Water is a force of nature that can be both beneficial as well as destructive. Water is necessary for life but too much of it can destroy or at the least, leave lasting memories and marks. Sometimes you are the river flowing along or pushing through and sometimes you are the rock being taken along on the ride. This bit of analogy has been brought to you by life – specifically mine at the moment.
The river of life has taken a bit of a toll on me over the past months; the ride has left some bumps and bruises. I suppose you could say that in the process of being tumbled about I may have been shaped into a new creation – and to an extent you’d be right – but the motion of the waters for me have been rougher than I’ve wanted lately. That’s not to say life has been so much bad water, there have been some great moments, it’s just that the denting moments seem to leave longer lasting side effects.
Everyone’s life is like that; we are all moving along with some moments of our journeys being a peaceful stream and then others being flash floods of mayhem. I’ve had enough mayhem for awhile with the most recent being this past weekend.
Normally I am quite vigilant about my allergies. I know that petting a cat or sleeping on a feather pillow will send me into watery eyes, sneezing and coughing so I try to avoid those triggers. I have a list of food allergies that when told to others gets me the “Oh you poor thing! To not be able to eat (fill in my allergen) that would just ruin me!” Thanks for your understanding there – insert eye roll.
So this weekend we went to a new restaurant and I did the usual questioning the server about does this meal have any of my allergens in it. No was the answer so I thought I was good to go…I thought! Two hours later the flash flood in the slot canyon hit me. The usual symptoms, which I fortunately have not had to experience in years, rushed over me. Wheezing, coughing, throat tightening etc.
Oh bother says I in my best Winnie the Pooh voice with just a tad of panic. Went to dig out my inhaler (yep! I’m one of those folks) and guess what? Sucker had expired in October 2017. This is what happens when you are staying fairly healthy and don’t check labels. Used the thing anyway to get some relief.
Called doctors office (during open hours mind you) and thanks to the modern miracles of medicine I got the “Please leave a message and we will get back to you within 48 hours.” The tossing in the river ramps up. So I sent an email, which usually gets a quick response, asking for a refill on the inhaler. Cue sounds of crickets.
I stubbornly (and stupidly) decided to wait things out as the expired inhaler seemed to be working enough for me to not be in major distress. By that evening I was around 90% on the breathing when the secondary reaction kicked in – itchy hives. Two for two! Went for the Benadryl only to find it too was expired but only by a month so I went for the dosage.
Next itchy and coughing day I tried to get into a couple of minute clinics for the prescription I needed (as of this point still no reply from my doctor) and some fresh Benadryl. Couldn’t get in; every clinic I went to had close to two hour waiting times to get in and no appointments to schedule online till the next day. Eventually I circled back an hour before one closed and was seen – hurray!
Properly medicated my day began to get better. I called the restaurant that tried to kill me (I jest, sorta) and asked them WTH did they put in that food I ate? They tried to assure me that none of the allergens I asked about were in there so I am convinced that there was some cross contamination in that meal or they really don’t know what their food contains. I like the restaurant just not sure if I want to give them another go. Hopefully it’s not a new criminal on my allergy list.
This whole run in with food and expired medicines (the doctor finally got back to me two days after I initially reached out) was yet another tumble in my river of life. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger? Perhaps but it can also just wear you the heck down and make you very very itchy. It most definitely taught me to keep up to date on all medications OTC or otherwise. Read labels people! Read labels!
Hope your weekend was much less traumatic than mine – Teri 📷
(Photo taken in Arizona)