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  • Writer's pictureShicole

Protect Yourself in the Garden

My entire life I have had sensitive skin. I was prone to get a rash out of no where. Then, I got the nickname Sweet Meat because I constantly found myself with bug bites … even when I had on bug spray.

Knowing this, I try to be careful in my garden. Sunday, I failed at this goal. In my defense, I was a bit shaken up. I was in bed with my husband when a furious knock came from my son on our bedroom door. He said, “The toaster is smoking!” Luckily, my husband got to the toaster before it caught fire. Unfortunately, we were too late to stop our alarm from being triggered and a fire truck being sent to our house. On top of that, smoke was everywhere.

We decided to go outside while the smoke was clearing. Since we were outside, I decided to tend to my garden. I was wearing a short-sleeved shirt, and my cantaloupe vines got on my arms. By the next day, my arms got itchy and began to swell and throb.

My left arm was a mess.

… and so was my right arm.

The doctors couldn’t agree. One thought I had chigger bites and the other thought I had mosquito bites. They both agreed that my body overreacted to whatever evil insect that attacked me while I was placing the cantaloupe vines on the trellis.

The first antihistamine did not work so I had to use a different one. Two other creams didn’t work, so I was prescribed a strong topical cream. Then, I had two steroid shots.

Adam Levine, lead singer of Maroon 5, once sang, “I am in misery. There ain't nobody who can comfort me.“ That is how I have felt all week. Today is the first day since Sunday that I have felt any relief.

Cover up outside and protect yourself. It is not worth it to take the risk.


Remember, anyone can be a gardener. You just need to get ready, get set, and grow!

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