I got up at 5:30 a.m. because the rain was pounding the window so hard, I thought it was ice/sleet. I figured I better fill some pans up with water just in case we lost power. It was 35° outside, but 90 minutes later it was down to 24° and it just kept dropping like a rock. The wind was horrible all day with wind chills of approaching 0°. Trying to walk outside was like trying to breakdance on a buttered floor. I know…I watched Dan try to make it to the mailbox. He’s quite the graceful swan. But I figured if I had to go outside for ANYTHING it would be with my cleats on over my shoes.
Eventually, I looked out to watch the birds and out snow buntings had finally arrived! And there was no cracked corn out for them. I bundled up, complete with cleats and took corn outside. I couldn’t have been gone more than 2 minutes and by the time I got back in my face and neck was once giant red hive. I looked like I’d been in the sun too long while wearing sunglasses and some potent sun block around my lips…those area were startlingly white!
I had hopes that I was over my hives. I hadn’t been troubled by them in about 8 days (and no, I haven’t started taking the Allegra and Pepcid that the Dr from Utah suggested). My feet hadn’t itched and neither had my hands or other body parts.. It was a pleasant 8 days. The only thing that DID happen during those 8 days was the end of two of my toes had turned purple and hard and are slightly swollen. That use to happen to me years ago. At that time I was on a drug called Procardia which is supposed to help open the capillaries to your fingers and toes so this doesn’t happen. It had stopped happening so I haven’t been on the medicine in years. I told Dan the other day, I didn’t know which was worse; the hives or swollen purple toes! AM I ANXIOUS TO GO SOUTH OR WHAT???!!! YOU BET I AM!
Anyway, later this afternoon when my face had returned to normal (more or less!), we went to town to get groceries and run errands. I wore my cleats to town too. I sounded like a tap dancing troupe in the grocery store. Dan stayed quite a ways behind me in the store. I asked him if I was embarrassing him with all the clicking and clacking. He said “No, I’m just waiting for you to pick up a loose floor tile with those cleats. I want to be behind you when it happens…WAY behind you!”
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