Chronic Illness and Mast Cells

I Hate Waking Up Like This

At 3:45 am this morning, I woke startled with a sense of panic. I woke with my heart pounding in my chest, ears ringing, slight shortness of breath, flushing, sweating, and the weird: I feel hot and cold at the same time with chills. I am boiling with heartburn and cramping in my abdomen. When… Continue reading I Hate Waking Up Like This

Chronic Illness and Mast Cells

Starting the Year Off With a Bang; More Neurological Symptoms and Twelfth Cranial Nerve Palsy

Some how I made it through the holidays. I went to two family get-togethers despite worsening neurological symptoms and swellings. My angioedema is out of control. And it's being complicated over the Zantac (ranitidine) "recall". So far, I've not found another H2 blocker that works as well. I had no idea just how much the… Continue reading Starting the Year Off With a Bang; More Neurological Symptoms and Twelfth Cranial Nerve Palsy

Allergies, Being Disabled, Chronic Illness and Mast Cells, disability

Please Stop Wearing Fragrances to the Doctor

I am currently sitting at my doctor's office in a patient room trying to calm my nerves after this morning's fiasco with the front office staff and a patient's perfume. To make it worse their office is under construction. So in other words, Chemical City. I've already popped 50 mg of Benadryl and my cheeks… Continue reading Please Stop Wearing Fragrances to the Doctor

Healthcare System Continuing to Go Down the Toilet, Injustices of the Healthcare System, Opinion

How a Universal Record System Destroys Finding the Best Care for the Chronically Ill

Today is a horrible day. I woke up in a lot of pain in my bladder. I have interstitial cystitis, but I am almost positive I have a bad UTI (Urinary Tract Infection). I called my PCP (Primary Care Physician) to try to get an appointment. He's out on vacation this week and the next.… Continue reading How a Universal Record System Destroys Finding the Best Care for the Chronically Ill

Chronic Illness and Mast Cells, Injustices of the Healthcare System

A Word on the Bizarre: Health Insurance and Shoddy Corporate Policies Part One

Little did I know, I was about to be sucked into my doctor office's version of the twilight zone.

Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

My Experience With an Essential Oil MLM and How Far the Company has Gone to Sell More Essential Oils.

Essential Oil MLM Company While a little off topic of what I had originally planned for my Essential Oils and Safety Series,  I want to share my experience and observation of one particular MLM essential oil company.  I believe my experience provides an example of how far the company has went to sell more oils… Continue reading My Experience With an Essential Oil MLM and How Far the Company has Gone to Sell More Essential Oils.

Chronic Illness and Mast Cells, Thoughts

On Undiagnosed and Getting Worse

Today is a bad day.  A really bad day.  Every day has been a bad day since mid last week.  I've been to my PCP (primary care physician) for a steroid injection because the angioedema has been so severe.  The pressure in my head is near unbearable.  I can't sleep.  If I try to lay… Continue reading On Undiagnosed and Getting Worse

Chronic Illness and Mast Cells

Mold in Crawlspace

For months now, all it has done is rain continuously where I live.  It started in the Fall and hasn't let up yet.  It was around that same time I started battling a sinus and ear infection, which I fought until after Thanksgiving and finally resorted to going to the doctor and getting antibiotics.  I… Continue reading Mold in Crawlspace

Being Disabled, Chronic Illness and Mast Cells, disability, Thoughts

Getting a Handicap Permit

Last week I took a big step forward to gain back more independence by asking my doctor to fill out my state's Disabled Person's Parking Affidavit form.  The decision, for me, was pretty difficult to make.  I had been contemplating the idea for quite some time.  Getting around and holding up physically has continued to… Continue reading Getting a Handicap Permit

Opinion

Something Smells

I've been putting off writing this post for the better part of July.  I've even contemplated not writing the post at all.  I do not like politics.  My opinion is that politics do not belong in healthcare.  This doesn't change the fact that politics do exist in the medical community especially when it concerns large… Continue reading Something Smells

Chronic Illness and Mast Cells

The Burden of Being Undiagnosed

I have seen a lot of physicians.  I've seen good, bad, and everything in between. There have been some that have helped, some that have tried but failed to help, some that didn't want to help, one that had "issues" and I fired (a first and hopefully last for me), many with good intentions, some… Continue reading The Burden of Being Undiagnosed