For anyone out there who has never had hives, I say this to you: YOU ARE A FORTUNATE SOUL!
Seriously, you are.
Actually, though I have spent the last two weeks covered in unattractive welts and with my face swollen to the size of a basketball, I am extremely grateful that it is simply hives that I have. They are annoying, uncomfortable and many other things that I won't say, but they will go away. I will get better.
I called my sister the other day to tell her about my hives. I was feeling pretty discouraged and down and was probably more than a tad whiny. She proceeded to tell me a story about a boy who attends the school where she works who is so allergic to the sun that he has to wear head to toe protective clothing everywhere he goes. They had to put a special dimming film over the windows so that he could sit in his classroom for the whole school day.
Can you even imagine that?
It's given me a whole new appreciation for this organ that is my skin. It's given me a whole new appreciation for my body's ability to heal itself, slowly, but surely.
So, yes, it's annoying and uncomfortable, but it has reminded me simultaneously of the limits and the power of my my body and of how blessed I am to have both those limitations and that power.
You should, right now, take a moment to thank your skin for what it does. It is super busy doing jobs that you never thank it for. While you're at it, thank all your organs. Tell them you appreciate their contributions to your life.
Go ahead. Your organs are waiting.
And now, because you were good, here is a picture of a Rabbit: