Number 10: Calamine Lotion

In my countdown to 40, number 10 on the list of things I’m thankful for is good-ole calamine lotion. 

I started a garden this year and cut down all kinds of pesky green stuff already growing in my designated plot. Turned out some of that green stuff was poison ivy. The doctor gave me a shot and steroids and some lotion, but nothing has been as helpful at staving off the itch as old-fashioned calamine lotion. (It’s the top ingredient in the more expensive Maximum Strength Ivarest too.)

(Note to self: To avoid poison ivy, make sure to finish each year of Girl Scouts in your next life instead of quitting during the Brownie years.)

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