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Next Wednesday I meet the newest doctor in my Arsenal of Health Care Providers (think the Super Friends but in lab coats). We are (hopefully) going to get to the bottom of what I’m actually allergic to. You see, there’s some uncertainty for two reasons: 1) something new that might or might not be an allergic reaction, and 2) I’ve never done this before.
I’VE NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE.
Friends and family who know me well are now goggling, trust me, because I have some weird, crazy allergies/sensitivities. Here’s a few for your perusal:
- Animal Dander (I live with two cats)
- Pollen (I live in Florida, where things bloom even in January)
- Dust (I, well, I try to clean)
- Garlic (There’s little doubt about this one- it’s an ugly thing. And, yes, you may insert a vampire joke here- everyone else does.)
- Artificial scents (This is a fine line between allergy and asthma sensitivity- maybe we can clarify that situation a bit.)
- Adhesive (As in plasters or self-sticking bandages. This has gotten to the point that the reaction is always worse than whatever reason I’m trying to hold my skin closed.)
I’m hoping to determine what is 1) making my tongue swell up, and 2) causing blisters to break out in my mouth and throat. The latter is more annoying than anything, but I let it go on too long. The only reason I haven’t done this earlier is that I am moderately horrified by the testing process. Not only will they stick me full of needles (lots and lots of needles, no less), but I need to stop taking antihistamines for three days previous.
Let’s think about this for a moment.
I take a medicated nasal spray and an antihistamine daily, just to keep things down to dull a roar. I will have to stop the antihistamine. In Spring.
This does not bode well.
I’ll let you know how things progress…