Life on the Fringe
Edit to Add: We found out today (11/8/12) that the coffee syrup I was using heavily had DAIRY ALLERGENS in it–go figure. But that didn’t do me ANY favors. Hint: READ EVERY LABEL if you have food allergies. EVERY LABEL.
In continuing from my last blog on this issue, here we go again.
So yesterday, I had another reaction, pretty much like the first but worse because it included hives on my face. Delightful. I’d cut out everything I checked out allergic to on my last tests, so something is fucked up in my body. I took the last Prednisone tablet I had and it stopped it, so it’s a matter of helping it recede now.
But here’s the kicker: the blood we took? Lab says we can’t use it because I was just coming off Prednisone. And since I took one today, that means I have to wait four weeks to get tested because the medication throws the results off. Oh, how much fun are we having now?
I talked to my doctor for a good forty-five minutes today and we outlined a plan. For the next four weeks, I’m on the most stringent allergy elimination diet I can be on, meaning I get (and remember, I have to be low carb, so this does not include rice, which is usually on there):
Essentially, I’m going hardcore cavewoman/Paleo here. One thing is for sure: any weight loss plateau I might have been on will be blown out of the water by this. It’s not going to be easy, but hell, anything to NOT have another reaction like this. And of course, I now carry my epi-pen and wear my medic alert bracelet everywhere.
Meanwhile, to deal with the tail end of this reaction, she’s having me increase my Isocort (adrenal supplement I need because my adrenals are very unappy campers over the years), increase my Vitamin D (which I’m always deficient in anyway), and increase my Vitamin C. I’m also on Histablock. Considering how badly a lot of medications affect me, we don’t want to stick me back on the Pred. because next time it might just screw me over in a big way.
Speaking of…my doctor told me that the dosage of Prednisone that Urgent Care had me on was so fucking high that it was the equivalent to 20 days worth of my adrenal supplements (for each of the four days I stayed on it). NO WONDER I was a fucking frootloop and went on a manic high. And they’re supposed to taper you off the pred—which this doctor didn’t bother doing, either.
Anyway, this new reaction could have been brought on by something I ate that I didn’t know I was allergic to, or by the workout/massage I did on Monday/Tuesday—my body is detoxing from the reaction and it could have thrown my system into a bit of a relapse.
Either way, I now wait…and eat like my Panther self would eat (my main spirit totem is black panther). And hey, at least I DO have something to eat. A lot of people in this world don’t. And I have no intention on taking anymore chances than I have to with this allergy crap. It’s too fucking scary. Luckily, going low carb for the past 18 months has distanced me from my emotional eating.
Because there’s just no room for that in my life anymore. Period. Done. Finis.