I got a new ring…

Hey kids, happy Wednesday!

I ran again on Tuesday and still had a bit of pain in the hip but it gets better as the run goes on. I’m not even sure I should call it pain as it’s more like a bit of tightness. This morning the tightness seemed to go away fairly quickly but as I’m sitting here typing, my back is sort of hurting. Anyway, I’m still doing the stretching and weight training and flexibility exercises so it’s getting better and the runs are getting easier but I’m still keeping them short for now.

running in florida

I am still trying to do that damn Tracy Anderson video, you know, the dancing one. I’m pretty sure my body was built for running and not dancing but I’m getting better at. Unfortunately, I still look a lot like this when I’m doing it:

A runner Dancing

Did I tell you the latest news?

I’m dealing with another issue lately that came out of nowhere and sort of surprised me. I’ve got a new ring.

It’s not a new wedding ring or a Mother’s day ring or anything like that, in fact, it’s not even a ring that you wear. It’s also not an Olympic ring, not even close, and it’s not like the kind of rings around Saturn. My ring looks like this:

ringworm

That’s Ringworm. Nice, right?

I’m not exactly sure how I got it but in the days leading up to my recent garage sale, I was doing a little yard work and some planting and I thought I got bit by a mosquito. It was quite itchy for a few days and I scratched the crap out of it. Over the course of a few days it itched, I scratched, and it bled quite a bit, and then a rash developed. Last week I noticed it was turning into a ring. Oh joy.

itchy

So I’ve got ringworm. Great, but what exactly is ringworm. Well, I’m not a doctor but I can tell you what ringworm is not. It is not a worm. I know. I couldn’t believe it either but it’s not.

Duh

Ringworm is a fungus. It’s also highly contagious and there are all sorts of places where I could have picked it up especially in Florida because ringworm thrives in warm, moist climates. Fortunately it can be treated with over the counter creams.

Unfortunately it can take up to 4 weeks or more to heal so I guess I’ll just be walking around with this ring on my leg for a while. There is a pill that you can take but apparently it can also be quite toxic on your liver and kidneys and I don’t know about you, but I sort of like my liver and kidneys. So I’ll just use the cream and deal with my new ring for a while, thank you.

It’s not so bad. I drew a smiley face on it this morning which made for a pretty interesting run.

Have you ever had ringworm? Did you know that it was caused by a fungus and not worms?

16 thoughts on “I got a new ring…

  1. I am really sorry about the ringworm. I remember how mortified I was when I found out I had it. Got mine hiking in Mexico and swear I have to blame it on the hotsprings we were hanging out in. Ick! I will never forget how much it itched. Gross thing about mine is I had if for a bit before I realized that it needed to be checked out. Yours is one killer ring. Mine was smaller. Hope it heals quickly.

    Glad to hear the runs are getting easier. I feel for you:(

    Now as for the Epicfail pic. Ha ha! That is me! As a matter of fact, my clutziness surface yesterday and sent me to the doc (should have gone to ER, but I am too cheap). I am now wearing an eye patch. Arrrrr and Ahoy Matie! I managed to insert my compact mirror into my open eye and have what the doc said is “the worst eye abrasion” he as ever seen (takes up a quarter of the front of my eye). To compound my clumsiness, I now have to walk using one eye to guide me. I was knocking all kinds of shit down at the CVS when I picked up my prescription. Kind of like Mr. Magoo! Was supposed to go on my first long trail run with my girlfriends and had to back out. That could have been dangerous:)

    • LOL, we are sisters in another life, I just know it. Hope that eye get’s better soon, it sounds bad but I’m sort of jealous of the eye patch 🙂

  2. Ringworm?! Gross! Haha just kidding!!
    I hope it clears up soon!
    I thought you were going to say you bought a hoola hoop.

    That’s great that you’re able to run again! I’m sure a little running feels better than no running. 🙂

  3. I totally thought Ringworm was a worm….like a tapeworm. I am happy for your sake that it is not!! I have a hard time not itching bumps and spots that itch too. Bugs love me and it itches…what are you going to do? I hope it heels quick!

  4. I had an almost identical ring to that last year. My family doctor diagnosed it as ringworm and had me on a prescription cream. Was on the cream for like forever with no real visible result. Went back to him at which point he set up a dermatologist appointment. She said it wasn’t ringworm but something totally else (damn, I wish I could remember the name…) and she did a cryotherapy treatment. After that healed, the rough edge to the ring was gone, it was much less dark and apparently will fade, with time. Just my personal experience but it looked almost identical to your pic, Flower, even the same area of the leg (but mine was on the outside). At any rate, love your attitude about it!

    • Thanks Brian. My Mom had one that was very similar as well but hers was some type of fungal infection, not ringworm. Because I didn’t have a biopsy or culture done, if it doesnt start to look better in 2 weeks, they will send me to a dermatologist as well. I figure it’s not every day that you get a new ring regardless of where it is so might as well have fun with it…but then again, I’m sort of weird. 😉

    • I’m actually having a little fun with it. Painted a smiley face on it this morning and this afternoon I made it a bullseye. Always gotta have a sense of humor. LOL 🙂

  5. Do you have deer ticks there? If you got bitten by something and now have a ring, that could be Lyme disease. I think the nymph tick (size of the period in this sentence) has to be attached to you for 24 hours to transfer the disease, though. I’m no doctor, but that looks like it could be a Lyme disease bullseye, but without the dot in the middle. You might want to get it checked out.

    • Thanks Deb. We do have deer ticks here but it’s not prevalent in my area. My doctor is pretty sure it’s ringworm. It’s possible when I cut my foot in the ocean I could have started the process because it’s more likely to happen when you have minor injuries to your skin. Ringworm is also very itchy which explains why I thought I may have gotten bit by a mosquito. Fortunately we only had 3 cases of lime disease in my county last year but it is scary. When my husband goes hunting in the woods, he almost always comes home with a tick or two which I usually have to pull off. It’s gross but lyme disease is serious business.

      • That’s good that the doctor confirmed it as ringworm. My sons used to be so careful about it when they wrestled because it’s so contagious, and like you said loves damp places (like locker rooms and sweaty wrestling mats). Unfortunately, our country has one of the highest incidents of Lyme in the country so I’m always so paranoid about it! And we have a million deer in our back yard… Stay safe!

        • Thanks Deb. Be careful, you live close to my in-laws and there is a huge population of deer, (in their backyard alone).

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