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.