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My daughter's health care provider called her in the morning to ask if she'd prefer to have a phone consultation with the nurse practitioner instead of going for an in person visit and my daughter decided to have the phone consultation, in order to minimize exposure to the Covid virus (today's Los Angeles County new Covid cases amounted to 3,734). She submitted photos of her hives online and the nurse practitioner asked her several questions including when she first started having them, does she have any food allergies (none that we know of), have there been any changes in diet, laundry detergent, etc. At the end of the phone consultation, she prescribed a steroid cream to be applied to the hives twice a day and an over the counter antihistamine to be taken once a day in the morning. If there is no improvement in two weeks (or if things get worse) daughter is to call for a referral to a dermatologist or allergist. We picked up the medications in the afternoon and she applied the cream soon after that. But, she is waiting until tomorrow morning to take the antihistamine (since she was told to take it in the morning).
In the meantime, I combed Dancer to make sure he didn't have fleas, just in case these are flea bites (he didn't have any fleas) and gave him his monthly flea prevention medication, as well. Then, I washed daughter's bedding, including her quilt, in hot water and she remade her bed with the freshly washed sheets and pillowcases.
M stopped by in the late morning to tend to the garden. He watered both front and back and put a screen around the serrano chili pepper plant to keep the rabbits from eating it! Bun Bun, the big white rabbit, is a frequent visitor in my garden. I have a feeling he belonged to the neighbors two doors down from me (the same people who were trying to round up a rabbit in my front garden several weeks ago). The problem is, they rented that house and left at the end of July (and left the house in a very bad condition, according to the owners, who have been clearing rubbish from the house, this week). If Bun Bun was their rabbit, they left it behind to fend for itself! Which it seems to do very well in my back garden! LOL!
M sowed a packet of chili pepper seeds in the bed where the green beans had been growing. They were some old seeds that I had, but, I hope they will germinate and grow! M will be off on a couple of weeks of vacation, so I will be watering the garden until he returns.
Daughter and I had leftovers for brunch - I had the last of the milkrice and mackerel curry; she finished the pasta. We had more leftovers for dinner - the pork bulgogi, rice, and vegetables. Strawberries for dessert.
In the evening, I chatted on the phone with friend R and with aunt C.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Health insurance
- Daughter was able to have a phone consultation with the nurse practitioner
- Prescriptions and the availability of medications
- Hives are a relatively minor medical issue
- M tending to the garden for me
Today's joyful activity was treating myself to a chocolate croissant and daughter to an iced coffee drink on the way home from the pharmacy!
Plans for tomorrow include tidying up the family room.
August Decluttering Challenge: I've been keeping track of the items I'm decluttering in a separate draft post, but, I like how Eileen keeps a running tab on her daily posts, so I am copying her!
8/1 - 1 pair gardening gloves
8/2 - non-working heating pad
8/3 - old purse/handbag
8/4 - 1 computer CD containing a report