Friday, March 4, 2011

Hives!

Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, and when I had a glimmer of hope that I am starting to get better, another thing hits. Last night I was sitting here reading blogs when I started to itch. I looked down and my hands were covered in red bumps. I slid up my sleeves and saw hives covering both arms. My legs had thousands of small, bright red hives suddenly appearing as well. Apparently, I am having an allergic reaction to one of the drugs I am taking for my illness. Great. I am prone to anaphylactic allergic responses and carry an Epipen at all times, so I have to take this seriously.

This morning, I am covered head to toe in supremely itchy red splotches and am taking Benadryl which makes me feel very tired and loopy. I am putting a call in to my doctor, but my best guess it that this reaction is to the newest antibiotic added to my regimen a few days ago. It could be a newly developed reaction to any one of the 4 prescription and 5 over-the-counter drugs I am taking, though. In the meanwhile, I'm not taking anything but Benadryl. And I feel really icky. I just hope I don't relapse and see the infection in my sinuses flare back up.

I wish I could focus on weight loss, I really do. But right now I am just trying to get some semblance of health back so I can function. I *am* trying to avoid eating too much and eating things that won't nourish my body, but it's hard right now. I'm just doing the best I can and holding fast to a few important boundaries: no fast food, no buying packages of junk food to keep in the house, and NO binge eating.

12 comments:

Beth Ann said...

OH NOOOO!!!! That is just crazy. I have my fingers crossed, said a prayer, and threw coins in a fountain hoping you feel better soon. Ugh...so sorry!

Losing 100 said...

I am fighting off a nasty cold, I can't imagine hives on top of it! I'm so sorry. Sending you wishes for a quick non-itchy recovery.

spunkysuzi said...

I'm so sorry to hear that you still don't have any relief from being sick!!
I'm send you a "hug" and some major big healing thoughts :)

Mer and Mo said...

Yikes - hope you get better soon!! Take it easy - soon you will be back on track, but we need you to get better first (that's the MOM in me giving you a good pep talk)
MO

Karin said...

Sweetpea...I can't even begin to imagine what on earth is going on. Am thinking of you and wishing you a speedy recovery...My guess is, once you lose the hives and the snot, you'll be down at LEAST 10 pounds, yes? (ok, too much? LOL)
Take good care of yourself!

Julia Stambor said...

I know that won´t help your hives, but you´ve been such a big inspiration to me to go on my own weight loss journey. Get well soon! Sending a prayer your way,
Julia

Lynna said...

Know who I pray for in all of this... that woman who had the guests to her house while she was ill and started all of this! I pray for her safety that you don't take her OUT! (Kidding of course, and really sending healing hopes and good wishes your way.) (Just a thought... have you forgiven her?)

Hanlie said...

That really just adds insult to injury! I hope it goes away quickly and that you don't run into any breathing problems.

I used to get hives quite regularly at one stage and my face and neck would swell up considerably. By process of elimination I found the culprit to be sulfur dioxide, one of the most commonly used preservatives. That prompted a huge change in my eating habits.

Lyn said...

Lynna~

I actually see her every weekday! I forgive her, she truly has no understanding of appropriate behavior when you're sick. I am helping to educate her now (for example telling her no, she should not volunteer in the classroom if she threw up this morning). No hard feelings towards her, and our kids are friends :)

Waiting for a callback from my dr now.

Karen said...

Poor Lyn!!! Will this never end? I really hope your older kids and husband will take over some of the household chores so that you can FINALLY get some rest and start to recover!!!

Anonymous said...

drats! This sure is your time of testing in every area..hold on. Ride out the storm knowing you are not alone. 1Co 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
susan b

sumoffood said...

oh yes, put your energy into getting yourself better. don't use this as a "free ride" to eat off plan but don't beat yourself up about your exercise level and efforts to loose weight... hang in there... don't undo your hard work.. you will feel better! all the best... from one chronic sufferer....