Tuesday, February 05, 2008

The itchy and scratchy show

Sunday night Mike had a crop of what appeared to be bug bites around his knees. At first I thought maybe they were some weird side effect of his shaving his legs last week. I gave him 2 Benadryls and sent him to bed.

Yesterday he complained about the spots off and on, and we realized that they were disappearing in one place and reappearing in another. First it was knees and elbows; then it was wrists and shins. Two more Benadryls and off to bed again.

This morning he was really suffering, so I decided to take him to the doctor. At 6:30, I took this photo of his elbows to send to my mom. By 7:30, when we left for the doctor, his elbows were fine but his feet were so swollen he couldn't curl his toes.

Turns out the doc was as baffled as we are. No new foods, new soaps, new pets, etc. He did, however, give Mike a 5-day course of Prednisone to kick the hives into submission and a couple antihistamine prescriptions for after that. Apparently one of the side effects of Prednisone is an increase in appetite. This could get ugly.

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