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I've been absent from here for a week now. There is a specific reason. I have been ill. Last Saturday, we had an over- the-top hot, dry day with 25mph winds. I was only outside for about 10 minutes; but, evidently that's all it took to become sick.

By early evening, I was achy. I took a nap on the couch for four hours. When I awoke, I had a low fever, chattering teeth, was shaking and slightly nauseous. I almost immediately went back to sleep. In the middle of the night, I got up to get something to drink. I still don't know how it happened; but, I fell, landing on my tailbone. I just laid on the kitchen's hardwood floors, till I could muster the strength to get up off the floor. After 14 hours of sleep, I got up late Sunday morning, only to discover I was now covered in a rash from neck to knees ... sort of like I had blushed over most of my body. It itched like crazy! Still does.

I slept most of Sunday, trying to rally. I began drinking copious amounts of fluids (I'm not good about this on a regular basis.) The fever and chills continued on into Sunday evening. After much more sleep, on Monday, I made it to the pharmacy, spoke with the pharmacist then purchased Benadryl and an anti-itch ointment. I was fever-free on Monday and rallied enough to pick up two sets of friends at the airport, one returning from DC and the other from Paris.
Between the two airport trips, I slept for four hours at the first set of friends' house which is close to the airport.

On Tuesday morning, I had a meet and greet with a vocal coach. Obviously, I wasn't at my best; I kept the appointment because we had never met in person before. We mostly talked about my goals for vocal performance going forward. (I have a feeling, he's not much interested in musical theatre, so he may not be the right person for what I am hoping to accomplish.)

The remainder of Tuesday and all of Wednesday, I didn't leave the house, only managing to get a few household tasks completed and bills paid. I worked really hard to make myself a bowl of chicken salad. I've eaten it for four meals so far. Today, I finally got to see a doctor. My rash has moved on to my shins and forearms. It looks different from the other rash. I have wracked my brain trying to pinpoint a difference in routine ...exposure to something new to me. There have been no new foods in my diet, change of medications or difference in soaps, shampoos or detergents. To what could I have been exposed? In the middle of the night, I woke suddenly and said these words out loud. "River Birch"! Seriously ...

This morning, I googled river birch which is the kind of tree growing in my back yard. I have been near one before purchasing this house. I had been pulling weeds on Saturday, moving its lower branches to get to the flower beds. It's a sweeping, graceful tree. Right away, information came up ... From mid-May to the end of the first week of June, this tree, through the pods on it, causes allergic reactions for those sensitive to its pollen. When I had been out in the yard, I had sneezed and sneezed. It's why I stopped working and went back inside. My tree may have been talking to me rather than the other way around. (Paint Your Wagon reference intended.)

Tomorrow, I have a dermatology consult. I hope we uncover the trigger to the rash. I believe multiple things happened ... I encountered an allergy I didn't know I had. I caught a virus which has run its course. The doctor thinks the second rash may be vasculitis. Meanwhile, I itch!! I'm on the quest for answers.

ps ... the rash is not contagious ...

Date: 2017-06-16 11:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] billeyler
That's a stunning week of infirmity! Hope you're on the mend! Yikes!

Date: 2017-06-20 04:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] billeyler
Low key. We went out to dinner at a local Chinese restaurant last night. It's too hot to do much of anything outside this week, so TV is good. :-)

I've been concentrating on our Gay Callers Association and our upcoming convention this week. Both on the board for our assn and on staff for the convention, so it'll be busy busy busy!

Minneapolis sounds good about now. It was actually proposed as the site for our 2017 convention, but it was poopoo-ed by the IAGSDC since there is no active club there any longer to help coordinate.

Date: 2017-06-21 11:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] billeyler
It's an interesting question, but those not going to a convention itself would have little interest in a gay square dance convention. Although there is generally local publicity in the papers and on TV about a convention like ours, it's just a blip to anyone not in the activity already. That said, there has been some bit of noise through the years about trying to do a combined event with IggleWiggle at some time. The surprising thing is that few current square dancers (gay, even) are interested in couples or line dancing, other than a small subset of what is already a small subset.

It CAN happen of course!

Sorry you've been ill

Date: 2017-06-16 02:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] midlifebear
So sorry to hear this. But what a relief that it is just an allergy.
Many people here in SF have had some kind of flu this week. It is going around.

You are a trooper, Neil! You will pull through this as you always do. But perhaps a little more self-care would be a good idea? I love chicken salad, but maybe chicken soup and some veggies are in order? And perhaps a few good old movies while you rest?

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