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I don't know how many of you follow my drama with allergies, but I have one more to add to the list. Since I'm having trouble remembering them all, I need to write them down. So things that I am allergic to are as follows:

Artificial Sweetener
Tomatoes (according to the allergist, I've never had a reaction to them...)
Some ingredient in dark colas (probably the color)



Please note that these are not in any sort of order as I'm way more allergic to shellfish than I am to tomatoes. Also the different categories produce a different allergic response. The food category, since it is ingested, produces the more life threatening swelling of the lips, mouth, throat (in that order), followed by hives on the arms and swelling of the legs. The animals can produce those if found in large quantities/long exposure to, but are more likely to aggravate my atopic eczema and dyshidrotic eczema. The sunlight allergy just produces a small papular extremely itchy rash on the exposed areas (arms, neck, chest, legs, etc.).

The eggs I just learned about last night from the damn cole slaw. It is also what prompted me to make a list so I know to avoid them in the future.
ikyrian: HiNaBN's {...} (Satoshi)
Oh I'm so going to regret this, but the Coke with lime slices was damn tasty. Actually, I think my body is already regretting it.


Sep. 22nd, 2007 12:07 pm
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OMG. You guys have no idea how much I want a soda right now. Bubbly. Sugary. Fizzing down my throat to my stomach. Caffeine. Oh, dear LORD do I miss the caffeine. I haven't had a soda in two weeks, and it's killing me. I almost slipped up at Chipotle yesterday (because limes in Coke? Delicious!), but got iced tea instead. Which I didn't finish as it made me feel funny (again, because of the caffeine).

This is killing me. I'm tired all the time. I sleep every chance I get. I sit at my desk and day dream of sleeping. It's really, really, pathetic.
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So! I finally did it - I joined the Manassas Community Chorale for their 2007-2008 season. Well, sort of. I still have to audition, which is tomorrow night, but I'm sure I'll be fine. Even if I am audition with the Star Spangled Banner. (Oh, so not my choice, but since I don't think I could learn a show tune in a week, it's all I got.) But I went to my first rehersal yesterday, and it was a blast! We're doing a show called "Thanks for the Memory" and it's all show tunes like "All Aboard!", "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" and "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree".First concert is in October. One of the concerts is at the Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg. I'm really excited about that one.

This is my first time ever singing in a SATB chorale. The first time the basses hit a truly low note, I shivered. It's also the first time I've ever sung in a chorale this size - up to 80 people! And everyone that I've spoken to has been very nice.

ANYWAY - I FINALLY have an answer to my skin problems. It is allergies. But not to the ferrets (yes!). I'm allergic to shellfish (SUSHI, NOOO!!), artificial sweetener (COKE ZERO! NOOOO!), dustmites, and cockroaches. The moment I stopped eating sushi, crab meat, shrimp, scallops, calamari, you know, all the GOOD stuff from the sea, and stopped drinking Coke Zero and chewing sugarless gum and well, all diet soda really, the swelling and the horrific rash went away. IN LESS THAN A WEEK. I still have bouts when I forget about the newfound allergies and go out and get some Korean sushi (that was very very odd...) or eat some calamari the hives come back. Stress causes the hand eczema.

In fact, last night was a little get together to welcome new members to the MCC. There were some brownies and these really tasy chocolate chip/peanut butter cookies. And I had a few because I didn't get dinner that night. This morning I woke up swollen and my hands had new vesicles which tells me that one of them probably had Splenda in it. Lovely. I guess I can never trust a bake sale again. T.T Nor a sushi bar. Wah.

I'm also currently living at my aunt's house. Technically I'm house/cat sitting, but really, I'm enjoying the freedom of living on my own. Throw in the ferrets and it'd be a grand ol' time. It's really time to move on from where I live now and seek out greener pastures. Can't go too far, tho' cuz I just plunked 63 in the MCC so I should at least stay the year.

Still considering going back to school. But it took me a year to decide to join MCC so I figure it'll take me at least that long if not longer to figure out what I REALLY want to do. My current field is HR and I have to admit, I'm not really loving it. Practically speaking, I wouldn't mind going into real estate, but again, practically speaking, with the down turn in real estate this isn't the time (or the place) to be trying that sort of thing out. Be nice just to get a better paying job so that I could start making a dent in my student loans instead of just barely making the minimum (oh, hey, that reminds me...). My dream would be to go back to school for art and combine my mad history skills and not so mad art skills (it's something that I really need to work on) and draw stories for a living. First I think I should start taking art classes, especially anatomy. I suck at that like whoa.

