I haven’t had another “episode” since this past autumn, and that’s where I’ll leave it. 5 years ago
Tuesday morning, I got out of the shower, and like any other self- inflicting woman, looked at my naked body in the mirror. But to my surprise, I did not see what I expected. There were dots. Red ones. All over my chest. Upon closer inspection, I still had no freaking clue what they were, and thought it a heat rash at most. Later that day, during a mid-term, the backs of my ears started to itch uncontrollably. So yesterday, I went into work, albeit almost looking like a crack addict, scratching my arms, my ears, and my back, receiving stares from the entire populous of Meijer. I finally couldn’t take it anymore, and decided to make an emergency appointment to my doctor, and when she looked at me, she not only saw bumps on my chest, but my back, neck, and arms, and even my earlobes were dotted with red and swollen. She proclaimed it was a severe allergic reaction to something.
She asked if I switched detergents, ate a different cuisine then normal, if I wore a seatbelt or owned a cat. But nothing was making sense. I couldn’t and can’t remember anything I did that was out of the ordinary, and I told her that I knew I had an allergy to Penicillin when I was a child, and also to pine needles. She told me that you can develop allergies as you go on in life, to anything. The MA told me while she was taking my vitals that grass and pine are actually some of the most common allergies, unfortunately. I still, and will always have a real Christmas tree and will lay in the sun like a feline on a clear day outside, and I’m crossing my fingers that it’s nothing like that. Or, even worse, an allergy to animals. I couldn’t imagine a life without my four-legged family.
So now, I’m on a lethal dose of steroids & Benadryl, waiting the itching and migraines out, and trying to dissect what this allergy could possibly be… 5 years ago