Saturday, August 11

poison ivy

apparently luke is super sensitive to poison ivy, which for some reason is funny to me. especially the fact that it somehow ended up in a happy face design on his leg. i'm sorry luke, i should be more sensitive to your pain, but i love this picture.
he has poison ivy all over, which is mind boggling because velzy and i never get it and we are always together on the trails. obviously i have passed on my super amazing resistant to everything evil genes to her. happy scratchin'

9 comments:

tonya said...

the smiley face is awesome. sorry luke, but it is.

Melinda said...

How funny that it took the form of a happy face. It almost looks like you drew it on.

I'm Jen! said...

It's like the poison ivy is saying,"I know you can't handle us Luke, but we like you, so have a nice day!" That's so strange how it ended up that way.

Valerie Page said...

OK WHAT IS THE DDEAL WITH THAT STUFF!?! Jeremy gets it all the time... crazy bad....last time it lasted almost a month, and kept spreading...then we found this...

Global warming is causing poison ivy to grow faster and produce more potent oil than ever before, Agriculture Department plant physiologist Lewis Ziska said this week. Ziska's study is set for publication in the journal Weed Science later this year.


Ziska and other researchers think that rising ambient carbon dioxide levels are creating ideal conditions for the poison ivy plant to produce bigger leaves, grow faster, be hardier and produce oil that is more irritating to human skin compared to plants growing in the wild several decades ago.

Ziska recently led a controlled lab study on the plants, studying them under different levels of CO2 exposure. One group of plants was exposed to about 300 parts per million of CO2, which is about the same level of the gas that was found in the atmosphere in the 1950s. The other group was exposed to 400 ppm of CO2, which is about the level of the gas in the atmosphere today.

After eight months, leaf size, stem length and weight and oil content of the plants raised under current CO2 levels were, on average, 50 percent to 75 percent higher than the plants exposed to the 1950s conditions.

Ziska's research follows a Duke University report released last year that found that high CO2 levels create a chemical change in poison ivy that results in a more potent form of urushiol, which is the oil that triggers an itchy rash in about 70 percent of the people exposed to it (Tara Parker-Pope, Wall Street Journal [subscription required], June 26).


yeah, that is the longest coment ever...sorry, just thought it was interesting! you and velzy are apparently not in the 70%.

Iggy Enigma said...

now you and Velzy can start a No Poison Ivy Club, which you can tease Luke about every time they are having a Peanut Butter Lovers Club.

seriously, have you checked to see whether Velzy is a superbaby?

Chanel said...

only your super cool husband could get an attack in the form of a smiley face!

Candace said...

silly.

Jessica Brown said...

Oh poor Luke, but that is pretty hilarious that the poison ivy left behind a smiley face! LOL.

missy said...

Ok, I've been meaning to comment on this post for three days now and everytime I try it doesn't work.

It's so weird b/c Devin is SUPER contagious of poison oak too and I never get it. We used to go rock climbing a bunch and he'd always come home with it. I never did.

I'm hoping my super immune system gets passed on like yours.

Oh and I have to show Devin the smiley face. That is so funny.