I know what poison ivy and oak look like: 3 shiny leaves on each. Every year in the 13 years I have owned my house I’ve gotten a rash similar to poison ivy on my arms or legs. Since I have a chronic disease (Hereditary Hemochromatosis) I have a compromised immune and respiratory systems. I try to be kind to myself because I can’t rewind……Wouldn’t you know a few days ago my face began breaking out……one long holiday with 5 intensely painful and itchy days of waiting to see my pc. Today I went to the doctors. My face was so puffy and swollen. The doctor took one look asked the necessary questions.
Doc- Have you been exposed to poisonous plants? Maybe a cat or dog you may have petted? It looks like poison ivy.
Me- I haven’t been to the back side of my property. That is where poison ivy and oak grow. But wait there is an outdoor kitty…..
Doc- What about poison Sumac?
Me- Wait, you mean there are more poisonous plants to worry about? Leaves with a script for mountain moving strength steroids in hand.
So, I’ll look so I can say nope I don’t know what this rash is. Damn! Ive been pulling poison Sumac without realizing it was worse than the other two. Didn’t even realize it grew here.
I think it is time to rent a goat 🐐 or two? 🐐 🐐 maybe an even half dozen? 🐐 🐐 🐐 🐐 🐐 🐐
One google search later Ive discovered the culprit.