Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Rainy Day

We woke up to rain this morning, and it is supposed to rain all day.  And although the Spartans (our homeschool cross country/track team) usually practice in all kinds of weather, today the rain is too much, even for the Spartans.  So our 8:00 AM practice was cancelled.  Julie woke up at 6:00 AM to prepare a yummy breakfast of sausage and cheese muffins for the children to take to eat after practice.  Now we can enjoy them here at home!

We will stay home today and do school!  I plan to stay put in my recliner for most of the day, and let the children bring their schoolwork to me to check or if they need help.  I am so glad that I spend so much time each summer organizing and planning the children's schoolwork for the entire year.  It has made our homeschool much easier since February 7, when I first learned that we would be having a bump in our road.

Poor Clay!  Yesterday he spent part of his morning spreading out bales of pine straw all around the play area in our back yard--where the swing set and fort are.  Apparently, there was some poison ivy somewhere in that pine straw.  Within just a few minutes of his coming inside, he was covered with poison ivy.  He is highly allergic to it!  It was all over his face, his arms, his feet, his legs, his trunk.  And, he was wearing long pants and boots!  I gave him a benadryl, and had him take a shower, and then Jimmy and I had to leave for my doctor's appointment.  (That's all I do now it seems like.....go to the doctor!)  I had a good report, by the way--it was with my general surgeon, and he said he would see me again in 6 months.  When we got home, Clay's reaction to the poison ivy looked even worse, so I did something I rarely do, I took him to the doctor!  I was trying to think of the last time that Clay had been to the doctor, and I think it was when he was five to get his immunizations!  He will be 13 on Monday.  So the nurse practitioner we saw gave him two prescriptions.  He actually got worse last night before he began to get better, but finally before bedtime he seemed to be getting some relief. He is not awake yet, but I am expecting him to be ok.

I figured it out, and I am 13 days behind in my B90 reading.  So that means that this time around I will be reading the Bible in 103 days.  Here is a verse from today's reading.

"The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows those who take refuge in Him."  Nahum 1:7


  1. Oh heavens! I don't think I can get poison ivy. My oldest once had a reaction to a pool, and broke out in hives everywhere. It looked horrible! We had to go to the doctor twice.

  2. Poor Clay!! I had no idea! I had poison ivy one time at summer camp in one patch on my back, and I was MISERABLE!!! I can't imagine having it all over!

    Love, Megan

  3. I hope Clay is better soon! I'm thankful for your good report from the dr. yesterday and I hope you have enjoyed your school lessons together today. Take care!

  4. Oh just reading about poison oak made me itchy! Ouch!! That stuff is nasty. I remember literally trying to scratch down to my bones to find relief. My ever disciplined husband, who also had p.oak with me, said "just don't scratch it." Oh yeah, right! :-/

    Glad you were able to sit in your recliner and relax a bit. Glad you have a clean bill of health and you are getting back to a somewhat normal routine. Those always help don't they :-)


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  6. I too am highly allergic to poison ivy...poor Clay...and he was working so hard! Glad you were able to get him some relief!!