Tale of the Wump Lump Bumps

*Warning, the pictures might gross you out.*

*Warning, this is a true story.*

*Warning, are you still reading? Are you sure?*

*Warning, this is your last warning.*

Tale of the wump lump bumps is a behind the scenes look at what was happening during, and after my 100th post. I’ve been having the itchies on and off since the end of May. The original wump lump was on the inside of my wrist. I thought when I moved some boxes around in my garage, I got bit by a spider. It swelled up like a goose egg. Then it magically disappeared. Strange!

Off and on after that, these wump lump bumps would rear their ugly head, itch madly, then leave without a word. What in the world? I became friends with them. Prayed they weren’t scabies or some other microscopic friend. As long as they packed their humps and headed off to wump lump land of a thousand mounds. I just didn’t care. And they did. Bye, bye, bye!

That is until a week ago……

This rude inconsiderate wump decided to pitch a tent on the back of my shoulder. The NERVE! Dude! Not only that, but he must have been pretty darn trashy because he ITCHED, and ITCHED, and ITCHED! Ouch!!!! The girls at work took this pic with my iPhone. Their faces were twisted in horror. Was I turning into a leper?

Now earlier in the day, it’s twin brother camped behind my EAR. That wasn’t nice. So now, he has moved on and the double mint wump lump comes up on my back. I go to Jason’s after work. My little lumpy intruder has decided to go all boomer land run and claim more of my SKIN! The lump wump bump grows up my back and neck. I could not even turn my head to the right it was so swollen. This picture is later the same night.

Now, I am very healthy. I have been blessed with very little ailments. Even if I get a cold (once or twice) every few years, it’s not too bad. I can name on one hand the bad sicks I’ve had. When I got viral food poisoning from raw oysters. When I got a terrible chest cold coughing so bad – and so long – I cracked a rib. It took a steroid inhaler to cure it. And until THIS, those were the worst things I have ever had to deal with.

I had no idea what was going on here because, normally, the wump lumps went home. Happy sated and rested up from their vacation. But these, they were getting angry, growing hot, and out of control. No amount of cream, nor Bendaryl, would appease them. I even tried CHOCOLATE – the cure all to end all. Of course that made me happy. Them? Not so much.

Then the wump lump junk impregnated my forearms. Either that, or the family got a divorce. They started out the size of mosquitoes, but they grew. These grew abnormally fast. They graduated (remarried) in an hour, turned 21 within two, gave birth to multiples of multiples. Now I think they are expecting grand wumps, or they opened a school of itch.

Um, ouch? I took two more Benadryl and crashed at Jason’s. He didn’t want me to leave. What if my insides swelled up? What if I stopped breathing? Who would know? No one, that’s who. And scarily enough, something very similar happened to my best friend from high school’s husband of twenty years. He broke out in hives and within hours ALMOST died. He was saved by the fact that she knew something was horribly wrong and got him to the emergency room – barely in time. I’m not kidding, it was a close call. And what was it? An allergic reaction. To what? Who knows? See! Scary stuff.

I promised him if I still had the village of the wump lump bumps torching my place the next morning, I would GLADLY go to the doctor.

Here I am at the doctors office the next morning. This lump wump bump really outdid himself. He must have feasted all night because he grew the entire length and width of the inside of my forearm. This is just ONE arm. The other forearm didn’t want to be left out. It had it’s own wump lump sump monster. Both were a nice shade of purple red. Both were firecracker hot, and did I mention they itch? Horribly.

The doctor was pretty stunned. They administered a steroid shot. He promised I’d feel halfway normal within an hour or two. I did. Thank GOD. The wump lump forearm twins faded to purple. See ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya.

I wore long sleeves. I never wear long sleeves. I am always hot, but believe me it was better if the remains were covered up. Give the family some time to grieve in private. The wump lump bumps were heading to heaven (I hoped).

Like any normal survivor of the wump lump bumps, I decided to go shopping. I know, right? I bought this.

Nikon D3000 with the additional 55m-200m lens, a camera case, a tripod, and a warranty for when I drop it. I got free photo classes thrown in, because this is SOME kind of camera. Oh it’s completely user friendly, but there is so much more to it, if I can learn the manual settings as well.

