Thursday, September 10, 2009

In Which The Saga Continues

Just when I thought it was all behind me, the next chapter in The Allergy Saga continues. It, again, has been a troubling and worrisome couple of days, but I think the worst is behind me now.

(If you'd like a refresher course on all that has happened previously, read this post, this post, and this post before continuing. I'm going to write this post as if you are all fully briefed on the situation, so keep that in mind if you choose not to read the previous entries.)

After getting rid of our dog and being exiled from my apartment for a week, I was symptom free. I returned home on August 31st, and didn't have any problems with any allergic reactions at all... Until Thursday. I woke up on Thursday with some minor hives on my wrists, hands, and arms, with some minor joint pain in my arms as well. I didn't think much of it, and treated it with Benadryl. The symptoms continued and worsened through Friday and Saturday, at which point I called my PCP's office to see what they thought I should do. I was advised to take Claritin to treat the hives and naproxen for the pain, both of which relieved the symptoms. By Sunday morning, I was hive-free and there was no pain.

I was symptom free through Monday afternoon, at which point my body pretty much exploded in hives. I had them on my chest, back, buttocks, thighs, groin... everywhere. After I didn't show any response to two doses on Benadryl, I called my PCP's office again. I was advised to take some of the Prenisone I had left over, and a dose of Claritin. It took until almost 3am for the hives to go away.

Tuesday morning, I woke up for the day feeling completely fine. I had no hives anywhere, no throat constrictions... nothing. I took some additional Prednisone as directed, along with the Claritin and Singulair that I had been prescribed previously. I started my shift from home at 8am.

By 9am, I started feeling like my throat was a little tight. I waited to see if it was going to get any better or worse, but by 10:15 it was getting to be more severe. I called my PCP's office yet again, and they advised me to go to the ER, and soon. I made some phone calls to The Boss and my parents to fill them in on the situation, and was being triaged at the ER shortly after.

My vitals were not good when I was being checked in. My blood pressure was high at 189/100, my heart rate was over 140 (normal rate is 80 or so), and my oxygen saturation levels were at 90%. I was quickly taken back to a room, where I was put on oxygen and given IV steroids and anithistimines.

I had some blood drawn, and pissed in a cup for a urine test. I had a few chest x-rays taken, which came back clear. The blood work showed nothing, short of a slightly elevated white blood cell count. I was given an albuterol nebulizer treatment shortly after that. I was discharged a couple hours later, once my blood pressure and pulse rate had stabilized a little bit. Before I left they gave me an albuterol inhaler, to use as-needed when I feel my throat tightening up again.

I followed up with my PCP yesterday. The long and short of it is that he feels I shouldn't return to my apartment until I get to see my allergist. Currently, I have an appointment scheduled for October 5th. I'm trying to get an appointment sooner, and I am on a cancellation list, but there is very little availability for the other allergists in my area. I'm trying to get a short-term disability claim started with my employer, so I can take some time to focus on staying calm and relaxed, and try to keep myself open for an appointment with an allergist, should one open up sooner than October.

I'm on Prednisone for the next three weeks, with a refill available if I need it. I'm also on pretty much every antihistimine there is on the market, and with all of those circulating in my system, I'm feeling okay. I've had to use the albuterol inhaler a few times, for those random moments when that throat constriction hits. At least I have what I need to keep me from having to return to the ER any time soon.

There are a lot of things up in the air right now, with me not knowing what is triggering these attacks, not knowing when I can return to my apartment, not knowing what is going to happen with my job and the short-term disability. I had hoped that all of this was behind me, but I guess there is more that I've got to put up with. It puts a lot of stress on The Boss and I, with us being forced to live in separate places for the time being. I know we'll get through it, and everything will be easier to process once we know a little more about the situation.

On a somewhat lighter note, I'm thinking of offering up my forehead as advertising space for HEPA air filter brands. You know, so I can get a few air purifiers for my apartment for free. They don't come cheap, and The Boss and I definitely don't have the financial means to purchase one. The best appliance with a HEPA filter we can afford is a vacuum cleaner. Not exactly the quietest model on the market, but it might have to do for now.

P.S. If you don't see me making the blog rounds as much as I normally do, please forgive me. I'm trying to stay caught up, but it is an uphill battle.

47 Comments:

Aunt Juicebox said...

