My streak continues. As some of you know, I took my wife to McDonald’s on our anniversary and almost had our car crushed and melted at Chili’s on Valentine’s Day. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that I ruined Mother’s Day this year by going to Urgent Care…because of a rash. I didn’t love my wife enough to wait another day to go see the doctor.
I got a terrible rash Thursday night. By terrible, I mean it covered 75% of my back and half of my chest the first night and spread all the way to my feet by Sunday. The itching was so intense it kept me up all night. It was very difficult to work on my computer because the rash also spread to my hands and made them swollen. It was also hard to sit because the rash would flare up on my back, bottom, and the back of my legs. At times, I couldn’t even stand up for more than 15 minutes because the rash would flare up on my feet and make them swollen.
I should have gone to the doctor on Friday or Saturday, but I didn’t. I was born with very dry skin and have had more than my share of rashes. I was sure the rash would run its course in two days, but it didn’t. When I still had the rash on Sunday morning, I decided to go in. The doctor, (I think she was actually a nurse practitioner) told me I was allergic to something. But since there has been nothing new in my life or changes in the food I ate, we couldn’t figure out what I am allergic to. So, she prescribed some pills for me, which did nothing for my rash, but their side effects include upset stomach, insomnia, and the lowering of my immune system. Just perfect.
I tried anti-itch creams, ice packs, and antihistamines. But the rashes continue to flare up at random moments. Heat seems to make the flare-ups more intense, so I walked around naked in the house. I’m naked right now. Oh, was that too much information? Sorry. Speaking of naked, there’s something wrong with my kids. The little monkey points at my thingy and laughs. Spiderboy calls it a worm. I’m certain he actually meant say a big Boa Constrictor and not an itty-bitty, teeny-weeny, little worm. And the little princess will need therapy because she’s not going to forget seeing her daddy naked with red welts all over his body.
Mother’s Day wasn’t a complete loss. The kids and I took Mommy Forever to Elmer’s for breakfast. We went early enough to avoid the long lines. Spiderboy ordered the Chocolate Chip Pancake breakfast. It looked yummy and it came with a couple scoops of ice cream on top of the pancakes (I’m ordering from the kids menu next time). After Spiderboy ate the ice cream and chocolate chips, he was barely able to finish one little pancake. Big surprise.
When we got home and before I took off for the doctor’s, my wife opened her presents and cards. The little princess made some craft gifts at school and the two other kids got mommy a charm for her bracelet (it’s a Forever Mother’s Day tradition). I gave Mommy Forever an under the counter TV/radio that also plays DVDs and CDs. I was going to get her a digital photo frame because I think that would be a cool way to display pictures of our kids on our mantle. But I knew she really wanted the TV. So for a change, I got her what she wanted instead of what I think she would like. I’m learning!
In the afternoon, I took my wife to the mall. I rarely take my wife to the mall anymore so this was a big deal. While I was there, my rash flared up big time and I had a terrible time. But now I know what I am allergic to…it’s shopping.