Taking Allergies Seriously

I often see people talking about having a reaction to their pump infusion sets or CGMS. That discussion often leads to conversations about how to deal with those reactions and be able to continue to use the device that is causing the problem. This last year, I have been dealing with a lot of allergies – latex/spandex/elastic, eggs, and even formaldehyde in clothes, just to name a few. Last year, I wrote about a bump I had on my back and finally figuring out how some of the problems that I was having was actually because of the latex and elastic in my clothing.

One thing that struck me when I was reading up on allergies was a statement on the NIH website. I linked to that particular article in my post last year and you can read the full text here:

Although first-time exposure may only produce a mild reaction, repeated exposures may lead to more serious reactions. Once a person has had an exposure or an allergic reaction (is sensitized), even a very limited exposure to a very small amount of allergen can trigger a severe reaction.

Yesterday in Facebook, one of my d-friends posted about a Type 1 diabetic that died. He died from anaphylaxic shock – which is a severe allergic reaction. My comment on her post was that so many of us have allergies because we have screwed up immune systems that this is a good reminder that we have to take these things seriously. I do not know what caused his reaction, whether it was something new that he was exposed to or accidentally exposed to something he knew he had a problem with, but sadly, he did die from his reaction.

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Take My Words to Heart

Today’s prompt for Day 18 of the Wego Health Activist Writer’s Challenge is, “Open a Book. Choose a book and open it to a random page and point to a phrase. Use that phrase to get you writing today. Free write for 15-20 without stopping.”

BibleI decided to open the Bible for my phrase and I actually did randomly point to this phrase:
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.Proverbs 4:10

Listen my son, take my words to heart

I hope that God has a sense of humor because this phrase popping up was funny to me.  Maybe ironic is a better word, but the phrase truly did hit home for me.

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I Am Allergic To Clothes!

And no, I am not going to join a nudist colony!Frog Laughing

Last November, I wrote about a strange little white bump on my back. I came to the conclusion that I have a spandex allergy. Since the first little white bump and itching started, I have had numerous bouts of hives and dermatitis. I have been learning a lot about textile and clothing allergies. The stuff I found out is pretty scary. Did you know that they put formaldehyde in fabric used to make clothes with? I didn’t believe that when I first read it.

They say that people with autoimmune problems are more susceptible to getting allergies – that makes sense because an allergy is also an immune response to the substance you are allergic to. People with allergies also have a lower risk of getting cancer (other than bladder cancer), so I guess there is at least one positive in having allergies!

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