|Bee hives - not the kind of hives I have|
A couple of days ago I awoke at night, scratching the inside of my right shin. The more I scratched, the more it itched.
Upon wakening the next morning I looked and saw about two dozen red bumps on my skin. "What now?" I thought.
I put some of Bill's Gold Bond lotion on the bumps to reduce the itching. The red bumps went down.
The next day I noticed more red bumps on the insides of my thighs. WTF?
Now I was starting to get worried. I'm a regular visitor to my dermatologist but what was this new condition? Shingles? I hope not. The red bumps weren't painful but they do itch.
So I did a little Internet research. I find that what I have is "hives." An allergic reaction to . . . . something. I think I know that the "something" is. I think it is my homegrown cherry tomatoes that I grew out of my compost pile. I didn't have this problem before I ate those tomatoes and now I have the problem. At least I hep that is the problem. I don't need to be visiting my dermatologist again.
I put more Gold Bond lotion on the newly affected areas and promptly added a new reason to feel sorry for myself. Am I falling apart or what?
One thing's for sure, no more of those frigging tomatoes. Let them rot on the plant for all I care.
Last night while I was trying to sleep I kept waking up, wanting to scratch the affected areas but I didn't. I knew if I did I would only prolong the discomfort and healing.
The good news is that the hives seem to be receding. It's always something folks. Oh for the days when I was in perfect health and didn't have to encounter these medical maladies. My spent youth.