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Oh, crap. I have poison ivy

June 6th, 2014 at 05:01 pm

I had to go to doc tonight after work to get some prednisone pills which I'll take for 12 days, starting tomorrow. She said it will make me irritable but energetic. It's ITCHY! Welt on my eyelid, behind my ear, neck, upper chest. Not fun.

I am still working on getting my mother's creditors to start sending me the bills. I discovered that it would probably be easier with most of them to just call them with my mother present and then have her get on the phone to add me as an "authorized" user. I had been trying to fax my power of attorney paperwork and it was just a pain waiting on hold for someone to get the fax number, etc.

So tomorrow for the 4th Saturday in a row i am schlepping over to my mother's. It's the only day of the week I can do this unless i take time off from work, which I'm not about to do.

At least I now have access to her bank account online, and the new checks have been ordered.

Speaking of time off, there is a mandatory furlough for contractors at the bank for the first week of July. I'm not happy about going without a paycheck that week, but I have no say in the matter. So I've arranged to spend an overnight at my dad's on the jersey shore for 2 days, and then hope to get some home improvement-type work done around the house. And squeeze in some MUCH needed R&R.

Three of us walked at lunchtime today, and we were all looking forward to the ice cream truck that parks outside the bank every Friday from 3 to 4. We were so disappointed to not see his truck there....he is on vacation. I did grab Chinese to go for dinner tonight as a consolation prize.

3 Responses to “Oh, crap. I have poison ivy”

  1. frugalredhead Says:

    So sorry about the poison ivy! I never had it once until we moved into our new house 6 years ago when I was 30, and I've had it 4 times since. Worse every time Frown Last time it was on my face and me eye swelled shut, and I went on prednisone, and then as soon as I came off of it, I broke out in hives all over my body. They had to put me back on the prednisone, and luckily the hives didn't come back when I went off it again! It was terrible though.

    Sorry you have to deal with your mom's finances - I dread the time I have to do that. I'm still pretending I don't know my mom when the creditors call my house looking for her. I may have a lot of debt, but at least I pay mine! Smile
    And now I want Chinese food... mmm yummy Smile

  2. PatientSaver Says:

    Thanks frugalredhead. Actually, I had never heard of someone going on the prednisone and then getting hives when they came off it, but the new doc I saw mentioned the poison ivy could return, so that's why she uses her own dose and tapering schedule (which I think is higher dose than the person i usually see.

    I'm not at all crazy about going on steroids, but sleeping at night is awful and i caught myself scratching in my sleep. Not being able to rub my eye is tough. I'm going to take extra calcium and Vit. D since prednisone is bad for the bones.

    So far, dealing with my mother's finances has been a real pain. It has to be done, there is no question about that, but it's been difficult and I've barely started. I'm hoping once everything is set up it will become routine, but even then, since she's still writing checks, I'll have to continuously be telling her how much I paid for this, how much i paid for that, using her checking account, so she can keep it balanced.

    Never having been married, I honestly don't know how married people keep a joint checking account and keep things straight. If there are any married people with joint checking accounts, I'd love to hear how you do it! Is there an easy way to share this info back and forth?

  3. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Back when the two of us were both writing paper checks we kept only one checkbook, so all the doin's were recorded right there. No one took the checkbook out of the house normally. So it was easier than your situation.

    So sorry about that poison ivy. Awful! It can drive a person crazy!

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