Mr. Aitch wears white socks. Every. Day. He used to get holes in the toe so I started buying him Gold Toe® socks*. No more holes in the toe. Yay! Now he gets holes on the bottom of the heel. I need “Gold Toe and Heel” socks for him. It seems that no matter how often I wash whites, he always runs out of white socks. So I bought him another package of six pair last week.
Now the rest of the story:
This past Saturday I planted all the flowers and herbs I bought the week before. I had to wait for a day when Mr. Aitch was available to move the bags of soil for me.
No sooner than I got started, I felt something on my arm. Without looking I just brushed it away. I have no idea what is was but my arm started itching immediately. I ignored it until I was finished.
Please ignore my faded and stained planters. I scrubbed them first. Really, I did!
I got myself cleaned up and noticed the raised welt on my arm. A drop or two of hand sanitizer usually calmed the itch for hours. This time it worked for about two minutes. I figured it was a spider bite since this has happened to me before. In the past the site of the bite would swell up to the size of a small grapefruit.
Mr. Aitch suggested I take some Benadryl. Benadryl and I don’t get along very well. It makes me drowsy enough to be nonfunctional then causes nightmares when I do sleep.
When I went to the market Sunday morning after church, I asked the pharmacist what I could use to stop the itch. Hydrocortisone cream. I felt relief instantly.
I applied more to the bite area (including the gelatinous glob forming under the skin) before I went to bed but needed to cover it so the cream would stay on my arm and not get all over the sheets. So I cut the top off of an old pair of holey white socks Mr. Aitch threw away as a way to cover the bite.
You’re going to have to trust me on this. I cropped out the discolored holey part. You can thank me later.
I asked Mr. Aitch to help me get the sock top over the medicated mess.
I told him I cut the top off of one of the new pairs of white socks I just bought him.
The look on his face was priceless. I thought he was going into shock.
Just kidding, Honey! It was an old sock.
Rarely do I pull one over on Mr. Aitch but I did this time.
*Note: The opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone. I received no, nada, zero, zilch compensation from the fine makers of GoldToe® socks. I just wish that I did.
I got a terrible bite on my leg last week and didn’t even know it until I saw this massive welt and it started itching. I put a gob of honey on it and a bandaid. The honey is an antiseptic, helps with the itching and also draws out any poison that may still be in there. It’s slowing fading at least. Good idea on the sock. That’s one I could have used to help keep the bandaid covered.
I never remember the honey thing though I’ve heard of it. When we were on a motorcycle trip a few years ago, I got a nasty bite on the back of my neck right where my helmet rubbed. One of the guys with us put on some “magical” ointment and it not only stopped the itch, it made the bite disappear within a day. The magical ointment was hand sanitizer. I’ve used it ever since then. Most of the time it works…
That is a wonderful idea and because I have psoriasis, I often have spots on my arms that require medication. I will remember these socks next time. Also, 40% zinc oxide in CVS’s Diaper Rash Ointment (not 20%) is great for drying out bites and lessening the itch. Your flowers are beautiful.
I can’t claim that as an original idea but I don’t know where I read about it.
Thanks for the comment on my flowers. Hummingbirds love petunias so I try to have some on the deck every year.