This is a tough post for me to write. I almost didn't write it, but I want to be honest with my readers and let you know what's going on in my life. I have some of the sweetest blog friends on the planet, and I think the world of y'all!
During the summer, I joined an allergy study because I've been having very bad allergic reactions that were only becoming more frequent and worse with time. I want give all the details, but just know that it would start with terrible GI issues followed by a bad rash and hives. Treatment usually included epinephrine, benadryl, and prednisone. Not fun. I was thankful for the study because I thought it would help me feel better.
I was stunned when the doctor gave me the results of my allergy tests. I had no allergies. Thankfully I had taken photos of what my body looked like in the midst of the reactions I was having or I might have been dismissed. After more testing and reviewing my symptoms, my doctor diagnosed me with a mast cell disorder. I had never heard of a mast cell before. Basically, my body has many more mast cells that most folks, and they release histamine in my body and skin. Currently I'm being treated with large doses of antihistamines, and it has been helping me. I'm feeling so much better! I'm still in the study, and my doctor is seeking more information from a study in Atlanta. Maybe I'll get some "mercy meds" soon!
The study is very time consuming, plus I'm driving my daughter to and from school everyday (about 30 - 45 minutes each way). Bottom line: I simply don't have the time I once had to blog. I've thought about giving-up my blog completely to focus on my health. I'll try to scale back some (actually I've already done that) and just see how it goes. Please be understanding with me if I don't respond to all your comments or visit you as often as I once did.
Until next time...