Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

This Week's Health News

As one of my friends just told me, "I can't catch a break." I broke out in a rash on Sunday, tried self treating, and ended up at the Urgent Care at 8:00 a.m. in order to get a steroid shot before I scratched all the skin off of myself. I also got a 6-5-4-3-2-1 pack of prednisone and another prescription for itch relief, which simply seems to make me drowsy but without the hangover effect of Benadryl. And the steroid shot has made me ravenous. Anyhow, we think the culprit this time was either the off-brand "Bounce" dryer sheets or the laundry detergent All Free but with added Oxi. I normally use the plain All Free but figured the Oxi wouldn't be a problem, but I'm guessing I was wrong. I'm now on my fourth load of laundry, as I needed to re-wash a everything with my old faithful All Free and a boost of Dawn dish detergent to get rid of any irritating residue. I was planning on a vinegar rinse, but the nurse suggested the Dawn and I'm really hoping she knows what she's talking about. Also running through extra plain water rinse cycles. Here's hoping all will be well. Did I mention I've also taken two oatmeal baths since I got home?

The hits keep coming.

In other news, I browsed in Barnes & Noble yesterday and one of the books I skimmed through was The Life Changing Magic of Tidying-Up; it was a little out there, what with thanking your socks and undies for working so hard, but it is a good way to think about all the stuff we own and spend so much time caring for and finding places to store it all. It did inspire me to clean up my dresser drawers, but of course I got to do it all over again today when I re-washed it all. I did, however, get rid of a few things, including winnowing out one of my bookcases. Although the author suggests a more drastic method, my feeling is that every little bit helps. Besides, my full time job does eat up a good chunk of my time.

Off to bed now, and hoping I have no more medical surprises in store any time soon.



  1. Oh, Rose, I am so sorry you are going through all this. You really can't seem to catch a break! I hope the double-duty on laundry puts an end to this episode.

    I have that book, too, but feel too frazzled to start it! What does that say about my job?!

  2. Bless your heart Rose, hope you are feeling better today.

  3. Sorry about your troubles. Itching is the worst.

    One thing that helped me immensely, even when I was working/teaching, was the "Touch Everything Only Once" Rule.

    This was extremely helpful with the administrative side at school: act on a piece of paper immediately. Fill out that form and hand it in. When you get mail at home, don't toss it on a side table; sort it, act on it, be done with it. Change clothes, hang them up. It's a huge time saver and saves you from having to remember things, too.