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Benadryl continues to be my friend…..or not. My body keeps attacking itself and my skin itches like crazy. During the day it’s easy to remember to take it every four hours. At night, I usually set my alarm to wake up and take it. Last night, the itching woke me at 2 and at 7. So, I did what I had to do.

I can’t really remember when this flare started and I don’t know what has set it off. There aren’t any hives, so it’s not something I’ve touched or rubbed up against. I’ve tried nothing new to irritate my immune system. I’ve even stopped eating tomatoes.

I had so many places on the middle of my back that were red (where I had broken the skin, using a wooden back scratcher), I wondered if I was getting Shingles. I just smeared steroid gel on it and am putting nothing on it that will pull against the red spots.

fMy family is good to laugh with me when I am constantly forgetting all the words and saying things in the wrong order. When I’m at home I honestly don’t mind being forgetful. I do mind how slow I’m able to do things. I doze off as I’m writing all evening. I also get distracted and don’t even remember what I’m doing. I think I know what it feels like to have Dementia (to a point).

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Those pills are more scared of my body than I am of their side-effects.

No matter what we look like or feel like, we’ll be traveling sooon to see one of our grandchildren. Little ones don’t care if you’re a little bit or a lot drowsy. They are just thrilled to see you and Mimi and Grandaddy are the most thrilled. They love seeing us even more if we bring them a new toy or book.

I don’t know which comes first: rash or stress / stress or rash? But, in my body they do go together. When I worry I get more stressed. Every day I pray that God will protect me and my family. I ask God to handle the worries and stress and He gives me peace.

@2022, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. This post contains my personal experiences and opinions and is not meant to be taken as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please consult your personal physician.

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  1. Aw, I really hope you have a wonderful visit with your grandchild!

    1. We had to stay home, because I got Shingles. 🙁 We’ll have to go later.

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