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horror, revulsion, etc.

Week before last, a weird blister popped up on my foot. It wasn't in the usual abrasion-blister spot and within 24 hours of my noticing it, it had become a huge and turgid balloon just under my third and fourth toes. Naturally, I suspected elephantiasis but I googled some and decided to treat for athlete's foot first. We had bought a tube of Lotrimin for a baby rash once, but that rash wasn't blistery. I figured I should get another kind of antifungal, so I got some Lamosil. The box said to use it twice a day for a week. I started on Thursday night and it seemed to be working almost immediately. Great!

On Saturday, I noticed a few itchy bumps on the backs of both hands. Naturally, I suspected bedbugs. Yes, my hypochondria does tend toward the parasitic. On Sunday, the bumps were numerous and red, spreading up my arms. They had established colonies on both ankles, too, and were insane-makingly itchy. Jennifer suggested scabies. Nature or nurture? It's so hard to tell!

By Monday, they were appearing so quickly that I could watch them boiling up. It was a holiday, but I went to work because that's what we do in my department. It's true--my coworker Ann was there, too, and I told her my sad and itchy story and showed her an afflicted limb. She suggested I take some Benedryl because it looked like a rash her daughter had gotten as an allergic reaction. Oh! As soon as she said that, I realized that I was probably allergic to the Lamosil.

So I guess these are hives? They are slowly retreating. I have looked like hell all week--I had to teach a class on Friday in the teaching theater with remote sites. Usually when I present something in there, I worry about how fat I look on the monitor; it was a nice break to worry instead about how leprotic I look instead. So that's one for the plus side, but for the most part it has been a crappy week.

I did floss.


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Jan. 23rd, 2005 06:11 pm (UTC)
Ugh. Ugh ugh ugh. You can tell bedbug bites because they move around -- one place clears up and the next place starts. And they're usually in a line of some sort. Ok, a blood-drunken bedbug's idea of a line, but a line nonetheless.

So how does your foot look now?
Jan. 23rd, 2005 10:22 pm (UTC)
My foot looks good, feels fine. I'm always thinking of those unmentionable critters because I saw a couple of articles a while ago about them. Many hotels, apparently, are infested. Brian stays in hotels every week. Yuck.
Jan. 24th, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC)
Just wanted to write a quick note to say I hope you feel better! By the way, I admire your vocabulary. Turgid is such a.... descriptive word. It reminds me of turbid. Surprise me one day and use turbid in a sentence. :-)
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