Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Revenge Of The Toxic Mutant

I'm not a person that typically suffers from allergies.  Sure, there are a few things I'm allergic too, like....certain self tanners and Carnation Instant Breakfast.  There are also things that I think I'm allergic too, like exercise, ESPN, seafood, desert camping, fat free cheese or sour cream, and pictures of Carrot Top.  I have a pretty strong reaction to all of these things anyway, and try to avoid them at all costs.  But in general, I don't even get common hayfever.  There aren't many things that I'm really allergic to.

However, yesterday morning at work I noticed that my arm looked like this:

But I have no idea why.  I haven't used any new soaps, lotions, etc.  I had my normal breakfast of XL Diet Coke from McDonald's, though I did wash it down with a small snack baggie of my kids Cinnamon Crackers from Trader Joe's.  I've had them before, but maybe not more than 3 or 4 at a time.  Yesterday, I ate about 25 of them.  Could that be it?  Could Trader Joe be trying to kill me with delicious cinnamon goodness?

It was spreading, and pretty soon, my arms and legs were covered in itchy hives.  Not long after, I noticed my ears and lips were itching too.  I took a couple Benadryl and sluggishly went about my work day, trying to stay awake.  If I interviewed you for a job yesterday, I apologize, because I don't think I was really paying attention to what you were saying.  My bad.  By the end of the day, I was barely awake, but I wasn't as itchy and the blotches had started to fade.  But once the allergy medicine wore off, I was itchy and splotchy again.  I took more Benadryl and went to bed at 7:30pm.

This morning, the hives are back in full force, and I even have a few on my face.  I'm covered with hot, prickly, itchiness.  You have no idea of the restraint it is taking me to not scratch my butt cheek right now. 

The good news is, it might earn me a get out of work free card for the day.  The bad news is that I will likely spend it in a Bendaryl coma and I won't be eating anymore cinnamon crackers.

So much for being Kick-Ass.


Kristina P. said...

I would be convinced that I had cancer, and was going to die any minute.

Any new vitamins? The last time I broke out in hives, I realized I had started taking magnesium.

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Karen Peterson said...

You're probably having an allergic reaction to this freaking hot weather.