Nic Wright


Poison Ivy

The fall, November to be exact, of my junior year, it was a great football year. We just turned our season from a two and eight record to an eight and two record with Coosa Christian up next. Coach Jones invited us to his grandparents’ house for a linemen weekend. We started by eating pancakes and watching football. We then went down to the fire and talked for a little bit. We went and shot some guns and Jase’s thermite fan, and then it happened. We walked back down to the fire for a little bit, and we noticed the flame was dying down. We wanted to restart the fire, so we gathered some leaves, not knowing there was poison ivy in them, and threw them in the fire. Little did we know, poison ivy vapor has the same effect as just touching the poisonous plant. 

By the time we got home, I suddenly transformed into Bob the Tomato from Veggie Tales. It started as just a little swelling around my eyes. I did not worry too much about it, though, because it was pollen season, so I thought it was just allergies. Unfortunately, I was sadly mistaken. The next morning when I woke up, I looked colossally worse. This drastic change in my condition prompted my parents to take me to the hospital. I was diagnosed with an extreme poison ivy infection. I couldn’t believe that this was happening to me. I had always thought that I wasn’t allergic to it. While my friends thought my new look was funny, I did not. I was in constant pain, and I had to miss football and so many other things. My self-esteem dropped, but I learned that it is when you are near rock bottom that you find out what you are capable of overcoming.

 After the swelling went down, I went from looking like a cross between E.T and Bob the Tomato to looking like Deadpool with my skin peeling everywhere I turned. I was ashamed of what had happened to me. So much so, that I couldn’t stand to look at myself.  Looking back now, this is one experience I will never forget, and I will always look back and laugh. This experience taught me to never assume a tolerance to poisonous plants, even if your brother and grandfather are not allergic to it.  In the grand scheme of things, this experience is one of the most hilarious, and I am grateful to have learned from my mistake.

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