This time we're staying a house maybe a quarter mile away from the school. We have nice accommodations there and best of all, air conditioning in the bedrooms.
Everything is going wonderfully except for one thing.
Back on the 23th of May the whole family [all home for Steven's graduation] was out at the coast. We went hiking on Cape Perpetua. During and after the hike I felt this irritation on my neck.
It was a tick, firmly attached.
I freaked out. LYMES!!
An internet search assured me I'd soon be cursed with chronic Lymes. And we were leaving for Thailand in a few days.
It didn't help that the bite was quite painful and it swelled up.
I went to the doctor. She put me on high-powered antibiotics for ten days.
We went to Thailand.
Soon after we arrived, my ankles started itching. I developed pink spots on my feet and ankles.
Mosquito bites, I figured.
The dots spread. Bedbugs??!!!! Horrors. But Paul didn't have them.
Poison oak?/ Surely not.
By Saturday it drove me crazy to walk anywhere. By Sunday I was starting to be miserable but I went to church.
By Sunday evening I had dots and spots almost all over.
Today I am a mass of itching, burning red splotches. Arms, legs, back, front, places where I walk and sit and lie down.
And of course it is very hot here.
FINALLY by Sunday evening I put it together that this has something to do with the medicine I'm on. I Googled it. Yes, it's not uncommon to break out on the 5th or 6th day with Amoxycillin. And of course, this being the internet, I'd soon go into anaphylactic shock.
But I'd rather go through this than Lymes, so I kept taking the pills and trying to tough it out.
It's very hard to make international calls from here. Most people use Skype Credit but it wasn't set up on my computer.
Plus, it was the weekend back home, and the middle of the night, so with all that I couldn't call my doctor.
The nurse here gave me Benedryl.
We emailed my nurse sister and Paul's doctor sister. They both said to cancel what I'm on and take Doxycycline.
So Paul walked to a pharmacy just now and got a packet of ten Doxy. for less than a dollar.
I am so woozy from Benedryl that this may or may not make sense.
But I know what I'm saying when I say "Please pray for me" and "I will always have the deepest sympathy for someone who breaks out in hives. Yes I will."
Amy and Jenny are off shopping with the secretary. Paul and Steven are studying. So, "other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?" we are doing great.