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Author:  GentleReader9 [ Tue Dec 23, 2008 7:04 pm ]
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Oh Thomas,

I am so sorry that I have behaved in a manner befitting a hex-wish from you. I assure you, it worked. I got the most awful poison oak and had prescription steroids and cortizone cream...did you know you can get poison oak in the winter? Even if you go for a hike after recently fallen snow? It doesn't seem quite fair.

That isn't entirely the reason why I haven't been online, but the rash and the snow were both factors among others that deterred me from getting to a computer to visit booktalk. I profoundly and abjectly grovel in hopes you will forgive me and call off your hex. It is powerful.

The good news: still here, still hale, still happy to know you and everyone here. I hope your winter has been wonderful and full of love and laughter in my absence.

Author:  Thomas Hood [ Wed Dec 24, 2008 12:18 pm ]
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GentleReader9 wrote:
I am so sorry that I have behaved in a manner befitting a hex-wish from you.


Clearly I do not know my own powers if I am afflicting a person in Oregon with poison oak :) I promise to be more careful. And I do feel you discomfort because when I got into it -- from walking through smoke, I think -- one eye was swollen shut and the other partially. And as bad as the poison oak was, I also had to put up with a tongue lashing from a military doctor who seemed to imagine I had my own private hospital to check into and should not be bothering him.

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I hope your winter has been wonderful and full of love and laughter in my absence.


Well, your insights into The Secret Garden are so brightening on these dark days that I don't want to miss any of them.

Tom

Author:  Thomas Hood [ Sat Dec 27, 2008 8:45 am ]
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GentleReader9 wrote:
I got the most awful poison oak and had prescription steroids and cortizone cream. . .


GR9, poison oak may have serious consequences:

"I took a trip to CA in October and got into the equivalent of poison
ivy but poison ivy made of thorns. The end result -- just before it
cleared up -- was that my arms and legs were covered with a hideous
rash called reactive dermatitis. Visions of Jim Henson's flesh-eating
bacteria chomped through my head. Thankfully MEGA doses of steroids
took care of it."

Corticosteroids may weaken bones.Be very careful to avoid falls.

Tom

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