Despite the humorous title, this isn't a joke... it's a strange experience unlike any I've had before.
I made a trip to Lowes today for a few parts... two boxes of screws, a course sanding sponge, a redwood 2x4x8', two spf 2x4x10's and one x12'... in that order.
The 12 footers were rough today, lots of end check, warped, and twisted boards. When projects require, it can be a challenge selecting framing lumber like hardwood...
As I was picking through the 12 footers I noticed that my lower back, sides, and abdomen were itching... then more... then more. Struggling to focus and feeling like a million ants eating my skin from the inside, I thought, "If I can just focus and get this done then I'll deal with whatever it is."
At the register I noticed that my 12 footer had a showstopper flaw that I'd missed. I had to escape, so I told the cashier to ring up the rest while I put that piece back on the rack. I'd get another 12 footer another time. I paid. I left. I loaded the vehicle.
And I paused for a good scratch.
My wife, who'd patiently waited with my daughter, asked what I was doing and I calmly told her I was contemplating skinning myself alive while I figured out what I was reacting to.
Fortunately, the irritation quickly faded. We grabbed a burger and sat down to enjoy each other's company, and then I stopped at Home Depot to buy my last required 2x4x12. (Nope, not going back to Lowes today.) By the time we left Home Depot there was no itching and I felt fine. I may have been fine even before we finished eating.
Arriving home, I unloaded everything into the garage, then went to work shoveling snow from the sidewalks. Somewhere in that process the itching began again, every bit as bad as before.
Now I'm wondering if I was reacting to Lowes... to the specific lumber - and thus the recurrence when I unloaded... or to something I haven't thought of. I hadn't eaten anything before I left and there was nothing unusual in my routine.
I'm a little concerned about building that lumber into shop equipment and becoming allergic to my shop,
so when I'm fine again I may have to go handle the lumber a bit and see if the reaction recurs... before I start building with it.