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Health Update..

For those of you keeping up with my health challenges I just wanted to update ya'll!
Dr. called yesterday and apparently I the blood work shows that I am allergic to Mugwort, Elm and COCKROACHES!!? anywhooooo... I am going in for scratch testing with an allergist in a couple weeks. The best I can figure now is maybe the carmel corn I had was contaminated with cockroach poo/shells??
anywho, just wanted to let everyone the newest news with me!
I am feeling strong and almost back to 'normal' although the fear of another 'episode' is never far from my mind...

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I'm glad you are feeling better, Tammy. Strange combination of allergens - it's a mystery to me. I hope the scratch testing is more comprehensive.

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Knowing what you're allergic to makes it easier to control (unless of course packaged foods are contaminated - in itself a disgusting thought). BTW, nobody has to test me to know I'm allergic to cockroaches and mice . . . and all manner of vermin. Yuck!

I'm happy to hear you're feeling better. Keep us posted. You have a large extended family.

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Glad you'r feeling better Tammy. Are they sure one of these caused your attack?

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Glad you're feeling better, Tammy! I certainly hope there was no cockroach poo in your carmel corn! I got some left here from one of those Christmas tins, and I'm kinda freaked out about it now..........!!!

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I am glad you are feeling so much better, Tammy. Everything is going to be fine.

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Glad to see you are feeling better, but don't overdo until the final testing is done. My grandson had the scratch testing, both arms and just in case he had to stay in the waiting room for 2 hours after. To be on safe side for a severe reaction.

going now to throw out carmel popcorn from Christmas

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Thanks for the update.Glad you are starting to feel normal again.

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bwhahahahahaaaa, sorry, great now no one is going to eat carmel corn again!

NO, they don't know what caused the reaction and I am not thinking we will ever fully KNOW. I think stress played part of it...
Yes, I have to stay for 2 hrs at the scratch testing too.
praying I don't have a reaction because I will be at the appt alone.
We don't have any family nearby and DH has to work (of course). Wish one of you was there to hold my hand!!

LOL, seriously, I figure NEXT time (LOL) I am on survivor or go to a foreign country, I have a 'get out of eating cockroaches' for free card, right???

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The thing is that they can only test for common things, not everything. When I lived in New England, I was tested for stuff in New England. I moved to Texas and was tested again. I found out I am very allergic to mesquite. Who knew? There isn't mesquite in Massachusetts.

For giggles, here are all the things I am allergic to: dust mites, molds (all the kinds), pollens from trees, ragweed, grass, dogs, cats, rabbits, cockroaches, mesquite...... and it goes on. And I have a hypersensitive nose. So strong odors set me off.

I did the shots for 5 years. It is plenty much just seasonal now but a strong scent will trigger a migraine. Oh joy.

If they identify a certain plant you are allergic, look up the rest of the plant's relatives. Ragweed is cousins with sage, burweed marsh elder and rabbit brush, mugworts, groundsel bush and eupatorium. Cantaloupe and chamomile tea can aggravate the allergy.

My doc told me to avoid echinacea which everyone takes for colds. He said that it would give me cold symptoms. It is very close to acting the same way as ragweed. When I told the hubby this, he was shocked. He had been taking those Airborne tablets to insure that he wouldn't get colds while traveling. He is more allergic to ragweed than I am. His constant sniffles stopped when he stopped taking it.


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