35 Shots in my Arm

35 shots.

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. 🙂

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  • Reply Sarah W. June 10, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    gotta love allergy testing. the bubble shots are the WORST. apparently there is one that is a step up from that too – eeek.

    i love how they say "few" and really mean 35 – that happened to me too!!!

    as far as the beginning of your post you mentioned that you suffer "seasonally" do you notice a time in the year where you don't suffer? how many months of out of the year do you suffer??

    I have seasonal allergies to the pollen, severe for 3 months out of the year so I am not a candidate for allergy shots – its not worth it – I'd rather be on meds for those 3 months. coincidentally, going veganish actually helped IMMENSELY this season! I was able to continue running (a FIRST in 27 years of living) and maybe did nebulizer once or twice (I have allergic asthma).

    I too am allergic to dust, mold, cats but not really bothered by it reamining months in the year.

    zyrtec & singular are my favs for springtime but I do hate how tired zyrtec makes me. oh well.

    goodluck w/ your treatment!

  • Reply Becci June 10, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Ouch! I'm so glad that when I went to get my allergy testing done, they just took a vile of blood and sent it to a lab to be tested! I had to wait a few weeks for my results, but it was worth it!

    My allergist also does this thing instead of allergy shots (on a regular basis) where you take a serum under your tongue and keep increasing how much you take. My dad does this and LOVES it since he is terrified of shots! It seems to have really "cured" his allergies, too!

    Good luck!

  • Reply Gen June 10, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    omg im so sorry you had to go through all that. your arm looks brutal. ive never hated shots but when i see the needle i kind of get scared :S

    its a good thing he didnt say you were allergic to dogs 😉

  • Reply Lacey Nicole June 10, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! hope this helps tho! have you been signing up for goodread's "firstreads" giveaways?! do it! i won one!!

  • Reply Miss Anne June 10, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Allergy testing is the worst! (but with good intentions!)

    Good job being a trooper!

    (i did the bubble shots on my arms and back when i was in 5th grade… i can STILL remember seeing the metal tray with ALL the needles on it) *CRINGE*

    Hopefullly you'll find out the results and be on the road to some relief!

    *achoo*… needless to say it's grass seed season here and i'm at my highest allergy season!

    *passing you a tissue*


  • Reply Chic Runner June 10, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    OUCH! hope you feel better soon. I know other people who do this as well, and it works for them, hope it helps! 🙂

  • Reply Anne June 10, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    OUCH! You poor thing 🙁 Sorry you have to get the allergy shots, but I hope they help!

  • Reply Quinn June 10, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    My friend had that done the other day, and likened it to a cheese grater.

    Also, yes, let's definitely plan a DC area meet-up for some point this summer! We should email some dates and ideas!

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