There’s good news and bad news.
The first part of the good news is- while my arm is still a bit sore, the lump seems to have disappeared. Second, I really felt better yesterday afternoon. My appetite was back and I wasn’t stiff and lethargic like I had been. I even baked banana cake last night!
The bad news is that I awoke to itchy swollen hands this morning- swollen because my hands are now covered in hives. Oh and I have a big hive in the middle of my tongue now too. The hives on my lower back, which look like nearly one big hive by now are very inflamed and hot so I intend to spend the majority of the day with ice on my back. I iced various parts of me yesterday too. My throat is all scratchy and closed-in feeling this morning as well. I’m fallin’ apart over here people!
Here’s a fun fact for y’all: Did you know you can make your own ice gel pack? You know those fancy ones that you can buy that are cold but still squishy? It’s simple really. Fill a Zip-lock bag with 3 cups of water and 1 cup of rubbing alcohol (I suppose you could substitute Vodka in a pinch!) and put it in the freezer. The more alcohol you put in it, the slushier it will be. For strength’s sake I place that bag inside another Zip-lock bag.
To make matters worse, I really can’t ride because, well, I have hives all over my legs and I’d just chafe the skin and make it worse. The sun is shining this morning and Zach and the neighbors are all out gathering the pairs and sorting off the steers. In fact, I can see them bringing the herd in now. I’m so bummed that I’m not getting to help. But I can stay inside and drink 2 gallons of water and try to flush whatever is in my system out, so I suppose that is positive!
I called the Doctor this morning and she upped my Prednisone dosage and is having me in for lab work tomorrow. I hate getting blood drawn, but maybe this will help us figure out what exactly my issue is.
Also, hopefully this week, the blog will be moving to its new home on the web at www.thesouthdakotacowgirl.com. I’ll let you know when that link is up and fully functioning.
In the meantime, everyone enjoy your day and the fact that you get to take hot showers and ride your horses and don’t have swollen hands etc. Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers and well-wishes.