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The Specialist Parade

Since the beginning of September I’ve seen the dentist, the allergist, the pelvic floor surgeon, internal med, cardiologist, rheumatologist, trigger point therapist and GI specialist. No wonder I didn’t write much, I wanted to catch you all up. Here’s a super fast overview: Cardiologist is concerned about my BP, as is everyone else. Baseline is… Read more The Specialist Parade

My Weird Pain, Part Two

After breaking my arm as a child, it looked like I simply had a high pain tolerance. (If you havent already done so, you might want to read part 1 here.). As I got older, it seemed to normalize. In many ways, it seemed like I was actually ‘too‘ sensitive to pain. I’d had some ‘minor’… Read more My Weird Pain, Part Two

“You Fake it Well.”

She’s right. Huh? Anybody who has known me longer than a millisecond knows that telling me that I’m faking it is a very quick way to set me off. One of my closest friends texted me that message a couple of weeks ago. I knew there were multiple layers there, so it’s running around in… Read more “You Fake it Well.”

What’s Ana? (Who? Where?) Street Conversation #5

Ana. Ana fits into the same category as Aunt Flo; the frequent but unappreciated guest with awful timing (apologies to any men who aren’t familiar with the term). Except Ana is less predictable, less frequent (usually) and more dramatic than Aunt Flo. Fortunately, when Ana comes to visit almost every day, the drama is spread… Read more What’s Ana? (Who? Where?) Street Conversation #5

So THAT’s How it’s Supposed to Go! Specialists and MCAS, Part One

MCAS and our current medical paradigm clash. It can’t be treated ‘system by system’. I need to see SO many different specialists, and I have to be the go-between, referee, and decision maker. As I’m sure you can guess, I’ve had a few bumps with physicians. People with MCAS are notorious for ‘burning through’ specialists.… Read more So THAT’s How it’s Supposed to Go! Specialists and MCAS, Part One

The Big Smoke

I just looked out my back window. It’s a beautiful veiw. We look out across a valley. There are three ‘layers’ of mountains, with a foreground of trees- framed by the trunks of tall cedars. When I try and paint it, it looks fake because the ‘layers’ of mountains are remarkably even. I live just… Read more The Big Smoke

A Milestone: A new allergist. 

My journey has been quite unexpected. Along the way though, there are points that deserve a pin on the map. Times when you choose to take a different direction, or you meet new companions. Sometimes they are only seen in hindsight, some that are immediately obvious. The last two weeks have turned things upside down.… Read more A Milestone: A new allergist. 

Let’s Start at the very Beginning…

April 2017 So, this all began on November 21, 2011. No, maybe it was August of 1991 (nasty upper respiratory infection), oh- or September of 2001 (when I had reactive arthritis). Maybe it was the flower bee when I was 6 or 7? Well, so perhaps starting at the beginning is a very good way… Read more Let’s Start at the very Beginning…

Definition of ‘Allergy’

“I don’t care if you call it an allergy or a sensitivity. I don’t care which immunoglobulin set it off. All I know is that I’m not getting enough air!” Ahh, the power of language. I said that when I was in the ER, and having an anaphylactic reaction. The nurse chose that moment to… Read more Definition of ‘Allergy’