An Allergic Reaction Tale + Potato Bar
thanks for the well wishes while i’ve had some sort of virus that never wants to leave. i’m happy to say that i’ve decided to serve an eviction notice today and i’m over it (mostly i just cannot eat anymore saltines and rices, i can’t).
story follow up: i was prescribed medicine to help with my intestinal spasms (they were so weird and so painful-yuck). when i woke up thursday, i noticed i had a rash/hives on my elbows and legs. i read about the medication and it said that this could be part of an allergic reaction (but to not take benedryl).
i remained calm, cool and collected and simply stopped taking the medicine. the next morning, i woke up and the rash was continuing to spread but i felt decent, i even caught up on some work in between itching. i figured it would go away eventually.
here’s a picture of me attempting to spice up eating more rice instead of showing you a gross picture of my rash.
i had another relapse of the sickness and experienced the same almost-fainting/dripping sweat/extreme pain, except this time my husband was 2,805+ miles away (yeah. i looked it up). i called the pharmacist after getting it together a little bit, but still while curled up on that hard but cool bathroom floor.
he said i was definitely having an allergic reaction and needed to get in to see a doctor right away, especially if i hadn’t taken a dose in more than 24 hours and it was getting worse. he said i needed to get on a steroid to help reverse the effects because it could lead to more serious allergic reactions like throat swelling and not breathing.
*cue semi-freak out.
i texted my friend alison to see if she could take off work and drive me to urgent care, again. thank goodness for friends like her because she immediately left work, came straight to get me, and sat with me for an excruciatingly long time in the waiting room.
when i finally got to see the doctor, she prescribed the steroids to help reverse the effects of the medication. as she was checking me over, she looked up my nose (where i have both nostrils pierced) and was like “oh my…what is that?!” haaa, that gave me a good laugh.
within a few hours of taking the medication, the rash started subsiding and i became ravenously hungry (a side effect of the steroid). other side effects can be “extreme bitchiness” (the doctor’s words), becoming manic, becoming depressed, feeling anxious, increased sweating, flushing, and then some gross things. if the reaction i got from this was just eating sleeves of saltines, i’ll take it.
i knew i couldn’t run, let alone even walk a 5k the next morning but i wanted to be there for my friend beki! one thing that i could do is sit and eat a potato later so she came and got me and off we went to the race.
as you can see, it was st. patrick’s day theme and the oregon weather came back with a vengeance. excuse the blurry picture and apparently my color was a bit off. it looked more normal when i took it but you need to see beki and be proud of her!
if you ever wondered what it might be like if you didn’t run and stayed behind, below is the depressing scene. i’ll take a nalgene filled with diluted gatorade, neat.
she completed the 5k and totally rocked it! she’s been a rockstar in training and pushing herself more with each run and it’s been really inspiring. we’re ready to sign up for another one, where i’ll actually participate (i said it out loud beki, now we have to).
look at the badass medal she got (and i was only 93% envious) and what i thought was originally a mashed potato bar turned out to be a straight up potato bar. can you tell which one belongs to who?
i tried not to judge her for getting beans (remember, i hate beans). the toppings included butter, broccoli, nacho cheese, regular shredded cheese, chives, sour cream, beans, bacon and bananas. well, maybe the banana was as a side. it was a solid spread!
this past week has been a little intense and i’m ready for a fresh one. it does make me grateful that this was just a virus and is on it’s way out. health is not something to mess around with or take for granted. i also haven’t had a vegetable in a week and i actually miss them. i blame you, whole30.
here’s what i’ve gleamed for the experiences over the past week:
- listen to your body
- make friends with quality people
- one can eat too many saltines
1) have you ever had an allergic reaction to something before?
2) do you run races or have you?
3) what do you put on top of your baked potato?