalaGel", which helps dry it up, and they also have a cleanser out called Tecnu, which helps clean the skin and prevent it from spreading.
    you have to use COLD water, and launder all your sheets and clothing if it doesn't go away. It can spread by scratching, I found that I was scratching during the night without realizing it. so, that's when I'd take the benadryl.
    good luck!

    By Anonymous Laura, at 6/22/2005 05:48:00 AM


  • Hi, hope your legs get better, just wanted to stop by and tell you thanks for visiting my blog and the nice comment you left.

    By Blogger deni, at 6/22/2005 06:02:00 AM


  • Ouch!! and yuckky dooo

    Glad to say Poison Ivy hasn't reached me yet, on with the trousers forever if it does ;-)

    Legs Eleven!!

    By Blogger The Wisdom of Wislon, at 6/22/2005 08:05:00 AM


  • Wow, chiggers. It's been way too long since I've heard anyone say that ;-)

    I had an all-over body rash one time. The doctor said it was some kind of allergy. I had been rolling around the in the woods, so I figured it was from that.

    By Blogger Bone, at 6/22/2005 11:44:00 AM


  • Poison Ivy...poor you! I just got my 9 and 5 year old boys over it, they were covered! I never get it but by the way it looks, I'm just sorry you got it! Can't remember how I got to your blog, but like reading!

    By Blogger Dottie, at 6/22/2005 11:48:00 AM


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