As for the wumpy lumpy bumpy junkys? Well, I haven’t seen them. But I feel them every day. They ITCH. Still. My skin turns red. It’s like I stepped in fire ant pile. Burning, and itching to no end. Still wearing long sleeves helps, but any kind of elastic fires off the rash of 1,000 bites. Of course, I have no explanation for why my head itches. I finally broke down the other night shaking, and weeping. Thank God for Jason’s arms and his reassurance. He was right there, holding me, and letting me cry. Because after a week of itching and burning, I could take no more.

I have been on steroids to keep their little nasty selves off of me. I take Benadryl at night to ease some of the discomfort of itching. Yesterday at work, I had to leave early. I clawed my chest up. It hurts to itch. Stress seems to magnify the nerve endings.

I am seeing the doctor this afternoon. It is probably my Thyroid they are trying to get working (not working) properly from the Grave’s Disease. We knew it wouldn’t be easy. I am grateful that I know what it’s like to feel like an alien. I have met many people with skin diseases. I get it now. It’s not fun.

It’s the most uncomfortable thing in the world. So, if I haven’t been by your blog like usual. This is why. My fingers are itching, or I’m in la la land from the Benadryl. And if you see the wump lump clan? Tell them to take a hike. Preferably to the land of no return.

35 thoughts on “Tale of the Wump Lump Bumps

  1. Oh my goodness ~ i don’t like the wump lump bumps…. i certainly hope that everything is ok… your view on things is just amazing… even in the worst of situations you have found the humor… can you bottle some of that please? and send it to me… :-)

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  2. My son had this happen many years ago. He had whelps that came and went for three weeks even with the steroids. We couldn’t pinpoint the allergy. It was either almonds or modeling clay…he stays away from both to this day! Glad your wumps left town!

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  3. My lord honey!!! Thats some scary stuff right there. The wump lumps are bad enough, but not knowing what causes them would make me crazy. I saw you talking about hives but that does not look like a hive!!!

    I hope they’ve packed up and gone bye bye forever.

    Now, this camera, this beautiful camera you’ve purchased, can I just say…….WOW, I’m jealous!!! I want the D5000 I think (the one with the screen and video). My brother & sister are both photogs and LOVE the Nikon brand. Good choice!

    I drool over it on a daily basis online.

    Have fun with it and cant wait to see the pics!!

    Feel better soon!!!!

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  4. I hope that they find out what this crazy thing is that is invading your bady! Get rid of it….asap! I do not like that you are itching. That is miserable! I wish I could help! I love your camera. Take lots of photos! I can not wait to see the images you will capture….besides the alaien invasion on your body! LOL :)

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  5. Oh Angelia, I hope they find the cause and a cure for these wump lump bumps. I can relate…had those nasty rashes and itching for months last year. What a terrible feeling. I’ll be praying for you.
    Take care.

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  6. My goodness, how exhausted you must feel! This is so bad for your sense of humor, isn’t it? I wish you well and hope the wump lump clan will be gone forever soon! Take care!

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  7. Holly-I didn’t like em’ either. They are sorta like those Mucus commerical dudes. Ewww. I would LOVE to bottle some up. Send me your address. I have plenty of good humor in the worst of situations. :-)

    Suzicate-Oh man! I feel for him. I wish I knew what the trigger was to stay away from. Seems like elastic played a part and my mom is allergic to elastic. So I’m trying to find alternatives.

    Peedee-It was a mutant hive. Only the top shelf brand for me!! LOL. I really want the Nikon D90! That sucker is cool, but waay waay too expensive. I can’t wait to share the pics. My new, new toy! I love it!

    Krista-I don’t have the bumps. I just had the itching (since Saturday). But TODAY I haven’t itched either. Woot! The doc is changing up my medicines. We’ll see how that works the next two weeks.

    Foxy-For serious!

    Doraz-Ha! Okay, I can’t wait to take pics. And NO, not of any more wumps. Kids and dogs :-D

    Shelley-Isn’t it crazy? Not much is worse than itching. UGH! Thanks for the prayers.

