Later: I made it to my appointment with Dr. M. He was quick in doing the regular check-up but attentive to the details of certain issues with my skin. We had a productive discussion. I said, "I got poison ivy on the back of my calf."
"You sure did," he agreed. He prescribed a cream to help that heal, and suggested hydrocortisone for the irritated spot in my outer ear. I told him what I'd been using to clean out the small wound on my right index finger that I'd gotten when I was trimming the grass the other day, and what I was putting on it to encourage healing. He had heard of honey dressings put on a wound. The honey seemed both to soothe and help clean dirt out of the injury. I'd been using peroxide, too, for the cleaning part.
After I got home, I put on boots and waded around the yard to see how the flowering plants were doing. The irises I transplanted look like they're settling in. They got a good watering from the rain today. I'd put a couple of the tender plants out on the porch so they could enjoy the warmish and humid weather. The crinum is looking better for getting some time outside, I think. The floppy leaves are getting more tattered as I move it from inside to outside and back, but they're a better green, not yellowing so much.
I caught family and some friends up on how Mom and Dad and I are doing. Mom got her second COVID vaccination shot today. Her arm hurt from shoulder to elbow, and that part of her arm was swollen, but aside from that, she seemed to be her usual self. I'm sure I'll hear all about any other side effects she gets.
Retrospectively: In the evening and into the following day, Mom felt very cold. Chills are apparently a sign that the vaccine is kicking in.