Shiny Red

November 4, 2009

Bad news on the facial front – he’s even worse. It looks like he’s wearing a mask:

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I just called the doctor and they have called in the oral Prednisone prescription to our pharmacy and I’m going to pick it up on my way to the gym in a bit.

The patient requested oatmeal for breakfast so I scratched my plan for yogurt + granola and made a pot of oats.

Topped with granola! The Best Damn Granola to be specific :)

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Spice + Nice

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This bowl is a new line I’m putting in my Open Sky store. They are called Cali bowls and have an inward facing lip so that food goes back onto your spoon instead of over the edge. Kinda like a safety railing on a cliff!

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They come in different sizes, are lightweight, BPA free, dishwasher + microwave safe, and have a convenient grippy on the bottom to keep them from sliding. Excellent for oatmeal and cake mixing alike.

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Also come in yeller!

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Should be up in the store in the next 24 hours.

Going to study, exercise and eat lunch with Kelsey!

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1 Abby (Abbys Vegan Eats) November 4, 2009 at 8:26 am

Wow, your poor hub. Hope that Rx kicks in for him!!

Lovely bowls, btw.. I like the grip feature!


2 Eileen November 4, 2009 at 8:27 am

Yeah, Matt is feeling pain for sure- hopefully the Prednisone will calm that down for him. I am sending out an all points bulletin for poison ivy hairy vines throughout the area (the southeast at least).

Going to check out the best damn granola now! Happy Wednesday!


3 megan November 4, 2009 at 8:35 am

cute bowls! Where do you find this stuff? I always use the same bowls/plates that we got for our wedding :)


4 Amr November 4, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Love the blog Kath. Long time reader, first time commenter. Love the Kale Chips!!!

Back to the matter…Poor Matt. Give him a hug for me! How can Megan be so callous talking about bowls when clearly the most important part of this post is Matt’s health.

Hope Matt gets better soon


5 Mara @ What's For Dinner? November 4, 2009 at 8:41 am

Aw, poor Matt! Hopefully the drugs help… that sucks :(
I really like those bowls!! Which size were you using for your breakfast?


6 S November 4, 2009 at 8:42 am

Oh, bless his heart. That is the most pitiful picture–poor boy. Can he see at all? Take good care of him today!


7 carrie November 4, 2009 at 8:43 am

Hi. I like your blog. Do you use steel-cut or quick-cook oats? I know steel-cut are healthier, but can it still be a good choice to go with quick-cook?


8 SweetiePotato November 4, 2009 at 8:43 am

aww your poor husband! & i love the bright colors of the bowls! fun 😆


9 Emma Ruth November 4, 2009 at 8:44 am

how do you make your coffee?? it looks delicious. i can’t seem to get mine right at home.


10 Cait (Cait's Plate) November 4, 2009 at 8:45 am

I LOVE those bowls! I saw some great ones at Target that I was going to pick up but I might change my mind now! :) POOR MATT! My heart is seriously breaking for him! I can’t imagine if that happened to me! I hope he has a speedy recovery with the meds!


11 CMC November 4, 2009 at 8:54 am

Just started reading your blog! Great stuff!
Thought I would share a poison oak story as a word of advice….my sister had poison oak and instead of getting better, she was getting worse on the steroids….she and the doctor realized that she was ‘re-infecting’ herself with the oils that were on her backpack and car seat. Make sure you bleach/sanitize EVERYTHING that your husband may have touched after he pulled the vines down….


12 christie @ honoring health November 4, 2009 at 8:58 am

Oh, poor Matt. I surely hope the next round of meds help him.

I like those bowls, I like how shiny they are!


13 Marie November 4, 2009 at 8:58 am

I hope your hubby feels better fast!


14 Jessica @ How SWeet It Is November 4, 2009 at 8:59 am

My eyes are watering just looking at him!


15 Diana November 4, 2009 at 9:01 am

Omg, poor Matt. 😐


16 Rachel November 4, 2009 at 9:03 am

poor matt!


17 JessicaR November 4, 2009 at 9:11 am

I hope the Prednisone works! I took that once for an allergic reaction and had more energy than I’ve ever had in my life. I only took it two days though… I heard that taking it for longer than a week can cause bad side effects (puffy face, anger issues). I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

Love the bowls! :)


18 Leah @ L4L November 4, 2009 at 9:13 am

Oh poor Matt!