    DJ-Yes way way way far away. Can they get lost on your side of the world? :-)

    Ellen-So far so good (today). I’m feeling much, much better. Still smiling and laughing through it all. It’s all okay. :-)

    Jenera-If I can’t laugh at myself, I’d be doomed. :-)

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  8. Dang girl! Those look miserable! But I sure like how you made yourself feel better in the end… a little retail therapy never hurt anyone right!?

    I’m having a hard time finding your email address… you won my giveaway. Email be through my profile as soon as you can! :)

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  9. Holy Crap Angelia! I’m no MD but I would definitely think allergy. Can your doc refer for allergy testing? Have you changed your laundry products or any shower/soap products lately? That is completely sucky. I sure hope those lumps go away for you soon!

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  10. All I can tell you is that I’ve had undiagnosable (is that a word) itches with welts and redness. It felt like I had bugs crawling under the skin. None of the medicines (prescription or over-the-counter) helped. One thing did, thouogh. Cold!! Ice packs. For months I slept with ice packs on both arms, shoulders, neck. So. that’s my advice.

    You’re going to love your NIKON. I have a D40 (it’s about 2 years old) and I l.o.v.e. it! I’ve got to replace my wideangle lens, though. Who knew that a one year old could reach up on the kitchen counter.

    Take care of yourself. Get rid of those itchy things. You’ve got a wedding to plan.

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  11. Gosh Angelia…I’m soooo sorry to hear about your little friends I hope they are gone for good…the itching can be soooooo bad it almost looks like what my kids used to get when they came in contact with posion ivy really bad stuff!!I’m so glad things are getting better…We should really get together for drinks I think you must live pretty close to me…catch you soon…..Terri

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  12. Lanie-I can’t believe I won your FIRST giveaway! That is so cool, thank you!!

    Heather-They are fairly certain it’s the thyroid, but he took me off the medicine since I’ve had hives before from the thyroid, but they never stuck around like that. So far, so good.

    Steph-Thanks! I’ve done much better since Thursday. Phew!

    Mindy-The doc wants to nuke my thyroid. But that means, I couldn’t be around children for a while. :-/ We were hoping meds would work, but not looking that way right now.

    Carolyn-Sooo good to see you blogging again!!! The lumps went away the next day with the steroid shot. I had itching the next four days, sometimes bad, sometimes not so bad. Something worked because I am feeling good now. The doc put me on a daytime antihistamine that doesn’t make me sleepy. It definitely wasn’t soap/detergent. I only use dye free, color free stuff.

    Jaymie-Don’t get the sympathy itch!!! Noooooooo! Quick grab some Aveeno and take an oatmeal bath. :-)

    -JDaniel4’s Mom-Trust me, you wouldn’t! Thanks for stopping by.

    Terri-We grew up in the country and got poison ivy a lot! It was like that in a way (the itching part). Thank goodness it was only on my forearms and back of shoulder/neck. Getting together for drinks would be great. We can’t be too far. :-)

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  13. wow angelia wow. that is some intense wumpage. sounds (and looks) like quite an ordeal. impressive trooper you are :) i hope you’re feeling better and that the wumps leave you alone and that they pack up an high tail it to antartica….but leave the penguins alone! onto your other posts ….

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  14. It sounds to Me like the wump bumps are the same thing that I have and it’s caled Dermagraphism/Dermagrapism. It too Me almost a years, alot of iternet time and 5 specialists to figure out what it was. I have to take a Zurtec everyday to keep it calm.

    Hope this helps.

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    1. Those things are the WORST. I am glad they finally figured yours out. They tried Zyrtec and Benedryl but those knocked me out and didn’t help much. Come to find out it was my Thyroid. I was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease.I was on a 10mg dose of medication that trigged the wump bumps and once it was cut down to 5mg then I didn’t have the skin problems. What a relief! Thank you for commenting. :-)

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  15. You’ve used something really unpleasant to create such an enjoyable piece of writing! Writing is a little-known way of dealing with problems. I bet you feel lighter just for having written it all down and turned it into a story. You’ve got the better of it. You’ve won!

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