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A Rash Decision

Yesterday I decided to take care of this annoying rash on my face and neck that’s been plaguing me for quite some time.  Why now?  Well, I’ll be attending the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference this weekend and I didn’t want to look like I’d forgotten to take off my Halloween mask.

The ironic thing is this conference is full of people with ALLERGIES.  A rash looks perfectly normal to them.  But you know, a girl likes to look good.

Went to the doctor’s and got a prescription. First pharmacy didn’t have the ointment in stock so had to drive across town to another pharmacy and wait an hour.

Then the lady at the counter looked me in the eye and said, “Did your doctor tell you how much this was going to cost?”  Never a good sign.

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Yep, you’re reading that right.  $166 for that tiny little tube that’s the size of cement glue!  By the way, I have “good” health insurance;  makes you wonder what I’d pay if I had “bad” health insurance.

Next I headed off to Walgreens to replace some old makeup that might be irritating my skin and to take a look at some recommended sensitive skin products. Anna at Walgreens was incredibly knowledgeable.  $100 later I was back in my car.

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Good news is my face is already looking better. Bad news is I spent more than the airline ticket to Las Vegas cost.

If you’ll be at the conference, please introduce yourself!  If you’re not going, I’ll be live blogging during and after the sessions … after all, I have no money left for gambling.

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“A Rash Decision” originally appeared in Adventures of an Allergic Foodie.

 

Food Allergies and Celiac Disease: Sharing My Story

A few weeks ago I received an email from Stefanie over at PeanutAllergy.com. She said she liked my positive attitude on living with multiple food allergies and celiac disease—thank you, Stefanie!–and asked if I would share my story for their website. While flattered, I found this invitation a bit odd since I don’t have a nut allergy.

Then I took a look at the website.  All I have to say is WOW.

PeanutAllergy.com is the ultimate resource for anyone living with a nut allergy, but it offers tons of info and support for those of us coping with other food allergies. Every time I click over there, I learn something new.  Today I read about dogs with food allergies, which of course I had to tweet!

Desk-writing

Putting years of poor health, medical procedures, and doctor visits into a few paragraphs–and without sounding like a big fat whiner–proved difficult.  Eventually, I decided to write my story as if it was a synopsis for a book.

This exercise turned out to be quite therapeutic; a few tears may have been shed. You may want to try it.

I also asked myself,  What could I share that might help someone out there struggling with strange unexplainable symptoms and looking for answers?  Click here to read my story.

Already I’ve received a few grateful emails.  What more can an allergic foodie ask for?