One of my best friends, Davey, once said every year since he turned 25 years old he gained something wrong with him medically. Humor, is always the best medicine, and I’m inclined to agree. If the option is there to laugh at something versus cry I will always choose laughter. Initially, my severe eczema was the reason behind my trip to the allergist. I wanted to know what was causing my flare ups and after a stint in the hospital after eating at an all you can eat Chinese buffet I wanted answers and I wanted them NOW.
Unfortunately this journey has been one of complications. Not only did I test negative for major food allergies (I’m getting retested this coming Friday just to be certain ), I now have to log EVERYTHING I eat. Piece of gum? Log it! Cookie from the church gathering after mass? Log it! Not knowing WHY your body is telling you somethings wrong and not knowing WHAT it is causing it is extremely frustrating. I have now been to the allergist two weeks in a row with no clear cut answer, BUT despite this the silver lining is that much like my friend Davey, I’m finding humor in finding out more about my allergies at 30.
Here’s what I found out that I AM without a shadow of a doubt HIGHLY allergic to:
▪️Dust-GRANTED I think is a given for every human being, I mean why would we dust otherwise?!
▪️Grass-Yes I’m highly allergic to the stuff on all of our front lawns. What did I take from this finding? My next new home will have rocks instead of grass. Not only is this less maintenance but I’ll be less likely to suffer so horribly during allergy season.
▪️Trees-specifically oak, maple, and pine. The pollen found on them should be tried for attempted homicide cause they’re KILLING me this year which was confirmed by my allergist today. He put me on Flonase for the rest of the season no exceptions.
▪️Horses-yes, you read that right. Apparently I’m HIGHLY allergic to horses, to the point where my allergist actually asked me if I owned a horse because if I did he would suggest I sell it. What did I take from this information? There will be no pony rides for my 30th birthday or riding like majestic medieval Queen down a mountainside or scenic beach. I think letting go of this dream to channel Mary Queen of Scots was more disappointing then the actual allergy.
Since I refuse to end this post on a serious or sad note I’m going to end it with three joking statements I can now make due to my allergies:
▪️I’d love to go for a 5 mile jog with you but I’m allergic to outdoor exercise.
▪️Since donkeys and mules are in the same family as horses I can say I’m officially allergic to jackasses and be completely serious.
▪️I’d love to mow the lawn, truly, but I can’t. I’m allergic to grass, you see?
So there you have it, an update on my health. What are your allergies? Share a comment below to join the discussion!