Thursday, February 22, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Notes for Doctor Applegate, Allergist
Q: What is the difference between an “allergy” and sensitivity? Do your tests test for both?
Q: What causes allergies? Is there any way to avoid developing or reverse them?
I have asthma, hay fever, insomnia and fibromyalgia, all of which seem to be moderately to severely affected by certain foods. I also get skin rashes from medications, from some skin products, from poison ivy and sometimes for unknown reasons. Some foods (coffee, chocolate) also negatively affect mood and personality.
I first started having joint problems and hay fever at age 16 and asthma in my late 20s.
- “Known” Allergens and/or Sensitivities:
- Dairy—asthma, joint pain, hay fever
- Soy—joint pain, headache, IBS, insomnia, fibromyalgia
- Ragweed—asthma, “hay fever”
- Cigarette and wood smoke—asthma, “hay fever”
- Dog dander—asthma, “hay fever”
- Dust mites—asthma, “hay fever”
- Feathers, bird dander—asthma, “hay fever”
- Penicillin—hives (large pale swollen bumps)
- Theolair—red, itchy rash (small red itchy bumps)
- Wellbutrin—hives and two different sized rashes and breathing difficulty and terrible weakness and feeling sick and “deathly”
- others that I’m not able to recall at the moment
- Suspected Allergens and/or sensitivities
- Beans, legumes
- Tree nuts and peanuts
- Possible Allergens and or sensitivities
- Seeds (eg, sunflower seeds)
- Beef, red meats
- Wheat, white flour
- Cane sugar, sugar
I am sure there are others because I often get sick and have no idea why
I get tireder and tireder, crankier and crankier, grouchier and grouchier. I lay there wondering if I should take an ambien or not, and what caused the worsening. Something I ate? Or just an accumulation of overtiredness from a week of insomnia? Or what?
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
I have been too busy to blog the continuing saga of my struggles with insomnia and fibromyalgia.
I gave up taking the Ambien. It seemed to be making the fibromylagia worse. I continued taking the Rozerem. In combination with careful eating, it seemed to be making the sleeping and fibromylagia somewhat better.
Last night I made two separate stir-fries, one for Keith and one for me. Keith likes pea pods, but I'm afraid to eat legumes, so I made him one with and me one without, but then I stupidly put bean sprouts in mine. What was I thinking? Hello--legumes!!!
So last night I slept less well, much wakefulness, and woke with worse fibro. I'm blaming the bean sprouts, but of course, it could have been something else. We shall, as Keith says, "foon sind out" as I will be going to the allergist in a week and dropping lots of money--hundreds and hundreds of dollars--because it isn't covered by my health insurance. You can take all the pills you want to cover up a problem, but you can't find out what's causing it.
The artwork is supoosed to be a representation of insomnia, but it's too pretty. Oh well, I like it anyway. I may fiddle with it more. What is it really? (I mean what was it before I messed with it?) Click here if you're curious.
Friday, February 02, 2007
Half-naked, skinny and available. Sexy. (Our heads and brains aren't very important!) These are store-window shots next door to the Lobster Pot from our store tour yesterday. It's near where I live, I could walk there.
In the top one, the reflection is me, taking the picture.
I've been too busy to blog much lately (about my troubles, which continue) and am too busy to be doing this so bye for now!