After multiple months of insane body crap, I finally got a referral to an allergist. Had one already picked out, some friends of mine swear by him. So I went over this afternoon. Already had my paperwork filled out, like when a doctor makes it easy to do the stupid stuff quick.
Got the vitals checked, and saw the doctor within 10 min, if not less.
Nice guy, chatty and has a sense of humor. Given my doctor phobia, it's
good not to stress out on meeting the guy. We went over my history,
my symptoms, what I've done, etc. Long story short (seriously, we talked
a long while.) I have allergies from hell. Seriously, I've seen less
OMG looks from doctors telling people about cancer. So, it's not just
basic sniffles and me being a hypochondriac. The down side, besides the
obvious Mt Cedar...it really could be ANYTHING. My vitamins, my diet,
grass, some plant I've never heard of, or, more than likely, some combination
of the above. On the plus side, I'm already in a lot of the habits I'll
need to be to get over this. And the ones he wants me to start aren't
out there for me. So what's the plan ?
Week after next I do the full panel of pricks. (laugh, the only way I'm
keeping my sanity is thinking like a 13 year old). 165 of them. But we'll
find out what all are the problems. If it's non-food allergies, the next
steps are shots. Lots of shots. But I can handle needs if it helps.
If it's food allergies, well I change my diet. Which, given my experience
with onions, is far more palatable. I know I can change my diet. It will
suck, but it's a suck I can control.
So, we'll see. Until then it's more crap up my nose, gargling, and a lot
of my current activities. At least I doubt I'm allergic to magnets,
for that would make tomorrow SUCK.
I forgot, I gave up caffeine, and I'm finally starting to not feel like utter crap. I've known for a while that my Code Red habit wasn't good for my health, but I didn't have the willpower or immediate reasons to quit. Then a number of messages from the multiverse came in, and I decided I needed to quit before I had big reasons to. Plus, caffeine + anxiety is not a good mix. Along with that, I've cut majorly down on sugar. It's been kind of rough. Last time I quit caffeine, I was in the hospital with Stan, and well, amazing what painkilers can do. It's been a week and change since I stopped all together, and about 3 since I started tapering down. I do miss it, especially getting up in the AM (and Friday night movies fests) but I think the physical foo is over. I've been drinking lots of water, which is better for me both physically and on the budget. So that's the addendum, I'm actually trying to be healthier. Go Me!