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Thankful Thursday | an itchy week

This week, I am thankful:

that I only got stung by one yellow jacket

Do you remember last fall when I got multiple yellow jacket stings, and my foot swelled up like I had a bad case of edema?

swollen foot.

That time, I had to go to the doctor and get some oral steroids to bring the swelling down.

Well, last Saturday near the Sam’s Club parking lot, I got a yellow jacket sting on the top of my ankle.

I immediately flashed back to last fall and felt pretty disgruntled at the prospect of reliving that whole mess again.

But my experience this time has not been quite as bad, probably owing to the fact that I got stung just once.

hydrocortisone cream.

I used my prescription anti-itch cream (left from last time!), did faithful icing, took Benadryl, elevated it, and still it was fairly swollen and VERY itchy.

Just not as bad as last time.

cat on Kristen's lap.

I have survived this round without going to the doctor for steroids, but I think if I get another yellow jacket sting in the future, I am just going to go to the doctor and beg for mercy straight away (armed with pictures of my previously swollen feet!)

cat on Kristen's lap.

Chiquita appreciated the extra time on the couch

that I still have the ice packs and wrap from Zoe’s wisdom teeth removal

I used these like crazy when I last had the yellow jacket stings, and they’ve been helpful this time around too.

The cold definitely helps to provide some itching relief; when you’re numb, you can’t really be itchy. 😉

that my poison ivy is getting better

I got my very first poison ivy rash ever so now I know: I am definitely sensitive to it. Oh well.

This has been uncomfortable, but not nearly as uncomfortable as my yellow jacket sting.

And while my arm looks disgusting (I will spare you the photo), the itching is subsiding.

early poison ivy.

This is the VERY start of the rash; you can barely see it.

It has been an itchy week for me!

What a good reminder to be compassionate when my future patients have itching problems; itching sounds like such a small inconvenience, but it’s actually kind of awful to deal with.

for mulberries

Suddenly, they are all ripe. There are two varieties on my usual walking route, so these days I have a little snack as I walk.

dark mulberries.

light mulberries.

that my forecast for tomorrow says, “less humid”

There’s an outdoor symphony I want to go to tomorrow night, so I have been keeping an eye on the weather, and it looks like tomorrow will be more pleasant. Yay!

Maybe I will wear my blue striped dress this time.

blue sundress.

It’s a free concert, so if the weather was going to be miserably humid, I would probably just choose to stay home. 😉 No harm in losing a free ticket.

for the beautiful green in the world right now

creek surrounded by trees.

walking path near trees.

wooden bridge.

for time to catch up on things

I did a really good job of focusing on school this past semester, but that meant that I didn’t get a whole lot else done besides the necessities.

Now that school is out for the summer, though, I have started to catch up on the eleventy billion things I had put into the, “I’ll do this after school” category.

And it is crazy how much stuff I can get done when I am not doing nursing school. 😉

that my workouts have felt easier this week

You know how I’m doing that month of online personal training with Ben?

Well, my first full week of workouts was a little…WHOA. I was definitely riding the struggle bus on day three.

unfinished concrete floor.



But this week, I can already tell that I am a little stronger.

And I’m getting into the groove of the dietary adjustments too; after some analysis, we figured out that my carb intake is good, but I need to swap some of my fat calories for some protein calories.

So, I am eating less heavy cream and more cottage cheese. 😉 In fact, I ate an entire Sam’s Club container of cottage cheese, on my own, over the course of a few days.

cottage cheese draining.

draining some cottage cheese to add to my scrambled eggs

for Zoe’s thoughtfulness

Yesterday, a friend of hers was having a tough time, so she dropped everything to go spend time with her friend.

And I can’t remember if I told you this or not, but Zoe took an ASL class last semester so that she could learn to chat with her deaf co-worker.

It makes my heart so happy to see her thoughtfulness.

for free calls to Hawaii

I continue to be so thankful for the way long-distance calling has changed because I get to talk to Lisey all the time, and neither of us has to spend a bunch of money to do so.

Kristen and Lisey.

We regularly have hour-long phone conversations and that would have been prohibitively expensive in the past!

What are you thankful for this week?

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Thursday 13th of June 2024

Apologies if someone else has covered this (I'm a few days behind in my blog reading and not much of a commentor), but wanted to raise the possibility of seeing an allergist about your yellow jacket reaction. That seems like quite a response from one sting!

Kathy Burge

Thursday 13th of June 2024

Try putting some vinegar on your itchy bug bits, it works.

Amanda P

Friday 7th of June 2024

I appreciate your lovely attitude about itching! Itchiness relief is high on my thankful list today as well (well, technically it's Friday since it's past midnight, but I need to count my blessings!).

I'm thankful to God:

1. For access to medicine and professionals who have studied hard and so sacrificially so that they can help others. My oldest had a pretty wild allergic reaction that needed help this week. Even when it's time-consuming and frustrating to access, I'm so grateful for them, especially in emergencies!

2. For a 16-foot trailer piled 8 feet high with perfect fruits and veggies that our local food bank asked us to help distribute this week. We got to enjoy some too and are grateful!

3. That my husband needed to take a short trip for work, and they asked me to accompany him on their dime as well (a first). We will be within a few miles of a family member who is on hospice and were able to move our flights to accommodate a visit with him.

4. That my husband's work is also finally hiring him the help that he's been asking for for 2 years!

5. Summer break is almost here for us! We home educate, and the past few years have been more year-round due to some wonderful (but time-consuming) extra curricular opportunities. Mama needs a break too!

6. For the chance to try a new mattress that may be magic for the aches. Fingers crossed!


Thursday 6th of June 2024

Poison oak veteran here. My sympathies! Lots of things sound mild until you are the one afflicted. Itching can make you crazy. Cool showers help, and clean towels.

Thankful for fireflies tonight! They are lovely. Thankful for my sewing machine. It gives me so much service, and so much pleasure. Thankful for my husband's sweet disposition. Thankful for my friends and fellow volunteers at the soup kitchen. We have a good time and share a lot more than cooking chores. And I'm thankful for my piano teacher, who gets credit for my improving musical skills.


Thursday 6th of June 2024

That's wonderful that you and Lisey have a close relationship with one another. I hope that one day my girls and I would be like that.

I'm thankful for ... 1) Windy days to fly kites with my girls. 2) A fun time together with family at the amusement park. 3) My youngest still loves to hang out with me. 4) The "I love you's" from my youngest. 5) The way the light sparkles from the tree branches on a windy day.

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