Tuesday, July 8, 2008

One Injection

and three prescriptions later, my doctor tells me that I should get some relief from the poison ivy sometime...well, maybe tomorrow. It seems that one of the effects of our changing atmosphere is the increased virulence of urushiol, the part of the plant sap that causes the reaction. Increased CO2 in the air is also causing it to grow faster and larger. :(
Alas, even if you are not one of those "get your hands in the dirt" kind of people, you might still be affected by the increased CO2 Another effect is that ragweed is creating more pollen, so airborne allergens are getting worse as well. (just in case you thought the reports that claim every year is the "worst yet" for allergies was hyperbole) A link to an article about scientists who are studying the effects of CO2 on plant and specifically weed growth:


http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/29/magazine/29weeds-t.html?ex=1372392000&en=98feb63fe74fb547&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink


or:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/29/magazine/29weeds-t.html?pagewanted=1&ref=magazine



At this point, I am not even sure what has been the worst part of all of this, the actual physical reaction (disgusting rash and mad itchiness), or that the physical reaction has caused me to not sleep well, and is so distracting, that concentrating for any period of time is difficult, and reading to retain content impossible, or lets face it, that the rash is intensely ugly and disfiguring. (ahh, vanity!)

Coincidentally, DH and I planted more than 65 trees this spring-what are you doing to help combat the rise in CO2 levels?

5 comments:

My Gal said...

Oh sister I am so sorry, my heart goes out to you. That is a miserable way to spend a week. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

The article on the CO2 was alarming and yet vindicating. I have been saying for years that the weeds are getting bigger and tougher. In light of that, I think that I will go plant something. That is assuming that I don't burst into flames in the 115 degree weather.

TeaThyme&Cozies said...

what are you doing to help combat the rise in CO2 levels?

Wellllll, when the nasty neighbors cut down there trees, I complained loudly and shot them dirty looks, and still do, LOL. Our lot isn't big enough for another tree, but if I could, the whole neighborhood would have hundreds of trees. But alas, I can't hold out to do much anymore due to fibro.

I really hope your ailing goes away very soon!!

Michelle

Lavanah said...

We planted Canadian Hemlock this spring, I was weeding around them when I came in contact with (since I didn't actually "find" it) the poison ivy. In another couple of years, the trees should be big enough and dense enough to shade out anything growing under them. But they probably need more water than you have in your deserty spot. Thank you for the wishes of a speedy recovery-it can't be fast enough!

Lavanah said...

Thank you, Michelle, I really hope to be more myself, soon. I know you described your neighbors as nasty, but have you thought of giving them one of those small potted christmas trees? Like a "heres a replacement" gift?

TeaThyme&Cozies said...

Well, to be honest, the neighbor to my right had to cut his down because the roots were buckling the foundation of his house. The neighbor to my left had a very similar problem. But the idiot across the street just burns my bumm as he gets out (and now teaching his 10 year old son) and shoots at the birds and squirrels just because the poop on his car or some other inane reason. I called the Game Warden, and they said call them the next time I see him do it---they are 40 miles away. I honestly would just like to have a slingshot and pop him one, LOL. I don't think a replacement tree would go over with him. The neighbor to my right goes over and mows his lawn at the same time he does ours and his, and the idiot is so ungrateful that he makes it a point to re-mow it when he gets home from work. So I would just as soon he move, LOL.