any of you guys had an itch that you just couldn’t
scratch? Well, this happened to me about a month ago. Here
I was all bundled up while waiting for Herman in the car.
The itching got so intense that I found myself yelling in
soon as Herman got back I begged him to scratch my entire
right arm right through my coat. Unfortunately it didn’t
help. When we got back home Herman suggested I take Benedryl
which is an antihistamine. I’m happy to report that
within about an hour the itching stopped.
isn’t that the worst feeling? Herman tells me he once
had shingles which he can compare the itching to. With shingles,
there is a virus that attacks the nerves just below the
skin on one hemisphere (one half) of your body. The itching
is below the skin, so no amount of scratching can get to
it. Herman says he was told shingles are really from having
chicken pox as a child and you carry the virus into adulthood,
ready to attack if your system gets run down.
my itches the “MS Itchies” because, like shingles,
it’s below the surface of the skin and you can’t
get to it with any amount of scratching.
our beloved Dalmatian Moxie had an allergy that made her
itch her paws by chewing them until they were raw. She had
to take steroid shots and now uses a special spray from
loves to flip on her back in the snow and wiggle her back
by way of scratching those itches she can’t get to
otherwise. And she can scratch away with her rear paw so
fast it looks like a blur. I don’t know how dogs do
tells me his family actually used to own a back scratcher
in the shape of a curved arm with a hand at the business
end to do the scratching, and odd as it sounds, he says
it worked very well and wishes he still had it. I’ve
seen back scratchers like the one he described.
as far as my research into word and phrase origins, there
is the old, “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch
yours.” I don’t think we need to look too far
to figure out where that came from.
for all of you out there with any itchies, find a good friend
to do the scratching for you. It’s one favor you don’t
mind owing someone else.
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"