In my last post I talked about how I didnâ€™t feel like writing so much lately because I was so busy, and how I felt weird about acquaintances reading my blog, and ya da ya da ya da.
Well, I wasnâ€™t totally honest with you, since August Iâ€™ve been dealing with another issue, one of a chronic nature. It seems that toward the end of the summer I developed chronic idiopathic hives. I learned that after going to a few doctors and having some expensive tests done. It means, â€œYou have hives, we donâ€™t know why, and we donâ€™t know how long you will have them for.â€ Lucky me!
Did you know that 90% of chronic hive sufferers never know what causes them? Did you know that they really suck? Well they do!
Oh donâ€™t get me wrong, Iâ€™m not completely bitter, there have been some funny moments. Like the time my allergist, who hails from India said (read this in your best Indian accent), â€œWhat ever you do you must not scratch! There is nothing worse for hives than scratching!â€
Right then and there I wanted to say to him, â€œDude, why donâ€™t you tell me not to breathe? I think that would be easier!â€ Unfortunately I went home and told my husband this and he has taken the doctorâ€™s advice to heart. Anytime Iâ€™ve said, â€œHoney, please scratch right there, I canâ€™t reach.â€
He replies, â€œNo, the doctor said not to.â€
Stupid, stupid me! If only Iâ€™d kept this information to myself he would have been my personal scratching boy. Live and learn I guess.
It also gets a bit weird when I meet perfect strangers and soon into the conversation I ask them if they know of any good remedies for hives. They always give me kind of an odd look and usually reply no.
It has been a learning experience for sure. I can relate a little bit better to people who suffer day in and day out with chronic medical issues that are way worse than my own. Itâ€™s really hard not to let this condition consume your every waking thought, â€œHow do I get rid of this? What can I do to get better? Please let this next â€œremedyâ€ work. Iâ€™m just grateful that I donâ€™t suffer from something more debilitating.
I think my hives are calming down now and I hope Iâ€™m heading toward the light at the end of the tunnel. If you come up to me to chat and in the middle of the conversation and my eyes glaze over and I start to scratch, you might want to come back later, I may be a while.
Iâ€™m still on the hunt for hives remedies so let me know your best one!