Bumpy Blue Day

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Warning: Moan Ahead

On June 27th I mentioned in a text to my daughter that “I still have a sore throat.” Well, I STILL have a sore throat. It has waxed and waned, but persists in paining me, especially in the mornings. In fact when I got up this morning the node on the right side was so swollen I could hardly swallow, so I knew it was time to see a doctor.

This started the morning after I did a jigsaw puzzle from Value Village. The puzzle must have been stored and had a bit of mustiness in it, and I’m VERY sensitive to the faintest trace of must or mould. Though I couldn’t smell anything, I woke up the next morning with a really sore throat. In fact I could barely swallow. Drank a lot of chicken broth, took decongestants and the problem almost cleared up. However, a week later I began working with some fabrics someone had stored away, then donated to charity. I cut squares for a blanket top one day and that night already my throat was raw. If only I’d remember to wear my dust mask for any of these activities I could avoid this!

A seemingly unavoidable woe this summer is that I’m allergic to the bite of mites — mainly bird mites such as the cats bring home. Practically invisible, the bite of these pests produces in me a hive-like reaction that’s gotten so much worse over time. Mosquito bites give me dime-size red bumps, but some mite bites can swell up to about the diameter of a mandarin orange in my sensitive flesh. They itch like crazy for a few days, then slowly subside. A week later there’ll be a red scar about an inch in diameter. Our cats pick up mites from lying around where birds or infested stray cats sit, or when they catch a bird. I even got a few bites one day from refilling the bird feeder.

A few mornings back I brushed against a shrub in passing and later felt something on my face. I brushed off a small blossom or leaf, but it must have hosted a mite because an hour later the characteristic blister showed up on the right side of my cheek close to my ear. It’s grown into a huge hard bump, pink with a reddish center, and it’s blocking my ear canal and swelling the node in my neck underneath. This is why I could barely swallow when I woke up this morning. I’ve a smaller bite on my arm now too, which is really itchy and I showed the doctor all the healing ones on my legs. She has given me prednisone and told me to keep taking my antihistamine as well.

Now I have an over-the-phone visit with my Oncologist on Monday. Had a blood test Thursday in preparation, so I’m eager to hear what those results are. Also, I wonder what that doctor will say about all my swollen lymph nodes. How much is due to allergy and how much to the lymphocytic leukemia that’s starting to show up again this year?

We’re in a mini heat wave here in Sask. Not the 100-108 degree (38 to 42 Celsius) July weeks I recall from back in my teen years, but today it was 34 C (94-95 F) and that’s hot enough for us old fogys. Our cats are outside lying in any shady spot they can find — maybe collecting a few mites? 😦 Need to dose them with anti-parasitic stuff again.

I like to stay upbeat, but sometimes reality hits hard. My energy level is low lately. Forecast is for some cooler days ahead, like 28 C, which may not please seriously devoted heat lovers, but we’re looking forward to the slight drop. Hard to believe July is over half gone! Things outdoors, crops, etc, are looking great right now; the woods are filled with bird songs; harried parent birds are being trailed by open-mouthed offspring. Lovely time of year if it weren’t for bug bites!

11 thoughts on “Bumpy Blue Day

  1. Sorry Christine, that you are having a difficult run of it. This heat definitely doesn’t help, and I’ve found the mosquitos to have multiplied in the last few days.

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    1. Thanks for commiserating. Yes, I’ve noticed, too, that there are lots more mosquitoes since our last number of showers. I’m thankful that I only get small red bumps from mosquitoes, and those go away within a day. But the prednisone seems to be doing its job; my cheek bump is a lot smaller today and I can swallow without difficulty.

      The rains here have been frequent in the past four weeks, but patchy. In the last shower we got 3 mm while folks three miles SW got 7.5 mm.

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  2. I hear you, Christine. Been a tough week here, too, and sometimes I really wonder how much longer I can deal with my back pain. At least one more day, I guess 🙂

    I’ll be praying for you. Hope you hear good news about your blood test results.

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    1. Thanks Linda. I hope, too, for an “Okay so far” tomorrow. Just wish it were a proper visit where the Dr actually sees me rather than a phone consultation. Oh well.
      I suppose you’ve had the max of cortisone shots? I’ll be asking the Lord to send you strength as you need it for your day.

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      1. No one has said anything about a maximum number of shots. Maybe it’s because I don’t usually need more than one in a year’s time.

        I appreciate your prayers more than I can say.

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  3. I’m sorry. Bugs and heat are the two nightmares of summer. Yesterday we had a real rain and the temps came down 25 degrees (F) so the dogs and I finally got out. I almost brought a deer fly home with me. A month or so ago I got a bite on my shoulder through my shirt. Crazy read itchy welt which, thankfully, I could reach with cortisone cream. Anyway, it’s OK to moan. As you know, not every day is great and maybe the paradox is the crappy ones intensify the pleasure we take in good ones. I hope everything goes well at the oncologist. 💚

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      1. Thanks for your comment. I think that’s right: when the good days come we enjoy them so much more because we’ve known what the worse ones feel like. Anyway, when my energy’s low, there’s still this box of “To be typed in someday” misc papers sitting beside my computer desk. 😉

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  4. Oh dear! I’m thinking you have to air out anything that has been packed away before you touch them! And I so hope your appointment went well. Sending you good vibes.


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