Azithro what?

In my last post I mentioned that the doc prescribed something for me (amoxicillin) that I was apparently allergic to. After that she prescribed a different antibiotic called Azithromycin, which I seem to be equally allergic to. I only took two of the six doses, but for the last six days I’ve dealt with itchy and swelling palms.

The attacks come and go within fifteen minutes, but they are more than a slight nuisance. Last night my wife was kind enough to remind me that this particular drug can effect your system up to three months after taking it according to the fine print.


What’s worse is that the inflammation rears its ugly head most when I start using my hands. It happened yesterday when cutting matte board for a frame. It happened today when my dad and I were disassembling a walnut display for me to take back to Arkansas. I’ll use the walnut for sculpture (perhaps employing the scorp I received for Christmas to shape it), assuming I can work without my hands turning into burning, pudgy lumps by then.

On a less whiny note, I’m feeling better, although not 100%. Whatever had hold of me the week before Christmas was a nasty bug that I submit to God herein as a candidate for immediate destruction.

Tomorrow we leave Nebraska for the western fringes of Chicago and my brother-in-law’s wedding. Chances are I’ll have a little more access to the internet and may be able to get back into the blogging rhythm.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

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