But the real estate thing comes out of my love and true desire to own an old Victorian with a turret and a wrap around porch. The ones I remember best, and there are a few around here, there's one that I would kill to have (mostly to get the money to afford it, heh) and fix up, but the ones I remember best are up in New York. I loved driving passed those houses and wondering why we didn't live there. The answer to that question is all to obvious (uh, poor. And - Army brat). And watching a lot of real estate shows with my aunt. Seriously though, I think that would be an interesting and rewarding career. And I don't just mean financially, but personally. Helping people find their dream homes. Helping new families start out in a new house. Am I romanticizing it? Hell, yeah. Would I be nervous as hell all the time because I'm shyie-mc-shying-ton? A no brainer. But still something that I would dearly love to get my hand in. Don't quite know how to do it, but I would love to learn how to try.

But, as Denise may remember, my wishes and wants change like a cross dresser on speed, so who knows what I'll want in six months? I'm all kinds of crazy like that.
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So what i haven't actually mentioned here yet is that I haven't been to work since Monday. On Monday two co-workers took one look at me and was all, "ZOMG! YOU! ER! NOW!" And I was, "Oh, no, I'm fine! Srsly!" And then burst into tears which destroyed any argument. I managed to talk them down and M. took me to see the nurse practioner and M.'s comment on that was, "I've never seen anyone want to leave a room so fast." And then we went back to work and I spent a pretty miserable day there.

NP prescribed steriods, again. Since I had a derm. appointment on Thurs., at the time I figured I could make it four days.

I did't go to work on Tuesday. I woke up with my lips and eyes swollen like Monday only it was worse. So I stayed home and took 75 milligrams of Bendadryl every four hours along with 400 milligrams of Ibuprofen. (Oh yeah, I was really hyped up on the meds on Tuesday.) The only problem was, I broke out into a secondary rash (small, papular rash that covered all the areas that the eczema doesn't including some areas that it does). I freaked thinking it was a staph infection (not uncommon with wet eczema which I was experiencing) called the advice nurse and she was said, "You can go to urgent care, or you can see Dr. K. tomorrow."

Well, you all know me, I decide not to go to urgent care (but I was really, really close to choosing that option) and made an appointment with Dr. K. and had Dad drive me there. She prescribed that I start taking the damn steriods (I actually was going to go get them the day before, but I felt so shitty I didn't really want to move), along with two generic pepcid for the anti histamine effect along with another anti-histamine for the itching. She also gave me a doctor's note that excused me from work until Monday. I argued with her, saying that I'd probably feel better by Friday and said, We can always change the note, but I sincerely doubt you'll fell better by then.

So I go home, take all the drugs and fall asleep on the couch again. (BTW I've been sleeping on the couch for the past two days.) By evening, I feel better, not great, but better. I fall asleep on the couch that evening, and am rather excited to go to the dermatologists tomorrow.

Well, you all know what happened with that.

Right, I'm feeling pretty good. In terms of the rash and the swelling. (My lower legs, esp. my right one, have been swollen for a really long time, ever since I noticed the swelling in my ankle from my trip down to The Beach, it's come and gone. My legs finally look leg shaped again.) My ear hurts like hell and my stomache is upset at me at the moment, but other than that I feel fine.

I guess I'll clean my room *now* while I'm so hyped up on steriods I probably won't feel anything.
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I'm so furious right now I could spit. Someone at Kaiser canceled my dermatology appointment WITHOUT TELLING ME and then claimed it was MY FAULT. UM, HELLO? I'm fucking miserable, why the hell would I cancel my appointment? And THEN tried to fob me off on the nurse practitioner. Uh, NO that's not happening. I only found out today, because I was trying to confirm my appointment. *RAGE RAGE RAGE*

UPDATE: Ok, got back from the appointment with the nurse practitioner (who was very nice and listened to me and was just generally wonderful, first experience I've ever had with Kaiser staff that was pleasant and helpful) and Dr. L came in and all three of us discussed my options. They took some of my skin to biopsy (and boy what that weird to watch) to make absolutely sure that this is an allergic reation. Then we're going to see about doing a RAST test in Allergy and if Dr. V can't do it (he's the Doc I saw when I got my scratch test done where I found I'm allergic to dust mites and cockroaches) then they're fobbing me off to Johns-Hopkins for even more advanced testing.

But it really might come down to I'm just horrifically allergic to ferrets and that means I'd have to think really seriously about giving them up. Which I completely, totally don't want to do. I love the little guys and would miss them terribly. I mean, if it was just a head, nose, throat, upper respiratory allergy, then I'd say, "Bring on the medications, bitches!" Because they make a lot of medicines for that. Almost no allergy medicines, from what I've been told and what I've researched myself, have any effect on skin allergies. And I can't be on steroids for long periods because I could box my liver and kidneys and then where would I be? No where, absolutely no where.


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