Wednesday, March 18, 2015
You're going to stick me how many times?
If I were a good blogger, I would've brought my friggin' phone WITH me because the woman totally would've let me take pics during the test. They had me take off my shirt and free the twins and put a paper gown on. There were a total of 72 allergens in these hard plastic pricker thingies (technical term, of course) they stuck on and pushed into my back that didn't pierce the skin. Then they waited 20 minutes for my allergic reactions.
There were several definitive ones like dust mites (I suspected that anyway), ragweed and a certain type of mold. A few came back borderline and required further testing.
That meant it was time for the "intra-dermal" test. Aka- Imma stick yer arms with needles to test your borderline reactions. When the sweet older lady came in with her case of syringes, I almost screamed like when Freddy asked that one chick if she wanted to get high...
That would be 29 shots, mah friends. It was done by a nurse who has probably been doing it for eons. She was very quick but as she inserted the allergen and saline under my skin to make the pocket, I could've sworn she was twisting the needle but the Mr assured me she wasn't. Not a pleasant feeling. My right arm had quite a few reactions which confirmed another mite, another mold, weed mix and something else.
The next day I was very stuffy and itchy. It wasn't something they told me I would feel but I somehow expected it. It'll take 2-3 weeks for them to concoct my shot vial to begin my allergy shots. I must admit I'm a little alarmed that I'll need to carry epi pens but I know it's a precaution. So how do I look 4 days after the shots?
It looks like alien mosquitoes landed in a grid pattern and had a feast on my flesh. The right arm has been the biggest itcher but not surprised since it had the most irritated reaction during the actual test. I was hoping to be a little more healed up by now but hopefully in a week it'll look better.
I'm really hoping these help with the occasional itching, hives and stuffiness since my allergies are of common things that I can't really avoid.
Have you ever had an allergy test? Allergy shots?
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