I found out what I’m allergic to. The patch test yielded 1/36 results. This was great because I was expecting the most common outcome – no results (and you have no idea what is causing your itchiness). FYI I used products with M(C)I in them for years before I got sick and after I got sick. But as I suggested once in a conversation with my dermatologist, my body’s still like “Aaaaah!” (flailing hand motions) and things are liable to crop up unexpectedly. I have always favored drug-store products but lately I have been investing in some slightly higher end lotions and potions. On my crusade to rid my bathroom of culprit products, though, I have suddenly become more conscious of parabens and sulfates so I said goodbye to all of my shampoos, soaps, and lotions yesterday. I am currently adjusting to scentless living. I suppose it’s no biggie. I read a book on the history of the bath once, and it pointed out that it’s only recently, in our modern, synthetic culture, that people have become used to smelling like kiwi mango passionfruits. I’ll get over it, it was just one of my indulgences since food is no longer an option. I have noticed that perfumes make me red so I’ve stopped using those for at least a year, but I thought my lotions etc. were safe. Oh well. Notably, I did not become symptomatic until I left acupuncture.
So I’m going to concentrate on eliminating M(C)I from my life and I hope to see improvement. Thanks for praying :).
PS. This is a happy happy outcome vs. the time when I endured a whole battery of tests to be told my left leg is perfectly sound and there’s nothing physically wrong with it in spite of the pain and “folding,” so I’m counting my blessings !
Tuesday: 2 Ingredient “Magic Shell”
Thursday: Real-Deal Hazelnut Latte (Dairy-Free)