19 Anne P November 4, 2009 at 9:14 am

Oh my gosh poor thing!!! :( I hope it starts getting better and not worse from here on out!


20 JEAN November 4, 2009 at 9:15 am

Hi Kath,

I wanted to say that I had a similar experience as Matt. At age 12 had a horrible reaction to poison ivy in my eyes after I found my way into a patch playing hide and seek at a family reunion. My eyes looked exactly the same way so I know what he is going through! I believe I got a cortizone shot which would be similar to the prednisone since they are both steriods. I hope this gives him hope today that this will be cleared up! :)

Take care,


21 Ryan @ Greens for Good November 4, 2009 at 9:16 am

On no!! Poor Matt! I instantly thought of that scene from Hitch where Will Smith’s face blows up like a balloon and he drinks Benadryl like it’s in a juice box. I can’t imagine how terrible he must feel :( Feel better Matt!


22 Meghan November 4, 2009 at 9:23 am

Tell Matt I’m sorry he’s going through this but the pics you post of his condition bring a little laughter to my day, so thanks! He’s such a good sport!


23 Jess November 4, 2009 at 9:38 am

That’s awful.


24 greenbean November 4, 2009 at 10:56 am

that is awful


25 Lee November 4, 2009 at 9:24 am

Oh geez, he looks awful. Does he know you are posting these pics of him :)

I hope he gets better soon!


26 Stephanie November 4, 2009 at 9:26 am

Poor guy! That looks like it hurts! Get well ASAP!


27 Eileen November 4, 2009 at 9:26 am

I’ve never been so thankful for my own poison ivy … at least it wasn’t THAT bad.



28 April November 4, 2009 at 9:26 am

I thought of Matt when I saw a commercial for Hitch this morning. The scene where Will Smith has an allergic reaction. Hope he gets better soon!


29 Food Makes Fun Fuel November 4, 2009 at 9:28 am

Those bowls are really cute.
Hopefully the meds will take effect soon!


30 Hellena November 4, 2009 at 9:29 am

That looks terrible – hope your hubby feels better soon. I’ll be thinking of him. Sounds like you’re doing a super job of taking care of him though! Good job!


31 Amelia November 4, 2009 at 9:30 am

Awww…poor Matt. He needs some homemade soup & a massage. That is an INSANE allergic reaction!


32 FoodCents November 4, 2009 at 9:37 am

Aaahhh, poor Matt. I hope the Pred. helps him. Depending on the dosage of it, as well as the length of time he has to take it, it can make people kind of irritable among other things. I hope they do not make him feel anything other than better, just wanted to give y’all a heads up.

Best to you!!!


33 Suzanne November 4, 2009 at 9:37 am

omg, poor Matt. My heart goes out to him! I really hope the medicine works for him today.

I’m sure you have plenty on your mind already, so if you get a moment to answer my question I would appreciate it so much.
I have a question regarding natural supplements/vitamins:
I’ve started to incorporate chia powder, flax seed, and vitamins into my diet recently, But, I’m wondering if I’m overdoing it?
Is it ok to take 1 T. of chia powder, 1 T. ground flaxseed, 1 multivitamin, 1000 mg of calcium supplement, 2 vitamin C gummies (240 mg) , 1 Vitamin B Boost gummies ( 20 mg Niacin (B3),
2 mg Vitamin B6, 400 mcg Folate,Folic Acid, 30mg Vitamin B12), and 1 proboiotic pill (Florastor) a day? (the gummy vitamins are the Vitafusion brand).

Do you think I need to eliminate some things? I’m afraid of overloading my system.
Some other info: I eat a pretty healthy diet and hope to get pregnant in the next year.



34 Kati November 4, 2009 at 9:39 am

FUN BOWLS! Poor Matt :( I’ve had poison ivy before and it’s NO fun!


35 Lizzy November 4, 2009 at 9:40 am

Aww poor Matt! goodness i hope he gets better asap! :)


36 Madeline @ Greens and Jeans November 4, 2009 at 9:40 am

Poor Matt! I hope he can get some relief soon! Poison Ivy is definitely not fun!


37 Jenna November 4, 2009 at 9:44 am

awww poor matt! i hope he called in for work again today!
those bowls look awesome!


