Tuesday, April 17, 2007


Yesterday was my visit to the allergist. Those back skin prick test thingies are a blast ... ya' know ... when they're just giving you a great back rub with the alcohol. Then they stick you and put blobs of stuff that makes you itch down into your broken flesh. They smile and say, "I'll be back in 15 minutes. Try not to move around, but my big rule is NO SCRATCHING!"

And you're thinking, "This isn't so bad. What is she harping ... abo ... OH HOLY MOTHER OF MOSQUITOES!!!" You then have flashbacks to when you had the chicken pox.

I've had to do this before, so I wasn't surprised when the itching grew, along with the beautiful whelps around each blob of make-me-itch stuff.

Twenty-two is my magic number. I got a little sheet with twenty-two allergens highlighted - my allergens. I think the funniest part was realizing that we are in a new house, with a completely new type of grass ...

I'm allergic to my yard. Yup. That's about right.

So, I now have to sort through my little gift bag of free medications, a list of prescription possibilities and about 1200 forms. Hopefully at some point this week my husband and I can determine a course of action - one step of which I'm sure will involve injections.

My new doctor DOES do "RUSH" Immunotherapy. If you are having to consider allergy shots, check it out - amazing!!! Not to sound like an infomercial or anything.

My grand discovery, thanks to the Amazing Dr. Amy Darter, is that I also suffer from Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD). She had this clever little smile while she talked about it. Then she said that once I could read through the information, I would be pleasantly surprised at how my situation would have an explanation ... and a way to help me through what I thought were "new and different" asthma attacks.

She was right. She was also one of those rare doctors that actually sat down, leaned back, got comfortable and talked to me at length. That's how she was able to differentiate between asthma and VCD (sounds like a sexually transmitted disease, doesn't it?). I had been answering questions for over an hour through the nurse and the P.A. So, she took it from there and dug a little deeper. Now, I know a simple breathing exercise to get me through the VCD episodes.

OH! And one of her nurses has been wanting to pierce her nose. Apparently Dr. Darter has not been doing cartwheels over the idea as her employer, but my little stud was a great visual for what this woman wanted. From what I could tell, the doctor may go for it. My nose was glad to be of service to the betterment of one nurse.

The trees on my list are: Ash, Box Elder, Oak, Pecan and Mountain Cedar. Grasses are: Bahia, Bermuda (my yard), Johnson, Orchard, Red Top. Short ragweeds (duh) as well as Firebush, Lambs quarter, English Plantain, and Pigweeds (redroot AND spiny! ooooooo!). There are five different types of molds on my list ... most of which are 25 letters long and contain very few vowels. Don't forget the cat dander (yes, we have a cat) and dustmites. I think the most interesting was mice. I'm allergic to mice. Um ... thank God?

I'm not allergic to cockroaches or dogs.

I don't know why I told you that.


Teri said...

I have to laugh, I am allergic to everything. I did the rush therapy a year ago, and I looked like someone had beaten me up!

I am sorry you are dealing with this, but know that there are others out there.

Tyler said...

You say that you're a Christian but then you leave this as a comment on Notes From The Trenches post today:

Christine says:

Kids pissing me off.
At least I had sex last night.
Coffee and Zoloft.

April 17th, 2007 at 1:53 pm


Christine said...

Oh geeeeeez. That's RIGHT! I forgot that Christians never get mad at their kids, never have great sex with their husbands and NEVER take antidepressents (because they know if they'll just have more faith and pray they'll be fine). You can't dog me for the coffee ... that's a Protestant staple.

I certainly apologize. That's my bad. THANKS, Tyler!!

I'm really glad I didn't put above what I had planned to write ... that I took the prick test and it was positive!

Hmmmmmmm ...

Jeana said...

But do real Christians write HAIKUS? Hmmm...

(Since you don't know me I should specify that I'm trying to be funny. I thought both your Haikus were hilarious.)

Anonymous said...

Come on, girl; REAL Christians don't DANCE!!!!!

I'm allergic to everything that blooms in this state...after forking over $100 in CO-PAYS for my meds this month, I'm wondering if the shots might be cheaper....


Anonymous said...

A Haiku for Tyler

thanks for pointing out
the wicked ways of others
feeling better now?

Amy said...


Wow, you get to have great sex? Is that a Christian thing cause we just don't find the time!

(loved the Haiku, keep 'em coming)