Would a HEPA filter work for sure? It's weird if it's the dog's dander still be causing this, and not something else in the apartment. Only because you have lived how many different places, and it's possible those places had a dog in them at some point, and none of this happened til you moved to the new place, and I'm sure you've been around other dogs in your life. Maybe there's something else in the apartment. Good luck getting an appointment.

Aunt Juicebox said...

Oh, and dude, check your paypal acct.

Sandy said...

What a pisser. All those drugs and still symptoms. I see the tweet saying you got an appointment next week...that's good news at least.

Amy said...

Dude! This is freaking scary! I really hope you can get to bottom of this weird mystery asap!

When my son was born we purchased this Vicks air purifier for his bedroom. It was substantially cheaper than many of the heavy duty models. It probably won't work in all the rooms of your apartment but maybe it will help.

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2303160

Hope you're feeling better soon:(

Moonspun said...

Yikes, are you kidding?! That's awful! Are you back with your parents watching your dad cut his toenails?
Thinking of you my friend!

Daddy Files said...

Good Lord Badass...

When you meet up with everyone later this month we're going to have to roll you out to the bar in a plastic bubble!

LucyCooper said...

Any chance there's mold in your apartment? That can do a lot of harm to a body.
So sorry you are going through all this. I had a nasty reaction to an antibiotic a few years ago- really nasty. Hives will make you feel like God must hate you. And those steroids made me want to rip someone's head off. I feel for you, man.

Mwa said...

That is a bummer. I hope you can keep your head above water in all possible senses, except for the actual swimming one.

I hope you find the culprit soon and that it's an easy one to deal with.

JennyMac said...

Don't apologize for one thing...

and I hope you get to the crux of this allergy situation! Scary.

Feeling better righ now I hope.

Nyx said...

Scary stuff. I had to have a HEPA filter when I was a kid - they're really freaking expensive. Of course, you already know that. Good luck, I hope it all works out for you!

Lana said...

oh badass, i'm so sorry about all this mess. good luck and i hope you feel better soon.

Nej said...

I see someone up above was having the same thought I was....are you sure it's not something in the apartment...that was there before and now after the dog? The trouble does seem to have started after your move.

There's no way you've never visited someone's house, or had other contact with a dog and it's dander.

Hopefully the allergist can tell you something that will help!! Hang in there!

Jade said...

Oh man, what a nightmare! I'm so sorry this pain is never ending for you! Are you able to stay with family or friends, rather than a hotel? I hope this all resolves itself very soon!

Mrs Soup said...

Oh my....that is so scary!! I really hope you figure out whats going on with you, so you can get back to normal!!

Coach J said...

Super crappy. maybe it's time to give the ol' apartment a power wash and start over.

The Good Cook said...

Anything new in your life? Detergents, soaps,shampoo, deodorant. How about dry cleaner? THINK. There has got to an answer.

The Boss: new hair spray? Deodorant? Makeup?

Did the dog sleep under the bed? Could the mattress still have Dog Dander???

I hope you get to the bottom of this and soon! In the meantime, become your own detective.

Little Ms Blogger said...
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Jenn(ifer) said...

I hope you find answers and relief real soon! like yesterday!

Little Ms Blogger said...

How very frustrating.

The Good Cook could be right about the dog hair in the mattress; or you could just be allergic to stupid callers at work.

Rebecca Knight said...

That is BRUTAL :(. I'm so sorry to hear that you're still having problems. Allergy attacks like that are so terrifying. We've definitely got you in our prayers, dude.

And I love the idea about forehead advertising space--whatever works, right?

x said...

Allergies are very geeky, but not very badass. We need both sides back!

Inna said...

This really sucks!
I'm rooting for you to find the root of the problem soon!

Notes From the Grove said...

Dude. What the hell? I can't believe all of this--and because of a dog?!?! That's just crazy and I'm SO SORRY about what an ordeal this has become. Maybe you should just take a little vaca out to Idaho! Bring The Boss and we'll paint the town red (unless you're allergic to red paint or something).

mumma boo said...

Holy crap! With all those meds, it's a wonder you can stand up. I'm so sorry you're going through this hell. Thinking of you and sending healing vibes your way...

Natalie said...

::hugs::

Lola said...