38 JENNA November 4, 2009 at 9:45 am

yikes!!! Poor Matt he looks horrible!!! I sure hope he gets feeling better soon!

I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEE those bowls! they looks so cool!!


39 Sarah November 4, 2009 at 9:47 am

Oh no! I really hope that prescriptions works quickly, poor guy :(

Those bowls sound awesome!


40 brandi November 4, 2009 at 9:47 am

I hope they get the prescription called in soon – I’ve never had a reaction that bad, but I know it is not fun to be feeling like that.


41 Sheri November 4, 2009 at 9:50 am

OMG!! Your poor husband. How awful for him. I really do hope that the prescription kicks in and works for him.

What great bowls! Love the fun colors.


42 Shannon (The Daily Balance) November 4, 2009 at 9:51 am

poor Matt! Hope that medicine kicks in quickly!


43 Ally November 4, 2009 at 9:52 am

Oh no! I hope Matt gets better soon. That’s so awful. Is it itchy/painful?


44 Marla November 4, 2009 at 9:54 am

Matt-get well and feel better soon!You are an incredibly good sport to have photos taken when you must feel so yucky.Let Kath take care of you as I know she will!

Kath,I have dicovered the best OATMEAL ever is not rolled oats nor steelcut oats,
but SCOTTISH OATMEAL and it takes the same time as old fashioned stovetop otmeal(10 min max).I am dying for you to try it!
It basically looks like finely chopped steelcut really,but the texture is to die for and cooks as quickly as rolled oats.So darned yummy.
I enjoy Bob’s red mill scottish oatmeal. but honestly I am sure there are other great brands out there,it’s just what I found in my store.
I would love to read a review of them from ya….pretty please?Cheers!


45 *Andrea* November 4, 2009 at 9:56 am

omg poor hubby! he looks sooo puffy – i hope he heals ASAP.


46 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers November 4, 2009 at 10:00 am

i’m sure your yummy oats helped the hubby feel at least a teeny bit better. Poor guy!


47 Rose November 4, 2009 at 10:05 am

Oh, poor Matt! I hope he gets some relief soon. Gosh.

Those bowls look fun – and practical.


48 Bec November 4, 2009 at 10:07 am

poor Matt, I had the same thing happen a few years ago when my pollen allergy decided to go crazy, hope he recovers quickly!


49 Priyanka November 4, 2009 at 10:08 am

Oh poor Matt, I hope he feels better soon!!


50 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale November 4, 2009 at 10:08 am

Yikes! Can he see? Poor guy! Hopefully he can still catch a movie or something while he’s homebound…
Lucky he has you to be nurse for him! My maternal instincts always click in really hard when my husband gets sick… you just wish you could make it all better for them!


51 amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) November 4, 2009 at 10:12 am

oh man! I hope he gets better before you leave for Foodbuzz! That way you don’t have to worry too much about him. Poor guy. Hopefully the meds will help.


52 Beth @ DiningAndDishing November 4, 2009 at 10:13 am

I feel so so bad for Matt! He looks like he can’t even see! Hope those drugs work magic…


53 Caitlin November 4, 2009 at 10:13 am

Wow-that looks painful. Hopefully he gets better soon! I send him my well wishes!


54 valerie November 4, 2009 at 10:18 am

I’m a new reader and today I had to comment.. your poor husband. Ugh. I hope he gets better ASAP!!! It pains me to look at him. I’m sending lots of get well fast vibes!


55 skinnyrunner November 4, 2009 at 10:25 am

cute bowls! i like the inward facing lip idea. hope your hubby gets better soon!!


56 Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life November 4, 2009 at 10:26 am

Poor Matt-that’s terrible!


57 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) November 4, 2009 at 10:30 am

Ahhhh, poor Matt. That really is an allergic doosey. I really hope the prescription works fast! I remember once, when I played Toad in “The Wind in the Willows,” I had to paint my face green. I used make-up that had fragrance in it and it caused my skin to react similarly. It was a bit more rashy though. At least his sweet wife made him a yummy bowl of oatmeal for comfort!


58 Yasmin November 4, 2009 at 10:35 am

OH my gosh! What an allergic reaction! What happened?!


