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"Mom, you really need to figure out what poison ivy looks like."

 

I was 9 months pregnant at the time and mistakenly thought the rash was somehow "pregnancy related"...

 

It hadn't dawned on me about wearing shorts to use a weedeater - it has now. And I took a good bath and made it spread.

 

I'd scamper off to the fields in my painting overalls and discretely sneak back to work.

 

The worst case ever was the year we took a family camping trip and used poison ivy sticks to roast our marshmallows on a poison-ivy wood fire.

 

When I was in college I took a class in "Camping". My friend and I were late getting to our campsite on one of our scheduled trips and had to pitch our tents in darkness.

 

One morning I quick threw on some loose legged shorts, sans underwear, and went out to pull some weeds. Unknown to me, I was receiving multiple mosquito bites in anatomical locations unmentionable.

 

My 'ex' was an avid bow-hunter. After spending the day in a tree stand, hoping for a deer to wander by, he came home, and to make up for leaving me home alone all day, gave me a wonderful back rub...

 

All of my childhood years I had never had a reaction to poison ivy. My mother never did either. I remember times when both my mother and I would yank it out of the ground without a second thought...

 

In front of our house are several aggressive bushes with leaves which are actually quite flimsy and charmless; they actually seem more like weeds to me. Every summer I have cut back these bushes and by the end of the summer they are once again omnipresent.

 

I was helping with garden work and I hadn't heard anything about poison ivy. A couple of weeks later I learned what it means by paying more than $200 for medicine...

 

A friend and I were on a wilderness trip and we were caught outside after dark. We got off the trail and spent some time blundering around in the brush.

 

My mother told me that her mother was outside doing gardening once and her father found poison ivy in a good quantity and decided to burn it...

 

I was working for a foster home - the building our children were housed in was to be sold and we had to move all of our boys. We found one of these huge big old houses with a really big over flowing backyard...

 

My father spent a day tearing out poison ivy vines around our house. At the end of the day he took a shower and scrubbed himself with brown soap...

 

My husband was to appear as Jesus during our church's Maundy Thursday service this year (March 2002). He asked me to try and find something to make a crown of thorns.

 

What a nice looking tree, I thought to myself. I think I'll tie a hammock on it. Turns out to be a dead tree with very live poison ivy on it.

 

I was recently married and decided to take a summer job at my father-in-law's apple orchard. My task was to strip the apple trees of Virginia Creeper...

 

The night before our wedding my fiance was rushed to the ER to get a high dosage shot.

 

"The only thing that is in here is Ben Gay. I don't know if it will help but we can try it."

 

A few years ago I got a HORRIBLE case of poison ivy. So bad I went to the doctor for help. He gave me prednisone, a steroid, and my life has never been the same.

 

We were fishing and catching some nice catfish, perches. My brother-in-law went off in another direction. He came back with lots of fish and said: "Follow me!".

 

All my friends and I were playing hide and seek in the pines and tussled a little too close to the poison ivy - it came home with me as an adopted friend on my hands and clothes.

 

My brother & I always got it bad when we were kids - eyes swollen shut, 75% of our bodies in a blistered rash. We tried every remedy we would hear of - jewelweed, calamine, oatmeal, rubbing alcohol, clay, benedryl, 1/2 pound of salt, you name it, we tried it.

 

Growing up in the wilds of Tennessee, I've spent the majority of my life in the woods. In almost 40 years I've never had the slightest reaction from poison ivy, oak or sumac. Recently I moved to the great midwestern state of Indiana.

 

Now I'm sitting at home with cream all over both arms and my face including my lips and ears and eye lids. With bandages on my arms and hands I can barely type...

 

While gathering the wood I noticed a number of dead looking vines. I didn't think anything of it. I had gloves on and made a conscious effort not to touch any exposed skin

 

Then one day we were weeding out underneath a billboard at a local gas station. There were weeds as tall as me, trees, vines, bushes, everything. I didn't know what I was grabbing or stepping in.

 

...the follow-up physician they referred me to at the ER and he finally figured out it was poison ivy!

 

The absolute worst case I've ever had, or ever even heard of, occurred when I was a child of about ten. My family was renting a cottage near the Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario.

 

At a lake in my neighborhood the turtles were sitting on top of the water sunbathing. I thought that it would be really neat if I could throw some leaves in the water to feed them.

 

I spotted some luscious looking wild raspberries growing just off the road. Into the patch I went. I ate all the berries I could find. Within half an hour, I was violently sick...

 

I got down on the ground and reached my arms in to clean out the hole. Yup, poison ivy roots down there.

 

Eventually, they had to remover the top portion of the affected lung, as the condition would not go away, and my lung continued to collapse...

 

I took a summer job during college with a landscaping company. I had never had poison ivy in my life, had no idea how to identify it or what it could do to you.

 

I had just bought a sports car and I was forced off the road by an oncoming car...

 

Having had a spouse who would break out in a rash at the sight of poison ivy/oak, I came across a small notation in the back of a chemistry magazine on "home remedies that worked." This one was a gem and was very inexpensive.

 

As a teenager in the '70's, I helped my Dad clear some land in the country for a house. We camped out there for the weekend. Giant 4-inch diameter vines were choking the large pecan trees. We'd pry a section of vine away from the trunk, and I would hold it away from the trunk by hand while my Dad chain-sawed out a section so the vines above would die.

 

At a Nascar race, we camped in a HUGE campground with approximately 75,000 people. Well, one night after drinking a little...

 

It was the summer of 2003. I was just a young lad camping with a couple of friends before I shipped of for basic training.

 

I had on a tank top and wore a bandanna on my head...

 

Three friends and I were walking near the beach...

 

I was in the hospital for 2 weeks because I was swollen up so badly...