Tell me something that I don’t know…

June 28, 2012

I just had an allergy test that I’ve been waiting more than a month for after a strictly terrifying experience in May that sent me to the hospital, saw an IV put in my arm (and left my right arm swollen and unusable for a week), and now has me carrying an Epipen with me everywhere I go for the rest of my life as a result of an anaphylactic reaction to a Happy Planet Energy Shot.

I foolishly thought that I would find out what foods I’m allergic to, but the allergist apparently had other ideas and tested me instead for common environmental allergens and the couple of foods (kiwi, mango and avacado) that I’ve noticed reactions to in the past.

So now I know exactly what I already knew – I’m allergic to grass, cats and avacado, with a good likelihood of kiwi and mango, since the samples he has available are extracts and he said I would need to come back with fruit in hand for a fresh scratch test.

On the kind of bright side, I don’t think I’m capable of getting a tattoo, considering all my squirming and foot stomping protestations as he scratched my back (and grossed me out). At least the doctor advised against it. Maybe I can somehow work myself up to it, since I’ve managed to get several piercings in my lifetime and survive. I had been trying to figure out whether or not I could get a tattoo soon, so I guess now I have my answer, at least for the time being.

Now I have to go and get a blood test to find out what foods I’m allergic to. I really don’t understand the medical system sometimes… Obviously what I need to know about are my food allergies, so that I don’t DIE. But good to know that I shouldn’t be mowing any lawns any time soon.


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