I have a growing case of poison ivy, a nearly yearly occurrence that punishes me for my love of the outdoors. It's on my ears, and along my left eye. There were two bumps last night that could have been pimples, but today there is no doubt: I have the rash. Ahead of me is a weary road of swelling, itching, laundry, and cold showers.

I can no longer stand the sleepless nights.