I'd had a rash on my arms for about a week, starting in one elbow-pit and spreading down that arm and over to the other arm. It was itchy and looked scary and blistery. When I realized it would be helpful to build consensus to persuade me to make a phone call, I asked Twitter how long I should wait for a rash to go away on its own before calling the doctor. Overall consensus: "How about calling now?" So I did.
And thank you, Twitterers, because the doctor said it's poison ivy, and because later that same day I could FEEL the rash PERCOLATING under my skin, but by then I probably wouldn't have been able to get an appointment. You are my spine when I need the loan of one. (And today the rash is EVEN WORSE. I had to go to the grocery store and I was worried I looked too diseased to be out in public.)
I picked up my prescription for prednisone today, but I am concerned about taking it. It says it can cause anxiety and rage---and on a GOOD day I am snappish and impatient and worrywartish. Not to mention how little help I need with my appetite, or with lying awake at night. Also, it says to take three tablets the first and second days, two tablets the third and fourth days, one tablet the fifth and sixth days, and half a tablet the seventh and eighth days---but there are no instructions about whether those multi-tablet doses are supposed to be taken all at once on their respective days, or spread out throughout the day. All the doctor said was not to take it before bed. Yes, I should call. But I will not call a doctor on the weekend unless a limb is severed or my heart is stopping or I have a UTI, so that's not a sensible suggestion. I guess I could call the pharmacist, but what if he says I should call my doctor? You can see the bind I'm in: someone MIGHT say that I SHOULD do something I don't want to do!
But the rash is definitely worsening: just now I felt itchy-tummed, and when I looked I found about six new tiny itchy bumps there. So I think I will start the prednisone tomorrow, even if it means I have to make a phone call first. And I will try to remember over the next eight days that if I feel like everyone is BEYOND BELIEF, it MAY be the medication. And if I can't seem to remember that, I hope YOU will. SWISTLE MAY BE TEMPORARILY CRAZY.
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