After last week’s weigh-in, I went outside to do some yard work, which has been a regular part of my morning routine since I started this project.  I get outside first thing in the morning and get moving, just to start my day with some light activity.  Lately I’ve been doing a lot of weeding in an effort to improve the appearance of the flower gardens around my house.

As I pulled at this particular batch of weeds, I noticed how the roots ran under the dirt in long stretches.  “Gosh,” I thought to myself, “this stuff is almost like ivy, more than a weed.”  And then it occurred to me that that it was ivy: poison ivy.  I immediately went inside, disrobed, and showered with as much soap as possible.  Two days later, I awoke to find that my right eye had swollen shut in the night, and the rash was quickly spreading all over my body.  Apparently my shower spread the oil around on my skin more than removing it.

So I made a trip to the doctor’s office, and I’m on a dose of steroids, which the doctor said can cause weight gain, but I am actually down a pound from last week, so we’ll see how things go.  I spent two days on the couch, moving as little as possible because I was so physically uncomfortable, so my activity level lately has been really low.  I think the discomfort has also reduced my appetite, so maybe it’s all going to balance out.

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