Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Cost of Poison Ivy
EEWW! GROSS! I know! Sorry for the graphic pics. As you can see, I am still recouperating from my recent bout with poison ivy. I guess you could say I am highly allergic! These are what's left of my hands, BTW.
Anyway, I've been thinking over the cost of my misfortune. Here's the breakdown:
2 bottles of Caladryl @ $6.00 = $12.00
1 bottle of DermaIvy @ $30.00 = $30.00 (My husband was trying everything in the drug store, bless his heart)
2 boxes of dye-free Benadryl @ $4.99 box = $9.98
Going to dr. because poison ivy on my neck started affecting my breathing = $20 copay.
2 prescriptions dr. wrote for poison ivy = $20 oop
Not to mention, it cost us two unplanned trips into town to get supplies/dr appt. It cost alot of mommy downtime. (And I didn't even enjoy it!) It cost my husband 2 weekends of having kids, cooking, doing mom chores, in addition to his own chores of mowing, getting firewood, etc. And just the pain for me.
Total cost: Over $100.00
A frugal thought: I think I'll be more careful about poison ivy. Maybe we'll turn poison ivy into a science lesson.
I am grateful that it's about gone. I'm grateful that we had the means to pay for good care, but I can't help but think about "working people" and their kids. If something as minor as this can set back a person's budget like this, what would happen if medical things like this caused time off from work?
*Just a small note: I think the thing that helped my poison ivy the best was what both of my daughter's boyfriends recommended, soaking it in chlorine water. I filled the dishpan with hot water and bleach and did some spring cleaning through all this.