Category: allergies

  • Medical Tests of the Itchy Sort

    In May 2018 I was short of breath. I thought I might have pneumonia.  Turned out they  found a pulmonary embolism and I spent 4 days in ICU. I was finally discharged to go home and rest. This also came shortly after a kidney stone and high blood pressure diagnosis, and I was really, really,…

  • N Things Make a Post

    Thanks to This Is Thin Privilege for the shout-out. Jeanette took on the “Obese women get only an hour of exercise a year” thing. …as did This is Thin Privilege. …as did Marilyn Wann and many commenters on Facebook (signin needed). On a personal note, my allergies are bothering me much less since Sunday.  Why? I…

  • Itch, Itch, Itch

    Ever use a long-handled bath brush to scrub your back? Swap the brush for a dense sponge, and that’s basically the long-handled lotion applicator I got from Amazon. This morning I used it to put Aveeno anti-itch lotion on the itchy spot on the middle of my back. At bedtime I decided to try Benadryl…

  • Histamines in Food

    A bit of background: An allergen is something that triggers an allergy. When a person with allergic rhinitis breathes in an allergen such as pollen or dust, the body releases chemicals, including histamine.  Histamine […] causes dilatation of the blood vessels (flushing, rash, itching) and increased mucus production (runny nose, productive cough), and bronchoconstriction (wheezing,…

  • I’m a grownup, right?

    Forty-seven years old. Working in software (not rocket science, but involves brains) over 20 years. Employed and promoted by a company that prides itself on “hiring and promoting the best.” Have been taking various meds for allergies for over 30 years. ….so why did I forget the Flonase again??? (I’m sure it has nothing to…

  • N things make a post

    17) It’s the 17th week of 2013. I think. 12) I’ve been married 12 years. 11) My car (which currently isn’t starting) is 11 years old.  Probably needs a new battery. 8) I’ve interviewed eight potential coworkers recently. 5) Five loads of laundry today. This is not counting the mattress cover and comforter, which went…

  • Allergist update

    Had a follow-up appointment with the allergist last week. It was nice to confirm that the new meds and cleaning regimen not only feels good for me, I did better on the lung capacity test this time than on my first visit. It was nice to confirm that needing to use albuterol prior to aerobic…

  • Operation (de-)Dust Mite a Success

    The quest to cut down dust mites in our bedroom was a success.  I woke up Monday morning without a headache and without needing to blow my nose.  I hadn’t noticed these symptoms much until they were gone, but they were.  Even better, I seemed better able to handle other asthma triggers the rest of…

  • Operation de-Dust Mite

    In October I noticed I was having more anxiety about the whole “going to the doctor” thing.  I ended up calling the asthma specialist I’d been referred to at least six months previously and going in on Monday. This was stressful in many ways. I’m freak-folks-the-hell-out fat.  I’ve got the whole mental “You mean it’s asthma,…