Attila called to let me know that he is taking himself to the hospital emergency. The Hogweed burns on his hands have started to spread, significantly. I think he should have been referred to a dermatologist in the first instance, this is serious, serious stuff, Hogweed burns. But he wasn’t referred on. Our GP is away on vacation, no other GP is available right now; so off he goes to the hospital emergency.

Since Attila works outside, with his hands, this is very bad news. It probably means he won’t be able to work. There is no disability insurance where he works, so we will be without any income for a while.

This is definitely not the kind of change I had in mind. But you have to play the cards your dealt. I sure hope this cloud has a smidgeon of silver lining in it.

Attila will call me late tonight, after his visit, to let me know how things stand. Two hours of driving and the long wait in the hospital will make for a very late night for him.

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“Trying to tell you son if it wasn’t for bad luck, now now
Oh, oh, I wouldn’t have no luck at all
Would you believe I wouldn’t have no luck at all”
From If It Wasn’t For Bad Luck, written by Jimmy Lewis, performed by Ray Charles, 1969

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Wishing Attila all the best for good treatment and the quickest possible healing.


Oh dear! I just read an article about hogweed today in The National Post, I think it was; that is some scary stuff! Fingers crossed that Attila will soon be free of the suffering. Sheesh. The last thing you two need.


Uh-oh. As soon as I saw the word “hogweed” for a title, I knew it couldn’t be good. Sending healing thoughts his way.


Healing and comfort to both of you. I hope Attila feels better very soon.


Before you wrote about it, I had never heard of hogweed before. I am going to go research it. We have poison ivy growing around the perimeters of our yard occasionally but that’s the worst thing we’ve picked up. This hogweed sounds dreadful. Your health care system also sound dreadful but then again I haven’t seen any that are much good any more.

Joan Lansberry

That is too bad that Attila couldn’t find a knowledgeable doctor when he needed one so badly. Why are they so rare these days? I hope a dermatologist can be found and relief comes soon.

Joan Lansberry

Sounds serious, indeed:

“The sap of giant hogweed causes phytophotodermatitis in humans, resulting in blisters, long-lasting scars, and—if it comes in contact with eyes—blindness.”

ava south

What a shame. I read the link and have never seen this noxious plant in my part of the world. I hope NEVER to see it! Best of luck with the new derma doc