That’s how many shots I had in my arm yesterday. I went to an allergist because I have been really struggling the past month. First I went to a doctor, they told me it was a sinus infection and gave me meds. The meds didn’t do anything and here I am over a month later, still miserable. A friend gave me the number of an allergist she went to, and a light bulb went off in my head. Why had I never been to one before? Why do I struggle season after season and not DO something about it? Well I had to wait 2 weeks for my appointment yesterday, but yesterday I went.
They told me they were going to do a ‘few’ environmental shots on my upper left arm to see how I reacted to certain things. A ‘few’ turned out to be 25. After the doctor looked at what 25 did to my arm, he said ‘We are going to have to do 10 more at higher strength.’ So I sat there like the brave little solider that I am and took the shots like a champ.
Apparently for allergy skin testing they rate you on a scale from 1-4, 1 is the best, 4 is the worst. I am a 4, obviously. From the tests the doctor said I am severely allergic to grass, trees, mold/dust and cats. So pretty much the outdoors AND the indoors are my enemy. I am not safe anywhere! Lucky for me I don’t have any or like cats. I should probably go live in a bubble somewhere. I am going to have to get allergy shots bi-weekly for a bit, and then monthly. I would rather that than have to be on meds forever, but it still sucks. Oh well, if it means me breathing and functioning like a normal human being, it will be worth it!
FYI – 24 hours later and my arm is still a bit swollen, and very itchy! Also, this picture is not what my arm looks like on a daily basis! It’s from the shots, and its NOT cute. But I share with the blog world because I care.