I'm thinking it's not the dog at all. Think mold, my friend. It could be anywhere in that apartment and you wouldn't see it under rugs or whether it was behind the sheetrock.

Not sure how, but I'd start trying to investigate if there's been any water damage in that apartment. When our friends bought a new house, they had been there a month or so before their kids had horrible allergic reactions to something. Come to find out, the house had been flooded in the basement, had tons of mold that was supposedly removed profesionally, and they ended up finding black mold everywhere behind the sheetrock.

These are pretty major reactions you're having, and that little dog was not in that house very long. Good luck, and I hope you feel better. That's scary!!!

Chibi Jeebs said...

I'm with the others: mold popped into my head almost immediately. I'm sorry you're still dealing with this! :( Sending many get-well-and-figure-it-out-soon vibes.

Doughmesticity said...

have to agree with others - mold may be the culprit. btw, what an awful word, right up there with moist. ick. hope you feel better soon. perhaps a short vacation is in order? maybe instead of having a meeting with bloggers in new englad, you could do a "couchsurfing with new england bloggers" thing instead.

Maureen said...

Holy crap! Take care. When I had pneumonia, I was on prednisone and Advair. The prednisone kept me awake all night. And you have to wean off it really gradually. I do hope you find the problem soon and are able to treat it properly! Take it easy, don't worry about anything else. Health is the most important thing.

Mrs. B said...

Oh, this sucks! Does this mean there's a chance of getting Bella back?

dsmcaron said...

This is very stressful for you. I really hope the source of this can be uncovered quickly. Mold is horrible. I hope you get to the doctor sooner.

world of sekimachihato said...

i feel for you! my k-chan is breaking out in hives most days (we don't own a pet) and she just got her results back from the initial test...nothing wrong. she's on some medication and if it doesn't help will have to go to a specialist for some patch tests.
will you get patch tests done?
hope you will both be hive free soon!

Maggie May said...

oh man. that really sucks. i'm sorry! hm. before you do go back to your place, whenever that is, i wonder if it would help to have your apartment deep specialty cleaned?

LiLu said...

Oh, darlin, don't worry about us! Take care of you... we just want to hear that you're okay!

Mad Woman said...
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Mad Woman said...

Ok I'll say what we're all thinking.....you're allergic to your wife. There. I said it. Now you have some options. You could get a divorce, which would really suck for you both and throw you back out into the dating world which, quite frankly, is scary. Or you could get yourself one of those bubbles like from that movie with Jake Gyllenhaal which would be super cool and provide all of US with oodles of awesome entertainment. Win win right??

Oh...and I REALLY hope you start doing better soon. This is not what anyone (except my enemies) should have to go through.

minivan soapbox said...

But you have NO symptoms at your folks house?? I can't imagine how much this sucks for you....

Cape Cod Gal said...

I like Daddyfiles idea of you being bubble boy. But, then I can't hug you. And you know me, hugs are like diamonds. I don't hug just anyone.

get well soon!

Badass Geek said...

To All: Thank you all for your well wishes. It, as always, is encouraging to know I have support from all of you.

I'm concerned about the possibility of mold in the apartment, but I don't think that alone is the culprit. Having been at my parents house for a few days already, I'm still having flare-ups of hives and throat constriction. It doesn't seem to matter where I am or what I'm doing; I still am hyper-sensitive. At least I have the tools to keep me alive and breathing until I get to see an allergist.

I doubt this Saga is over yet, but thanks again for your support. The Boss and I greatly appreciate it.

areason2write said...

Yikes - I hope you are feeling better soon!

Maggie May said...

Could be a food allergy...or a medication or supplement you take?

Aunt Becky said...

DAMMIT Badass, I'm so sorry. Shit. Fuck.

for the love of pictures said...

That sucks so much Badass. I'll ask the same question as Maggie May - could it be a food or medication allergy instead?

Mrs. B said...

This is not good news. I will be praying for you.

CK Lunchbox said...

Holy crap, man. You are really getting tore up by whatever's causing this. Allergies are so damn tricky too. My oldest son and youngest stepdaughter are each allergic to over 100 different things with peanuts being the worse. I hope they find out what's doing this soon.

lovelila said...

OMG! Wow... so much to go through... I really hope things turn around for the better soon! That really bites :(

~Jennifer~ said...

I'm so sorry you have to deal with this. It sounds so scary. Thinking of you.

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