59 K November 4, 2009 at 10:37 am

Aww, poor guy! I hope the swelling goes down soon – that looks like it would feel awful :(


60 allijag November 4, 2009 at 10:38 am

OH no! :( I feel so badly for him!!! The pictures keep breaking my heart! :( (my bro got poison ivy right before his confirmation in 8th grade – he looked exactly the same!) tell matt i hope he feels better!

oh yeah – and see you in two days! :)


61 laura dishes November 4, 2009 at 10:40 am

It can only get better, right?! I feel so bad for him… he must be really uncomfortable, but at least he has you helping him out. :)


62 Joelle (The Pancake Girl) November 4, 2009 at 10:42 am

That granola bowl looks super crunchy! Poor Matt, oh my gosh!


63 KERF FAN November 4, 2009 at 10:42 am

Sounds like Matt got into some poison OAK.


64 Paige(Running Around Normal) November 4, 2009 at 10:44 am

Hopefully the pX helps your husband:(

That oatmeal mixture looks great!


65 Jenn (www. ) November 4, 2009 at 11:00 am

Awwwwwww, poor Matt!! :(

Cute bowls!



66 Gina November 4, 2009 at 11:01 am

Oh my goodness! Poor Matt. Hope the new meds work quick. Get better Matt!


67 Melissa November 4, 2009 at 11:08 am

Oh wow, poor Matt! I hope he gets better soon.

We’ve all learned an important lesson from him! Aww, haha, j/k.


68 allison November 4, 2009 at 11:26 am

Aww, poor thing. He has poison eye-vy!


69 Lu November 4, 2009 at 11:29 am

Your poor husband. He looks like he’s in pain. Owie! Those bowls look great. They would be perfect for a little one learning to eat more organized. Ahem, like my son! :)


70 Ashley November 4, 2009 at 11:37 am

Yikes. I think I’d be taking him into the hospital is the steroid shot didn’t work.


71 Cynthia (It All Changes) November 4, 2009 at 11:47 am

Oh my he reminds me of when I got terrible poison ivy as a kid. My parents had to wrap me up as a burrito to keep me from scratching. I hope the steriods help and he’s back to his chipper self soon.


72 Heather November 4, 2009 at 11:47 am

Those bowls look great! I love the yellow.

Sending best wishes to Matt – hopefully the new prescription helps him out!


73 Julie November 4, 2009 at 11:53 am

Oh my gosh Matt! It hurts to look at him! Poor thing.

I love the bowls, very cute.


74 Em November 4, 2009 at 11:53 am

Sending well wishes to your poor hubby. I have an autoimmune disease, my body attacks me when I eat food, I’ve had to take Prednisone several times. It doesn’t feel good- but it will do the job. He will get better soon and it always helps to have a sweet spouse around to sympathize and baby you :)


75 andrea November 4, 2009 at 11:57 am

Kath, does the doctor know how much worse it has gotten?? I work in the ER and i think he looks like he needs more than just oral prednisone. I would get him in ASAP if he is getting worse or not better.
Are you absolutely sure it is poison ivy?


76 Diana November 4, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Oh gosh. I hope Matt feels better soon!
Love, Love, Love the bowls!!
Oats look good too!


77 Marina November 4, 2009 at 12:13 pm

oh god,I’m so sorry about Matt!I hope he gets better soon.
I bet your oatmeal creations will help him :)


78 MartyC November 4, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Tell your adorable hubby to feel better soon…..he looks miserable!


79 greenbean November 4, 2009 at 12:42 pm

ditto on the ER suggestion


80 Mama Pea November 4, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Yeah, I’m kind of thinking I’d be at the ER too. Maybe I’m a hypochondriac, but I wouldn’t mess around with it. Some allergic reactions are just so extreme that scary things can happen.


81 Ali November 4, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Hey Kath!
A few years ago my boyfriend’s eye began swelling up just like that. He went to the hospital and they gave him a prendisone shot. Unfortunately, not only did that not work, it caused the inflamation to spread into his other eye. After days in the hospital with no relief, he requested benadryl, and soon after the swelling subsided. They still dont know exactly what caused his swelling, but it was called peri-orbital cellulitis.

I dont know if Matt has tried benadryl but it helped Brandon. I can provide pics if you want…
I hope Matt feels better and please let me know if you have any questions… maybe Brandon can help!


82 Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness November 4, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Poor, poor Matt – I agree with the emergency room – has he had troubles breathing? When a face is that swollen I worry about the nasal passages being obstructed.
Hope that the prescription works right away :-(


83 Stephanie November 4, 2009 at 1:01 pm

OMG I can’t believe the reaction he is having to that, poor thing! :( I hope the meds help out.

