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August 15, 2012

You might be allergic to something when you look in the mirror and your arms, legs and face are covered in a splotchy erratic dark red rash.

You might freak out and call your mom even if you are 31. And she might turn to Dr. Google and run through the endless lists of possibilities while her daughter keeps saying, “don’t tell me” every time “oh my” comes out of her mouth.

It isn’t until mom says, “well I know this is a long shot but have you come into contact with cement.”

You might scream “YES!” At the top of your lungs relieved to know this isn’t some flesh-eating bacteria feasting on your skin.

Silence on the other end of the phone reveals that coming into contact with cement isn’t common in mom’s world.

Oh that.

You see, we are doing a home reno project right now and when there are 10 (80 pound) bags of concrete laying in your backyard and then it decides to rain and you’re the only one home you pull on your big girl pants and start heaving 80 pound bags of concrete mix into trash bags while some of them split open and get everywhere. You furiously shovel concrete into bags all the while staring in wonderment at the sky that this is the day it decides to rain in over 40 days straight of dry searing heat.

You might scream Really?! at the sky while shaking concrete covered fist.

You might.

And now you might realize that should you ever decide to quit your job and become a construction worker you are now disqualified because being allergic to concrete isn’t really conducive to being successful in that line of work.

A shower ensues and then immediately the rash starts to subside. A call to the dermatologist reveals that since it is going away I should wait and see. If it starts to come back then I should come in.

Whew.

Today? No rash.

Althought you might still be cursing that dang cement.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. August 15, 2012 8:12 am

    Allergic to cement? Who knew that was a thing???

    Sorry girl… sounds awful!

  2. August 15, 2012 10:31 am

    I never knew there was such a thing as a concrete allergy. At least it gets you out of ever having to do jobs that require you to come in contact with it. Those tend to be the worst jobs ever anyhow. 🙂

  3. August 15, 2012 11:08 am

    This is so random yet so crazy! Glad to hear that you are on the mend! And…just keep in mind…whenever you guys decide to add a back patio, you get to sit in a lawn chair and sip lemonade instead of helping pour cement. 😉

    • August 15, 2012 11:37 am

      That’s what we are building. A back patio!! This is the last stage of our home renovation. We took our existing back patio and converted it into a room and now we are adding the patio as the final touch. Hence the concrete.

  4. August 15, 2012 11:47 am

    because we just had our chat at Starbucks I had to come by here and show you some comment love 🙂
    So really, you’re allergic to concrete?! I’ve never heard of such a thing!

    Had a blast with you today and we must do it again soon!

  5. August 15, 2012 1:15 pm

    Yikes!!! I guess better to be allergic to cement than to a really yummy food, right? 😉 Glad you’re okay!

  6. August 15, 2012 2:51 pm

    What the? Really? I would have never thought that! Weird. Glad the rash is gone.. EEK!

  7. August 15, 2012 3:33 pm

    Oh no! And I thought I was a brute for hauling 50 pound bags of rock salt but you blew me away with your 80 pound bags of cement!

  8. August 15, 2012 9:01 pm

    You might be mad if you know I laughed at you. 🙂

    • August 16, 2012 9:20 am

      And you know how I am about skin things….nothing freaks me out more than skin irritants. Well maybe lice…yup definitely lice.

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