Wednesday, June 13, 2012

You know that kid that's allergic to everything? That's me...

So, I recently went to the allergy clinic to get tested for all that I may be allergic to.  For years I've battled with my allergies, but never considered taking any serious measures.  My plan of action thus far was to be miserable 6 months out of the year and tough it out.  I never thought when I got tested that I would be allergic to all that is EARTH.


So they start out numbering my arms and by each number (on both sides) they prick you with a needle with a small amount of an allergen...specifically, dust, mold, tree, grass, animal dander, and cockroach allergens.  They pricked me about 55 times. 


Within minutes, my arms looked awful.  I had to sit there for 15 minutes to see how big the welts would get.  They would then measure the size of each allergic reaction and then move on from there.


When they came back, they said, " you're allergic to everything...not just a little...a lot."  My worst reactions were to trees and grass.  The next thing they said, "Allergy injections."


Usually, the welts disappear after a couple of hours, but mine kept growing in size.  By that even one of those pricks turned into the size of a golf ball.

So...


to make a long story short, I opted to do what is called RAD (rapid allergen desensitization).  For one day, I go into the allergy clinic and every 15 minutes they come in and inject me with my allergens for 4 hours!  That is 3 shots every 15 minutes up to 4 hours.  Going this route, I knocked off approximately 24 weeks of treatment.  Now, I go in twice a week for 2 weeks to receive 1 shot, then once a week for a few months, etc...basically I'm building my allergy tolerance. 


If you live in Oklahoma, you most likely have some allergy issues.  It's either this or I move...sigh.



4 comments:

Valerie said...

Holy cow, Cristal! That's insane! Bless your heart.

Hannah said...

Oh, man, allergies are no fun! I hope the treatment works and you feel better really soon!

Sara said...

That sucks! I'm so sorry you had to go through that, but thankfully there is a treatment. Hope you start feeling better!

Jordan Sanders said...

Seriously? Oh my goodness! I thought my husband was bad, but i don't think his results were near to the extreme yours were. I am so so sorry. I hope the new treatment kicks the allergens butt and that you have lasting results!

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