So far...
 nothing works.
The itching is intense.  The rash is ugly.
I didn't go to the doctor.
I got the shot for the first bout of poison ivy of my summer
and didn't think it did much good.
But I think I've tried just about everything else--
except for bleach.
It kind of makes me think about how "mankind" has dealt with
the undeniable sin issue--
trying to compensate with good works,
attempting to break old habits,
repressing or aggressing,
sacrificing or  reforming 
with little progress and no actual success.
 I've given up on the poison ivy situation.
Thankfully, God didn't give up on the SIN situation!
"This is love: not that we have loved God, 
but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the payment for our sins." 
(I John 4:10)
"(H)e saved us, but not because of anything we had done to gain his approval.
Instead, because of his mercy he saved us through the washing 
in which the Holy Spirit gives us new birth and renewal."
(Titus 3:5)


  1. I am so sorry nothing has worked for that
    nasty poison ivy. I am so eternally glad
    that the blood of Jesus has worked and
    will continue to work on the problem of
    Hugs & Blessings~

  2. Great post. I love Jesus. He is the healer of my soul. I know bleach works on poison ivy. It burns like the dickens. Hope you get some comfort.

  3. I feel so bad for you! I understand that you are feeling miserable!! How long does it take to run its course? I hope that you are getting close to the end.

    I am wondering about your bee stings. I am wondering if they were honey bees with stingers or something that looked bee-like i.e. yellow jackets or wasps? At our beekeeping meeting on Saturday night, our speaker spoke on bee venom therapy. It sounded absurd. The woman had a map of the body where to get the bee stings for various ailments and a book with more information. I was shocked at how many of our beekeepers subscribe to it and gave testimony to healing via bee stings! That made me think of you. It would be great if you got some benefit to your knee aches because of your random stings. I doubt if that happened.

  4. I am so sorry.....we have used charcoal tabs so it will be taken out of the body from the inside

    Prayer for healing and relief in Jesus Name...

  5. I've been thinking about you and this situation so much, Rebecca. Poison Ivy on top of shingles! This is just too much, your poor skin.
    Well, I'm going to give a suggestion ~ have you tried Aveeno baths? I remember putting that powder in the kids baths when they had chicken pox and they said it was the only thing that gave them any relief. Some of the powder wouldn't melt in and I took it and put it right on the sore spots and sort of pat them with the paste. I remember my youngest son saying over and over again with each pat, "Thank you, thank you, thank you..."
    Also I was stung earlier this summer by a hornet and I used some of Jayden's 'After Bite For Kids' and it was wonderful! No after effects like I usually suffer from stings!
    And Brenda is right about the bee venom therapy, my cousin who has MS tried that therapy for years, it did give her some relief for awhile, but unfortunately her disease has progressed and she is now bed-ridden, but she feels it did help her for awhile.
    'Hope you get relief soon.
    Love and Prayers,

  6. I almost always have to go for steriods....sigh.

    Praying it eases soon....I know your discomfort.

    Very good analogy by the way.


  7. Steroids are awful but they are the only thing that clears my rash before I go insane. Mine will hang on for weeks and I just can't deal with that. I also have a tube of prescription cortisone which seemed to help as well.
    Oh Rebecca, I am so sorry. I know what you are going through. I've had it twice this year and last! Good Luck, I hope it clears soon.
    Love Di ♥

  8. Like Diana, I have to take steroids, too. Hope you can get relief soon.

    I'm so thankful that God didn't - doesn't - give up!! Amazing love . . .

  9. I heared plain rubbing alcohol dries it out and helps. Good luck !!

  10. I'm sorry to say I have no advice for your itchy problem, except to say prayer, which is indeed a powerful remedy. And yes, the remedy for sin is potent...the blood of Jesus which cleanseth from all sin!

  11. I'm singing Nothin but the blood of Jesus while I read through your post Chicky! ~ Praying also for you as you get through this ugly itchin. Looks like you have quite an arsenal there- but nothin is cutting it huh? I am so sorry. ;( I truly itch for you. Not tryin to be funny... just wish I could help bear your burden somehow. I pray this too shall pass SOON!!!

  12. As a fellow sufferer of poison (ivy and oak)....I can sympathize, sympathize, sympathize with you. Only one who has suffered through this AWFUL poison knows what you are going through. Do know that it will abate (in time...) It seems to take forever....and will flare up several times as it is healing....but know that there is a light at the end of that tunnel. This will pass. Yes, it will.
    P.S. Don't put too much "stuff" on your skin as you wait for the rash to heal....some of these 'healing' things aren't good for you...just have to keep it as dry as possible (Caladryl is the best for me)....and stop that itching (Benadryl or generic) until the skin heals. Take care.


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Writing a Song a Week #3
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