i have a seven year itch

Last week, my husband Jon and I celebrated 7 years of marriage, and in June, we marked 10 years of togetherness.

Everyone jokes about the 7 Year Itch. But I have it, y’all.

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Except…it’s on my finger.

First photo with my ring after we got engaged in 2006.

First photo with my ring after we got engaged in 2006.

You see, somewhere in the last year, I developed an allergy* to my white gold wedding rings. Sure, some skeevy dudes may say they’re “allergic” to their rings, when really they’re not wearing them so they can mac on chicks, but this is no lie. Wearing my rings has started to cause my finger to immediately break out into a red, bumpy, itchy rash. I figured out it was the gold because my silver stacking rings, a Valentine’s gift that I wear on my right hand, don’t cause the same problem.

“I’m allergic to my wedding rings,” I announced to my doctor hubby one day, showing him the rash. He asked if I meant symbolically or literally, but thank goodness, the only itch I’ve got is the one on my finger. I’m not itching to get out of our relationship or marriage at all.

And my best friend and hubby was handy in diagnosing my problem too. It turns out it’s fairly common for people to develop allergies to the nickel used as an alloy with the gold to make it strong enough to stand up to the wear and tear it gets as jewelry. But he’s seen enough nickel allergies to know I don’t have it, since nickel is also commonly used in the hardware on things like jeans, and I don’t develop a similar rash to the rivet on the waistband of my blue jeans. Also, the gold posts on my pearl earrings have started irritating my ears, too. So, I am forced to conclude, I’m having an issue with gold, not nickel.

I’ve taken to wearing one of my silver stacking bands on my left hand as a placeholder, but I’d really like to get back to wearing my rings again. I hear a temporary solution is to coat the ring in clear nail polish, and a permanent one is to get it plated with rhodium.

As for seven years, I’m happy to celebrate how far we’ve come. Becoming parents has truly been the hardest thing our partnership has endured, far more stressful than moving cross country, grief, and trauma. Still, there’s no one else I’d rather be raising my family and living alongside.

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We celebrated lucky number seven with a little road trip to Texas, spending a night in a bed and breakfast in Dallas, checking out the 6th Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and the Dallas Museum of Art, and then continuing to Austin for LOTS of tacos, a visit to the LBJ library (thankfully for me, my husband indulges my political geekery), visiting with friends, seeing the bats, and eating some BBQ. It was a lovely getaway, and we’re super thankful that family took care of our kids and pets so we could get that time together.

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We stayed at the lovely Corinthian Bed and Breakfast in Dallas.

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Beautiful glass work by Dale Chihuly at the DMA.

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Visiting the LBJ library on the UT campus. He passed such an amazing amount of progressive policy!

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Pretty sure Jon wanted to keep the Jeep we rented for the trip.

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Stopped by Wendy Davis’ office, and even though she wasn’t in, some of her staff let me take a picture in her office. Big fan!

*Allergies can develop at any time, even after years of exposure without event to the allergen. This is why when people tell me they “aren’t allergic” to something like poison ivy, I always tell them, just wait! With enough exposures, you’ll eventually trigger a reaction!

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5 thoughts on “i have a seven year itch

  1. I know all about unexpected allergies. I developed one to peanuts/tree nuts after many years of enjoying that delicious legume. Your issue sounds pretty easy to solve, thank goodness!

    Happy 7 years!

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  2. Late developing allergies are the worst. I’ve been allergic to laundry detergent perfumes and any kind of scented soap since I was a baby, so I’m used to that, but a few years ago I developed an allergy to cat litter. Not used litter. Out of the box, regular old cat litter. Having a cat got way more expensive, since now I have to get the organic, all-natural kind. Which is fine, but who is allergic to cat litter?!?

    Good luck with the rings!

    Happy Anniversary!

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  3. You might actually be allergic to cobalt! I have a cobalt allergy which presents as an itchy rash but it doesn’t look like a nickel allergy. Thankfully we knew of my cobalt allergy before my husband purchased my rings, so we checked with the jeweler who traced the metal origin back to the start to make sure that the rings he purchased were cobalt free. Cobalt is used as a stabilizer as well… I would check into it!

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