Poison Ivy

My buddy (and former boss) Brent is dealing with a case of poison ivy.

This is something I’m all too familiar with.

I get poison ivy a lot.
And I’ve taken a lot of medicine for it.

Antihistamine and Prednisone.

Prednisone is a nice little steroid that makes the stupid rash heal faster.
I usually take 50mg for a few days, then go down to 30mg for a few more days, and finish up with 10mg for a few days.

50mg is a pretty high dose, but my doctor tells me it’s really important to get a blast of prednisone in my system.
I hope I’m not violating any laws by going into so much detail about my prescription information.

In a way (a very twisted, convoluted sort of way) prednisone is like Jesus.

Everybody starts with a real strong blast of Jesus when they first become a Christian, but over time we tend to wean off of… well, Jesus.

What if we didn’t just take prednisone when we had poison ivy?
lack stools, bone pain (fracture), "coffee-ground" vomit, easy bruising/bleeding, heartburn, increased thirst and urination, irregular/fast/pounding heartbeat, menstrual period changes, mental/mood changes, muscle weakness/pain, persistent weight gain, puffy face, seizures, signs of infection, slow-healing wounds, stomach/abdominal pain, swelling of the feet/ankles, thinning skin, trouble breathing, unusual hair growth, unusual skin growths, vision changes… this is where the analogy really breaks down, I guess.

What if we didn’t just go to Jesus when it was convenient?