Never being one to do anything in moderation, my allergy testing revealed that I am allergic to All The Things. Grasses, molds, pollens, cats, dogs, roaches (!!!)... essentially, if it's tested for on a standard scratch test, I react to it.
The first round of testing was on my back. Out of 50 scratches, I reacted to 32.
The next round was on my left arm and was injected. 18 shots. They weren't deep, and at worst it felt like a little bit of a pinch. I reacted to all 18.
And yes, my left arm and portions of my back still itch. Thankfully I'm back on Zyrtec at least, and can take Benadryl toward the evening when things get rougher.
What this ultimately means for me is that I'm going to have to take allergy shots. When someone my age has allergies this severe, to the point where the standard medications -- --antihistamine pills and eye drops -- don't work, it's time to haul out the big guns. Sure, the steroid eye drops are working except on the worst of days, but one of the side effects from those is glaucoma and considering that my genetics already predispose me to same, I'd rather keep my vision thankyouverymuch.
On the minus side to all of this, once I stopped the steroids my face puffed up. Lovely.
So anyway, there we are. In light of all my lovely allergies I've decided to avoid gluten starting, well, now. I'm not going to freak if I screw it up, but considering everything I figure it won't hurt to see if I'm possibly gluten sensitive, or at least if I somehow feel better without it in my diet. I'm not married to this concept by any means :P I'm more just entertaining myself by using my own body as a science experiment.
Enjoy your weekend, everyone!
RIP Stu Nisbet
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