My husband, Ralph and I, decided to pull up the weeds around our air-conditioning unit, the house and flower beds one day. That may very well be the last time I will volunteer for that job. I will hire it done next time, or purchase something over the counter to end this little weed battle. The first day was itchy, the second day too, and red sores began to pop up, then blisters too, not to mention the feverish pain in the swelling. I knew I wasn't allergic to poison ivy because I had never been allergic to anything, ever. Come to find out, just because you are not allergic at one point in your life, doesn't mean you will be exempt from being allergic at a later time. This was the case with me. Since I had never been allergic to anything and never had an allergic reaction to anything, I had no idea what to do, what to buy, what to apply, how to apply, nothing. As I learned from friends and the Internet, I decided to put it in this small book to help you, should you ever need to know something quickly and you are too itchy to feel like researching it out, I have done that for you. I decided I would treat this myself, running Ralph to the store often for me to try this and that as I learned what to do. I couldn't go to the doctor, it was under my breast and I couldn't put on a bra. I couldn't wear clothing around my waist, for it went there too. My arms, hands, fingers, legs and feet were also affected. I was miserable, I itched everywhere. Within 1-1/2 weeks into this, I had blisters and sores and rash all over my body. I wanted to copy and paste everything I learned to save you that step, but I couldn't do that for copyright reasons. So I found what I found, then went to the free Wikipedia site to give you their definition. What I found will help you. At least until you can get to a doctor, you can alleviate the itching for periods of time. This book is not written by a doctor, it is written by me, a writer. Everything I learned was from friends who have had experiences that worked for them, medical doctor readings from the internet, and health food specialists, essential oil specialists, anything I could get my hands on. I just want to share with you what I learned and what worked for me. If you are itching, I promise you I have prayed for you. I was praying for everybody all over the world that was itching. I now have a compassion for something I never thought of before. If you are a writer, or talker, you know how we are, we like to share what we just learned. This just happens to be my avenue. Hope it helps you until you can get medical help. If you have prayed and prayed and tried all the natural things and you are still hurting, God did give us doctors and I highly recommend them. Sometimes, you just need a shot. Hope this isn't the case, but if it is, it will be worth it to stop the itch in the meantime. Sometimes an itch and rash can be viral, such as shingles, or it can be from bug bites that get infected and allergies, such as poison ivy or oak, that you didn't know you had. Even some of the home remedies may have an adverse reaction, so I recommend trying one thing at a time to see what works for you. If you have an allergic reaction, it will help you distinguish quickly which one component caused it. Therefore, I looked up natural anti-fungal things, antibiotics, as well as anti-viral things, to be used internally or externally. I hope to have a little of enough things in here to help you find something that can bring you quick relief until you can get professional help, if need be. My prayer to all of us is an immediate healing from Jesus. The first and foremost thing to do is pray. I have saved you some time and listed several healing scriptures for Chapter One. Jesus is our ultimate healer, however He chooses to do it.
I was born into an American military family stationed in Germany on July 16, 1954. We predominately lived in Lawton, Oklahoma and my dad is buried there at the Ft. Sill cemetery. Church life was a normal life. My two sisters and I grew up under the nurture and care of a wonderful pastor and parents who convinced me from a very early age that God was real and He was personal...and He could meet my every need. I believed every word of it! That steadfast belief and knowing that God could pull me out of any one of my messes, at any given time, has kept me in a place of hope and steadfast faith all my life. As I would stumble here and there, I always knew God loved me. I have never lived my life without that knowing. For as long as I can remember, I had a desire to write. I enjoy reading a variety of genres. After the death of Dick Heflin (husband of 20 years), the writing became a release, and a healing process. A new life emerged after 8-1/2 years of being a widow and I am once again blessed with a wonderful marriage to Ralph Nichols, retired TVA, and former cattle rancher (turning into a horse rancher soon). As this new life emerged, I began a publishing company, Heart of My Heart Publishing Co., LLC. where I sell my books, as well as other authors' books, paintings, photography, cards, and jewelry. I have and continue to write Don't Worry God Has You Covered which are love letters from God and other books. These books came out of a recovery of a financial loss during the death of my late husband and my road back to financial victory, emotional healing, and joy in this new era of my life. I live a life surrounded by the peace that only Jesus can bring, a wonderful husband who loves me and worships God with me. He prays the sweetest prayers and blessings over all of us. We enjoy 5 beautiful children and their spouses and have 20 grandchildren between the bunch, from ages 1 - 21. I am a living testimony that you can have loss beyond measure and life again, with blessings beyond measure, if you keep your trust in God and don't lose hope. There is always hope in Christ.