As for those bowls, they look awesome, I haven’t seen that design before and love the concept!


84 Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl November 4, 2009 at 1:08 pm

My heart just hurts for Matt. He must be miserable!!! :-(

On a lighter note, those bowls look fantabulous! Love the edge so nothing spills out! 😀


85 Sarah @ Healthful Priorities November 4, 2009 at 1:09 pm

OH MY GOODNESS! Poor Matt. I hope he starts to feel better once he gets a few more drugs in his system. He must be miserable.


86 Josh Unger November 4, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Hey Kath and Matt,
Looking at the picture I think he needs IV steroids. Don’t know if Sarah would agree with me or not. I recommend ED visit. I just tried to find your number but I don’t have it on my phone otherwise I would have called in person to tell you!


87 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope November 4, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Awww, I feel SO bad for Matt! Hope the medication helps him out! :)


88 Elizabeth November 4, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Poor Matt! That picture makes me want to cry. Hope he feels better soon!


89 Gena (Choosing Raw) November 4, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Oh, my gosh, poor Matt! I’m sending him lots of hearty get well soon wishes. I’ve had poison oak run ins, and they were no fun.

Hugs, Kath!


90 Chrysta November 4, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Bowls look awesome!!! Hope Matt feels better!


91 Emily Malone November 4, 2009 at 1:21 pm

oh my god he must be so miserable! poor matt:( i would have a total anxiety attack if my eyes were swollen shut like that – so scary.

on a totall unrelated note, my first thought when i saw your oatmeal (before getting to the rest of your post) was I LOVE THAT BOWL! definitely going on my to-purchase list! :)


92 Hallie (Healthy Twists) November 4, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Oh my gosh….the poor thing…I hope that clears up FAST!


93 Julie @savvyeats November 4, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Aww, I hope Matt feels better soon!


94 lynn (The Actors Diet) November 4, 2009 at 1:34 pm

those bowls are great! sorry to hear about matt; i was hoping for a better report this morning. is he in a lot of pain?


95 WendyF November 4, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Ouch! Get better Matt! Maybe a pumpkin beer will help :-)


96 Kat (Kat's Daily Plate) November 4, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Oh my gosh, he looks so unhappy. I hope he feels better soon!


97 rhodeygirl November 4, 2009 at 2:20 pm

I hope the patient is doing better. Keep in close touch with your doctor- he might want to go to the ER or walk in clinic for the swelling.


98 Kath November 4, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Thanks for all of the poison ivy recs. I have since sanitized everything he might have touched (computer, phone, etc) with rubbing alcohol. I only go to the ER in life or death situations!! His breathing and airways are fine (even through his nose) so we’re not worried about that. He does know I’m posting the photos – it was his idea!! He is also taking benadryl, but that doesn’t seem to do much.

That was the 3 cup bowl.

Old Fashioned Rolled and they are just as healthy!

French press!

Wow, that’s a lot of supplements!! I don’t think you need both the multivitamin and all of the individual. And with seeing more of your diet, it’s hard to know if you even need those! But it does sound a little bit much to me.

I’ve seen that oatmeal before, but it’s rather expensive! That’s why I probably wouldn’t use it or buy it. If you want to send me some in the mail, I’ll use it up :)



99 sarah (ghost world) November 4, 2009 at 2:54 pm

yes, yes, prednisone taper!!! i think this is going to work!! fingers crossed


100 sarah (ghost world) November 4, 2009 at 2:57 pm

PS: THANK YOU for your sentiments on the ER (since i am there now!). however, i will admit that most of the patients i saw there over the past couple shifts looked better than matt does. of course if he starts wheezing or feeling any tightness or swelling in the throat, bring him straight in!


101 amber November 4, 2009 at 3:02 pm

omg poor Matt! How awful!!


102 Jo November 4, 2009 at 3:15 pm

eeek. def. looks like he needs the ER!


103 Erin November 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Aw, poor Matt.

You guys seem to be doing all the right things to help the swelling though. Poor fella. Hope the steroids do the trick.


104 Victoria November 5, 2009 at 9:16 am

Oh they are cute bowls. I love the lipped edge. Simple but clever!


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