Why I will forever and always be a cat person. And hate poison ivy.

Trinity has poison ivy.  AGAIN.

My daughter knows after last year’s infestation, she shouldn’t be at the edge of our property along the fence line because that’s where the poison ivy hangs out.  But the lure of ripe mulberries was too much for her to bear and in her quest for fresh fruit she ventured into the danger zone.

(Now if you are me, this is where you start humming the Top Gun theme song “Danger Zone” by Kenny Logins.  But this isn’t a post about Top Gun or Kenny Logins so just. stop.  it.)

Yesterday Trinity’s rash didn’t look so bad.  Last night I put her to bed with plenty of calamine lotion and a good dose of antihistamine thinking everything would be fine.  When I went to check on her, she was sleeping peacefully as our family cat kept watch over her.

This morning, however, the rash has gone all “Incredible Hulk” over her entire face, neck, and arms.  In fact, her face is so swollen she couldn’t even open her eyes.  So I packed everyone up and went to the doctor’s office where they prescribed a nice dose of steroids.

(I also bought her a box of Toaster Pastries, because if you have poison ivy this bad you deserve a little treat.)

This afternoon she is passed out on the couch as the steroids, calamine lotion, and antihistamines do their job.  And once again the family cat is watching over her.

Look how his eyes seem to be saying, “Don’t you wake up my patient, woman.”

This is the same cat that would curl protectively over my huge baby belly when I was put on modified bed-rest with two of my pregnancies.  This is the same cat who good-naturedly endured my children’s clumsy attempts at love when they were toddlers.  And it is the same cat who lets the children carry him everywhere despite the fact that he is as old as dirt and his bones are brittle.

I am a cat person.  I’ve had a cat (or two) my entire life and so I’ve had several I’ve loved with all my heart.  But this cat is different because not only do I love him, but so do my children.  Best of all, he seems to love them back.

And that makes him forever special.

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8 Responses to Why I will forever and always be a cat person. And hate poison ivy.

  1. Candace says:

    OH, poor Trinity!!!!

  2. Michele says:

    The Ben Turney is incredibly allergic to poison ivy. Did you know that if someone is burning it you can still get it if you are near the smoke? When he was young they drove out west and there was a forest fire near and he got the worst case ever! Poor girl!

  3. Lisa says:

    Poor girl! I hope she is doing better! I am NOT a cat person, but it is sweet the your cat is so protective.

  4. Lauren says:

    I love this post…and I love your cat! Your family is complete with the addition of your fluffy friend. My beloved cat, Max, passed away suddenly just prior to my second child being born. I miss him every day! The pictures of your daughter and the cat curled up together are so sweet. I think I might be ready to adopt another friend for our family! Thank you for your post!

  5. branmuffin21 says:

    Hi. I came across your blog in my search for poison ivy pics. My youngest two got into it & my younger looks like your daughter in the pic. They r both on steroids & Benadryl. Although my youngest daughter’s swelling is down the dang stuff is spreading like wild fire all over her body. She’s had about 4 doses of the oral steroid. I was wondering if you could give me any advice. Is that normal from what you’ve experienced? How long did it take for the steroids to work on your daughter? This stuff is crazy!!! Thanks so much!!
    ~Brandi

    • The steroids took about 48 hours to really start working in force. Keep on the Benadryl, change bed sheets or clothes that they have been laying in for a while (sometimes the poison ivy leaks oil that can spread that way), and see if your drugstore has Technu. It’s like a body wash that gets rid of the poison ivy oil on their skin so they can’t spread it more. I also used gallons of calomine lotion that I dabbed on the worst spots with a cotton ball.
      Good luck- poison ivy is the worst and it sounds like your kids are very susceptible to it like my daughter is.

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