Judith Lautner (judith) wrote,
Judith Lautner

And I thought I had it bad

The dental surgeon protected himself from any accidental exposure to poison oak from me today. I told him it isn't contagious but he wasn't taking any chances.

I told him where I had gotten the stuff. He laughed and told me of an encounter about seven miles north of Ragged Point. He had gone fishing there with a friend a few years ago. The descent to the fishing point was dangerous, life-threatening, he said. Foolish enough that he would claw his way down a cliff to go fishing. But that wasn't enough.

He said he tends to break out with a poison oak rash five or more days after exposure. THe usual time lapse is 48 hours, and normally the more serious cases break out sooner.

So one weekend he and a buddy went to this fishing spot. He was wearing shorts and a long shirt. The next week they went down again, and this time he was wearing long pants and a short-sleeved shirt. The rash from the first exposure was just starting but he did not yet recognize it for what it was.

Needless to say, he ended up covered completely and for a LONG time.

I am seeing results from the zanfel but not as complete as I had hoped. So much of my body has patches that it is hard to get it all. I have been focusing on the more irritated spots, but of course the lesser ones are expanding and getting worse. The facial patches seem to be pretty much stopped by now, drying up. Some of the patches on my legs seem to be going away as well. But a patch on my right arm has been particularly resistant, is continually dripping, and now the one under by right knee is the same way. I have gauze taped on each just so I can get around without leaking.

Perhaps tomorrow will reveal some more improvement. Unfortunately, I have just about used up the one-ounce 35-dollar tube. I hate the idea of buying another, but I may do it.
Tags: hiking, implants, poison oak

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