Monday, August 24, 2015

It’s Been a Difficult Week-end


Blairsville, Ga (high 82, low 58)


First of all, I want to let you know that we got lucky and our boat was NOT one of the 54 boats broken into (out of 180+ in the storage facility).  Apparently, they were looking for high end electronics that are more permanently mounted in the larger and fancier boats. Another advantage of owning a small boat, I guess.    Now, if we can get through another hurricane season unscathed.


Al had a really bad week-end.  The prescription he had for prednisone pills did wonders to help with his poison ivy/rash until he finished the script. With the prednisone, you start out taking 6 pills the first day, then taper it down until you only take one the final day.  About half way through the course, he started feeling worse.  The poison ivy seems to be clearing up nicely, but he has been getting terrible hives on his back and chest. 

We have come to the conclusion that something else other than poison ivy was bothering him. It seems to me the poison ivy triggers an allergic response to other things, like it makes him hyper sensitive.  I  changed laundry detergent and rewashed everything but he still kept having outbreaks of this horrible rash. We also changed soap and shampoo, but so far that hasn’t helped either. It would get a little better then all of a sudden it would flare up again.  It seemed to get worse at night.

Friday night was terrible.  The itching was so bad he got very little sleep.  Saturday wasn’t much better, but Saturday night the itching was much, much worse.  Neither of us slept much. I was afraid he was going to draw blood. It was driving him crazy.

We decided to go the the walk-in clinic on Sunday because we didn’t want a repeat of Saturday night.

The Nurse Practitioner we saw had dealt with a lot of poison ivy and allergies and she agreed the latest problem was from some sort of allergy and not poison ivy.  She gave him a steroid shot, another dose of prednisone and a prescription for the itching that is stronger than Benadryl.  He felt better and was able to sleep well last night.

She suggested he keep a daily journal with everything he puts into his mouth or on his skin.  It will be difficult to figure out what is causing this allergic reaction, and a diary is the only way.  We know he will be fine for a few days while on the prednisone, and we’re hoping to figure it out.  He takes a few supplements, like Glucosamine, fish oil and magnesium. He is eliminating them and then we’ll add them back one  at a time.


He had a few good days last week, so we took a drive down to Helen, GA and look for a little country store that we had heard about.

On the way, we discovered Cool River Tubing and Zip Lines.  They offer tubing on the nearby Chattahoochee River, but also zip line, rock climbing, and aerial adventure courses. 


The aerial obstacle course looked like a great time for kids especially.






It looks like a really fun place, both for kids and adults, but more geared for kids I think.


Al wasn’t feeling great so instead of climbing he decided to smell the honeysuckle.


We left there and finally found the Old Sautee Store that we had heard about.


It had quite an interesting history dating back to 1872. One of the previous owners was from Norway and started to import specialty cheese from Norway.   Apparently, they do quite a business selling Farmer brand cheese. 

The front part of the store was kept as it was and it quite interesting.


My favorite thing was the nickelodeon, which still worked and played very beautiful music. 



We took it easy today, since Al isn’t feeling great. I guess this allergic reaction he is having is what’s making him feel bad, at least I hope that is it.  

Here are some pics from recent golf cart rides.

The deer were in the field and decided to cross the road in front of us. We stopped to let them pass and they kept their eyes on us, but finally got brave enough to dart into the woods.





It’s not quite like a sunset over the Atlantic, but it’s pretty nice.


Our bird feeders are really busy.



One of the unpaved mountain roads we ride on in the search for the elusive bear.


How about this nice house in the woods.


Our sister Rv park.  Everything is so green because of all the rain we’ve had.




This guy was munching in the soybean field. 


I finally got him to raise his head and look at me.



  1. I hope Al starts feeling better! Love those pictures of the deer!

  2. Al is suffering from unknown allergy, and he smelled honeysuckle? Hmm ...

    1. This started long before he smelled the honeysuckle but it's a good thing to be aware of, I guess.

  3. Boy, that doesn't sound nice for poor Al. I certainly hope that you can figure out what is causing this allergic reaction quickly and hopefully without too many issues so that he can get back to enjoying life.

  4. I like the old store in Helen, GA, and your waterfall pic in your header. Taccoa Falls, I think?

  5. Hope you can figure out what is bothering Al, can be very frustrating for both of you.

  6. I feel so bad for Al, and you too! Hopefully keeping a diary can rule things out.

  7. Does he get a reaction like this when you are in Florida?

    1. He was fine all the time we were in the Keys, but when we first got back to Tampa last fall he had an episode. At that time we attributed it to laundry detergent, but maybe it was something else.

  8. All I can say is poor Al! I hope that keeping track of things he eats will narrow down this problem to solve it once and for all.

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    1. Thanks Sharon for the thought, but we don't think so. From what I understand about shingles, it's usually on one side of the body and is painful. The NP didn't think so.

  10. Has he been eating any tree nuts, my wife has the same reaction to poison ivy, about ten years ago she had a reaction to cashew nuts(had to take her to the ER). The doctor told her that cashews and some other tree nuts are related to poison ivy. About 5 years later we were in GA and had some fried chicken, she had a mild reaction, turns out they used crushed peacans in their batter.

    1. Thank you so much for this comment. I did some research on cashews and other tree nuts and believe this may be Al's problem. We are in GA and he has been eating fried chicken too! It looks like Zaxby's uses cashews in their chicken batter.

  11. When our RV got broken into years ago they also got lots of boats- cut out the electronics with a saws all just trashed the fiberglass- so glad your boat was OK.

  12. I cannot define it as difficult. I will call it adventures!

    - My Hidden Paris

  13. Awesome!! Deer and Bird pics are awesome..!! should at these in my Diary


  14. Awesome!! Deer and Bird pics are awesome..!! should at these in my Diary



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